We are very proud of the support we offer pupils at Notre Dame High School. We embrace the individuality of every young woman who comes into our care, our approach is holistic, nurturing and restorative. Catholic values are at the heart of everything we do and Pastoral Care staff work alongside parents to develop the academic potential of pupils, as well as looking after their social and emotional well being.
When your daughter joins Notre Dame High School, she becomes a member of a House Group, each Group is looked after by a member of our Pastoral Care team. The Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care is the named person responsible for overseeing your daughter’s school experience. Pastoral Care staff are the first line of contact if you have any concerns or queries regarding your daughter’s school life. Our team welcome communication with parents to ensure our young people are happy, safe and achieve their potential.
Allocation of Pastoral Care Staff
Mrs Henderson (DHT) has overall responsibility for Child Protection and Pastoral Care.
Iona House: Mrs Kelly, PT Pastoral Care
Trinity House: Mrs McQuillan, PT Pastoral Care
Melrose House: Mrs Dunn, PT Pastoral Care
Mrs McCabe, PT Support for Learning
This week is Children’s mental health week. Here is an excellent link to a variety supports for our young people:
Please see the link below for the Life after Lockdown Quarriers resource.
There is also a resource on anxiety below
The larger workbook from Mindroom is accessed here – http://www.mindroom.org/media/resources/SMR5260_SalvesenMindroom-SecondaryToolkit_S7_(4)_(2).pdf
Please click on any of the links to open the documents in PDF format.
Updated 1 April 2020
On behalf of all the staff, I send good wishes to you and your family during this difficult time. I hope that you are managing to follow the guidelines around social distancing in an effort to maintain good health.
Whilst good health is our primary concern, we are so fortunate and grateful to have our iPads which are allowing staff to provide learning in a digital format. More importantly though, they are also allowing us to keep in contact with pupils, helping to remain connected so that the girls know we continue to support their wellbeing.
It is so important that while school remains closed, our young people continue to have a healthy routine to their day.
Learning at Home
Girls, I encourage you to check your class and year group “Teams” daily. Staff are using these to post assignments, video clips and resources which will help you keep an important focus on learning so that when we return to school, you will be able to make smooth progression in each subject area.
Parents/Carers, please encourage your daughter by making sure she has a balanced routine each day. I have attached an example of a “Daily Planner” that you could edit/design together to suit your own household routines. I encourage you to look at her “Teams” each day to help plan her school work for the day/week ahead.
With the SQA exams being cancelled for this year, there will be some uncertainty for our Senior Phase pupils. Please be assured that the staff and I are committed to ensuring that you are not disadvantaged as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The current advice is that you continue to work on any coursework/assignments and submit these to your teachers as this will provide further evidence of your progress.
Health and Wellbeing
As stated earlier, health and wellbeing is our primary concern. Senior staff and myself are making wellbeing phone calls to pupils each day and our Pupil Support Team are e-mailing young people to ensure they have everything they need. This allows us to provide additional support and to intervene if required. Our partner agencies are also continuing to engage with pupils on the telephone, offering continued support on an individual basis.
In addition, young people aged 16 – 18 years who live in Glasgow, can access support through Big White Wall, an online resource for young people who may be experiencing anxiety or other forms of mental health concern. This is an anonymous, clinically supervised service, which provides a range of tutorials and self-help guides, all of which may be useful to our pupils during this time of social distancing. Information and links to this site have been posted on our year group “Teams” for pupils in Senior Phase and can also be found on our website in the ‘Support for Pupils’ section.
Getting in Touch
As Headteacher, I am happy to be your first point of contact and I would encourage you to get in touch via the e-mail account: Headteacher@notredamehigh.glasgow.sch.uk at any time. Mrs Henderson, DHT Pupil Support, has created a post on each year group “Team” with contact details for senior staff (copy attached – Support for Pupils). These are copied below:
Email addresses of Pupil Support staff are listed below for your information:
Pastoral Care Teachers:
Melrose – email@example.com
Support for Learning:
Year Group Heads:
Please take care and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
With the upcoming SQA exams, this is a stressful time for all involved please see the link below for any advice and support in the upcoming months.
Autism Awareness Week is 1-7 April and the National Autistic Society is organising a sponsored walk across 5 locations in the UK (including Glasgow).
Please see the National Autistic Society’s page below to see more details and for registration.
Our updated handbook is available on the right hand sidebar. Please also find a link below.
Parents’ Evenings for the 2017/18 session:
S1 – Thursday 5th October 2017
S2 – Tuesday 20th February 2018
S3 – Thursday 25th January 2018
S4 – Thursday 9th November 2017
S5 and S6 – Tuesday 21st November 2017
Appointment sheets will be issued nearer the time. If you are unable to attend, please contact your daughter’s Pastoral Care teacher.
All pupils joining S1 in August 2017 should report to the school from 8.30am onwards. Mrs Henderson (DHT) is the main point of contact during the visit.
All pupils must arrive by 8.50am. All parents/carers must register their daughter and return a consent form for Monday’s trip. If you have lost the form you can collect and complete a new one during registration. (more…)