June 2, 2020
by Mr Young
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Wednesday 3rd June 2020

POSITIVE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AHEAD

If you haven’t already managed to find the opportunity, please can I ask you to take a few moments to read the following letter from Maureen McKenna, Director of Education, which I have been asked to share with all parents and carers:

MMcK – parents’ letter doc

Please note that those children of Keyworkers who currently attend the hub at Shawlands Primary will return to St Conval’s building from this coming Monday (8th June). Arrangements will be as they were prior to the Easter break. 

In a change to an announcement made in a previous blog, as well as the text sent out to P7 parents, those pupils moving onto Holyrood will now take their current ipad with them onto secondary school. HOWEVER, pupils attending a secondary school other than Holyrood must still return their ipad to St Conval’s before the end of term. Mrs Woods will co-ordinate the return of P7 ipads towards the end of the month.

Miss Healey and I will be back in St Conval’s school building from today, with other staff returning on Monday 8th. To help focus and maximise the time staff have together in these remaining few weeks of the session, we have included a Recovery Phase priority in our 2020/21 School Improvement Plan. I will be having on online meeting with the Parent Council at some point next week and I know arrangements for August will be at the top of the agenda.

PRIORITY 1: Support our school community to reconnect, recover and move forward positively following the COVID-19 lockdown by:

  • drawing on local, national and international guidance/research to establish safe but stimulating physical learning environments
  • developing and implementing a meaningful Nursery – Primary transition programme which takes into account the restrictions caused by the current pandemic
  • developing and implementing balanced, proportionate approaches to supporting the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff
  • streamlining our curriculum to maximise time for the teaching of core literacy and numeracy
  • modifying our online learning offer to ensure a manageable and sustainable blended learning approach (in-school/home)

We have an awful lot to get our heads around and work out over the next week or so, but please be assured that I’ll be in touch as soon as we have finalised the specific arrangements, procedures and protocols for St Conval’s. Thank you for your patience.

As usual, today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’app or via the link below:

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Additional lessons and learning activities for pupils of all ages are available on the BBC Bitesize

website:https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

 

June 1, 2020
by Mr Young
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Tuesday 2nd June 2020

POSITIVE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AHEAD

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Please click on the link below to access an important letter from Maureen McKenna, Director of Education.

MMcK – parents’ letter doc

Holyrood are arranging Primary 7 visits to the school week beginning 15th June and St Conval’s pupils have been given a provisional slot of the afternoon of Wednesday 17th. Plans are currently being finalised, but we will be in touch as soon as arrangements have been confirmed. In the meantime, however, please can I ask you to pop Wednesday 17th into your diary. Thank you.

As usual, today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’app or via the link below:

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Additional lessons and learning activities for pupils of all ages are available on the BBC Bitesize

website:https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

 

 

June 1, 2020
by Mr Young
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Monday 1st June 2020

It’s not only the start of a new week but also a new month. Welcome to June!

Today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’app or via the link below:

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Additional lessons and learning activities for pupils of all ages are available on the BBC Bitesize

website:https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

This week’s languages challenges are available via the link below to support your child in developing their French and Spanish.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/gc/languagesrevision2020/primary-languages-challenge-2/

We have another warm, sunny day ahead of us, so make sure you take some breaks from your work on Seesaw and get out for some fun in the beautiful weather. Have a great day, everyone!

May 28, 2020
by Mr Young
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Friday 29th May 2020

POSITIVE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AHEAD

Let’s make the most of this BEAUTIFUL day!

I have two important announcements this morning:

Firstly, I spoke to Fr John yesterday about arrangements for an online Primary 7 Leavers’ Mass towards the end of June. We plan to follow this up the next day by delivering certificates, hoodies, etc directly to pupils’ homes. Exact details will follow in a week or two.

Secondly, we are planning to arrange an opportunity for each of our new Primary 1 pupils to visit the school next month to see their classroom and meet their teacher. This will be by appointment only and will be organised in a way which ensures social distancing is maintained. However, we feel it is important for each of our new starts to have the chance to visit the school and be reassured by a smile from their teacher. Once again, exact details will be sent out as soon as we can.

As usual, today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’ app or via the link below.

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Enjoy the sunshine over the weekend, everyone, especially now that lockdown restrictions have been slightly eased.

May 27, 2020
by Mr Young
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Thursday 28th May 2020

POSITIVE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AHEAD

Strong people don’t put others down… they lift them up

I realise there was information circulating on social media earlier this week about the reopening of schools. However, it is important I bring to your attention a tweet from the Director of Education, Maureen McKenna: ‘There are no firm plans for our schools returning in August. We are still negotiating with unions and having discussions with heads… the report circulated is inaccurate in a number of places.’ Please rest assured that I will be in touch as soon as plans have been finalised and I have been given the go ahead to share them with parents and staff.

It’s absolutely fantastic to see all your hard work on Seesaw. I laughed out loud yesterday at a leaflet about St Conval’s produced by one of our P6 pupils which referred to me as ‘Da Boss’! Keep up the super work, everyone!

As usual, today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’ app or via the link below.

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

 

May 26, 2020
by Mr Young
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Tuesday 26th May 2020

Good morning! I hope you had a relaxing long weekend, despite the blustery weather on Friday and Saturday.

As you know, the First Minister addressed parliament on Thursday outlining the route to recovery, including plans to reopen schools on 11th August. As you can see in the Phase 3 column of the chart, this is likely to be a ‘blended model’, involving time in school and time learning online at home. I want to reassure parents and carers that local authorities and the Scottish Government are collaborating behind the scenes to work out the precise details of this. I know this continues to be a very challenging and anxious time for everyone: pupils, parents and staff. Please rest assured that I will be in touch about exact arrangements for August once they have been agreed and as soon as I have been given the go-ahead to share them. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’ app or via the link below. You can also find this week’s assembly in your Seesaw ‘announcements’.

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Additional lessons and learning activities for pupils of all ages are available on the BBC Bitesize website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

May 20, 2020
by Mr Young
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Thursday 21st May 2020

Today is Ascension Day and is holyday of obligation. Please can I encourage you to join Fr John for today’s online Mass at 10.00am via St Mary’s Facebook page. As a community of faith, we celebrate Jesus’ return to heaven, where he has prepared a place for us and from where he watches over us each day. Today’s Gospel concludes with some words of encouragement from Jesus, particularly relevant in these  challenging times: ‘Know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.’ 

This is a holiday weekend, so there will be no learning activities on Seesaw tomorrow or Monday. Please take the opportunity to relax as a family. With tomorrow being a holiday, this week’s assembly will be posted on Seesaw today.

As always, today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’ app or via the link below. You can also find this week’s assembly in your Seesaw ‘announcements’.

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Additional lessons and learning activities for pupils of all ages are available on the BBC Bitesize website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

May 19, 2020
by Mr Young
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Wednesday 20th May 2020

POSITIVE THOUGHT FOR THE DAY AHEAD

CAN’T    CAN!!!

Please can I remind Primary 7 pupils that their current ipad will not move onto secondary school with them but must be returned to St Conval’s, along with its charger, before the end of term. Arrangements for the return of ipads will be communicated on the blog and via text next month.

Please can I also ask all St Conval’s parents and carers to ensure their child’s current reading book is put away somewhere safe at home, ready to be returned to the school in August. Our reading scheme is brand new and each book costs around £7.00. We are very anxious that no books go missing over the summer holidays as we will not have the funds to replace them. Thank you for your help.

Today’s learning activities can be accessed by logging onto the ‘Seesaw’ app or via the link below. You can also find this week’s assembly in your Seesaw ‘announcements’.

https://app.seesaw.me/#/login

Additional lessons and learning activities for pupils of all ages are available on the BBC Bitesize website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

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