“The Banter” – School Newsletter – February 2017

“The Banter” School Newsletter (February 2017) is now available.  Click on the image below, the “Newsletters” tab at the top of the page or click on the following link: The Banter – February 2017The Banter - February 2017

New Fitness Club – Wednesday Lunchtimes…

New Fitness Club for KGS S1-S6 boys and girls starts this Wednesday lunchtime (1-1:30pm). First session is a fun, quick Metafit taster! Get ready for a supercharged whole body workout, which will strengthen your muscles with short bursts of energy and leave you feeling amazing. If you’re self-conscious no worries: you’ll be so focused on what you’re doing you won’t notice anyone else! Bring a pack lunch and eat after the session. Sign up mandatory on Active Schools board.

 

Scottish Apprenticeship Week…

The seventh annual Scottish Apprenticeship Week runs from 6th  March to 10th  March – a nationwide celebration aimed at encouraging more employers to take on apprentices and to highlight the range of apprenticeships available in Moray and beyond.  The following link – Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2017 – provides further information.  Three events for young people parents and carers to meet apprentices, employers and training providers will soon take place:

The following events are happening in Moray:

Event 1: Meet the Employer Event – Wednesday, 8th March 2017

Venue: Conference Centre, Moray College UHI

Time: 10.00am to 3.00pm

Allocated Time:       10.00am to 11.00pm (Schools bringing students)

Students will have the opportunity to meet various different employers who have live apprenticeship vacancies.  So far the following organisations are attending:

8to8 Dental, SSE, AJ Engineering, Hendry Hydraulics, Robertson, Gateway Controls, CITB, MTD, Moray 1st Marine, Johnstons of Elgin, Boortmalts UK, Moray Offshore Renewables   

An updated list of organisations attending will be provided nearer the time.  It is hoped 28 organisations will be attending.  All students are encouraged to bring copies of their CV to share with potential employers.  We also encourage the students to think about questions they want to ask employers.  All students will have the opportunity to speak with all organisations.

 

Event 2:          Parents, Guardians, Young Persons and Training Providers event

Venue:            Skills Development Scotland Office, High Street, Elgin

Time:              4 pm to 7 pm

Information and advice will be available to parents, carers and young people from local employers, training providers and SDS Careers Information Advice and Guidance service based in all schools across Moray.

There is no requirement to reserve a space – this is a drop in session, open to all.

 

Event 3:          Go Live     

Venue:            Online at      https://www.facebook.com/DYWMoray/    

Day/Time:    

Day Time Business
Monday, 6th March 16:00 AJ Engineering
Tuesday, 7th March 16:00 Boortmalts
Thursday,  9th March 16:00 MJD Systems
Thursday, 9th March 18:30 8-to-8 Dental
Friday, 10th March 16:00 AES Solar
Friday, 10th March 16:30 Earthtime

As part of the campaign, a free Facebook live event will be held during the week with apprentices currently working in Moray.  The live event will allow young people to see apprentices at work and direct questions directly to them about their experience and Modern Apprenticeships.

The event can be accessed by anyone who is thinking about an apprenticeship or looking for more information as long as they have access to a Facebook account.  The event will provide opportunities for young people, parents and carers to find out more about apprenticeships and the great career opportunities work based learning can offer.

To find out more about Scottish Apprenticeship Week visit www.scottishapprenticeshipweek.com

KGS Active Schools – opportunities to get active!

NEW Opportunity – Fitness Club

We are starting a new Fitness Club after school Wednesdays 3:30 pm-4.00 pm/4:30 pm and would love to hear what activities you would like in the mix! This will be your new club so your feedback is vital – do you want Metafit HIIT training, Clubbercise, outdoor athletics? If you’re keen, please see the Active Schools noticeboard at the PE Department for more information.

NEW Opportunity – Climbing Wall

Free after-school Climbing Wall sessions continue for S6 on 20th February, 13th March and 27th March at Speyside Climbing Centre in Aberlour. Loads of fun, no experience required, a great challenge for both the team sports and the individual sports types. Also a great way to get over your fear of heights! Minibus leaves at 3:30 pm, returning at 5:30 pm. Pupils must sign-up AND return consent forms to PE Dept as soon as possible.

Girls Netball S1-S6

The Girls Netball Club want YOU! Now open to all year groups S1-S6, with new coach Mrs Wood leading the charge. Friendly, welcoming atmosphere and loads of fun. Come out and try netball on Mondays 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm in the Community Centre Games Hall. Sign up and consent forms on the Active Schools board.

“The Banter” – School Newsletter – January 2017

“The Banter” School Newsletter (January 2017) is now available.  Click on the image below, the “Newsletters” tab at the top of the page or click on the following link: The Banter – January 2017

See also – 2017-cullenrezoning-parent-notification – for letter referred to in “The Banter” (back page).

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Cullen catchment area: consultation affecting KGS…

The Children & Young People’s Services Committee has approved a statutory consultation on amending the Keith Grammar School/Buckie High School catchment area delineation as it affects the Cullen Primary School catchment area.

Please find attached, a letter from the Corporate Director (Education & Social Care) for parents with information regarding how to respond with comments:

2017-cullenrezoning-parent-notification

 

In the event of adverse weather…

In order to access information regarding school status in the event of adverse weather, the following web link and information sources are provided:

Hyperlinkhttp://schoolclosures.moray.gov.uk

School Twitter feed: @KeithGrammar

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S4-S6 Prelim Exams – Monday, 16th January 2017…

With Preliminary Examinations fast approaching, due to start on Monday, 16th January 2017 until Monday 30th January 2017 inclusive (see “Exam Information” tab at top of screen to locate the timetable), the following web links may prove useful to pupils and parents at this important time.  All the very best with the revision and assessments!

https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-at-home/Supporting%20study

https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2016/apr/19/students-revise-exams-revision-science?CMP=share_btn_tw

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/helping_with_exams/

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/may/15/parents-exam-related-stress

https://education.gov.scot/parentzone/learning-at-home/what-can-i-do-as-a-parent/General%20tips%20for%20supporting%20learning%20at%20home

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/41292.html

School Returns on Monday, 9th January 2017 at 8.45 am…

KGS Vision and Values

Merry Christmas from everyone at Keith Grammar School…

The full version of the Staff Christmas Song 2016 is now available to view on the following link:

https://youtu.be/73u5-kLXyg4

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a restful and enjoyable break!  School will resume on Monday, 9th January 2017 at the normal time of 8.45 am.

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