All posts by Mrs Bain

Contacting KGS during the COVID19 closure.

To contact us please use our email address:
admin.keithgrammar@moray-edunet.gov.uk
As the building is closed, this is the best way to get a message to anyone you need to. There may be no one to answer the phone but we are monitoring the admin email regularly.
KGS Twitter and Facebook are also checked during working hours so it is possible to send a DM.
Thank you for your patience- please keep in touch.

Moray Council support with ICT for learning from home.

Please use the link below to register your need, Moray Council will verify this with us at KGS and then resources may be available to help.

Please read the following information from Moray Council:

We know that not every family with school-aged children in Moray will have access to IT equipment to support digital learning, but we want every pupil to be able to have that opportunity. Glow, and other learning websites, are widely used in schools and can support your child’s learning in and out of the classroom.

We’re asking families to let us know what equipment and broadband is needed, so we can make this happen. We can then work with our schools and community partners to make sure our all of children and young people are equipped and ready for online learning. 

https://online.moray.gov.uk/site/wss/request/Coronavirus_ICTEquip

 

 

Active Schools Information

Our friends at Active Schools Moray have a new website!

https://sway.office.com/cTdWrNZMpDPTqkyd

It has information on how to access various activities including

· Moray’s own Joe Wicks, Kenny Wilson, a local athlete who has represented Scotland in cross country events, and who gives 30 minute workout sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday.

· Virtual learning provided by Elgin Youth Café.

· Active Schools’ weekly challenges on Facebook.

· Videos and information about local sports clubs.

There is also an Active Schools and Sport in Moray Facebook page – worth following.

Be active and keep fit and well!

Letter from Head of Service

Term 4 Arrangements Letter 280420

Attached is a letter from Vivienne Cross, Head of Education, which was sent out today.  Please note that Friday 1st May is now an In-Service Training day to allow teaching staff in Moray secondary schools time to prepare for the early moving on of the timetable. Please note that this is not an extra day but the INSET planned for the 14th of May brought forward.

15th May is still an INSET day and 8th May is a public holiday so no scheduled classes, setting of work or communication with class teachers will be available on any of those days just as would be the case were we physically in school.

Letters outlining the moving on of classes into the new session’s  ‘timetable’ from next Monday and choice of course outcomes will be sent home this week explaining how this will work. The rationale behind all this is to engage and motivate our learners and make the best use of the time created by the cancellation of SQA exams and exam leave. Students will be able to complete work still required to be done and make a start on some new level courses.

Rest assured that well-being and equity are very much at the heart of all our decisions. We don’t want anyone to be left out or left behind.

Please take care,

Mrs Bain

 

Moray Educational Psychology Service: announcement about support

‘Moray Educational Psychology Service know that school staff are working hard to provide quality information to parents to help their children’s wellbeing and education. As these are unusual and challenging times we would like to provide a wider service to families to help support this work. If you would welcome the opportunity to chat about any social, emotional or educational concerns about your child with our link Educational Psychologist, Kirsty MackIntosh, they can be contacted via email on Kirsty.MackIntosh@moray.gov.uk or a telephone message can be taken on 01343 550999. Parents/carers that already have, or have had, involvement with the service can, of course, make contact in the same way.’

Moray Digital Learning Team: Support For Parents

Parents/ Carers
A website and app have been created to help parents/carers support learners in accessing Glow and saying safe online.  The content on both the app and website are similar and the aim of both of these resources is to get learners logged into Glow where they can access long term support resources.
 
You can access the website
 
The app can be accessed via a computer by pasting the following address into the browser – mdltdigitaladvice.glideapp.io
From here you can view all the app and get instructions on how to access the app via your phone’s camera.   Most iPhones and Android will automatically give the user to option to add the app to their home screen.  This will create an icon and appear like a normal app, with any updates showing the automatically next time the app is opened.  Please note this is a web app and not available for download through the usual app stores, it can only be accessed by address above. 
 
In addition to these resources which have been created with parents/carers in mind, all users, including learners, will have access to the Moray Digital Learning Team SharePoint site which contains the majority Digital Learning support materials.  Once logged into Glow there can be accessed using the following link – https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/MorayCouncil/MC/DIGILEARN
 
A tile has also been added to the Moray Council Launch Pad in Glow to allow users to access the site directly.  The SharePoint site is updated daily with new support materials including How to Videos and a digital tip of the day.
 
The Moray Digital Learning Team Blog also contains useful information, news and details of upcoming events for those who are unable to access Glow, it can be found here –
Thanks to the Moray Digital Learning Team for providing this support.

Term 4

Wishing you all health and happiness as we go (virtually) back to school.

We return to  learning, studying, new experiences, helping, staying in touch, reading, drawing, exercising, cooking, writing, counting… and general STAYING AT HOME!

Check out Glow and SMHW for work and activities. Paper packs where required will be prepared during the week.

Email, Glow, SMHW, Twitter all being checked regularly. Please get in touch if you need anything at all. We will see what we can do!

A reminder that the school building is closed but you can reach us on email:

admin.keithgrammar@moray-edunet.gov.uk

I have attached 2 letters which went home today- one to all parents and one to Senior Phase parents re SQA.

Kindest regards to all

Mrs Bain

Term 4 Letter – 8.4.20

SQA Awards – 8.4.20

Latest SQA Statement

We have received an update from SQA today. They have provided guidance for learners, parents, and carers here:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/020420-SQA-NQ2020-Parent-Carer-covid-19-FAQ.pdf

Main points summarised here to reassure you:

  • SQA are  extending the existing deadline for receiving these estimates to 29 May, from the original date of 24 April.
  • Everyone at SQA is working to ensure that learners will receive their results no later than Tuesday 04 August, as originally planned.
  • SQA have decided not to mark any course work as this is the fairest way to proceed since some had been submitted, some had not and given public health guidance, they are now unable to mark any work submitted.
  • A free appeals service will be available, to ensure that schools and colleges continue to have a mechanism to question any result.
  • SQA will provide detailed guidance to schools and colleges on how to determine and submit the required estimate information after Easter, and by 20 April 2020.

Therefore until then we will be unable to answer any detailed queries. This is all the information we have for now.

Patience is still the name of the game.

Mrs Bain