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Police Scotland is currently undertaking a youth engagement survey.

Police Scotland wants to listen to young people and learn about their views of the police, how we’re currently working and what we could do better. We want to understand the issues which affect young people and influence the way the police work, now and in the future.

“Police Scotland is committed to making it safe and straightforward for 12 – 18 year olds to report crimes, get information or advice, and give us their feedback. Our engagement strategy allows young people to express their feelings and opinions in relation to their own safety and contact with police.

Over the last few months, Safer Communities officers have been on site at TRNSMT, Tartan Heart, Belladrum and Party at the Palace festivals, engaging young people in relaxed conversations to get their view of the police, explain how they can stay safe online and to learn about the key issues facing them.  Even scottish music superstar Lewis Capaldi was at TRNSMT lending his support to our youth engagement initiative.

If you are 12-18 years of age, and would like to complete our surevy, which closes on 1 December 2019, you can do so through the following link. https://consult.scotland.police.uk/strategy-insight-and-innovation/young-people-engagement.

Testing…Testing…Hello everyone!

If this post appears on the website, then I am delighted to say that we are back up and running completely after extended log-in issues. (The problem being that we couldn’t!)

Our KGS Twitter feed has kept some continuity down the left hand side of the screen but we appear to be fully back in business and ready to roll!

Tomorrow I will try to upload the end of term Banter. Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

Mrs Bain

Acting Rector

 

Outward Bound 2020

On Monday 25 March S1/2 students were given details about next session’s Outward Bound Trip.

This is a fantastic opportunity to experience a range of adventurous activities with all equipment supplied and costs subsidised by a local family trust and Outward Bound Trust sponsorship.

Further details can be found in the attached outward bound 2020 letter and in these OBT documents – Winter Kit Infographic, Sample Winter Programme, OBT for 2019

There is also a video showing the features and benefits of the trip Learning Away Winter Residentials campaign

We are keen that no student misses out on this opportunity so if you have any queries or concerns please do get in touch. Additional funding is available where this is a barrier to taking part or we can accept a different payment schedule if this would help. Please contact your child’s Guidance Teacher or the Rector if you want to discuss this.

If any local business would like to support this opportunity by either subsidising the trip further or sponsoring an individual please contact the School Office.

Career Ready 2019-21

Career Ready

Keith Grammar School is fortunate to be able to offer the opportunity to some of our current S4 pupils to become Career Ready Students over their S5 and S6.

Career Ready UK, is a business led charity, supporting a movement of employers and schools working together to help raise the aspirations of 16 to 19 year olds and bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience of the world of work.  Together we provide an awareness of business that broadens young people’s horizons and helps them decide whether to opt for employment, work-based learning (such as apprenticeships or school leaver programmes) or higher education.

Selected students follow a programme of mentoring, masterclasses, workplace visits and a four week paid internship.

S4 pupils have been informed about this opportunity in PSE and those meeting the selection criteria who are interested have taken a letter home about an information evening on Tuesday 26th March.  If your child has not taken home a letter and you would like them to apply for this opportunity please contact their Guidance Teacher.

To be eligible to apply for this programme students must meet the following criteria:

  • Studying between one and three Highers in S5
  • Decent grades in National 4/5 qualifications
  • Planning to stay in school until the end of S6
  • Available for the minimum four consecutive week paid internship that starts in the last week of summer term of S5 and continues into the school holidays.

More information can be found at https://careerready.org.uk/

Ms Emily Souness

Principal Teacher of Guidance

 

 

S6 First Aid and Defibrillator Training

With the support of the charity Defibs for Moray a public access defibrillator has been installed at Keith Sports and Community Centre.

The device is accessible by code from 999 operator in emergency. It guides any user through how and when it should be used without the need for any prior training.

The school are being supported to raise awareness of the device by the charity Keiran’s Legacy who will also be training all leavers in basic CPR.

The first session is for all S6 students on Thursday 28 February. The event is also being supported by Tesco through their community champion programme.

All successful participants will receive a certificate and Saving Lives wristband free of charge. Donations would be welcome to support the good work of this group. Bands will also be available for the next two weeks from the School Office for anyone who wishes to donate to support this charity. Suggested donation of £2 but give what you can,

The school will also receive a defib trainer to support future training. Any public group who wishes to join in with future training or would like a demonstration of the defib machine should contact the school.

For those wishing to be more confident in first-response emergency CPR/defib click on the lifesavers link to get a helpful training app.