Please complete this short questionnaire to let us know how you are coping with home learning, how you feel about how we are communicating with you and setting work.
Keith Schools Food Larder – Request Form May 2020
There is a modest food larder from Moray Food Plus available for all Keith ASG families. We know that folk may now find themselves in very different circumstances, and we are able to help a little by supplying some basic food and hygiene items.
Please complete the request form with your details and we will do our best to help.
A reminder that if you require help and would like to contact a member of staff at Keith Grammar, our admin email address is checked regularly and messages passed on, so please get in touch. We have been able to assist families with referrals for emergency financial help, ICT equipment, and referrals on to other organisations who can help in other ways. These are not ordinary times and we want to help where we can.
To contact us please use our email address:
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.
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.
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,
‘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.’
Link for official advice from Police Scotland.
Please know that we are thinking of you. Your teachers miss seeing you. Although it is officially the holidays, this isn’t the usual kind of holiday. I guarantee your teachers will not have ‘switched off’ from school and will be worrying about you.
I know we have all joked at some point about how much fun it would be if school closed down but none of us ever dreamed this would happen. When it was just a joke, there was no danger, no worldwide health crisis and no enforced isolation. This is not the fun we thought it might be!
However, this is a unique time which you will always remember. Record it somehow. Write a diary, take daily photos, start a blog.
And if it is all too much, writing it down can also help or talk to someone. If you feel there’s no one there- there is usually a friend online and there is always Childline if you have worries you can’t share with anyone else. After the holidays you will have contact again with teachers and your classes on Teams.
Watch this wee film and consider that this might be a bit like how we’ll feel when we emerge from our lockdown!
These polar bear cubs are about to take their first steps into their snowy world. 😍BBC Earth
Posted by BBC One on Monday, March 23, 2020
Here are 4 links which might help you or your family if you are worrying about coronavirus, if you are not coping well with being at home for such a long time or if you are generally looking for more info aimed at people your age.
1 Young Scot has a dedicated campaign site
‘Find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community’
2 The Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland site has some information about children’s rights in a time of crisis and a number of helpful links to resources
3 In particular CYPCS recommend the #Covibook for children under 7 which can be downloaded here
4 Childline have a dedicated Cornoavirus page which covers what coronavirus is, what to do if you are worried and how to cope if you are staying at home
Look after yourselves.