Headteacher’s Message

Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing to inform the Braidhurst High community that Mrs Carolyn Rooney has been seconded to lead and manage Chryston Campus (Chryston High and Chryston Primary) over the next few months.

This is a temporary arrangement and Mrs Rooney will return to Braidhurst High in due course.  In the meantime, Mr David Gardiner, Depute Head Teacher, will assume Head Teacher responsibilities at Braidhurst High until Mrs Rooney’s return. The Education and Families Manager for Braidhurst High, Mrs Bee Hunter, will continue to support the school and Mr Gardiner in Mrs Rooney’s absence.

I thank Mrs Rooney for accepting this new challenge to lead and manage Chryston Campus over the next few months and know she will not only bring vast experience to this role but also the same values, the drive for success and a strong sense of community which she has underpinned her leadership at Braidhurst High.

I wish Mrs Rooney and Mr Gardiner the very best during this next period in their careers.

Yours sincerely

 

Janie O’Neill

Head of Education (South locality)

Education and Families

Young Persons Free Travel

Young Persons Free Travel – please note the scheme will be going ahead and that everyone who wants to use it will need to apply for a card. However, only those with essential travel requirements should apply while public health restrictions are in place.

The scheme supports the adoption of sustainable travel behaviours early in life, and will also improve access to education, leisure, work and other opportunities as soon as we come out of restrictions

Please see further information below or go to Transport Scotland website which provides information on the scheme and guidance on travel restrictions.

Overview

Free bus travel for 5-21 year olds resident in Scotland will be available from 31 January for those with a valid National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC. Children under the age of 5 already travel for free on commercial bus services and don’t need a card.

A national marketing campaign was due to launch from 5 January to encourage applications, giving full details on how and when to apply. However, given the current situation with the pandemic, it has been decided to pause the launch of the national marketing campaign – which proactively encourages bus travel – until the current COVID-19 situation improves.

All young people and children aged 5-21 years can still apply for their new or replacement NEC or Young Scot NEC from 10 January to access the scheme from 31 January. However, we are asking that only those for whom bus travel is essential apply at this time, because of work, education, health or care reasons, for example. Information about the scheme and how to apply is now available on the Transport Scotland website ahead of local authority delivery partners opening applications on 10 January.

This approach will also help minimise pressure on local councils who will be processing applications and responding to queries, ensuring young people and children under 22 for whom bus travel is essential are able to access the scheme from 31 January. Everyone under the age of 22 and living in Scotland will be proactively encouraged to apply to access the scheme by the extensive marketing campaign which will now be launched nationally at a later date.

Why the scheme is so important

The scheme is designed to help create a sustainable future for young people by embedding sustainable travel habits from an early age. This can help Scotland to tackle the climate emergency and meet targets to become net zero by 2045.

At the same time, the introduction of free bus travel for under 22s will also reduce inequalities and advance equality of opportunity and outcome for young people and families as well as having the potential to help address child poverty by reducing household outgoings. Free bus travel supports the delivery of a Just Transition and removes financial barriers, giving young people more and better choices in work, education, health and social activities.

Research commissioned in October 2021 revealed nationwide support for the roll out of free bus travel amongst young people – with almost two-thirds (61%) agreeing that access to public transport will play a central role in the fight against climate change. One full double decker bus equates to removing 75 single occupancy cars from Scotland’s roads.

All delivery partners are committed to delivering the scheme in a way that is safe for children and young people and instils confidence in their parents and guardians. That is why parents or guardians will be required to apply on behalf of children under the age of 16 to ensure they can exercise their responsibility for their children’s safety.

Transport Scotland has also worked with Barnardo’s Scotland to make available additional training for bus drivers on child safeguarding in advance of the scheme’s launch.

Application process

5-21 year olds living in Scotland will need a valid National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC to access free bus from 31 January.

  • Many young people will already have a NEC or Young Scot NEC, but this will not allow them to access free bus travel. Everyone who is eligible will have to apply for a new or replacement card if they wish to use the scheme.
  • The Improvement Service and National Entitlement Card Programme Office (NECPO), together with local authorities, are responsible for handling applications and issuing National Entitlement Cards (NEC and Young Scot NEC) which are used to access the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme.
  • The scheme will use the existing application processes and will enable young people or their parents/guardians to apply either online or in person at council offices.
  • Applications open on 10 January. All eligible children and young people can apply but we are working through our network of delivery partners and stakeholders to get messaging out, encouraging children and young people to apply at this time if they need to make essential journeys by bus.
  • A number of different methods will be available for 5–21 year olds to get their card to access free bus travel: online at GETYOURNEC.SCOT or through parentsportal.scot if it is used by the child’s school; via a local council where it is not possible to apply online; and, in some local council areas, schools are coordinating applications on behalf of their pupils.
  • Young people aged 16-21 should apply themselves.
  • Parents or guardians will be required to apply on behalf of 5-15 year olds.
  • Children under the age of 5 do not need to apply as they already travel for free on commercial bus services without a card.

https://www.transport.gov.scot/concessionary-travel/young-persons-free-bus-travel-scheme/

 

Revised Protocols: return to school

Return to school on 10th January 2022 – revised protocols

  1. Staggered lunches will be reinstated as this will allow us to ensure pupils sit in a designated area in the dining hall.

Instructions are as follows:

  • S1 – 12.20pm
  • S2 – 12.25pm
  • S3 – 12.30pm
  • S4/5/6 – 12.40pm

This applies to all (i.e. picking up a grab-a-bag or buying a dinner).

  1. Intervals and lunch: pupils will be encouraged to be outdoors if possible. They should wear an outdoor jacket to school, which should be removed when they enter the building. We have a limited supply if needed. If wet, pupils will be sent to the following zones:
  • S1/2 – Tuck shop
  • S3 – Assembly Hall (English department during prelims)
  • S4 – Dining room
  • S5 – Social Subjects
  • S6 – Maths

3. ALL pupils will leave at 3.45pm at the end of the day. There will be no early release of pupils.

4. When moving around the school pupils should keep to the left.

5. There will be no year group assemblies.

6. Windows and doors will remain open (where, and when, possible).

7. Pupils will sit at single desks, all facing the front (where possible).

8. Seating plans will be kept/ updated by staff. Pupils should sit in their allocated seat and not move without permission.

9. Pupils should know their login details for GLOW. If they do not they should speak to any teacher ASAP. If pupils are required to self-isolate, they should access work online, or join the lessons if able and the facility is available.

10. We ask that ALL pupils please take a lateral flow test twice a week – these can be collected from the school office during lunch time.

We will continue to issue masks at start of day, interval, and lunch while also sanitising hands. Please bring a mask to school if you have one.

Return to School

In preparation for our return to school on Monday pupils & staff can reduce COVID-19 risks by taking a lateral flow test the night before or on the morning of their return to school after the festive break.

Pupils & staff should also take regular tests twice a week. All results should be recorded.

 

Please vote for us: ASDA Green Token Giving

Braidhurst High School has been selected to take part in this year’s Asda digital green tokens scheme.

The Asda Foundation’s Green Token Giving donates £1.4 million to local charities and good causes across the country each year.  The usual in-store customer vote is still on pause, but following a successful trial earlier this year Asda launched the website – https://www.asda.com/green-tokens – so customers can vote from the comfort of their own home and online shoppers can take part as well.

The school’s digital voting will run from 1st December until 31st January 2022. Please be aware that you can only vote once within a 7-day period.

The winners of each store’s vote receive £500 from the Asda Foundation and the two runners-up are given £200 each.

Please visit the Asda site and vote for the school to enable us to have a chance at winning this fantastic prize!

Please click image below to go direct to our voting page and help us get to 1st place

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