Pupil Restart In August

Today’s announcement from the Scottish Government outlines the plan to reopen all schools on a full time basis from August.

We are currently considering the practicalities and implications of this announcement and will await further clarification and guidance from government, particularly in relation to public health and scientific advice.

Our priority is the safety of our pupils and staff across our network of primary, secondary and ASN schools, as well as our early learning and childcare settings.

We understand that you will have questions, and as this news was only announced today, we will make further information available on how this impacts on our schools and facilities in the coming days.

We are preparing for pupils to return full-time to school on 12 August and we will be working closely with our schools and partners, including our early years and childcare provision to establish our plans, which we will communicate as soon as we are in a position to.”

Engagement in Learning

From – https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=35026

Helping your child to engage in their learning

As home learning has now gone into many weeks it might be harder to motivate children to complete schoolwork.  Keeping children engaged with learning in the broader sense might be more relevant.  The following ideas might be of some help.

Make it meaningful – Children respond better if a task is meaningful to them. By creating links to their interests or desires (i.e. what’s in it for them) or areas they have learnt before this can help with their motivation. Some children (and adults) like to see the usefulness of a task so where possible make learning functional and practical. An example of this would be writing instructions for making a model or a game.

Routine and structure – It is important for children to have a level of structure and routines in their lives and this can help them feel more secure. However, there is an opportunity to build a routine that works best for you and your family.  Instead of needing to start when the bell rings, children and young people can work when it suits them best. Try engaging your child in schoolwork at different times of the day to see when they’re most focused.  Within the structure of your day allow children to have some choice of what tasks they complete. Also, it can help for children to set their own goals of how much work they complete by a certain time or day. More information can be found here.

Make learning fun – Remember children are learning all the time at home and outside and not just through formal schoolwork. Games and playing are great ways to encourage children to practise all kinds of skills including counting, problem solving, reading, explaining and social skills. Having fun and being creative keeps children engaged. For example, chalk activities can be used to devise various challenges as well as creating artwork if you have access to an outside area.

Working together – Children often require encouragement to start tasks and once started to then keep going and try to finish the task.  It might help if you are both working alongside each other on separate tasks or once your child has started a task to leave them for five minutes and say I will be back to see how you are doing.  This will depend on the age and stage of your child and the task itself.  Keep praise specific or recognising that your child is putting in a lot of effort.  Try to relay the message that it’s okay to make mistakes as that actually helps us learn. The Education World website provides further suggestion on how to engage your child in their learning.

Break it up – Some children can start one task and stay focused until it’s finished.  Other children work better in working on one task for a chunk of time and then changing to another task.  Often children require quite a few sensory or comfort breaks during a task. This could be a walk round the house or playing with a toy before coming back to a task.

Multi-Sensory – Children learn through lots of different means: visual (pictures, images, videos), verbal (listening to or reading information) and physical movement (hands on, practical experiences, learning by doing).  We know that children master new things best when they are presented to them in all of these different ways.  So try and include a range of different types of activities which make use of some or all of their senses.  Your child can tell you what he knows about a subject while jumping on a trampoline or bouncing a ball. Talking together can really help embed facts as can drawing or making a short video.  Some other ideas are suggested on the Kids Academy and Reading Rockets websites.

Thinking about learning (Metacognition) – It is important that children are encouraged to think about and plan how they might tackle activities or tasks, to think about what they might do to help if they get stuck, to keep track of how well they are getting on and what they did well or found difficult. More ideas can be found here. Adults can support this by asking questions before, during and after tasks are underway. This can be a great way of helping children when they are stuck rather than feeling like you have to jump in and give the answer straight away.

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Water Safety

Each summer Scottish Water runs a water safety campaign to encourage everyone to stay safe around water. Reservoirs, rivers and lochs can be popular places for visitors and we want everyone to enjoy them safely.

A big part of our social media campaign this year has focused on educating people about the risks of swimming and diving into reservoirs –  there are lots of hidden dangers like underwater machinery, strong currents and deep, cold water. This harrowing film from our friends at Welsh Water shows why it’s not a good idea to go swimming at reservoirs https://youtu.be/upeL9yogTAg

Another great film from RNLI explains how you should FLOAT TO LIVE to overcome cold water shock  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OBCFEEZe1U

Lastly, pupils can find our water safety advice on our website at http://www.scottishwater.co.uk/takecare

Single Parent Families

One Parent Families Scotland has been delivering services for parents across North Lanarkshire for over 13 years. Our staff team have been working hard to ensure we can continue to support families with the services that they need during the Coronavirus outbreak, both in terms of practical services and, importantly, in terms of being able to access those services.

Current Service Provision

  • Completion of crisis applications supporting parents struggling to meet fuel costs
  • Referrals to Foodbanks supporting parents struggling to meet food costs
  • Completion of charitable grants for essential new household items (electrical appliances, bedding, etc)
  • Support with Universal Credit and benefit applications
  • Emotional, Well-being & Peer Support via phone call, text, Facebook, Facetime and WhatsApp
  • Up-to-date advice and referrals for access to local services & resources
  • Free Phone Lone Parent Helpline 0808 801 0323, webchat and local up to date information and ‘Ask a Question‘ on our website www.opfs.org.uk

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to find out more about One Parent Families Scotland specialist package of support package.

T:        01698 239961

M:       07506 904 368

E:        lee.anthony@opfs.org.uk


One Parent Families Scotland enjoys a reputation for providing high quality services and have an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the issues facing single parent families.

All, of our work is underpinned by the alleviation of child poverty

Advice for Parents – Loss, Change and Bereavement

Taken from – https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=35018

Helpful information on helping your child with change and loss

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11am to 3pm Today

Just a reminder that if anyone needs us some of the Pastoral Support staff, the School Chaplain, Teen Talk and some of the Senior Leadership team will be in the building today from 11am till 3pm (Wednesday 3rd of June)

Parental Pages

We are updating our Parental pages, so they will be offline for a while. If you require information then please email enquires@coltnesshigh.n-lanark.sch.uk

Current S2 Pupils

From Monday 1st June current S2 pupils will be able to access coursework for their S3 subjects. Teams have been set up by departments. Please contact your Pupil Support Teacher if you have forgotten your subject choices.

Competition Opportunity

Our host charity Lanarkshire Links have launched a competition to create the cover image for the next issue of Mental Health Matters magazine. The theme this year is ‘kindness’.

Images could be in the form of a photograph, illustration, painting, digital art or anything that you feel captures what kindness means to you.

There are also prizes to be won:
1st Place – £50 Amazon eGift Voucher
nd Place – £30 Amazon eGift Voucher
rd Place – £20 Amazon eGift Voucher

Submit your own artwork or photograph for a chance to win.

Entries will close on Friday 5th June at 12noon and terms and conditions for entering can be found on the Lanarkshire Links website here https://www.lanarkshirelinks.org.uk/general/mental-health-matters-magazine-cover-competition/

Edinburgh Napier University

Any new S6 student thinking of applying to Edinburgh Napier University should consider attending these online sessions. They will help with what course to pick and what would be useful to include in a personal statement. If you require any further information please contact Miss Robertson.

Greetings from Edinburgh Napier University!

We are running a series of online presentations for those considering studying an Undergraduate course at Edinburgh Napier University. They will provide professional guidance as to what course to pick which University to choose and what to write in your personal statement. Our Academic staff have also recorded presentations providing Information relating to courses.

The sessions are free to access and details are here:

28 May 2020

16 June 2020 

17 June 2020

18 June 2020

23 June 2020

24 June 2020

25 June 2020

02 July 2020

Edinburgh Napier University Open Days

Edinburgh Napier University Open Days are Saturday 12 September 2020 and Saturday 10 October 2020. Students can register through the link below:

Our Student Recruitment team is still working (remotely) so please feel free to contact us for any assistance and looking ahead wish to arrange a visit or attend and a careers fair.Stay safe!
Best wishes,

UK Student Recruitment team

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