Prizegiving 2020

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Due to lockdown last year, we were unable to hold our annual prizegiving last summer but we held a belated socially distanced  award ceremony in the Assembly Hall in the school yesterday.

We plan to celebrate 2021’s awards later this year, when the pandemic restrictions will (hopefully) have abated.

Congratulations to all our prize winners, as detailed in the attached list.

Click to access Celebration-of-Success.pdf

Sad News

We are very sad to report the tragic passing of S4 pupil Jay Gallacher on Saturday night.

“Jay was a lovely pupil and we are all devastated by this tragic news. Jay was in S4 and had just finished his Nat 5 assessments in all seven subjects and was about to make his course choices for S5 this week. He was proud of his achievements and had a bright future ahead of him.

He will be missed by everyone who knew him and our thoughts are with his friends and family. We will provide our full support to pupils and staff in the days and weeks ahead.”

John Robertson

Headteacher

Calderhead High School

Welcome Back

We look forward to welcoming all pupils back tomorrow, Monday 19th April. It is a Blue Timetable week, so pupils should bring materials for Periods 2, 4, 5 & 7 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday and Friday it is Periods 2, 4, 6.

Similar to the three weeks before the Easter Break we intend to ask pupils to socialise outside this term when not in class. This is a highly recommended measure to keep pupils safe at this time.

Assessment Calendar

Please find attached the Assessment Calendar, which will be used at Calderhead after the Easter holidays.
After consultation with pupils and staff it was decided that all Assessments will take in class at normal timetabled times. We hope that this will give all pupils the opportunity to attain the best results possible for each subject.
At first glance the Calendar looks to have a lot of Assessments on it, but each pupil should highlight only the Assessments that they are sitting and this will make it relevant to them.
If anyone has any questions about the Calendar please feel free to call me at the school.
Kind regards,
Gordon Graham
Depute Head Teacher

Assessment Calendar 2021
Assessment Calendar 2021

Information re Lateral Flow Device

Lateral flow

You may be aware that the Lateral Flow Device, LFD,  testing programme has been expanded to include S1-3 pupils after the Easter break.  This is a voluntary scheme to helps to identify those who have contracted Covid 19 but do not have any symptoms.

We have been informed today that on Tuesday, 23rd March, Jason Leitch, in partnership with Young Scot, will be hosting two live Q&A sessions for young people regarding the testing programme. The first event will take place at 13:30 for S1-S3 pupils and there will be a further session with S4-S6 pupils at 16:30. The live events will be held on e-Sgoil so that any pupil across Scotland can access.  We hope to share links to these recorded sessions after the event.

Further information is available at http://www.e-sgoil.com/lockdown-live/  

You can also read more on the Young Scot website at https://young.scot/get-informed/national/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-for-young-people-at-school

Arrangements from 15th March to 1st April 2021

Arrangements from 15th March to 1st April 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming more pupils back to school next week. We have sent out several emails this week in an attempt to provide you with as much information as possible. Normally it takes us about six weeks to construct a new timetable and we build this into our calendar each year. Last week we were very surprised by the announcement in the Scottish Parliament and had to respond quickly due to the timescale involved to make formal arrangements for the return of pupils to school.

Due to 2m social distancing we can only have a limited number of pupils in the school at the same time.

S4, S5, S6

We have written a new Timetable for a Monday and Tuesday that only includes S4, S5 & S6 pupils. S1-S3 pupils will not be in school on Monday 15th, 22nd and 29th March as well as Tuesday 16th and 23rd March.  Each pupil in S4, S5, S6 has been emailed a copy of their timetable. They have also been told which extra day they should report, either Tuesday 30th March or Wednesday 31st March.

S1, S2, S3

We have split S1-S3 into three groups X, Y, Z, each group is only in for three days. The days that these groups will be in school will be as follows:-

  • Group X                Wednesday 17th March, Thursday 25th March and Tuesday 30th March
  • Group Y                Thursday 18th March, Friday 26th March, Wednesday 31st March
  • Group X                Friday 19th March, Wednesday 24th March, Thursday 1st April

S1-S3 will follow their original timetable exactly as it is printed, this will ensure they will see nearly all of their teachers over the three days.  We have printed a spare copy for each S1-S3 pupil.

Until this morning we had not expected to be permitted to offer any form of practical PE, however the guidelines were changed today to allow for small groups to participate in PE activities outside. Having spoken with the PE department at length this afternoon we have decided that S1-S3 classes will greatly benefit from these guideline changes.  So S1-S3 classes will be outside for PE, weather permitting, from Wednesday 17th March.  As we are still not permitted to allow pupils to get changed for PE, Pupils in S1-S3 should come dressed for outdoor PE on the days that PE appears on their original timetable.  On the other days they should be in school uniform.

All pupils will return on the 19th April to a Blue week Timetable.

School Uniform

We are aware that pupils have perhaps outgrown school uniform during the lockdown and appreciate the limited time left in this session. We do ask that you support our school dress policy as much as you can.

Safety measures

In order to keep school a safe place for all pupils and staff, all pupils from S1 to S6, across Scotland, are asked to wear a face covering when in the school building, this is because the new variant of the virus is 70% more effective at passing from one person to another. It is also estimated that 1/3 of all infected people do not develop any symptoms are asymptomatic, but are still contagious and can pass on the virus.

We all have a responsibility to keep each other and our families safe, the best way to do this is to the follow the guidelines, wear an appropriate face covering, wash hands and maintain a 2m distance.

Pupils will be outside when not in class as the chance of transmission is about 20 times less when outside in an open space.

As always if you have any concerns please contact the relevant Principal Teacher of Pupil Support in the first instance.

John Robertson

Headteacher

Calderhead High School

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