Head Teacher Blog
I hope you have had a good week.
Very much an abridged week this week. Wednesday was spent with all staff looking at ways in which we can improve our work within classrooms with a particular focus on questioning and the components of a good lesson. Today and yesterday, it was lovely to see pupils back in school refreshed and ready to go. As always, if you have any questions in relation to this or any other school matter please do not hesitate to be in touch with the school.
As the only North Lanarkshire High School which delivers Gaelic, we are very excited about Seachdain na Gàidhlig (World Gaelic Week) which is almost upon us from 19th-25th February where we get the chance to celebrate Gaelic language and culture. Seachdain na Gàidhlig aims to raise the profile of Gaelic through community initiatives, projects and events and we, as a school and wider North Lanarkshire community, are committed to this. As such, there are several events taking place both for pupils within the school and for the wider community throughout the course of the week.
As well as this we, as a whole school, are seeking to engage with as many pupils as possible regarding Gaelic and would like to give all learners the opportunity to learn a bit about what we do regarding Gaelic in the school, and answer any questions that they have.
All pupils will get to see the video clip which is available here on Monday during form time to help promote the use of the Gaelic Language in the school over the week. A full coverage of the events is also, downloadable here.
On Monday, all families will receive the third email this school year with an update on their child’s attendance.
As you will be aware from our consultation before the summer, this year we are working on ways to promote attendance for all our pupils. We believe that partnership with families is crucial in improving attendance and as such we are updating families regularly with a summary of their child’s attendance. This is purely for information, and I hope that there are no surprises in the details below. If you would like to further explore your child’s attendance this is available via Parent Portal.
Your child’s Principal Teacher of Pupil Support may be in touch over the next few days if they have any worries. However, if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to be in touch with them.
In line with our policy of using Parent Portal, moving forward no future pupil reports will be printed, but are accessible to families via the Portal. As you will know from a number of HT Blogs before Christmas, I have been keen to encourage families to sign up to the Parent Portal as it provides a one stop shop for families to access parent/carer evening appointments, view their child’s timetable, make online payments, report absence and monitor their attendance.
If you have been unable to register for the Parent Portal yet, the sign up process is relatively straightforward and is available here. If you are struggling to sign up, there is a help document which is available here. Alternatively, please contact the school and we can support you to access this resource.
S2 Parents’/Carers’ Night
We look forward to welcoming families of our S2 pupils on the 22nd of February. Families should have received the link for booking appointments.
In a change to the way that we normally host the evening, all staff will be in the assembly hall or in the social space. This comes on the back of feedback from families and the parent council where they often feel the school can be difficult to navigate unless you have your young person to act as a guide and at times a delay in a subject area can have a knock-on effect to other appointments.
Feedback from families of pupils in S5/6 were in favour of this new model and as such we are going to run a second trial with families in S2 with some slight alterations to make the evening even better. We look forward to seeing you there!
DressCode is an organisation established to promote greater gender equality in Computing. In the run up to Christmas Break, dressCode ran a digital advent calendar with the potential prize of a Micro:bit for those who performed particularly well in the challenge.
This week, I was delighted to receive the following communication from dressCode.
I hope you’re well. I’m very pleased to let you know that Abbie Macdonald and Rosie McCorkell have won a prize for completing our Cyber Advent Calendar. The prize, a Micro:bit, should be with you soon.
Please pass our congratulations on to Abbie and Rosie.
Trustee of dressCode
Massive congratulations to Abbie and Rosie!
We were delighted to partner last session with Reeltime music. This organisation worked with a number of our pupils in recording a song and music video within school. Recently, they have been in touch to highlight to us that they are now running Music Workshops on a Tuesday evening for pupils aged 14 and over. As you will know from events within the school, there are a large number of very talented musicians within the school who I know would absolutely relish this opportunity. As such, I thought it appropriate to draw this to your attention.
Bright Red Publishing Offer for Greenfaulds
Families with pupils in S4, S5 and S6 may have visited the Bright Red Publishing stall at our recent Parent/Carer Nights. Bright Red Publishing offer a range of revision materials for National 5 and Higher Courses. Very kindly, they have provided a special discount code for all families who wish to purchase any of their items via their website https://www.brightredpublishing.co.uk/ . Please note this offer runs all the way up until the end of April.
You may remember in October that as a school we are looking to award Greenfaulds High School Colours this session. In line with our school values of Ambitious, Progressive and Inclusive; this is part of our drive to recognise the significant achievements by many of our pupils who compete at both Regional and National Level whilst at secondary school. This would include a full range of activities from music and the creative arts, sport, STEM etc. It will also recognise the dedicated service of senior pupils holding the major leadership positions.
Specially commissioned school ties will be worn by pupils who receive a School Colour at our annual Prize Giving Ceremony, and we anticipate pupils will be keen to apply for these where they have met the threshold criteria. Pupils and their families will be able to apply to the newly formed Colours Committee for this recognition using an online which is available here. I would ask that all nominations are submitted by the end of March to allow the Colours Committee to meet in April to make decisions on the awards.
Selection to represent the Region (North Lanarkshire or otherwise) would merit Half Colours and National (Scotland, Great Britain or any other nation) would merit Full Colours. We recognise that some of our pupils have achieved these honours in the past as secondary school pupils and would welcome applications that recognise these achievements.
Online Study Resources
For Senior Pupils we wanted to ensure that we were providing as much support for them as possible for studying and revising. Alongside traditional supported study in school I felt it appropriate to draw your attention to two online resources.
Firstly, this year we purchased a school account to provide our pupils with access to interactive study materials via the ACHIEVE platform https://achieve.hashtag-learning.co.uk.
When signing up to create their own account pupils should use their school GLOW Email address and use the unique Greenfaulds High School Code (XQfQPVhy) to activate their account. As you will see they will have access to many resources for learning key concepts, testing their knowledge, self-evaluating etc.
Secondly the e-sgoil study resources – Pupils can access a range of resources including help with Study planners, revision tips, managing stress etc. They can also access a wide range of subject webinars every week. Details are posted each week to advise what topics are being covered each evening in the Webinars. They can google Esgoil Study support and it’s very straight forward or can use this link. We have posted the link on Teams for them already.
Dates for your diary
This is an exceptionally busy term with a lot happening in school and as such I hope you find the following helpful.
Monday 19th February: Attendance update email to all families
Tuesday 20th February: S4 Course Choice Finalisation Day
Thursday 22nd February: S2 Parent/Carer Evening
I hope you have a lovely weekend.