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Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you are well.

So we are nearly at the end of the year!  A strange thing to write in May but our new timetable begins a week on Monday and at that point we begin session 2024-25.  A scary thought but one which also fills me with excitement as I look towards a new year with new opportunities to further improve the school.  To that end, I am always very keen to ensure that the views of families are involved in our decision making within the school – it’s your school too.  As such, I would ask that you find 5-10 minutes over the course of this long weekend to complete this family evaluation form, to help shape the areas for school development for next year.

As always, if you have any questions in relation to the information contained within this blog or any other school matter please do not hesitate to be in touch with the school.

Gaelic Conference

 As a school we draw a significant amount of pride from being the only school in North Lanarkshire which teaches Gaelic beyond Primary 7.  As part of sharing our experiences and building connections to friends and colleagues across the Central Belt, we were delighted to host our second ever Gaelic Conference.  On Thursday next week we will be joined by pupils from schools across Central Scotland who are all part of their own school’s Gaelic Medium Provision.  Pupils will be participating in a range of activities including a quiz, the opportunity to hear some keynote speakers and a careers event.

 P7 Transition Days

 On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week we will be joined by our newest year group for their Sports Day on Tuesday and their two day visit on Wednesday and Thursday.  Over the course of these two days, Primary 7s will follow a timetable of their subjects, meet key staff and get to know their classmates.  We are really looking forward to seeing them.

Tinto Hill Walk

 This week a large number of pupils, yet again, demonstrated our generous nature by partaking in a sponsored walk, arranged to support a local charity.  S1 pupils were involved in the St. Andrew’s Hospice Tinto Hill Climb. All pupils showed great determination and worked really hard to complete the challenge. Well done!

Fife Coastal Trail

 This week, over 60 S1 pupils enjoyed a stroll along the Fife Coastal Path from Crail to Anstruther. Along the route pupils explored the Caiplie Caves undertaking field sketches, environment observations and sampled the finest fish and chips in Anstruther. Conduct was excellent and all pupils enjoyed the day.

S1 Reports: Parent Portal

Currently, there are over 1,000 families who have signed up and are now able to access the Parent Portal.  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.

Parent Council – New Facebook Page

Families will be aware that the role of the Parent Council within our school is an incredibly important one to help support the school to improve for everyone.  It provides a forum to raise and discuss any issues as well as providing me with an opportunity to discuss areas for improvement for the school.  One area that recent family evaluations raised was that families were often not fully aware of the work of the Parent Council or indeed the topics being discussed.  At our most recent meeting we discussed how to improve the profile of the work of the Parent Council.  To that end, the Parent Council have now established a Facebook Page to ensure that all families are able to access information about the school and the work of the Parent Council.  This will be a closed group for school families and is accessible here.

School Show

 The excitement for the school show is growing.  As such, I thought it worth reminding all families that tickets for the show are now on sale.  Payment for tickets will be through the online school payment system, ipayimpact. Or, when the coffee pod is open, tickets can be paid for using the contactless system at the pod. The dates for your diaries are 11th – 13th of June at 7.15pm with tickets being an absolute steal at £5.

All families have been invited through Ipayimpact to pay for tickets on their preferred evening or all 3 nights for all you die hard Musical Theatre fans! The funds will be called High School Musical School Show.  Once the tickets have been paid their child can collect tickets from the office.

If you are having any issues with purchasing the tickets, please contact the school.

 Barista Bar Award and Plea

This year Greenfaulds have been proud to launch ‘The Coffee Pod | Beanfaulds, our school Barista enterprise.

To expand our enterprise next session we would like to offer a range of cold brews and iced beverages. To do so we will need to obtain a small chest freezer, ice-machine and blender. If you have any contacts who could help supply any items or donate we would appreciate hearing from you.

Staff talent on show

 I’m a huge fan of our administration team – never flustered, always supportive and helpful.  Not only that but they also have many hidden talents.  One of them is that Andrea Taylor is a very talented local artist.  On the 1st of June, she along with a range of other local artists (including an ex-member of staff) are holding an exhibition at Craighalbert Church from 10am – 4pm.  If you get the opportunity to visit, Andrea’s artwork is exceptional.

 Community Events

 I’m always delighted to share community initiatives with you via this blog and this week I’ve been asked to share the following information.

Raw Taekwondo Summer camp is now live to non members. This is an opportunity to attend a fun and friendly camp where children can learn the olympic martial art of taekwondo as well as boost confidence, strength and flexibility. Our summer camp is always popular with current members and it is a great way to make friends and be active during the summer holidays. Come and join the fun! Book here: https://kick.site/uec5mjj3

I was also contacted this week by Dr Morrison regarding the NHS programme ‘the Chat’.

Hello Mr Vaughn-Sharp and colleagues,

I hope this finds you well. You may already be aware of the ongoing parent/carer engagement work we are calling the Chat, this is an NHS sponsored programme, a discussion with parents and carers about their role in supporting children and young people to learn about themes like growing up and their bodies, friendships and relationships, being safe and topics like consent. We have a national survey open https://thechat.scot (until May 31st) and it is with the survey in mind that I am contacting you. We are receiving a great response, but I am keen to make sure that parents and carers across North Lanarkshire are aware of the survey and feel they can take part. Could I ask you to share (perhaps again) with the your parent body?

How do you help your child find their way in the world? To manage friendships and relationships, being online, or complicated things like consent? The Chat national survey for parents and carers is now open: https://thechat.scot

Cost of Living Support

 There is no doubt that the cost of living is impacting all families across our school.  To that end myself and Ms Foley attend the recent North Lanarkshire Tackling Poverty Conference.  At the conference, a document was shared which I was keen to share with all families around financial supports for families with children.  This leaflet contains a range of information for families regarding what supports might be available to them.  Like many things in life, ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’, and you may be eligible for additional financial support without knowing it.  The leaflet is available here

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

Friday 24th May:                School closed (SQA Exams continue)

Monday 27th May:           School closed

Tuesday 28th May:           P7 Sports Event

Wednesday 29th May:    P7 Transition Day (Day 1)

Thursday 30th May:         P7 Transition Day (Day 2)

Gaelic Conference

I hope you have a lovely weekend

Moran Taing

Jamie

Jamie Vaughn-Sharp

Head Teacher

 

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