Holy Cross Primary

Parent Update 17th September 2020

Please click on the links below to access the Head Teacher’s update to parents regarding parking and cycle. There is also a list of P.E days for each class. This information can also be accessed from the Menu above.

Please click here – Holy Cross Parking and Cycling update to parents and carers 16 09 2020

Please click here – Holy Cross PE days 2020


Parent Update 14th September 2020

Please click on the links below to access the Head Teacher’s update to parents.

Please click here – Parent Update 14th September 2020


Technical Support with Teams and Glow

We are here to help support you and your child with using Microsoft Teams. Your child should now have been issued with updated Glow Login details. A guide along with four help videos can be found below to help with accessing Teams. If you require a password reset for Glow please ask your child to inform the class teacher who will then reset it. If you require further support with Teams, please complete the technical support form below:

***Please note, when logging the Microsoft Teams App for the first time, @glow.sch.uk  should be added the end of your child’s username i.e. gw12bloggsjoe@glow.sch.uk

Support Materials for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams Pupil Booklet Updated

Video 1: Downloading the desktop app / mobile device app

Video 2: Signing into the desktop app / mobile device app

Video 3: Inside Teams


Parent Update – 18th August 2020

Please click on the link below to access the Head Teacher’s Update to parents for August 2020.

Please click here


Return to School Information for Holy Cross Primary 

Following on from the Deputy First Minister’s announcement on schools reopening in Scotland, please find important information about arrangements for Holy Cross pupils below:

START AND END TIMES FOR SPECIFIC CLASSES

Wednesday 12th August

Class Times Entry and Exit point Please note
All P1s 10am – 1.30pm Main car park Only one adult is allowed on site.

Adults should not approach staff.

All P2s 8.50am-2.50pm Main car park Only one adult is allowed on site.

Adults should not approach staff.

All P3s 8.50am- 2.50pm Main car park Only one adult is allowed on site.

Adults should not approach staff.

Thursday 13th August

Class Times Entry and exit point Please note
All P1s 10am-1.30pm Main car park Only one adult is allowed on site.

Adults should not approach staff.

All P4s 9-3pm Senior playground NO ADULTS ALLOWED IN PLAYGROUND.

The playground will open after 8.50am

All P5s 9-3pm Senior playground NO ADULTS ALLOWED IN PLAYGROUND.

The playground will open after 8.50am

All P6s 9-3pm Senior playground NO ADULTS ALLOWED IN PLAYGROUND.

The playground will open after 8.50am

All P7s 9-3pm Senior playground NO ADULTS ALLOWED IN PLAYGROUND.

The playground will open after 8.50am

From Friday the 14th August and until further notice

Class Times Entry and Exit points Please note
P1 8.50am-2.45pm Main car park Only one adult is allowed on site.

Adults should not approach staff.

P2s and P3s 8.50am- 2.50pm Main car park Only one adult is allowed on site.

Adults should not approach staff.

P4s-P7s 9am-3pm Senior playground NO ADULTS ALLOWED IN PLAYGROUND

The playground will open after 8.50am

 

Children arriving by School Bus

P1-3 Bus children will be escorted in to the Main building on their arrival and will go directly to their classes. P4-7 children will be escorted to the senior playground.

Updates

When all the children are back in we will constantly review how our entry and exit to the school is working. We appreciate your patience.

Please remember

  • Respect the 2m distance between adults
  • No adults in the senior playground
  • Children should arrive at school as close to the entry time as possible and not before
  • Only one adult should accompany P1-3 to their line up area. P2&3 parents/carers should leave the line up area as soon as their child is settled.
  • No adult should approach a member of staff. If you have information to pass on please phone the school office or ideally, send a letter in your child’s school bag.

We respectfully ask that where possible children walk to school to reduce congestion in surrounding streets. Should you be dropping off your child please be patient with others allowing 2m space between adults.

Click on the link below to access further information from North Lanarkshire Council regarding the opening of schools across the authority.

Click link: NLC SCHOOL RETURN INFORMATION

 


UPDATE TUESDAY 23RD JUNE 6PM

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.

 

Holy Cross Recovery Plan for August  – 22nd June 2020

Below you will find a link to the “Holy Cross Back to School” booklet which gives key information regarding the opening of the school in August 2020. Please be advised that information is subject to change due to the changing advice. If any information or guidance changes, we will keep you updated.

Holy Cross Back to School August 2020


Summer Hubs – Information for Key workers  – 22nd June 2020

A new offer of essential support for children of key workers, vulnerable children and young people and children and young people with additional support needs will commence immediately following the end of the summer school term as part of our Club 365 offering.

Parents and carers will be able to book day-long care, Monday to Friday at nine hub facilities and ten family learning centres that have set up specifically for the summer holiday period across North Lanarkshire for children and young people from birth to 16 years of age.

Schools that hosted hubs previously will now be undergoing a refit programme to implement physical distancing measures.

From 25 June until 10 August, there will be provision for 5-16 year old ages at nine hubs in a choice of culture and leisure facilities where they will experience a range of sports, activities, arts and crafts and in ten family learning centres for babies and children up to five years who have not started school. Three hubs will be identified that can provide support for children and young people with more complex needs.

In addition, free packed lunches will be available to primary pupils through our ground-breaking Club365 programme from the nine summer hubs.

5-16 year old provision

The provision for 5-16 year olds will be delivered by Community Learning and Development, Culture and Leisure NL and Active Schools staff, with VANL providing volunteers to help support programme delivery, the hubs will take place in the following venues between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday:

  • Garrell Vale Community Education Centre, Kilsyth
  • Broadwood Leisure Centre, Cumbernauld
  • Airdrie Leisure Centre
  • Coatbridge Community Centre
  • Sir Matt Busby Sports Centre, Bellshill
  • Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre, Motherwell
  • Wishaw Sports Centre
  • Iain Nicholson Centre, Chryston
  • Shotts Leisure Centre

Weekend cover – provision will only be available at Airdrie Leisure Centre between the hours of 10am until 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

An exciting and full learning programme devised by CLD, Active Schools and Culture and Leisure North Lanarkshire proposes an inclusive and flexible learning offer to the needs of children and young people. Across the hubs a range of indoor and outdoor activity will be provided including football, golf and multi sports along with dance, drama, music, visual art, storytelling, crafts and lots more.

The children and young people will also have the opportunity to work towards accreditations with CLD staff including North Lanarkshire Challenge, Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards.

Every child and young person attending the hub will receive a packed lunch.

Please note – hub venues and activities may be subject to change based on attendance and will be monitored and reviewed weekly.

Early Years Hubs for children aged from birth to five (those who have not yet started primary school)

Provision for early years children aged from birth to five (who have not yet started school) will be available from 25 June until 10 August at 10 hubs for children of key workers and vulnerable families at the following venues daily, (Monday to Friday) from 8am until 6pm:

  • Dunbeth Family Learning Centre
  • Richard Stewart Family Learning Centre
  • Bellshill Family Learning Centre
  • Ailsa Family Learning Centre
  • Newmains Family Learning Centre
  • Jigsaw Family Learning Centre
  • Kildrum Family Learning Centre
  • Laburnum Family Learning Centre
  • Shotts Family Learning Centre

To book into the Summer Hub, an online booking form will be made available. This is currently being prepared and a link will be added when the form is ready, 

 


Letter to Parents from Derek Brown, Executive Director of Education and Families  – 19th June 2020

Below is a letter from Executive Director, Derek Brown containing important information about our return to school in August.

There will be an in-service day on the 11th of August (on which pupils do not attend) and all pupils will attend for at least some of the time in the days covering the 12th, 13th and 14th of August.

Letter to Parents

Frequently Asked Questions


NL Virtual Sports Day

We are taking part in the NL Virtual Sports Day on Monday the 22nd of June. Full details of equipment and timings can be fun below. Tweet your pictures or videos to @NLActiveSchools with the hashtag #NLSportsDay. The best photo/video will win £50 worth of sports equipment for your school!

Timings for Virtual Sports Day

Resources and Task List

Equipment List


Letter to Parents from Derek Brown, Executive Director of Education and Families  – 8th June 2020

Please click on the link to access the letter to parents from Derek Brown, Executive Director of Education and Families.

Parent Letter – 8th June 2020


Primary 1 Transition Virtual Tour

We have created a virtual tour of Holy Cross Primary School for our new P1 intake. Click on the link below to see a video we have put together to give you a glimpse of the school. Enjoy!

Primary 1 Transition Virtual Tour Video


Head Teacher’s May Update – 27th May 2020

Reporting on your child’s progress, 2020

Your child’s End of term Report will follow in an email in the coming days. The report provides a summary of your child’s progress prior to the school closure in March. Please be assured that when school does reopen, teachers will work with your child to establish the next steps for learning.

Children make progress every day. The pace of learning depends on many factors including, attendance, time keeping, and understanding of particular blocks of learning and health and wellbeing. During this period of lockdown all children will have continued to learn whether from the school blog, other resources or learning wider skills from parents and carers.

Under normal circumstances in P1, most pupils will be ready to move on to Curriculum for Excellence First Level experiences and outcomes. Some children will require more time while others might be ready a little earlier.

By the end of P4 most pupils will have achieved First Level, some pupils may require a little more time and/or support, others may be ready to move on before the end of P4.

By the end of P7 most pupils will have achieved Second Level, some pupils may require a little more time and/or support, others may be ready to move on before the end of P7.

All children are going to need a little more time to cover then curriculum and adjust to school life. We will of course address this on our return.

For P7 pupils, we continue to work closely with St Maurice’s to ensure all information regarding learning and wellbeing is shared to ensure as smooth a transition as possible at this unprecedented time.

Session 2020/2021

 Following the First Minister’s announcement last week, children will begin to return to school from the 11th of August 2020 if the progress with containing the virus continues. Our local authority are working to ensure a safe return for pupils and staff but we don’t yet know what that will look like.

As soon as we have a clearer outline or more information regarding our return we will let you all know.

Whatever model for reopening we have, we will do our very best to maximise your child’s learning while endeavouring to maintain a safe environment. We always do our best and staff very much appreciate the support and kind messages we have received since lockdown. They have made seismic changes to their working practices and continued to volunteer to support Keyworkers’ families in the St Patrick’s hub and other hubs in NLC.

Communication

The ht@holycross.n-lanark.sch.uk email address and the mobile numbers given in the previous update can still be accessed if you need anything during this time.

We use Twitter @HolyCrossNLC @HolyCrossNCNLC to celebrate learning and to inform parents of learning opportunities and updates for their children. Thank you to everyone who has contributed with likes, retweets, photos and positive comments. Our Twitter account has been changed to a locked account to ensure we know who follows us and that anonymous accounts/trolls do not detract from our intended use of Twitter.

And finally…

We continue to send our good wishes and prayers to our families and community we serve. Please look after one another and keep the important Holy Cross values of Love and Hope in mind at this time.

Best wishes & God bless

Mrs Murphy and the staff of Holy Cross

Click here to download a copy


Head Teacher’s May Update – 7th May 2020

An update from the Head Teacher can be accessed by clicking on the link below:

Head Teacher’s Update May 2020


Digital Learning Update – 6th May 2020

Currently learning is posted Monday to Friday on the class blog (no login required)  at https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/holycrossblog/

We intend to extend this by using Microsoft Teams. This can be accessed through Glow or by downloading the Teams app to a desktop/laptop/tablet/iPad.  It is strongly recommended that the Teams App is downloaded and as this appears to avoid the technical issues experienced by many when using the website version.  However, teachers will still post learning on the class blog as a back up.

Microsoft Teams has functions which make it easier for children to interact with Class Teacher. The benefits are:

  • Class Teachers can post tasks and resources
  • Teachers can set up specific times where they will be ‘online’ and able answer questions about learning in real time
  • Staff can monitor the traffic on the site
  • Teams can be accessed on an PC/Mac/Laptop, any Tablet/iPad or Phone.
  • Teams can be accessed on X-box and PlayStation too as well as on your SMART TV

We are here to help support you and your child with using Microsoft Teams. An email will be sent out to parents containing a detailed ‘How to’ guide in the coming days. This guide along with four help videos can be found below. We also recommend that you check that your child has the Glow login details issued before schools closed. If you require login details please complete the technical support form which can be found below.

***Please note, when logging the Microsoft Teams App for the first time, @glow.sch.uk  should be added the end of your child’s username i.e. gw12bloggsjoe@glow.sch.uk

Support Materials for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams Pupil Booklet Updated

Video 1: Accessing Teams for the first time

Video 2: Downloading the desktop app / mobile device app

Video 3: Signing into the desktop app / mobile device app

Video 4: Inside Teams


Home Learning Packs – 5th May 2020

We have produced some learning packs which will be available to collect from the school (outside the main entrance) on Friday between 10-11am.

These are for those who cannot access the digital learning materials which are being offered.  Please take what you and all learning packs are labelled by class.

We have also scanned the packs so that you can, if you wish, download them for to give you additional tasks. Click on the links below  to access:

Primary 1 Home Learning Pack

Primary 2 Home Learning Pack

Primary 3 Home Learning Pack

Primary 4 Home Learning Pack

Primary 5 Home Learning Pack

Primary 6 Home Learning Pack

Primary 7 Home Learning Pack


Supporting Children During Unsettling Times

North Lanarkshire has produced the following information to support your child during this difficult time. The document can be accessed below.  Further resources are being developed and will be available in due course.

Click here – Supporting Children


Covid-19 Update – 15.03.20

You may be aware that a relative of a pupil at the school has displayed symptoms of Coronavirus and is now self-isolating. A deep clean of the school has been carried out today and the school will open as normal on Monday March 16.

The council continues to work closely with NHS and it is important that the national advice on symptoms is followed. Anyone with a new, persistent cough and fever should not attend school and self-isolate for 7 days. More information and advice can be found on https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19


 

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