A Prayer for Many.

Through these challenging times, we ask you to remember a number of people in your prayers. We remember our NHS staff and other key workers as they show great strength and bravery in this time of need.

We ask that you remember family members,  friends and members of the community who may be struggling with illness, poverty or loneliness during this time. It is important now, more than ever, that we communicate with others and keep in touch with those less fortunate than ourselves.

Below is our school prayer, ‘May All Things Be For God.” We remember God in our prayers and his Divine teachings.  God reminds us to be humble; to do our best in all things and, in our faith, to continue to serve others.

May All Things Be For God.

God Our Father
Guide us through each day
Give us the strength to do Your will
Help us to work together
To serve our school, our home and our parish
Give us the Gift of Faith to live our school motto
“Que tout soit per dieu”
We as this through Christ our Lord

Amen.

Updated Edmodo Class Codes

The following link contains an updated list of Edmodo class codes.

Art and Design, Business Education, Home Economics and Religious Education now have Edmodo classes for each year group where resources and schemes of work are easily accessible. The Social Subjects list has also been updated to include National 3-5 Modern Studies and History. Codes for PE and Technical Studies have also been updated

Final Edmodo Codes

Edmodo Access For All Pupils

Many staff within the school have been working together to upload resources onto Edmodo, a user friendly website and app on which teachers can post resources on a subject-by-subject basis and on which safe and secure communication can take place between class teachers and pupils. A link to the Edmodo website can be found under Useful Websites below left or by clicking here.

Edmodo provides a means of contact  between class teachers and pupils in each Edmodo class group.

Link 1 provides information on the creation of an Edmodo profile and a step-by-step process on how to join classes.

Link 2 provides a list of class codes from each department. Pupils should join relevant classes only.

Accessing Edmodo

Edmodo Codes

Urgent – Arrangements for Tuesday 24th March 2020 Onwards

Key worker information

School Support for Key Workers

The list of schools below will be open from Tuesday March 24 for the children of key workers. All other schools will be fully closed.

It is essential, to stop the spread of coronavirus, that people who can work from home do work from home. If you have a partner who is not a key worker they must provide childcare. This is not business as usual and it is vital that this support being offered is only accessed by those who absolutely require it to enable NHS and other critical services to function.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow the self-isolation advice..

Schools open between 9am and 3pm

If your child normally goes to school in MOSSEND, NEW STEVENSTON, HOLYTOWN and surrounding villages: 
Please take your child to New Stevenston Primary School, Coronation Rd East, New Stevenston, Motherwell ML1 4HX

New Stevenston Primary is the venue for all Taylor High Pupils whose parents are both key workers.

All parents/carers will need to complete a keyworker form on arrival at the hub school.

If you are a parent/carer of a child who attends an LCSC unit, and you require school support as you are a key worker, your child should attend the nearest school to you as listed above and below.

If your child normally goes to school in KILSYTH and surrounding villages:
Please take your child to Kilsyth Academy, Balmalloch Road, Kilsyth G65 9NQ.

If your child normally goes to school in MOODIESBURN, CHRYSTON, STEPPS and surrounding areas:
Please take your child to Chryston High School, Lindsaybeg Rd, Chryston, G69 9DL

If your child normally goes to school in CUMBERNAULD:
Please take your child to Cumbernauld Academy, South Kildrum Ring Rd, Cumbernauld G67 2UF

If your child normally goes to school in AIRDRIE and surrounding villages:
Please take your child to Hilltop Primary School, Petersburn Rd, Airdrie ML6 8BH

If your child normally goes to school in BELLSHILL or VIEWPARK:
Please take your child to St John Paul II Primary School, 1 Laburnum Rd, Viewpark, G71 5DG

If your child normally goes to school in COATBRIDGE and surrounding villages:
Please take your child to St Ambrose High School, 65 Townhead Rd, Coatbridge ML5 2JE

If your child normally goes to school in MOTHERWELL:
Please take your child to Our Lady’s High School, Dalzell Drive, Motherwell ML1 2DG

If your child normally goes to school in WISHAW and surrounding areas:
Please take your child to Clyde Valley High School, Castlehill Rd, Wishaw ML2 0QS

If your child normally goes to school in SHOTTS and surrounding areas:
Please take your child to Calderhead High School, Dyfrig St, Shotts ML7 4DH

Volunteer staff should attend hub school nearest their place of work for 8.45am.


Transport

Key workers must take their child to the relevant school hub as listed above. No school transport will run.


Free school meals

For those children who are eligible, and who require this service, please come to the schools listed above between 12.30pm and 1.15pm. We are working very hard to provide a more localised service and will announce details in due course.


ASN Schools

ASN schools will continue to be open for those who require key worker support. We are continuing to assess the specific requirement for children and will make further announcements as soon as we can. ASN transport for those requiring it, will run.


Early Years Provision

Key workers who require care should their child to their usual establishment on Tuesday 24 March. New childcare arrangements will be made in the coming days with our funded providers and Family Learning Centres.

Letter for Parents and Carers regarding attendance at school from Monday 23rd March 2020

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

Although all schools officially closed on Friday afternoon at 3pm, we recognise our duty to support Key Workers in posts which ensure that essential services can be delivered and cover tasks within the local community which support the vulnerable and aid community resilience. Definitions of key workers and eligibility are outlined in Appendix A (click here to download this appendix or click the link at the end of this letter to view). This service is for families where both parents/carers are key workers or in the case of single parent families, where the main care giver is a key worker.

It is essential in stopping the spread of COVID-19 that people who can work from home do work from home. The remaining education support service should only be accessed by those who absolutely require it to enable National Health Service and other critical services to continue and also for vulnerable young people.  We appreciate your cooperation with this.

 Arrangements for week beginning Monday 23rd March 2020

If you are an eligible key worker, who has no other suitable childcare arrangements, then your child can attend school as normal on Monday 23rd March; school transport will run as normal. If you are able to go in person to school or establishment, staff will ask you to complete a pro-forma. If you are unable to do that then the school or establishment will contact you to gather information.

Future Plans

Over the course of this transition week, the council will collect data from across Schools and Centres and use this data to inform its planning. This may involve closing some schools and moving to a cluster/hub model, with only identified schools and centres remaining open to support Key workers who have no alternative childcare in place. In practice, this may mean that your child attends a different school, but within their locality.

 Meeting your needs

This week, you will be asked to complete a form to provide us with essential information about you and your child. This will include information about your employment, work patterns and emergency contact details. This information will be used by the council to build up a picture of the requirement for education services across each locality. The more information you provide the more prepared we can be. Further information will be provided about this later in the week.

School Meals

All children who are entitled to free school meals will be able to access these meals. If you need to access this support please take your child to their usual school at the school’s normal lunchtime (12.30 – 1.15pm).

Breakfast clubs will be open in those schools that normally offer them.

 SQA Course Work

Scottish Government have clarified your child should not attend school to complete any SQA course work. The school may ask you to complete course work remotely.

Teachers know your children well and already have a wide range of evidence on which to base their professional judgement. Estimated grades will be based on predicted attainment, coursework and assessment. They will NOT only be based on prelim marks. Since all estimates and professional judgements have not yet been carried out, I would ask that you do not contact the school at this time for that information. Although there is no process for appealing professional judgement, the SQA have indicated that their post results service will be free of charge this year. Further information on this will be issued in due course.

Finally, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow the self-isolation advice.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Yours faithfully

J. G. McCormick

Head Teacher

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/public/taylor/uploads/sites/25431/2020/03/22233347/Parent-Carer-Letter-Appendix-A-Key-Workers-22-03-20.pdf

URGENT UPDATE ON ATTENDANCE AT SCHOOL ON MONDAY 23rd MARCH 2020

NORTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL UPDATE ON SUNDAY 22nd MARCH……

Schools are now open tomorrow Monday 22nd March 2020 only to children of key workers so that they can undertake their essential roles.

School support must only be used  where essential for key workers. If parents/carers have a partner who is not a key worker, then they are asked to please keep their children at home.

There has also been an update from Scottish Government confirming that students in Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Year should NOT attend school on Monday 23rd March to complete coursework.

Any further update today will also be shown on the school website and issued via Twitter.

Watch out for updates from the Council on Twitter @nlcpeople

Thanks to all parents and carers for their support at this very difficult time.

COVID-19: NORTH LANARKSHIRE COUNCIL INFORMATION ON KEY WORKERS , SCHOOL MEALS AND STUDENTS IN S4 – S6

KEY WORKERS

All North Lanarkshire schools will be open on Monday for the children of the following categories of key workers

It is essential, to stop the spread of transmission of coronavirus, that people who can work from home do work from home. This is not business as usual and it is vital that this support being offered is only accessed by those who absolutely require it to enable NHS and other critical services to function.

If you’re a key worker who requires support, please take your child to your normal school on Monday. We will review these arrangements over the coming week and it is likely we will fully close some schools but we will inform you of this and the alternative provision we will put in place.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow the self-isolation advice.

Key worker categories:

Category 1

Includes:

  • Health and care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response and associated staff
  • Workers supporting life-threatening emergency work as well as critical primary and community care provision
  • Staff of energy suppliers
  • Staff, including teachers and early years workers, providing childcare and learning for other key workers and staff who support school buildings

Category 2

Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home

  • All other health and care workers including home support staff and care home staff
  • Emergency services staff, including police, fire and rescue, prison officers
  • Military personnel
  • Social workers

Those supporting critical national infrastructure including:

  • Staff keeping air, water, road and rail passenger transport operating
  • Oil, gas, electricity and water and sewerage workers
  • Logistics staff including drivers and transport workers
  • Food and other necessary goods staff including food production, processing, distribution, sale, delivery as well as those essential to the provision of hygienic and veterinary medicines
  • Staff in essential financial service provision including: banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure; IT and data infrastructure; postal services; civil nuclear, chemicals and telecommunications; payment providers; waste disposal.
  • Journalists and broadcasters

Category 3

Other council and associated staff in the following categories. Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home

  • Strategic-level management and support staff
  • Waste services staff
  • Fleet services staff
  • Cemeteries staff
  • Property repairs and maintenance staff including frontline workers of Mears and Saltire
  • Roads and lighting maintenance staff including staff of Amey
  • Facility support services including cleaning, catering, school crossing patrollers and janitorial staff
  • Human resources staff including payroll and employee service centre
  • IT staff
  • Communications staff
  • Finance staff including welfare, revenue and benefits staff and municipal bank staff
  • Registration staff
  • Essential legal services
  • Psychological services staff

SCHOOL MEALS

All children who are entitled to free school meals will be able to access these meals. If you need to access this support please take your child to their usual school at the school’s normal lunchtime, but only at their normal lunchtime.

Breakfast clubs will be open in those schools that normally offer them, will be open.

S4, S5 and S6 STUDENTS

A normal timetable will not be operating. Only the following students should attend school:

  • Children of key workers as detailed above.
  • Pupils who have already been instructed by their schools to attend at a specific time for coursework purposes.

Other S4, S5 and S6 pupils will be contacted by schools shortly to arrange completion of coursework. Schools have already informed pupils about arrangements for online learning.

Important Information about Covid-19 from North Lanarkshire’s Education and Families Service

Parents and carers are advised that North Lanarkshire Council Communications team are preparing to release information as soon as possible through its normal communication channels regarding the closure of schools to pupils from today.  This will include

  • Arrangements for children of key workers (including clarification of who Key Workers are)
  • Clarification of arrangements for S4-S6 pupils for SQA accreditation purposes
  • Arrangements for those children requiring free school meals from Monday onwards
  • Arrangements for children with additional support needs from Monday

Further information will be available through the school’s normal communication channels from Monday onwards.

Today, the Education and Families Service issued information in the form of a letter from the Executive Director of Education and Families, Derek Brown.

From:  Derek Brown, Executive Director

Dear Parents /Carers

Following advice from the Scottish Government to close educational establishment today, we fully recognise that from today children and young people may be at home for a long period of time and we have produced a suite of materials to support their learning – further information about materials will be sent to you in due course.

Understandably, this is an unsettling time for children, young people and their carers and many people will be feeling anxious about the current situation and the impact that it may have on the health and wellbeing of family, friends and colleagues.

For this reason we have also included information to help you reassure your child.  Many of these resources have been developed in collaboration with South Lanarkshire Council.  The document linked below provides some advice and guidance.

We will continue to up-date this resource and ensure that it is widely available online.  You will be notified of these updates next week.

Thank you for your on-going support during these challenging times.

Regards

Derek Brown, Executive Director

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/public/taylor/uploads/sites/25431/2020/03/20181348/EF_00204-Supporting-Children-Interactive-1.pdf

Taylor High Sixth Year House Captains

Taylor High School House Captains underwent a change in the New Year when we bade farewell to Ben Johnston who left school.  We wish Ben well in his journey through college.

Ben was replaced by Alana Hillcoat as the St. Andrews House (S3) captain for the remainder of the year.

Alana now joins the rest of the team;

St. Ninian House (S1) – Jemma Steele

St. Kentigern House (S2) – Aidan Donnelly

St. Margaret House (S4) – Maariya Amjad

St. John Ogilvie House (S5) – Sophie Ho

St. Columba House (S6) – Carly Nimmo

 

Foundations of Success – Workshop for S3 – S6 Parents/Carers, Wednesday 19th February 2020, 7 – 8pm

We are delighted to welcome author, speaker and therapist Brian Costello to the school for a workshop for Parents and Carers to explain how we can help our students to successfully navigate the next few months of study and examinations. Some students may experience a degree of stress and anxiety in the run up to SQA exams.

Brian will discuss how these metal health issues are created, why sometimes our best efforts as parents and teachers aren’t enough and most importantly will give us some tips, advice and strategies we can use to ensure our pupils do their absolute best when the exams begin on 27th April this year.

Brian has spoken at schools across Glasgow and beyond and the evening promises to be informative, interesting and entertaining.

The presentation will take place in the school theatre from 7.00 – 8.00 pm. All parents and carers of students in Third to Sixth Year are welcome.

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