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Dear Parents /Carers 

I hope it’s been a good week and that you and your families remain safe and well. As we approach the end of term, we continue to keep infection control measures as a top priority and our pupils are doing so well in keeping safe. Staff continue to ensure that those pupils who are required to self-isolate can access their learning on Teams. It was great to meet virtually with our Parent Council during the week and we remain very grateful for the excellent work they have been doing to secure an additional 42 bus service for our pupils travelling on that route.

Advent
As we celebrate the liturgical season of Advent, our school is looking festive with Christmas trees and decorations throughout the building. From Monday, pupils will attend Advent Liturgies in the RE Faculty. The theme will be Emmanuel! – God is with us in all things. This theme reflects on our ability to remember that God accompanies us all especially at our most difficult and challenging times.

Values Project
On Monday 7 December the RE Faculty launched our next key value mentioned in the School Mission Statement …JUSTICE. Staff and pupils were asked to immerse themselves for this day focusing on …Justice… pertinent to Advent – putting the world to rights, putting straight the path, preparing a way for the Lord, living out your experience.

Advent Fundraising
Our pupils’ chosen charity this year is support of the local Food Banks. A reminder to send any non-perishable foods into school with your child, these will in turn be donated to local food banks for distribution within the local community. Any monies raised during Advent will go towards a “big food shop”.  This week pupils and staff embraced Christmas Style Day and came dressed to school in Christmas attire – all for this very good cause.

Tutor Time
This week in Tutor time S1-6 pupils have been focusing on recycling, litter and how to have a sustainable Christmas. Thank you to the Eco Committee for taking the lead on this.

I hope you and your family continue to be safe and well.  It was nice to hear nationally this week that there are some exciting developments in relation to a forthcoming vaccine.  We continue as a school to be stringent in applying our infection control measures and every day I am so proud of our pupils and staff for their efforts in keeping themselves and others safe.  There is no place like Currie, that is for sure.

We have had a lovely week here at CCHS full of Christmas cheer!  The school is now looking very festive and Head Students and House Captains are organising some nice fun events for the end of term which is fantastic.  The Christmas fairies have been visiting our staff to present them with nice little gifts of recognition for all they are doing for young people at this time.  Senior Phase pupils are working I hope you and your family continue to be safe and well.  It was nice to hear nationally this week that there are some exciting developments in relation to a forthcoming vaccine.  We continue as a school to be stringent in applying our infection control measures and every day I am so proud of our pupils and staff for their efforts in keeping themselves and others safe.  There is no place like Curr

S1 Social Studies
I was delighted to be invited to participate in an S1 Social Studies lesson when pupils were preparing a leaflet on Edinburgh which they will send to our partner school in Tanzania. The pupils asked some excellent questions about Holy Rood past and present and reflected on how things have changed over the years. I was so impressed with the pupils’ engagement and eagerness to learn. We are very grateful for our wonderful learning environment and for the many resources we have which make learning stimulating.

S3 Youth Philanthropy Initiative
S3 pupils are continuing to work on the Youth Philanthropy Initiative Programme in PSE time. Pupils work as part of a team, and link with a local charity in an attempt to win a £3000 grant. They must create a presentation about the work and impact the charity is having on the local community. We look forward to the YPI final next week in school on 16 December!

S4 Assessment Block
All pupils are working hard and none more so than our S4 pupils who have just completed their Assessment Block. Well done to S4 who have really applied themselves and prepared well for this first Assessment Block.

S5/6 Cancellation of Higher and Advanced Higher Exams
After the Deputy First Minister’s announcement on Tuesday regarding the cancellation of Higher and Advanced Higher 2021 exams, we visited all S5/6 classes to reassure pupils and share information with them. I have emailed S5/6 parents and carers regarding this alternative certification approach which is based on teacher judgement of evidence of learner attainment. The approach is supported by assessment resources and robust quality assurance/moderation at national, local authority and school level.

S5/6 Assessment Diet
In Holy Rood, we intend to hold the S5/6 Assessment Diet (previously referred to as Prelim Diet) from 18 – 26 January 2021. Pupils will receive more detailed information about this before the Christmas break and we will post this Programme on our website.

S5/6 Virtual Parents’ Meeting
Our first ever Virtual Parents’ Meeting took place on 9 December. We are pleased that some parents have been in touch to share their positive feedback. We will send S5/6 parents a short survey in order to allow for an opportunity to give formal feedback which will allow us to plan for subsequent Virtual Parents’ Meetings.

Communication
Please contact Admin@Holyrood.edin.sch.uk with any general enquiries For further updates and information, please follow the school’s twitter feed @HolyRoodRCHigh or the school website https://www.holyroodrchighschool.co.uk

Next week look out for a full Learning and Teaching Update in a SWAY Presentation.

A reminder that school will close for the Christmas holidays on Tuesday 22 December at 12pm.

Best wishes,

Joan Daly

Head Teacher