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Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you and your families are well. On Tuesday 2 March, the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that all Secondary pupils will return to school part time from Monday 15 March. This means that pupils will spend some time learning in school with teachers and some time at home continuing with remote learning. We are working hard to put plans in place for this to happen with 2m physical distancing in place in all areas of the school. We will be in touch next week with a further update and when you can expect your child to attend.

Parent Council Feedback
On the 15 March, the Parent Council will be updated on the Report into Allegations of Racism and next steps for our school community as part of our School Renewal Action Plan. All Parent Council members have been invited and we would hope to see everyone there. Our pupil, staff and parent Equalities Committee will meet virtually before Easter. We currently have three parent volunteers. If you are interested in being part of this Committee, please contact Admin@Holyrood.edin.sch.uk

Pupil Focus Groups on Remote Learning
We will be holding virtual S1, S2 and S3 Pupil Focus Groups in the coming days so we can hear about the pupil experience on the BGE. We look forward to hearing from our pupils.

Parent Survey
Thank you for completing the parental survey on remote learning, we received 357 responses. We are pleased to learn that most parents think the amount of work given by teachers is “just right” and that most pupils are spending the recommended hours per day completing their assignments. Many of our pupils are taking part in the live teaching inputs and we acknowledge the positive impact that these have on pupil engagement and their learning. Many parents stated that they would like to see more live lessons. The survey also tells us that our pupils have access to digital devices. We continue to provide support to families where there is a need for the use of a school iPad or support with how to access remote learning on Teams. Any requests for support are continuing to be taken forward by Year Heads and support staff.

Live Lesson
One of the highlights of my week was attending an S1 live lesson in Social Subjects. It was great to see pupil/teacher interactions and how technology is being used so effectively. Well done S1, really fantastic work and of course thank you to Mr Radford for the invite and to all staff who are making remote learning so meaningful on a daily basis.

Please find linked the latest version of ELATE, featuring our very own Miss Henderson and Mrs Gulliver-Sloan. Do have a read about what they’ve been up to and you will see that this great practice has now been shared across the city.

World Book Day
You may have noticed that Thursday was World Book Day. A big thank you to Ms. McCabe, our School Librarian for encouraging us to celebrate this day remotely – it was great to read all the positive tweets about reading and favourite books. Pupils attending the Hub were given £1 World Book Day tokens

Our School Counsellors are available to provide 1-1 support remotely during this time. Please get in touch with the appropriate Year Head if you would like to access support for your child.

Pupil Engagement
We are very grateful for all you are doing to encourage your child to complete tasks and assignments as well as engage in the live inputs. If there are issues we need to be aware of, please contact the appropriate Year Head.

S2 Review of Learning
Thank you to S2 pupils who submitted their draft course choices online. Please ensure that your child completes the final course choice which will be emailed on Monday 8 March.

S3 Parents’ Meeting
The S3 Parents’ Meeting will take place on Thursday 11 March from 4-30 – 6.30pm. S3 Booking opens on Friday 5 March, S3 parents have been emailed about this.

Emails It is important that pupils check school emails via Outlook on a daily basis, as well as checking for messages on Teams. Teachers and Year Heads often use this method of communication to share important information with pupils. Messages will include assignment information, important updates and information on what days pupils are required to attend school if attending to do practical work.

Keeping in Touch For general enquiries, please e-mail admin@holyrood.edin.sch.uk. Follow our twitter feed for regular updates @HolyRoodRCHigh

S1 – S3 Year Heads can be contacted as follows:- S1 – Mrs McIntosh year1head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk S2 – Mr Kiernan year2head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk S3 – Mr Lindsay year3head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk


Engagement with Remote Learning/ Assessment Dates
It is crucial that all pupils remain engaged as best they can with remote learning as there will be planned assessments for S4, S5 and S6 once we return to school after Easter. These assessments will allow pupils to evidence skills and knowledge which will contribute towards teacher estimates. Further information about the assessment dates will be shared with pupils and parents before the end of term.

S4- 6 Pupils Practical Work
Over the course of the last two weeks, we have welcomed back small numbers of S4-6 pupils to complete practical activities. We have been hugely impressed by all pupils who have worked really hard, making good progress. Please ensure your son/daughter checks Teams and email to see if they are due into school next week.

S4 Leavers
If your child is in S4 or S5 and intends to leave school at the end of the year, he/she should inform the appropriate Year Head and Karla Hart by email (Karla.Hart@sds.co.uk) so support can be put in place in choosing next steps. Key things to remember:

  • Applications for Full-Time courses at Edinburgh College are now open. There is no closing date, but courses will fill up quickly, so pupils planning to move onto college are advised to act quickly! Courses can be accessed via the Edinburgh College website – https://www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk/Courses/Full-Time%20courses
  • If pupils are looking to go straight into employment but don’t have any plans at the moment, have a look at the following website which is updated regularly with information about opportunities in Edinburgh for school leavers – https://www.theguarantee.org/

S5 and S6 Coursing
Thank you to S4 and S5 pupils who submitted their course choices online. Work can now get underway on producing timetables for S5 and S6.

Column 5 – School College Partnership Courses
School College Partnership Courses (SCP) provide additional choice of subjects that are not offered in school. There are over 60 courses to choose from, starting at entry level to HNC. SCP replaces column 5 in Holy Rood. All SCP courses offer progression to full time Edinburgh College course.

Pupils interested in SCP pathway should contact Karla Hart immediately after submitting their course choice form. Some useful links below; Information Video- https://bit.ly/3sz18MT SCP prospectus- https://bit.ly/3dObVyD

Senior School Year Heads can be contacted as follows: – S4 – Mr Campbell year4head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk S5/6 – Mr Scott year5head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk OR year6head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk

Kind regards,
Joan Daly
Head Teacher