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Dear Parent/Carer 

Pupils have had a slightly shorter week in school due to the Assessment Day on Tuesday 25 May when our teachers worked alongside Holy Rood colleagues and with those in schools across the Local Authority. The moderation activities which took place on this day will enable us to ensure we are making fair judgements on robust demonstrated evidence to arrive at senior pupils’ provisional grades. 

We ask for your continued support in ensuring that we maintain high standards. We ask for your support in making sure that that all children arrive in school on time and in full school uniform. Pupils should bring a face covering with them each day. It is also important that all pupils bring PE Kit with them on the days when they have PE. 

Alternative Certification Model 

All Edinburgh Secondary Schools will have an additional Assessment Day on Wednesday 9 June for further moderation activities to take place. We would hope to start feeding back to senior pupils after quality assurance procedures are completed. Please note that the communication of the provisional grades to pupils is expected to take place on a specified day during the last week of term and is currently in discussion at Local Authority level. Information about the communication of provisional grades will be forwarded to S4/5/6 parents as soon as it becomes available. 

Return of School iPads 

Please ensure that all iPads borrowed during Lockdown are returned to school at the earliest opportunity. (Please note that S4-6 pupils can keep the school Ipads until the assessments are completed but must return devices by the end of term. S6 pupils must return devices week beginning 7 June). 

Senior School Induction Days – Change of dates 

For pupils who intend to return to school to complete a fifth or sixth year, it is important that all pupils attend the Induction Day so that important information can be shared regarding the senior phase. Pupils are reminded to wear full school uniform. S5 pupils will be given information regarding the ordering of blazers (part of the S5/6 School Uniform) 

S6 Induction Day Monday 7 June 
S5 Induction Day Tuesday 8 June 

Leavers’ Mass 

Two Leavers’ Masses are scheduled to take place on Friday 11 June and will be celebrated with Father Jock and Father Alex. The masses will be live streamed for parents. Further information will be issued for S6 pupils next week. 

Extra Curricular Rugby 

As part of our CashBack for Communities ‘School of Rugby’ programme, we are pleased to offer S1-3 pupils the opportunity to attend extra-curricular rugby sessions this term. The session will run on Wednesday 2nd, 16th and 23rd June afterschool from 3.50 – 5.00pm on the Astroturf. Session places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Online booking is essential for this session to ensure track & trace procedures are in place. 

If your child is interested in attending, please familiarise yourself with the COVID guidelines and complete the online booking before 1st June using the link: https://www.joininedinburgh.org/activity/18036/ Any question please contact our Active Schools Coordinator Lauren Millar using the details found via the link. 

Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) 

Our S3 pupils have working hard on their final presentation for their chosen charity. The YPI Final will take place virtually this year on Thursday 3 June. The winning group will secure £3000 for their chosen charity. We wish our pupil participants the best of luck with this very worthwhile initiative. 

Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) – Pupil Opportunity 

Ms McCabe, our School Librarian, has agreed to help us find two new members for the Scottish Youth Parliament for the Edinburgh Northern and Leith constituency. Held every two years, SYP elections will take place between 9th and 21st November 2021. It may seem quite a long way away, but expressions of interest need to be submitted by 30th June and we know that this school has some excellent young people who would really enjoy the chance to change Scotland’s future. Previous campaigns launched by the SYP include All Aboard which recommended free bus travel for young people in Scotland and is being brought in later in the year. Anyone between the ages of 14 and 25 can put themselves forward for nomination and, if successful, would become an MSYP for two years. This is a really great chance for anyone, whether they feel politically motivated or not – if you think your son/daughter would like to change the world, here’s the chance to begin doing so! Pupils are asked to let their Year Head or Ms McCabe know if they are interested. 

COVID Information – Polish Community 

Please find attached information regarding a COVID information meeting for the Polish community. 

Important Dates- Reminder 
Wednesday 9 June – Secondary only exceptional Staff Inservice Day 
Friday 25 June – Last day of term 

Yours sincerely 

Joan M Daly 
Head Teacher