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Dear Parent/Carer

We now have two weeks left until the end of term and we will make good use of this time to allow pupils to get used to their new timetable, new courses and in some cases, different teachers. It’s a busy time in school, below is a brief update:-

New Timetable
On Monday 14 June, we will change timetable. Pupils should go to their Tutor class where they will be issued with their new timetables during period 1.

Assessment Schedule
We have reached the final week of our Senior Assessment Schedule. Teachers have almost completed the important task of marking assessments and used the additional assessment day this week to complete moderation activities. We have been in touch with S4-6 pupils who have been self-isolating and who have not been able to complete assessments, these will be re-scheduled as soon as possible next week. Provisional grades will be communicated via letter in the final week of term. S4, S5 and S6 parents and carers will receive a separate communication about this next week.

Over the last week, we have seen an increase in the number of positive covid-19 cases across the city. We continue to do all we can to mitigate any risk in school. As part of our daily routine, we have enhanced cleaning in place, pupils must sanitise their hands as they come into the building and on entering each class and wear a face covering. Pupils enter the building staggered by year group and our S1-3 pupils are dismissed 5 minutes early for lunch and at the end of the day. The one-way system remains in place and pupils are encouraged to spend break and lunch time outside. Your son/daughter is encouraged to complete LFD testing twice weekly, the kits are distributed in school and children under the age of 16 require parental consent.

School Uniform
As parents think ahead to the new term and take advantage of some of the summer clothing offers, we would emphasise that we expect every pupil to be in full school uniform from August. We know that this has a positive impact on standards and behaviour in school and it is supportive of our inclusive school ethos. We would ask that you support us to help ensure that everyone feels part of our school community. Please remember when shopping for your child’s uniform that jeans, joggers, leggings worn without a skirt and anything other than plain black shoes or trainers are NOT permitted. Please see the attachment for full information and uniform expectations.

Senior School Induction
The S6 Induction took place on Monday this week and current S5 pupils had the opportunity to learn about positive destinations and the many leadership opportunities and extra-curricular opportunities available to them. S5 pupils also attended a Careers Insight session which was run by our Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator, Roisin Kennelly. Due to the number of S4 pupils self-isolating, we have postponed the S5 Induction for now and we will re-schedule as soon as possible.

Leavers’ Mass
On Friday June 11 we held our S6 Leavers’ Masses in school. We thank Father Jock and Father Alex who celebrated the Masses with us and gave pupils a blessing as they move on to embrace what lies ahead. We are so proud of our S6 leavers and all they have achieved. We wish them every success and happiness in the future. We thank our RE Faculty who organised the Mass with the pupils, Expressive Arts for helping with the music and to Mrs Imlach and all the staff who helped with the BBQ after school. We are very grateful to Morrisons Supermarket who have provided all the food for this as a gesture of community goodwill.

Paolozzi Prize Winners
We are delighted to announce that two of our senior pupils were successful in the Paolozzi Art Competition.
James McBrierty was the overall winner of the New Directions category and Pheobe Vendil won Highly Commended in the Spirit of Paolozzi Category. Well done to both pupils, we are very proud of you! You can see their art work below.

Wishing all our families a lovely weekend.

Yours sincerely

Joan M Daly
Head Teacher