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Dear Parents/Carers

We are delighted to announce that after a lengthy process, including pupil and staff votes, presentations and interviews, we have appointed our School Captains for session 2021- 22!

Congratulations to our new School Captain, Zoe Divito and also to our Vice Captains, Kathleen McBride and Hanna Jins.  A huge well done to the S6 Leadership Team, Joshua Jose, Romina Crolla and Shail Ahmad, who will work alongside our Captains.

All of the S6 pupils who reached the final presentation stage in the process (including Enda Gormley, Grace Munro, Jessica Jordan Packwood and Emily Hunter) did extremely well and should be very proud of this achievement. The presentations were of a very high standard and it was wonderful to see such passion when the pupils talked about the skills and qualities they think are necessary to fulfil the role of School Captain.

Our School Captains will be the face of the school at public events, the first of which is our Feast Day Mass with Father Jock on Wednesday 22 September.  Our Captains and Leadership Team will have the opportunity to further develop their skills throughout the year and play a full and active part in our school community.  We are very much looking forward to working with them throughout the year.

Parent/Carer Consultation

We are delighted that 526 parents completed the survey on Parents’ Meetings, Reporting and Information Evenings. Thank you so much for sharing your views with us, this will help inform our planning to best suit your needs.  We are looking carefully at your returns with a view to sharing the outcomes with you in the coming weeks.

Date for your diary – S4 Parents’ Meeting – Wednesday 13 October 4.30pm – 6.30pm

With the current restrictions in place, this will be a virtual meeting.  Full joining instructions will be issued in due course.

Extra-Curricular Clubs and Activities

We are very excited that a programme of lunch time and after school clubs and activities will begin from Monday 27 September.  We hope to issue the programme to pupils next week at Tutor Time.

S1-S3 Study Club 

The S1-S3 Study Club will be starting again on Tuesday 28 September.  The Study Club runs from 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday in the Library.  It is open to all S1-S3 pupils and is an opportunity for them to complete homework in a quiet environment with teacher support if needed.  Bus tokens are provided for those who normally travel by school bus and a drink and snack are provdied.

Supported Study Programme

We will issue our Supported Study Programme for senior pupils in due course.

SPORTS NEWS

Extra-Curricular After School Sports Programme

We are delighted to announce that our extra-curricular after school Sports Clubs will restart from Wednesday 22 September. The Sports Programme is accessible to all pupils and is coordinated by Active Schools in partnership with the PE Faculty and school staff. We have a wide variety of sports on offer and this will vary throughout the year based on attendance, pupil choice and opportunities available with something for everyone to join in and get active. Our Sports Programme will be posted on our twitter – which we regularly use to keep pupils, parents and carers up to date with the latest news, updates and events in & around the faculty. Please follow us @HolyRoodPE

Online booking for these sessions is essential, please click on the link below to view the programme of activities and book. Holy Rood High School Sports Facilities (joininedinburgh.org)

If you need help booking online, please contact our Active Schools Coordinator, Lauren Millar

lauren.millar@ea.edin.sch.uk

Further information about school teams (football, basketball and netball) will be communicated to pupils in due course.

S1 Lunch Time Sports Activities

As our S1 pupils remain on campus during lunch time, we are excited to be able to offer pupils the opportunity to participate in lunch time activities such as fitness, basketball, dance and badminton. The AstroTurf will also be open during some lunch times, please respect this space and ensure this is left as you found it with all litter in the bins provided.  Please visit PE to see what is on offer and to add you name to the sign-up sheet. Lunch sessions will resume for other pupils in due course.

Scottish Rugby Schools Week

We will be participating in Scottish Rugby Schools Week from 21 – 26 September and we are launching the Return of Rugby through an extra-curricular Rugby session next Thursday 23 September. This will be an exciting first session that is open to all S1-S6 pupils from 3.30pm – 4.30pm delivered by a team of Scottish Rugby coaches from our partnership clubs – Edinburgh Harlequins and Lismore Rugby Club. Training sessions will be every Thursday after-school from 23rd September onwards.

Click on the link https://www.joininedinburgh.org/activity/18036/ to join in the fun. If you have any issues booking online please contact our Active Schools Coordinator Lauren Millar or speak to Mr Dixon (Science), Mr Henderson (PE) or Miss Berry who got married in the summer and is now Mrs Smith (Maths)

S4 Leadership Academy/Young Ambassadors

We would like to appoint two new Young Ambassadors and two new Leadership Academy pupils. These roles are open to all young people in S4 who are interested in promoting and motivating other young people to get involved in sport along with developing their own leadership and employability skills through sport. The programme will take place on a number of Friday afternoons throughout the year with a mix of online and face to face sessions in High Schools across the city.  If you are interested, please email lauren.millar@ea.edin.sch.uk for further information and the application form.

Senior School Update

This week we launched the UCAS process for senior pupils intending to apply for a place in university for 2022. Pupils attended a presentation on the application process and were tasked with researching their future studies, as well as looking into the lifestyle and opportunities at different university campuses as possible options for study. Pupils are now required to begin working on their personal statements which is a crucial aspect of the application.

Our S6 pupils are currently being appointed to various leadership roles throughout the school, these include our Pastoral Prefects who support our school community at events, Faculty Prefects who work with Curriculum Leaders and this year, our new S1 Buddy role, where S6 pupils will be working with our new S1 to help them prepare for their journey through Holy Rood and Peer Mentors who will offer some support for S1 pupils in classes.

Face Coverings

Please continue to remind your child of the importance of wearing his/her face covering so that it covers both the mouth and nose.  Pupils must wear a face covering in classes and in all social areas, including corridors (unless exempt). We remind everyone of ‘FACTS’:

  •  Coverings
  •  Crowded Places
  •  Your Hands Regularly
  •  Metre Distance
  •  /book a test if you have symptoms

LFD Testing

We recommend that pupils participate in Lateral Flow Testing twice weekly. This is offered to all pupils during school hours:
S5/6 Mondays                         S1, S2, S4 Tuesdays               S3 Wednesdays

If your child is under the age of 16, you must complete a Consent Form and send into school with your child.

KIC Annual/Video- Photographic Forms

A reminder to please return all KIC annual and video/photographic forms as soon as possible. Copies available from school reception.

Safe Parking

Yesterday we faced a road safety issue at the entrance to our school caused by the combination of removal lorries blocking our school driveway and multiple parents who had driven into our school car park. This caused concern for the safety of pupils and school buses were significantly delayed. Please work with us to ensure the safety of all, park safely and avoid pick up and drop off from the school car park.

Please follow our school Twitter account for further updates @HolyRoodRCHigh

We wish all our families an enjoyable September weekend. School is closed to learners on Monday 20 September. We return on Tuesday 21 September

Best wishes

Joan Daly
HEAD TEACHER