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Dear Parents and Carers

Visiting classes over the past week or so to share in pupils’ learning experiences has been a pleasure.  The calm and focused atmosphere has been evident, with pupils well engaged in their learning.  Extra-curricular activities continue to be very popular and some of our senior pupils have attended a COP 26 event in Glasgow.

I would like to ask for your support with the issue of late coming. This includes pupils arriving late for the start of the school day or returning late from break and lunch.  Pupils are expected to arrive on time for 8.40am and are advised not to leave the school campus if it means they are late back after breaks.  Please discuss the importance of arriving on time with your child.

From next week, we will be monitoring this closely and taking robust action to ensure that the message is clear to pupils, initially there will be a focus on pupils arriving late after break and lunch.  Late coming is hugely disruptive to learning and teaching and if this becomes a pattern could affect overall attainment.  If you know your child is going to be late for school, please let us know.  Please note that on occasions when school buses are late, this will be taken into consideration.

A particular plea to S4 parents and carers.  It is vital that S4 pupils arrive at least 10 minutes in advance of Prelims Exams.  If pupils arrive late, they risk not being admitted to the exam.  If pupils are late, they should report to reception where the receptionist will contact Mr Lindsay or a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Here is today’s update:

S4 Prelims – Monday 22 November – Wednesday 1 December

With S4 Prelims only 10 days away, we are making sure that we are doing all we can to ensure that our S4 pupils feel ready for their first experience of a formal exam.  We have allocated three study periods throughout the week with time form PE, RE and PSE.  This week S4 pupils have all attended a Prelim Assembly, and as well as information on what to expect and how to prepare, pupils were taken through some excellent revision techniques by our School Captains.

S4/5/6 Parent/Carer Event

Many thanks to all the S4. S5 and S6 parents and carers who joined us for our virtual event on TEAMS “Make the Senior School Matter”.  We have received lots of positive feedback about this.

Supported Study/ Study Club

Supported Study is underway for S4-6 pupils.  The S4 Study Club will run from 3.30pm – 4.30pm in the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  S1-3 pupils can also attend on a Tuesday. We will provide bus tokens for those pupils who normally travel by school bus.  Please use link to see what is on offer.    https://tinyurl.com/4kpx2s7r

Extra-Curricular Rugby

It is great to see so many pupils attending our extra-curricular Rugby sessions and we are excited to introduce a new Girls Only Rugby extra-curricular session which is open to all S1-4 girls.This session will take place every Monday after school from 3.50pm – 5.00pm.  Please click on the link below to book your child in,   https://www.joininedinburgh.org/activity/16753/ .  If they already attend an extra-curricular session please contact lauren.millar@ea.edin.sch.uk to add to the current booking.

S3 Parents’ Meeting

I hope you had a positive experience at the S3 Parents’ Meeting on Thursday 11 November.  Please contact us if you wish to share any feedback.

Primary Visits

Thank you to our S6 Leadership Team and Prefects who have started visiting our Cluster Primaries so that P7 pupils (our future S1) can find out about our wonderful school and all we have to offer.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming P7 to Holy Rood for a “Think Ahead” Event next week.

Tracking & Reporting Timeline

In the coming week, we will be sharing with you our tracking and reporting cycle for this session.  This will also include important dates particular to your child’s age and stage.

We hope that regular information about your child’s progress will ensure that you are kept up to date about your child’s learning.  In Holy Rood, we are taking a rigorous approach to the gathering of evidence of progress which will continue to inform tracking and next steps in learning.  Pupils will reflect on their interim reports during Tutor Time and class teachers will be engaging in learning conversations to focus on next steps.

Homework further consolidates learning and thank you for all you are doing to encourage your child to complete all homework activities on time.

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 23 November          S5/6 Parents’ Meeting – all S5/6 parents have received booking information

4.30pm-7.00pm                      via email.  Bookings open on Tuesday 16 November.

Monday 29 November          S1 Information Evening (MS TEAMS).  Please click link for information

6.00pm-7.00pm TEAMS      and to book a place by Friday 19November:- https://forms.office.com/r/ry3n3MVcFu

Please contact us if you have any questions we can assist you in any way Admin@Holyrood.edin.sch.uk

Best wishes

Joan Daly

Head Teacher