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Dear Parents/Carers

This week our senior pupils have been sitting Prelims in the Assembly Hall and elsewhere in the school, and there is a very purposeful atmosphere throughout the building.  The Prelims will conclude on Monday.  If your son/daughter has missed a Prelim due to absence, these will be re-scheduled in arrangement with the Curricular Leader of the subject Faculty and the S5/6 Year Head, Mr Campbell.

Over the past week, we have seen improvements overall in pupil attendance and as I said in last week’s update, good attendance is crucial to enable pupils to make progress in learning.  Pupils are very well supported in school by teachers, our Pupil Support Team and, if necessary, by support staff and professionals from external agencies.  Let us know if we can help in any way in this regard.  Please continue to let us know the reason for your child’s absence if, for any reason, they are unable to attend school.

If you have any concerns or wish to discuss your child’s learning or health and wellbeing, please contact the appropriate Year Head.  You are respectfully reminded that due to the current circumstances, access for parents and carers will be restricted to maintain the safety of everyone and will be by appointment/invitation only.

S1 Mr Scott year1head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk

S2 Mrs McIntosh year2head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk

S3 Mr Kiernan year3head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk

S4 Mr Lindsay year4head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk

S5/6 Mr Campbell year5head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk and year6head@holyrood.edin.sch.uk

Supported Study – Updated Programme

Please click the link for our updated Supported Study Programme:- https://tinyurl.com/4vymyzu6

We would urge pupils to attend Supported Study opportunities.  If your child normally travels by school bus, bus tokens will be provided.

Study Club

Our Study Club on a Tuesday evening from 3.30-4.30 is open to all pupils from S1-S4.  It offers a quiet space to complete homework/revision in the library with access to computers and teacher support on hand. Bus tokens are provided for those who normally travel by school bus.

SQA Updates

Please click link for SQA updates including the SQA blog and ‘Supporting learners as COVID disruption continues’ : https://tinyurl.com/mt64ct98

S4/5 Course Information

Thank you to all those parents and carers who responded to our survey on the supports you would like for the S4/5 Course Information Process. 74% of those who responded said that they would prefer a pre-recorded format.  We will post this on our website and also respond to all of the questions submitted in a Frequently Asked Questions document.  Pupils will receive final option course choice sheets and further information about the Course Choice process in the coming week.

S2 Review of Learning

Thank you to all those parents and carers who responded to our survey on the supports you would like for the S2 Review of Learning.  67% of those who responded said that they would prefer a pre-recorded format. We will post this on our website in due course and also respond to all of the questions submitted in a Frequently Asked Questions document.  Pupils will receive detailed information about the Review of Learning in the coming weeks.

LFD TESTS

A reminder that Lateral Flow Testing Kits are offered to all pupils during school hours:
S5/6 Mondays                         S1, S2, S4 Tuesdays               S3 Wednesdays
Please note that parental consent is no longer required.  Kits are also available from the canteen towards the end of lunch time

It is vital that all pupils bring a face covering to school each day and wears it appropriately. Please remind your child of the importance of wearing his/her face covering so that it covers both the mouth and nose.  If your child tests positive for covid, please contact the school with isolation dates.

REMINDER – Parent/Carer Careers Event “How to have meaningful career conversations with young people.”  Parents and carers can learn more about the power of having meaningful careers conversations with their young person on a free webinar on Thursday 27 January 2022 6.30-7.15pm. Careers Advisers will offer hints and tips as well as introduce parents and carers to My World of Work. Following their online presentation, there will also be an opportunity to ask the Advisers questions to support your career conversation planning.  Parents and carers can register for our session here: https://meaningfulcareerconversations.eventbrite.co.uk

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 18 January – Monday 24 January                S5/6 Prelims, for info :- https://tinyurl.com/ye2y9643

Thursday 27 January                                                   Careers Event (book in advance – see link above)

w/b Monday 31 January                                              S4 Full Report to parents and carers

Please follow our school Twitter account for further updates @HolyRoodRCHigh

If you have any questions or if we can support you in any way, please contact Admin@Holyrood.edin.sch.uk

Best wishes

Joan Daly

HEAD TEACHER