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Dear Parents/Carers

Over the past week, we have held pupil briefings with pupils in S1, S2 and S3 regarding our shared high standards and expectations. This includes attending all classes and behaving respectfully towards each other in line with the gospel values of love, forgiveness and justice.

We pride ourselves on our smart school uniform which allows all pupils to identify with our school and outwardly display pride in Holy Rood as a community.  It creates a strong sense of identity and also supports our high standards and school ethos. Whilst majority of our pupils wear our smart school uniform every day, there has been a slight decline in the standard of uniform worn by some pupils.  I write to ask for your support in ensuring that your son/daughter dresses appropriately for school.

Even if pupils have PE, they must come to school in full school uniform each morning.  We have a supply of spare uniform in school and this will be made available to any pupil who requires it.

Below is a summary of our shared expectations for uniform:

· Plain black school (not fashion) skirt or trousers (no jeans)

· Black jumper/cardigan (no logos)

· White school shirt/blouse (i.e. with a collar)

· School tie

· Plain black footwear, preferably shoes (no white or other coloured markings and footwear should be appropriate for school)

· Dark outer jacket/coat (Blazers for S5/6)

REMINDER

Jogging bottoms/jeans are NOT permitted

Pupils should wear a plain black jumper or sweatshirt – logos of any kind are NOT permitted.

We expect all pupils to wear plain black footwear (e.g. black and white converse are NOT permitted)

If you require assistance with any aspect of the uniform, please contact Admin@Holyrood.edin.sch.uk and your email will be forwarded to the appropriate member of staff.

In the new term, we plan to introduce some uniform checks to support our uniform policy.  Thank you very much for supporting us with this aspect of our school identity.

S4/5 Parents and Carers – IMPORTANT MESSAGE

Please click on the following link to access the Course Choice Information presentation (narrated PowerPoint) on our website.  This link will also take you to important documents to support you with course choice, including Frequently asked Questions, Course Information booklets and the Course Choice Form: https://tinyurl.com/446eddax

We have extended the deadline for S4/5 Course Choice Forms to be handed into school.  The original date was Thursday 10 February.  They can now be submitted by Monday 21 February.  We hope that this additional time will allow you to have conversations at home with your son/daughter and take more time to arrive at these important decisions.

February Holiday Supported Study Programme

We are delighted to be able to offer Supported Study opportunities over the February break.  Pupils have been issued with the Programme and have until break time on Friday 11 February to sign up with the teacher offering the subject.  Pupils should sign up at reception for the Generic Study Session.  Click to access the Programme:- https://tinyurl.com/3299ymuz

Please note sessions will only run if numbers are viable and pupils will be updated if sessions are not running.  Pupils should bring a snack, bus tokens can be provided if required.

Scottish Apprenticeships Session – Thursday 10 March 2022

Parents and carers can learn more about Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeships on a free webinar later this month.  Careers Advisers from Skills Development Scotland will talk about the different apprenticeships that are available and how work-based learning can open the door to a wide range of careers. They will also be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about your young child’s career development.   

Parents and carers can register for the session: https://overviewofscottishapprenticeships.eventbrite.co.uk

Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

I have been asked to share this information with our parent/carer community.  Please open document to access.

Dates for your diary

Monday 14 – Friday 18 February                           School Holiday

Wednesday 23 February                                             S2 Parents’ Meeting (further information has been emailed to S2 parents, please book appointments with your child’s teachers by following the link provided)

Wednesday 23 February                                             S1 Interim 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

As we start the February break today, I’d like to wish all our families a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Best wishes

Joan Daly

HEAD TEACHER