Latest Update to Pupils and Parents: week beginning 29.03.21

We have reached the final week of the Spring Term and what a term it has been.  I don’t think any of us thought that when the First Minister made her announcement on 19th December 2020 that the return to school would be delayed that we would still be waiting for a full return now.  That decision will be made by the Scottish Government on 6th April 2021 and it is our hope that we will be welcoming pupils back into school on a full-time basis on Monday, 19th April 2021 following our Easter holidays.

The school will publish final arrangements for the start of the Summer Term on Thursday, 15th April 2021 on our Pupil and Parent Information Site.  We will also make you aware of that through the School App.  If you have not signed up for that yet you can find the information on our Pupil and Parent Information Site on the “School News” page.  We are not anticipating significant changes to arrangements and pupils will, in the main, be returning to what was in place at the end of 2020.  We will, of course, highlight any key changes.

Thank you to our S1-S3 pupils and parents for the large number of consent forms we have received with regards to the Lateral Flow Tests; in the final week of term all those that have returned consent forms will receive their test kits so they can start on Sunday, 18th April 2021 prior to the return to school.  All relevant information can be found on the Pupil and Parent Information Site here about the testing process and the school needs to be clear that the process is voluntary for all involved and that for those under 16 parental consent is required.

A reminder that for pupils in the Senior Phase there is now information about how you can provide your consent form and get kits if you have not been in school on a regular basis prior to the end of this term.  Sessions are available in the final week of term so please read the information carefully so you know where and when to attend school to do so.

Continuing our updates this week on the SQA page you can find information about the planned assessment windows in Term Four as well as additional information from subject areas about assessments; this has been revised since last week so please check the latest document.  We look forward to seeing many of you at our SQA Information sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings; if you have not received information about this to your email please contact the school on 01569 690550 and we will get the information to you.

Our Senior Phase reports will go out in post on Wednesday, 31st March 2021; if you have not received them after the Easter weekend please contact the school on mackie.aca@aberdeenshire.gov.uk and an electronic copy will be sent out to you.  The office is manned for some time over the Easter holidays and staff will respond to your query as quickly as possible.  Our Senior Phase Parents Evening is on Thursday, 22nd April 2021 and booking for this opens today and closes on Sunday, 18th April 2021.  You can find further information here about how to book appointments for subjects if your child is currently in S4, S5 or S6.

For the last week of term, we are proposing something a little different for our pupils in S1 and S2. This year we have had a clear focus on the idea of ‘respect’ and so far we have engaged in a variety of activities about respect for ourselves and respect for others. This week we are asking all S1 and S2 pupils to focus on the idea of respect for our community.  Our Respect for our Community Site has a wide range of activities and lessons available for pupils. They will cover many different curriculum areas as well as literacy and numeracy tasks. We have worked in partnership with several local groups to help pupils share their thoughts about their local community as well as raising awareness about both our collective and individual contributions and understanding about how we perceive the idea of a ‘community’.  There is no prescriptive idea as to how many or when the tasks should be completed. It is about allowing pupils to find something that interests them and providing them with an opportunity to explore the idea of what community means to them. We have tried to create a balance of tasks and with the (hopeful) improvement to the weather, we encourage pupils to get outside and to take some time away from a screen.

We wish everyone a lovely, if restricted, Easter break when it comes and we are keeping everything crossed that we see you all back on Monday, 19th April 2021.

Take care everyone and stay safe,

Louise Moir

Head Teacher