Update to Pupils and Parents: week beginning 11.10.21

It is hard to believe that it is the final week of the Autumn Term already and although Aberdeenshire schools are one of the latest to finish we will all enjoy that Monday morning line in when many others are returning to school earlier than we are!!

Thank you to both pupils and parents for their commitment and teamwork this term as schools continue to face many challenges alongside those that have been presented to us by Covid-19.  I can honestly say that staff are doing everything that they can to make the learning experience for your children as active and valuable as possible.  However, there are some things we have little control over and whilst we recognise why that brings about frustrations we would ask for your patience on these.  Revised guidance from the Scottish Government on current mitigations in schools are expected whilst we are on holiday and it would be my intention to update pupils and parents on Friday, 29th October 2021 in advance of our return to school on Monday, 1st November 2021.

This week our Senior Phase pupils will receive their first Tracking Report (out on Thursday for those in school and posted out on Friday if not collected) and our first virtual Parents Evening of the year for S4, S5 and S6 takes place on Tuesday, 9th November 2021 from 16.00 – 18.30.  Further information on how to book your appointments will be with parents on Monday, 1st November 2021.  Mrs Hamilton, DHT with responsibility for Partnerships, is now responsible for this so if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact.

On our return S1 and S3 will receive their tracking reports with S2 pupils getting their full reports later in the term.  This is a change in practice but reflects that those in S2 did not receive a full report as normal in 2020-21.

In the first week back after the holidays the Parent Council will meet on Thursday, 4th November 2021 at 19.00 online.  If anyone wishes to observe then please contact the Parent Council on mackiepc@hotmail.co.uk and a link for the meeting will be sent to you nearer the time.  At this meeting Parent Council members will be joined by staff members on one of our four Impact Teams for 2021-22 which are:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Rights Respecting Schools
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment
  • Towards an Improving School System with Excelerate

It is great to have Parent Council members working proactively with the school on our self-evaluation and improvement journey for 2022 onwards.

Finally, there are a number of updates on our Pupil and Parent Information Site.  These include:

  • Information about activities for the school holidays on the School News page
  • The latest updates on Covid-19 if you are unclear about anything
  • Update from Aberdeenshire Council here
  • The latest information from the SQA for 2022

We hope that everyone manages to get some “down time” over the upcoming holidays and look forward to pupils returning to school on Monday, 1st November 2021.

Take care everyone,

Louise Moir

Head Teacher