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Please find attached letter with information regarding S2 Information Evening –
S2 information evening letter
John Schmidt, Acting Depute Head Teacher of Currie High School in Edinburgh writes about their journey as an SCQF Ambassador School to date and their plans for progression
Dear Parents and Carers
I am writing to you to publicly express my thanks and to pay respect to outgoing Headteacher, Mrs Doreen MacKinnon. Doreen has led the school since 2012 with clear vision, ambition and compassion for the community. Doreen will be greatly missed by us all. In particular, I would like to pay credit to her strong and steady contribution to partnership working with the professional associations. Doreen has had an impact not only for Currie, but for all schools in Edinburgh.
The process of appointing her replacement has begun and I am pleased to inform you that Ms Lesley Muir, Depute Headteacher will lead the school until 20th January 2020 when Ms Jennifer Smith takes up the post of Acting Headteacher until the end of session. Some of you may know Ms Smith who previously worked at Currie and is currently Depute Headteacher at Queensferry High School.
During this period, the Authority will work closely with the Senior Leadership team as the plans for the new school are progressed.
We will also continue with the recruitment process, with a view to the permanent Headteacher taking up post for the new session in August.
I will visit the Parent Council within the next few weeks to discuss all of this in more detail. Please get in touch with me directly if you wish any more information.
Meantime, I wish you and your families the very best Christmas and New Year, and to Doreen a thoroughly well-deserved and enjoyable retirement.
Lorna Sweeney Schools & Lifelong Learning Senior Manager Quality, Improvement & Curriculum
Mrs Doreen MacKinnon Currie High School 20122019
As part of our Relationships for Learning Policy, we are trialling a new merits system this year. Young people are awarded merits for:
- An outstanding piece of work
- Consistent high levels of effort and behaviour
- Academic achievements
- Making great progress
- Wider achievements
Class teachers were invited to nominate pupils based on the above criteria for the period between June and October in the first instance and merit postcards have gone home this week to celebrate these successes. The next round of nominations from October to December are being completed now and these will be sent out in the new year.
On behalf of the school staff we would like to wish you all a lovely festive break.
Depute Head Teacher
Currie Community High School
Find out what’s been happening at Currie Community High School this term in the Winter 2019 Newsletter
Students in S5 and S6 are being granted study leave for the duration of the Prelims. An exam timetable has been issued to your child along with this letter. The leave will take place from Monday 13th to Friday 24th January inclusive. All students should return to school on Monday 27th January 2020. Students sitting Practical Cookery will have their practical exam on the morning of Tuesday 28th January but will be expected in classes on Monday and to return to classes after the exam on the Tuesday.
Please note we have avoided, where possible, having more than two exams in any day. If your child has more than two or there is a clash of subjects, please ask them to see Ms Muir by Friday 6th December 2019. Timetable information for students with Additional Arrangements will be issued by Mrs Barton (Support for Learning Leader) in due course.
The purposes of the Prelims are to give candidates a formative experience of exams; provide evidence for their current performance for reviewing and reporting; evidence in case of Exceptional Circumstances during the exam diet in May; to familiarise students with the exam diet format and to allow practice with exam response methods. A parental report outlining your child’s progress to date and next steps in preparation for the prelim will be issued on Friday 13th December 2019 and a parental consultation evening to review progress will follow the Prelim diet on Tuesday 18th February 2020.
The granting of study leave does not mean the school is completely closed to students. Teaching staff may be available for advice or materials (prior arrangement is recommended) and the Learning Resource Centre is usually available for quiet study.
The leave is not an extra holiday. Students are expected to be preparing, studying, reviewing or consolidating learning at home for the duration. The students have been instructed how best to pursue this stage of their studies by their teachers and we encourage all parents/ carers to give every support at this crucial time in their child’s education.
The school Dress Code is not relaxed for the prelims. Students coming to school to take exams, see their teachers or work in the LRC must also be in Dress Code. Exam regulations are noted overleaf for your information, these mirror those of the main SQA diet in May.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the candidates every success in their Prelims.
Doreen MacKinnon Lesley Muir
Head Teacher Depute Head Teacher
S5-6 Prelim Timetable Jan20 (002)
LOST PROPERTY – on display in the main foyer
Uniform items will be donated to the CCHS Uniform Bank and the rest to charity if not picked up by Friday 20th December.
Please find attached the letter regarding information for the S4/S5 Parents Information Evening which will be held on Thursday 9th January 2020 at 7pm.
All S4/S5 Parents/Carers and S4 and S5 pupils are welcome to attend.
S4 S5 Parent Info Evening Thurs 9th Jan 2020
The Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, a mild fever, headaches, stomach cramps and aching limbs.
We want avoid the spread of this illness as much as possible so we ask that you
‘Keep it to yourself’
– If you suspect your child has the norovirus please inform the school ASAP as protocol dictates that the school is required to report it to the NHS Lothian’s Health Protection Team .
– Someone can be infectious for 48 hours after your symptoms stop so DO NOT send a pupil back to school before this time period.
– Keep your hands clean, don’t share towels, flannels or toothbrushes.
– To feel better make sure you drink plenty of fluids, preferably water and eat foods easy to digest such as soup, rice, pasta and bread. Get plenty of rest and if necessary take Paracetamol for the fever, aches and pains.
You can find information on Norovirus in the website addresses below, or contact your GP for advice. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Introduction.aspx