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HT Friday Note – 8.10.21

Welcome to this week’s Friday note.  We have had another very busy week here at CCHS and I thank all young people and staff for their hard work and commitment to learning and teaching.  I have taken part in a range of lessons this week and it is an absolute pleasure to observe young people and staff working so well together with creative and innovative practice in action in the classroom.

We work towards the October holiday next week and this is always a milestone in the first term.  We have a lot to be proud of as a school and we look forward to continuing to work with young people after the holiday where we will be asking them for their views on many aspects of school life.  Pupil voice will be a priority over the next year to make sure young people have their say in how they learn, their experiences in the classroom and how we can continue improve how we do things at Currie. 

Health and Safety:

Covid cases remain low again this week and we await a further update from the Scottish Government on whether any guidance will change on our return from mid term.  As always, I will keep you updated.

Equalities Update:

We had a fantastic Equalities professional learning afternoon for staff last Friday.  The focus was on Anti Racism and one of the most powerful elements of the learning was from a young person of Currie who presented to all staff about their experiences as a young person of colour. It was outstanding how well they spoke to identify what we do well in terms of Anti Racism practice and what we need to do to continue to be pro actively anti racist.  We will working with all young people on this important aspect of school life over the coming months and by being more deliberate in our actions will ensure all young people and staff feel safe and included.  It is of course Black History Month this month and our Equalities group are supporting faculties to share powerful messages so that we can understand and celebrate the impact of black heritage and culture.  There are some lovely examples across the school. 

Celebrating Success

European Day of Languages:

Well done to the winners in all year groups of our European Day of Languages quiz! The challenge involved guessing which teacher was speaking in which language. Answers varied from Mr Toal speaking Gaelic, to Mr Ingham reciting Harry Potter in Latin to Ms Jordan practising her Spanish. The highlight was Mr Brunton singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in Norwegian! Well done to all pupils who took part and in particular to our overall winners.

S1: Benjamin Shields, Connor Mackay, Elsie McLeod, Rebecca Tait, Ben Deuchars, Stanislas Malarz

S2: Ronan Bassett, Taha Basbaydar

S3: Ruby Keegan, Ava Irwin, Emily Gibson

S4: Chris Reid, Sam Reynolds, Finlay Rankin, Gaynor Gibbons, Katie Nicol

S5: Ciara Rankin, Catriona Duncan

S6: Bronwyn Welsh, Lucy Maloney


SSAA (Scottish Schools Athletics Association) Road Race:

The following pupils took part in the above road race this week:

  • Rebecca Harborow
  • Isla Hutchison
  • Esther Taylor
  • Ella Jones

All young people were great representatives of the school. It was a very hilly course which made it very competitive and a tough run. Places haven’t been confirmed yet but what we do know is that each of these pupils did themselves proud! Well done!

Duke of Edinburgh:

We have had Bronze Duke of Edinburgh participants out this week on expedition. They are doing superbly well so far and lovely to see D of E up and running again. We look forward to hearing how they get on at the end of their adventures next week. They are certainly a highly committed and determined group of young people.

Communication:

We will in the coming weeks be launching our school app.  This is a one stop shop for communication and is a very exciting development indeed.  We realise that you receive a huge amount of information from us and we want to make life simple by ensuring that everything is in the one place.  Watch this space.  The app is coming soon!

Late Coming:

We have noticed a deterioration in late coming to school after registration from 8.40am.  Young people should be ready to come into school from 8.25am.  For some young people, there may be genuine reasons as to why they are late and for others, this is now becoming negative habit forming.  We will be reinstating after the October holiday lates detentions for those young people who are repeatedly late to school so that we can educate them that this is about preparation for life beyond school and positive habit forming.  Please can I ask for your support in ensuring your child does get to school on time.  It does make a difference and if counted up over a week, can be one or two hours of learning missed.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

S1 update evening (Wednesday 27th October at 6PM):

Mr McKinney (S1 Year Head) and I as Head Teacher would like the opportunity to share with all S1 parents an update on how well they have settled into school, some information about break and lunch and a chance for S1 parents/carers to ask questions.  Mr McKinney will share a form with you all next week to ask questions in advance of the meeting itself.  This will be on Teams and we will share a link shortly.

Calendar week beg 11.10.21

Monday 11th October – PiP Meeting 7PM Join conversation (microsoft.com)

Tuesday 12th October – S4 Parent’s Evening 4.15 – 6.45PM

Wednesday 13th October – S1 Settling in Reports issued

Friday 15th October – Start of October holiday

Dates for your diary:

Tuesday 26th October – S2 Workshops with Mrs Hutchison and Mr McKinney (more information to follow)

Wednesday 27th October, 6PM – S1 update evening with Head Teacher (Mrs Hutchison) and Year Head (Mr McKinney) via Teams for all S1 parents/carer and S1 pupils

Thursday 28th October –  S4 Workshops with Mrs Hutchison and Ms Muir (more information to follow)S1 settling in evening with group tutors 4.15-6.45pm

Friday 29th October – ‘Show Racism the Red card’ day (Dress Down day for one of our school charities – Wear Red!)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and thank you all once again for your unwavering support of the school.

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New School Updates (Sept 2021)

Please click on the new school picture below, to access some important updates.

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Head Teacher Family Bulletin (24.09.21)

Please access this month’s Head Teacher Family Bulletin, by clicking on the image below.

Have a fantastic weekend from all at CCHS.

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Bus for vaccinations 16/17 year olds

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HT Friday note 20.8.21

This is the first of my Friday notes and we have had the most wonderful week back at school.  The new S1 have settled in brilliantly and have made a fantastic start to high school.  All young people have been in great spirits and have hit the ground running with uniform and a really positive attitude to learning.  All pupils are managing ongoing Covid regulations really well too and are taking their responsibilities seriously.  Thank you to all parents and carers who have invested so much time preparing your child/children for the return to school.  We really appreciate all your support and it has certainly paid off this week.  It has been a pleasure walking around the school, hearing and seeing busy classrooms and young people enjoying being back in school. 

The HT and Year Head Assemblies this week focused on our school values; Confidence, Unity, Respect, Responsible, Initiative and Equality.  There were important messages to send to all young people to set the tone for the year.  The power of hard work, self belief, celebrating success and that everyone in our school matters will underpin all we do in ensuring positive attainment outcomes for all young people.     

LFD Testing:

We know that for now the current restrictions we have in place are for 6 weeks.  It is crucial to the preventing of outbreaks that all young people and staff participate in the LFD testing programme twice weekly.  If you have not completed the consent form for your child, your child can collect one from the school office.  This should be returned to us at school and your child will then receive their test kits.  There is an LFD shop in the main foyer which operates at break and lunch.  Please find too the link to the video that Young Scot have produced about testing which I think you and your child will find very helpful.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgd2TfVL6pk

Vaccines for 16/17 year olds:

Public Health are asking schools to raise awareness of the opportunity for 16 and 17 year olds to get the Covid Vaccine.  This weekend there will be a vaccine bus located at Waverley Bridge and young people are being strongly encouraged to access this service.

Registration:

Can I ask for your help in reminding your child that if they come into school between 8.25 and 8.40, they must attend Group Tutor.  If they arrive after this, (this would be considered late to school) then they should sign in at the school office at the front of the school and then go to period 1 class.  Punctuality has been very good overall this week and I would like to see from Monday all young people ready to come into school from 8.25am.  Many thanks for your support with this.

Whole School Calendar:

Thank you to those parents who have completed the Reporting Consultation.  We will be sharing in due course our Whole School Calendar which will detail when reports will be issued and when parents consultation evenings will take place by year group this session.  Please look out for this over the next few weeks. 

3G Pitch:

Work on the 3G Pitch will also commence next week as part of our New Build planning.  The current 3G pitch will be in use and all access from the contractors around the back of the school.  We will ensure as little disruption as possible to the normal school day.  It is likely the pitch will be completed by December 2021.

Litter:

As part of our school values, we talk about respect for our community.  Can I ask for your support in reminding your child of the importance of keeping our community greener and healthier by not dropping litter.  We are going to focus on this as a continued aspect of our Eco Schools work this school session.  A shared and consistent message from adults with young people taking the lead will make such a difference.

Parents in Partnership (PiP) Meeting:

The first PiP meeting of the session will take place on Tuesday 31st August at 7PM on Teams.  I will send out the meeting link next week and very much look forward to continuing our Parents in Partnership work this year.  We have lots to look forward to.

For now, I wish you all a fantastic weekend.  There are lots of tired young people in the building who will need a well deserved rest after a very busy week!  A massive well done to all of them.

The first Family Bulletin of the session will be published next week.

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Return to School

We hope you are all having a wonderful summer.

Please click here for an important communication from the Head Teacher about the return to school next Wednesday; 18 August 2021.

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New School June 2021 Newsletter

Please click here to view the newsletter on our New School Update Page.

Newsletter Link

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HT Family Bulletins

We are now sharing the links to our HT’s Family Bulletins on our school website. Please click on the link below to access them outside of direct messages from the HT.

Family Bulletins

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How to Stay Calm in a Global Pandemic

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HT Video Message: Practical Subjects

Information on Entrances/Exits, Toilets and FACTS for while in school

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