24th May in School
24th May 2020
Dear Parent / Carer
I hope my letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well.
As always my thanks to all our staff and community partners involved in supporting the children in the Hubs; in delivering free school meals; in preparing the food boxes and in delivering learning opportunities to our children online. This week I asked staff to make a wee video introducing themselves and showing what they’ve been working on. You can watch the video here:
This week saw the First Minister provide a route-map out of Lockdown. Contained within this recovery plan is guidance for schools and Local Authorities on how we can take forward the education provision for schools over the coming months and into the new term in August. As previously mentioned, together with the Local Authority, we have already been working on a recovery plan and such guidance helps us further. In summary, all schools will welcome all children back to school in August but that a “blended approach” will be necessary, with pupils in school and also continuing to receive online learning. Of course I shall keep you briefed on these developments as the plans are firmed up over the coming weeks. I have attached the link to the Scottish Government plan for interest:
Our engagement checks are illustrating the things that are going well in our efforts to provide learning opportunities for all our pupils; and the areas we need to work on. We have supported families to overcome device issues and supported youngsters with understanding the subject material and how to use Google Classroom quite well. The seniors are almost all working away on their certificated courses; some of the junior school pupils have a few more engagement issues. Although many of our junior pupils are thriving with the online material, many are finding it difficult to stay focused on the tasks without adult supervision and, of course, this is very difficult to achieve when we are all working from home. Our Guidance team will be happy to help parents with this difficult problem, should you wish to call us.
A month ago, we issued a questionnaire to determine how our pupils, parents, carers and staff were coping with our remote learning provision. We used the feedback from this survey to inform our remote learning strategy and to identify who needed what support; whether it be IT, pastoral or subject based. We would now like to run the survey again to determine what we now need to do to support our families and staff. Please find the links to the first survey results and the new questionnaire.
Transition of P7 to S1
Thanks very much to all our new S1 pupils who completed last week’s task. The videos, stories and PowerPoints were great!! We now have 155 pupils in the classroom. Around 50% have submitted the All about Me task - we will look through these next week. Ms. Sharp will be helping Mrs Morrison review the submissions. We will add a comment to each submission. Remember, you do not need to complete this if you feel you already have too much work from your Primary school.
Once again this week we uploaded new online resources for our new pupils entitled “You tell us” which asks: “What are you most looking forward to about coming to Oban High School? What are you concerned about? Do you have any questions for us?” You can ask us on this form; but remember you can ask questions anytime. Just add a question to Mrs Morrison on the Google Classroom page.
Also posted this week: An introduction from the PE staff.
You may also like to look at this staff video and get to know some of the staff you will see in August.
I know this is a reminder but a useful one I think. The new S1 (P7s) Google Classroom code is uv247l6. Please note that what looks like a 1 in the code is a small letter L. (Uniform, Victor 2 4 7 Lima 6)
Just log into Glow, then into Google Classroom, click the plus button and add this code. If you do not have a Glow Login or password, please contact your Primary school.
Mrs Morrison is in regular communication with Fran Bichard, the Officer in Charge at our school hostel. She will continue to communicate plans and information to our youngsters. She will also be sending out information packs and communications to new S1 youngsters this week.
Remember, if there is anything at all you wish to ask us about, or require support with anything, please contact us at:
Stay home, stay online, stay safe, stay learning.
P A Bain
Executive Head Teacher
Oban High School, Tiree High School & Tiree Primary School