14th June in School
14th June 2020
Dear Parent / Carer
I hope my letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well.
Please find this week’s information letter. As always it’s in sections so you can scroll through the
sections you find relevant; though my advice is that you read it all. Please also have a look at previous
letters (and FAQs) on the website; or the video versions on YouTube.
My thanks to everyone for their continuing efforts to keep our youngsters educated, safe and well. It
continues to be a challenging task but one which is now more familiar to us all, which I am aware is
some comfort to many. I am pleased to note the positive comments from the survey completed; whilst
noting the areas which are still work in progress.
My thanks to Kevin Champion and Aine Cooney for drawing our survey conclusions together for each
school. I have posted their video reports on our YouTube Channels.
Start date in August / In-Service days
The Scottish Government has noted that children will return to all Scottish Schools on the 12th
August. The return of pupils will, for most schools, be on a rota basis to allow for social distancing
to be achieved. Some children will be in school and some will carry on their learning at home using
online delivery: in our case using Google Classroom. I hope to publish the details of our plans next
Sunday. Ongoing discussions with other Council departments and outside agencies and
organisations continue to support adding detail to the timetable which we have concluded.
Health and Safety
Working with the Argyll and Bute Council ‘Risk Assessment support documents, we have been
able to put together a comprehensive Risk Assessment for returning to school. All staff have been
consulted and there will be a FAQ sheet ready to share for next week. As expected, this document
will have many drafts as guidance from the Scottish Government is changing frequently.
We understand that the Health and Safety for your children is paramount when returning to school
so if you have any questions please get in touch with Jemma Playfair or Aine Cooney.
A technical issue has arisen in Education Scotland that is preventing Google Meet from working
properly. We expect this to be fixed by Monday. Our apologies to our pupils and parents who have seen
a disruption to the service.
All departments worked hard last week to meet the SQA deadline for submission of Unit passes of
Friday 12 June. This covered all units at National 1 to National 4 and courses at SCQF levels 5, 6 and
7. Meeting this deadline will ensure that pupils receive their awards in their August certificate. Can I
also remind parents that all S4, S5 and S6 pupils who are awaiting exam results should sign up for the
free MySQA service. This will keep them updated with all the information they need to be prepared for
results day on 4th August. Pupils can also sign up for text alerts through this service, including receiving
their exam results by text to save them waiting for the post to arrive with their certificates.
To sign up pupils should visit: www.mysqa.org.uk
Planning for the new blended learning model is also well underway across the school and part of this
is to think about how current resources will be best utilised. Therefore, it is essential that as many books
and textbooks are returned to departments before we close for the summer. We would therefore ask
that these resources are returned to the school over the next two weeks at a time that is convenient to
you. A box has been placed at the front entrance to the school and it would help departments if the
name of the pupil returning books was placed inside the book/s.
This week’s Google Classroom tasks come from Business, Design and Technology. Miss Macleod and
Mr Berry introduce their subjects and explain the task they have set. There has been lots of excellent
submissions for previous tasks for English, Maths, Science and Social Subjects – keep up the good
Finding out your clan – Message to new S1 from Mrs Morrison
Over the course of tomorrow, you will be invited to join your MyTime google classroom. This means
you will find out which clan you are in, who your guidance teacher is and who else is in your MyTime
class. Look out for the invitation arriving in your glow mailbox. It’s a big task to add everyone to their
class so you might not get your invitation until nearer the end of the day!
MyTime teachers and guidance teachers will set you some fun tasks so they can get to know you, you
can get to know them and others in your class. We will continue to post lessons to the main P7 transition
class on a Friday and you will still be able to ask Mrs Morrison and Mrs Sharp for any help you need
with tasks and ask any questions you have.
S1 Parental phone calls
Thank you to those who have requested calls with guidance staff/Depute Head Teachers. You will
receive an e-mail tomorrow (Monday 15th June) with your date, allocated time and the name of the
person who will call.
Remember, if there is anything at all you wish to ask us about, or require support with anything,
please contact us at:
P A Bain
Executive Head Teacher
Oban High School, Tiree High School & Tiree Primary School