Head Teacher Update - Letter 26

28th September in School

Monday 28th September 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones all safe and well again this week.

Thank you
Thank you very much to everyone for all your efforts in turning the “new normal” into as close
to a normal learning experience as possible. Our focus on the importance of pupil welfare,
both their mental and physical well-being is crucial to our school community getting back up
and running so quickly I believe.

We have not had any new Scottish Government updates for a few weeks now and this has
led to a great deal of stability in school. It remains to be seen if further changes will come for
schools in the coming weeks. Another change that is being mooted by the Deputy First
Minister is a change to the exam system for next year. I believe adaptations to the SQA
exams will be made during the holidays. I will keep you updated as soon as we have
received official notification and we have time to develop the school plans in light of future

One update we should definitely all be keeping an eye on is the NHS guidance related to
keeping us all safe and healthy. This can be found here:


We have been very fortunate to be running a full staffing compliment since the start of term
but, as is always the way, our staff often end up getting promoted and moving on. On this
occasion I am delighted to inform you that Jemma Playfair has secured the position of Head
Teacher of Kinlochleven High School. I would like to thank Jemma for her tremendous
achievements in Oban High School and for looking after the youngsters in her care so
admirably. We all wish Jemma the very best in her new role. The national advert to replace
Jemma is already live on My Job Scotland.

Reporting on children’s’ progress
As we approach the October holidays, we wanted to give you an update on our plans for
communicating with you about your child’s learning. As well as the many phone calls home,
letters and interactions on Google Classroom, we will, of course, be reporting progress in the
normal way via reports and parents evenings. S4 to S6 pupils will receive a full report on their
progress in National Courses so far after the October Holidays on Friday 6 November.
Following this report we will be holding a virtual Parents Evening on Tuesday 24 November
from 4.30 to 7.30 p.m. More details on the format of this will be sent with your child’s report
but please bear with us as this new virtual format will be a challenge to us all. S1 to S3 pupils
will receive an interim report before Christmas and a full report and virtual Parents Evening
after Christmas. As always, if you have any concerns about your child’s progress then
please do not wait for a parents evening and contact your child’s Guidance teacher who will
be happy to help.

As you know, we cannot allow any adults into school unless absolutely necessary. This not
only means parents but also former pupils. In order to recognize the achievements of all our
youngsters, including last year’s S6, we have been inviting staff to meet with those S6 pupils
who achieved prizes and to make a wee video or to take a picture of them receiving an

These videos will be added to the Prize-giving awards to be held in school this Friday. The
awards to the current S5 and S6 youngsters will be done within their bubbles to maintain the
integrity of the current Covid protection measures in place. They too will be videoed. The
individual videos will be added to speeches by the School Captains, our guest speaker, Anne
Paterson (Head of Education) and myself and coupled with video performances. I will edit all
the clips up into one film over the holidays (during rainy days) and will publish as soon as

We have been uploading lots of videos full of information from a number of staff and senior
pupils. We have uploaded 20 videos during September alone. If you wish to learn more about
what is going on in our school: the awards and recognition our school is achieving; news
about our school events and promotions, for example Black History Month in October;
information about the charity or support work done by our Clans; or just about our
competitions and prizes, then please subscribe to the school YouTube channel. Of course
everything is sent via the School App for Parents and much can be found on the school


Help available
As always should any parent have any questions or require any support, please contact your
child’s Guidance Teacher or use the “Contact us” page on the website.


I hope you all have a lovely week ahead.

Yours faithfully
P A Bain
Executive Head Teacher
Oban High School, Tiree High School & Tiree Primary School

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