Head Teacher Update - Letter 67a

1st April in School

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1st April 2022

Dear Parent / Carer (please share with your child)

I hope this letter finds you all safe and well. For those who are absent and feeling poorly, I hope
you make a speedy recovery.  (Video link - https://youtu.be/ilB04m-CGfo )

Support

For the last couple of years Covid has led to a great deal of stress and anxiety for many. The
war in Ukraine and our concern for its citizens is adding to that worry; so too is the
consequential impact on our own lives at home. We naturally have worries about our family
and loved ones; we worry about our health; job security and finances. As parents we
particularly worry about our children.

I wish to reiterate our support for families in such difficult times. Should you have any concerns
at all about pastoral issues; worries about subjects or exams; about coping with teenagers at
home; perhaps there are IT problems we could help with; perhaps we could even help provide
guidance or support where finance is an issue for families. We have a very experienced
pastoral care team. Our Clan Deputes, Principal Teachers of Guidance, Family Liaison
Officers, Youth Worker and IT Technicians are all on hand to help with as many calls for support
as you wish to make. Lots of families contact us each week, please don’t be shy about seeking
our help. If we can help, we will.

Covid update

The Scottish Government has now issued further Covid guidance for schools. With the holiday
fast approaching and our attention on preparing our pupils for the exam period ahead, we will
fine tune our precautions during the holiday and into the first week back. I shall update you with
details on our return. 

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-reducing-the-risks-in-schools/ 

SQA

The SQA have now published ‘Your Exams.’ This is an important booklet which outlines key
information about the run up to the exam diet, as well as rules which apply during
exams. There is also guidance regarding ‘exceptional circumstances’ (if you miss an exam
through illness, for example).
The booklet is available here: 

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/files_ccc/SQA-Your_Exams2022.pdf 

Once physical copies are received by the school, we will issue these to pupils and ensure
everyone has a note of their Scottish Candidate Number as well as going over the information
in the booklet with those sitting exams.
More information on the Examination Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service is
available at: 

https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/79042.html 

Easter Revision

A significant amount of planning has taken place over the last few weeks to help prepare and
support senior pupils with their assessments and preparing for the upcoming exams. We had
an assembly explaining much of this in detail and this can be viewed
here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du1yUvL6uyo.

Mr Champion's Learning and Revision workshop can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ4gTJGw5l0 

There are now three major resources for support:

  • a one-stop-shop website for revision resources
  • hard copies of revision packs for each subject at each level
  • a programme of Easter revision

After the Easter break there will be a range of subject immersion days and exam support.
Please take advantage of all these opportunities and we hope our young people will engage
with them and be supported and encouraged by their parents/carers.

For our revision website, please click the hyperlink to access this developing resource; or use
the QR code. For Easter Revision sessions, Oban pupils will attend in person, unless a Google
Code is provided. Tiree pupils should ensure their Oban teacher knows they wish to attend by
sending them a message on Google Classroom. (Full programme on school app, revision
website and Instagram)

https://sites.google.com/ab.glow.scot/revision 

Transition

Mrs Morrison (DHT for Transition) and Mr Champion (Senior DHT) will host online Gateway
evenings for parents and carers of pupils starting Oban High School in August. These will take
place on Tuesday 3rd May and Wednesday 4th May from 5pm to 6pm. We will send information
regarding the joining code for the google meet one week prior to these meetings.

Please do not forget our site for all young people, parents and carers. It is available at:

https://sites.google.com/ab.glow.scot/ohs-transition/home

You can submit questions to us via the Google form on the front page. Once we have a few
more questions here, we will add videos with answers to your questions.

P7 parents reading this letter may be interested to view one of my virtual meetings with a
couple of Primary schools this week. I did lots of these, this one is just an example covering
the same content in them all. Those who missed a session may find it interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX8j5fCccJ0 

Uniform Commission

My thanks to all those involved in leading the Uniform Commission, and to those who
participated in the consultation. Given the significant time invested in this piece of work, thereby
helping the school move forward in a clear direction, I had no hesitation in signing off on all the
recommendations. The full report can be found on our website. Also available is the summary
guide to our uniform guidance as a shorter handy guide.

Easter message

I would like to end with the same message I gave to all my pupils and staff today. Some of us
will still have work to do over the holiday; studies and exam preparation to engage with; and
jobs around the house to undertake - but holidays are a time to spend with friends, families
and loved ones, enjoying life and good company.
Stay safe, be kind, and enjoy your holiday!

Yours faithfully

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


Mr Bain’s update 1st April

Reports and exam prep assembly 8th March

Learning and Revision Workshop

P7 virtual visit by Mr Bain

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