Beeslack High School Update 3.4.20
End of Term
We have made it to the end of term and we can all shut down our computers for a bit of respite! School officially closes today for two weeks, albeit a rather different spring break than we are used to. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the pupils for embracing this new challenge and supporting each other as we get to grips with learning remotely. Also, thanks to you, our parents/carers for helping us, supporting your child and for providing us with valuable feedback as we negotiate this new school experience.
It's a great privilege to be Headteacher of Beeslack Community High School and I am incredibly proud of the staff team who have worked around the clock to move to digital learning, support pupils, reassure our senior phase students and be there for each other – as a team the community has really pulled together to make the best of a very challenging reality.
Over the next two weeks there will be no new learning posted on-line and we will resume on Monday the 20th April. Pupils will still be able to drop in to their learning teams over the next two weeks if they want to, to complete any work that may still be outstanding. However, it’s important to have down time and take a break.
As a staff team we have listened carefully to your feedback on our on –line learning and as a result we have put together a timetable (attached) to help pupils structure their learning and manage any ‘due dates’ or assignments. This will be in operation from the beginning of next term. Hopefully this will provide a structure for some of our pupils who are struggling to know where to start! All new learning activities for each subject will be posted on the allocated day – due dates will also be restricted to those days to help pupils plan and manage their time. Again, I want to reiterate that this is advisory and if your son/daughter is overwhelmed then please reduce the amount they do.
If you have any feedback please let us know.
Free School Meals
We are currently delivering free school meals to those families who have requested a delivery, this will continue into next week. However, Midlothian Council are exploring ways in which a direct payment or voucher will replace the current delivery system. We will let you know when this will take place.
SQA released a statement late last night indicating how exams will be certified this year. As a staff team we now need time to digest this new information as well as the information we are to receive by the 20th of April. The link to the Chief Executive’s statement is included below https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93777.html I have also attached an SQA Guide for Certification for Parents/Carers and pupils.
We will, of course, keep you informed as soon as we can when we have time to discuss this new information – we will always do the very best for our pupils.
We will publish our spring newsletter on our website and on twitter today (link also provided) please have a look – there was certainly a lot going on in school prior to our closure and it’s a great reminder of all the positive work going on in Beeslack.
Thank you again for your continued support and understanding.