HT Weekly Update

Firstly, can I thank you all once again for everything that you are doing in supporting the learning of your children, in these very challenging times.  There will be many learning experiences the children will be gaining with you, that have absolutely nothing to do with our virtual school and as I have said before, this is absolutely fine.  In many ways these ‘other lessons and experiences’, will be the ones your children will remember in the years to come.

A wee reminder that there is no school tomorrow (Friday 8th May) for all staff, pupils and Mrs Mum and Mr Dad, your new Teachers! Enjoy your well earned long weekend and have some chill time!

We will see you back in ‘School’ on Monday 11th May.

Weekly Update

I cannot believe we are at the end of another week, I don’t know about you but the days are flying in?!

My main message this week was to ‘Be Kind,’ I think we all need to remember to ‘Be kind’ to ourselves and take time to have some self care. Parents, you are doing a great job juggling everything, it is not easy!

The following numbers and links may be of use during this very difficult period for us all.

Highland Council Helpline –  a helpline number has been set up for anyone who is struggling and needing urgent help during this crisis. The single line number – 0300 303 1362 – will connect callers to relevant Council specialist teams and will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. All calls are free.

Highland Council Social Work Out of Hours Team (5p.m- 9 a.m)- 08457 697284

Social Work – Family Team Alness/ Invergordon area 01349886609 – messages for Health Visitors  can also be passed on through this number

Covid 19 Support group           https://www.facebook.com/groups/640876429816118/

Helping Hands Highland    https://www.facebook.com/AHHITH1/

Citizen’s Advice  https://www.cas.org.uk/bureaux/ross-and-cromarty-citizens-advice-bureau  

Women’s Aid        http://www.invernesswa.co.uk/

Childline                https://www.childline.org.uk/

 

If you need any help or support with the work, please let us know, we are here to help! Just do what you can!

Wee treat, a present and past pupil playing ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ for our front line staff at 8pm lastnight!

Weekly HT Update

Happy Friday 🙂

I would like to thank all parents and carers for their support in helping their children complete learning tasks at home.  It has been lovely to see the children engaging in their learning in this very different world we find ourselves in.  As we come to the end of our fifth week in lockdown, I appreciate things can be very challenging at times so please see the work which is being provided by the school as a resource to use as and when it suits you as a family.

The only thing that I ask you do is to get in touch each day.  Although we are operating in the virtual world we are still required to maintain our school registers. 

Every day there will be lessons in literacy, numeracy and a creative/ active task.

Between 9.00 and 3.00 the school teachers will be online to support the children’s learning but of course being a virtual school the classrooms can be accessed at any time and the lessons are not taken down.  If you are stuck out-with the ‘school hours’ then please email your child’s class teacher and they will get back to you. Of course, teachers cannot be expected to be attached to their laptops all all times during the day, as this would be detrimental to anyone’s mental health, so if you don’t get a response straight away, please be assured that staff will get back to you soon.

We have come to the end of another week of online learning and I am so proud of my staff and families and how they are adapting to this unfamiliar times.

Well done and thank you for your continued engagement and support!

Take care and stay safe!

 

Week 2 of Home Learning

It has now been confirmed the current lockdown will be extended for another three weeks. Therefore our virtual school will continue to run well into May and perhaps beyond.

As such I want to re-assure all our families out there, that in these hugely unusual times, the most important thing is the health and well being of you and your loved ones. As a virtual school, things will be quite different from the normal school routine.

We are very proud of how are children are engaging with the learning that is being provided for them and what is more fantastic is all the other opportunities and learning the children are being exposed to thanks to being at home, for example; building a tree house, reverse parking a quad, making a swimming pool in the garden

Here are some examples of what they have been up to…

End of Term

We have reached the end of Term 3 and it is certainly not in the way we all would have imagined, at home, home-schooling and in lock-down.

I want to take this moment to express how proud I am of of all my learners! It has been absolutely brilliant to see them engaging with their learning in a new way so quickly. We have had examples of work from videos, group hangouts, pictures, comments and phone calls. It really does make our day when they share their learning with us.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our terrific teachers for the job they have done over these last nine days to get our virtual school up and running. It has been some feat! They like you need a well earned Easter break.

The Easter holiday is going to be a bit different this year and although the school is closed until Tuesday 14th April because we are a ‘virtual’ school you can visit us any time over the holidays. The only difference being the teachers will not be in class. So if there was a particular activity you really liked or something you missed then why not share it via seesaw or the classroom.

Take care, stay safe and enjoy a well earned break.

Here are a few examples of home learning from this week..

 

Super 6 Skills

As part of our School Improvement Plan this year we have been thinking about how to support the children in their skills development. We have created our ‘Super 6 Skills’ which are linked through all areas of the curriculum and it clearly explains why the children needs skills for learning, life and work.

Here is a copy of our Super 6 Skills;

Skills Cluster Super 6 FINAL