Congratulations to Melissa Reidie, 6B1, who has gained her Saltire Ascent award for completing over 500 hours of voluntary work with Girl Guiding Scotland as a young leader for Brownies and Rainbows and making up food packs at Empty Kitchens Full Hearts at Leith.
Please find below our weekly newsletter. Essential reading to allow you to keep up to date with news about what is happening in our school.
I hope that everyone enjoys the holiday weekend.
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I am delighted to report that we once again up and running! Despite the challenges that we have had along the way, we are now fully reopened and all pupils have returned to full-time, in-school learning. We have thoroughly enjoyed having our pupils back in the building and all are making good progress with their learning since their return on Tuesday. There may be other challenges that we will need to face as the term proceeds but will face them together as a school community as we always do. But for now……onwards and upwards!
National Qualifications Update Midlothian statement on ACM (1)
DHS Newsletter Friday, 23rd April
Formal Assessment 2 Calendar FA2 Calendar (1)
I am delighted to report that the school has now reopened for all pupils on a full-time basis. We are back!
There will be an opportunity for all parents/carers to join us at our next Parent Council meeting which will be held on Tuesday, 27th April, 7 – 8pm. The meeting will be held via Zoom and any parent/carer who would like to attend should email the school office with the following information by Friday, 23rd April:
- Name of parent/carer
- Email address for parent/carer
- Name/class of pupil
- Any questions/topics you would like us to discuss
I would like to thank all in our school community for their support throughout the previous term.
With very best wishes,
I hope that you have enjoyed the Easter break so far. It is important that all of our pupils take a break to recharge the batteries before coming back for the start of the new term.
An announcement was made by the Scottish Government yesterday confirming that all pupils will return to in-school learning on a full-time basis on return from the Easter break. For school in Midlothian, this means a full return for all pupils on Tuesday, 20th April.
A few reminders of important messages to get us off to a good start are noted below:
- Pupils should remain in the playground until the start of period 1
- Pupils should enter the building through the door closest to their period 1 class
- Hands should be sanitised on entry to the building and into individual classrooms
- Desks/chairs will be cleaned on entry to a classroom and before leaving
- The one-way system for movement around the school will operate
- Masks should be worn by all pupils at all times unless they are eating/drinking – this includes transport
- Pupils will follow their normal timetables (re-issued prior to the start of the school holiday)
- 2m social distancing measures will not be in place
- School uniform should be worn except on days when pupils have PE on their timetables (changing rooms still not in use)
- All food and drink for the day should be brought into school – water bottles can be refilled in classrooms that have sinks
- All jotters, pencil cases, other equipment should be brought into school in a school bag
- Mobile phone ‘bag or box’ policy will apply in classrooms
I am very pleased to be in the position of being able to welcome all of our pupils back full-time. It has been a long and challenging year so far, but the full reopening of our school is a clear indication that we are moving in the right direction.
Thank you for you ongoing support.
As we reach the end of a very unusual term, I would like to reflect on our experiences as a school community. Little did we know when we broke for the Christmas holidays that we would still be following a blended learning model at this point in the school session. The efforts of all in our school community have been commendable: the staff who have successfully juggled online learning with in-school learning, whilst maintaining the highest professional standards; our pupils who have shown great resilience throughout an ever-changing and, at times, unsettling situation; and our families who trust us to do our very best for our young people.
I know that we may face further challenges on our return to school as we continue to chart our way through the remainder of the session, but I am confident that we will face those challenges with our usual determination and positivity. We have come so far on our journey and we will complete the journey together as a strong school community.
School will reopen on Tuesday, 20th April and we anticipate that this will be a return to full-time, in-school learning for all. This will be confirmed by the Scottish Government on Tuesday, 6th April. I will contact you during the holiday period if there are any changes to arrangements that you need to know about. The updated risk assessment will be sent out by email by Mr Knight to inform you of the risk mitigation factors that will be in place.
I would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you a very relaxing break.
With very best wishes,