Friday, 14th May
Listening to the voices of parents and carers
Dalkeith High School is a good school. However, practice had to change in the past year out of necessity as we dealt with a global pandemic. As we plan to emerge from restrictions, we are now reflecting on the aspects of our practice that we have changed that perhaps we might decide we should retain. It is also a pertinent time to consider what other possible improvements we should consider making.
We are currently planning to gather the views of our pupils and would also like to hear what our parents and carers have to say. Staff will also be working together on the in-service day on Monday, 24th May to contribute to plans for the coming session and beyond. We are very fortunate to be hearing from an internationally renowned educationalist and writer, Mary Myatt, on that date.
I would like to invite parents and carers to attend a special meeting of the Parent Council on Wednesday, 26th May to contribute to the discussions about the next steps for Dalkeith High School. Please contact the school by Friday, 21st May if you would like to attend the meeting providing us with the following details:
- Your name and email contact details
- Your young person’s name and class
It is also possible to have a small number of parents/carers join us to hear Mary’s keynote speech as 9am on Monday, 24th May. Again, please let us know if you would like to attend and we will forward joining details.
Schools Asymptomatic Testing
Testing continues to play an important role in schools in our fight against COVID-19. Testing and self-isolating can help limit the likelihood of the virus getting into schools, and help mitigate the impacts if it does.
The Scottish Government would like your help to improve the schools asymptomatic testing programme and are requesting that pupils and parents complete a survey. This survey closes on Friday 21st May.
Here are the links to the surveys:
Further information about the surveys is Here
Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)
I am delighted that our school was able to participate in the YPI programme this year, an initiative that gives young people an opportunity to direct a grant of £3,000 to a local charity championed by our pupils through a programme of teamwork, research and friendly competition.
Over the last 4 months, S2 pupils have been taking part in the initiative. They have faced many challenges in this time trying to complete their presentations during lockdown, but they have demonstrated resilience and dedication to improving lives in our local community during the project.
Earlier this week three groups competed in the grand final of the competition. We had groups representing SIMBA (Rhea Hedlund, Callie MacLeod, Kaitlyn Munro, Abby Smith and Katy Young), VOCAL (Kara Armstrong, Maggie Boyd and Elise Furness) and Women’s Aid Dalkeith. Our judges faced tough deliberations but eventually decided that this year’s YPI winners are Women’s Aid Dalkeith, represented by Eva Smart, Tasha Stephen and Evie Donachy.
Well done to all S2 pupils who took part.
I am quite sure that the vast majority of our young people are respectful to the environment when they are making their way to/from school and also if they are out and about at lunchtime. However, we have received some complaints from local residents about litter being dropped in the area surrounding the school.
I would be grateful if you could reinforce messages that we have given to our pupils for the need to be respectful and to use bins to dispose of litter. Pupils in the Duke of Edinburgh class have helped out by carrying out litter picks which has helped but we really need all to play their part.