Message from the Headteacher – 22 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,
As the term comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your unstinting support throughout this most challenging of years.
I think it is important that we acknowledge the many achievements of the school against the backdrop of uncertainty throughout 2021.  From moving swiftly to online learning at the start of the year, to opening up the Hubs providing care for children of Key Workers, to supporting our senior phase pupils to success in their National Qualifications.  Not forgetting, of course, helping our new S1 pupils to settle quickly into the school without having experience of the normal transition arrangements. All has been achieved because we are the school community that we are: caring, resilient, resourceful.
I hope that all in our school community can now enjoy some time to relax and recharge.  We are all aware that we may be facing different challenges again in the new term but I know that we will face them together with the same fortitude that we have shown before.
Wishing all a Merry Christmas and all good wishes for 2022.
Allyson Dobson

Library News

If you are in S1 you can still quiz on your books after you have read them by clicking on this link – Earn merits and points for your class to help your class become class of the term.
Also you can download some great eBooks to read on your digital devices. Click on this link… your username is your school PC login and the password is ebs1

Smart Futures Programmes

Please see the table below for details on all the programmes Smart Futures have coming up through Easter and Summer and please get in touch if you have any questions regarding any of them.

Download: Smart Futures

Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator

Update from the Headteacher – Thursday 16 December 2021

Dear Parents and Carers of senior pupils,
Thank you for your understanding in the past couple of weeks as we have asked senior pupils to study for assessments at home.  I am pleased to report that the assessments have gone well with very few interruptions.
We are looking forward to welcoming our senior pupils back into the building on Monday for the last 3 days of term.  All pupils should take a lateral flow test on Monday morning before returning to school.
Due to the ongoing concerns around infection rates, it is important that we adhere to all safety mitigations that we have in place.  Pupils should wear masks at all times, test on a daily basis, maintain good hand hygiene, clean work stations before and after use, stay home and book a PCR test of they are displaying symptoms of Covid.
It is also important  that all pupils remain in the playground until doors are opened at 8.30am.  Pupils should enter through the door closest to their period 1 class.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Allyson Dobson
Dalkeith High School

Close Contact Log

Please find below a log for you to keep a note of any close contacts you may have in school during the last week of term.

You should keep a note of anyone you have sat near in class, had lunch with, travelled to or from school or had close contact with.
This document will be useful in the unlikely event that you test positive for Covid during the Christmas Holiday.
You do not need to note any teachers names, only fellow pupils.
Download BGE Form: Close Contact Log DHS BGE
Download Senior Form: Close Contact Log DHS Senior
Mr Knight

Craig Knight

Depute Headteacher

STEM Online Mentoring Scheme

Run by the STEM Ambassador Programme and Brightside Mentoring we are launching the second national online mentoring scheme.

Designed to help young people explore their future career options in STEM, a six-week mentoring programme is open to 14 – 16 year olds with a 10-week programme for 16 – 18 year olds.

For those across S3 & S4, young people will have the opportunity to focus on career insights and chat to trained STEM Ambassadors via a secure and moderated online messaging system. Those in S5 & S6 will be mentored on ‘life after school’ – whether that’s Higher Education, Apprenticeships or preparing for employment.

Those taking part will receive:

One to one support and inspiration from a DBS or PVG checked STEM Ambassador
Training on how to use the secure and moderated messaging system
Support and resources to help them make informed decisions about their future.
All young people from across the UK are invited to apply, and there is no limit on the number of mentees being able to access the programme from any one school or college. Cohort start and end dates are outlined below: –

Cohort 2: S3 & S4, to run 24th Jan – 4th Mar (6 weeks) – OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Cohort 3: S5 & S6, to run 24th Jan – 1st April (10 weeks) – OPEN FOR REGISTRATION

Cohort 4: S5 & S6, to run 4th April – 10th June.

Young people interested should speak to either myself or their Guidance teacher.

Lee Bernard

Developing the Young Workforce Coordinator