Update from the Headteacher – Friday 5 February 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

Please find below our weekly newsletter to keep you up to date with all that is happening in our school community.  I hope that you find this helpful.

Download: Friday, 5th February

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support throughout this half-term.  The pandemic continues to test us in so many ways but I believe that we face every challenge with a positive approach.

I do hope that our pupils take time to rest over the February break and that everyone in the family stays safe.

With very best wishes,

Allyson Dobson

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 29 January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,
Please find below the weekly newsletter to keep you up to date with all that is happening in our school community. Also below are two letters to update you following the most recent SQA announcement of 27 January.    I hope that you will find the information helpful.
Kind regards,
Allyson Dobson

Update from the Headteacher – 22 January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

I do hope that the week has gone well for our pupils who are currently working at home.  It has been a busy week in school with numbers attending the Hub remaining high.

I have attached our usual weekly newsletter to keep you up to date with all that is happening in our school community.  I hope that you will be able to find the time to read it to allow everyone to keep connected.

Download: Friday, 22nd January 

 

With very best wishes,

Allyson Dobson

Information from Fiona Robertson

Please find attached a letter for your parents and carers from Fiona Robertson re Remote Learning, along with the Midlothian Promise for Remote Learning and 2 support documents from our Digital Learning Team.  Please share these with parents and carers in your usual ways.

Download: Parents and Carers 200121

MIdlothian Promise for Delivery of Remote Learning.docx

Live Video Sessions_ Advice for Pupils

Live Video Sessions_ Advice for Parents and Carers

Update from the Headteacher 20 January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

You will be aware that Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, made the announcement in the Scottish Parliament today that lockdown measures will be in place until at least the middle of February with most pupils to continue to learn from home. The First Minister hopes schools will at least begin a phased return to the classroom from the middle of next month. This will be reviewed on Tuesday, 2nd February when she hopes to provide a firmer timetable for a return.

I know that many of you will have anticipated this news but it is still disappointing that we will not be able to return to in-school learning for all pupils for an extended period of time.  For now, we will continue to offer high quality online learning with the Hub being available for the children of key workers and those pupils who we need to have in school for wellbeing reasons.

I would like to record my thanks to all of our families who continue to work with us as we chart a course through this challenging time.  A full newsletter will be issued on Friday as usual.

Kind regards,

Allyson Dobson

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 15 January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we reach the end of the first week of working at home, I am pleased to report that our pupils have engaged very well with their online learning.  I am also able to share with you that our Hub is up and running, providing critical care for the children of key workers and some pupils who need this supportive environment at this time.

You will find our normal weekly newsletter below and a number of additional documents providing information about the following topics:

  • Online learning at Dalkeith High School
  • Digital communication guide for Dalkeith High School
  • Ongoing support for young people at Dalkeith High School
  • College email communication for senior phase pupils

Download: Newsletter Friday, 15th January

Download: Online Learning at DHS | College email w.b. 11 Jan | Ongoing support for young people at DHS | Digital communication guide for DHS

As ever, please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have concerns or require support in any way.

Enjoy the weekend.

Kind regards,

Allyson Dobson

 

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 8 January 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

Happy New Year!  I do hope that everyone in the family remained healthy over the festive period.  I am aware that our pupils are still on holiday and will only return to their learning on Monday, 11th January but thought you would appreciate hearing from me prior to them starting back.

 

I am sure you listened to the announcement made in the Scottish Parliament by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, regarding the need for remote learning until the beginning of February with a heavy heart.  The news would have come as a blow to our pupils and their families given the immense efforts that we all put in to keeping our school open since our return in August.  We were very fortunate to have continuity of learning throughout this period of time at Dalkeith High School.  However, I do believe it was the only option open to the government given the impact of the new variant of the virus and the resulting sharp increase in cases.  We have been in this position before in terms of providing remote learning opportunities and managed it very well as a school community –  I am confident that we can do it again. Staff have worked hard since returning to work on Wednesday to prepare online lessons that are engaging, challenging and meet the needs of all pupils with all being communicated to pupils through Show My Homework.

I have attached a letter from Fiona Robertson, Executive Director, and our usual weekly school newsletter.  I may need to contact you on a more frequent basis in the next few weeks but I am sure you would rather have any information that I need to share as quickly as possible rather than waiting for the publication of the newsletter at the end of the week.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that we continue to function as a school community, even with so many working at home.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.  Email is the best way to communicate with us at this time and any communications will be passed on to the relevant member of staff.

I look forward to seeing our pupils return to their learning on Monday morning.  I will continue to lead us as a school community through the next set of challenges that we will all face together in the next few weeks.

Download: Friday, 8th January

Download: 06 January 2021

With very best wishes,

Allyson Dobson