Update from the Headteacher – Friday 14 May 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,
Please find below our latest newsletter providing you with information about what is happening in our school.  I hope that you find it to be informative.
Kind regards,
Allyson Dobson
Newsletter 15 May 2021

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.

 

Litter

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.

 

 

 

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 23 April 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

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)

 

Best wishes,

Allyson Dobson

Headteacher

Parent Council Meeting – Tuesday 27 April 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,
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,
Allyson Dobson

Update from the Headteacher – 7 April 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,
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.
Allyson Dobson

Update from the Headteacher – Thursday 1 April 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

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,

Allyson Dobson

Update from the Headteacher – Friday 26 March 2021

Dear Parent/Carer,

As the second week of blended learning for all of our pupils comes to an end, I am pleased to report that pupils are continuing to enjoy being back in the building and reconnecting with their friends, teachers and in-school learning.  Next week will see us operate the same patterns of attendance for in-school learning as we have done in the past two weeks.

Please see below the weekly newsletter to keep you up to date with other news.

Download: Friday, 26th March

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards,

Allyson Dobson