As we head towards the end of the most bizarre of years for us all, I would like to thank our families for their unstinting support throughout. It is quite likely that there will still be challenges that we need to face in the earlier stages of 2021 but there is now light at the end of a very long tunnel.
Dalkeith High School continues to amaze me in the way that it pulls together as a community. From your responses to appeals to support families experiencing more hardship than others, to raising funds for worthwhile charities, the generosity of our families is immeasurable. Thank you for your kindness.
Never doubt the impact that your thoughtful words of support have had on staff wellbeing. It has been a long, hard term for staff but knowing that their efforts are appreciated has helped greatly. Rest assured, I always take the time to pass on your compliments.
It almost time now to stop, rest and relax. I hope that our senior pupils in particular will be able to do this at the end of a very intense period of assessments set against the backdrop of uncertainty around assessment processes. They have been amazing throughout and should be very proud of their efforts.
I wish you and all in your families a happy, restful and safe Christmas with all good wishes for 2021. I have attached below a few items that may be of help.
Download: Essentials fund poster final 14.12.20
Virtual College Open Days for Full Time Courses August 2021
We will be hosting online events on the dates below for anyone looking to apply for our full-time curriculum beginning in August 2021:
Friday 19 February 2021 – 10 am – 12 noon
Saturday 20 February 2021 – 10am – 2pm
These events will provide the opportunity to find out more about the programmes we offer across all curriculum areas, speak to teaching staff and find out about the application process, funding and the support services we offer. Information on how to access the events will be available on the college website edinburghcollege.ac.uk/open days. Further details will be sent out in the New Year.
I am contacting you today regarding the procedures that will be put in place for any possible contact tracing that may need to take place at the start of the school holidays in response to the identification of positive cases of Covid-19. I have attached a letter from Midlothian Council to explain the procedures that will be used.
Download: Parent letter 141220 (1)
Download: Close Contact Log DHS (1)
I understand that some parents/carers will be keeping their young person at home on Monday and Tuesday to reduce the number of contacts in the period leading up to Christmas Day in a bid to protect others in the family. Please let the school know if you intend to do this and we will amend the register accordingly.
I will issue my last weekly newsletter of 2020 on Friday as normal.
Thank you in advance of your support,
Please see message below from Fiona Robertson, Executive Director, regarding the cancellation of the Higher and Advanced Higher exams for 2021. I realise that this will cause upset to our pupils and our families but please be reassured by the fact that Dalkeith High School has been planning for this as a contingency since our return in August. Pupils have been working hard towards the Formal Assessments that they are currently sitting. Another opportunity to sit Formal Assessments will take place around Easter time. Other opportunities will be made available within classes to gather any additional evidence required to confirm provisional results that will be submitted to SQA by staff. Further details will follow at the start of the new term regarding plans for managing assessments for our young people from January to May to ensure that we provide them with the very best opportunities to show their potential.
Thank you once again for your ongoing support.
Yesterday the Deputy First Minster John Swinney announced Highers and Advanced Higher exams will be cancelled for 2020-21.
Instead, results will be based on teacher judgement of evidence of your child’s attainment. Your child’s school and the SQA are committed to working together to support teachers.
A robust quality assurance model similar to that already being carried out to determine provisional results awarded by teachers at National 5 level will be extended to include Higher and Advanced Highers.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) is also developing an equality impact assessment as part of this quality assurance model which aims to ensure fair and credible results for all learners.
We realise today’s announcement, which comes after October’s announcement that National 5 exams too will be cancelled, may be stressful for some pupils and their families.
We are confident the process for Higher and Advanced Higher provisional results will be in place to make sure your child’s results will be fair.
If you have any further concerns then please contact your child’s school directly. We will continue to keep you and your child informed of what this means for them as candidates as soon as we can on receipt of further details as a result of today’s announcement.
Fiona Robertson, Executive Director
Download: 30 November 2020