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,
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
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.
Our Senses –
Our senses pick up information from the environment around us and from within our bodies, and send it to our brain and body. This Mini-clip explores how our senses react to the environment around us and create emotional responses. It also explains that our bodies and brains can re-learn how to make sense of the information around us via our senses to allow us to live happier and calmer lives.
My Brain –
This clip will help you to understand how the brain functions when it’s trying to work out how the body is feeling. It features Dr Dan Siegel’s “hand model” which is helpful in understanding what is happening inside the brain when responding to big feelings like anger or anxiety. You will learn to divide their brain into three parts – a thinking part, a feelings-memories part, and a safety-survival part – and learn strategies to calm their mind and body during intense times.