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
As ever, please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have concerns or require support in any way.
Enjoy the weekend.
Meeting will take place via Zoom at 7pm. Please email email@example.com for details on how to join.
The pupil support team has created a virtual classroom space to support the health and wellbeing of young people and their families. In the classroom you will find resources to include; mindfulness – Calming the Body and Mind, COVID – Feeling Safe and signposts to supports for families and young people. Families will also have access to activities which support health and wellbeing and virtual talks from our Pupil Support Leaders.
When accessing this resource please follow the link and click present in the top right hand corner of the slides document:
Hope you are all safe and well!
Pupil Support Team
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,
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,