Friday, 21 January 2022

Friday 21 January

 In recent weeks we have had several teachers joining us on a temporary basis to cover classes for absent teachers. I always make a point of speaking to those staff to ensure they feel welcomed and supported as part of our school community. Invariably, I get glowing feedback about how well supported they feel and how wonderful our pupils are. Thank you to all for making JGHS such a positive and welcoming place to learn.

 The number of pupils testing positive for Covid over the past 7 days was 7. (This is 5 fewer than last week) 

  1. On Monday 24 January, the City of Edinburgh Council will decide on the start date of a Statutory Consultation to gather views on the future of Gaelic Medium Education (GME) in Edinburgh. The relevant papers can be found via this link.
  2. Given the increasing popularity of travel in Korea, Korean culture, K-Pop, TV series and films etc. allied with our continuing interest in expanding and diversifying experiences for all pupils, we are currently looking at augmenting our Languages/cultural provision by offering some extra curricular Korean. More details will follow in the coming days.
  3. Last week we sent information to all families on how to apply for concessionary bus travel cards which will enable all aged from 5-21 to access free bus travel in Scotland from 31 January. In addition to applying online, applications can also be made via City of Edinburgh Council libraries. It is advised to book an appointment via the following link.
  4. Please remember that the next Parent Council meeting will be on Wednesday 26 January at 7pm. We will send out the link before the meeting via the school email.  The meeting will include an update on Parent Council activities and there will be the usual Headteacher’s report.  Please email the PC on jghscouncilcomms@gmail.com by 12 noon on Tuesday with any questions or issues you would like included in the HT’s update. It will also be possible to ask questions on the night via the Q&A typed chat facility.  If you would like to catch up on the last meeting in November, the recording is on the PC website at: https://jghsparentcouncil.org/ 
  5. The Parent Council will be holding an online meeting on Tuesday 10th February for parents interested in getting involved in an Events and Fundraising Group.  If you would be interested in being involved let us know through the PC email: jghscouncilcomms@gmail.com
  6. Edinburgh Council is holding open meetings for parents in January and February to discuss the impacts of Covid on school communities and parental engagement. Further meetings are on Tuesday 25 January, and Tuesday 22 February (all from 6.15-7.15pm) and parents are welcome to join any of them through this link: Click here to join the meeting. This is an opportunity to let the Council hear from parents about how changes, such as parents not being in schools for school events, are affecting school communities, and the Parent Council encourages parents to attend to raise any issues. For more information contact: Parental.Engagement@edinburgh.gov.uk
  7. Covid-19: information.  
    1. Please ‘phone or email the school to tell if your child tests positive for COVID. Include test date and whether it was a LFD (Home test) or PCR.
    2. Anyone testing positive for a Lateral Flow Test (Home Test) should immediately self-isolate in line with current Government Guidelines.
    3. Taking regular lateral flow tests and getting vaccinated are among our best mitigations to limit the spread of Covid. You can find out where to get lateral flow and PCR tests on the NHS website. The vaccination booster programme has expanded, so you may now be eligible to book yours. But, again, the NHS website has the information you’ll need.
    4. Please continue to access the NHS Guidance so that you will know when you should get tested for Covid19.
    5. If/when, there are changes to COVID mitigations affecting schools I will write to all members of our school community and give you as much notice as possible.  
  8. Teenage booster (Diphtheria/Tetanus & Polio and Meningitis ACWY) – this will be on Wednesday 2 March 2022. This is for all S3s and any S4-6s who didn’t receive the booster in S3. Please return any outstanding forms to us as soon as possible. If your child in S4-6 did not receive a form, this means they already received the booster in S3.
  9. HPV vaccine – this will be on Wednesday and Thursday 6-7 April 2022. Forms will be distributed shortly.
  10. Dates:
    1. 21 January S2 pupils will be emailed their username and pin-code to access Tools, where they will make their choices
    2. 24 January City of Edinburgh Council will decide on the dates for a Statutory Consultation on the future of Gaelic Medium Education in Edinburgh.
    3. 25 and 27 January S2 Parents’ evenings (Online)
    4. 2 February - closing date for S2 choices
    5. 2 March  Teenage booster (Diphtheria/Tetanus & Polio and Meningitis ACWY)
    6. 6-7 April HPV vaccine
  11. Congratulations to:
    1. Ali Shippey (S4) who was selected to play in the Inter Regionals U16s Boys UK water polo tournament in December. Ali represented the Scotland Saltires in Division 2 where they won all of their games, including an intense final match against Wales where they came from behind to win 8-7. Ali has, deservedly, been invited to trial for GB water polo on the 22nd of January.
    2. The following pupils who, during the month of October/November as part of our celebrations for Black History Month, the Modern Studies Dept ran a competition were students in S2 were invited to submit a creative project in the style of their own choosing, created in their own time, to explore the contribution made to UK and Scottish society by famous Black Britons. Over 40 students in S2 submitted projects and the standard was exceptionally high! The winners have now been selected. Well-done to everyone who entered. The entries are displayed in the temporary units 🙂The following students have won book tokens as their prize:
      1. Jess Lockwood - Holmes - Video on Walter Tull footballer and army officer
      2. Uma Treaslove - Poster presentation on filmmaker Steve McQueen

                                Runners up:

      1. Bethan Kitchin - Poster/ portrait of Lilian Bader - One of the first Black women in the RAF
      2. Hanna Habilczek - Portrait of the author Zadie Smith
      3. Storme McCall/ Surya Schneiders - Created a Black British History Instagram Page - to celebrate different figures every day

 

  1. Very best wishes to all students who are involved in taking prelim exams over this next and final week of prelims.

 

My quote for the week: “Dreams they come and go, but thoughts like love will always grow’. (Meatloaf)

 

Best wishes to all for a lovely weekend.

Donald

Friday, 14 January 2022

Friday 14 January

With fewer seniors attending classes this past week, school corridors and social spaces have been much quieter. The prelims are running smoothly and, over the coming days, exam scripts will be marked and graded so that students can learn and do even better in their finals in May. Over the past week, it has been pleasing to see so many senior pupils coming in to school to access additional support from staff.  

 The number of pupils testing positive for Covid over the past 7 days was 12.

 

  1. Earlier this week we sent information to all families on how to apply for concessionary bus travel cards which will enable all aged from 5-21 to access free bus travel in Scotland from 31 January. In addition to applying online, applications can also be made via City of Edinburgh Council libraries. It is advised to book an appointment via the following link.
  2. In an effort to promote the benefits of cycling, Students in our Eco and sustainability group would like to invite you to sign their online petition which aims to persuade the City of Edinburgh Council to improve cycling lanes to our school.  The Link to the petition is here:    https://chng.it/RtVtcRgy
  3. A reminder that the public consultation phase of the Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review  is still live and is open till 19 January 2022. As James Gillespie (whose bequest led to the founding of our School)  was a merchant who made his fortune from the sale of tobacco products, this consultation has added significance for our school community. The online survey can be found here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/slaverycolonialism  Background information to the Review is being hosted on the Council’s website here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/edinburghslaverycolonialism
  4. Several of our Gaelic pupils are entering short films in this year’s annual prestigious FilmG competition. Please have a look and vote for the JGHS entries!
    1. S1 Pupils https://www.filmg.co.uk/filmichean/caite-bheil-tescos/?lang=en
    2. Sadie Drye (S6)  https://www.filmg.co.uk/filmichean/a-coiseachd-tron-choille/?lang=en
    3. Tony Gallagher (S6) and friends https://www.filmg.co.uk/filmichean/meirlich-an-fainne-aisling/?lang=en
  5. The next Parent Council meeting will be held online on Wednesday 26 January at 7pm. Further details will be circulated next week.  There will be the opportunity on the night to ask questions via the Q&A typed chat facility, but if you want to raise an issue in advance please send it to the PC email jghscouncilcomms@gmail.com and we will try to include it in the updates.  You can find the recording of the last PC meeting at: https://jghsparentcouncil.org/.
  6. Edinburgh Council is holding open meetings for parents in January and February to discuss the impacts of Covid on school communities and parental engagement. The meetings are on Tuesday 11 January, Tuesday 25 January, and Tuesday 22 February (all from 6.15-7.15pm) and parents are welcome to join any of them through this link: Click here to join the meeting. This is an opportunity to let the Council hear from parents about how changes, such as parents not being in schools for school events, are affecting school communities, and the Parent Council encourages parents to attend to raise any issues. For more information contact: Parental.Engagement@edinburgh.gov.uk
  7. Covid-19: information.  
    1. Please ‘phone or email the school to tell if your child tests positive for COVID. Include test date and whether it was a LFD (Home test) or PCR.
    2. Anyone testing positive for a Lateral Flow Test (Home Test) should immediately self-isolate in line with current Government Guidelines.
    3. Taking regular lateral flow tests and getting vaccinated are among our best mitigations to limit the spread of Covid. You can find out where to get lateral flow and PCR tests on the NHS website. The vaccination booster programme has expanded, so you may now be eligible to book yours. But, again, the NHS website has the information you’ll need.
    4. Please continue to access the NHS Guidance so that you will know when you should get tested for Covid19.
  8. Teenage booster (Diphtheria/Tetanus & Polio and Meningitis ACWY) – this will be on Wednesday 2 March 2022. This is for all S3s and any S4-6s who didn’t receive the booster in S3. Please return any outstanding forms to us as soon as possible. If your child in S4-6 did not receive a form, this means they already received the booster in S3.
  9. HPV vaccine – this will be on Wednesday and Thursday 6-7 April 2022. Forms will be distributed shortly.
  10. Dates:
    1. 13 January Student Awards Agency of Scotland (SAAS) - online presentation at 6pm
    2. 17 Jan to Fri 21 January - S2 pupils will be given career path and course choice info on during PSE classes
    3. 21 January S2 pupils will be emailed their username and pin-code to access Tools, where they will make their choices
    4. 25 and 27 January S2 Parents’ evenings (Online)
    5. 2 February - closing date for S2 choices
    6. 2 March  Teenage booster (Diphtheria/Tetanus & Polio and Meningitis ACWY)
    7. 6-7 April HPV vaccine
  11. Congratulations to:
    1. Nikolas Katsantonis (1L2) who recently passed his grade 4 piano.
    2. Nora Trew-Rae (S5) who sang with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior choir on The BBC programme 'Reflections at the Quay' on Christmas day. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0012z3y/reflections-at-the-quay-christmas-special
    3. Cathryn Gardiner (S2) and Orla Holt (S2) who have been selected to take part in an event hosted by Strathclyde University to promote engineering for S2 girls. They gained 2 out of 150 places available across Scotland on the back of personal statements they wrote outlining the personal qualities and personal ambition they have for an engineering career.
  12. And finally, very best wishes to all students who are involved in taking prelim exams over the next 3 weeks. We recognise and acknowledge that taking any exams is stressful. Please do your best to reassure all that the prelims are a rehearsal for the final exams in May and will provide an excellent opportunity to reflect, to learn and to do even better for the final exams.

 

My quote for the week: “Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.“ (Plato)

 Best wishes to all for a lovely weekend.

Donald

Donald j Macdonald (Headteacher)

Friday, 7 January 2022

Friday 7 January

 It was lovely to welcome everyone back to school yesterday. The periods of lockdown and various restrictions over the past 22 months have highlighted how much we all benefit from getting back into familiar routines and the opportunity to interact with others. Looking ahead, we have so much to look forward to in 2022 as the days continue to lengthen and Spring plants emerge from their wintry domains.  

 All pupils and staff are remined to wear warm clothing to school as windows will be opened to aid ventilation throughout the school.

 At the end of next week, I will return to sharing the numbers of weekly COVID infections in the school community. Please ’phone or email the school if your child tests positive for COVID and let us know:

  • The date of the test and
  • whether it was a Home (lateral Flow) or a PCR test. 
  1. We will be contacting S2 parents in the next few days to share boking details for the online Parent meetings on 25 and 27 January.
  2. The school does not have insurance for pupils’ personal belongings. Those that take expensive items such as mobile phones to school should ensure that they have insurance in place to cover breakage, loss etc.
  3. Please do all that you can to reinforce the message that no person should ever carry a bladed object with them in a public place. Pupils taking such objects to school will face immediate exclusion and be charged by the Police. I will include this strong message when I make my weekly announcements to the school community on Monday morning.
  4. Cycling and traveling to schools in more environmentally friendly ways are strongly encouraged. Cyclists should ensure that a high quality lock is used to secure cycles in our designated cycle park.  
  5. Following COP26, the National Poet for Scotland, Kathleen Jamie, has written a poem that you may find thought-provoking and evocative: What the Clyde said, after COP26.What the Clyde said, after COP26 by Kathleen Jamie - Scottish Poetry Library
  6. Early next week we will send information to all families on how to apply for bus travel cards which will enable all under the age of 22 to access free bus travel in Scotland.
  7. Active Schools are organising Bikeability Scotland Instructor (BSI) training courses in the New Year, which are FREE to staff and parent volunteers. There is also funding to provide cover staff to release teachers to attend the course. Please contact Eliot.Ambrose@ea.edin.sch.uk if you are interested.
  8. A reminder that the public consultation phase of the Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review  is still live and is open till 19 January 2022. As James Gillespie (whose bequest led to the founding of our School)  was a merchant who made his fortune from the sale of tobacco products, this consultation has added significance for our school community. The online survey can be found here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/slaverycolonialism  Background information to the Review is being hosted on the Council’s website here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/edinburghslaverycolonialism
  9. In the next 10 days, staff at JGHS will be using council produced learning materials with pupils in S1-3 to encourage reflection on Scotland’s links with slavery and what our next steps could be to address historic racial injustice and stem modern day discrimination in its various forms.
  10. Edinburgh Council is holding open meetings for parents in January and February to discuss the impacts of Covid on school communities and parental engagement. The meetings are on Tuesday 11 January, Tuesday 25 January, and Tuesday 22 February (all from 6.15-7.15pm) and parents are welcome to join any of them through this link: Click here to join the meeting. This is an opportunity to let the Council hear from parents about how changes, such as parents not being in schools for school events, are affecting school communities, and the Parent Council encourages parents to attend to raise any issues. For more information contact: Parental.Engagement@edinburgh.gov.uk
  11. Covid-19: information.  
    1. Please email the school to tell if your child tests positive for COVID. Include test date and whether it was a LFD (Home test) or PCR.
    2. Anyone testing positive for a Lateral Flow Test (Home Test) should immediately self-isolate in line with current Government Guidelines.
    3. Taking regular lateral flow tests and getting vaccinated are among our best mitigations to limit the spread of Covid. You can find out where to get lateral flow and PCR tests on the NHS website. The vaccination booster programme has expanded, so you may now be eligible to book yours. But, again, the NHS website has the information you’ll need.
    4. Please continue to access the NHS Guidance so that you will know when you should get tested for Covid19.
  12. Dates:
    1. 10 January Prelim exams for S4,5 and 6
    2. 13 January Student Awards Agency of Scotland (SAAS) - online presentation at 6pm
    3. 25 and 27 January S2 Parents’ evenings (Online)

 

  1. And finally, very best wishes to all students who are involved in taking prelim exams over the next 3 weeks. We recognise and acknowledge that taking any exams is stressful. Please do your best to reassure all that the prelims are a rehearsal for the final exams in May and will provide an excellent opportunity to reflect, to learn and to do even better for the final exams.

 

My quote for the week: “"Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.“ David M. Burns)

  

Best wishes to all for a lovely weekend.

 

 

Donald j Macdonald (Headteacher)

Friday, 17 December 2021

Friday 17 December

 I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our school community for all of your support in ensuring that the school continued to function as best it could over the past year. As students and staff prepare for the Xmas holidays, there is uncertainty as to what extent the latest Omicron variant will impact our lives when students are scheduled to resume on Thursday 6 January 2022. I will continue to keep all informed.

 It is clear that following the rules, taking regular lateral flow tests, and getting vaccinated are our best allies to beat the virus. You can find out where to get lateral flow and PCR tests on the NHS website. The vaccination booster programme has expanded, so you may now be eligible to book yours. But, again, the NHS website has the information you’ll need.

 The number of Covid cases in our school community during the past 7 days was 20. This is 4 more than last week.

 

  1. We are delighted to announce that 🎄 🎁 ❄️ JGHS Online Christmas Concert 2021 ❄️ 🎁 🎄 is now available to view online! Huge thanks to musicians, media and technical teams, sound and visual engineers and our wonderful instrumental instructors and Performing Arts staff for making this fantastic collaboration happen. We are thrilled that the show has been able to go on! Wishing you all a wonderful festive season from all in Performing Arts. 
  2. Over the past 2 weeks, S1 pupils at James Gillespie’s High School have been taking part in Vintage Vibes Edinburgh Christmas card campaign as part of their Kindness Project. Just a week after hearing about the project, classes in the RME (and English) department have managed to create over 300 Christmas cards for 200+ isolated elderly people in Edinburgh. We were incredibly sad to hear that one study found that Edinburgh’s elderly are the loneliest in the UK and our pupils were very motivated to help.
  3. Active Schools are organising Bikeability Scotland Instructor (BSI) training courses in the New Year, which are FREE to staff and parent volunteers. There is also funding to provide cover staff to release teachers to attend the course. Please contact Eliot.Ambrose@ea.edin.sch.uk if you are interested.
  4. The Parent Council is leading a festive fundraising appeal for its Small Sums Fund, which supports projects run by staff to improve the educational experience for pupils at the school.  This year, we have not been able to raise income through our usual events and fundraising activities, but there is still a need for the support our funding can supply. If you are able to do so, please make a donation to the Parent Council through Parent Pay this festive season. For further information: https://jghsparentcouncil.org/fundraising/festive-fundraiser-2021/
  5. We were very disappointed to have to cancel the coach trip to the Etihad stadium on Saturday 11 December to see Manchester City play Wolves. Full refunds are being processed via the ParentPay system. Please contact us at Admin@jamesgillespies.edin.sch.uk if you have any queries. Sincere thanks to Ms Crosbie who had worked hard to arrange for this trip to take place and here’s hoping that when it is safe to do so we can arrange for such a trip to take place.
  6. Digital Update JGHS is in Phase 2 for the Empowered Learning city-wide device distribution. We were able to secure devices ahead of schedule for S5-6 due to the Covid related delays to our extension at Darroch which was fortunate.  The S6 devices will be collected back in, reset and passed onto the new S5 after around June. If you have an S5 or 6 child who is planning on leaving school ahead of this please remind them to return their device, plug and charger to the classroom assistants office in Bruntsfield House. To ensure the Council’s preparatory work is complete, the device distribution for Phase 2, which includes our new S1-4 devices, has been moved to September 2022.  We are investigating the possibility of bringing forward the date for the new S4 devices to allow us to plan digitally for the entire senior phase and will update you if there is any movement here. 
  7. Targeted Support During the prelims we will be organising support sessions for students who, for any reason, are at risk of missing out on qualifications. We will offer subject specific tutoring sessions to help them achieve their full potential this year. This means that during specific periods each week, attendance during prelim leave will be requested for targeted students. Further communication will come out to families following the Christmas holidays to share details with those involved.
  8. Student Awards Agency of Scotland (SAAS) - online presentation - Thursday 13th January 2022 at 6pm SAAS is an executive agency of the Scottish Government. It supports eligible students by paying their tuition fees as well as offering bursaries and supplementary grants. It also assesses students applying for loans. We have arranged for SAAS to deliver an online presentation about applications for funding for those students applying for HNC, HND and degree courses. This will provide important information about applying and there will be an opportunity to ask questions. The event is for students and parents/carers if they wish to join. We will send everyone a lint to access the meeting after we resume in January.
  9. A reminder that the public consultation phase of the Edinburgh Slavery and Colonialism Legacy Review  is still live and is open till 19 January 2022. As James Gillespie (whose bequest led to the founding of our School)  was a merchant who made his fortune from the sale of tobacco products, this consultation has added significance for our school community. The online survey can be found here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/slaverycolonialism  Background information to the Review is being hosted on the Council’s website here: www.edinburgh.gov.uk/edinburghslaverycolonialism
  10. Covid-19: information.  
    1. Please continue to access the NHS Guidance so that you will know when you should get tested for Covid19.
    2. Anyone testing positive for a Lateral Flow Test (Home Test) should immediately self-isolate and arrange for a free PCR test
  11. Dates:
    1. 17 December Term ends at midday.
    2. 5 January Staff resume
    3. 6 January Students resume
    4. 13 January Student Awards Agency of Scotland (SAAS) - online presentation at 6pm
  12. Congratulations to:
    1. James Gillespie's Netball Club who got off to a flying start in Netball Scotland Schools Scottish Cup this year. Our S2 and S3 teams currently sit undefeated within their group and only have 1 match still to play. We are hopeful they will go through to represent the east in the next stage. Our two senior and S1 teams have also been training hard and performing well. All involved have been a credit to the school and represented themselves brilliantly. Looking forward to seeing what they can do in the new year!
    2. Jonathan Steel (S6) & Rayan Mohammed (S5) who have been selected to join the Scottish Schools FA U18 International Squad. This is a massive achievement. The selectors for the Under 18 Squad watched Scottish Cup matches and held numerous area trials. They will represent the Scottish Schools FA in the Centenary Shield Competition, which will take place in 2022.
    3. Evie Strong (S3) who received a distinction for her Grade 2 piano exam
    4. Amy Wignall (S3) - Grade 3 pass with Merit in violin
    5. Kaishin Yao (S3) - Grade 3 pass with Distinction in violin
    6. Flora Mitchell (S4) - Grade 4 pass in violin
    7. Elsa Mercadante-Wilson (S4) - Grade 4 pass in Violin
    8. Ben Smith (S5)  – Grade 8 pass with merit in Cello
    9. Anjalie Khan (S1) who has successfully auditioned to become a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland's (NYOS) junior orchestra.
  13. Very best wishes to the following staff who are leaving JGHS today:
    1. Mr Jeff  Warden who is the new Headteacher at Lanark Grammar School
    2. Ms Eilidh Grant who is taking up a similar Maths post closer to her home.

 

 

My quote for the week: “"May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve."(Source unknown)

 

 

Best wishes to all for a joyous festive season and a very happy New Year.

 

 

Donald j Macdonald (Headteacher)

Saturday, 11 December 2021

Friday 10 December

News of the spread of the Omicron virus is currently dominating the news and is unsettling for us as we approach the Xmas holidays.  I know that the uncertainly around this will be concerning for all but especially for our senior students who are scheduled to sit their prelims soon after we resume in January. Those of you who had hoped to travel further afield to be with friends and family over the festive/New Year holiday may also have to adjust travel plans to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and guidelines.

It is clear that following the rules, taking regular lateral flow tests, and getting vaccinated are our best allies to beat the virus. You can find out where to get lateral flow and PCR tests on the NHS website. The vaccination booster programme has expanded, so you may now be eligible to book yours. But, again, the NHS website has the information you’ll need.

I will endeavour to keep all up to date with any changes we have to make to school plans over the coming days.

The number of Covid cases in our school community during the past 7 days was 16. This is one fewer than last week.

 

  1. We look forward to inviting you to join us in celebrating the festive season with the JGHS Christmas Online Concert. Musicians, media teams, sound, and visual engineers have been busy rehearsing, recording, and editing this wonderful collaboration featuring an array of different ensembles! Pupil previews available in the theatre at 16:00 on Weds 15 and Thurs 16 December. Priority for performers and a strict maximum capacity of 50. Admittance on a first come, first-serve basis. General release Fri 17 December via email link. We will send another communication for staff and parents next week which will include the link.
  2. The Council’s Education, Children and Families committee has agreed in principle to go ahead with a statutory consultation on Gaelic Medium Education (GME) at secondary level, starting on 31 January 2022.  It has released a paper setting out the options for a new GME high school which it is considering for inclusion: Update on GME consultation.  If you have any questions or comments please send them to the school or to the Parent Council (jghscouncilcomms@gmail.com) and we will pass on any further information as it becomes available.
  3. Active Schools are organising Bikeability Scotland Instructor (BSI) training courses in the New Year, which are FREE to staff and parent volunteers. There is also funding to provide cover staff to release teachers to attend the course. Please contact Eliot.Ambrose@ea.edin.sch.uk if you are interested.
  4. Parents are requested to not double park to drop off or pick up pupils in Lauderdale Street or Warrender Park Road. Please use nearby streets and ask pupils to walk the short distance to school.
  5. Any pupils requiring supplies of any sanitary products over the school holidays can come to the welfare office any time before the end of term and collect as many products as they may need.
  6. There is now a designated recycling bin in Mr Bracewell’s room (room M1.18) to gather all used inhalers. Thanks to Mr Bracewell, Euan Hickman [S5] and the JGHS Sustainability team.    
  7. All are reminded to ensure that unattended bicycles are securely locked. A high quality ‘D’ lock is recommended.
  8. Teenage booster forms S3-6 – there are still a lot outstanding. If you wish your child to receive the booster, please return your forms as soon as possible. The NHS are able to accept late returns, but please return by mid-January at the latest.
  9. A few parents have asked about the HPV vaccine. This will be held in May 2022. The NHS will send us forms in January/February for all who are eligible.
  10. The Parent Council is leading a festive fundraising appeal for its Small Sums Fund, which supports projects run by staff to improve the educational experience for pupils at the school.  This year, we have not been able to raise income through our usual events and fundraising activities, but there is still a need for the support our funding can supply. If you are able to do so, please make a donation to the Parent Council through Parent Pay this festive season. For further information: https://jghsparentcouncil.org/fundraising/festive-fundraiser-2021/
  11. Covid-19: information.  
    1. Please continue to access the NHS Guidance so that you will know when you should get tested for Covid19.
    2. Anyone testing positive for a Lateral Flow Test (Home Test) should immediately self-isolate and arrange for a free PCR test
    3. Remember to tell us the results of the Covid19 test and any advice you have received in regard to attendance at school.
    4. As always, email or phone the school if your child Is absent and do tell us if your family is waiting to be tested for Covid19. This is recorded differently in the school’s attendance register.
  12. Covid-19 Vaccination arrangements for students:
    1. All people 12+ are eligible for at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
    2. You don’t have to have any other medical conditions or particular vulnerabilities
    3. You don’t need to wait until you are contacted
    4. You don’t need an appointment
    5. You can just go (with a parent) to a drop-in vaccine clinic (see https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/vaccinating-children-and-young-people-aged-12-to-17-years/)
    6. There are several of these in and around Edinburgh: https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx
  13. Dates:
    1. 14 December Course choices (S2 into S3; S4 into S5 and S5 into S6) information event (online)
    2. 17 December Term ends at midday.
    3. 5 January Staff resume
    4. 6 January Students resume
  14. Congratulations to:
    1. Kirsty Johnson, S6, has been selected for the Great Britain Cycling Team Junior Academy (under 18 Track Sprint), one of three girls in the UK.
    2. Sarah Johnson, S4, has been selected for the Great Britain Cycling Team National School of Racing Foundation Programme (Under 16 Track Sprint), one of two girls in the UK.
    3. Toby Ward (S6) who was awarded a distinction in his Grade 8 piano exam
    4. Kaishin Yao (S3) who achieved a merit in her Grade 3 singing exam.

 

Please continue to share stories of Students’ wider achievements with me.

My quote for the week: ‘Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand. (Dr Seuss)

 

 Best wishes to all for a great weekend.