Weekly Update 01/04/2021

We would like to thank you all for your support this term. We are incredibly proud of how our young people have adapted to the changing situation since January and, without a doubt, the highlight of this term has been welcoming them back to face-to-face learning.

We have greatly appreciated your willingness to work with us during the recent home learning period and your understanding as we have adapted to changing national guidance. We are sure that you are as delighted as we are that April 19th will see a return to full-time in school learning for all young people. Further details have been shared by Scottish Borders Council.

Key Dates for Next Term:
Mon 19th April Full School Return – Week A
Fri 30th April In-service Day
Mon 3rd May Holiday
Wed 23rd June Last day of Term

Finally, we would like to wish you all a relaxing break. Let’s hope the snow forecasts are wrong and we get some sunshine instead!


Following the extremely sad news of the tragic death of Ellice Murray, senior pupils have created a memorial space within the school grounds which has allowed our young people to leave tributes and has given them a quiet space to reflect on events and remember Ellice. As a school we are incredibly proud of the way our young people have organised this and contributed to the memorial.

With the passing of time and following appropriate discussions a more permanent memorial to Ellice will be put in place.

Easter School at Kelso High School April 5th to 16th 2021

We are delighted to offer an Easter Revision programme for our senior students. Please see the attached programme for details – Please note there has been changes since it was originally emailed, therefore the copy below is the most up to date. I would strongly encourage our S4-6 to take up this offer. There is no need to book places in any of these sessions and these sessions have already been flagged up by teachers. Students wishing to attend the ‘in school’ sessions will need to make their own way to the school and bring refreshments for the day as the canteen will not be operating. They should also be reminded to follow all current Covid guidance including Lateral Flow Tests before and after coming into school.

I would also like to draw your attention to these National Learning Offers.   
Senior Phase Help Desk supports learners through ‘live’ spotlight sessions, where subject specialist teachers will explore the range of resources available from across the National e-Learning Offer.
Learning Spaces for senior phase across a range of subjects at N5 and Higher are now available.

Assessment Window Timetable

Emails have been sent this week to all parents of S4-S6 pupils with the Assessment Window Timetable from 19th April onwards. A copy of this timetable can be downloaded below.

SQA Alternative Certification Information Event

We invited all our young people in S4-6 and their parents/carers to join us for a short session this week where we shared information from SQA about their alternative certification model.  Please click on the link below to watch the event again.  If you have any further questions then please email the school with SQA Question in the subject box.  We will do our best to respond to your questions individually but we will use them to create a FAQ sheet which will be shared with you.


Fusion App – Cashless Catering

When pupils return to school following the Easter break, they will be able to pre-order and pay for items from catering using an app on their mobile device.   This will help to reduce queues lunchtime.  The Fusion app works alongside the existing cashless catering system used by school catering teams and is linked to ParentPay and the Young Scot card.  The funds are added on to the pupil’s account in exactly the same way as before – i.e. using ParentPay (online) or the reval units (cash) in schools.  ParentPay is the preferred option, to reduce the cash-handing by catering staff.

Attached is an information sheet for parents.

Parent Council – Update

A KHS Parent Council Planning Meeting has been scheduled on Tuesday 20th April 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom.

The next meeting of the KHS Parent Council is scheduled on Thursday 13th May 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom.

All welcome, full details will be emailed to you nearer the time.

If you want to discuss anything in particular or have any agenda items then please get in touch through our email address – KHSParentCouncil@scotborders.gov.uk

Lottery Draw – March 2021

The numbers drawn were 9, 12 and 14

Unfortunately there were no winners so the money will roll over to next month.

The prize fund of approximately £180 will be drawn at the end of April – Good Luck!!

Cheviot Youth Easter Activities

Cheviot Youth’s Funstravaganza Day. Wednesday 14th April 10.00am to 4.00pm (meeting at the Planet from 9.30 am onwards). 
A great day of crazy golf, football shoot out, giant rugby darts, beat the buzzer and much much more. To book a please for this day with a free lunch please contact Ian at ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk   

Cheviot Youth’s An Introduction to Mountain Biking. Thursday 15th April 10.00 am to 4.00pm (meeting at The Planet).
A great day on your bike, learning all about Bike maintenance, climbing, body positioning, berms and timed laps. This is a certificated course with a Free lunch. Please arrive 30 minutes early to allow Bike Doctor to check your bike. To book this day please contact Ian at ianrendallreid@cheviotyouth.co.uk

Canteen Menu w/c 19th April

Main 1Macaroni Cheese with Garlic Bread Mixed SaladSpaghetti Bolognaise Mixed SaladChicken Korma with Rice and Poppadoms Mixed SaladFish and Chips PeasBacon Roll
Main 2Chicken Sausages in Gravy with Mashed Potatoes VegetablesSteak Pie with Roast Potatoes VegetablesChicken Tikka with Rice and Poppadoms Mixed SaladQuorn Sausages with Chips PeasSausage in a Roll Veggie or Vegan Sausage in a Roll Sausage Roll (pastry)
Main 3Turkey Meatballs in a Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti Pasta Mixed SaladCheese and Tomato Quiche with Roast Potatoes VegetablesVegetable Curry with Rice and Poppadoms Mixed SaladChicken Paella Mixed SaladBeef Burger Quorn Burger in a Roll
Soup & BreadTomato SoupLentil SoupSweet Potato and ChilliChicken NoodleN/A
Cold SandwichesCheese, Tuna, Chicken, EggCheese, Tuna, Chicken, Egg, Roast BeefCheese, Tuna, Chicken, Egg,Cheese, Tuna, Chicken, EggCheese, Chicken, Tuna, Egg, Ham
Hot SandwichesVeggie Fajita Or ChickenSweet Chilli Quorn or ChickenRoasted Vegetables and Mozarella or ChickenQuorn Nuggets or ChickenCheese and Ham Panini Cheese Panini Cheese and Tomato Pizzini Spicy Chicken Pizzini
Baked PotatoBeans, Cheese, Salad BarBeans, Cheese, Salad BarBeans, Cheese, Salad BarBeans, Cheese, Salad BarN/A
Pasta KingCook’s ChoiceCook’s ChoiceCook’s ChoiceCook’s ChoiceN/A
Additional VegVegetable SticksVegetable SticksVegetable SticksVegetable SticksVegetable Sticks Pasta Salad

All these meals can always be ordered early in the day as a Grab and Go to save pupils waiting at lunchtime.

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