Weekly Update 05/06/2020

As we begin June, we continue to miss all our young people and very much look forward to us all being back in school.  This term is usually full of exciting events and moments: Battlefields trip, Activities week, S6 Leavers evening, S6 Prom, P7 visits, new S6 residential, sports day and end of term celebrations to name a few.  However we continue to look after each other and try to keep everyone safe as possible during this epidemic.

Online Learning

Well done again this week to all our young people who have been working so hard at home! Feedback from staff has been very positive and we can see how much time and effort many of our young people are taking to complete the various assignments that are being set.

We are aware that everyone’s circumstances are different and this is a challenging time.  Therefore if a young person has not been able to return a completed assignment, the class teacher will be in direct contact with individuals to offer support.  If there is still no communication then the Principal Teacher from that subject will email the relevant parental/carer to again offer guidance on how to support their youngster to work with their teacher to attempt the work that has been set.

If at any times there are any issues please contact the relevant member of our Pastoral Team.

S4/5/6 Leavers

Next week an invite will be sent out to all our planned leavers inviting then into Kelso High School during the week beginning 15th June.  To ensure we adhere to national guidelines each leaver will be given a time slot to attend school and health and safety procedures will be in place.  It is important that every leaver attends this appointment and brings with then their ipad/charger and any textbooks/equipment that belong to KHS.

Parent Council

On Monday, we will be sending out our 2nd edition of our Parent Council newsletter.  This will include an invite to take part in another parent online survey.  As we plan for our return in August it is very important that we incorporate the views of our parents/carers and provide relevant information. Please also look out for the date of our first virtual Parent Council Meeting.

TeenCOVIDLifeSurvey

All pupils have been sent a link via their PSE TEAMS to take part in the Teen COVIDLife Survey. Kelso High School is a member of the SHINE network, a group of 194 Scottish schools, who are working with Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh to use data to support improvements in health and wellbeing.

Further information about the survey:
Young people (aged 12 -17yrs) in Scotland – we are inviting you to share your views on how the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are impacting your lives. Many surveys have already been conducted with adults to inform governments and policymakers – we are inviting your generation to make your voices heard where and when it matters!

Why complete the TeenCOVIDLifeSurvey?

• Young people have had their lives turned upside down by COVID-19, arguably more so than adults.

• Your education as well as your social life, hobbies, families, job opportunities and future plans have all been affected during the lockdown.

• It is important for governments, policymakers, Local Authorities and schools to understand how these changes have affected young people, not just adults.

• You will get to see the results of the survey and understand how your generation is feeling and what their biggest concerns are.

• As a young person in a SHINE school, if enough people in your school complete the survey, you will also see how your school community is feeling and what their biggest concerns are.

• This information will help your school to understand your concerns and feelings when preparing to re-open in August, so that they can get it right for you.

Our message to you

• Use your voice to make sure you are represented. Encourage your friends to be heard too.

• We will amplify your voices to governments. policymakers, Local Authorities and schools.

• You will not be identified as an individual, but your generation will be heard – we’re listening!

To start the survey, click on the link below and follow the links for TeenCOVIDLife
https://www.ed.ac.uk/generation-scotland/covidlife-volunteers/teencovidlife

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