We have come to the end of our first week with all leaners welcomed back to reconnect with in school learning. It has been so lovely to see everyone. There has been a really positive energy in the school with young people returning focused, working hard and genuinely pleased to see their peers and teachers. Thank you to everyone that has contributed to this return and to our young people and staff who have followed all guidelines to ensure that we work together to keep everyone safe. We look forward to welcoming you back next week for more of the same.
S3-S5 Course Choice
A gentle reminder that we asked that all young people within S3-S5 to complete their course choices by the end of today.
The links to the Microsoft form to complete and submit are:
SQA letter for our young people within Senior Phase
To support and inform our young people with regards to SQA plans and procedures we will continue to hold weekly assemblies and use their Microsoft Year Group Team to raise any questions/queries.
Please find attached a copy of the letter that has been shared with our young people today.
New video for learners- Studying for SQA Qualifications Using SCHOLAR
We are delighted to announce the release of our latest support video for learners. This new resource, “Studying for SQA Qualifications Using SCHOLAR”, has been created to show learners how to use SCHOLAR in their studies as they work towards a National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher qualification. The video is suitable for learners with no prior experience of SCHOLAR, but may also be of benefit to students with summative assessments or exams approaching who may wish to use the interactive course materials and automatically marked, end of topic and end of unit assessments for consolidation and revision.
We would be delighted if you wished to post a link to our video on your school website, or include it in any study support or revision resources issued to learners.
Our new video is available at http://bit.ly/StudyWithSCHOLAR
SQA seeks views on 2021 appeals process
Today SQA has published a consultation on the appeals process for 2021 National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher courses – the fifth stage of the revised Alternative Certification Model.
Appeals are a process for ensuring that the demonstrated attainment of a candidate has been appropriately graded, and that the processes in place to ensure that, have been appropriately followed.
The consultation outlines how we propose to make sure that fairness and equity are a central part of the appeals process this year. Importantly this includes young people having the ability to directly appeal their results and the appeals service being free of charge.
SQA’s consultation has been informed by discussions with a range of stakeholders.
We want to hear from teachers, lecturers, training providers, employers, and other stakeholders including parents, carers and learners themselves, to inform our final proposals.
The consultation explains SQA’s statutory responsibilities in the awarding of qualifications and reflects the agreed approach to awarding in 2021, as co-created by the National Qualifications 2021 Group*.
The consultation then asks for your views on:
- possible ways of managing appeals in 2021, with each needing involvement from schools, colleges, training providers and SQA in different ways and at different times
- a number of proposed elements that will form the basis of the appeals service
The consultation will run until Friday 26 March, with findings, and final appeals process to be published in early May. The consultation can be found here.* The National Qualifications 2021 Group is represented by the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES), Colleges Scotland, Education Scotland, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS), School Leaders Scotland (SLS), the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS), Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), the Scottish Government, National Parent Forum of Scotland, and the Scottish Youth Parliament.
S1-S3 Movement Challenge
Well done to everyone who took part in the Movement Challenge over Lockdown. We had entrants walking, running, cycling and horse riding throughout some pretty miserable weather! Results are being collated and checked and our winner will be announced on Friday 26th March!
Lockdown Recipe Book
Miss Armstrong is creating a recipe book which contains recipes for foods which pupils have been asked to make over the past periods of home learning as well as favourites that are made in the HE department. We have asked all staff to contibute a recipe and would love for all pupils and thier familes to contribute a recipe too. This would be a starter, main, dessert, sweet treat, cake, bread etc and can be a recipe which has been enjoyed for years or something which you have discovered during lockdown.
We would love to see as many recipes as possible so that everyone can enjoy making and creating the dishes that your family enjoy and who knows one day they may be cooked within the HE department.
National Parent Forum of Scotland NEW WEBINAR!!!
Are you a parent or carer with questions about exams, assessments and/or coursework? Come along to our webinar with SQA on the 25th March! Register here:
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.
Please have a read of the newsletter from SBC for parents/carers on safeguarding.