18th March 2020
As you will be aware, all schools across Scotland will be closed to pupils from the end of the normal school day on Friday as a result of a strategy to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
John Swinney, MSP, Education Secretary, has this afternoon told the Scottish Parliament that the provision of educational continuity will be a priority over the coming months. Within that he has highlighted the following :
- · An emphasis on supporting our most vulnerable young people
- · The development of hubs in certain communities to help key workers with childcare issues
- · A priority in the Senior Phase for young people to complete coursework and units for National examination awards
The Education Secretary has confirmed that the 2020 exam diet is cancelled and that young people will receive certification through another means, probably involving Estimate grades that will include coursework, class work and Units due to be completed by 24th April 2020. Support will be offered by teaching staff through a variety of means.
We have been planning for several contingencies over the past week and the main one will feature the provision of education over the Goggle Classroom platform. Young people will already have been advised as to how to access materials but here is some of that information for parents :
- · Your child can access Google Classrooms via their Chromebook.
- · During the school closure teachers will post work on Google Classrooms, including relevant links to other sites, etc.
- · Pupils should already have access as this platform is currently used regularly within UHS but, if there are problems, please let us know.
- · We will update parents as to which subject areas have posted work on a weekly basis.
- · Pupils are also expected to check their emails and Google Classrooms regularly
- · When they received their Chromebook, your child was also given a branded charger. The school does not carry a stock of spare chargers but new, compatible ones can be purchased from Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=DP%2FN+09RN2C&ref=nb_sb_noss. The compatible part no is DP/N 09RN2C.
As you would expect, we do not yet have full details of what the provision for the coming weeks will be but be assured that, as a staff, we will be working on this and advising pupils and parents as we go through this evolving picture.
All UHS staff are acutely aware of the potential stresses over childcare and also the continued work with vulnerable youngsters which is required. I am pleased to say that, as a staff, we will endeavour to ensure that no family finds itself ‘stuck’ for an answer if they have difficulty in securing childcare arrangements from friends, neighbours or families in the times ahead. Please contact the School Office to discuss your needs. We will only be able to assist within the confines of the school day and outwith the Easter holiday period; also, obviously, within the medical guidelines re self-isolation, etc. Please note that there will be no canteen facilities available on site; information about provision for families with free school meals provision will follow when we have that.
The school will also facilitate drop-off and pick-up arrangements for materials as necessary and these will be communicated to you via email.
It is important to note that the school at present cannot function as a place for social gathering and pupils who are not in the building for an education purpose will be moved on.
I understand fully the stresses and worries that families are undergoing at this time. We will communicate information only when we know what is accurate and pertinent. Our teachers and all other workers at Ullapool high School will continue to support young people and families as best we can in the coming weeks.
Calling all ex-pupils of Ullapool High School who left in 2000 or later
We are asking as many former pupils as we can to tell us a little bit about what they have done since leaving school and, to make it as painless as possible, we’ve drawn up a friendly wee form for you to complete.
Pupils are often unsure of what lies ahead of them after UHS; they can be afraid of making a wrong decision or not aware of all the potential choices out there and it would be really positive and helpful for them, their parents and staff to see the wide-ranging and sometimes unexpected career paths that our former pupils have chosen in their lives.
Also, as we head towards 21 years since UHS moved into the new building on Mill Street, it would be really interesting to have a ‘Where Are They Now?’ addition to our archive.
The template for completion can be downloaded from this link
and should be returned to school by email if possible
Thank you for your help with this project –without your input it won’t be possible! We would also really appreciate it if, as well as sending us your spiel, you could pass this on to any of your former school friends who might like to take part.
Any questions, please contact the School Office – 01854 612078
DEVELOPING THE YOUNG WORKFORCE - APPRENTICE SHOWCASE
Please find below link provided by DYW to their website page which shows the advantages of being an apprentice.
IS YOUR CHILD HOPING TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE IN 2020?
The UCAS Parent Guide 2020 is designed to give guidance to anyone supporting a young person applying to study at a university or college in 2020.
Parents can sign up to receive emails, download the guide, and get top tips at www.ucas.com/parents.
The guidance team are happy to take calls or emails at any time of the year, on any issue.
Active Schools Link
Ben Bruce, our active schools co-ordinator, has set up a Facebook page to keep you up to date with opportunities in the area.
And here is a link to the Ullapool Community Sport Hub
Youth achievement drop in every Wed over lunch in Yvonne’s office in the High School.