Parent / Carer letter

Dear Parent / Carer

We are fast approaching the end of Term 1.  We will close at 12.25 pm on Friday 11th October and re-open on Monday 28th October for pupils and staff.

I thought it a good time to update you on a number of matters.

Framework for Learning:

The school has adopted a new system for supporting learning in class. A link to the details about this system is below. 

If your child moves to another class to work you should receive an automated text message making you aware of this.  Please discuss with your child and contact the school if you would like further clarification on the issue.

Anti- bullying and the Pupil Council:

The school has now had several Assemblies with an anti-bullying message.  We are also reviewing our PSE curriculum in relation to this issue.  Our Pupil Council are being consulted as to our next steps on how to tackle bullying and to raise awareness of this issue with all pupils and staff.

Our school value of “Respect – be kind” is tied to that work.  Simply put, if we are kinder to each other in school then that in itself would be transformational.

The school will also be commissioning an anti-bullying film made by pupils.

Mental Health Week:

On the week beginning 7th October the school will take part in Mental Health Week.  Mrs. Bremner (Guidance) is the school lead on this.  On Monday 7th October we will have assemblies for all years led by “Listen Well” a charity that is one of our partners that support mental wellbeing.  On Thursday 10th we will have a “Wear Yellow for Mental Health” day.  Donations will be sought and money raised donated to “Listen Well”.

Parent Council message to Parents / Carers:

Calling all families:  Charleston Parent Council is dedicated to helping make Charleston Academy an excellent school for every pupil.  We need representation from as many parts of our community as possible and we want to expand to be a truly representative group.  Please come along to our Annual General Meeting.  There will not be pressure to take on roles other than just representing your kids, and we can offer free tea, coffee and biscuits to all.  You don’t have to be a parent to come: adult siblings or carers are just as welcome.  See you there: Charleston Academy Staff Room, 7pm, Wednesday 30th October.

Sponsored Walk:

The Sponsored Walk was a warm and sunny day.  Thank you to all walkers and sponsors.  It may be that you would prefer to make a donation to the school fund.  This account can only be used to support pupils with extra-curricular or direct support that we are not given funding for from the Council.  If you would like to make a donation the school account details are:

Royal Bank of Scotland – THC Charleston Academy School Fund Committee

Sort Code: 83-23-10             Account No: 10458458

Attendance:

The school has adopted a text messaging system if pupils are absent.  This will ensure that parents are aware if their child is absent from school.  There is a strong link between school attendance and attainment in examinations.  I would encourage you to support your child to ensure that they are only absent from school when they are unwell or other important reasons.

Drop off and pick up:

The turning circle is our designated point for dropping off and picking up pupils.  The school car park is quite tight for space and we are concerned about pupil safety in that area.

Curriculum review:

We have made changes to our Curriculum in the light of feedback from parents, pupils and staff.  We have already moved towards starting National work in S3 and moving from 6 subjects to 7 in terms of S4.  This would seem to have happened in parallel with a national concern about the reduction of subjects in some schools.

This year we will be aiming to extend curricular provision in the senior phase to meet the needs of all learners.  We will be looking to embed some courses that are clearly tied to future employment pathways.

We are also looking at moving to distinct Higher and National 5 courses in S5/6 where numbers allow single level classes to be viable.

In terms of the BGE we will be looking at how best to develop improved outcomes in literacy and numeracy.  These are vital for future progression in school and opportunities beyond school.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM):

On the 7th of October the school is hosting a STEM event in conjunction with the Institute of Physics.  We will have many external providers working with us on the day – UHI, Glasgow University, the RAF, Edinburgh University, Dundee University, ICE, and Marine Lab amongst many others.

About 100 pupils from across other schools in the Highlands and Islands will be attending.

Thank you to Mr. Vincent (Physics) for organising this event.

Our STEM Club are working on putting together a science fair by S1-S4 students – led by S6 STEM leaders. The idea is to run the fair for other students – a series of interactive events for a wide audience.

European Languages Day – 26th September:

The school hosted a series of events that involved a number of local employers outlining to youngsters the importance of languages for employment and life.

I would like to thank you for supporting your child and the school.

Yours faithfully,

Gordon Stewart

Head Teacher – Charleston Academy