School Calendar Update

The school calendar currently shows and Inservice day on Thursday 7th May, followed by a holiday on the 8th May. These dates will not change, and this will mean the follow for all pupils;

  1. Teachers will not be contactable on Thursday 7th May, as on a normal In-service Day
  2. The work scheduled to be posted on Thursday, for S1 & S2 will still be posted
  3. Work for all other year groups, if planned for Thursday, will go ahead as arranged
  4. No work or teacher contact will be available on Friday 8th May

We will resume our current working arrangements from Monday 11th May.

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PPE Update!

The Design Faculty have been continuing their efforts to manufacture ppe visors for the NHS and frontline care providers, our current total is 3660!

We would like to issue a special thanks to Hurry Bros Ltd and Marlborough Marble who have helped us by cutting lots of donated polycarbonate we are unable to laser cut! They have been using their specialist water jet cutting machinery to produce the visor head bands.

The following have also donated resources or bought acrylic that has allowed us to continue with this important project:

The Woodside Bar, Hamilton

Papillon Nursery, Uddingston

Brian Hunter from Meterology

Mr David Vickers

and

Mr and Mrs Riley

 

We are still accepting any donations of acrylic plastic (minimum thickness 3mm), acetate sheets (200 Microns and above), clear pvc plastic or 0.5mm or above polypropylene.

If you feel you are able to assist, get in touch with us via the school office!

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P7 Transition Information for Pupils

Dear P7 pupils, 

At Hamilton Grammar we are very much aware you are all going through a challenging time as you try to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes it has made to your school day.  I hope that you, and your friends and family, are keeping safe and well.  

We are keen to reassure you that managing the transition from Primary 7 to S1 remains a priority for everyone at Hamilton Grammar.  As S1 Year Heads, we would like to update you on what we have already done and what we will be doing to support you at this time.  

Our transition programme has been running over the last year.  We ran tours led by our S6 pupils and a Parents Information Evening in October to introduce you to our school and building.  A number of you had the chance to meet others from your new year group at the Learn to Learn day in March.  

We had planned to welcome you to the school with a two day visit at the end of the month. Unfortunately this won’t be possible, but our School Transition Team has arranged an alternative programme of events to give you a taste of life at Hamilton Grammar.  This includes: 

Tuesday 12th May – French lesson 

Monday 18th May – P7 Handbook information  

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th – your Virtual 2 day visit with lots of information on the subjects you will study  

Monday 1st June – school quiz  

There will be important information for parents posted on the website as well.  

Additionally, we have been in touch with Primary School head teachers and Primary School teachers to gather information to allow us to prepare class lists for next year.  This includes friendship groups and any siblings already at the school as well as learning about your strengths and abilities to allow us to place you in the best possible class for your future learning.  

Please note that all transition plans are subject to change depending on National and Local Authority guidance.  Our School Transition Team is meeting weekly to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible and we will update our website and issue additional information when we have it.  

Please also note that, for pupils entering our ASN specialist provision in August, there will be an alternative programme of events and information.  Mr Mackay and the ASN team are in the process of arranging the programme and will shortly be in touch to confirm the details of this. 

We are looking forward to being your year heads next year and working alongside the pupil support team, class teachers and Mr Sives and the rest of the Senior Management Team to welcome you to the school. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact at the following e mail address office@hamilton.s-lanark.sch.uk.

Stay safe

 

Mrs Goring and Miss Brien

 

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Senior Phase Update

Dear Parent/Carer,

Ordinarily, this would be the point in the session where I would be exhorting families to keep calm and pace themselves over study leave and where our senior students dip in and out of school and home on SQA exam business, college preparations and/or work placements. Sadly, we all know this is no ordinary year and normality still appears to be some way off.

So, things are and will remain very different for us all this year. There is no way around that. We will strive to make sure that we adhere to key markers in our academic 2020 calendar as we close this session out and ensure that, under the current circumstances, we prepare as best we can for the 20/21 session.

To that end we are now in a position to move to more formal arrangements for senior phase students who had just about reached the end of National courses when the schools closed.

We have taken the decision to continue with the change of timetable to ensure continuity for our pupils and allow them to move on with work for the subjects they have chosen. As is the case each year, the level studied is subject to change depending on SQA results in August.

For any further questions relating to SQA results please refer to the March update published on our school website. Please find below some sample questions and our responses in this area.


When will the timetable change? 

The timetable change will be staggered to factor in the logistics of working remotely and the inbuilt constraints of this necessity. We usually change mid May for S1-3 and June for S4-6.

  • Higher and AH subjects: Mon 4th This is around a month early due to no exams
  • National subjects: Mon 11th May
  • S3 subjects: Mon 18th May 

How do I find the Google Classrooms for the new timetable?

Faculty Heads have a list of pupils who have chosen each subject. Pupils will be added to the relevant classrooms and should ensure that they accept the invitation.  This will occur on the Friday before the date listed above.

Pupils will be invited to join the Google Classroom of their chosen subjects. If they have not been added to a relevant Google classroom they should send an email to their pupil support teacher who will check the reason for this and respond. Contact details can be found in the March update we released on the school website.

During the period of working from home, specific subject teachers will co-ordinate specific years and levels of study; all teachers will not deliver work at all levels.  Please note that these arrangements are for workload and organisational purposes and will change when we return to the school building. 

What work will I be set?

Work will be set by class teachers assigned to a Google Classroom. This work may include a variety of tasks including taking notes, watching video clips or completing research projects. Materials for use will be posted on the classroom and class teachers will set clear instructions of tasks and dates for completion. Class teachers may also use pre-recorded clips to help pupils understand new concepts. Pupils can then send any questions that they may have to the teacher on the Google classroom. We are working to advice from Education Scotland and SLC with regard to which platforms can be used and the level of interactivity allowed for security purposes.

Can I change a subject that I have chosen?

As previously stated by Mr MacLeod on the website, due to the current circumstances, we are unable to process changes of subject at this time. We would hope to manage this before summer but always re-course in August once the SQA results are in.

I had chosen a subject that may run at a different school. Will I still be able to do this?

Due to the current circumstances, this cannot be confirmed. As such, we will continue with the subject that you chose as an alternative Plan B. Until we know more about returning to school, we cannot guarantee that working with other schools as we usually do will be possible.

I had chosen a course or programme with a college input. Will I still be able to do this?

There is no change to the plans previously agreed regarding vocational, college and apprenticeship pathways. Pupils with expectations of leaving or taking up other courses elsewhere are still being supported into those pathways by school, college and SDS staff. Much time and thought and effort has already gone into matching students to appropriate opportunities of this nature. At time of writing, these other organisations are, as normal, still completing their applications processes and as such we will update when we can.


So, for the moment, this is how the school will be moving forward and how we are able to manage the move from the old timetable to the new. This has already been quite an undertaking for staff, well experienced and comfortable in ways of working known to be successful over a period of time. I am indebted to them all for the new and unfamiliar skills that have been picked up thus far to keep learners and families furnished with resources. This will develop further as time goes on and in future will be another dimension for our approaches. As I look for silver linings in our current context, that is one. Another is the opportunity that 8 weeks of learning provides for most senior phase learners before the summer. I would wish all of us to note that we can achieve great things with a full term’s work ahead of us and ask that all of the commitment to new ways of working from staff colleagues is rewarded with a high level of engagement from learners when our plans go live next week.

 

Stay Safe.

Graeme Sives

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S1 Health Day 2020

Friday the 1st of May is our scheduled S1 Health day.  This event is now taking place using the digital technologies available.

We have selected four activities for you to enjoy during this event.

  1. Health and wellbeing Quiz – prepared by ICT dept.
  2. Mindfulness video – prepared by SL dept.
  3. Range of exercises – prepared by PE Dept.
  4. Healthy recipe video– prepared by HE Dept.

The activities can be carried out on Friday, over the weekend or into next week.  The event will be live until next Thursday (7th May) and please post your pictures or videos on the google classroom.

Mrs Goring / Miss Brien

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Kahoot Winners – Wednesday 29th April

Congratulations to this weeks winners…

S1-S3 Winners

S4-6 Winners
Gold – Sophie Hay
Silver  – Michael Hay
Bronze  – Sarah Buch

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S1-S3 Year Group Google Classrooms

As school continues to share work and resources online,  we have been in touch with some pupils checking that they are ok and where necessary how to access the Google Classrooms.  As part of ensuring that we reach as many people as possible I have also  been  reallocating the invites to the S1-S3 Google Classrooms for those of you who may have “accidentally” hit “reject” instead of “accept.”  This has helped more of you access these Google Classrooms and the number of pupils in these classes has risen again!  Well done! In the next few weeks we will be using them to share important information.  So please add yourself to these classes if you can.

You can also take part in Mr McGowan’s Weekly Kahoot Quiz too.  You have until 8pm tonight to try your luck.  Thanks again to Mr McGowan for organising.  The Codes are in the main Year Group Google Classes for S1-S3 and S4-S6.

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Change of Pupil Options

This message is for th​ose pupils considering a change to their subject choices for the new session.

For the majority of pupils, this message will have little bearing as each pupil’s subject choices are already entered and his/her classes assigned as requested.  However, it is quite common that in the period between January-March when pupils make their initial choices and the start of the school’s normal timetable changeover in May that some pupils want to change their subject choices.  Pupils would visit me routinely and explain their change of mind and how this affects their post school pathway.  If possible, I then try to accomodate these requests within the constraints of the whole school timetable.

This year the challenges faced in having these discussions and making these changes are more problematic. Being able to accommodate these changes and go through the logistical processes to reflect them in new on-line classes AND ensuring that this is operationally viable for when school restarts makes this an endlessly complicated undertaking for a school of our size.  Accordingly, I now have both a backlog of requests and the difficulty of doing this remotely with pieces of the jigsaw missing and crucial conversations still unspoken. 

At the moment, I am in the process of working out the logistics of the whole school timetable and, as would normally be the case, I cannot change anybody’s subject choices until I can work out what classes will run, alongside where and when they can fit on the timetable.  Once this is complete I would normally restart recoursing discussions with pupils and, as normal, I will do the same, albeit that this year will take longer to do so. I thank you in advance for your patience in this regard to allow me to complete this important work.

We are all facing new and different challenges and I am striving to keep broadly in line with our previous calendar commitments in this regard.

Hope you are all well and managing to stay safe.

Kind regards,

Colin MacLeod
Depute Head Teacher

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Home Learning Schedule

On Thursday the Head Teacher’s April Update explained that there would be a Home Learning Schedule shared fortnightly on a Sunday.  This will be shared here:

Link to a PowerPoint – new smaller version attached.

as well as on the S1 and S2 Google Classrooms and is intended for use by all mainstream pupils.  Supported Learning Department pupils should continue to follow their individualised schedule of work.

Along with this document, there will be a pupil logbook for pupils to fill in as you complete your work.

updated with a smaller file size – 28/4/20 to a Microsoft Word Document – Download this file to complete it and send it to your year head.

 

This should provide more guidance and help families know what tasks should be undertaken in any two-week period.  You will also see the days, during the two weeks, that each subject will be posting work into their classrooms.

Pupils will continue to be asked to login to their teacher’s google classroom on the correct day and you will get access to the work. Pupils will also receive feedback from their teacher there too.

Once pupils have completed their work and recorded their progress.  They are asked to submit their progress and comments in their completed logbook to their Year Head through their Year Group Google Classroom.

We are hoping to share some of the best examples of the completed logbooks and to let everyone see how well you are all doing.

A pupil version of this message will be shared to pupil via their S1 and S2 Google Classrooms.

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Kahoot Quiz Winners

Well done to our winners!  And a big thanks again to Mr McGowan.

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