Cost of the School Day

In the current climate access to financial advice and support was never more pressing. Families in Scotland are under increasing financial pressure; almost one in four children struggle to meet the costs associated with sending children to school.  Addressing the Cost of the School Day can remove barriers to participation and allow equal access to education for all and schools across Scotland are taking action to remove cost barriers for children and young people.

Cost of the School Day addresses funding advice for: uniform, transport, learning equipment at home, food in and out of school and pandemic aside events.  At Hamilton Grammar School our objective is to get it right for every child, for our young people to have access to the full school experience and to take advantage of financial supports that they may be entitled too.

All Cost of the School Day information can be accessed from the “Cost of the School Day” option at the top of our website as well as at the following link: Cost of the School Day

Please keep abreast of all updates as we endeavour to support pupils and parents within Hamilton Grammar’s learning community.

Angela Scaramuzzi gw13scaramuzziangela@glow.sch.uk

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Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s Careers Service and we have Careers Advisers in every state secondary school in Scotland. Choosing their subjects is an important time for your child and we would like to make you aware of how we’re helping. As part of the Options Programme all pupils in S3 will receive a face to face interview with a School Careers Adviser in the coming weeks, prior to making their subject choices in January.

Skills Development Scotland’s continued commitment includes advice for pupils and parents/carers and we would like to take the opportunity to extend this offer to all parents/carers who feel that they would benefit from our support. Should you wish to speak with the School Careers Adviser then we would be happy to have a discussion with you.  We would also like to highlight that SDS have an Adult Service and please don’t hesitate to contact our PACE team if anyone in the family need support at this time.

Our School Careers Adviser team consists of Vivienne McKillop and Donna Benedetti. We are happy to be contacted at any point throughout the year. You can do this in Hamilton Grammar via your child’s Pupil Support Teacher or using the email addresses below.

For more information on how best to support your child with their learning and career choices visit My World of Work www.myworldofwork.co.uk Scotland’s national careers advice website.  There are lots of useful tools and resources including a Subject Choice tool, information on choosing a career, routes into work, industry facts, the future job market and lots more.

vivienne.mckillop@sds.co.uk                                          donna.benedetti@sds.co.uk

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EY Apprenticeship Information

See the information below for some Apprenticeship information from EY…..

Introduction to EY – Accounting, Finance and Technology

University isn’t the only way into a rewarding career. Join us and discover what an apprenticeship is like at EY. We’ll offer helpful tips on making the best choices for the future and we’ll explain the different options we offer.  Parents and teachers are welcome to join too!

Date: Wednesday 23 September

Time: 4-5pm

Location: Virtual – Microsoft Teams

Link to register: https://forms.integrate-events.com/events/ey/318677?background=ffffff&font=2e2e38&page=2e2e38

 

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S5/6 Strathclyde Uni- Engineering Academy

Exciting Opportunity for those Interested in Engineering…

Strathclyde Uni are offering the chance to apply to their Engineering Academy. This would be an alternative to applying directly to university to study engineering.

The link below has all the info, but the key points are;

• Year 1 is doing an HNC+ skills unit (as a Strathclyde University student at New College Lanarkshire) before progressing to year 2 of an engineering degree at Strathclyde

• Entry reqs are 4 Highers at B, including maths and physics. (This be a good second choice in UCAS for some pupils)

• (Chemical and Biomedical engineering have slightly different requirements)

• Gives students links to sponsoring companies for career support/work placements/financial support.

There is more information on this at the link below https://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/studywithus/engineeringacademy/

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Latest advice on Common Ailments and Covid Symptoms

Please note the latest advice from Professor Jason Leitch regarding judgements on common ailments and Covid symptoms here.

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Face Covering Update

Please find a letter from the headteacher regarding the use of face coverings from Monday 31st August below:

Face Covering Letter

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S2 and S3 Year Head Welcome Letters

Mr Fullarton, Head of S2, and Mrs Cassidy, Head of S3, have prepared the following welcome letters which contain further information regarding the return of pupils this week. Both letters are available below:

S2 Year Head Welcome Letter

S3 Year Head Welcome Letter

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S1 Year Head Welcome Letter

Our S1 Year Head’s Mrs Goring and Mrs Brien have prepared a welcome letter for our new S1 pupils which contains further information regarding the start of term. The letter can be viewed here.

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Return to School Arrangements and Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the important arrangements that parents and pupils should be aware of as we return to school.

The school building will open to pupils from 8.30 each day. Pupils will not be admitted before this time.  

(The ASN transport entrance will be open to pupils as they arrive but parents are encouraged to drop pupils off no earlier than 8.30)

School hours remain 8.45-3.35 Monday to Thursday and 8.45-1.10 on a Friday. Pupils in Block A last period will be dismissed 5 minutes early each day to aid the flow of pupils out of the building.

We have also included links to 2 documents from South Lanarkshire Council – a Frequently Asked Questions document and a letter about mainstream school transport.

2020-08-07 – Q&A – Secondary

School Transport Letter-guidance

(Please note that separate advice has been issued to parents for ASN transport)

 Opening day arrangements for each year group 

Induction 

All pupils will spend the first 2 periods with their PLP class in an induction session, covering school procedures, our new movement system etc. They will also be issued with their timetables and will follow their normal timetable for the rest of the day.

Arrival at school

All pupils, other than those entering by the ASN transport entrance, should enter the school from the playground.

Wednesday 12th August – S1 and S4 pupils only to attend 

S1: Pupils should enter the school by Door 6 (the ICT/PE door at the bottom end of the playground). Staff will be on hand to direct them and guide them to their Reg/PLP class. (Please note that parents should not enter school premises unless they have a prior appointment)

S4: Pupils should enter the school via Door 1 (at the top end of the playground) and go to the front hall where there will be posters guiding them to their PLP/Reg class.

Pupils should then go directly to class and not congregate in the hall.

Thursday 13th August – S5 and S6 pupils only to attend 

S5: Pupils should enter the school via Door 1 (at the top end of the playground) and go to the front hall where there will be posters guiding them to their PLP/Reg class.

Pupils should then go directly to class and not congregate in the hall.

S6: Pupils should enter the school via Door 4 (entrance from the playground to the foyer) and go to the Octagon where there will be posters guiding them to their PLP/Reg class. Pupils should then go directly to class and not congregate in the Octagon.

Friday 14th August – S2 and S3 pupils only to attend 

S2: Pupils should enter the school via Door 4 (entrance from the playground to the foyer) and go to the Octagon where there will be posters guiding them to their PLP/Reg class. Pupils should then go directly to class and not congregate in the Octagon

S3: Pupils should enter the school via Door 1 (at the top end of the playground) and go to the front hall where there will be posters guiding them to their PLP/Reg class.

Pupils should then go directly to class and not congregate in the hall.

 

 

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Return to School Letter

As we prepare to welcome all of our pupils to school next week, Mr Sives would like to share this letter with Hamilton Grammar specific instructions with all parents and guardians. The letter is available here.

We look forward to seeing you all next week.

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