S3 into S4 Options Process is now available

The S3 into S4 Options process has now started.  Materials to support this transition are available on the Learner Pathways Information page of this website and in the S3 Year Group Google Classroom.  As part of this process Mrs Cassidy has created a Virtual Assembly for pupils to watch.  They will be directed to this by their PSE Teacher this week.

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S2 into S3 Options Process is now available

The S2 into S3 Options process has now started.  Materials to support this transition are available on the Learner Pathways Information page of this website and in the S2 Year Group Google Classroom.

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Change to On-line Learning Model in the Broad General Education

You will now be aware that the Scottish Government have extended our period of Remote Learning until Monday 15th February. With this in mind we will be making a change to the online learning model that is currently running for our S1 – S3 pupils. 

The Learning Schedule, which identifies the day of the week that each subject uploads their work, will remain in place. Pupils and parents alike have told us that having the work spread out across the whole week is very helpful and allows pupils to manage their time. 

The feedback from our live PSE lessons last week was amazing. Staff found the pupils to be more than willing to join in on Google Meet and share how they found week one of the lockdown. We have therefore decided to extend the use of Google Meet within our Broad General Education (BGE). 

From Monday 25th January all S1 – S3 pupils will have the opportunity to participate in live check-in sessions with their class teachers. These sessions, lasting for around 15 mins, will take place during one of the periods in the week when the pupils would normally have each of their subjects and will provide an opportunity for live Q and A / trouble-shooting. 

Once the Google Meet time for a class has been arranged, it will become the regular time for that class, so everyone will know when they need to join in. The learning Schedule within each Year Group Google Classroom has been updated to show the subjects that will be posting work and those who will be hosting live check-ins over the next week. 

The engagement over the last week and a half has been tremendous, and we believe that taking this next step towards live lessons can only encourage pupil participation further. 

To support everyone with the digital interface we have already added an ‘Online Learning’ tab within the banner of our website. It is our intention to continue to add key information, help sheets and videos over the coming weeks. Nevertheless if you still encounter issues, please contact your child’s Year Head or Pupil Support Teacher and they will endeavour to find a solution.

 Mrs Goring, Miss Brien, Mr Fullarton and Mrs Cassidy

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PSE Class Codes

PSE class codes are now available via the ‘Online Learning’ tab on the school website. The majority of pupils have already joined their classes (or have received an invitation to join). There will be weekly lesson/catch-up sessions for each class in S1-S3. The S4-S6 classes will used to provide pupils with information and support.

The regular S4 PSE classes have pupils from a mixture of registration classes but the PSE Google Classrooms are based on our registration classes so that Pupil Support teachers can be in touch with their own pupils.

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Google Classroom Trouble Shooting

Our new Google Classroom Trouble Shooting Guide is now available on the Online Learning section of our website.

It can be found alongside our pupil help sheets here:

Google Classroom Help Sheets

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Headteacher Letter for Remote Learning

Please find a letter from our headteacher on remote learning.

Headteacher Message for Remote Learning

Virtual Hamilton Grammar – A Parent and Pupil Guide to Remote Learning

This letter refers to information and guidance which can be found in the Online Learning menu at the top of our website.

 

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Financial Support – Free School Meals

South Lanarkshire Council are pleased to announce some new financial supports for families who have children or young people in school entitled to Free School Meals. This does not include those entitled to universal provision of P1-3 meals.

  • Winter Fuel Payment
  • £100 Winter Payment
  • Free School Meals Payment for Pupils Self-isolating
  • Free School Meals Payments During School Holiday Periods
  • Free School Meals Payment for Pupils Shielding During Tier 4 Lockdown Period
  • £500 Self-isolation Support Grant

The SLC Website provides more detailed information for parents/carers including FAQs.

  • Winter Fuel Payment

South Lanarkshire Council has approved a scheme to make a one-off payment of £50 to support with winter fuel costs, for families of pupils entitled to free school meals. This does not include those entitled to universal provision of P1-3 meals.

  • £100 Winter Payment

South Lanarkshire Council has approved a scheme to make a one-off payment of £100 to families of pupils entitled to free school meals to support with winter costs such as Christmas presents, food, fuel and other essentials. This does not include those entitled to universal provision of P1-3 meals. This payment is per child; families will receive £100 for each eligible child.

  • Free School Meals Payment for Pupils Self-isolating

South Lanarkshire Council has approved a scheme to make a one-off payment of £30 to parents/carers towards the cost of lunch for pupils eligible for free school meals but unable to attend school due to requiring to self-isolate as part of the Test and Protect Scheme. This does not include those entitled to universal provision of P1-3 meals.

  • Free School Meals Payments During School Holiday Periods

The Scottish Government have provided Local Authorities additional funding for pupils currently in receipt of Free School Meals (this does not include those entitled to universal provision of P1-3 meals), to receive a free school meal payment for the following school holiday periods:

Christmas 2020                                    One-off payment of £30

February 2021 Mid Term Break        One-off payment of £9

Spring Break 2021                                One-off payment of £33

  • Free School Meals Payment for Pupils Shielding During Tier 4 Lockdown Period

Any pupils eligible for free school meals and in receipt of a letter from the Chief Medical Officer advising they should not attend school and should shield for the 3 week period from Monday 23rd November 2020 to Friday 11th December will receive a one-off free school meals payment of £45 if they actually shield and do not attend school. This does not include those entitled to universal provision of P1-3 meals.

  • £500 Self-isolation Support Grant

From 7th December the Scottish Government is giving a £500 Self Isolation Support grant to families if they are:

  • The primary carer or parent of a child who has been asked to self-isolate by Test and Protect or the school AND
  • They receive low income benefits AND
  • Are employed or self-employed and will experience reduced earnings because you have to stay at home to look after your child.

More information, including information on eligibility and how you can apply for this self-isolation grant can be found on the SLC website.

The SLC Website contains more detailed information for parents/carers including information on eligibility, how this will be paid and a Frequently Asked Questions section. Please refer to this information in the first instance.

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Free Nuffield Research Placements webinar this Friday 11th Dec 12.30 – 13.15.

In this webinar, STEM Learning colleagues Sharmila Metcalf and Megan Lawrence talk us through what these placements offer students, teachers and placement hosts, the eligibility criteria, the application process, the logistics of the placements and what will happen if in-person placements cannot take place next year.

If you are a Parent or carer of a student who might be interested in these placements or STEM professional who are interested in having your organisation host a placement, come along to find out more about the NRP programme and have your questions answered.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nuffield-research-placements-for-uk-students-16-tickets-128756073883

Participants must be 18 or over and UK residents.

The webinar will take place on MS teams and you will be emailed a joining link in advance of the webinar.

More Information:

The applications for 2021 Nuffield Research Placements (NRP) are open! These enable 16+ students studying in the UK to undertake real-world science, technology, engineering, computing, mathematics or social science research with a STEM or STEM-related employer or research institution at no cost to themselves or their school. Placements consist of both online and on-site activities and allow students to:

– Develop STEM subject knowledge

– Develop research and data analysis skills

– Learn about higher education and career opportunities

– Enhance their UCAS applications

– Apply for a Gold CREST Award and Big Bang Competition

See link below for further details:

https://www.stem.org.uk/nuffield-research-placements

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Pupils Unable to Attend School

Dear Parent / Guardian,

We are pleased to be working with e-Sgoil (commissioned by Education Scotland) who offer a virtual timetabled programme of cross-curricular learning for BGE (S1-S3) pupils who are unable to attend their school for various reasons.   This means that your son/daughter will have a structured online timetabled learning experience with the support of a class teacher.  Alongside this your child’s teacher in HGS will provide subject specific work activities on Google Classroom.

Lessons with e-Sgoil will be delivered remotely to pupils in their homes, via a safe, two-way video conference platform, using Microsoft Teams within Glow. The work provided by HGS staff is also available through Google Classroom on Glow.  Support and feedback from teachers is done through the email and messaging facilities within the Google platform.  Parents will receive a weekly email update when work is posted.

Please note that the programme available from e-Sgoil is not a substitute for the assignments and work activities which are posted by HGS teachers, for pupils, on Google Classroom.   The directed course materials published by HGS teachers should always be completed by pupils and the programme available through e-Sgoil should be used to supplement the pupils’ learning. In both programmes your child will have the support of a class teacher.

Please refer to the welcome letter (with video for instructions), from e-Sgoil. This will give you further information on the programme and may help address any queries you may have in relation to accessing this service. Welcome to e-Sgoil letter

In order to participate in e-Sgoil, pupils will require the following:

  • Their Glow account login details (if unknown contact gw14goldieamanda@glow.sch.uk)
  • Access at home to suitable hardware (a PC, laptop or tablet with a microphone & camera and – if possible – a headset)
  • A suitable place to work and a stable broadband connection

Support will also be available for pupils and parents/guardians from e-Sgoil on accessing the virtual programme.

Should you require any further information, enrol your child or support in relation to these matters please contact Miss Brien, gw08brienaudrey@glow.sch.uk

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Redundancy Support for Parents and Carers

In the current economic climate, many families in our school community may face unstable employment opportunities, and very often this includes being made redundant. PACE  (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) are offering services to assist those in a redundancy situation. In addition, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) have dedicated resources to help one find employment for the first time, or to get back into employment after a period of redundancy or unemployment.  All services are free and confidential.   Click onto Cost of the School Day to find out more or access via the Cost of the School Day menu at the top of the website!

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