P7 Transition Information 17th May

Dear parents and carers of all P7 pupils starting with us in August.

 

Miss Brien and Mrs Goring will be holding a P7 Virtual Information Session on Monday 24th May on Google Classroom.

Due to the limited numbers that are able to be on Google Classroom at any one time we have allocated parents a time slot to attend this session.

Access is through your son/daughters glow account and more details on how to access the google classroom will be posted later in the week. Please note you will only be able to access at your allocated time.

Don’t worry if you can’t make this time we will post a Q and A booklet of the most frequently asked questions regarding Transition.

P7 Parents from Beckford Primary  and Woodside Primary – 6pm

P7 Parents from Chatelherault Primary, Quarter Primary and St John’s Primary – 630 pm

P7 Parents from Glenlee Primary, Neilsland Primary, Townhill Primary, Woodhead Primary ,Udston Primary, – 7pm

P7 Parents from any other Primaries -7.30pm

If you have any questions for us please complete the form below.

Looking forward to speaking with you soon

 

Miss Brien and Mrs Goring

S1 Year Head

 

Q&A Form

 

*Previous P7 Transition information can be found in the P7 Transition menu at the top of the page*

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Mobile Testing Units

Appointments for those with or without symptoms can be made by visiting Coronavirus (COVID-19) | NHS Lanarkshire (scot.nhs.uk) or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Alternatively there is a asymptomatic test site in Larkhall which is available for anyone without symptoms to pop in and get a test, no appointment necessary, this is based at Larkhall leisure centre and is available 7 days a week 9.30-5.30.

There is now a facility to collect a test kit from various locations, these can be found on the map https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk or they can be ordered online at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or by calling 119 to order home delivery.

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Online help for school leavers’ parents and carers

 

As thousands of young people prepare to leave school this summer, Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is offering an online session to help parents and carers support their children as they take this important next step.

Scotland’s career service has organised the virtual session on Thursday 22 April at 6.30pm. It will have information about options and how to access a wide range of support.

 

SDS Careers Advisers Amy Gordon and Louise Fowlie will be providing expert advice and there will be an opportunity during the session for parents and carers to ask questions.

Amy said: “Moving on from school means young people making significant decisions about what they want to do next and support from their parents and carers is important and valuable at this time.

“Our online session will give parents and carers information about the options and opportunities that are available. Help is also available on SDS’s online home for career information and advice My World of Work.”

 

Parents and carers can join the session, which starts at 6.30pm, by registering here.

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P7 Transition Information for Pupils

Dear P7 pupils,

We are keen to reassure you that managing the transition from Primary 7 to S1 is  a priority for everyone at Hamilton Grammar during these challenging times.  As S1 Year Heads, we would like to share some information with you  which will help you  on  your transition journey .

  • A video talking you through the P7 Handbook

https://youtu.be/JvY_su8fPLI

  • A copy of the P7 Handbook (available from P7 Transition Menu above)
  • A video explaining the differences between Primary and Secondary

https://youtu.be/Z9jhkwWw75Y

  • An S1 HGS Curriculum Subject Guide (available from P7 Transition Menu above)

Take some time over the next few weeks to look at the videos and read the P7 Handbook and the S1 Curriculum Guide – also share this information at home.

We  have also 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, including alternative versions of the documents mentioned above.  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 , Mr Sives and the rest of the Senior Leadership  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.

We will be in touch soon with more  information about the next part of your Transition journey

Mrs Goring and Miss Brien

S1 Year Head

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Return of ICT Devices

Dear Parent / Guardian,

The First minister’s announcement that all pupils will return to school on Monday the 19th of April has initiated the return of all ICT devices that were loaned during the lockdown.  These devices will be used to enhance teaching and learning once the pupils return on Monday the 19th of April.

A member of staff will be available at the front of the school on Wednesday the 14th and Thursday the 15th of April from 10am to 2pm to sign the device back in.  Please contact Miss Goldie on gw14goldieamanda@glow.sch.uk if you have any further enquiries.

** Chromebooks which were given out in a cardboard box are not being recalled at this time**

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Our Return to School After Easter

The Scottish Government has confirmed that all school pupils will be returning to school after the Easter break, therefore our first full week back for everyone will start on Monday 19th April.

We should all remember that, although this is a return to education for our pupils, it is still not a return to normality. That said we will do everything that we can, under the circumstances, to make the experience as much like our normal school day as possible. 

As we have been following our Remote Learning Model and then our Blended Model since January,  we appreciate that some of our pupils may be anxious and therefore all Year Heads have posted a summary letter and a power point, to provide some reassurance. These documents, along with plans of the one-way system in operation within the school, can be found on the Year Group Google Classrooms. For your information, the key points are listed below.

Key Points of Information for Return on 19th April

Pupils should arrive at school no earlier than 8.30 am and be in full School uniform. They should enter the building through Door 1 for A Block classes and Door 4 for Block B and C classes. Both doors will be open from 8.30am each day.

The school day will operate as normal with an 8.45 am start and a 3.35 pm finish (1.10 pm on a Friday).  We will continue to release the classes in A Block at 3.30 pm (1.05 pm on a Friday), to help with congestion.

Interval will be from 11.15 to 11.30 and lunch starts at 1.10 -1.55, both as normal. Whenever possible food should be ordered through the Fusion Mobile app. Money can be added to their card via Parent Pay however there will be a till available to allow pupils to add money to their cards each day.

Pupils can still go out for lunch. Those pupils who choose to go offsite must follow the rules in place for wider society, for example, wearing a face covering when entering a shop and respecting distancing measures.

While in the school building, masks must be worn at all times – in classes, stairwells, corridors and in the Octagon queue, unless a pupil is medically exempt. We strongly recommend that all pupils take every opportunity to get outside for fresh air during Interval and Lunch, as they can then remove their masks outside in the playground while remembering to distance if their mask is off.

All classes will have seating plans which must be followed. This has allowed us to track and trace effectively. It is worth mentioning that pupils required to isolate before Easter were not contacts inside the building but from travelling to school and a lack of social distancing during lunch offsite.

Our primary focus, as always, is the wellbeing of our pupils. Lateral Flow test kits have been provided for our senior pupils and we are delighted to say we will now be offering the test kits to all pupils. Testing is voluntary however we are strongly encouraging all school staff and pupils who attend regularly to participate wherever possible.

Pupils who are taking part in the covid-19 lateral flow testing should start the morning of Monday the 19th April before coming in to school. Pupils are invited to collect a supply of tests on Thursday 15th April between 10am – 2pm.

Please note, the current restrictions are still in place and we are only permitted to have the pupils in to collect the kits. We have attached another copy of the consent form, the signed form will need to be returned in exchange for the testing kits.

We look forward to welcoming all our learners back to school next Monday.

Lateral Flow Testing Consent Form

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S1-S3 Lateral Flow Testing Collection

Dear Parent/Carer

After consideration, it has been decided the pupils who are taking part in the covid-19 lateral flow testing should start the morning of the (proposed return date) 19th April before coming in to school. Pupils are invited to collect a supply of tests on the following dates and times:

Thursday 8th April between 10am – 2pm

Thursday 15th April between 10am – 2pm

Please note, the current restrictions are still in place and we are only permitted to have the pupils in to collect the kits. I have attached another copy of the consent form below, the signed form will need to be returned in exchange for the testing kits.

Testing is voluntary however we are strongly encouraging all school staff and pupils who attend regularly to participate wherever possible.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at office@hamilton.s-lanark.sch.uk

Wishing you all a happy Easter.

Lateral Flow Testing Consent Form

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SQA Assessment Plan

All Parents and Carers of pupils is S4-6 have been emailed a letter from Mr Heeps and information regarding the planned senior phase assessments. A copy of this information is below. All pupils can also access this information via their year group Google Classroom.

Senior Phase Letter – Mr Heeps

HGS National Qualifications Course Overview 2021

Senior Phase Assessment April May

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Money Matters Financial Advice

Financial support from South Lanarkshire’s Welfare Rights Officer David Harkness from Money Matters Advice Service

Working in partnership with Hamilton Grammar School, David Harkness has created a presentation which is an overview of the all the different benefits that you or your child may be entitled to claim for.

There are 3 sections:

  • Cost of the School Day
  • Disability & Carers Benefits
  • Support Benefits for families

If you find this presentation helpful but have additional questions please email me: gw13scaramuzziangela@glow.sch.uk – Equity Officer Cost of the School Day

In addition, if you need further assistance applying for any of the benefits listed, please contact Money Matters: quoting Hamilton Grammar School as a reference; please call 0303 123 1008(option 2 then select local office) or you can email: moneymatters.advice@southlanarkshire.gov.uk

These videos can be viewed from the Cost of The School Day Menu above.

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Financial Support for Parents/Carers SLC Updated 15 March 2021

SLC have launched the following financial support for families:

  • Free school meals payments during school restrictions
  • Free school meals payments during school holidays
  • Free school meals payment for pupils who are self-isolating (not applicable to those pupils in S1-S6 who continue remote learning at home)
  • Free school meals payments for pupils who are shielding during the current lockdown (not applicable to those pupils in S1-S6 who continue remote learning at home)
  • Spring hardship payment – schools, Early Learning and childcare

Information on free school meals payments has been updated in light of the latest developments on the continued phased return of pupils to schools, effective from Monday 15 March 2021.

This information can be found under the Cost of The School Day Menu at the top of our page.

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