Return to school Information for all parents

BGE

Timetables have been emailed to parents and all pupils (via their Glow Accounts). A presentation has also been posted on the Year Head Google Classrooms, explaining what will be happening on the first day back for each year group. All S3 pupils will also find a list matching the codes on their timetable to the subjects they are taking, on the S3 Google Classroom.

Senior Phase

S4 – S6 pupils will find their allocated group on their Year Group Google Classroom. These groups will identify which day of the week the pupil will be attending school. Please note that these rotate each week.  All senior pupils will be following their normal timetable on the day they are in school.

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Phased Return to School Update

Parents and guardians were emailed a letter today from the Headteacher regarding the phased return to school. The letter contains details of the Hamilton Grammar specific plans for the return of pupils from Monday 15th March.

Further details regarding groupings and classroom arrangements will posted on year group Google Classrooms. It is important that pupils check these Classrooms over the next few days for additional details.

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Update from Headteacher

Please find a letter below from our Headteacher regarding the return of pupils from the 15th of March.

Headteacher’s Letter 8th March

A copy of the letter has been emailed to parents and guardians today.

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Changes to the BGE Remote Learning Model

With the news on Tuesday that S1-S3 pupils are expected to remain with Remote Learning until the Easter Holiday, we have reviewed our current BGE Remote Learning Model.

As of Monday 1st March, all S1 – S3 pupils will have their live check-ins replaced by a Live Lesson, for each of their subjects. These lessons will last up to 45 minutes depending on the subject and will allow teachers to progress pupil learning. For this reason, unlike the check-ins, attendance at Live Lessons is mandatory.

To manage the workload for pupils, and hopefully reduce the pressure on ICT devices at home, we have developed a rota for S1 and S2 pupils which will allow one live lesson for each subject over a two-week period. Pupils should also have no more than two Live Lessons on any day of the week.

The S1 and S2 rotas shown below, will allow you to establish which subjects your son/daughter has at what time. Our usual pupil friendly Learning Schedule will be posted today on the Year Group Google Classrooms, along with a template to allow pupils to record the times of their live lessons.

S3 pupils have individual timetables therefore their Live Lessons are not able to be spread evenly across the week however they will remain on the same day, and close to the same time, as their current live check-ins. As with the rest of the BGE, S3 Live Lessons will be spread over a two-week period to help manage workload.

All teachers will post the date, day and time of their Live Lesson at noon today , allowing time for both parents and pupils to review any changes to the learning schedule for next week.

It is important to state that the changes listed above involve the hosting of lessons by teachers. The posting of work, through the Google classrooms will continue as normal for the whole BGE. This information can be found on the Learning Schedules, posted on the Year Group Google Classrooms (slide 2).

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to email Mrs Goring/Miss Brien, Mr Fullarton or Mrs Cassidy.

BGE Progression Rotas

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Pupil Return for Practical Work

Following the First Minister’s announcement regarding the phased return of pupils to complete practical work, a HGS specific model has created.

Please see the letter from the Headteacher regarding pupils return. This letter has been emailed to parents today.

Practical Subjects Schedule

Pupils should check relevant subjects over the next few days for their specific dates and times.

 

All updates regarding pupil return can be found under the Covid-19 Menu at the top of our website.

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Family Learning – Science

Family learning at Hamilton Grammar is continuing during lockdown – this time the Science department are missing the lab, so we have decided to bring the experiments to your home. 

Participants will conduct five different experiments during the five-week program. From making your own crazy goo to blowing out candles using the magic of science; you will do it all. Each week you will learn the science behind your experiments before getting stuck in and doing it for yourself! 

Everything you need for the experiments will be provided in your pack free of charge, along with the instructions and the link to the virtual google classroom, which will be distributed week commencing 22nd February 2021.

These free packs are limited so please contact Mrs Brown on gw07brownclaire@glow.sch.uk to arrange your free pack.

Sign up and come and have fun with science! 

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Children’s Mental Health Week 2021

Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place on 1-7 February 2021.This year’s theme is Express Yourself.

SLC Education Resources are working in partnership with HeadStrong Scotland to create mental health and wellbeing video sessions to support the needs of learners and their parents/ carers 

RECORDED VIDEO FOR PARENTS/ CARERS

SLC Parents, Carers & Families Mental health Session – YouTube

With a focus on teaching coping strategies, this video – designed for an audience of parents and carers – educates adults about mental health and how to understand their child’s emotions and behaviour better in these difficult circumstances. 

UPCOMING YOUTUBE LIVE FOR FAMILIES 

Wednesday 3rd February at 6.30pm (access the live session by clicking the link below)

 SLC Family Mental Health Session – YouTube

Designed to be responsive to the needs of our families during remote learning and lockdown, HeadStrong discusses the practical coping strategies required to support everyone in the household. This session – though designed for parents and carers – is suited for whole family viewing. 

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EDUCATION RESOURCES: Emergency childcare provision Monday 8th February – Wednesday 10th February 2021.

In these exceptional circumstances, Education Resources is being asked to provide a limited emergency childcare service for the children of key workers whose parents are critical to supporting the front line Covid-19 response during Monday 8th February – Wednesday 10th February. We have therefore reviewed the key worker criteria for this short holiday period.

As places will be limited we expect that most parents will use annual leave or make alternative childcare arrangements.

Only key workers who cannot fulfil these critical functions when working remotely from home may qualify for emergency childcare provision. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. Both parents must be classed as keyworkers as defined below.

These emergency childcare hubs will operate from a number of locations throughout South Lanarkshire between 9:00am until 3:30pm. A hot lunch will be available either paid as normal or via free school meals if eligible. Transport will not be provided.

Those requiring a place must complete the on-line application form by Monday, 1st February, 9.30am. Places will be prioritised and those granted a space will be notified via email by close of business on Thursday, 4 February.

We will do our best to match the allocated childcare place to the location you specified, but this may not always be possible.

Please do not fill in the form if your child already attends a Standalone nursery as they remain open.

Details of prioritised key workers during this period are provided below:
–   Health and Care workers directly supporting the COVID-19 response, and associated staff; Health and Care workers supporting life threatening emergency work, as well as critical primary and community care provision.

–   Other Health and Care workers, and wider public sector workers providing emergency/critical welfare services (e.g. Police, care at home/home care workers)

If eligible and have no alternative childcare, an application should be submitted using the link attached:

Application Form

Children and young people should NOT attend if they have underlying health conditions or are currently self-isolating. Those attending will be required and supported to follow social distancing and hygiene rules.

Emergency childcare will revert to normal following the schools’ return on Thursday, 11th February 2021.

 

Below are details of the emergency childcare hub locations.

Childcare locations for families who have a school age child/children (Primary 1 to S2)

  • Biggar Hub A – Biggar Primary School
  • Carluke Hub – St Athanathius’ Primary School
  • Cathkin Hub – Loch Primary School
  • East Kilbride Hub A – Halfmerke Primary School
  • East Kilbride Hub B – St Hilary’s Primary School
  • Hamilton Hub A – Glenlee Primary School
  • Hamilton Hub B – Woodside Primary School
  • Lanark Hub – St Mary’s Primary School (Lanark)
  • Larkhall Hub – Machanhill Primary School
  • Rutherglen Hub – Calderwood Primary School

Childcare locations for families who have a child/children of nursery age (3-5 years not yet attending primary school).

  • Ballerup – Standalone Nursery
  • Calderside – Standalone Nursery
  • Cathkin – Standalone Nursery
  • ELU Hamilton – Standalone Nursery
  • First Steps – Standalone Nursery
  • Glenburgh – Standalone Nursery
  • Halfmerke – Standalone Nursery
  • Hollandbush – Standalone Nursery
  • Kirkstyle – Standalone Nursery
  • Larkhall CC – Standalone Nursery
  • Millburn – Standalone Nursery
  • Rigside – Standalone Nursery
  • Westburn – Standalone Nursery
  • Woodhill – Standalone Nursery
  • Woodlands – Standalone Nursery

 

 

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Update from Skills Development Scotland

As schools across Scotland are closed to most pupils, Skills Development Scotland Careers Advisers will continue to provide careers information and advice by phone and digitally.

If you are thinking about leaving school now or at the end of the school year, or would like to talk about your future career plans, you can contact your school Careers Advisers, Vivienne McKillop & Donna Benedetti for career information, advice and guidance at

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

Careers Advisers may also be calling pupils to offer support throughout the next few weeks.

You can also join their Google Classroom code: q57tigi

You’ll also find lots of helpful tools and information to help with subject choices, on the careers service website, My World of Work. Visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk/subjectchoices

Please be aware that career information and advice is available online for anyone who needs it at My World of Work.  You can also contact your local centre to speak to an adviser or call the SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000.

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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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