Financial Support for S5/S6 Pupils

Pupils who stay on at school may be entitled to an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) – a £30 weekly allowance. It provides financial support to help young people from low income households continue their education.

In order to receive EMA you should apply online via the South Lanarkshire Council website (https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/200188/secondary_school_information/158/education_maintenance_allowance_-_financial_help_for_senior_pupils).

Please note – even if you received EMA before you must re-apply for the new school year

You will not start to receive payments until your application has been processed and you have received an acceptance letter from South Lanarkshire Council.

Pupils must also complete the learning contract in the S5/S6 Google classrooms to receive EMA.

Please note that you will not receive an EMA payment for a week in which you have an unexplained absence or unacceptable number of lates. If you are absent for more than a week please submit a medical certificate or doctor’s letter.

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Covid-19 Information Letter for the New School Term

Please find a copy of the latest information letter from NHS Lanarkshire below:

NHS Letter August Term

The letter contains information which may answer any questions you have regarding cases within schools and testing.

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Letter from Headteacher

Please find a letter from the Headteacher regarding the return of pupils for the 2021-22 school year below:

Headteacher Welcome Letter

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S1 Year Head Welcome

 

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer,  

I hope this letter finds you well. We are looking forward to welcoming all our new S1 pupils on Monday 16th August as they begin the next step on their educational journey at Hamilton Grammar.  We appreciate, however, that some of our new pupils may be anxious and, therefore, I hope that this summary letter helps to provide some reassurance.  

We should all remember that, although this is a return to education for our pupils, it will not be 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.  

Please also note that the headteacher will correspond directly with all parents in advance of returning to school on Monday. 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MONDAY THE 16TH OF AUGUST 

At school: 

All pupils (except those exempt) should wear a face mask when entering the school in accordance with Scot. Gov guidelines. 

All pupils should wear School uniform (details on school website = P7 handbook).

All S1 Pupils will enter the building through Door 6.  Door 6 is at the very top of the playground -facing towards you- See below:  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On entering the building, pupils should sanitise their hands using the wall-mounted equipment provided near the doors (additional hand sanitising procedures will be communicated to pupils). Teachers will guide pupils to their allocated class. Pupils should avoid physical contact with other pupils at all times during the day, both inside and outside the school building. The school day will operate as normal with an 8.45 am start and a 3.35 pm finish.  At the end of the school day, pupils should sanitise their hands and follow the one-way system which will be clearly signposted. 

Interval and Lunch:  

All S1 pupils will remain within the school grounds 

 

Interval will be from 11.15 to 11.30, however, S1 pupils will be released at 11.10am for a limited period to allow them to become familiar with the layout. 

Lunch starts at 1.10 -1.55, however S1 pupils will again be released at 1.05 for a limited period. 

All pupils will use the picnic benches outside for pack lunches or food purchased from the canteen.  Alternative arrangements will be made in the event of inclement weather. 

Initially there will be no lunchtime or after school clubs. We will look to introduce these as soon as we can and taking account of Government guidance on these matters. 


In Class:
   

Pupils will be given an induction on arrival in their PLP (Personal Learning Plan) and registration class.  Pupils will receive their timetable, school layout, one-way system plan and other key documents.  Several documents require to be completed and returned; therefore, we would ask that you make the necessary arrangements for this to be returned the following week. Please also note that there is no requirement for pupils to bring their PE kit to school on Monday. 

In order to support our S1 pupils to navigate the school, teachers will provide additional support for the first week in relation to the location of subject classrooms and our school facilities. Our primary focus during the initial period will be on wellbeing and helping our new pupils to feel settled in the School environment. 

Placing Requests: 

All new S1 pupils who are placing requests need to provide the school with a copy of their birth certificate.  On Monday please send the original birth certificate in with your son / daughter in a sealed envelope.  This will be photocopied for our records and returned to your son / daughter the same day. 

We hope that these arrangements will enable our 1st year groups to commence their formal timetable from Monday 16th of August. 

Miss Brien 

S1 Year Head 

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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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