Good afternoon CCHS Parents and Carers,
So we won’t be having a big Burns Supper this weekend with Ceilidh dancing but still important to recognise our National Poet. Robert Burns was born on 25th January 1759 and was the author of many famous Scots poems. Whilst on the topic of poets, if you haven’t had the chance to watch Amanda Gorman read ‘The Hill We Climb’ performed at Mr Biden’s inauguration, may I suggest you look it up and enjoy.
It seems longer than a week since I sent you the last update despite things continuing to move at a fair pace. This week we had the announcement from the First Minister outlining the current lockdown restrictions will continue until 15 February 2021. As mentioned before, we know this will bring more challenges for our school community but if we work together and stay connected, we can make the best of the situation we are in.
We know the usual school routine is not possible and there will be challenges motivating your child to engage in their learning. I have said there is no expectation for you to replace the teacher but to try and take an interest and talk to your child about what it is they are doing. As a staff we have really appreciated the messages of support from our parents/carers on our social media platforms. Many staff are providing this remote learning from home whilst also supporting their own children or balancing other demands. We are all in this together and your support is warmly received.
Many of you will be familiar with Ms Kemp in Music who leaves us as of next Friday to take up a Music position in another school. Ms Kemp has been a caring and committed professional and we wish her every success with her new exciting chapter.
Next week sees the introduction of our Senior Phase ‘Drop-In’ sessions. This will enable S4-S6 pupils to have on-line drop-ins with their teachers at certain times throughout the week. We know from feedback and our own experiences that having that link to subject specific teachers is important to make progress and stay engaged. With the cancellation of final exams, it is so important for your child to engage with their online learning via TEAMs and link in with their teachers. We know it is hard but please continue to encourage your child to log into TEAMs and engage with their learning.
To further improve we need your views and therefore please do fill out this quick survey which will inform our plans moving forward. We will be asking all pupils and staff similar questions so we can provide the best possible remote learning experience.
I hope you all have an enjoyable and restful weekend and I’ll leave you a quote from our National Bard…
‘O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.’ Robert Burns