HT Update: Week Ending 25th November 2022

Friday 25th November 2022

This concise weekly HT Update will be published every Friday afternoon with a simple opportunity for you to also feedback/ask questions via the link at the bottom of each Update.  Feedback received, where appropriate, will be responded to and published on Monday afternoons on the school website link. 

Key messages from this week

Calendar: Next week’s key events include;  Study Skills Week rescheduled from last week and now running across the week with Study Skills Workshops for students after school on Monday through Wednesday;  on Monday we’ll hold our S2-S3 Course Choice Information Evening beginning at 6.00pm and held via Zoom (see below); on Tuesday there is a Geography Field Trip to The Water of Leith; Senior Phase students will be involved in Coursework & Assessment Assemblies on Wednesday and Thursday;  on Wednesday evening we’ll hold an in-person consultation with parents/carers on the future of Qualifications and Assessment (see below);  and our Christmas Fayre will be held on Thursday from 6.00pm to 8.30pm

Staffing Update:  This week was the last week for Jill McLaren, Melville Head of House, we say farewell and a massive thanks to Jill who takes up her new DHT post on Monday 28th November.  Mr McQueen will act as Head of House and Mrs McNeil as PT Tracking & Monitoring in Melville House.  There is a change in DYW Coordinators across some Midlothian schools.  Caroline Rosie will now be our coordinator.  Welcome Caroline.  

Review of Qualifications and Assessment: As indicated in previous updates an independent review of Senior Phase Qualifications and Assessment has opened with a closing date of Friday 16th December 2022.  This consultation is part of wider education reforms being undertaken and should in the fullness of time result in potentially significant changes around how students secure qualifications in school.  Our parent/carer consultation event will be held on Wednesday 30th November at 7.00pm.   We have now decided that this consultation is best held in-person, and not as previously indicated on-line. Our in-person event will be designed to inform parents but also to gather their views to inform our school response.   Details on the consultation are available via the following link click here

S2 into S3 Course Choice Information Evening: This event will be held via Zoom on Monday 28th November from 6.00pm.  As indicated on our website post click here all S2 parent/carers should have received an email with Zoom link details.   

Industrial Action: Strike action may well be a feature of the education system over the next few weeks.  Hopefully I am wrong and there will be a settlement.  If that is not the case the next action that is likely to affect us is SSTA industrial action scheduled for Thursday 8th December.  If this action goes ahead it will almost certainly result in a full or partial closure for students.   I anticipate being able to communicate with you next week on the Midlothian approach.  

Lasswade Life Podcast:   Episode 2 is now available for your listening pleasure.  Please subscribe and recommend as we build this new means of school/home communication.  To access the second episode please click here The focus is on our new values.

Christmas Panto:  Our Christmas Panto, Snow White,  will take place across two nights on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of December.  Tickets are available to purchase through ParentPay from Monday and thereafter collected by students from Music/Drama staff.   

Mission Christmas & Food Bank Donations: A gentle reminder that from Monday 28th November to Friday 9th December, we will be collecting food bank donations and children’s’ gifts for Mission Christmas in the Atrium and at the School Reception. 

Christmas Jumper Day: National Christmas Jumper Day is taking place on Thursday 8th December. To fit in with our school calendar we’ll have a Lasswade Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 9th December to mark the end of our charity collection period. 

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Take Care

Campbell Hornell and Ali Mitchell,  Head Teachers

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