Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you for your support with ensuring pupils returned to school ready to learn following the holiday. The next few weeks will be incredibly busy with prelims for our senior pupils, S2 parents’ evening and our course choice programme starting, beginning with S2 pupils. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s Guidance teacher who will be very happy to help.
Over the last 2 terms, staff and pupils have taken part in a range of feedback and planning sessions, including questionnaires and small group discussions, which led to the creation of our whole school improvement plan. The plan has 3 key priorities which we will focus on for the remainder of this session, along with next (2022 – 2023). We have identified some focus areas and will be updating you on our progress against them across the next 18 months. We would welcome parents’ involvement with these priorities and would encourage you to contact our Parent Council if there’s an area of interest for you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Positive behaviour and relationships – Mr Harvey and Mrs Watson
We have seen a marked improvement in punctuality this week and we want to thank all parents and carers who have supported us with this.
We are in the process of redrafting our ‘Promoting positive behaviour’ policy and we hope to be able to share this with you shortly.
Our celebrating success programme continues to be a success with pupils receiving house points and nominations each week for their excellent effort, attitude and achievement. Please keep letting us know about your child’s achievement outwith school so we can include these in our celebrations.
Best possible outcomes – Mr Ewing
S4/5/6 Prelims. A communication will be shared today with S4/5/6 parents outlining arrangements for the prelims taking place week beginning 17 January. An updated timetable is available from the homepage of our website.
Our S2 Parents’ evening is on Wednesday 12th January from 5-7pm. If you’ve had any challenges booking appointments, please contact your child’s guidance teacher.
S2 into S3 options. A communication outlining the options process will come out to parents today. S2 into S3 Options materials will go “live” on the KGS website on Monday 17th January and Guidance staff will be discussing options process with pupils in PSE. Options close on Friday February 18th
Universal support – Ms Devlin
All 5-21 year olds resident in Scotland are eligible from 31 January 2022 for Young Persons' Free Bus Travel, using a National Entitlement Card with the free bus travel product on it. Without this, young people will be unable to travel for free on bus services in Scotland.
Where can Free Bus Travel be used? Cardholders with the free bus travel product on it will be able to access free bus travel on registered bus services across Scotland including a very limited number of local cross-border services from the south of Scotland into northern England.
https://getyournec.scot/nec/?opt=NEC-Card/301 This link is also available through our KGS website in the ‘Financial Support’ tab.
Info for parents and guardians: If you are a parent or guardian of a 5-15 year old then you must apply on their behalf. This will allow you to continue to exercise responsibility over their wellbeing and safety. Remember that free bus travel is available nationwide. This means your child can travel across Scotland, so please take care when making the decision about applying for them.
Finally, we loved reading the Winter newsletter from Papdale Halls of Residence so we thought we would share it with you incase you haven’t seen it: http://www.kgsorkney.com/papdale-halls-of-residence.html
We hope you all have a relaxing weekend and we look forward to seeing pupils on Monday,
Miss Claire Meakin