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Friday - last day of term!

Good morning all

It has been a strange term. A typical term 3 would include S1 pupils enjoying their classes, knowing their teachers and having a secondary school routine, full of rich learning; S2 pupils would be working on the subjects that "they like" and they have chosen; S3 would have sat S3 exams and made their choices for S4; S4-S6 would have sat their prelims, realised that they still had a bit of work to do and started to up the pace of their work and learning. It is easy to get caught up in the past 2 weeks, but I think it is good to remember that for the most of term 3 it has been business as usual.

There has been an update from SQA re Certification for 2020. It does not answer all the questions but I do know that the school and the teachers will work with the SQA to try to ensure that all pupils are fairly accredited for all the hard work that has been put in over the past 9 months, and previous years. You can read the documentation here: https://www.sqa.org.uk/…/020420-SQA-NQ2020-Parent-Carer-cov…

I hope that you and your families are well. If your circumstances have changed, if you need anything over the next 2 weeks please get in touch. I hope that the weather is bright; that we all take the opportunity to exercise every day and that we all keep safe.

Best wishes, enjoy the Easter break.

Mrs Chambers

PSE Lesson Responses

Here are a few responses from our S2 cohort following the PSE lesson from 01.04.20. The lesson is in the PDF below.

"Our school shows that all young people are respected and included because we have teachers we can talk to if we have any issues and we also have lots of committees that allow us to be included and have a say."

"We are all given equal opportunities to partake in different clubs and committees."

"Our school is inclusive because of the various school clubs that anyone can join and how the school makes sure that disabled people can do the same as any other people around the school"

"People in our school are kind to each other even if they are very different from one another"

File icon: pdf S2 PSE lesson 01.04.20 [pdf 275KB] Click to download

SQA Update

 SQA update - Thursday 02 April - Arrangements for quality assurance and the certification of National Courses and Awards 2020 – a message to schools and colleges - https://bit.ly/3dQtADa

Home Learning Overview Sheets

Each week the school will publish home learning overview sheets. This is a copy of the work/tasks for the week that have been emailed to all pupils.  The tasks have been split by subjects and class teachers.  Pupils should complete all the work/tasks,  work/tasks can be completed in any order, and submitted to the teachers as instructed on SMHW and/or teams.  

File icon: pdf S1 WB 30th March 2020 [pdf 1011KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf S2 WB 30th March 2020 -Humanities Art HE [pdf 472KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf S2 WB 30th March 2020-Faculty of Languages Expressive Arts and PE [pdf 775KB] Click to download

Thursday 2nd April


Good morning, I thought that I would share the daily messages that were sent to all secondary pupils this morning. A daily message is sent, via GLOW, to all S1-S6 pupils, this is one of the ways for pupils to continue to have contact with the school. Other ways includes, SMHW and Teams.

Tuesday 31st March

Good morning MA

Can all S1-S6 pupils please check their emails, your daily message awaits! Can I remind all S4-S5 pupils that all options need to be in the system by 3.30 pm today.

Best wishes

Mrs Chambers

Notice for all S4 and S5 pupils

Please check that you have received an options email from Mrs Chambers. This must be read and completed before 3.30 pm on Tuesday 31st March.

Best wishes

Mrs Chambers

 

Monday 30th March

Planning for the week ahead

S1 - All S1 pupils should have received a home learning overview sheet by email. Copies can also be found on the school website. http://www.moffat.dumgal.sch.uk/covid_19_rem…/secondary.html
S2 - All S2 pupils should be accessing SMHW for tasks.
S3 - All S3 pupils should be in subject teams, according to option choices, and following the instructions from subject teachers.

S4-S6 - We are awaiting an update from SQA re qualification accreditation for session 2019-20. Please continue to check your GLOW mail regularly.

Friday 27th March

Good morning - I have emailed all S1-S6 pupils with your daily check in challenge. Please read and reply. Best wishes. Mrs Chambers

Thursday 26th March 2020

Good morning everyone

It is important that the school can keep in touch & I would urge all secondary pupils to log on to Glow every day and reply to the message posted.

Best wishes

Mrs Chambers

25.3.20

Check In - Wednesday 25 March 2020

All secondary pupils should have received an email to their glow accounts today. Please log on and respond. If any young person is having difficulties logging on please contact me. Best wishes. Mrs Chambers

gw08chambersalison@ea.dumgal.sch.uk

24.3.20

Emailed to all S4-S6 pupils - SQA statement on coursework for National Courses

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Following the announcement by the First Minister on Sunday, that no young person with SQA coursework to complete should attend school to do so, we continue to work hard on how we should take coursework evidence into account, in determining young people’s final grades.

Everyone here at SQA will do their utmost, given the current situation, and with the support of the education system, to ensure that learners’ hard work is rightly and fairly recognised and allows them to proceed to further learning or work.

The current public health advice has meant that we have had to make some really difficult decisions about coursework. This means that for this year, schools and colleges are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

We have taken this difficult decision to be as fair as possible to all Higher and Advanced Higher candidates, whilst taking on board the current public health advice, the many varied coursework requirements across different subjects, and how these are managed in schools and colleges across the country.

I appreciate that some learners may have already completed their coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher courses. This work can still be used as part of the suite of evidence for teachers and lecturers to draw on as they consider estimated grades.

We have received coursework for a range of National 5 subjects and have contacted National 5 coursework markers to confirm marking arrangements. All National 5 coursework, due to be uplifted in April and May, will not be submitted for marking.

We will provide further details on the estimation of grades, that we will need from teachers and lecturers to inform certification, and fuller details of our approach to certification, as soon as possible.

This is an unprecedented situation for us all, and circumstances are rapidly changing. With every change in circumstances, we continue to consider how best to recognise learner achievement in as fair a way as possible.

Please be assured that everyone here at SQA is fully committed to working with you to deliver for Scotland’s young people. Thank you for your patience and continued co-operation.


Fiona Robertson
SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examiner

24.3.20

Update from UCAS - This message has been emailed to all S5 & S6 pupils.

UCAS

Following the recent government announcements of the closure of schools and the cancellation of examinations and assessments in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, we want to reassure you that all organisations involved in the higher education admissions process are working flat out to find a solution that’s efficient, fair, and in your best interests.

We appreciate this is a difficult and uncertain situation for applicants planning to start university in the autumn, and we are committed to work together to ensure that your hard work to date will not go to waste, and that no-one is unfairly impacted in this process by the COVID-19 virus.

A message from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan:

'We want to assure students that grades will be equally as valid as those in previous years, and their hard work will be rewarded and fairly recognised. There is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted.

'I am pleased Universities UK has confirmed institutions will be flexible and do all they can to support students to progress to higher education.'

Information for students in Scotland

The SQA has been asked by the Deputy First Minister to develop an alternative certification model.

To make sure it’s a fair reflection of your performance¸ the government has said your grade will be based on information from your teachers’ judgement, using:

any units and coursework that are completed, and estimated grades provided by teachers, drawing on the available evidence gathered throughout the year prior attainment information, where available.

They are aiming to have results with students no later than 4 August.

You can read more about the work underway on the sqa.org.uk.

24.3.20

Year group teams have been set up for all S1-S6 pupils. If your child/young person has not received an email to their Glow account please contact me. Teams allows me to email all pupils daily, to allow them to check in with the school; to find out information regarding their ongoing learning and to have a safe online community. Stay in touch. Best wishes. Mrs Chambers

Sunday 22nd March

Following First Minister’s statement, S4-6 pupils will now NOT be able to attend school to complete SQA coursework. Further details on how to submit/complete coursework will be posted as soon as possible.

Stay safe & stay indoors. Mrs Chambers