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Dean joined last year's Wigtown YA programme and delivered a tremendous event about his latest book The Black Flamingo, a bestseller and multi-award-winner. Dean's debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody's N*gger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and his debut novel, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Book Award. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday. Dean’s work often deals with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up – and has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and Channel 4. Dean regularly performs across the UK, and internationally. He is a member of Malika's Poetry Kitchen. Dean is based in Glasgow, and is Co-director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and a patron of LGBT+ History Month. THIS LINK will take you to Dean's website. It is hoped that Dean will be able to spend an hour with the pupils engaging with this event. He will deliver a workshop on standup poetry based on a theme of wellbeing so this will hopefully be something a little different to end the week with. To access this event suitable for Secondary pupils, which will be live streamed on You Tube, please follow this link

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Dumfries & Galloway Science Festival have launched a new vlog series DGSTEMTV. The first episode is available now on it's very own YouTube channel to assist home STEM schooling or simply to help kids do fun things. It’s made for families with children aged about six to twelve who can watch it together and is based in Dumfries and Galloway. Episode 1 is about propulsion and the links between DG and space science. Our presenter Stephen is out-and-about making fizzy rockets and learning about DG's very own scientific genius James Clerk Maxwell.

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Families interested in having a go at the activities in this episode can join the online SLACK support community that accompanies this series. There they will find helpful chat with the DGSTEMTV crew and meet other families. There is also activity instructions, more ideas, competitions and video calls. Please email for an invite link to join the group.

AimHi-School Nature Online Learning

Open the PDF below to click the link at the bottom to sign up.

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Online Safety Advice from Police Scotland

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Update from Skills Development Scotland

As schools across Scotland are closed to the majority of pupils, Skills Development Scotland Careers Advisers will continue to provide careers information and advice by phone and digitally.

Our Advisers will contact pupils who were scheduled to have a face-to-face appointments to make alternative arrangements.

Subject Choices

If your child is choosing their subjects, their school Careers Adviser will be there to provide support over the coming weeks to help them think about their choices, including a one-to-one conversation. There’s also the opportunity for you – as a parent or carer – to join the conversation and discuss where their options might take them in the future. As current government guidelines don’t permit these conversations to take place in person, we’ll seek to make alternative arrangements by phone or video conference.

You’ll also find lots of helpful tools and information to help with subject choices, on the careers service website, My World of Work. Visit

Please be aware that career information and advice is available online for anyone who needs it at My World of Work.  You can also contact your local centre to speak to an adviser or call the SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000.

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Dumfries & Galloway College Applications

Dumfries and Galloway college is due to open next week (18-22 Jan) for online applications - probably on Monday 18th January. If you are interested in applying for any course please apply as soon as possible.

S4-S6 Parent Zoom 

Save the Date: On Tuesday 26th January 2021 at 4.30pm there will be an information session for parents of all S4-6 pupils via Zoom regarding the reports which will be issued later that week.

Further information to follow nearer the time.

Thank you

Supports for over the Christmas Period

Primary Christmas Parties

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Primary 1 Enrolment

If your child is going to be 5 years old by the end of February 2022, you can enrol them to start school in January 2021.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are reducing parental contact with schools. Parents/carers are asked to submit applications via school bags/post/electronically, where possible, along with supporting proof of date of birth and home address to the catchment school.

You can access the forms that need to be completed on our council website. Once completed, the forms should be submitted to your catchment school:

If your child/ren currently attend the nursery of your catchment primary school, there will be no requirement for you to provide proof of address or date of birth.

Primary and Nursery Christmas Plans

Scottish Child Payment

Scottish Child Payment is now open for applications Scottish Child Payment is a new payment for families on tax credits or certain benefits to help towards the costs of looking after a child. It’s £40 paid every four weeks for each child under six. The payment starts on Monday 15 February 2021, with first payments made from the end of February onwards, but Social Security Scotland is taking applications now to help manage demand. You can apply if your child will be under six on 15 February 2021. The qualifying benefits are: ? Child Tax Credit ? Income Support ? Pension Credit ? Working Tax Credit ? Universal Credit ? Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) ? Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Social Security Scotland will ask for evidence that the person applying is responsible for a child under six, usually through the child being named on a benefit claim form. If more than one person applies for the same child, there’s a process for deciding who gets the payment - prioritising the person who the child lives with most of the time. Scottish Child Payment will not be taken into account for UK benefit and tax credit assessments and there is no cap on the amount of children this payment can support. First payments will be made from late February onwards. When someone gets paid will depend on how many applications we get and the process each individual application goes through. If someone applied before Monday 15 February 2021, this will be the date that their payment will be calculated from. If they apply after this date, it will be calculated from the date that they applied. Payments will be made every four weeks following the first payment. Find out more information and apply at or call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.

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Scottish Child Payment

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Your chance to get involved again in another fantastic Moffat Academy virtual concert! Details in the poster.

Education Maintenance Allowance

Please follow the link to the online application.

A reminder that pupils should not return to school until 48 hours after they have had a sickness or diarrhoea bug. Thank you


Just a reminder to all Primary parents/carers to please not send your child to school with nuts for a snack. Thank you

Tesco Uniform

As of 9th July Tesco Direct website will be closing - they will continue to offer the Uniform embroidery service at but may now take up to 5 days to deliver any items ordered.