UCAS Convention Tuesday 29th September 2020
For S5 and S6 Pupils:-
There is a virtual UCAS convention for Scottish students on Tuesday 29th September (next week). This is to replace the normal one in Dumfries.
It runs from 10am to 4pm
You will be asked to book a time slot - you should try to fit this in with your free periods.
ICT 1 is booked, so that you will have a quiet place to log on and access to a computer if you need one. Please inform the school office of your location.
The link below provides advice on how to get the most from the experience and how to book your place. If you wish to attend, you must book a place.
This will be useful if you would like to find out about a specific university or ask about courses/ find out about them before making your UCAS options.
Advice and to book your place.
What will happen on the day.
Safeguarding Alert. Viral Tiktok/Instagram video
It has been brought to our attention that there are distressing videos being shared on the above platforms which originated last week on facebook. They may have a significant impact on any young people who watch them.
It would be of benefit to advise your young people to avoid these platforms for the next 3 days until the event passes. If anyone has seen anything online which has caused distress then we would encourage them to talk about what they have seen with a trusted adult rather than other young people.
Tuesday 8th September 2020
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Due to updated guidance for Secondary Physical Education in schools the changing rooms will be open and available for all PE classes as of Monday 24th August. Therefore, pupils are reminded to bring in their full PE kit. At the moment practical lessons will still be outside so pupils should dress appropriately.
Best Start Grant
This is a £250 payment that parents can apply for if you have children who were born between 01/03/2015 and 29/02/2016 and who satisfy the financial eligibility criteria.
New Head Boy/Head Girl and Sports Captains
Mrs MacFarlane is inviting applications from S6 pupils for Head Boy/Girl and Sports Captains positions. S6 pupils should check their Glow emails to find out more and download the application form.
Moffat Academy Secondary Virtual Sports Day/Week 2020
As we cannot organise the annual Moffat Academy Sports Day on our playing fields we are asking anyone who would like to be involved to participate in our whole school Pentathlon. Use your garden or local area to complete each event and send your results and videos to Mr Scott at email@example.com.
Mr Scott will organise the results and create a compilation video highlighting the success of each individual and Moffat Academy. Appropriate social distancing must be adhered to at all times, this includes staying at least two metres apart and surfaces should be wiped down after each event.
There is also a Parents/Staff event as always so please encourage all parents and staff to get involved. Mr Scott and Mr Meola will upload videos and instructions for all of the events. Complete as few or as many as you can in any order and submit all results before the end of the school day on Thursday 11th June. If you are getting someone to film you please ensure this is completed by someone from your own household.
The five events are:
1. Endurance Challenge
2. Step Up Challenge
3. Standing Long Jump
4. Press Up Challenge
5. 40 metre Sprint
6. Parents/Staff Event
1. Endurance Challenge
Place two markers on the ground 20 metres apart. A foot must be placed in line with or past each marker at each turn. Athletes run for exactly five minutes and count how many shuttle runs you completed in that time.
2. Step Up Challenge
Go to a step. Athletes should step each foot up the step individually then each foot down the step individually. A step is counted each time both feet return to the floor. Athletes perform for exactly one minute.
3. Standing Long Jump
Place a marker down as a start line. Athletes should jump from two feet and land on two feet the measurement is taken from the start line to the heel of the furthest back foot on landing.
4. Press Up Challenge
Find a space to yourself. Athletes should perform full press ups for one minute. Each press up is counted when athletes come back to the top of the press up action.
5. 40 Metre Sprint
Place two markers on the ground 20 metres apart. A foot must be placed in line with or past the marker at the turn. Athletes run two lengths and record their time.
6. Parents/Staff Race
Wall Sit/ Samson’s Chair. Find a flat wall and wear shoes with good grip. Athletes should bend their knees to a seated position with knees at right angles and shoulders against the wall. Cross your arms or put them to your side, do not put your hands on your knees. Remain in this position as long as possible. You are allowed to be brought food, drink presents by your children as a form of encouragement/distraction. Good luck. Please keep in mind that the world record for this event is 11 hours 51 minutes and 14 seconds.
Childcare for Key Workers
Information on childcare for Key Workers will be sent out via council Website & Social Media channels. This care will not start until Thursday 26th March
We have created a 'Remote Learning' tab on our website with up to date information, contacts and help pages. We hope you will find this useful and we will add information to it when it becomes available.
On behalf of Gillian Brydson, Director of Skills, Education & Learning:
Deputy First Minister statement today has confirmed that the exam diet for 2020 has been cancelled. More detailed information to follow tomorrow.
Message To Parents From Director Skills, Education and Learning
I wanted to write to all families to confirm the message from the First Minister earlier this afternoon that schools and nurseries across Scotland will close from the end of the school day on Friday. I will provide more detail on how we plan to support you and your family during this very difficult time as soon as this information becomes available.
We will send all information directly to Headteachers and will ensure that all Council communication channels (Website, Facebook and Twitter) are updated with the latest information for you.
If you are a worker within Health and Social Care or the Emergency Services, or if you have a senior phase pupil preparing for exams, targeted information will follow.
We ask that you continue to remain in contact with your school and your Headteacher if you have any concerns at all. Thank you for your support as we work through this difficult time.
Dr Gillian Brydson
Director Skills, Education and Learning
Dumfries and Galloway Council
Please find below some useful advice and support for our young people and their families.
*Instrumental Music Service*
Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, a decision has been made to cancel ALL Instrumental Music Service (IMS) lessons with immediate effect for the foreseeable future.
Due to staff shortages the canteen will only be serving soup and sandwiches for the rest of the week. Sorry for any inconvenience.
*On behalf of Speech and Language Services*
We have been informed today that all Speech and Language Therapy drop in sessions, appointments, meetings, non urgent home visits, and school / nursery visits are now cancelled to delay the spread of Corona Virus. At the moment we have no information for how long this will last but will contact you as soon normal service can resume.
To continue to offer support to families we will offer the following:
- families who were planning to attend the drop in clinics can call us on the office telephone number below for a consultation at the time the drop in was to take place.
- families can contact us on the Advice Line on Wednesday afternoons 2-4pm on 01387 220013
- families and staff can email our Advice line on firstname.lastname@example.org anytime
- families can continue to book a slot at a future Communication Problem Solving sessions - the contact details are on the fliers and this will involve telephone contacts
- for families who have already booked into Communication Problem Solving sessions we will aim to complete the appointment by telephone or video link where possible. We will contact the families to arrange this.
Many thanks, stay safe and we hope to see you very soon!
Locality Co-ordinator SLT Service - Annandale and Eskdale
*On behalf of D & G Sexual Health*
Please can we ask you help us spread the word asking people to phone us rather than attending any of our drop-ins.
Restrictions have been put in place at Sexual Health D&G clinics due to the coronavirus.
People are being asked not to come to the department unless they have an appointment.
Please phone Sexual Health on 03457023687 (08.30 till 16.30 Monday to Friday) with any queries or if you wish to be seen.
*Extra Curricular Clubs Update*
All school clubs are postponed until further notice with the exception of study classes which are still running.
*Active Schools Update*
The following extracurricular activities have been cancelled for the time being.
Run Jump and Throw
Netball after school on Mondays
Thursday morning Multi-Sport
Nursery Activities Update
We have made the decision to cancel Stay & Play, Tots On Tuesday and Tea and Toast until further notice.
We are sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and help.
AFTERSCHOOL CARPET BOWLING
After School Bowling in Moffat Academy is running every Thursday FREE of charge. Beechgrove Bowling Club has the largest junior bowling section of all clubs in Dumfries and Galloway and their volunteers are enthusiastic to offer the sport to more young people. Join them at their weekly sessions which will be moving to the assembly hall every Thursday. Children of primary school age can attend form 3.00pm – 4.00pm with secondary school children welcome from 3.30pm – 4.45pm
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
As of 9th July Tesco Direct website will be closing - they will continue to offer the Uniform embroidery service at tesco.com but may now take up to 5 days to deliver any items ordered.