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New video for learners- Studying for SQA Qualifications Using SCHOLAR

We are delighted to announce the release of our latest support video for learners. This new resource, “Studying for SQA Qualifications Using SCHOLAR”, has been created to show learners how to use SCHOLAR in their studies as they work towards a National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher qualification. The video is suitable for learners with no prior experience of SCHOLAR, but may also be of benefit to students with summative assessments or exams approaching who may wish to use the interactive course materials and automatically marked, end of topic and end of unit assessments for consolidation and revision.

SCHOLAR Team

British Science Week at Moffat Academy

This week is British Science Week 2021! We've got some fun activities, competitions and assemblies organised for all primary and secondary pupils. Please see the poster attached outlining all information for British Science Week at Moffat Academy this year! 

Thank you.

Download your British Science Week activity pack from the link below:

https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/activity-packs/

 

British Science Week

Next week it's British Science Week! Head Boy Liam Wilson shares some more information.

STEM assemblies - STEM Prefects will be delivering assemblies to S1-S5 classes next week at usual assembly times! 

Activity packs - download your activity pack from the British Science Week website (attached) and send in photos and videos of your experiments and activities to Mr Williamson by Friday 12th March via the email: gw09williamsonkevin@ea.dumgal.sch.uk 

Download your activity pack: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/activity-packs/ 

Poster competition - for more details, including how to submit, visit:  

https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/poster-competition/  

We hope you enjoy British Science Week this year, and we look forward to seeing your photos and videos!  

Thank you. 

World Book Day - Thursday 4th March 2021

World Book Day - Thursday 4th March 2021

World Book Day will soon be upon us and we are pleased to announce that we still be going ahead with some fun activities for Nursery, Primary, Secondary and staff.

  • Dress up as your favourite book character!

Whether you are in school or at home, join us in dressing up for World Book Day. You can dress up as any book character you like.

  • Booked Potato!

Decorate a potato as a book character. See poster for examples.

  • Prizes

There will be prizes for dressing up and booked potato prizes.

  • Taking Part

You can take part in both activities if you like, they are open to the whole school.

  • Share a Story for World Book Day

Primary staff will be sharing some stories next week with you all. We would also love to see photos of parents and pupils reading a story together. Please send photos to Miss Gibbon as above.

  • World Book Day Tokens and £1 Books

Digital World Book Day Tokens and £1 books information will be sent out shortly.

Please send all photos of your dress up, potatoes (for judging) and sharing a story to Miss Gibbon gw08gibbontessa@ea.dumgal.sch.uk

 

File icon: pdf WBD Letter and lots of links to fun activities included! [pdf 671KB] Click to download

Primary Facebook Live Assembly

Facebook live assembly – 23rd February NSPCC are hosting a Facebook live assembly for parents and schools to use as part of their home learning for children. It will be shown on Tuesday 23rd February at 10am via the NSPCC Facebook page. With the help of celebrities, the film will focus on how a child can get support if they have any worries or concerns. To complement the assembly, they have also produced some resources that can be used by parents and carers to enable further discussion whilst doing activities with their children. The activities include:

Leap Pads (Age 5-7)

Rock Painting (Age 5-11)

 OK / Not OK (Age 5-11)

Wellbeing Box (Age 5-11)

Speak out. Stay safe. online programme

As children begin their phased return to face to face learning the NSPCC will re-engage those schools who had previously booked our Speak out. Stay safe. online programme.

File icon: pdf NSPCC (1).pdf [pdf 302KB] Click to download

Helping your child with S2/3 subject choices - support for parents and carers

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is offering parents and carers an online opportunity to find out more about how they can help their child make their S2/3 subject choices for the Senior Phase. Scotland’s national skills agency has organised the virtual session on Thursday 25 February which will also give parents and carers information about accessing a wide range of SDS support. Careers advisers Joan Duncan and Gemma Smith will be providing expert advice for parents and carers of young people in S2 and S3. Joan said: “Thinking about what options to choose at school can be daunting for young people and their parents and carers. As well as this session, SDS also has a Subject?Choices?tool?on SDS’s My World of Work website which helps pupils explore where options choices can take them. “It gives young people and their parents and carers the opportunity to explore job profiles, industries, Foundation and Modern Apprenticeships, refine their search by what someone is most interested in and use the tool as many times as they like to find out more about different options. There are other tools to try and the more tools you try, the better career suggestions we can give.” This virtual event, which is from 6.30pm until 7.15pm, will also have a question and answer session.

To take part please register here (open pdf below).

Kind regards, Juliet Juliet Campbell Team Leader Tel: 01387 272500 or 01387 454082 Mobile: 07786190726 Skills Development Scotland Leasachadh Sgilean na h-Alba Unit 2, Loreburne Centre, High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BD

File icon: pdf SDS Info Session.pdf [pdf 288KB] Click to download

Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Annandale and Eskdale Youthwork

Holiday Support

Please find a list of some Local and National supports available throughout this holiday period. Pupil Support staff will be contactable via email again from the 18th February should you wish to speak with them. 

 

File icon: pdf HelpLines2020V3.pdf [pdf 254KB] Click to download
File icon: pptx Helpline cool to talk (1).pptx [pptx 409KB] Click to download

Sound Space III

File icon: pdf Sound Space 3 flyer - 25 Feb .pdf [pdf 911KB] Click to download

Message from the Director Skills, Education and Learning: Thursday 4th February

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Following the First Minister’s announcement, the undernoted update has been published on the Council’s website.

 

Kind regards,

 

Tara Woods

Head Teacher

 

 

Message from the Director Skills, Education and Learning:

A couple of days ago (2 February) the First Minister made a statement in the Scottish Parliament in relation to coronavirus in Scotland and the steps that are being taken to tackle the virus.

Within her statement, the First Minister extended the lockdown until the end of February.  She also stated that nurseries and Primaries 1 to 3 will return to schools full-time on 22 February and for a part-time return, albeit on a limited basis, for senior phase pupils to allow in-school practical work that is necessary for the completion of national qualification courses.  These arrangements are subject to final confirmation two weeks from now, that sufficient progress in tackling the virus has been achieved.

We are waiting for the full details from the Scottish Government following the First Minister's statement.  Once we have finalised our arrangements with Headteachers and partners, we will be writing to all parents to let them know what this means for all of our pupils.  We will do this by as soon as possible, by Thursday 11 February at the latest, recognising the midterm break for pupils is between Monday 15 - Friday 19 February.

We have just received guidance from the Scottish Government on the Asymptomatic Testing Programme, which is being put in place as part of the package of COVID-19 risk reduction mitigations in schools. The Schools/Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) asymptomatic testing programme will be available to all primary, secondary and special school staff (including school-based ELC and childcare staff), and all senior phase pupils in Scotland.  Self Testing kits are expected to be delivered to our schools from next week and the operational arrangements are being worked through with Headteachers.  We will provide further information in our letter to parents (mentioned above).

In the meantime, I'd like to thank all parents for their continued support in assisting with remote learning for our children and young people.  Many of our parents are juggling working from home whilst supporting their children.  The safest place for everyone at this time is to stay at home so we appreciate everyone's effort to keep our communities safe.

We will be in touch soon to provide you with an update on the arrangements for our schools as we take this important step forward.

 

The Future Speaks

Please open the pdf below for active links.

File icon: pdf The Future Speaks South Scotland - Schools Info Pack.pdf [pdf 168KB] Click to download

LGBT History Month 2021

View the pdf version below and click the link to join the team.

File icon: pdf Final D&G HM2021 flyer .pdf [pdf 1MB] Click to download

Scotland Virtual Careers Fair

Wed, 3 Feb 2021 10:00 - 14:00 GMT

Let's Show Some Love for Valentine's Day!

We've decided to create a Valentine lockdown video entitled 'Let's Show Some Love for Valentine's Day'. This could be for a family member, friend, a place, pet, toy etc. Please get involved in one or more of the activity ideas below:

  • Draw a picture
  • Make a model
  • Short Video Message (eg showing your drawing or model, short song, poem, playing an instrument or just a spoken message, no longer than 1 min please)
  • Take part in the Rugby Football Club's 'Spread the Love' campaign to add some hearts to your window and/or garden and send us a photo. 

Please send all videos and photos to gw08gibbontessa@ea.dumgal.sch.uk by Wednesday 10th February stating who or what they are dedicated to. Entries welcome from Nursery, Primary and Secondary.

File icon: pdf cte.pdf [pdf 2MB] Click to download

National Apprenticeship Week - Monday 8th-Friday 12th February 2021

3 reasons for your students to get involved this National Apprenticeship Week – Monday 8 to Friday 12 February!

Meet and speak to employers and providers

On Tuesday 9 February, our virtual exhibition hall will be packed with employers and apprenticeship providers, ready to answer their questions and give them a flavour of what they offer on their apprenticeship programmes. We’ll be joined by Barclays, Fujitsu, Virgin Media, and Rolls Royce, to name just a few –see who’ll be there.

Hear what it’s REALLY like to be an apprentice

There’ll be opportunities to see the world through the eyes of apprentices, with the ‘Ask me anything’ Facebook live Q&A on Monday, ‘Five apprentices share their experiences’ panel discussion, and more. Students will get a feel for what it’s like to study and work at the same time. See the full line-up.

Take part in live CV and interview workshops

Thursday’s confidence-boosting line-up will help them focus on success! With live workshops covering CVs and interviews, plus ‘The application clinic’ and ‘Ten easy tips to ace your interview’, they’ll be ready to take the next step in securing their perfect apprenticeship.

There’s something new every day for your students. To take part, they need to book their place, and they’ll have access to everything on-demand for 30 days after.

https://www.ucas.com/understandi.../discover-apprenticeships

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMME (SECONDARY)

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 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-PR0XgVjuXDVXa5zk0NlLw/featured.

Click the PDF to follow the links.

File icon: pdf Wigtown Book Festival YA .pdf [pdf 238KB] Click to download

DGSTEMTV

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.

Click here for video

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 jenny.dgsf@gmail.com 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.

File icon: pdf AimHi-School-Poster.pdf [pdf 807KB] Click to download

Online Safety Advice from Police Scotland

File icon: pdf Online Safety Parents and Carers CEOP.pdf [pdf 490KB] Click to download

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 www.myworldofwork.co.uk/subjectchoices

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.

File icon: pdf PDF Version [pdf 186KB] Click to download

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

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 mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment or call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.

File icon: pdf SCP Payment Factsheet (1).pdf [pdf 91KB] Click to download

Scottish Child Payment

File icon: pdf SCP Payment Factsheet (1).pdf [pdf 91KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Scottish Child Payment Stakeholder intranet article (1).pdf [pdf 166KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Scottish Child Payment poster A4 (1).pdf [pdf 158KB] Click to download

Education Maintenance Allowance

Please follow the link to the online application.

https://www.dumgal.gov.uk/ema

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

Nuts

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 tesco.com but may now take up to 5 days to deliver any items ordered.