Big Burns Workshops
I’m Cara from Big Burns Supper, we have an opportunity for your pupils.
We are hosting 9 workshops for P4 - S6
These workshops include:
P1-P3 Youth Theatre (5 days) 12th – 16th July
P4-P7 Comedy ( 2 days) 5th – 6th July
P4-P7 Dance (5 days) 19th – 23rd July
P5-P7 Drag School (1 day) 23rd July
S1-S6 Comedy (3 days) 7th – 9th July
S1-S6 Costume Design 19th – 23rd July
S1- S6 Dance 19th – 23rd July
S1- S6 Drag School 26th – 31st July
All courses are free and travel costs are available for any young person who wants to take part in the course
Secondary Sports Days
S1-S3 Sports Day is on Wednesday 16th of June. Classes will have their own sports day, so year groups are not mixing during this event.
Senior Sports Day is on Thursday 24th June.
These are the current Moffat Academy Athletics records from 2011 when we held our first Sports Day at our new school. Hopefully some of these records will be broken this year.
Walk to School Week – The benefits of Walking
Next week (24-28 May) is Walk to School Week in Dumfries & Galloway. If you usually drive your child to school, why not boost your family’s step count by walking instead?
A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it is less than half. It has been proven that children who regularly do some form of exercise, especially a walk before school, do better at school because they arrive refreshed and ready to learn. Walking to school throughout the year can improve everyone’s health and help the environment.
Is walking to school good for you?
Walking to school is good for you in so many ways.
Firstly, walking contributes towards your 10,000 steps a day, or 150 minutes of active exercise a week, as recommended as part of an active lifestyle..
Each family that walks to school is potentially one less car at the school gate and therefore one less hazard for your child.
Leaving the car at home can play a part in reducing pollution around your child’s school.
By walking to school, you’re teaching your child a lesson about road safety all the time, which is a vital life skill.
Walking is free and you notice more things about your local area and meet people in your neighbourhood.
Improved mental health?
Regular exercise, such as walking to school, is an easy activity which makes us all healthier and reduces the risk of obesity and other health issues such as heart disease, athsma. Diabetes and even some cancers.
Research has shown that regular exercise, such as walking, can help us all sleep well and be less stressed which makes us all happier.
Cycling – once confidence is gained walking to school why not consider cycling? Bikeability is the new national training standard (previously Cycling Proficiency) designed to give youngsters the skills and confidence required to ride their bikes on today’s roads. The Council’s Active Schools & Community Sport teams work with many schools across the regions to help facilitate this initiative.
Scooting – an easy alternative to cycling and a great way to practice early road safety.
Park and Stride – parents are encouraged to park away from the school and walk the last part of the journey to/from school. This reduces the congestion around school gates and is ideal if you do not live within walking distance of your school.
Walking bus – this can be either informal or formal and is not actually a bus! On an informal walking bus a group of children walk to school together with their parent. A formal walking bus is when children walk to school in a group with a registered volunteer supervising them.
If you do plan on taking part in Walk to School Week with your family, we would love to see your images, which can be emailed to email@example.com
Please, please remember if you’re struggling you’re not alone…. we are all in this TOGETHER!
Connect with our Mental Health Champions
Remember we have over 100 volunteer mental health champions from all services and across all council areas. Champions are still available during the coronavirus pandemic and their contact details can be found below as well as on COVID19 wellbeing page. You are invited to call/email any champion from our list if you are having a wobble moment; remember you are not restricted to contacting the champions from your own service area. The mental health champions are trained in Mental Health First Aid and are available to listen to you in confidence, provide support and to sign post you to relevant services which may help.
With a Dark Sky Park on our doorstep, the benefits of nature don’t have to be in the day! Make the most of an evening visit, with a guide to stargazing: https://www.visitscotland.com/.../dark-sky-parks-sites/
Mental Health Champion list
Self-referral for Counselling
What is counselling?
Employee counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist who listens and helps employees to find ways to deal with emotional issues. Counselling can help employees cope with; a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder; an upsetting physical condition or illness; a difficult life event; difficult emotions or other issues. Please download the self-referral FACT SHEET below:
good to talk
Talk about your worries
It’s normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust.
If you cannot speak to someone close, remember you can self-refer to our confidential counselling service by calling or emailing Genesis Occupational Health on telephone: 01387 248811 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Self-referral is private to you and nothing you discuss is reported back to management. Click for our Self-referral Process.
You can also contact one of our Volunteer Mental Health Champions or review our Mental Wellbeing Resource Pack. Here are some other organisations that can also help you:
Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87
Samaritans 116 123
Anxiety UK 03444 775 774
Calm 0800 58 58 58
Mind 0300 123 3393 Calm 0800 58 58 58
Shout Crisis text line (text) 85258
Childline 0800 11 11
Secondary Sports Day
At Moffat Academy we are current participating in the qualifying events for Secondary Sports Day. We are very excited as pupils are currently participating to a high standard which will hopefully make for a closely contested day. Unfortunately, this year parents/carers are unable to attend but we will advertise results and display photos in due course.
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Dumfries & Galloway College Information Sessions
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.
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!
Download your British Science Week activity pack from the link below:
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: email@example.com
Download your activity pack: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/activity-packs/
Poster competition - for more details, including how to submit, visit:
We hope you enjoy British Science Week this year, and we look forward to seeing your photos and videos!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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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
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Scottish Apprenticeship Week
Annandale and Eskdale Youthwork
Message from the Director Skills, Education and Learning: Thursday 4th February
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 email@example.com by Wednesday 10th February stating who or what they are dedicated to. Entries welcome from Nursery, Primary and Secondary.
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.
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite link to join the group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.