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Return to School

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Dear Parent/Carer,

Following the Deputy First Minister’s statement on Thursday, Angus Council issued a statement on Facebook on 30th July regarding arrangements to be made for the return to school. In order to prepare and support pupils for a full return to school on Monday 17th August, we have decided that pupils should attend on the following days.

Wednesday 12th August – S2 and S3 pupils only

Thursday 13th August – S1 pupils only

Friday 14th August – S1 pupils and S4, S5 and S6 pupils only. College courses will not start until the following week, so all S4-6 pupils should attend Montrose Academy on this date.

Each day will be a full day.

Arrangements for pupils who work with the ASN team will be the same as those issued before the holidays.

S4, S5 and S6 pupils may wish to discuss SQA results or changes to their course choice. Should you wish to do this, please email your Principal Teacher Pupil Care and Support to arrange a meeting. Pupils in S5 and S6 will be welcome to attend school on Wednesday 12th August or Thursday 13th August for the purpose of this meeting or to discuss their SQA results.

Burnes : c.waggott@angusschools.org.uk

Dun – n.stewart@angusschools.org.uk (S4), v.fyfe@angusschools.org.uk (S5) and n.taylor@angusschools.org.uk (s6)

Esk – l.johnston5@angusschools.org.uk

Lunan – d.meek@angusschools.org.uk

Before the holidays, I wrote to you regarding arrangements for school clothing, stating that…

I said in my previous letter that I have asked pupils not to wear uniform, but to wear clothing which would be suitable for PE. Some parents and carers have since been in touch to say that their child would prefer to wear uniform or that it had already been bought. At the moment we do not know if changing rooms will be available or not,and I am reluctant to base a policy on a presumption that they will be open. I am also aware that given the current situation many families will find themselves in a different financial situation to the one they had pre-lockdown and the price of buying a uniform may be prohibitive, particularly if they have already bought suitable clothing based on my last letter. Therefore our stance is that pupils should wear clothes which you, as parents and carers, deem suitable for the first term at least. All S1 pupils, as promised as part of their transition, will be given a school tie free of charge but there is no expectation that these are worn unless this is the choice of the parent and carer. If you are keen that your child wears uniform but you find yourself unable to afford one, please contact your child’s Principal Teacher Pupil Care and Support who will be able to offer advice. Contact details can be found on the Home section of the school website.

At this late stage of the holidays I am very reluctant to change advice on school uniform as many of you will already have bought clothes and there is not much time to buy new clothing. I am awaiting confirmation on access to PE facilities when we return to school and until I am confident that pupils will have access to changing rooms I would ask that if pupils have PE on their timetable, that they wear sports appropriate clothing to school. On other days , I would ask that, where possible, pupils wear school uniform. However, we recognise that this may not be possible for all families during the first term back. Please note that football tops and clothing with logos which may cause offence are not acceptable.

More information on arrangements for the return to school will be posted over the next week or so.

Kind regards
Malcolm Smart

TeenCovidLife Survey

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“Montrose Academy has recently signed up to be a SHINE school.  Generation Scotland is a research team based at the University of Edinburgh and SHINE is a network of 194 Scottish Schools who are interested in using data to support improvements in health and wellbeing.  SHINE is looking to gather data on young people (aged 12 -17 yrs) in Scotland.  They are inviting young people to share their views on how the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are impacting their lives. Many surveys have already been conducted with adults to inform​ governments and policymakers – SHINE is inviting this generation to make​ their voices heard.  As a school, we would like all pupils to complete this survey by the end of this week.  The closing date is Tuesday 30th June.  If we have enough pupils completing the survey, we will receive a report based on the pupils’ answers in August.  This information will allow us to learn more about how they have been affected by COVID-19 and what support mechanisms /interventions we can put in place in order to support as many of them as we can moving forward.  We recognise that pupils’ mental and emotional wellbeing are likely to have been affected, but we would like to get more information from them.  We have posted information relating to this survey, and links to the survey, in your child’s Teams.  We are also attaching it below so you are able to read the information and perhaps support them in completing it.  We ask you to please encourage your child/ren to complete it as honestly as possible.  We will be posting reminders all week.  If anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s PT PCS or House Head to discuss these.
The survey may take 15-20 minutes to complete. It is anonymous. As a school if we get enough completed we receive a general report based on the information everyone has given. If not enough people complete it, we don’t receive any feedback.  The more we know about how life has been for Montrose Academy pupils the better we can support your son/daughter in the future.
To access general information on the TeenCOVIDLife volunteers page, use the link below:

https://www.ed.ac.uk/generation-scotland/covidlife-volunteers​

• To access the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs

https://www.ed.ac.uk/generation-scotland/covidlife-volunteers/faqs

• To start the survey, click on the link below and follow the links for TeenCOVIDLife​

https://www.ed.ac.uk/generation-scotland/covidlife-volunteers/teencovidlife

Education Maintenance Allowance

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EMA

Pupils who are eligible for the Education Maintenace Allowance (EMA) can – and should – now apply for next session.

Details about the EMA, eligibility and the application form can be found at

www.angus.gov.uk/EMA

Pupils are normally required to upload their timetable and learning agreement when applying; however, this is not possible under the current circumstances and pupils can upload these documents at a later time.

House Heads and Pupil Care & Support Contact Information

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Depute Head Teacher

Pupil Care and Support

Burnes

Dun

Mrs Taylor (S2, S3, S6)

n.taylor@angusschools.org.uk

 

Mrs Stewart (S1,S4, S5)

n.stewart@angusschools.org.uk

 

Esk

Lunan

Contact information – House Heads & Pupil Care and Support

Design a Superhero House Competition

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Pupils across Angus Schools from Primary 1 to 6th yearare invited to design a house for their favourite superhero using any medium.  This may include hand drawn/sketching, Lego, cardboard model, Sketch Up/ 3D software etc.  The competition will be judged on the key skills of creativity, initiative, critical thinking and focus.

Prizes of a Goody Bag for a winner from each age category P1-2, P3-4,  P5-7, S1-3, and S4-S6 will be given.  One overall winner will have their design made into a 3D model/render by Voigt Architects Limited.

For the pupils of Mrs Webster

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Hi all- hope you are doing ok! Just to let you know that for every piece of class/home work, I will make a wee video which will help you with the task(s). There will be a link to the YouTube lesson and you find it in our teams page! If you are stuck, then just email me or use the ‘chat’ channel in the teams page.

Take care, hope you see you all soon.
Mrs Webster.