I want to welcome everyone back to Balwearie after a well deserved summer break. It has been great to see everyone back in the building and so enthusiastic about their return to school. The last session was challenging for both learners and teaching staff. I am hoping this session will bring fewer challenges.
As part of our on-going work to improve communication and share the work of the school with our community, we have introduced a new monthly update that you will receive towards the end of each school month. In each update we will look at key events for the coming month, reports of the exciting events happening daily across Balwearie and introduce our school staff. This month we will introduce our teachers who are new to Balwearie, our Senior Leadership Team and the Pastoral Support Team. We will also be trying to de-mystify some of the processes we carry out as a school.
I hope you enjoy finding out about all the work going on in Balwearie and I encourage you all to follow us on our social media channels, website and app to keep up to date with all the day to day goings on.
Mr McNeil - Headteacher
The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) have recently announced the following.
"SQA has set out the key detail on plans for assessment of National Qualifications in 2021-22. This follows confirmation from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills that exams will be held for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses.
The Cabinet Secretary has informed parliament that, the assumption is that an examination diet for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses will be held in session 2021-2022. This decision has been informed by the views of stakeholders, including the National Qualifications Group, and by public health advice.
SQA exams will take place from 26 April to 1 June 2022 with results day on 9 August 2022. While detailed planning for delivering exams is now underway, it is also important that SQA, along with the whole education system, plans for any further disruption that may happen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are continuing to discuss with the National Qualifications Group any additional measures that will help the education system respond to further significant disruption to learning or changes to public health conditions."
Learning whilst isolating
As you will be aware we are again seeing some of our learners isolating due to COVID. Where this is that case, learning experiences and resources will be available using our digital platforms (Microsoft Teams/Website etc.). Teachers will make learners aware of the appropriate format.
What's been happening at Balwearie?
As well as the usual learning and teaching that takes place daily, there are lots of other opportunities and activities going on.
The school is happy to be able to offer a Breakfast club to pupils which offers sit in and take away services, you can access this from the Pupil Support classroom J413 every Morning to Friday from 8.40 onwards. Breakfast is free.
Our school uniform shop has proved very popular this term already and we are pleased to be able to offer free uniform for our families in financial difficulty .
Some B.R.A.G. Balwearie Raising Attainment Groups have restarted, all following COVID restriction guidelines. These include RUTS Moto Learn, a course with a focus on motorbikes for our S4 pupils. We welcome back SRUC Elmwood to campus this week delivering Introduction to Horticulture and a new project linking with our Primary and Nursery schools to deliver Horticulture with a childcare element .
Our new teachers (Left to right);
- Mrs Kindred in the Design & Technology department
- Miss Foster in the Physical Education department
- Miss Paul in the Home Economics department
- Mr Stewart in the History department
- Miss Ingram in the Geography department
- Miss Greig in the English department
- Miss Thomson in the Business Education department
- Mr Jaf in the Chemistry department
- Miss Gray in the Drama department
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