Happening Now.

 YOUTUBE LINKS

Of course it has not been possible to hold either our Leavers’ or our Achievers’ Assemblies this year. However we were able to film the awarding of our Excellence prizes and the list of the recipients can be found at the end of this newsletter. This film can be accessed, for the month of July, on a secure YouTube link

https://youtu.be/67R5k-zWRuA

Likewise, on Youtube, you can view the ‘best moments’ film which we have produced to celebrate our Leavers this year. It’s lovely to see how these pupils have blossomed since arriving at UHS in S1!

https://youtu.be/wP3ONJhC-9k

And the Art Dept has produced the following compilation of the fantastic work produced by students during lockdown – enjoy

https://youtu.be/iCXvg8y0qpc                                                                                                                                                                             

2nd July 2020

Dear Parent / Carer

So, we have reached the end of a summer term, an academic year, quite unlike anything experienced before.  The challenges have been enormous, have required an impressive effort on the part of everyone involved with UHS, youngsters and adults alike, and I would like to pay tribute to all of those endeavours. All of us, parents, pupils and staff have really pulled together and managed to keep a routine around education that I think has been helpful to a large majority of our young people.  It has been a difficult time but, as is often the case, it is at times like these that people rise to the occasion and here at UHS we have countless examples of people going above and beyond - too many to list individually but you have our sincere thanks. 

Thanks also to everyone who has volunteered for shifts at both the Key Worker and the Keeping in Touch Hubs.  Teachers, PSAs, Primary, Secondary, Highlife staff, from Ullapool and beyond…what a difference these facilities have made - even just to hear laughter around the building and see children out playing in the sun has been so uplifting.

NEXT SESSION

Of course next term contains many uncertainties and unknowns but the plan for our reopening remains primarily the same as the one which was discussed with the Parent Council and emailed out last week but with one key difference for the Senior pupils as set out below.

Needless to say we will closely watch the developments to do with COVID-19 between now and 11th August and be assured that safety will be the major driver for how we open ; however we will not be drawn into unnecessary or premature speculation. Confirmation of (and any changes to) the format of the school reopening will be sent out to you all in early August and, if there are discussions to be had resulting from new information or developments, we will keep you informed.

So, the first week back will look like this –

Wednesday 12th August                S1 pupils only

This will allow us to do some introductory work around the High School - something which the P7 pupils missed as part of their normal Transition programme to the High School

Thursday 13th August                     S3 pupils only

This year group was the hardest hit by the lockdown, with many having real difficulty accessing their education.  We will take this opportunity to assess and initiate an education recovery program, re-establishing relationships and expectations for this group.

Friday 14th August                           S2 pupils only

This year group worked well in lockdown so this day will focus on timetables and meeting up with their teachers. Friday will be a half-day as normal.

Having each year group in separately will also allow staff to go over and explain any protocols that have to be in place for COVID-19, for example one way systems, staggered lunches, etc. (More details on these will be available in August.)

The key change which I referred to above is that, from Monday, 17th August, the school will be open for all pupils, from S1 to S6. Our Senior school, with very few exceptions, have worked extremely hard during the lockdown, logging in to classes and carrying out the tasks requested of them. S4, S5 & S6 pupils will be expected to attend school from that Monday, thereby enjoying their full holiday entitlement (Highland Schools were due to re-open on 17th August, before the crisis hit).

 

Robbie McFedries

Headteacher

 

  

SQA EXAMINATION UPDATE FOR PARENTS

  SQA letter to parents, June 2020

 

 

 

DEVELOPING THE YOUNG WORKFORCE - APPRENTICE SHOWCASE

Please find below link provided by DYW to their website page which shows the advantages of being an apprentice.

https://www.dywwesthighland.org/advantages-of-being-an-apprentice-showcased/

 

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IS YOUR CHILD HOPING TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE IN 2020?

The UCAS Parent Guide 2020 is designed to give guidance to anyone supporting a young person applying to study at a university or college in 2020.

Parents can sign up to receive emails, download the guide, and get top tips at www.ucas.com/parents.

 

 

 

Contact Guidance

The guidance team  are happy to take calls (612078) or emails if you would like assistance with any matter relating to your child.

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The guidance team are happy to take calls or emails at any time of the year, on any issue.

 

Active Schools Link

Ben Bruce, our active schools co-ordinator, has set up a Facebook page to keep you up to date with opportunities in the area.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ullapool-Active-Schools/223714297809130

 

And here is a link to the Ullapool Community Sport Hub

  

Youth achievement drop in every Wed over lunch in Yvonne’s office in the High School.