Official Announcements

ECS Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy
November 5th, 2021 at 3:18 pm

As part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Routemap to 2030 the ECS Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy has been developed with the help of pupils and staff across Education and Children’s Services.

 

The ECS Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Link.

The progress of Education and Children’s Services Sustainability Strategy can be tracked on Engagement HQ: https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/admin/projects/ecs-climate-change-and-sustainability

 

Click on the links contained in the ThingLink page to find out about:

  • Proposals for strategies around waste, energy and green spaces
  • Our ambitions to be achieved by 2025
  • How our strategy links to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Ready Scotland – Second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme and Scotland’s Performance Framework National Outcomes
  • A link to our Engagement Hub where we will be developing a space for sharing ideas, information, gathering views through surveys and engagement around sustainability and climate change issues

 

Aberdeenshire Council now considers the impact on sustainability as part of all decision-making. We record the carbon footprint of all council sites, including schools, and continue to look for ways to reduce this carbon footprint. We are keen to encourage all children and young people to add their ideas to the Ideas Wall in the pupil area to help progress our ECS Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy.

Laurence Findlay, Director of Education & Children’s Services

Welcome Back
November 1st, 2021 at 11:12 am

Laurence Findlay, Director of Education and Children’s Services write to all parent/carers following our return from the October holidays. Click HERE to read his update on Covid and support mechanisms in place for all.

Town Centre Health Checks
October 5th, 2021 at 3:01 pm

Aberdeenshire Council are undertaking Town Centre Health Checks across the Shire in BanchoryBanffEllonFraserburghHuntlyMacduffPeterheadStonehaven and Turriff. Whether you live, work, study, shop or play in our towns we need your views.

Town Centre Health Checks are a means of assessing the vitality, resilience, and performance of town centres over time. The results of a health check exercise are used to formulate strategies for improvements and inform policy documents and funding applications.

Now, more than ever we need to understand the unique characteristics of our towns to ensure that they can thrive as we move forward out of the pandemic. To help us to do this we will be conducting two surveys per town, one for town centre businesses and one for visitors to the town centre, which includes residents, workers, students, shoppers or tourists.

Surveys can be found on the Town Centre Health Check Hub Page on the Councils online platform EngageHQ via this link: Engage Aberdeenshire

 

The surveys are open until Friday 15th October, should take between 5-15 minutes to complete and you can complete a survey on your local town or any town you like to visit.

Free School Meals Update
September 30th, 2021 at 1:32 pm

Please click HERE to view a letter giving updated information on Free School Meals for parent/carers from the Education Interim Head of Performance & Resources.

Developing Young Workforce Job Opportunity
September 17th, 2021 at 3:06 pm

Want to make a difference and support schools. Check out this job opportunity with Developing Young Workforce.

https://www.dyw.org.uk/news-article/were-recruiting-employer-school-coordinators-1


School Announcements

How to access the “Minor Injury Unit”
November 5th, 2021 at 8:04 am

Please look at this message from the NHS on how to access the Minor Injury Unit.

ACCESS TO MINOR INJURY UNIT

The Gordon Schools Newsletter 2
October 18th, 2021 at 8:11 am

Click HERE for the latest school newsletter. It contains good news stories, updates from Parents in Partnership and key dates for the coming term. There is also information on free school meals, clothing grants and a reminder on Covid.

Wishing you all a lovely “tattie” holiday break.

World Mental Health Day – Support
October 7th, 2021 at 2:11 pm

Sunday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and with that in mind, the authority will be promoting local, national and internal support resources for people to connect with if they find themselves struggling. Today it is to raise awareness of a digital resource called Kooth.

This resource is a great tool to help support the younger generations.

Kooth is a free online counselling and emotional well-being support service providing young people aged 10-18 years in many areas across the UK with a safe and secure means of accessing support with their emotional health and wellbeing needs from a professional team of qualified counsellors, as well as providing access to many self-help tools and content.

If you click HERE will get more information about this excellent resource for parents/carers.

Participatory Budgeting Exercise
October 5th, 2021 at 12:32 pm

TGS really needs your help and support to facilitate S3, S4, S5 and S6 pupils voting in the Participatory Budgeting exercise!

Pupils should use their Young Scot Card when voting. Their voting i.d. is the long number on the card that sits directly under their name.

If anyone has lost your card, please let Mr Gaiter know as there are reserve numbers which can be allocated.

All projects are viewable by all young people and all young people have 3 equal votes to cast for their 3 preferred projects.  Please note: all 3 votes need to be placed in the one school cluster area (Huntly).

The vote will be live from Friday 1st October until 1.30pm on Tuesday 12th October.

Please promote the vote and encourage young people to take part. 

The 3 successful projects in each school cluster will receive the funding.

 

Results will be posted by the afternoon of Wednesday 13th October. Below is the link that takes pupils to the online voting area.

https://young.scot/campaigns/aberdeenshire/we-decide-children-and-young-people-voting-for-change

 

Mini Holland Huntly Consultation
October 4th, 2021 at 11:03 am

The long awaited Mini Holland Huntly consultation is finally here!  Your chance to have your say about making Huntly a safer, healthier place to get about.

https://fb.watch/8ltTDdq8aM/ – Link to demo video and consultation.

https://minihollandhuntly.commonplace.is/ – Link to consultation.

 

Huntly is a great place to live, work and visit and surrounded by great countryside. However, as identified in the 2018/19 “Huntly – Room to Thrive” community consultation, getting around our small, compact town and accessing the wider rural area on foot and by bike can feel surprisingly unsafe and daunting. As a result, we can all miss out on many of the health, learning, environmental and financial benefits taken for granted in many places across the world. The Dutch, for example, choose to design towns that are safe, easy and convenient to walk and cycle around. Their public space is often very attractive as more of it is dedicated to greenery. Clearly, vehicles are still catered for but – put simply – people are prioritised.

“Mini Holland Huntly” wants to hear if and how you think we could make this happen in Huntly. The initial focus is on the area around the schools and Huntly town centre, but please feel free to comment on any travel-related issues/opportunities you identify in Huntly and the wider area. This can include your thoughts on how to improve things for vehicles. All the information we receive will feed into plans which we will develop with our partners over spring 2022.

How we all choose to get around impacts on all of us, we want and need everyone in Huntly and District to get involved. So, please, after you’ve left your own comments, ask your friends and neighbours to have their say too. “The world is ruled by those who turn up” goes the saying, so your/their involvement is really important!

Mini Holland Huntly is a project of the Huntly Travel Hub, part of Huntly Development Trust. The project is supported by Aberdeenshire Council and the Sustrans Scotland Places for Everyone fund. More information can be found on the Huntly Travel Hub page here.


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At The Gordon Schools we have recently renewed our Vision.

This guides our everyday actions and expectations and is a statement of what we are trying to be and do as a School.

An easy way to remember our Vision, is using the initial of our School – T G S

 

 

 

Together

Is about treating one another positively, kindly and with respect. We are all a part of the School community, the Local Huntly community and beyond. Our actions here affect other local, national and international communities. We must consider what consequences our actions will have on others and on our environment, both locally and globally.

 

Growing

We need everyone to value and look after their health. This includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

TGS should be a happy place, with support for everyone to feel good about their health. We want you to develop confidence and resilience for life in and beyond School.

 

Succeeding

Success means being the best possible version of yourself that you can be. If you succeed with this then you will learn as well and achieve as much as you can. Have a growth mind-set – explore new things and aim for future successes! At TGS we want you to be proud of your achievements and successes and we will celebrate those with you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information – we will be happy to help.

Mr P Gaiter
Rector
The Gordon Schools, Huntly

 

 

 

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