Covid19 – Family Updates

Pupil Engagement – New Senior Phase Classes (S4/5/6)

Click here to see the latest news about our senior phase for the new session.

 

School Leavers Webinar

A fun & informative series of short 30 minute webinars to support you with the next steps of your career journey!We understand everyone is facing challenges just now and your plans may have changed or seem unclear due to the current situation. We want to let you know we are still here to help and provide you with the career information and guidance you need for your future.

Join Skills Development Scotland advisers, Hilary & Erin for their first session on Tuesday 2nd June at 3pm as they take a look at:

– Acknowledging the current situation      – Looking at the positives  – What skills could come from this?
– Understanding how Skills Development Scotland can help you   – Learn about the future sessions we will be running   – Some actions & links to resources that you can do yourself    – You can also get involved through the poll questions and comments.

Click the link to join

 

Childrens Parliament

Childrens Parliament is working with children to share their experiences of Coronavirus. In the latest edition of their Corona Times Journal children write about learning in lockdown and reflect on the return to school, including that important transition to secondary school.

 

Police Scotland – Be safe online.

Here are some resources from Police Scotland giving advise about keeping children safe whilst online.

Online Safety at home – Ages 11-13 & Ages 14+

Click here to see a video giving advice on to keep your children safe online.

The hidden benefits of playing video games – Click here

 

Period Poverty

The Scottish Government initiative “Period Poverty” is still being supported. For general enquiries call 03456 08 12 08 or for urgent enquires email ourfreeperiod@aberdeenshire.gov.uk. Orders for products can be competed online. Click here. 

 

Thinking of applying to University?

Any pupil wishing to apply to university or higher education in 2021 should read and action the attached document. There are action points to complete for pupils and any questions can be addressed to individual pupils Guidance Teachers.

 

Aberdeenshire Catering Service.

Want to get involved in the planning and preparation of meals at home.
Here are some hints , tips and recipes to get you started.

 

Skills Development Scotland

The latest update from SDS.

 

Latest Parent/Carer update from The Gordon Schools

Please click here to see the latest message to Parent/Carers from the Rector.

 

Primary 7/Secondary S1 Transition to The Gordon Schools.

Click here to see an update on P7/S1 Transition from Mr Johnston, Depute Rector.

 

Stay Safe when gaming

We know that whilst in lockdown people will be using the internet more widely for socialising and gaming. Click here for some pointers on how to stay safe whilst being online.

 

Safety Quizzes

Why not try out these safety quizzes. We will publish the answers at the end of next week. Good luck!

Spot the dangers at the Beach – Answer Form and Beach Picture

Spot the dangers at the harbour – Answer Form and Harbour Picture

Spot the dangers at the river – Answer Form and River Picture

 

Education Scotland – Parent and Carer Newsletter

Check out the latest newsletter from Education Scotland.

 

Moving Learning Forwards during Covid-19

See the latest information on Learning from The Gordon Schools. CLICK HERE.

 

Online Safety Education Programme – Police Scotland

Start the discussion around online safety. See the resources supplied by the National Crime Agency.

 

SQA Arrangements – Current Position

Click here to see the latest position in relation to the SQA arrangements.

 

Educational Psychology Service

The EPS continues to run a dedicated phone line for parents/carers and professionals who would like to talk through any education or wellbeing concerns about a child or young person. This is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm by calling 01779 403721. If parents would prefer a call back they can email eps@aberdeenshire.gov.uk with their name and number.

This link to the new Aberdeenshire Educational Psychology website, provides advice and resources for supporting children and young people during the Covid-19 pandemic. It includes Covid-19 specific resources, as well as wellbeing resources, and dedicated resources for supporting children with additional support needs.

 

NESCol Student Update

Click on the link to get the latest student update from the College Principal.

 

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS  – NHS Grampian) 
CAMHS have a new psychological resilience hub . This is a new service that anyone can self-refer to from 0-100 years for support and advice, and they have a specific self-referral pathway for children and young people. This infographic explains this new service.

In addition, CAMHS have created resource packs for younger children (primary school), older children (secondary school) and their parents that provide information and strategies to help with worry and anxiety related to coronavirus.

CAMHS has also created a podcast called “Keep CAMHS and Carry On” that has multiple episodes, each with a useful tip or strategy from a member of the CAMHS team.

 

Support home-learning for pupils who speak English as an additional language.

The Council’s Inclusion, Equity and Wellbeing Team has developed a new suite of resources to support home-learning for pupils who speak English as an additional language. These can be accessed online by clicking here

 

School Transport Payers

Click here for an update from the school transport unit concerning those parents/carers who pay for school transport.

 

The SQA have issued guidance to Parents/Carers in the form of Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here to view them.

 

SQA update

Please click here to get an update on arrangements for quality assurance and the certification of National Courses and Awards.

We are awaiting further detail from the SQA around this. Please do not correspond with TGS regarding individual pupil’s estimate grades at this time.