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 Parents Information EveningsPosted: Jan 2019|Here are the links to the S2 into S3 presentation from our Parent Information Evening.

 S1 pupils blogPosted: Jan 2019|A group of S1 pupils are writing a blog documenting their journey through S1. The blog can be found under the pupil area menu above, or by clicking this link. S1 Blog

 Parents Information EveningsPosted: Jan 2019|Here are the links to the S3 into S4 and the S4/5 into S5/6 presentations from our Parents Information Evenings.

 School Bus SafetyPosted: Nov 2018|

As winter is coming, the following slide show is to remind pupils how to keep themselves safe whilst waiting for and using school transport.

 

 DYW Pupil Survey Posted: Nov 2018|

S3-S6 pupil Career survey.

Pupils in S3-S6 in all Aberdeenshire schools are requested to complete a survey at the link below in relation to careers education provision in schools.

Your feedback will assist in planning of careers education within the school and across wider Aberdeenshire.

This should take no more than 10 minutes. If you hadn’t completed it in Assembly.

Pupil Career Education Survey 2018

 Senior Calendar Posted: Oct 2018| A copy of the calendar given out to senior pupils can be found under the PUPIL AREA menu above.

 School Transport Posted: Oct 2018| Aberdeenshire authority have produced a new guide for parents and pupils on home to schools transport. The full document can be found here Home to School Information Booklet August 2018.pdf

 School Calendar 2018-2019Posted: Oct 2018 The Calendar for the new school year is available now and can be found by clicking here. Please note the calendar also details all of the coursework and assessment for all subjects and levels.

 The Gordon Schools – Battlefields trip Posted: Sep 2018 |

Today representatives of The Gordon Schools laid a wreath for The Huntly Rotary Club on behalf of The Gordon Highlanders at The Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.

 The CfE Machine – Privacy Notice Posted: Jul 2018 |

To help with statistical analysis, The Gordon School sends all SQA exam results to WilsonWebware to process through a system called ‘The CfE Machine’. All TGS data held by The CfE Machine’ is password protected and only accessible to teaching staff here at The Gordon Schools.

In line with the new General Data Protection Regulation, a copy of The CfE Machine Privacy Notice can be found through the following link.  Should you wish to discuss this please contact Mr P Gaiter, Rector of The Gordon Schools.

The CfE Machine – Privacy Notice

 The Junior Conservatoire is coming to Fraserburgh Posted: Jun 2018 |The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is bringing two of its renowned Junior Conservatoire music and drama courses to Fraserburgh, with the launch of its Acting and Traditional Music programmes this September. Click here for more details and links to audition bookings.

 Mobile phones in school Posted: Apr 2018 During recent assemblies we have been reminding pupils of The Gordon Schools’ policy on mobile phones, which is as follows below.

Put your mobile phone out of use in class unless the teacher has stated you may use it

Your phone should remain in the classroom if you need to visit the toilet

Mobile devices should not be in use in the corridors during lesson changeovers

If you do not put your phone away when first asked:

Your name will be passed on to your Year Head.

On the first report to Year Head, the phone will be taken for the rest of the day and stored in the Main School Office for collection by you.

The second report will result as above together with a letter home to Parents/Carers informing them that the next time, they will have to collect the phone.

The third report will result in your phone being taken away and, in line with Aberdeenshire Council policy, your Parent/Carer will be required to come to school to collect the phone.

TGS: Together – this statement on mobile phones refers to our Values of ‘Cooperation’ and ‘Respect’

 SQA Exam Diet 2018 Posted: Apr 2018 All pupils in S4,5,6 are receiving a letter explaining school attendance arrangements during the SQA exam diet, and detailing important dates and deadlines. A copy of the letter can be found here 

 The Gordon Schools Exam Timetable 2018 Posted: May 2018 The Gordon Schools exam timetable can be found here. This shows the correct local of exams here in Huntly.

 Ironside Memorial Endowment Posted: Apr 2018 The Ronald Ironside Memorial fund provides bursaries to pupils from The Gordon Schools who are going to further education in science subjects. Click here for more information on the scheme and application process.

 BBC School Report Posted: Mar 2018 |

Today (Thursday 15th March) pupils from S2 are taking part in the BBC School Report.

The website showcasing their work is http://school-report.co.uk/

 S3, S4, S5 for next session 2018/19 Posted: Mar 2018 |

Work Experience

Pupils wanting work experience in September are reminded of the following:

  • Parent permission slips must be returned by Thursday 29th March.
  • Self-found forms must be returned fully completed by Tuesday 27th March.  I have already had to return several forms to pupils as they have not been fully completed – this wastes valuable time.  Any unused self-found forms must also be returned.
  • Database selections must be done by Thursday 29th March.  All pupils choosing this route must make 3 selections in order of preference.

If these deadlines are not met you will not be able to go on placement.

 S2 to S3 Personalisation Posted: Feb 2018 |

A copy of the personalisation choice list and choice form are now available and can be downloaded by clicking the following links.

Course Choice List

Course Choice Form

 Curriculum Information Evening Posted: Feb 2018 |

Following on from the S2 to S3 information evening on Tuesday 6th February. Here is the link for the s2 into s3 presentation.

 School Show 2018 Posted: Feb 2018 The 2018 has been decided and a licence has been granted. Join the fun in guessing what the next show will be. Clues posted in the show noticeboard, and online at the tgsshow blog. (https://tinyurl.com/tgsshow)

 Curriculum Information Evening Posted: Jan 2018 |

Here are the links to the S3 into S4 and the S4/5 into S5/6 presentations from our Curriculum Information Evening.

As promised, you can also see the SCQF leaflets (Qualifications Old vs New and  SCQF Parents Guide) which show how Scottish qualifications have evolved since the 1960s and what the current ones look like. If you would like more information on this please follow the link: http://scqf.org.uk/

 SQA Timetable 2018Posted: Nov 2017 The 2018 SQA timetable can be found here.

 Our House – School Show 2017Posted: Nov 2017 Running on Tues 5th, Weds 6th, and Thu 7th December. The Gordon Schools presents Our House – A London Love Story set to the music of Madness. Tickets available from the school reception, £7.50 adults, £5 concessions, in aid of school fund. Click here for the show poster.

 The Royal Regiment of Scotland in ConcertPosted: Nov 2017 On the 16th of Novemer 2017 at 6:45pm. Join The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland in concert with students from the region, at Meldrum Academy, AB51 0NT. Full details available here. Bookings can be made at meldrumroyalregiment.eventbrite.co.uk

 School Calendar 2017-2018Posted: Sept 2017 The Calendar for the new school year is available now and can be found by clicking here.

 SQA Result Service InformationPosted: Jun 2017 Click here to download The Gordon Schools information letter about the SQA results service.

• The Press and Journal Young Energy Supplement | Posted: Apr 2017 Published in P&J Weds 19/04/2017

The Press and Journal produced a Young Energy Supplement packed full of information on apprenticeships, training and guidance aimed at young people looking to work in the energy industry. In case you don’t take the P&J or have already recycled last weeks additions, the newspaper have made the supplement available online. It can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Press and Journal Young Energy Supplement

• Foundation Apprenticeships in the North East (NESCOL) | Posted: Mar 2017 | The Powerpoint

2 key events designed to provide pupils and parents with information about NESCOL Apprenticeship opportunities are happening in Aberdeen and Fraserburgh, next week. These events are ideal opportunities for pupils and parents to speak directly with NESCOL curriculum staff about the programme they will follow.

See a member of the Guidance team or Mr Caddell in A17 for more information about signing up to these free events.

• S 2 -> 3 Parents Information Evening | Posted: Feb 2017 | The Powerpoint presentation from the S 2 -> 3 Parents Information Evening can be found here.

• S 4,5,6 Information Evening | Posted: Jan 2017 | The Powerpoint presentation from the S 4,5,6 presentation evening can be found here, and the YASS modules information leaflet can be found by clicking here.

• Snow Procedures | Posted: Jan 2017 With the current forecast for adverse weather including snow we attach a reminder of The Gordon Schools snow closure procedure. Snow Procedure Letter.

• Prelim Timetable | Posted: Dec 2016 When we return to school in January we will be just a short few weeks away from our prelims. If you’re stuck for something to do during the break have a look at the prelim timetable and get a head start on revision.

• Scholar | Posted: Nov 2016 All Scottish schools have been provided with SCHOLAR passwords to issue to students studying National 5, Highers and Advanced Highers.  Click here to find out more.

• Good News Posted: Nov 2016 Former pupil Iona Fyfe has been named as 1 of 6 finalists in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2017 competition. She will perform in the Final at international traditional music festival Celtic Connections in February 2017. https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/youngtrad/bbc-radio-scotland-young-traditional-musician-2017-finalists-announced/ Well done Iona and good luck.

• Educational Maintenance Allowance Posted: Nov 2016 Is money keeping you back from continuing your learning at school or college?

If you’re 16 to 19 years old you could get £30 a week to help you continue learning, through the Educational Maintenance Allowance programme. The EMA is a Scottish Government fund to support young people from lower income families to continue with their studies. Around 33,000 students in Scotland receive the allowance.

You could be eligible if your family earns up to £24,421 a year – or £26,884 if you have siblings – depending on the course you’re studying or if you are on an Activity Agreement. The payment is based on attendance and on you fulfilling any learning agreement you may have.

If you want to find out if you’re eligible for the allowance speak to our Guidance teacher about how you get an application form. Or find out more at www.emascotland.com.

• School Closure Alerts Posted: Aug 2016 Aberdeenshire council has changed the way parents receive online alerts about school closures and changes to school transport. You can now sign up for these notifications through myaccount on the Aberdeenshire Council website – if you currently pay for school meals online, you will already be registered.

 myaccount is a simple, secure way of accessing a range of Scottish public services using just one username and password and 13,000 parents across Aberdeenshire are already enjoying the benefits of it.

As well as being able to sign up for alerts, your home page will automatically give you handy information such as your bin collection days, where your nearest recycling centre is and the names of your local councillors.

So, if you want to be kept up-to-date and take advantage of the other myaccount benefits, sign up to the new system by going to the Aberdeenshire Council website and clicking on the red register button in the top right-hand corner.

• Peacemaker Ceilidh Posted: May 2016 A ceilidh is being held on Friday 27 May at 7pm in the Gordon Arms tickets available from Deveron Arts or Rizza’s. Proceeds are kindly being donated to TGS. For more information see this poster

• Uniform Letter Posted: Apr 2016 Pupils have been issued with school uniform letters and order forms this morning giving information on changes to the uniform stock held by the school.

• S4 Parents’ Meeting – for Staff and Pupils | Posted: Feb 2016 This evening’s Parents’ Meeting has been postponed. A new date will be advised as soon as we know. Please keep your Appointment sheet and times as we can still use these for the re-scheduled S4 Parents’ Meeting. A text has been sent home to all S4 parents and carers. Notice of the postponement will also be put on the TGS website.

• S2 into S3 Information Evening – Tuesday 2 February Posted: Feb 2016 | The presentation from Tuesday is available HERE to support you with Personalisation and Choice. The “dummy” choice sheet will be available next week from your daughter/son.

• Senior Phase S3/4/5 into S4/5/6 Information Evening Posted: Jan 2016 | The school and North East Scotland College presentation from Wednesday 13 January is now available here.

• Bugsy Malone Posted: Dec 2015 Photographs from our 2015 school production of Bugsy Malone can now be viewed on our School Show section of the website, here.

Bugsy Malone Tickets Posted: Dec 2015 Bugsy Malone is underway! Tuesday nights performance is sold out but there are still a few tickets left for Wednesday available at reception. Tickets are priced at £7.50 per adult and £5 for concessions. All proceeds from our shows go into the school fund.

• Bugsy Costume Posted: Oct 2015 detailed list of costumes required for the school show can be found HERE. All show pupils are reminded that costume pieces should be brought in a labelled bag by Friday 30th October 2015. We have tried our best to ensure that costumes consist of things that pupils will already have or can be sourced from family and friends. Everyone is responsible for their own costume unless they have been expressly told otherwise by Mrs McGowan or Miss Abercrombie. There is no expectation that parents or guardians should have to buy expensive items, costumes should be either free to source or require only a small cost. If anyone has any spare/extra trench coats or drop waist dresses (or any other 1920’s style clothing) lying around they would be gratefully received. Many thanks!

• 2015 School Show Posted: Oct 2015 We are pleased to announce that rehearsals are well underway for this year’s school show Bugsy Malone which will take place on the 7th, 8th and 9th of December 2015. You may have seen our coming soon poster around the local area, a further poster with more information will be released closer to the show.

• Eye Tests Posted: Sep 2015 A reminder to parents that all children in Scotland are entitled to an annual free eye exam by a qualified Optometrist. See this letter from Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian for more details.

• Coffee Morning June 2015 Saturday 20th June – TGS Coffee Morning at the Stewarts Hall starting at 10.00am.  Donations for bottle stall, cake & candy and raffles would be most gratefully received.  Please hand into reception as soon as possible.

• Bingo Night June 2015 Friday 19th June – Bingo Night at the Ex-servicemans Club, eyes down at 7.30pm.  Donations for raffles or prizes please hand into reception as soon as possible. See the poster for more details!

• Pianoman Event | June 2015 |

On the 26th June 2015 renowned performer and piano teacher Richard Meyrick is hosting a  piano workshop on our new Steinway in the hall with some of our pupils.  Interested pupils, parents and other members of the community are welcome to attend this free event.

http://www.pianomanscholarships.co.uk

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1hKmUOzxqilH1b0k_7lNbw

• SCILL Anger Management Event May 2015 The next SCILL event will be Anger Management, on Thursday 28th May from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Aboyne-Dinnet church hall, see link for location (http://www.aboyne-dinnet-cromar-churches.org.uk/index.php/contact-us/aboyne-dinnet-map).

Our speaker will be Craig Henderson from the Grampian Autistic Society and he will talk about Anger Management – aimed at parents and professionals who care for children and young people on the autistic spectrum. Areas to be covered will be:

  • Behaviour as Communication
  • Anxiety and the Autism Spectrum
  • Theory of Mind, Imagination, and How They Lead To Frustration

This event is free of charge and refreshments will be provided, but as numbers are limited you need to book a place by replying to this email or by ringing 07913 326816. I have attached a poster giving details so please feel free to share this information with anyone you think may be interested in attending.

• S4/5/6 – Maths If you have a query or a problem or you want access to past papers or you just want a quiet place to revise Maths during study leave, then pop along to the Maths department during the following times, when a member of staff will be available to help.

Monday, periods 3 & 4

Tuesday, All day

Wednesday, periods 1-4

Thursday, periods 1-4

Friday, periods 1-4

• TGS Citizenship Group Food Bank Collection UPDATE | March 24th, 2015 A big thank you to all who kindly donated to our collection!

• TGS Citizenship Group Food Bank Collection  | March 24th, 2015 The Citizenship Group at The Gordon Schools are organising a collection of food for the Huntly branch of the Aberdeenshire North Food Bank. The Food Bank provides emergency food and support to local people across the North East.

Frontline care professionals, such as doctors and social workers, are able to help people in crisis by giving them up Food Bank vouchers which are exchanged for 3 days of food at a Food Bank. All food distributed has been donated to the Food Bank.

Each register group is being asked to collect at least 5 items of food per class in the week beginning 23rd March and your support in this venture would be much appreciated. Any type of tinned food would be gratefully received.  The important thing is that the food is within date.

Information on the work of the Food Bank can be found at:
www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects
Many thanks for your continued support.

• Seafood In Schools Workshop | March 3rd, 2015 All parents, guardians and siblings are invited to an exciting community event on Wed 11th March from 4:30pm – 6.30pm at TGS. See and experience what your children have learnt about the Scottish seafood industry!  Discover new facts, figures and tastes! See the poster for more information.

• TGS PC Citizenship Award 2015 | February 23rd, 2015

Do you know of a young person from The Gordon Schools who you think has made a difference to either their school or to the wider community? If so we would like to hear from you. Deadline for nominations for the Parent Council Citizenship Award is Tuesday 31st March. TGS pupils do great things and these awards are designed to recognise this – we look forward to receiving your nominations. Application forms are available from the school office and, once completed, should be returned there and addressed to: – Mrs Fiona Alderson, Chairman, TGS Parent Council, The Gordon Schools, Huntly, AB54 4SE’

• Students with unconditional offers – Edinburgh University | January 28th, 2015

Please read the following advice which is for all potential university students. Edinburgh Uni-Students with unconditional offers

• Remember to test your login for GLOW just in case we have any disruption due to bad weather.

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