Official Announcements

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

National Clinical Director
September 17th, 2021 at 2:50 pm

Click HERE for a letter from the National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch, to parents and carers in relation to Covid-19.

Managing Covid Cases in Schools
September 3rd, 2021 at 10:59 am

Please find HERE a letter to parents/carers from the Head of Education, Vincent Docherty, on the management of Covid cases in schools. This is an update following the return of pupils to school after the summer break.


School Announcements

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.

Extra Curricular Booklet
September 28th, 2021 at 9:08 am

TGS offers a number of opportunities for pupils to be involved in extra curricular activities.

CLICK to see the booklet and join in!

 

Timetable Change – 14th June 2021
June 3rd, 2021 at 7:38 am

To all Parents, Carers & Families,

We’ve had a number of queries around when our timetable will roll forward for 2021-22 session.

I can confirm that, as per the Family Newsletter of 20th May, we will be changing on Monday 14th June.

There are 4 main reasons why this date needs to remain and cannot be changed:

1         All staff colleagues are not yet in a position where they have completed their SQA marking and internal moderation processes, leaving them little / no time to complete their S1 Full and S2 Tracking Reports. There may also still be SQA work to complete following the moderation of assessment evidence with other schools on 3rd and 4th June. I need colleagues to have time next week to address any issues arising from this.

2         There is still on-going learning, teaching and assessment taking place with our S1, S2 and S3 pupils which would be cut-short and left potentially unfinished if we changed timetable early.

3         I do want my staff colleagues to feel prepared and ready to start with their new classes (looking at how to meet the learning and support needs of new pupils; time to prepare / copy learning & teaching materials; time to organise any seating plans / class lists).

4        Our management information system (SEEMiS) does not allow the timetable to be changed in the middle of a week, which would have been a good compromise to allow colleagues finishing off time and get started a couple of days earlier next week. We are reliant upon SEEMiS for registering pupils (our statutory child protection duties) and by changing in the middle of a week, we would not be able to complete registers without a hugely disproportionate workload and paper mountain.

For the remainder of the timetable with our current S4 and S5 pupils who are returning in the new timetable, colleagues have been requested to offer pupils the chance to extend their learning to a higher level, consolidate learning from Term 3, offer more project-based or practical activities that we would not normally have time for, make the most of the outdoor learning opportunities that this term can offer when the weather is kind to us, and similar.

Pupils absent, without a valid medical or family reason/communication, are being marked as unauthorised absences. Group Call texts will be sent to families of pupils we can not account for.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding with this position and supporting our staff

colleagues who have been and continue to work enormously hard to support our young people and

the SQA certification process.

Yours sincerely,

Phil Gaiter

Rector


Welcome to The Gordon Schools

 

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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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