Information for parents of secondary pupils - S1-S3
All secondary pupils were asked to create a to do list this week. To help S1-S3 pupils I have sent out their year group overviews via GLOW mail.
Dumfries and Galloway College Virtual Open Week
Secondary Year Group Team Meetings for the week beginning 4th May 2020
All secondary pupils have been have been surveyed about Team meetings. There was a total of 123 responses. As a result the following meetings have been scheduled, via teams.
S1 - Tuesday 5th @ 2 pm
S2 - Tuesday 5th @2.30 pm
S3 - Wednesday 6th @2 pm
S4 - Wednesday 6th @2.30 pm
S5 - Thursday 7th @ 2 pm
S6 - Thursday 7th @ 2.30 pm
The meetings will be a discussion format, shaped by 3 questions/discussion points * What is going well? * What are you finding tricky? * What would you change?
May the Fourth be with you
Good morning - Part of the secondary daily email.
My plans for this week include a routine of yoga; school work; walking and housework. Also, everyday I write a to-do-list. Making plans, having a routine and writing down the things that you would like to achieve can help you to cope with the lockdown. At the beginning of the week take time to plan, to make a list and see what you can achieve and a the top of your list should be make your bed every day!
Have a good week; I will be in touch regarding team chats this week as well as any final option changes that need to be made.
Friday 1st May
Message sent to all secondary pupils - action required!
Good morning all
I had the joy, once again, of speaking to a number of you during the day yesterday. It is becoming a highlight of my working day. In planning for next week, I am going to set up team meetings for year groups. The team meetings do not allow video chat, audio only for students. The meetings will last a maximum of 15 minutes and the meetings will be discussion based.
Please complete the form and submit it before the end of the school day, today!
Have a great weekend. Please stay indoors, do not meet up with your friends and stay safe.
Don't forget to click the read receipt in your email!
Wednesday 29th April
Good morning - A copy of the daily message emailed to all secondary pupils.
It is very important that all pupils stay in touch with the school and I would ask that you click the read receipt to allow the school to track your connection with the school. This should be daily!
I have spoken to a number of pupils this week, by email, by phone and by team meeting. The reaction has been varied but, for me, it has been a joy to hear, and speak with a number of you. I am hoping to set up team meetings with year groups, starting next week, depending on the technology and permissions. Look out for the request to join a meeting!
Best wishes. Mrs Chambers
Tuesday 28th April
A copy of the secondary email posted today - action required!
I hope and trust that you are all well. Can I remind all pupils that there is an expectation that all pupils check their glow emails daily. This can be done at any time in the day however I would hope for almost all that this would be in the morning! I have added a read receipt to allow me to track the number of pupils checking in.
As a reminder, any pupil that would like to get in touch with a teacher can do so by sending a message through SMHW and/or teams. Also, any pupil and/or parent that would like to get in touch with the pastoral team can email:
Mrs Candlish - email@example.com
Mrs Ayling - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Allison - email@example.com
Finally if you are not sure who to contact, please contact myself via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
UCAS have created some useful info for pupils starting to research possible College and University courses. They have also created info for parents. This is worth looking at for all students, especially for those in S4- S6. Click here for the toolkit!
An Invitiation from 'Schools Health and Wellbeing Improvement Research Network (SHINE)'
We are delighted to invite parents, carers and pupils to attend an on-line webinar hosted by the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow:
Title: Public Health Implications of the New Science of Sunlight
Date: 29 April 2020
Registration at: register here on Eventbrite for the Webinar link
Linda Geddes is an award-winning British science journalist and author. She spent nine years working at New Scientist magazine as news editor, features editor and reporter, and remains a consultant to the magazine. Linda has received numerous awards for her journalism, including the Association of British Science Writers’ award for Best Investigative Journalism. Her most recent book “Chasing the Sun: The New Science of Sunlight and How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds” explores the significance of sunlight, from ancient solstice celebrations to modern sleep labs, and the impact on public health of light-polluted cities and excessive exposure to bright lights from devices. This talk will focus on how public health can address exposure to light as an intervention to improve population health and wellbeing.
By clicking on the Eventbrite link, you can register for the webinar to access the link. On entry to the webinar your microphone would be muted and video turned off during the presentation, however, there would be an opportunity to put questions to the speaker as invited after the lecture.
These regular events will focus on 3 key areas - children, young people and parents; businesses; and, community support. For each event we will be focusing on a topic that you have told us matters to you, or where there is a high level of interest.
You will be able to ask questions in advance of the event and can ask these anonymously if you wish to. We will aim to respond to all questions.
The first Children, Young People and Parents event will focus on Qualifications, and it will be available online from 4pm on Wednesday 29 April. We recognise young people and parents, especially those who were due to sit exams, may have lots of questions about qualifications and next steps given the changes this year. For this event we will have DGC Education staff along with Skills Development Scotland colleagues answering your questions.
If you have a question about Qualifications that you want answered during the event please submit this in advance here. Questions must be received by 9am on Monday 27 April. You will have the option to submit your question anonymously if you wish, and you can submit as many questions as you like. Please use the form to ask questions - do not ask them on this thread. Thanks.
The Qualifications event will be the first in a weekly series of events for Children, Young People and Parents which will operate until the summer holidays in the first instance. For further information about the events please see https://crowd.in/2C0Akn #SupportDG
An important update from SQA
*Live Q&A 13.00 Thursday*
Earlier this week, SQA shared further details on the awarding and delivery of results for 2020. This includes more information for schools and colleges on the process of providing estimated grades for cancelled exams.
SQA is in regular discussion with UCAS and universities to help students progress on to the next stage of their education or employment, and are working to ensure students receive their results by 4 August.
Like other recent announcements, we want to reassure you that universities and colleges are expected to treat your students’ applications fairly and consistently, and to consider these grades in the same way as any other qualifications. We also plan to run Confirmation and Clearing processes broadly similar to previous years.
Help your students get their questions answered
Following recent announcements, we recognise that your students may have questions about their qualifications, applications, and future studies.
To help, tomorrow, Thursday 23 April, at 15:00 (UK time), we’re hosting a Q&A for students in Scotland live on Facebook.
Our panel of experts on hand to answer their questions include:
Dr Gill Stewart, Director at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Gillian Simmons, Head of Admissions at Edinburgh University
Grant Ritchie, Principal at Dundee and Angus College
Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive
Don’t forget, as it’s a live panel, your students will need to join us on Facebook at 15:00 if they want their questions answered.
They should’ve already received an invite from us, but in case they’ve missed it, help us spread the word.
We hope they can make it.
Wednesday 22nd April
Reminder to all secondary pupils. There is a expectation that all secondary pupils check into their GLOW accounts for updates and information from different agencies.
Today's message reads:
I hope that everyone is keeping well and enjoying the sunshine safely. I had the joy of speaking to a number of senior pupils yesterday, by phone. It was lovely to have a catch up. It got me thinking that perhaps if you have not already done so it might be an idea to send a message, or make a call to someone that perhaps you have not spoken with in a while!
Keep safe, keep checking in and stay in touch.
Help with SAAS Applications
The Funding Awareness Team were scheduled to attend many schools across the country in the coming months which obviously cannot now go ahead so we are currently working on a toolkit of support available and scheduling online sessions on our Social Media channels which will be shared with you in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, I have attached a link to our Application Help video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ3hUrcjpGY that may be useful for your pupils to view before completing their application for support.
The Online Application service is now open and our General Enquiry Unit are dealing with email and voicemail correspondence on a daily basis. Your pupils can get in touch via the ‘Contact Us’ option in their online account if they have any specific queries.
Friday - last day of term!
Good morning all
It has been a strange term. A typical term 3 would include S1 pupils enjoying their classes, knowing their teachers and having a secondary school routine, full of rich learning; S2 pupils would be working on the subjects that "they like" and they have chosen; S3 would have sat S3 exams and made their choices for S4; S4-S6 would have sat their prelims, realised that they still had a bit of work to do and started to up the pace of their work and learning. It is easy to get caught up in the past 2 weeks, but I think it is good to remember that for the most of term 3 it has been business as usual.
There has been an update from SQA re Certification for 2020. It does not answer all the questions but I do know that the school and the teachers will work with the SQA to try to ensure that all pupils are fairly accredited for all the hard work that has been put in over the past 9 months, and previous years. You can read the documentation here: https://www.sqa.org.uk/…/020420-SQA-NQ2020-Parent-Carer-cov…
I hope that you and your families are well. If your circumstances have changed, if you need anything over the next 2 weeks please get in touch. I hope that the weather is bright; that we all take the opportunity to exercise every day and that we all keep safe.
Best wishes, enjoy the Easter break.
PSE Lesson Responses
Here are a few responses from our S2 cohort following the PSE lesson from 01.04.20. The lesson is in the PDF below.
"Our school shows that all young people are respected and included because we have teachers we can talk to if we have any issues and we also have lots of committees that allow us to be included and have a say."
"We are all given equal opportunities to partake in different clubs and committees."
"Our school is inclusive because of the various school clubs that anyone can join and how the school makes sure that disabled people can do the same as any other people around the school"
"People in our school are kind to each other even if they are very different from one another"
|S2 PSE lesson 01.04.20||[pdf 275KB]|
Scottish Qualifications Authority Certification 2020
Guidance for learners, parents, and carers
SQA update - Thursday 02 April - Arrangements for quality assurance and the certification of National Courses and Awards 2020 – a message to schools and colleges - https://bit.ly/3dQtADa
Home Learning Overview Sheets
Each week the school will publish home learning overview sheets. This is a copy of the work/tasks for the week that have been emailed to all pupils. The tasks have been split by subjects and class teachers. Pupils should complete all the work/tasks, work/tasks can be completed in any order, and submitted to the teachers as instructed on SMHW and/or teams.
|S1 WB 30th March 2020||[pdf 1011KB]|
|S2 WB 30th March 2020 -Humanities Art HE||[pdf 472KB]|
|S2 WB 30th March 2020-Faculty of Languages Expressive Arts and PE||[pdf 775KB]|
Thursday 2nd April
Good morning, I thought that I would share the daily messages that were sent to all secondary pupils this morning. A daily message is sent, via GLOW, to all S1-S6 pupils, this is one of the ways for pupils to continue to have contact with the school. Other ways includes, SMHW and Teams.
Notice for all S4 and S5 pupils
Please check that you have received an options email from Mrs Chambers. This must be read and completed before 3.30 pm on Tuesday 31st March.
Monday 30th March
Planning for the week ahead
S1 - All S1 pupils should have received a home learning overview sheet by email. Copies can also be found on the school website. http://www.moffat.dumgal.sch.uk/covid_19_rem…/secondary.html
S2 - All S2 pupils should be accessing SMHW for tasks.
S3 - All S3 pupils should be in subject teams, according to option choices, and following the instructions from subject teachers.
S4-S6 - We are awaiting an update from SQA re qualification accreditation for session 2019-20. Please continue to check your GLOW mail regularly.
Thursday 26th March 2020
Good morning everyone
It is important that the school can keep in touch & I would urge all secondary pupils to log on to Glow every day and reply to the message posted.
Check In - Wednesday 25 March 2020
All secondary pupils should have received an email to their glow accounts today. Please log on and respond. If any young person is having difficulties logging on please contact me. Best wishes. Mrs Chambers
Emailed to all S4-S6 pupils - SQA statement on coursework for National Courses
Tuesday 24 March 2020
Following the announcement by the First Minister on Sunday, that no young person with SQA coursework to complete should attend school to do so, we continue to work hard on how we should take coursework evidence into account, in determining young people’s final grades.
Everyone here at SQA will do their utmost, given the current situation, and with the support of the education system, to ensure that learners’ hard work is rightly and fairly recognised and allows them to proceed to further learning or work.
The current public health advice has meant that we have had to make some really difficult decisions about coursework. This means that for this year, schools and colleges are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses.
We have taken this difficult decision to be as fair as possible to all Higher and Advanced Higher candidates, whilst taking on board the current public health advice, the many varied coursework requirements across different subjects, and how these are managed in schools and colleges across the country.
I appreciate that some learners may have already completed their coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher courses. This work can still be used as part of the suite of evidence for teachers and lecturers to draw on as they consider estimated grades.
We have received coursework for a range of National 5 subjects and have contacted National 5 coursework markers to confirm marking arrangements. All National 5 coursework, due to be uplifted in April and May, will not be submitted for marking.
We will provide further details on the estimation of grades, that we will need from teachers and lecturers to inform certification, and fuller details of our approach to certification, as soon as possible.
This is an unprecedented situation for us all, and circumstances are rapidly changing. With every change in circumstances, we continue to consider how best to recognise learner achievement in as fair a way as possible.
Please be assured that everyone here at SQA is fully committed to working with you to deliver for Scotland’s young people. Thank you for your patience and continued co-operation.
SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examiner
Update from UCAS - This message has been emailed to all S5 & S6 pupils.
Following the recent government announcements of the closure of schools and the cancellation of examinations and assessments in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, we want to reassure you that all organisations involved in the higher education admissions process are working flat out to find a solution that’s efficient, fair, and in your best interests.
We appreciate this is a difficult and uncertain situation for applicants planning to start university in the autumn, and we are committed to work together to ensure that your hard work to date will not go to waste, and that no-one is unfairly impacted in this process by the COVID-19 virus.
A message from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan:
'We want to assure students that grades will be equally as valid as those in previous years, and their hard work will be rewarded and fairly recognised. There is no reason for the usual admissions cycle to be disrupted.
'I am pleased Universities UK has confirmed institutions will be flexible and do all they can to support students to progress to higher education.'
Information for students in Scotland
The SQA has been asked by the Deputy First Minister to develop an alternative certification model.
To make sure it’s a fair reflection of your performance¸ the government has said your grade will be based on information from your teachers’ judgement, using:
any units and coursework that are completed, and estimated grades provided by teachers, drawing on the available evidence gathered throughout the year prior attainment information, where available.
They are aiming to have results with students no later than 4 August.
You can read more about the work underway on the sqa.org.uk.
Year group teams have been set up for all S1-S6 pupils. If your child/young person has not received an email to their Glow account please contact me. Teams allows me to email all pupils daily, to allow them to check in with the school; to find out information regarding their ongoing learning and to have a safe online community. Stay in touch. Best wishes. Mrs Chambers
Sunday 22nd March
Following First Minister’s statement, S4-6 pupils will now NOT be able to attend school to complete SQA coursework. Further details on how to submit/complete coursework will be posted as soon as possible.
Stay safe & stay indoors. Mrs Chambers