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Primary School, Wick
South School Newsletter
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Here we are in February and we have had a super settled start to the New Year. Lots of activities have been happening over the past few weeks and more to come in the weeks following.
CAITHNESS MUSIC FESTIVAL
BIG HEART DAY 2006
Many thanks for your continued support and please contact me if you have any concerns regarding your child’s education or issues relating to South School.
PS - An incident occurred last
Friday (27/01/06) which gives me great concern and I request your
assistance. A silver Nintendo DS along with two games (Crash Bandicoot and
the Chronicles of Narnia) went missing from the P4 cloak room. A pupil had
brought it in for Golden Time and was so shocked to realise that it was
missing from his school bag that he didn’t tell his teacher! If your child
knows anything about the missing property then please contact me as a
matter of urgency. The police have been informed.
The following two pages of information are from the Highland Council.
CHILDREN WHO NEED ADDITIONAL
SUPPORT FOR THEIR LEARNING
In Highland we use a Staged Approach to supporting children and young people with additional support needs. This means that if there is concern about a pupil’s progress the school should carry out a review in partnership with the pupil’s parents or carers. This review will consider whether it is necessary to offer further support. Sometimes it may be helpful to involve specialist teachers, and sometimes the head teacher may suggest consulting the community paediatrician, the educational psychologist or other specialists.
If a parent or carer is concerned about their child’s progress in school it is usually best therefore in the first instance to speak to the child’s class teacher or the head teacher.
A new Education Law came in to force on November 14th 2005, the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act. This new law aims to improve and modernise the ways in which Councils identify and respond to the educational needs of all children and young people. It strengthens the rights of pupils to receive any additional educational support which they require. It also places new duties on other services such as NHS Highland to help support the education of children and young people with additional support needs.
The Scottish Executive has prepared a Code of Practice to accompany this new law. The Code of Practice explains the duties which Councils now have and sets out good practice. It emphasises the need for schools and others to work in partnership with parents and carers, and highlights the importance of Individualised Education Planning for pupils with significant Additional Support Needs.
If you would like more information about this change in education law and what it may mean for your child you can contact: your child’s school, or CHIP+ ( Children in the Highlands Information Point) telephone 01463 711189, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . CHIP+ has produced a series of information sheets for parents about the Act. You can also find information on the Act on the Highland Council Support for Learners website – go to the Highland Council website www.highland.gov.uk and then click on Support for Learners in the A-Z Directory of services.
ADVERSE WEATHER – ECS Winter
The winter weather website allows parents to access school closure information on the internet, thus reducing pressure on the very heavily used PIN number system. However, please note that schools will continue to update the PIN number facility as well as the new website. Our aim is to provide clear, unambiguous information to parents with regard to school closures during periods of adverse weather. I would therefore encourage you to use either the PIN number system or the new winter weather website in this expanded winter weather information system.
Please also remember that the local radio stations shown below will continue to provide regular winter weather updates with regard to school closures.
Moray Firth Radio
Finally, please remember that it is ultimately the responsibility of parents or carers to decide if a pupil should attempt to travel to school, by transport or on foot, in adverse weather conditions. The Education Authority encourages full attendance at school, but in severe weather conditions the safety of pupils is much more important. Parents should therefore continue to use good judgement in deciding whether it is safe to send a child to school.