SQA Exams

Senior Pupils will receive their Individual Exam timetables today. Can they please check the information on these and if there is anything that doesn’t look right, please let Mr Ross know as soon as possible.

Also this letter with further information on the planned SQA Exam diet, has been emailed home today.

All the weblinks in this letter with some useful resources are also available on the school website under Information/Coursework, Revision and Exams As always, If you have any queries please contact the school.

School Trips 2023

We have had a number of enquiries regarding Covid vaccinations for pupils who are attending the Snowsports Trip in January 2023, and the Battlefields trip in October 2023. We think it is important for us to share the information that we have at the moment regarding vaccinations.

We are aware that there is a long time to pass before both trips, and that advice and requirements may well change before then. However, it seems likely that there will remain some vaccination requirement for travellers next winter. Highland Council policy currently reflects the international travel advice below.

The current advice for travel to France states that;

From 12 February 2022, fully vaccinated travellers from the UK no longer need to present a negative PCR or antigen test result before travel.

Fully vaccinated travellers aged 12 and over must continue to provide:

  • Proof of vaccination. Further details on what counts as being fully vaccinated can be found below
  • sworn statement (déclaration sur l’honneur) self-certifying you’re not suffering from COVID-19 symptoms and haven’t been in contact with confirmed cases in the 14 days prior to travel.

Further information can be found on the French government’s website (in French) and the French Embassy in the UK’s website (in English).

This information is from; https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/france/entry-requirements

There is the possibility that there may be concessions for unvaccinated travellers, although at this stage, this is not clear what these might be at the time. As it currently stands, the UK is an “orange country” on their travel lists, and the French Government subsequently states;

Unvaccinated persons travelling from an “orange” list country must justify the need for their trip, corresponding to a compelling reason.”

https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/covid-19-international-travel#from4a

Given this information, it seems likely that pupils attending the January 2023 Snowsports Trip and the October 2023 Battlefields Trip will require Covid vaccinations. Please can we request parents look into booking vaccinations for any pupils not already fully vaccinated.

We would ask any parent to contact Mrs Knight for the Snowsports trip, or Mr Abenheimer for the Battlefield’s trip, if this information means that you feel that your child would not be able to attend the trips, or if you have any further queries.

Sponsored Swim 24/03/22

Pupils and Staff at Grantown Grammar School are aiming to swim 1600 lengths of the Craig MacLean Swimming pool, on Thursday 24 March, this is the equivalent of swimming the Channel!

The S6 pupil leadership team are organising this event and have chosen to raise funds for Brain Tumour Research and the Robert A Munro Foundation so please bring your pennies tomorrow to support this very worthwhile cause.

Grantown Swim Club Trials

TIMETRIAL @ CMLC for Grantown Swim Club

This is one of a few timetrials held each year for the Grantown Swim Club.  If you’d like to come along please contact Cath at cath.swim@outlook.com

Date: Thursday 21st April @ 5.45pm

Criteria: swimmers should be able to swim 100m backstroke & 100m frontcrawl and have level 5 of learn to swim program (or equivalent).  Or have been a club swimmer at another pool.

The trial: swimmers will be assessed on their stroke skills (not butterfly) and speed in two strokes (distance dependant on age)

Commitment: if a swimmer is successful a place will be awarded either in the junior or senior squad.  We train Tues, Wed, Thurs and the minimum commitment is one session per week.

Senior Gradebook Extract

This terms’ Senior Gradebook Extract has been emailed to parents and guardians and handed to pupils today. Please use this opportunity to discuss this report with your child and discuss how they are progressing in their subjects prior to the exams.

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, courses or levels then please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s Guidance teacher or contact the school for more information.

The Alternative Assessment Requests (AAR) have also been emailed and shared with those pupils that require support in Assessments, Prelims and Exams. We ask for your agreement to these arrangements by Friday and this can be done my email to grantown.grammar@highland.gov.uk