University Applications (UCAS)

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Although pupils have just returned from holidays many of them are now thinking about what they will be doing when they leave. In order to support them we have provided them with guidance on how to complete their applications. This can be found on the UCAS Google Classroom that they have all been given access to (code: ko8wlb1). If pupils access the UCAS booklet this will take them through how to sign up and register for UCAS.

Pupils have also begun work on their personal statements. Again there is guidance on how to complete this along with exemplar statements for them to view. A deadline of the 28th of October has been set for their first draft of their personal statement. If they are having any issues in completing this they should email or come and see Mr Abenheimer of Mrs Knight in Guidance.

School Photo reminder

A reminder that school photos will be taken tomorrow, Wednesday 2 October. All pupils should be wearing school uniform, this is especially important for the group photographs. Could all seniors please wear white shirts and house ties, House and School Captains will be expected to wear their badges.

All pupils should register as usual and then any pupil having family photos with siblings from primary schools should meet in the hall for 9.10am.

Swimming, Gymnastics & Tennis

Physical Education Block 2
Grantown Grammar School is delighted to be able to offer pupils the opportunity to develop their water confidence and swimming abilities within school time.  We are very privileged to have a fantastic swimming pool within the school grounds.  Swimming provides not only excellent benefits for the pupils Health and Wellbeing, it is also a very valuable life skill to have.
CBBC Newsround article on importance of learning to swim –https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/34766836

All pupils in S1/2 are about to start a 6 week swimming block.  Within the 6 weeks pupils will be swimming for 4 of these weeks to allow a rotation of pupils in the pool.  Pupils need to check the board outside PE to ensure they have the correct PE kit required for both their double and single periods as it will change over the 6 week block.  A copy of the curriculum is on the school webpage under subjects/physical education.

If a pupil is unable to take part in a swimming lesson we will rotate them out of class and prioritise the swimming periods to ensure all pupils get 4 weeks (4 double periods) of swimming.


S1 PE Curriculum

S2 PE Curriculum

If you have any issues please contact Mr Wilson in PE.  Thank you in advance for your support.

Highland Schools Swimming Championships

If you are interested in entering the Highland Schools Swimming Championships on Wednesday 6 November, please meet with Mrs MacLeod in Room 2, at 1.30pm, this Monday 30 September, with your swims and times. The competition is open to all ages, across S1-S6.

Outdoor Learning

The updated programme of outdoor learning activities is available on the school website here at Subjects/Outdoor Ed. Please appreciate that due to weather, transport and resources, this may be subject to change and we will keep pupils updated and also post on the school website and Facebook page.

Please do not worry, if you forget jackets or do not have suitable boots as the Outdoor Ed. department have spare sets to keep you comfortable all day.

Chromebooks

All pupils have now received their Chromebooks and the majority of pupils are remembering to take them in to school fully charged and ready to go.

Highland Council have just updated their policy document for Chromebook use and the main points to note are:

● It is the responsibility of the pupil to bring the Chromebook to school and to ensure that it is fully charged for use, Guidance from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service advises that devices should not be left charging overnight. 

● In school the Chromebook must be used as directed by Highland Council teaching staff. 

● The Chromebook must be used in accordance with the Highland Council’s Acceptable Use Policy per: https://www.digilearnhighland.co.uk/info/aup  

● It is also the responsibility of the pupil to ensure that the Chromebook is looked after. It is recommended that you provide the Chromebook with a suitable cover. 

Damage. Loss or Theft of the Chromebook 

● It is the responsibility of the pupil (or their parent/carer) to report any damage, loss or theft of the Chromebook to school without undue delay. In the event that the Chromebook is stolen or lost outwith school it is the responsibility of the pupil (or his parent/carer) to report that loss or theft to the police and to the school. 

● In the event that the Chromebook is stolen, lost or damaged the pupil will be provided with a further Chromebook at the discretion of the School unless it is considered that the Chromebook was so stolen, lost or damaged as a result of conduct by the pupil in which case a further Chromebook will be issued to that pupil but he or she will not be permitted to take the Chromebook home. If it is considered that there has been deliberate loss or damage to a Chromebook by a pupil the Highland Council is entitled to look to the pupil for the cost of such loss or damage.

Pupils can still purchase a Chromebook case from the school – see Mr. Patton for more information.

Mobile Phones

A reminder to everyone that we have a ban on mobile phones across all areas in the school.

Can we ask parents to help us to enforce this.

Here are two pieces about why it is important to us:

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/full/10.1086/691462

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/11/social-media-linked-increased-risk-mental-health-problems/

If you need to contact your son or daughter, please phone the school reception to ask them to pass a message on. Likewise, your son or daughter can do that to relay a message home via the reception.

A number of Mobiles have been confiscated and pupils have shown us the messages received during lessons from Mum or Dad.

80’s Welcome Disco for S1-3

The Seniors are hosting a Welcome disco, next Thursday 26 September for all S1-3’s. Watch out they may raid your dancing gear, looking for the best 1980’s “retro” outfit! Tickets will be sold at break and lunchtimes, but S1’s go free, as part of our “Welcome to GGS”.

The Parent Council would also like to appeal for volunteers to help out at this Welcome Disco. If you can spare some time for this fun, fundraiser, please contact Lee Carrott at grantowngrammarpc@gmail.com