School Closure -Tue 9 November

It is with huge regret that we’ve made the decision to close Grantown Grammar on Tuesday 9 November.  Unfortunately there are a large number of staff absent due to Covid testing.  Please note that they are isolating awaiting test results rather than positive results.  However, tomorrow it is impossible to cover classes and therefore pupils are asked to stay home and complete work posted on Google Classroom.  Hopefully we will reopen on Wednesday 10 November and I will update you tomorrow afternoon.

I am so disappointed to close tomorrow but am very hopeful that we’ll only be closed for one day.  

Pupils should contact their class teachers if they have any questions about work posted in Google classroom.

Claire McGonigal, Headteacher

S3 Outdoor Residential

The S3 Outdoor Learning Residential Experience takes place next week. Pupils were given the letter last week and it has been discussed during PE and Tutor classes. So far the number of returns is disappointing. The last day for consent letters to be returned is Tuesday 9 November at 9am. If you would like your son/daughter to take part, please make sure that they have returned the letter by then. Pupils who don’t take part in the residential experience should attend school as usual.

Global Day for Climate

This event is taking place this coming weekend and should be a fun gathering at the Village Green in Aviemore. The organisers hope that pupils and their families would like to stand together with people from all around the world and Glasgow asking for Climate change action. 

 

S2 Parents Open Evening

We had hoped to host an S2 Parents Open Evening this Thursday (04/11/21) which would allow parents to meet staff, find out more about the subjects and ask questions about life in the departments. Unfortunately due to the pandemic we can’t offer that at this stage.

Parents Evenings will continue as set out in the school calendar. These will be online with the next one being for S1 on Wednesday 24 November. Details about how to book appointments and logging in on the evening will be coming out very shortly.

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic

All pupils aged 12-15 years old are being offered the Covid-19 Vaccination. A clinic will be held at Grantown Grammar School on Friday 12 November, during the school day for all pupils that would like to receive the vaccine.

Consent to receive the vaccine can be provided independently, by each pupil. Please take this opportunity to discuss this matter with your child and decide whether or not they would like to receive the vaccine.

Pupils will complete their consent forms in school on Tuesday 9 November, prior to the clinic. If pupils have completed the consent forms they will be withdrawn from class at set times on the Friday and those pupils that have not given consent will continue in class as normal.

Further information about the vaccine and copies of the leaflet can be found at www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccineyoungpeople

Poppy Appeal 2021

On Monday 8 November, our S6 pupils will be go around classes collecting on behalf of Poppy Scotland. If any pupil wishes a poppy before then, they are available at reception. Please donate as generously as you can.
We will be marking Armistice Day on Thursday 11 November as always.

Mikeysline Support

Thank you to Marina from Mikeysline who spent time with our S3 pupils today.

Our pupils learned about Mikeysline who are a Mental Health Charity who support young people in the Highlands struggling with their mental health.

We are passionate about suicide prevention and raising wider awareness about mental health issues. Mikeysline focus on breaking down the stigma, which often surrounds mental health and suicide. This stigma in turn can prevent people from feeling that they can talk openly about how they are feeling and seeking support when they need it. 

You can visit their webiste here : https://www.mikeysline.co.uk/

Gradebook Extract Report

All S1, S2 and S3 (BGE) pupils were handed their Gradebook Extract Report today. The accompanying letter explains what this extract contains. Throughout the year everyone will get a termly extract and once per year they will receive a more detailed report with comments from each of their teachers. This time it is the S2’s that will receive this extra information.

Please free free to discuss this with your child and get them to show you this live document on their Chromebooks, you can view their progress at anytime, from home. If you have any queries, please either complete the slip on the letter or contact the school.

Developing Young Workforce – local life

As part of our Developing Young Workforce focus, we’d like to hear from local people about how they got to where they are in their working life in a wide selection of jobs. The idea is to show our young people that working life isn’t always a straight path.

Mr Ross has been brave enough to put his example on display.

It’s purposefully vague on personal details which we would encorage anyone wanting to take part to do. If you wanted to share your story you could also leave it anonymous.

If you would like to take part and have your working life story on display in the school via these mini-CVs, please contact the school email address and we can get back to you. We’re particualry keen to hear from former GGS pupils young and old.