Category Archives: Parent Information: News

City Of Edinburgh Council Reopening Update Letter

Please read the attached letter for City of Edinburgh Council regarding updated planning for reopening in August in light of the Deputy First Minister’s statement yesterday.

Statement on Reopening of Schools 24 June 2020

If you need support to read this letter via translation into an additional language please contact the translation service using this link https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/languages

Strings Instrument Lessons Feedback Form

Our Strings instructor, Tess Moran, has the following message and feedback form FOR OUR STRINGS LEARNERS ONLY.

Hi all,

As we possibly won’t be back to a normal lesson set up after the summer holidays, I’m looking for some feedback from students and parents/carers on the materials that I have provided over the past few weeks. Please be as honest as you can as it will help me to learn, grow and to support my pupils to the best of my ability as we navigate through these uncertain times.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xAUgTHSP8SBMmVorJBLVwp5UM1RUT1g5SlUzM1hVV0M0WEFZRExXNzlNSi4u

I hope that creating music has helped to create some fun and relief in your homes during this time. Thank you in advance, and wishing you all the best for a very relaxed summer.

Tess Moran

(BMus (Hons), Upper Strings Instrumental Instructor)

Books and Resources, and Personal Belongings Reminder

Hopefully all families have seen the parent pay email requesting that certain resources are returned to school this week and also regarding pickup of personal items.

Resources

This is just a reminder that we need all reading books, textbooks and other literature to be returned to the school this week so that we can redistribute them to the new classes in August.

If you have had a specific resource allocated to your family to support particular learning needs do also check your email for messages regarding return of these.

If you are unsure please either ask your class teacher on twitter or email admin@dalry.edin.sch.uk

 

Personal Belongings

Again this is hopefully a reminder that personal belongings of the children that were left in school are ready for collection. You should have been contacted if there is something for you.

Any uncollected items will need to be disposed of at the end of this week.

 

Collection and Drop Off

The school is open during normal hours this week for collection of belongings and drop off of resources only. Please follow all general social distancing guidelines from the Scottish government on the day and all specific instructions on site. If it is busy you may need to queue for a few minutes.

Reminder-Final Home Learning Survey

You should have received our final home learning survey of 2019/20 by parent pay email earlier this week.

This is a Parent Survey to let us know what has worked well in lockdown, what needs to be improved and how the school can support you when schools reopen in August.

If not it is on this link

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xJqjkig9KZhFnCUu0yZt1JFUQzZaWk0yMk9BQUExU0NGMDUxS0JFSVhKOS4u

Return to School Update from City of Edinburgh Council

Please click the following link to read a letter from City of Edinburgh Council updating us on the latest plans to reopen schools.

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/downloads/file/27455/letter-to-mainstream-parents-and-carers

 

If you need help with translation into an additional language please contact the translation service using this link https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/languages

Equalities Statement

We have had the below statement to staff by the CEC Equalities Steering group (education). We thought you would share it directly as you will no doubt be interested to hear of the work going on to react positively to the challenges put forward in the wake of recent events.

 

Black Lives Matter

Recent events in the US, in particular the shocking death of George Floyd, and the global response are shining a light again on the harmful and persistent issue of institutionalised racism.  We fully recognise that it is no less an issue in the UK and Scotland.  We have a list of similar deaths of black citizens, and we have witnessed the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

 

We are heartened by the concern and support expressed by pupils, parents and staff from across our learning communities in recent days.  We are all rightly asking what more we can and should do to support our Black, Asian and minority ethnic pupils and colleagues.

 

We re-affirm and strengthen our commitment to confronting and addressing racism and discrimination in all its forms through strong anti-racist leadership, teaching and youth work.  Our recent engagement with BAME young people and partner organisations has shown that there is much more that we can do and we will continue to listen and learn.  We have started by implementing a revised anti-bullying procedure supported by training for senior leaders and pupil Equalities groups and we are working to ensure that Black history and its role in our city is a core part of a decolonised and inclusive curriculum.  We will increase training for all school staff and have set up a working group as part of a national commitment to increasing diversity in the teaching workforce.

 

We believe that our schools have a vital role to play in tackling racism and creating a city where all are treated with dignity and respect.  We want all our children and young people to thrive and lead in a diverse and complex world.  We do not underestimate the challenge of this deep-rooted problem.  We are fully committed to making a difference, harnessing the compassion, energy and creativity of our children, young people, families and staff to make Edinburgh a city where there is no place for discrimination or injustice.

On behalf of,

The City of Edinburgh Council Equalities Steering Group (Education)