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									                                       LANARK GRAMMAR SCHOOL

                                              Parents’ Newsletter

                                                 January 2011

Happy New Year!
                                                         session. These can be communicated by letter/note
We hope that you all had a very enjoyable and            via your daughter’s/son’s Tutor Teacher or directly to
relaxing Christmas break and that the new year is        our school office.
one which will bring good health and happiness to
all of our school community.                             As a result of school closures changes have been
                                                         made to the following school events.
Retiral: Mr Mackie, Principal Teacher of
Scientific Studies                                       Upper School Parents’ Evening: this will now be
                                                         held on Tuesday 11 January 2011 from 4.30-
Many of you will know Mr Mackie who retired at           7.00pm.
Christmas having taught at Lanark Grammar School
since 1980. During this time, Mr Mackie held a           Upper School Preliminary examinations: these
variety of roles including teacher of Chemistry,         will now be held from Thursday 3 February until
Principal Teacher Pupil Support and, latterly,           Wednesday 9 February 2011 (inclusive). This will
Principal Teacher of Scientific Studies.                 ensure we maximise time lost to school closures and
                                                         ensure that preliminary examination papers test
Mr Mackie provided excellent support and guidance        significant and appropriate areas of each course.
for so many pupils and parents over the years, and       This will mean that they can provide a valid and
for school staff, and was always heavily involved        reliable source of evidence for SQA Estimates of
with school events. His contribution to the school       exam performance and, if required, SQA Appeal
has been excellent and he will be greatly missed.        evidence.

Adverse Weather                                          Musical Extravaganza: this will now be held on
                                                         Monday 17 January 2011 from 7.00pm in the
As you will know, the period leading up to the           school.
Christmas break was seriously affected by adverse
weather conditions which resulted in school closures     Christmas Dances: these have been re-scheduled
and pupil absence.                                       a follows:

Staff will continue to work with pupils to make up for   Upper School: Thursday 13 January 2011, 7.00-
lost time and ensure that they know what work to         10.30pm
focus on should the winter period continue to be         S1: Wednesday 19 January 2011, 2.00-3.30pm
affected by adverse weather.                             S2: Thursday 20 January 2011, 2.00-3.30pm
                                                         S3/4: Wednesday 9 February 2011, 7.00-10.00pm
Your cooperation during such times is greatly
appreciated although we do recognise that it can be      33 Period Week
complex with child care arrangements etc to be
considered.                                              As you will know from our Parents’ Newsletter in
                                                         December 2010, our consultation on the
Given the possibility of further adverse weather over    implementation of the 33 period week from August
the winter period, may we ask that you continue to       2011 had arrived at decisions on the start of the
let us know about changes to personal contact            school day (8.45am); the length of lunchtime (45
numbers or addresses throughout the school               minutes); and to retain our Tutor period.
                                                       If you would like to respond as part of the
Consultation regarding the format of the day/week      consultation you can do so through the Scottish
was ongoing during December with consultation          Government website as follows. The consultation
activities being extended due to issues around         ends on 14 March 2011.
adverse weather. For example, our Pupil Council
were engaged in focus group meetings which   
required to be re-arranged on a number of
occasions.                                             If you put in the date of publication, ‘November
                                                       2010’; topic as ‘Education and skills’ and key word
Parents will receive communication next week (week     as ‘handbook’, you will directed to the document.
beginning 10 January 2011) on the outcomes of the
consultation.                                          Pupil Success: Photography Club
In-service day focus on Curriculum for                 Congratulations to Chloe Mackle and Lucy
Excellence                                             Donaldson of 2B1 who have been successful in
                                                       South Lanarkshire Council’s 2010 Photography
Over the last two sessions, the number of school in-
                                                       Competition. The girls are members of Miss
service days has been increased by the Scottish
                                                       Mechan’s Photography Club and their winning
Government from 5 to 7 to assist with the
                                                       entries will be displayed at the Cadzow Gallery in
implementation of Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).
                                                       Chatelherault Country Park from 29 January until 27
During our in-service days staff have been working     March 2011.
with colleagues within the school, and other
secondary teachers across Clydesdale, on important     School Transport
aspects of the implementation. These include:
                                                       The school transport provider for Douglas and
the nature and content of the courses themselves;      Glespin has changed from the start of the year. The
                                                       new contractor is Stuarts of Carluke who replace
how they are to be taught;                             JMB.

how they are to be assessed; and                       Important dates

areas of whole-school responsibility such as           In-service Days
Numeracy, Literacy and Health and Wellbeing.
                                                       6. Wednesday 16 February 2011
Parents of our S1 pupils who are experiencing          7. Friday 29 April 2011
Curriculum for Excellence will receive shortly an
update on our work in relation to the CfE. This        Parents’ Evenings
document will be also be placed on our website at
this time.                                             S1    Wednesday 20 April 2011, 4.30-7.00pm
                                                       S2    Thursday 3 March 2011, 4.30-7.00pm
Consultation on requirements for providing             S4    Tuesday 1 February 2011, 4.30-7.00pm
information for parents and carers about their         S5/S6 Tuesday 11 January 2011, 4.30-7.00pm
child’s school (The School Handbook)
                                                       Parents’ Information Evenings (Course choice)
The Scottish Government is in the process of
consulting on the requirement to provide information   S4/S5 Wednesday 26 January 2011, 7.00pm
for parents through a school handbook. All parents     S2    Wednesday 23 February 2011, 7.00pm
of Primary 7 pupils receive a handbook in January of   S1    Wednesday 30 March 2011, 7.00pm
their daughter’s/son’s P7 year.
Preliminary Examinations

S5/6: Thursday 3 February – Wednesday 9
February 2011


February holiday:
School closed Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 February
2011 (In-service day on Wednesday 16 February

Spring break:
School closes at 2.30 on Friday 1 April 2011 and
reopens at our usual time on Monday 18 April 2011
Good Friday and Easter Monday:
School closes at 3.30pm on Thursday 21 April 2011
and reopens at our usual time on Tuesday 26 April

May holiday:
School closed on Monday 2 May 2011

Lanimer celebrations:
School closed Thursday 9 and Friday 10 June 2011

Summer holiday:
School closes at 1.00 on Friday 24 June 2011

Pupils return to school on Wednesday 17 August

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