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					Meldrum Academy
Parents’ Information Booklet 2009/10

Please keep this booklet for reference throughout the session

Head Teacher: Andrew Travis
AT/lt August 2009 Dear Parent/Carer ESSENTIAL CHARGES FOR COURSE CONSUMABLES

Meldrum Academy Colpy Road Oldmeldrum Aberdeenshire AB51 0NT Tel: 01651-871300 Fax: 01651-871313 www.meldrumacademy.co.uk Email:meldrum.aca@aberdeenshire.gov.uk Blog: www.meldrumacademy.org.uk

Please find attached a Parental Information Booklet which includes details of the essential charges that pupils incur while undertaking some practical subjects such as Home Economics, Art & Design and Design & Technology. At the academy we try to minimise all costs and only request money where absolutely necessary to maintain the quality of the course on offer. The booklet gives full details of the costs to be applied and describes what your daughter/son receives for the additional cost. We recognise that it is inconvenient for parents to pay a number of cheques for individual subjects and have therefore set up a system for S1 & S2, which will allow you to pay one cheque per child. All cheques should be made payable to ‘Aberdeenshire Council’. Please note that if your daughter/son is entitled to free school meals this also covers the cost of the practical courses and no payment is required.

S1 & S2 Only: It is proposed to collect money from all second year pupils after assembly on Thursday 3rd September in the foyer and from first year pupils on Friday 4th September after assembly. Would you please ensure that your daughter/son comes to school that day with a cheque for the appropriate amount (£33 for S1 pupils and £30 for S2 pupils). If you would rather pay the sum involved in more than one instalment I would be grateful if you would contact the appropriate Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care before the collection date to discuss alternative arrangements.
Please note collection of monies from S3-S6 will take place within individual departments prior to the October break. If you have any queries about the booklet or this letter please do not hesitate to contact me. Yours sincerely

Andrew Travis Head Teacher

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INTRODUCTION
This booklet contains 4 sections of key information for parents. 1. School Calendar dates for the school session

This summarises all of the key dates in the school year including holidays, in-service days, parents’ evenings and dates when reports are issued. Information about the system for obtaining appointments with staff on each Parents’ Evening will be distributed in advance of the evening. Should it be necessary to amend the pattern of events in the School Calendar we will keep you informed 2. Charges for course consumables

This section summarises information on all of the essential charges that are made for consumable materials within certain departments. 3. Snowstorm Arrangements

Full documentation will follow in due course but included in the reference booklet is some key information. 4. School Contact details

Contact details for the school.

Should you have any queries about the details contained in this booklet then please get in touch with the school and we will be pleased to help.

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SESSION 2009/10
AUGUST 2009 Monday 17 Tuesday 18 Wednesday 19 Tuesday 25 Thursday 3 Friday 4 Monday 7 Tuesday 8 Thursday 10 Monday 14 Tuesday 15 Wednesday 16 Thursday 17 Thursday 24 In-Service School opens for pupils School Photographs Tempest – Assembly Hall Book Buddies Training P5 & P6 SEPTEMBER Collection of Essential Course Charges from S2 Pupils Offshore Europe S5/6 participants Collection of Essential Course Charges from S1 Pupils HPV Immunisations (S2 & S4/5 Girls only) provisional HPV Immunisations (S2 & S4/5 Girls only) provisional S1 Welcome Disco – Assembly Hall 7.30 – 9.00pm S6 Work Experience Week S1 Induction at Haddo Estate (Slessor, Telford & Wallace) S3 CITB Presentation in Assembly Hall S1 Induction at Haddo Estate (Bruce, Glennie) S4 Enterprise Event S6 English Workshop Collection of Essential Course Charges for Home Economics Int1/Int2 & Standard Grade S1-S3 Inter House Outdoor Games during day European Languages Day S4 Work Experience - Year Group Out Parent Training Session on Study Skills Evening (S3-S6) – Cafeteria/ Assembly Hall 7.30-9.30pm OCTOBER S4 Parents Evening 5.00 -7.30pm HPV Immunisations (S2 & S4/5 Girls only) provisional S3/S4 Business Management Marketing Talk Caledonian Residential Trip to Edinburgh HPV Immunisations (S2 & S4/5 Girls only) provisional National Poetry Day OCTOBER HOLIDAY : Monday 12 – Friday 23 October 2009 Thursday 29 Monday 2 Tuesday 3 Thursday 12 Monday 16 Tuesday 17 Wednesday 18 Friday 20 Mon 30 Careers Convention NOVEMBER Collection of Essential Course Charges for Home Economics Int1/Int2 Road Safety (Senior pupil) S3 Parents Evening 5.00 – 7.30pm Children in Need Disco – Assembly hall 7.30-10.00pm HPV Immunisations (S2 & S4/5 Girls only) provisional In-Service S4 study leave 18 November until 3 December In-Service S4 Prelims Begin – Assembly Hall (Games hall English and Maths) S5 & S6 Parents Evening 5.00 -7.30pm S4 Study Leave S1 Interim Report to Parents S1 Parents Evening – 5.00 – 7.30pm

Friday 25 Monday 28 Tuesday 29

Monday 5 Tuesday 6

Thursday 8

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Wednesday 2 Thursday 3 Monday 7 Tuesday 8 Wednesday 9 Thursday 10 Friday 11 Monday 14 Tuesday 15 Wednesday 16 Friday 18

DECEMBER S4 Prelims End S4 Pupils return from study leave Technical Rehearsal for School Show Dress Rehearsal for School Show School Show (7.30 – 9.30pm) School Show (7.30 – 9.30pm) School Show (7.30 – 9.30pm) Pupils Christmas Dance – Junior (S1-S3) – Assembly Hall 7.30-10.00pm Pupils Christmas Dance – Senior (S4-S6) – Assembly Hall 7.30-10.00pm Senior Citizens Concert (afternoon) – Cafeteria & Assembly Hall Christmas Concert (evening) – Assembly hall 7.30-9.30pm Last day of term

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY : Monday 21 December 2009 – Monday 4 January 2010 Tuesday 5 Monday 11 Tuesday 12 Thursday 21 Monday 25 JANUARY Term Starts Final Collection of Essential Course Charges for Home Economics Int1/Int2 & Standard Grade P7 Open Evening – Assembly Hall, tour of school 7.00 -9.00pm Burns Supper – Assembly Hall 7.00-10.00pm

S5/6 study leave (begins 25 January until 6 February inclusive )
S5/S6 Prelims Begin S4 Reports to Parents FEBRUARY S5/S6 Prelims End S2 Reports to parents/ Options booklet (Assembly) S5/6 return to timetable S5/6 Reports due to PT’s 25/02/10 Valentines Disco – Assembly Hall 7.30-10.00pm S2 Options Evening Occasional Holiday Mid-Term Holiday In-Service In-Service Pupils return to school after mid-term break MARCH Fairtrade Week S5/6 Options Booklet distributed at assembly Higher Business Management Trip (provisional) HPV Immunisations (S2 & S4/5 Girls only) provisional HPV Immunisations (S2 & S4/5 Girls only) provisional World Maths Day Tempest Group Photographs – Assembly Hall S2 Parents Evening 5.00 – 7.30pm S5/6 options forms completed S2 option forms due in DTP Immunisations (S3 only) – provisional S4/S5 Options Evening 7.00 – 9.00pm DTP Immunisations (S3 only) – provisional S5/S6 Reports to Parents S5/S6 Options forms in Spring Concert – Assembly Hall 7.30-9.30pm HPV Immunisations (S2 & S4/5 Girls only) provisional EASTER HOLIDAY: Monday 29 March – Friday 09 April 2010

provisional

Friday 29 Friday 5 Monday 8

Tuesday 9 Wednesday 10 Friday 12 Monday 15 Tuesday 16 Wednesday 17 Thursday 18 Monday 1

Tuesday 2 Wednesday 3 Thursday 4 Monday 8 Wednesday 10 Thursday 11 Monday 15 Monday 22 Wednesday 24 Friday 26

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Monday 12 Thursday 29

Monday 3 Tuesday 4 Monday 10 Tuesday 11 Wednesday 12 Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 Friday 28 Monday 31

Thursday 3 Monday 7 Tuesday 8 Wednesday 9 Thursday 10 Friday 18 Monday 21 Tuesday 22 Thursday 24

APRIL All pupils return to school after Easter holiday S3 Exams begin (provisional) S3 Exams End S4-S6 Sports Day PM only S4 Leavers Afternoon Tea - Cafeteria MAY May Day Holiday In-Service Day S4 Study Leave/Exams Start (provisional) S5/6 Study Leave/Exams Start (provisional) Sports Heats S1-3 S5/6 Leavers Afternoon Tea - Cafeteria Activities Day Activities Day Art Exhibition 6.30 – 9.00pm Foyer Thematic Day/Sports Day Issue of New Timetable to Pupils for checking S2/S3/S4/S5/S6 New Timetable S5 Induction (provisional) JUNE S6 Induction (provisional) LOCAL HOLIDAY P7 Induction S3 Reports to Parents P7 Induction P7 Information Evening –Assembly Hall & whole school 7.00-9.00pm P7 Induction House Captains, Head Boy/Girl & Prefects appointed Awards Assembly Week S1 Reports to Parents Battle of the Bands – Assembly Hall 7.00pm–10.00pm Awards Ceremony (Evening) – Assembly Hall & Staff room – 6.30 pm, start for 7.00-9.30pm JULY SUMMER HOLIDAY : Monday 5 July – Monday 16 August 2010 AUGUST 2010 School opens for pupils

Tuesday 17 August

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CHARGES FOR COURSE CONSUMABLES
In line with other schools across Aberdeenshire, Meldrum Academy requires to levy some charge towards items described as consumables within particular subject areas. This usually refers to items which pupils can take home e.g. Art and Design and Design and Technology projects, dishes made in Home Economics etc. We believe it may be helpful for you to know how much money you are likely to be asked for throughout the session. It would be helpful if you could alert your child’s Pastoral Care teacher to individual circumstances which, at any time, may cause any particular difficulties with payment. Class teachers will remind pupils when a payment is due, according to the guideline calendar below. Please note that all cheques should be made payable to ‘Aberdeenshire Council’. In line with council policy, all payments will be issued with an Aberdeenshire Council receipt for your records.

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ESSENTIAL CHARGES

S1
DEPARTMENT / FACULTY Art and Design Home Economics CHARGE £5.00 £25 PAYMENT TIME September September INFORMATION Craft materials for project work. Owing to food safety issues, pupils will be provided with all ingredients along with a container to take food home in. Fabric will be provided for design and make tasks. Materials for project work. Covers a curricular fieldtrip to Archaeolink visitor centre

Design and Technology Social Subjects

£4.00 £4.00

September May

S2
DEPARTMENT / FACULTY Art and Design Home Economics CHARGE PAYMENT TIME £5.00 September £25 September INFORMATION Craft materials for project work. Owing to food safety issues, pupils will be provided with all ingredients along with a container to take food home in. Fabric will be provided for design and make tasks. Materials for project work.

Design and Technology

£5.00

September

S1 & S2 Only: It is proposed to collect money from all second year pupils after assembly on Thursday 3rd September in the foyer and from first year pupils on Friday 4th September after assembly. Would you please ensure that your daughter/son comes to school that day with a cheque for the appropriate amount (£33 for S1 pupils and £30 for S2 pupils). If you would rather pay the sum involved in more than one instalment I would be grateful if you would contact the appropriate Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care before the collection date to discuss alternative arrangements.

All cheques should be made payable to ‘Aberdeenshire Council’. Please note that if your daughter/son is entitled to free school meals this also covers the cost of the practical courses and no payment is required.

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S3
DEPARTMENT / FACULTY Craft and Design CHARGE £10 (Covers S3/4) PAYMENT TIME October INFORMATION This payment is used to provide materials for the final items that the pupils take home. Practice materials are provided. Chemistry at Work Aberdeen University. Charge to cover travel costs. These kits are optional it is not compulsory to purchase any of them.  Kit 1 – Pens and Pencils £6.50  Kit 2 A3 drawing board and drawing instruments £32.07  Graphic Communication text book - £15.99 October As this course is taught over 2 years the cost of the materials can be spread over the 2 years. This covers the cost of all the material the pupils use to manufacture the project they create throughout the 2 years. This charge is for the material the pupils take home. The pupils are not expected to pay for material used for practice pieces. This charge covers the cost of all the material the pupils use to manufacture the projects they create throughout the year. This charge is for the material the pupils take home. The pupils are not expected to pay for material used for practice pieces. This all food costs. The department will provide all ingredients & containers.

Chemistry

£3

June

Design & Technology

Optional

Graphic Communication (Standard Grade)

Practical Craft Skills

£15 (Covers S3/4)

Short Course: Engineering Craft Skills

£7

October

Home Economics

£30

Pupils may pay instalments of £15 24 September 2 November

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Hospitality

£60

Modern Languages (French)

£1.50 deposit

September/January Pupils may pay instalments of £20 24 September 2 November 11 January August

The units within this course involve a considerable amount of practical. The department will provide all ingredients & containers.

This is a deposit for a booklet of Vocabulary and Grammar essential for Standard Grade and Intermediate 1. Deposit will be refunded if booklets are returned in useable condition after the Standard Grade and Intermediate 1 exams at the end of S4. To attend at least one performance as part of the course. Price to include ticket and transport.

Performing Arts

Drama

Cost Unknown

S4
DEPARTMENT / FACULTY Craft and Design CHARGE PAYMENT TIME Variable October INFORMATION Cost for final project, the nature of which is decided upon by the pupil, differs and is not included in this cost. Pupils may buy materials for their final projects from the school or provide their own. Field Trip to St Fergus Power Station. Charge to cover travel costs. This all food costs. The department will provide all ingredients & containers.

Chemistry & Physics Home Economics

£3

February

£30

Pupils may pay instalments of £15 24 September 2 November September/January Pupils may pay instalments of £20 24 September 2 November 11 January £20

Hospitality

£60

The units within this course involve a considerable amount of practical. The department will provide all ingredients & containers.

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Performing Arts

Drama

Cost Unknown

To attend at least one performance as part of the course. Price to include ticket and transport.

S5
DEPARTMENT / FACULTY Art & Design CHARGE PAYMENT TIME £10 October INFORMATION This charge covers costs of paints, papers and varied craft materials. This covers the cost of all the material the pupils use to manufacture the projects they create throughout the year. This charge is for the material the pupils take home, the pupils are not expected to pay for material used for practice pieces. These kits are optional it is not compulsory to purchase any of them.  Kit 1 – Pens and Pencils £6.50  Kit 2 A3 drawing board and drawing instruments £32.07  Graphic Communication text book £15.99 June & December 1 field trip and 1 lecture each in June and December respectively. Charge to cover travel costs. The 3 units within this course involve a considerable amount of practical. All ingredients and containers for transporting items home will be included. The final practical assignment involves pupils cooking a 3-course meal for 4 people. This will be cooked at least 3 times, including prelim. Not compulsory but would greatly benefit the student: A4 Lever-arch ringbinder to organise notes/handouts. Chosen Text for Personal Study.

Design & Technology

Course: Practical Craft Skills

£15 (Covers S5/6)

October

Design & Technology

Optional

Graphic Communication (Higher)

Higher Biology & Higher Human Biology Home Economics

£3

£90

Course: Int 2 Hospitality

Pupils may pay instalments of £30 24 September 2 November 11 January

English £3-£4 £7-£10 Variable Variable

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Maths

£5

September

Deposit payable for printed notes. £3 refunded if notes are returned in good condition. Strongly recommended to own a calculator Cost as yet unknown to attend 2 performances as part of the course. Price to include ticket & transport. Cost for transport to attend a performance of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in the Music Hall Aberdeen. Deposit payable for printed notes - refunded if notes are returned in useable condition. Ringbinders to organise notes/handouts. Not compulsory but would greatly benefit the student.

Performing Arts

Unknown Variable

Drama

Performing Arts

Unknown September

Music

Social Subjects

£3

September

50p per item

Variable

S6
Art & Design £10  Advanced Higher and folio course. This charge covers costs of paints, papers and varied craft materials. Variable    Chosen texts for Dissertation Lever-arch file for organising resources Occasional extras – bus contribution writing courses etc.

English

Unknown

Home Economics

£90

Course: Int 2 Hospitality

Pupils may pay instalments of £30 24 September 2 November 11 January September

The 3 units within this course involve a considerable amount of practical. All ingredients and containers for transporting items home will be included. The final practical assignment involves pupils cooking a 3-course meal for 4 people. This will be cooked at least 3 times, including prelim. Deposit payable for printed notes - refunded if notes are returned in useable condition. Ringbinders to organise notes/handouts. Not compulsory but would greatly benefit the student.

Social Subjects

£3

50p per item

Variable

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Opportunity To Purchase Other Curricular Items
Some departments/faculties may be able to provide the opportunity to purchase some items at cost price, which could offer a saving if you were intending to purchase any of these items at some point. Materials for Art and Design, Graphic Communication, Graphic calculators in Maths, CDs and floppy discs in Computing are examples of such items. In S3 Art & Design, pupils will be able to buy a pack of art materials for use at home and a folder to enable safe transportation of work to and from school. The cost of these is £8 and is collected from pupils at the start of the course in June. We will keep you informed of such opportunities, and again provide a receipt for any payments made.

Excursion/Trip Opportunities
As the school’s curriculum develops, it is likely that there will be the opportunity for pupils to take part in a variety of fieldwork trips/ excursions. These form a valuable part of the learning experience. However, as you know, transport costs for such activities is high and often beyond what can be sustained by normal school budgets. Your child may have the opportunity to take part in such trips and it is likely that we will have to ask you for a contribution to the cost of transport in these cases. We will inform you as far in advance as possible of any such excursions.

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SNOWSTORM ARRANGEMENTS
As you know, the weather during winter can become severe quite suddenly. There are three ways of obtaining information in the event of bad weather: 1. RADIO Details of buses being cancelled and school closure will be broadcast on NECR (102.1 FM), Northsound 1 (96.9FM) and BBC Radio Scotland (92.794.5 FM) 2. ADVERSE WEATHER TELEPHONE INFORMATION SERVICE This allows parents to listen to a recorded message from the school. When severe weather warnings are received the school will endeavour to keep the telephone information service updated. HOW TO USE THE SERVICE: Dial Aberdeenshire Council’s access number : 0870 054 4999 Now enter Meldrum Academy’s pin number : 02 2820 You will now hear our school’s name. Ensure that this is correct before going on. You will now be taken to the MAIN MENU where you will be given several options.

   

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PRESS 1 : to hear our school’s message about the adverse

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weather (for example whether or not the school is to close or if transport arrangements have been affected). PRESS 4 : enter the pin number for another school within the authority. (Parents may have children who attend different schools. This option allows you to move from one school’s messaging service without having to dial in again)

3. ABERDEENSHIRE WEBSITE Information about the school closures can be obtained on www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk and clicking on the Learning Tab/ Schools/ School Closures.

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SCHOOL CONTACT DETAILS
Address : Meldrum Academy Colpy Road Oldmeldrum Aberdeenshire AB51 0NT 01651 – 871300 01651 – 871313 meldrum.aca@aberdeenshire.gov.uk www.meldrumacademy.co.uk www.meldrumacademy.org.uk

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