S2 Online Parents Information Evening

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Thursday 2nd December 2021 5.00pm - 5.45pm Join us online to review how the S2s have been doing in their classes, we'll also be providing information about Course Choice for S3 and give you an opportunity to speak to us. This will take place on TEAMs and to join on the night please click on the link below: _________________________________________________________________________ Microsoft ...

New Breakfast Club starting 29th November

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We are launching our new Breakfast Club from Monday 29th November! Come along and join us for some breakfast and activities in Home Economics from 8:05am – 8:30am. We’ve got toast, cereal, juice and pastries, and will be serving a hot treat every Friday! Pupils must sign-in at the office first. Activities will include a Wester Hailes High ...

New Hot Food Lunch Menu

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From Monday 29th November we are now able to provide a hot food service at lunch times. A meal deal is £2.70 and cashless school money must be put on your ParentPay account. If you require any information about ParentPay or Free School Meal Entitlement please contact your child’s Pupil Support Leader in the first ...

Headteacher’s Update 19.11.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, I am writing to you with a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ but also a plea. First and foremost ‘Thank You’ for all you are doing to support the school with our uniform, ties and attendance. I know from experience with my two children (who are a bit older than yours) that teenagers have their ups ...

S1 Online Parents Information Evening

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Thursday 25th November 2021 4.30pm - 5.15pm Come and join us online to review how the S1s have been doing in their classes and also to give you an opportunity to speak to us. This will take place on TEAMs and to join on the night please click on the link below: ___________________________________________________________________________ Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or ...

Wester Hailes Local Place Plan Update

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Wester Hailes Local Place Plan 2.0 Consultant Appointment Since the Local Place Plan Community Conference and completion of the Progress Report in May 2020 progress has been made in the background and we are delighted to be able to share three new projects that are currently taking place within Wester Hailes.Signing of Local Place Plan ...

SRUC Virtual Open Week

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Scotland's Rural College is hosting a week long Virtual Experience, providing an insight and information into courses, student experiences and SRUC facilities. If you are interested about what the SRUC have to offer you can access a range of information from the PDF below. Alternatively you can visit their website: https://experience.sruc.ac.uk

Mission Christmas 2021

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This Christmas we are working with Forth One and Cash for Kids on their Mission Christmas Appeal to help families feeling the effects of our current financial climate and the impact of COVID. Applications will be treated with sensitivity and 1:1 support will be given from our Pupil Support team. If you would like to access ...

Study Support 21-22 W/b 1st November 2021

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We are delighted to announce our Study Support programme for all S4,S5 and S6 pupils. Study is support is time freely offered by our staff to enable pupils to catch up on missed work or to spend time reinforcing classroom concepts. Please discuss directly with your class teacher should you have any concerns. Finally I would ...

Wester Hailes High School – Attendance Update 21-22

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Introducing Mrs McBride, our new Pupil Support Officer, who will be supporting our pupils and their families with pupil attendance and punctuality. Mrs McBride will be monitoring punctuality every morning and speaking to latecomers as well as contacting home. She will also be in touch with parent/carers regarding attendance an how the school can support their child ...

Stay Safe After Dark

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As the clocks change, make sure that you don't fall back on your home security as well. Darker nights means that it is easier for thieves to target your property. Here is some advice to keep your home safe after dark: Keep windows and doors lockedSecure sheds and garagesFit/check outside security lighting is workingFit a shed/garage ...

Virtual S4, S5 and S6 Parent Meetings

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The senior Virtual Parents Evening will take place on Thursday 7th October from 5pm - 7pm for parent/carers of pupils in S4, S5 and S6. Like last session, these meetings will be booked online and then held by video meeting, rather than in person at the school. To make your appointments please login at: https://parents-booking.co.uk/westerhailes To login you only ...

S1 Meet The Faculty Parents Evening

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Thank you to all S1 parents that attended the S1 Meet The Faculty Parents Evening on Thursday 23rd September. Here is he presentation for anyone who wasn’t able to attend or had difficulty viewing it. S1 Parents Eve 23-9-21 If you have any questions please get in contact with Miss Meikle, the S1 Pupil Support Leader. Ellie.1.Meikle@whec.edin.sch.uk

Skills Development Scotland S1 Careers Event

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Skills Development Scotland are holding an online event aimed at parents and carers of S1 pupils on 29th September. For more information and to register for the event please click on the link below: Introduction to Skills Development Scotland for parents/carers of S1 pupils Tickets, Wed 29 Sep 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

S1 Meet the Faculties Online Parents Evening

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Thursday 23rd September 2021 5.00pm - 5.45pm Come and join us online to meet our Faculty Leaders and learn information about the S1 curriculum. This will take place on TEAMs and to join on the night please click on the link below: _________________________________________________________________________ Microsoft Teams meeting Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting _________________________________________________________________________ Any questions please contact Miss ...

Leisure Pool Now OPEN

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After recent repairs the leisure pool will reopen for public swimming on Saturday 11 September for advance booked sessions only at the following times: Monday to Friday sessions Session 1              0900 – 1000                                                       Session 2              1030 – 1130                                                       Session 3              1200 – 1300                                                       Session 4              1330 – 1430                                                       Session 5              1500 – 1600                                                        Session 6              1630 – 1730Session 7              1800 – ...

Leisure Update 03.09.21

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Due to electrical issues the leisure pool is closed for both public swimming and lessons.  The football pitch remains open with bookings on this going ahead. We are currently in the process of completing works to get the pool back operational and open to the public again as soon as possible.  Please check the website for updates ...

Reports to be received by email

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Wester Hailes High School would, for this session, like to email your child’s report to you. Please provide us with your child’s name and year group along with your current, case sensitive, email address. You can do this in writing or by using the admin@whec.edin.sch.uk email address. We will assume consent to email your child’s ...

Headteacher’s Update 27.08.21

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Dear parent/carer. First and foremost I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you for your patience and understanding over the course of the last four days. You, and you children have had to adapt to these new extenuating circumstances and I know many will be concerned about the potential impact this may have ...

Headteacher’s Update 26.08.21

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Dear parent/carer, I am pleased to inform you that the repairs have been completed following the water damage. The final check is to conduct ‘ a water health check’  at 7am tomorrow (Friday 27th August) and if all goes to plan, the school will reopen. As a result of the disruption to service there will be limited ...

Leisure Service Update

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Due to water damage the leisure facilities are currently closed including the pool, swimming lessons and football pitches Our maintenance teams are currently working to resolve the issue. We will update our website when this has been completed and we are ready to re-open.  We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Please note there are ...

Headteacher’s Update 25.08.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, It is with the deepest regret that I am writing to you once again to inform that the school will remain closed tomorrow (Thursday 26th August). Our contractors are informing us on a real time basis of their progress and doing their utmost to reopen the school however they encountered an unforeseen issue today that ...

Headteacher’s Update 24.08.21

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Dear Parent / Carer Thank you for your patience and understanding with this emergency situation. Regrettably Wester Hailes High School will remain closed tomorrow (Wednesday 25th August)  due to the water damage sustained over the weekend. Please be assured that City of Edinburgh Council contractors are working around the clock to ensure that the school is safe to ...

Headteacher’s Update 23.08.21

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Wester Hailes High School will remain closed tomorrow due to the water damage from the weekend. Contractors are working on site and our intention is to open the school as soon as possible once all repairs and checks have been carried out. In the meantime our home learning programme will continue. Parents and carers have been updated ...

Home Learning Update w/c 23rd August

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Further to the Headteacher's Update 23.08.21 we will be continuing the Home Learning programme into Tuesday 24th August. S1-S3 Home Learning resources can be found via ‘Home Learning Hub’ on the school website. Resources are found by year group and then by subject. Work can be returned to your class teacher. Please ignore the dates. S4-S6 Home Learning resources ...

Leisure Services Closed

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Sorry we are currently closed, as a result of extensive water damage. All leisure facilities are currently closed including the pool, swimming lessons and football pitches. We hope to have the problems fixed and the site open as soon as possible. Please note there are no staff on site to answer the phones at the present time, ...

Headteacher’s Update 16.08.2021

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Dear Parent/Carer First of all I  hope this update finds you well and in good health. I realise this update comes to you later than normal and I apologise for that however there have been some extenuating circumstances with some of the construction work over the last four days that has required my undivided attention – ...

HT update 25.06.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, This is my final update for this session as I go on annual leave for a few weeks. First of all I wanted to let you know how proud I am of ‘our’ children (I know they’re your children but they’re ours during the school day) as they have shown great resilience and patience ...

COVID-19 update w/b 21.06.21

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As we approach the end of this session I would ask that you speak with your son/daughter and ask them to keep a note of who they deem as close contacts in and out of school. This will assist Test and Protect if they have to make contact with you during the school holidays. All pupils ...

SQA Alternative Certification Model Update

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Dear Parent/Carer, You will be aware that, as part of the SQA’s Alternative Certification Model for courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level, our teachers are busy determining provisional grades for your child, which will be submitted to the SQA on Friday 25 June. We are writing to inform you that your child will be ...

S1 Virtual Parents Information Evening

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Thursday 17th June @ 5pm On Microsoft Teams With Mr Young, Miss Walker & Miss Meikle Click here to join the meeting Following on from S1 tracking reports and with your child moving into S2, this event is aimed at providing information to parents /carers of all S1 pupils.

Monday 21st June – Timetable change

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Dear Parent, In the last two weeks we have seen a change in case numbers and pupils self isolating as COVID cases have risen across the City of Edinburgh. To that end and to ensure we all remain safe, I would ask for your support with the following major event in the school calendar. Monday 21st June ...

P7 Virtual Parents Information Evening

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Wednesday 16th June @ 5pm On Microsoft Teams With: Mr Young, Headteacher, Miss Walker, Deputy Headteacher, Miss Meikle, S1 Pupil Support LeaderMiss MacLennan, Support for Learning Leader The evening is aimed at giving you all the information you will need, before your child moves to secondary school and will also feature a Question & Answer session. Click here to ...

Message from David Young (Headteacher) and NHS Lothian

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We are aware of a person in Wester Hailes Education Centre who has tested positive for COVID-19. We understand this is a worrying time but would like to reassure you that we are working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.   Persons are currently being contacted because they may have been in ...

Headteacher’s Update 11.06.21

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Dear Parent / Carer COVID I am sure, like me, you are following the COVID data and ‘picture’ across Edinburgh and over the last two weeks we have seen a rise  in the number of cases in the Wester Hailes community. This has affected our primaries and our school and I wanted to reassure you that we ...

Salvesen Mindroom Centre ‘Additional Support Needs’ Parent Support Group

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An ‘Additional Support Needs’ Parent Support Group led by Salvesen Mindroom Centre Is your child finding some aspects of school life challenging? Not sure what to do?If you’re looking for information, advice or support, we can help you find the answers. The Salvesen Mindroom   is a safe space where you can: meet with professionals, other parents, ...

Message from David Young (Headteacher) and NHS Lothian)

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As you may already know, we are aware of a person in Wester Hailes Education Centre who has tested positive for COVID-19. We have been working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.  Persons have now been contacted because they have been in close and sustained contact with the case and the ...

Message from David Young (Headteacher) and NHS Lothian

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We are aware of a person in Wester Hailes Education Centre who has tested positive for COVID-19 - this is our third case since wb 24th May. We understand this is a worrying time but would like to reassure you that we are working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.   Persons ...

Session date change Christmas holidays 2021

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At its March meeting, the Education, Children and Families Committee agreed to change the scheduled Christmas holiday dates from Friday 24 December 2021 - Monday 10 January 2022 to Monday 20 December 2021 - Tuesday 4 January 2022. The change was based on a similar amendment to the previous year’s holiday dates.  The reasons for the ...

Message from David Young (Headteacher) and NHS Lothian) – 01.06.21

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Further to my website update this morning. We have been working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.  Persons have now been contacted because they have been in close and sustained contact with the case and the tracking process is now complete. These contacts will need to self-isolate and have been asked to ...

Message from David Young (Headteacher) and NHS Lothian

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We are aware of a person in Wester Hailes Education Centre who has tested positive for COVID-19. We understand this is a worrying time but would like to reassure you that we are working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance.   Persons are currently being contacted because they may have been in ...

Wandies Free Circuit and Resistance Training

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Wandies Rugby are offering FREE Circuit and Resistance Training for all S1-S6 WHEC pupils at Roseburn Park every Monday from 17th May until the end of term. This is a great opportunity to get fit for the summer and socialise with friends while doing so. Sessions take place between 4:15pm and 5:15pm. Get yourself down ...

Senior Course Choice Update

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The course choice forms for S4 and S5 are now available and should be completed by pupils by Wednesday 12th May. Pupils can access the link on their S4 and S5 Teams pages or by using the links below. (Note : If they are asked for an email address to log in they should use their ...

S4 and S5 Course choice booklets

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The course choice process for pupils planning to stay at school in S5 and S6 starts next week with our senior parents evening on Wednesday 5th May. Please remember to make your bookings for this before noon on the 5th May.    Following the parents evenings, pupils will be invited to make their choices via an online form which will ...

Headteacher’s Update 30.04.21

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Dear Parent/Carer As always I hope this finds you well and in good spirits. So far, 9 days into our full time return to school, things have gone as well as expected and I wanted to thank you for your support. Almost all pupils are complying with our COVID measures and attending regularly. Uniform is getting back ...

5/5/21 – S4/S5/S6 – Virtual Parents Evening

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The senior Virtual Parents Evening will take place on Wednesday 5th May for parent/carers of pupils in S4, S5 and S6. These meetings will be booked online and then held by video meeting, rather than in person at the school. To make your appointments please login at: https://parents-booking.co.uk/westerhailes To login you only need to enter the following information ...

Return to School – Tuesday 20th April

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Dear Parent/Carer,  Please find the latest version of our school plan from Tuesday 20th April – Friday 25th June 2021.  I would greatly appreciate it if you could spend a few moments reading the document and ensuring your son/daughter is prepared for their return.  As always, we will update you regularly throughout the term with important updates. Best wishes  D Young  Headteacher

Headteacher’s Update 01.04.21

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Dear Parent/Carer As we approach the Easter break, I wanted to express my thanks to you for your support and understanding over the last few weeks. I’ll make this update as brief as I can knowing that next term will likely bring a number of new challenges and possibly (hopefully not!) more disruption to what has ...

Lockdown Lowdown

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A survey of young people in Scotland has been launched to track the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives, aspirations and wellbeing of young Scots. It’s been a tough year for many young people in Scotland, and as we ease out of Covid19 restrictions, it is important that the views of young people are ...

Staying Safe Around Reservoirs Information

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As the weather continues to improve, there may be an increase in people accessing the reservoir in the Pentland Hill National Park. In order to ensure that you are well informed and know the dangers involved, please read the following information from the Pentlands Hill Regional Park: Staying safe around reservoirs in the Pentland Hills ...

Headteacher’s Update 26.03.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, Once again, I hope this email and update finds you are your family well. COVID I attach the most recent Scottish Government Guidance that was published this week. It’s a lengthy document but we had a request from a parent to make Guidance more accessible at strategic times rather than it being filed in the website ...

Headteacher’s Update 19.03.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, I hope the recent fair weather and having your son/daughter back in school (albeit on a limited basis at the moment) has brought a smile to your face. This, as well as the prospect of a haircut and the hint of hospitality reopening will have ‘lifted’ spirits following the ‘darker’ times of January and ...

S3 into S4 Course Choice

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Please use the link in the S3 Team page to access your Course Choice Form or this link: S3 Course Choice If you are asked for an email address to log in you should use your log-in number @ea.edin.sch.uk (01234567@ea.edin.sch.uk)

Headteacher’s Update 12.03.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, You’ll be glad to know that this update is much shorter than last week’s tome. Following the success of Phase 1 of the return to face to face learning (remember that 5%-8% of the school role from 22nd Feb) we are ready to embark on Phase 2 of face to face learning. On Wednesday 10th March, ...

Phase 2 – Return to in person learning

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Dear Parent/Carer, First of all let me take this opportunity to thank all the parents and carers who have sent us positive messages of support regarding our current conundrum; I would like to return the gesture to you and thank you for your patience and understanding. When I wrote to you on Friday 2nd March, I highlighted the ...

S2 Course Choice Form

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All S2 pupils should complete their S2 Course Choice Form using the following link: S2 Course Choice Form Remember this can only be completed once so read over your choices before submitting. All forms are to be submitted by Tuesday 16th of March. Any questions please contact Miss Meikle – ellie.1.meikle@whec.edin.sch.uk

Consultation on retaining Spaces for People Measures

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We are a collective of organisations who all campaign for safe and pleasant streets to enable people in Edinburgh to make more of their journeys by walking, wheeling, and cycling. This includes safe routes to school that enable as many children as possible to walk, scoot and cycle.We would like to urge the Parent Council ...

Spaces for People: moving forward

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Many of you will have seen some of the temporary ‘Spaces for People’ measures at schools and around the city that are helping people to physically distance and travel safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve created extra space for pedestrians and wheelchairs in shopping areas as well as putting protected cycle lanes on some main ...

S3 into S4 Online Parent/Carer Evening

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We will be holding our first S3 into S4 Online Parent/Carer Evening on Tuesday 16th March between 6pm-8pm. Full details on how to book can be found within the attached documents. Support via phone is available by contacting our school office on 0131 442 2201. Appointments are now open and will close on 12pm on Monday ...

Headteacher’s Update 05.03.2021

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Dear Parent/Carer, Once again I hope this update finds you and your family well. As a parent myself (although my children have now left school) I can only imagine the sense of relief you must have felt when the First Minister announced on Tuesday 2nd March that all pupils would return in some format to face to face ...

Senior Sessions Week Beginning 8th March

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From Monday 22nd February we are running some Senior Phase sessions to support the development of practical skills needed in specific subjects. Direct contact will be made with parents/carers to inform you if your child will be involved in the sessions. Please see below for further details: WHEC SP Pupils in School - W/B 8th March

S2 into S3 Course Choice

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Over the next week our S2 pupils will be asked to complete an online course choice form on Microsoft FORMs. To help them with this process we will be holding a S2 Pupil Assembly with Miss Walker & Miss Meikle on Wednesday 3rd March at 1pm over TEAMS – all S2 pupils will receive an invite ...

Headteacher’s Update 26.02.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, Whilst I appreciate that this may be little consolation to some of you (as it may not include your son/daughter), it was very heartening to have a very small portion of our Senior Phase pupils back in school this week. The connection our staff have with our pupils is the best I have witnessed ...

Senior Sessions Week Beginning 1st March

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From Monday 22nd February we are running some Senior Phase sessions to support the development of practical skills needed in specific subjects. Direct contact will be made with parents/carers to inform you if your child will be involved in the sessions. Please see below for further details: WHEC SP Pupils in School - WB 1st March

Light Up Learning – S3 Mentoring Offer

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Are you an S3 parent/carer concerned that your child could be achieving more in school? Does your child lack interest sometimes or is maybe a bit anxious about school? Are you looking for your child to have some extra support to help with school and to start thinking about their future? We are very pleased to ...

Headteachers Update 19.02.21

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Dear parent/carer I wrote to you on Wednesday 17th February (only two days ago but in all honesty that seems like a lifetime ago) to inform you that from wk 22nd February we would have a very small portion of our Senior Phase (S4,S5 and S6) pupils returning to complete essential practical tasks for some subjects. We have ...

Return of Senior Phase Learners

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From Monday 22nd February we will be running some Senior Phase sessions to support the development of practical skills needed in specific subjects. Direct contact will be made with parents/carers to inform you if your child will be involved in the sessions. Please see below for further details: Return of Senior Phase Learners Information

Asymptomatic Testing for S4,S5 and S6 pupils

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Dear Parent and Carer, Please find 5 attachments that explain the rationale and process for our Testing programme in conjunction with NHS. As I mentioned in my update to all parents and carers on Wednesday 17th February this is voluntary and that no one will be required to undergo testing without consent, or be excluded from school ...

Parent and Carer Update 17.02.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, As always I hope this update finds you and your family well. First of all I was delighted that on Tuesday 16th February, the First Minister announced the return to schools on wb 22nd February for certain pupil groups in light of the current COVID statistics and numbers. This means we are allowed to have small numbers ...

Home Learning – WB- 15/2/21

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Thank you for all your support with home/online learning this term and I hope you & your children enjoy a well deserved break during the mid-term holiday. The new term starts on Tuesday the 16th February and the S1-S3 timetables for this week are detailed below. Please note a couple of class changes (marked with an ...

Headteacher’s Update 05.02.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, First of all thank you to all the parents who attended the online webinars this week. Secondly an apology to all S1 parents/cares who tried but who could not connect on Monday 1st February- we’ll reschedule this after the February Break. The feedback we received was generally very positive with parents asking some really insightful ...

Home Learning Update w/b 25.01.21

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To assist with home and online learning we have now produced a learning guide for pupils, parents and carers. Please refer to this guide for the home learning arrangements for all year groups, along with other useful tips and support. Included in the guide is the timetable for live lessons for S1-S3 next week. You can access ...

Headteacher’s Update 22.01.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, As always I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well. I am writing my weekly update cognizant that as lockdown goes into week 4, many of you will be facing a number of pressures. Please rest assured that whilst we may not be able to resolve every matter, we can listen, ...

Edinburgh Learns guide for parents, carers and learners

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Senior Phase Assessment, including National Qualifications and other SCQF Awards The CEC National Qualifications 2021 Working Group have produced this guide for parents, carers and learners to provide answers to the most common questions they have been asked.  It is dynamic and will be revised to reflect ongoing updates from SQA.  This information will be posted on ...

Returning Work S1-S3

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Pupils should e-mail any completed work (this can be via an attachment or simply sending a picture of their work) directly to their subject teachers for assessment and marking. If your child does not know their school e-mail address please inform Miss Meikle (S1/S2) or Miss Dancer (S3) S1/S2 pupils – Ellie.1.meikle@whec.edin.sch.uk S3 pupils  – Claire.Dancer@whec.edin.sch.uk If your child is unable ...

Home Learning update – w/b 18/1/21

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Well done to all pupils (and parents) for completing the 1st week of online learning. Please remember you are not on your own and the school are here to support you during this time. If you have any question or concerns, please contact the following staff:- For S1/S2 pupils please contact – Ellie.1.Meikle@whec.edin.sch.uk For S3/S4 pupils please ...

Headteacher’s Update 15.01.21

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Dear Parent/Carer, Remote (online learning) As the first week of formal remote learning ends, I wanted to reach out and let you know that we are working hard here to ensure that you have the resources available to enable your child to continue in their learning. We are confident that all S4,S5 and S6 pupils can access work ...

iPad roll-out for S3

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As part of the WHEC digital strategy to develop digital skills, enhance our pupils learning experiences and to support with remote learning, we are issuing all our S3 pupils with iPads that they can use in school and at home. Please complete the necessary paperwork below by Friday 15th January. You will then be contacted by ...

WHEC – Home Learning Plan – Jan 21

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Dear Parent/Carers, We do acknowledge that the move to home learning again may be stressful and challenging for you and your children. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with the school if you have any questions regarding their education or welfare. For S1/S2 pupils please contact - Ellie.1.Meikle@whec.edin.sch.uk For S3/S4 pupils please contact - Claire.Dancer@whec.edin.sch.uk ...

Headteacher’s Update 07/01/21

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Dear Parent/Carer, First and foremost I hope this update finds you and your family safe and well. I have no doubt you will be aware of the government ‘numbers’ at the moment and the potential risk/impact to all communities and services if these are not suppressed effectively. That being said, I realise that for many parents ...

Keyworker survey -Please complete by Sunday 3rd January

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Step 1 – Look at the flow chart Step 2- Complete the survey as accurately as possible https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xDvSTjv5zlRKp7FBY3WQ-VBURjRNUklLMkhEMUs0OVcwTEk5VlVVODJLTC4u Step 3 – If you have concerns about the keyworker or vulnerable status, or child’s place, contact Ms Walker from Tuesday 5th January. Please look at the most recent Scotgov guidance https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-school-re-opening-arrangements-for-january-2021/pages/children-of-keyworkers/

Headteacher’s Update 21/12/20

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Dear Parent/Carer I wanted to update you this morning based on the national announcement on Saturday 19th December. The ‘landscape’ has changed somewhat and you should expect updates from City of Edinburgh Council and ScotGov imminently. Please look out for them. The status of the school Our attendance in 34% We have several staff and pupils self-isolating as a ...

COVID-19 update at WHEC

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Dear parent/carer, In what has been an ‘eventful’ day, I wanted to update you on the current position of the school. Today we have had cases of staff and pupils who have tested positive or who have been deemed as ‘close contacts’ and are being told to self-isolate. The overall pupil attendance in school is 80%. All ...

Teenage Booster and Meningitis ACWY Vaccinations

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Consent packs for vaccinations from NHS Lothian are out now for pupils in S3 (and in S4 – S6 who have not yet received their vaccinations).  Every year, pupils in S3 are offered the Teenage Booster to complete their lifelong protection, through Routine immunisations against tetanus, diphtheria and polio. Any pupils in S4 – S6 who have ...

Wednesday study programme 6th and 13th January

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Please find a copy of our study programme for Wednesday 6th and 13th January 2021. There is a wide selection of courses and programmes for your son/daughter to choose and I would ask that they complete this Form and send it back as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 16th December. *PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM ONCE ...

City of Edinburgh – S1-S6 – Pupil Survey – 2020/2021

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Every year pupils across the city of Edinburgh, schools are asked to ‘Have their say’ about their own schools.By completing the survey, you will be helping schools to make improvements. Your views will help your own school and other schools across Edinburgh. The link to this years’ questionnaire is below:- https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ays20-21 Thank you for completing the survey.

Digital Access Survey

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In order to deliver the school's Digital Strategy effectively, we need to gather some information about our pupil's digital access. Can all pupils, or parents or carers of pupils please complete the following survey by Friday 18th December. Digital Access Survey Thank you.

Wednesday study programme 9th and 16th December

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Please find a copy of our study programme for Wednesday 9th December 2020. There is a wide selection of courses and programmes for your son/daughter to choose and I would ask that they complete this Form and send it back as soon as possible and no later than Monday 7th December. *PLEASE COMPLETE THE FORM ONCE ONLY* You ...

Wednesday study programme 2nd December

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All pupils should return to school Wednesday afternoon P6+P7 from Wednesday 23rdNovember. Please find a copy of our study programme for Wednesday 25th November 2020. There is a wide selection of courses and programmes for your son/daughter to choose and I would ask that they complete this Form and send it back as soon as possible and ...

Financial support guide for families & carers

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Enabling all pupils to achieve successful outcomes regardless of ability or background Many families with children in our school are entitled to some extra financial support. If you are struggling on a low income, you may be entitled to this extra help, even if you haven’t claimed anything before. The below guide is designed to give you ...

EU Settlement Scheme Support

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Should you need support applying for the EU Settlement Scheme, the following website has been set up in order to support families with their EU settled status applications. https://citizensrightsproject.org/ The website is available in many different EU languages as you can see below. There is also a 1-2-1 support section (pictured):https://citizensrightsproject.org/1-2-1-support/

School Construction Programme

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The City of Edinburgh Council is undertaking works to improve the facilities at Wester Hailes Education Centre.  The first phase of these works starts on 23 November 2020 with the construction of a new 3G sports pitch.  Read the below document for more information. Information 3G Pitch

Covid-19 Update – 02/11/20

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Dear Parent/Carer, Please see attached a letter from NHS Lothian regarding the situation in the school. As always, if you have any concerns please contact your son/daughter’s Pupil Support Leader or email COVID-19 Update Admin@whec.edin.sch.uk S1 and S2             Ms Meikle S3 and S4             Mr Ellis S5 and S6             Ms Ramsay

Headteacher’s Update 02/11/20

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Message from Mr Young (headteacher)and NHS Lothian Today-Monday 2nd November - we were made aware of another person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The last time the person was in school was Friday 30th October and once again, we have been working closely with NHS Lothian Health Protection Team and following all national guidance. A small ...

Covid-19 Update 02/11/20

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Dear parent/carer This morning we were informed of a new positive case in our school. The total number of people testing positive since 10th October is now 4. Once again we have contacted the Lothian Health Protection and the City of Edinburgh Council and they are confident that the school remains safe. We will begin to contact ...

Free School Meals payments during holidays

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Scottish Government announced additional funding for Free School Meals for Local Authorities last week. As a result, a Free School Meals payment of £13.50 per child will be made to all eligible families for the October holiday. Free School Meals payments will also be made for the Christmas, February and Easter holidays. 6324 payments have been issued and ...

Headteacher’s End of Term Update

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Dear Parent/Carer This is an update on the situation in school at the moment. We now have 3 individuals who have tested positive for Covid 19 and the details of our actions were posted on our website on Sunday 11th and Monday 12th October.  There have been no additional new cases since Monday.   As you know we have been working closely ...

COVID-19 update 13-10-20

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Please read the latest COVID update from NHS Lothian about the school. COVID-19 Update If you have any concerns please contact 0131 442 2201 and ask for Ms Meikle           S1 and S2 Mr Ellis                 S3 and S4 Ms Ramsay         S5 and S6

COVID-19 Update

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Please read the latest COVID-19 update from NHS Lothian about the school. COVID-19 Update - Advice to All Parents - Single case If you have any concerns please contact 0131 442 2201 and ask for Ms Meikle           S1 and S2 Mr Ellis                 S3 and S4 Ms Ramsay         S5 and S6

Protect Scotland app to trace Covid-19

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A new app to help trace and combat the spread of coronavirus has gone live in Scotland. Downloading the Protect Scotland app will mean you’ll then get an alert if you’ve come into close contact with anyone who then reports that they’ve tested positive. The software will be used to support the Test and Protect ...

South West Adult Learning – Introduction to Scots Literacy

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SOUTH WEST ADULT LEARNING Introduction to Scots Literacy Guid Fer a Laugh Pack 2 released in October 2020 Order your FREE pack now Introduction to Scots Literacy - Whit’s it a’aboot? It's about learning Scots language and auld wordsTake a look at Scots comedy and writingHae a guid laugh at ourselves and others We’ll be using poems, songs, comedy, jokes, ...

iPad roll-out for S4, S5 and S6

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As part of the WHEC digital strategy to develop digital skills and enhance our pupils learning experiences we are issuing all our S4, S5 and S6 pupils with iPads that they can use in school and at home. In order for your child to receive their iPad can you please read the Responsible Use of IT ...

No cash payments from Monday 31st August

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Cash payments cannot be accepted in school from Monday 31st August. All pupils, including those entitled to Free School Meals, MUST use a Parent Pay account if they want lunch or snacks at school.  If you have a Parent Pay Account with another school, please make sure you are registered for WHEC using the user name ...

Face Covering Update

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Dear parent/carer, I know you are receiving a lot of information about your child at the moment and for the best part, I am trying to make this as succinct and clear as possible to avoid confusion. This update is about Face Coverings. You may be aware that the Deputy First Minister announced yesterday that face coverings ...

Reminder: WHEC Cash Free from 31st August

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From Monday 31 August payments for lunch must be made using Parent Pay as we can longer accept cash in school. 32% of our pupils have now registered for Parent Pay with 68% still to do so. Registering is straight forward and guidance was issued home during July. If you need reminding of how to register please contact admin@whec.edin.sch.uk If ...

WHEC Adaptation Plan – wb 24/8/20 – 04/09/20

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Dear Parent and Carer I have attached our updated plan for the next two weeks. There are several new updates that you should read and I’ve signposted you to them throughout the document. If you have specific concerns please email the Key Contacts and they will endeavour to address your concerns as soon as possible. WHEC Adapatation ...

WHEC – Cash Free School

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From 31 August cash will no longer be accepted in school. This means that payments for lunches must be made using Parent Pay. Information on how to register with Parent Pay along with details of your unique username and password was sent to you in July. If you haven’t already registered and need a copy of this information please ...

Parent Council seeks new Chair

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On behalf of the WHEC Parent Council, we are so delighted to welcome your young people to the school - whether for the first time or as much missed returnees. The Parent Council exists to represent your views, interests and concerns to the school in order to enhance the already great partnership between staff and families that exists here. In ...

Message from Headteacher

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Dear Parent/Carer, First of all I’m delighted that, in principle, we have been given the go ahead to plan your child’s return to school w/b 10th August following the Scottish Government’s announcement on Thursday 30th July. The exact details will follow as soon as possible and will be published on the school website. A ...

Art Competition and Summer Activities 2020

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National Galleries of Scotland Art Competition - S1-S3!!!!!!Win art materials and have your work shown in the National Gallery of Scotland!!! The closing date has not been set yet, but will be sometime in Autumn so keep your entries and bring them into school so we can enter them into the competition. There are categories ...

Summer 2020 Work Coach Support

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Our partners at Skills Development Scotland will be available throughout the school holiday. Our Work Coach Jo has written to all parents in the attached letter to outline the supports available. Skills Development Scotland Career Support

Headteacher Update – Returning to School

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Dear parent/carer and pupil of our school, First and foremost I hope this correspondence finds you well. You should know that whether you are a parent/carer or pupil, my thoughts and prayers have been with you through these unprecedented times that we have all been experiencing. On Monday 15th, I updated you on the City of Edinburgh’s ...

Families Edinburgh Magazine – Lockdown Issue 2

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Lockdown Issue 2 of Families Edinburgh Magazine is now out. Full of useful on homeschooling and entertaining children, as well as all important information about health and wellbeing, you can access the magazine here:  https://issuu.com/familiesonline/docs/edinburgh_3_?fr=sOTJiMzE1MTMyMDM&fbclid=IwAR2YQYKrMcFUsX8JqnirLA_vq7cdwb_hjYLGgDrQOOR8kVkQAM3xhMvOyCk

Update from the City of Edinburgh Council regarding school closures for EAL parents and carers

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Dear EAL parents and carers Please read the attached correspondence from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer, City of Edinburgh Council regarding school closures. The letter is available in the following languages. Please click on the corresponding link to download: Letter to Parents English Letter to Parents ArabicLetter to Parents Chinese (Simplified) Letter to Parents Chinese (Traditional)Letter ...

Paris Trip Refund Update

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Dear parent/carer, If you were unable to collect your cheque last week the school office will be open for a short time this week to process your refund. What you should do next Arrive at the school on Thursday 4 June between 9.30am and 10.30am. Richard Brown, our Recreation Manager, will in the community hall area and he will ...

Communication

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In order to respond to your concerns, we’re asking you to email us using the following methods:- Any concern about learning – email your teacher directly. All information is contained in the Home Learning Hub tab on the main page of the website. Any concern about school in general – email  Admin@whec.edin.sch.uk Any concern about Leisure activities ...

Connect: Learning at home – how’s that going for you?

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Please see information below from Connect: We’d like to hear from parents about their experience of supporting their child's learning at home during lockdown.  It has been a challenging time!  We are delighted to announce our speaker is Janet Goodall, a common sense and empathetic educator, who will offer you reassurance and much more!  Places are free, ...

Paris Trip Refund Update

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Dear parent/carer, We are pleased to inform you that we can process your refund on Friday 29th May 2020. What you should do next Arrive at the school on Friday 29th anytime between 10am and 12pm. Richard Brown- our Recreation Manager- will in the car park area will inform you of the social distancing procedures that are in place prior to ...

Paris Update 25.05.20

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Dear parent/carers and pupils I’m sure, like me, you will be reflecting on how good it would have been to be travelling to Paris with your friends and teachers. I hope over time, we’ll be able to organise something else in the future on a similar scale and make it a special school trip. As the date ...

Transition 2020-21

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to WHEC to all our new S1 parents/carers. Our website will be regularly updated with all things Transition over the coming days and weeks. You can find Transition related information on our Transition 20-21 page of the website. For queries about whether your child has a place at ...

‘Generation Lockdown’ Writing Competition

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A writing competition for ages 7 to 17, called 'Generation Lockdown', has been launched offering young people the chance to write about their experiences during lockdown. Winners will be picked by authors and have their work published in a book. Submissions can be in the format of a personal experience, a poem or a creative story ...

Leaps Update: 11-05-20

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Senior Phase LEAPS students LEAPS have created new resources for Senior Phase students, their parents and carers. LEAPS S5 Conference Online Resources For LEAPS eligible students who are aiming for Higher Education courses at college or university. Please find resources at https://www.leapsonline.org/S5-conference-online If you are on twitter, you can retweet LEAPS tweet about this resource:  https://twitter.com/LEAPS1996 LEAPS1996 (@LEAPS1996) | TwitterThe latest Tweets ...

Survey for S1-S3 Pupils / Parents / Carers

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Can all pupils, or parents or carers of pupils in S1-S3 please complete the following City of Edinburgh Council survey on Learner Digital Access by clicking on the link below by 5pm on Monday 27th April. Thank you. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xIwOq4wFaMZMtvudcyA1f4hUODBXQ0NKNE9YNkhPMkw2QkVHVjlOQ1BMQi4u

Leaps Events & News

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LEAPS S5 Conference LEAPS will be running a shortened live online version of this event on Wednesday 6th May from 5.30 - 6.30pm.  Places are limited and will be offered on first come, first served basis.  This is initially being promoted to students who'd already signed up for March conference.  A recording of the event will ...

City of Edinburgh Council Learner Digital Access Survey

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Can all pupils, or parents or carers of pupils in S1-S3 please complete the following City of Edinburgh Council survey on Learner Digital Access by clicking on the link below by Monday 27th April. Thank you. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=af6sSGo3tUKfacnke7-5xIwOq4wFaMZMtvudcyA1f4hUODBXQ0NKNE9YNkhPMkw2QkVHVjlOQ1BMQi4u

Paris 2020 Update

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Dear Parent Carer. First of all, I hope you are all well and managing under the current conditions, I realise it is an unsettling time for you and your family. Secondly thank you for your patience and understanding with this debacle and whilst it is no consolation, please be assured that we are not the only ...

Attention all WHEC Pupils

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Youth Link Scotland is working with the Scottish Goverment. Please see the survey link at the bottom of this email asking young people aged 11-25 how they feel about the Covid 19 pandemic and to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns.  Find the survey here: https://bit.ly/3bOTfuh

Paris 2020

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Dear Parent/Carer Paris 2020 I have been in contact with our Tour Operator Equity Travel. As you can imagine their response time has been slowed somewhat by changes to staffing compounded by having to cancel imminent trips abroad in the months of March and April. There are two options We postpone the trip to late September, early October 2020. ...

Free School Meal (FSM) Updates

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Dear parent/carer, We recently updated our website with information about FSM. I have the same documentation but also some frequently asked questions that might help. FSM school closure - no bank details FSM school closure payment FSM FAQs Other Languages 20-6101 - FSM school closure - no bank details.POLSKA 20-6103 - FSM school closure payment.POLSKA 20-6100 - FSM school closure - no ...

Key Worker Information for Parents and Carers

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Dear parent/carer You may be aware that the City of Edinburgh Council has set up locality hubs for children of Key Workers. If you have been allocated a place in school follow the chart to see if your child should attend. It is vital for the safety of the staff supervising the hubs that only those children ...

UCAS update on COVID-19

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Please see the most recent message from Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of UCAS. Dear colleague I am writing to provide you with an update on the activities that UCAS is undertaking in response COVID-19, and assure you that UCAS has the flexibility and expertise to support all audiences during this time. UCAS set up a cross-business coronavirus working ...

Key Information for Parents and Carers: Free School Meal Payments

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Please see attached information for all parents and carers. If you have not done so please complete the necessary paperwork and return it to:- FSM School Closure - No Bank Details FSM School Closure Payment Please e-mail this information to: school.grants@edinburgh.gov.uk Or send by post to: The City of Edinburgh Council, School Grants, Transactions - Assessment & Finance, PO Box ...

Message from Headteacher – 20.03.20

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Please see the most recent letter from Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer- City of Edinburgh Council. I will be in contact later today with a further update about provision for week beginning 23rd March. See full response here: Covid-19 Letter to Parents / Carers 19.03.20 Stay safe and best wishes.David Young Headteacher

Paris 2020

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On Friday 12th March the UK Government advised us that no there should be no school trips until further notice. As you know, the health and wellbeing of our pupils is of paramount importance and we must follow their guidance therefore, regrettably , the Paris trip in May 2020 will not go ahead as planned. We will write out ...