10 November 2020

Headteacher, Mr Wilson, has issued a letter about the new Parents' Evening Online Booking System.   Also, check out the Parents' Guide on how to make video bookings for the evenings.

8 October 2020

Andy Gray, Chief Education Officer has issued a letter to parents/carers.

Translations of this letter are available in the following languagesArabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese (Mandarin), Traditional Chinese (Cantonese), Turkish, Romanian, Polish and Urdu

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Mental Health Information Station REOPENING to the public on Thursday 8 October 2020

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Family Support

ECAS supports young people with disabilities on what to do when they leave school.   This initiative helps young disabled people get support to achieve their aims. While it’s aimed at 18-30 year olds, they’re keen to speak to 6th year school pupils with disabilities to help them better plan their futures..

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7 September 2020

Scottish Gas Network are starting work in the Dean Park Crescent/Learmonth Terrace, area Edinburgh on Monday 21 September 2020, which will last approximately 4 weeks.

This project is to upgrade their gas network and involves replacing the existing gas mains with new plastic pipe.

During this time they will replace approximately 50m of low pressure gas main. To facilitate the works it will be necessary to close Learmonth Terrace at its junction with Dean Park Crescent.  Dean Park Crescent will also be closed to northbound traffic between Queensferry Road and Comely Bank Avenue.  Access to these streets from Oxford Terrace will also be restricted.  Local diversions will be in place during this time and parking suspensions will be in operation.

31 August 2020

Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government has issued a letter with updated information/guidance on the Common Cold and Covid-19 symptoms.

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Information has been issued about Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok and Discord, some of the apps that a number of young people are using daily. They are each designed to provide important advice and information for parents and carers. 

25 August 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

You will be aware of the growing call for secondary students to wear a face covering in communal areas in schools.

The following information has been shared with our students :

Following scientific advice the Scottish Government is asking schools to make sure that students wear a face covering when outside the classroom. So when you are moving between lessons, in the toilets or indoors for wet weather you will be expected to wear a face covering.

Student Actions:

  1. Bring a face covering to school every day
  2. Wear it when entering the building
  3. Wear it every time you leave your classroom

I would ask you please to ensure that your child has at least one face covering when leaving for school in the morning. Please discuss the fact that wearing a covering will help to protect them and everyone else in the school. This follows advice from the World Health Organisation.

Thank you

Mr J Wilson

Headteacher

24 August 2020

The NHS has issued a letter for Parents/Carers with advice on good practice for students being back at school.  

14 August 2020

The return to school has been a great success for our students this week. As you can imagine, both students and staff have had to very quickly adapt to a whole new way of working. I would commend all school users for their patience and understanding while we collectively adjust our habits.

One of those habits is being inside the building during breaks and lunchtimes. As government guidelines have advised schools to avoid indoor gatherings of more than 50 we are continuing to ask students to spend their free time outside. This week it has been reassuring to see groups of young people making use of our extensive school grounds. They have been acting safely and sensibly and spending less time looking at their phones than usual.  Long may that continue!

In order that we continue to mitigate risks associated with infection control, a small but important number of changes are being introduced from Monday 17 August. These are outlined below.

Staggered entry and re-entry into school building

Start of day

S1 & S2                 8.30am                 One bell ring

S3 & S4                 8.33am                 Two bell rings

S5 & S6                 8.36am                 Three bell rings

At end of lunchtime, Mon- Thu

S1 & S2                 1.50pm                 One bell ring

S3 & S4                 1.53pm                 Two bell rings

S5 & S6                 1.56pm                 Three bell rings

The school has received a small number of enquiries about the possibility of introducing ‘staggered lunches.’ In some local authorities staggered lunchtimes is the norm across most Secondary schools. It is important to bear in mind that staggered lunches usually mean slightly different start and end times, with the student population split into two or three groupings. Unless students are separated into groups of 50 or less, these staggered lunches do not fulfil the requirement to keep groups to 50 or below. In our school we would need to provide 23 separate lunchtimes per day in order to meet this requirement. This is why we have chosen to introduce outdoor breaks and lunchtimes instead.

Given what could be generously described as the variable climate in Scotland, I would urge parents and carers to ensure that your child goes to school with a rainproof jacket if the forecast suggests it might be necessary.

If the weather conditions indicate that being outdoors is higher risk than being indoors we will declare it a ‘wet weather’ day – a situation that our students will remember from Primary school days. This would result in the students being permitted back in the building. They would be asked to move into our central Hub area, the Assembly Hall area and our foyer area. Seating will be very limited in order to avoid face to face interaction for longer than 15 minutes. At all times, we will strive to take the safest course of action for young people in this temporary new normal.

It has been a real pleasure to see our young people back in our school this week. From the brand new S1 students who have forgotten the way to their classrooms to the very grown up S6, these young people are the lifeblood of our school community. I have great hopes for them individually and collectively. They are having to contend with a situation and social restrictions that have not been seen in anyone’s lifetime, yet they remain cheerful and enthusiastic. They also happen to be full of talent and are ready to work hard for success.

Mr J Wilson

Headteacher

 

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PE Clothing Requirements

All pupils will take part in physical education outside in a range of different physical activities.

Pupils will not have access to changing facilities on site.

On days pupils have PE can students come to school in their PE kit, red top/t-shirt and black leggings, shorts or jogging bottoms please?

Waterproofs or a suitable change of clothing in case of bad weather are essential - please check the weather forecast regularly so that you are best prepared for outdoor lessons.

Pupils will arrive in PE on the 1st floor and into the Games Hall along the corridor to the left of the Theatre, using the stairs at the end of the Maths corridor to access the corridor.

Each class will have a designated area in the Games Hall where they can leave their bags. No valuables can be handed to the teacher for safe-keeping and bags will not be locked away.  Advice on valuables would be to leave them at home or use a school locker.

Thank you for your help in ensuring that the young people at Broughton High can maximise their learning experience in PE and minimise the risk of infection.

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Induction information for the safe return to school is available here.

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Available now is a summary of a letter to parents and carers, from Alistair Gaw, Executive Director of Communities and Families, 5th August 2020 in the following languages:    English, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Cantonese, Polish, Mandarin and Romanian.

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NEW TERM PHASED RETURN INFORMATION

Dear Parents and Carers

I hope you and your family have kept safe and well and have been able to enjoy the summer, strange as it has been. Wednesday 12 August will see the beginning of a phased return for students coming back to school.  I and all of my colleagues are very much looking forward to seeing our young people again after such a long enforced absence.

Our phased return model balances the need to keep all members of the school community safe, allows our new S1 students some time to familiarise themselves with a completely new learning environment and gives all students the chance to re-adjust to school life. Throughout the first week and beyond we all need to bear in mind that we are still working through a global pandemic the like of which has not been seen in our lifetime and which may unfortunately get worse again before it gets better. I am convinced that if we work together and support each other, and if we acknowledge anxieties and make the most of our considerable strengths we will get through this.

The phased return from 12-14 August is shown in the table below:

NEW SESSION PHASED RETURN - Broughton High School

 

Monday 10 August

 

Tuesday 11 August

 

Wednesday 12 August

 

Thursday 13 August 

 

Friday 14 August

 

In Service

Staff only

 

In Service

Staff only

 

S1 & S2 PUPILS ONLY

 

S1 start at 8.30am, reporting to stations in the school concourse.

S2 start at 9.30am, first lesson as a return induction with group tutor.

S1 finish and depart 10 minutes early (3.20pm)

S2 finish and depart 5 minutes early (3.25pm)

 

  S1 & S2 PUPILS

  S3 & S4 PUPILS

  S1 start at 8.30am, reporting to     stations in the school concourse.

  S2 start at 9.30am.

  S3 start at 10.20am.

  S4 start at 11.10am.

  S1 finish and depart 10 minutes      early (3.20pm)

  S2 finish and depart 5 minutes        early (3.25pm)

S1 & S2 PUPILS

S3 & S4 PUPILS

S5 & S6 PUPILS

S1-S4 start at 8.30am.

S5 start at 9.30am, first lesson senior school induction.

S6 start at 10.40am, for S6 induction.

All students finish at normal Friday lunchtime.

          
         
Monday 17 August Tuesday 18 August Wednesday 19 August Thursday 20 August 

Friday 21 August

 

ALL PUPILS RESUME ALL PUPILS RESUME ALL PUPILS RESUME ALL PUPILS RESUME ALL PUPILS RESUME

All students will be briefed and reminded on how best to keep themselves, and others, safe when in school.  All staff will be similarly briefed and supported to keep themselves and our students safe. Information that we will share will be based on the Scottish Government’s most recent guidelines for schools. These have been adapted by the City of Edinburgh and further summarised by our Business Manager, Mrs Wallace.  A copy of the staff version is attached for your information and a student-friendly version will be used when inducting our students next week.  Please familiarise yourself with the attached guidelines and take the opportunity to discuss them with your child.

We have been assured that hand sanitising facilities will be installed throughout our school building and outside the front doors on time for the students returning on the 12th.  Any student who wishes to wear a face covering in school will be permitted to do so.  Some staff may also choose to wear a face covering. We will address any concerns about this when we welcome our students back.

Some Practicalities

 During breaks and lunchtimes all students will be asked to move outside the building, which we know will be a safer environment than indoors. We are blessed with extensive school grounds which also offer various types of outdoor space.

  • Students are not permitted to leave school grounds during morning break, apart from S5 and S6 seniors.
  • During lunchtime S1 students must stay on school grounds. This will be the case until further notice.
  • S2-S6 students who choose to leave school grounds during lunchtime must adhere to the current rules of wider society, for instance wearing a face covering when in shops. (This obviously applies to all students before and after the school day.)
  • Students must wash their hands when returning back to the school building.
  • Food available during morning break and lunchtimes will be of the ‘grab and go’ type. Students will not be able to use the seated dining area and instead will be asked to eat outside in order to minimise risk of infection.
  • Parents and carers are encouraged to provide a packed lunch as this will reduce waiting time in queues.
  • We encourage all students to adhere to school colours, although we will not be insisting on specific items of uniform. This is to help families with frequent washing requirements. I would ask parents and carers to support the school with the adherence to school colours. The need to engender a school identity and keep young people safe from intruders is as important as ever at this time.
  • When moving between classes all students will be asked to keep to the left in order to reduce risk of infection. This is a practical way of mitigating risk and we are fortunate to have corridors that are more than 2 metres wide.

With support from the parental community the new normal in our school should become second nature fairly quickly.

It has become crystal clear that wider society needs schools to be in operation. As well as acquiring crucial skills and knowledge young people depend on the social interaction and personal development experiences that schools provide. Furthermore, without school provision the parental workforce cannot support economic recovery. Our school is right at the heart of the community. Let us work together to make the new school year a great success, despite the constraints of Covid-19.

We look forward to welcoming our children and young people back to Broughton HS from 12 August.

John J Wilson

Headteacher

 

 

Mental Wellbeing

Granton Youth Centre has prepared a guide for parents to create mental wellbeing at home during this pandemic.

Visual Stress Testing

At a recent Parent Council meeting a parent was invited to speak about her experiences with the ‘Visual Stress Test’.

It tests for a condition akin to, but not the same as, dyslexia. Many people, of all ages,who have had the test and prescribed a certain type of spectacles have had their lives transformed. Overlays and rulers can be used, but are less effective. However, just realising that this is a challenge can help people.

We have found some information online which is here:

https://www.crossboweducation.com/visual-stress-symptoms-and-solutionshttps://www.crossboweducation.com/visual-stress-symptoms-and-solutions

https://www.eyesite.co.uk/childrens-eyesight/visual-stress-test/https://www.eyesite.co.uk/childrens-eyesight/visual-stress-test/

We have been recommending to some of our students and parents NHS approved:

Crystal Optometry
8 Rodney Street Edinburgh EH7 4EA

https://crystaloptometry.co.uk/https://crystaloptometry.co.uk/

Dorothy Crystal MCOptom specialises in the optometric investigation of reading, writing and learning difficulties (visual stress, learning, binocular instability and colorimetry  https://crystaloptometry.co.uk/-10-visual-stress-dyslexiahttps://crystaloptometry.co.uk/-10-visual-stress-dyslexia

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City of Edinburgh Council has issued information about Parental Involvement and Engagement, which describes ways in which you can be involved in the life of your child's school and engaged in your child's learning.

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Programmes, activities and groups information in the North West Locality is available now for parents and carers.

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FREE PARENT/CARER family conflict resolution training opportunity

When: Friday 7 February 2020

Where: Norton Park Training Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY

To register your FREE place click herehere

Families can be complicated, loving, difficult, complex and conflicting even on a good day. Find out a bit more about resolving conflicts and improving relationships.

The SCCR delivers this training to provide some understanding around conflict as a parent/carer: exploring what conflict is, reviewing relationships, identifying potential triggers and ‘silly wee things’, reflecting on growing up, and looking at how we can respond to situations to find a resolution.

The course is short, simple, informative and interactive allowing parents/carers to informally share experiences and discuss related issues with others.

Who is it for?

The course is aimed parents/carers of young people and has been designed in such a way that it allows participants to share their knowledge and experience with other parents/carers. The delivery is informal and is a mix of presentation, discussion, activity and evaluation.

Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution is a national resource centre promoting and supporting best practice in mediation, family conflict resolution and early intervention. Through our free events, as well as online resources, the SCCR aims to encourage young people, their families and organisations to develop conflict resolutions skills to improve both relationships and life chances and ultimately reduce youth homelessness.

To register your FREE place click herehere

For further information on this and all other SCCR training and events being held across Scotland, please contact our Event Organiser, Yvonne Moffat, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0131 475 2493.

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Stress Control Classes for Adults

Stress Control classes can help people to manage stress better and understand the connection between stress, anxiety and low mood. You don’t have to be stressed to benefit. It can help you to avoid stress from building up in future.

If you are experiencing stress, want to avoid future stress or are just interested and want to find out more; then come along to one of our classes. Details of future classes are listed for each region across Edinburgh and the Lothians.’

Here is the link if you or anyone you know might be interested. https://services.nhslothian.scot/stresscontrol/Edinburgh/Pages/default.aspxhttps://services.nhslothian.scot/stresscontrol/Edinburgh/Pages/default.aspx

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Bike Thefts

Unfortunately there is an ongoing issue with bicycle thefts in North Edinburgh and beyond. Around the UK approximately half a million bikes are stolen every year.

In our school we provide a secure bike shed for use by students. It is kept locked through most of the school day. Although the incidence of theft from this facility is low, it is still upsetting for those who are victims when it happens.

If your child stores their bicycle in the school bike shed please ensure that it is well protected. The minimum security advised is the use of a D lock. Further advice is available in the article below. Stay safe.

 https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/keep-your-bicycle-securehttps://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/home-and-personal-property/keep-your-bicycle-secure

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Relationships / Sexual Health / Parenthood Education

As you may be aware, a new national Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education resource has been developed for use in Scottish schools.  TASC (Scotland) was commissioned to create the resource by a partnership of NHS Boards and Local Authorities with advice from Education Scotland and the Scottish Government.   Further information is in this letter from Head of Schools and Lifelong Learning, Andy Gray.

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The S2 Mandarin Rota for 2019-20 is available now.

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Parents are asked to complete the Scottish Government survey below 

Primary

Scottish Government would like to hear your views on your child’s school

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EdPiePrim/https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EdPiePrim/

Secondary

Scottish Government would like to hear your views on your child’s school

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EdPieSec/https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EdPieSec/

Special

Scottish Government would like to hear your views on your child’s school

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EdPieSpec/https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/EdPieSpec/

The survey closes on 12th August 2019. 

Further information about Parental Engagement is available on the Council website:

https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20073/parental_engagement/132/parental_engagement_strategy_and_action_planhttps://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20073/parental_engagement/132/parental_engagement_strategy_and_action_plan

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Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions on Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Issues

The next Information and Support Session for Parents and Carers who are concerned about their pre-teen or teenager’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health takes place on Wednesday 5 June at Goodtrees Neighbourhood Centre, 11-15 Moredunvale Place, Edinburgh EH17 7LB (Car Park available).

Each session has a different topic focus and there is an opportunity for parents and carers to meet other parents and supportive professionals in a safe relaxed environment. Parents and carers of 11-18 year olds from in and around Edinburgh are welcome to book to attend any of the sessions.   The session on 5 June is on Self Harm.

This session will hopefully increase parents' and carers' understanding about Self Harm and offer some practical ways they can help young people who may consider or display self-harming behaviour.  

The session will be facilitated by Torin Forest from Penumbra Edinburgh Self Harm Project. Torin provides information, advice and support to parents and family members of young people who self-harm and has lived experience of self-harm and recovery.

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Teen Triple P Groups

Applications are welcome directly from parents and carers or from professionals on parents' behalf. Applications can be made by completing our online application formapplication form or by completing this application form and emailing it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details of Teen Triple P groupsTeen Triple P groups which are running across Edinburgh can be found alongside information on all parenting programmes at www.joininedinburgh.org/parenting-programmeswww.joininedinburgh.org/parenting-programmes  

The next Teen Triple P Groups will run at Northfield Willowbrae Community Centre, 10 Northfield Road, Edinburgh EH8 7PP on Thursdays from 25 April till 27 June 2019 from 12.30 - 2.30pm.   There are also groups at Rannoch Community Centre, Rannoch Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 7ER on Wednesdays from 1 May till 26 June 2019 from 9.30 - 11.30am. 

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New Service for Parents/Carers of Someone with Eating Disorders

A new telephone peer coaching service available across Scotland for parent carers of a loved one with an eating disorder provided by Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, in partnership with NHS Lothian.

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Survey on Neglect

Edinburgh Child Protection Committee and NSPCC Scotland are working together to design a city wide campaign on neglect.  As part of this they are keen to develop a better understanding of what parents in Edinburgh understand by the term neglect, what they would do if they suspected a child was being neglected and where families access support with parenting.  They have created a short surveyshort survey to do this, which should take between five and ten minutes to complete.  By completing this survey, you are helping to ensure that the final campaign will be relevant to all families and contribute towards keeping all children in the city safe.   Closing date for responses is 18 March. 

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Thanks to the Broughton Association and a Scottish Government initiative, pupils now have access to a wide selection of free sanitary products in school.  Supplies are available in departments throughout the school as well as Welfare.

Products include day and night time sanitary pads, both disposable and reusable, as well as tampons and menstrual cups (for those who wish to use them) when we have them in stock.

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Study Support

Study Support provides additional learning opportunities and support for learners outside the normal timetabled classroom hours.

Study Support opportunities for students sitting examination level subjects can be found here.

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