Aberdeenshire’s 2017-2020 Children’s Services Plan

Dear Parent/Carer,

As part of developing Aberdeenshire’s 2017-2020 Children’s Services Plan, Aberdeenshire Council are seeking the views of a wide range of stakeholders. This includes children and young people, parents and carers, and feedback from those who lead and deliver services to children and their families across Aberdeenshire.

The consultation provides an explanation of what the Children’s Services Plan is about, and what types of things we would like to know from parents and carers. There is a very simple registration process that will just take a minute (Click the ‘Register’ button at the top of the page and follow the on-screen instructions.)

Please click on the following link to go to the online consultation, which will be open for responses until Wednesday 7thth December 2016:  https://aberdeenshire.dialogue-app.com/childrens-services-plan

There will also be a further consultation in Spring 2017, with an opportunity to comment on the draft Children’s Services Plan.

Many Thanks,

www.girfec-aberdeenshire.org

Adverse Weather Information

During the dark winter days, we encourage pupils to put safety first.  This includes dressing appropriately so that they can be seen at all times and to wear appropriate outerwear/footwear for the weather conditions.  Pupils have been reminded about the procedures to follow in the event of wintry weather, please discuss these arrangements with your son/daughter including if the school were to close during the day.  If unable to get into school, pupils should work through the materials appropriate to them as instructed by their class teachers.  Information about changes to school bus routes or school closures will be posted on the Aberdeenshire Council website and on the school infoline.

                          

To access the school infoline:

  • Dial Aberdeenshire Council’s access number: 0870 054 4999
  • Enter Mintlaw Academy’s Pin number: 021100
  • You will then be taken to the MAIN MENU where you will be given 4 options.
  • PRESS 1: to hear our school’s message about adverse weather

Parent Conference – Thursday 17th November 2016

We plan to hold the second annual Mintlaw Academy Parent Conference on the evening of Thursday 17th November.  The purpose of this unique event is to give parents and carers the opportunity to find out ways in which we can all work together to better support pupils in their learning.

Please click on the link below to sign up for workshops.

Parent Conference Workshops

 

 

Open University: Young Applicants Schools (YASS) : – Information for Parents/ Carers and Students.

YASS Information

Mintlaw Academy Pupils’ Exam Success

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We are very proud of the attainment of all our S4, S5 and S6 pupils in their recent SQA exams and qualifications. The pupils in the photo above received top grades in all the qualifications that they took before the summer. Congratulations to them and to all our pupils and a huge thanks to all our staff and parents for their support in helping all our pupils to experience record breaking success.

Communication for parents

Aberdeenshire council has changed the way parents receive online alerts about school closures and changes to school transport. You can now sign up for these notifications through myaccount on the Aberdeenshire Council website – if you currently pay for school meals online, you will already be registered.

 myaccount is a simple, secure way of accessing a range of Scottish public services using just one username and password and 13,000 parents across Aberdeenshire are already enjoying the benefits of it.

As well as being able to sign up for alerts, your home page will automatically give you handy information such as your bin collection days, where your nearest recycling centre is and the names of your local councillors.

So, if you want to be kept up-to-date and take advantage of the other myaccount benefits, sign up to the new system by going to the Aberdeenshire Council website and clicking on the red register button in the top right-hand corner.

Help and more information for parents and staff on myaccount can be found here http://bit.ly/shiremyaccount

Academy Uniforms at Mintlaw Academy

SCHOOL UNIFORM 

Pupils are expected to wear school dress while at school and

when participating in organised school trips or activities.

School Dress:

  • Mintlaw Academy blazer (S5/S6,optional for S1-S4)
  • Mintlaw Academy tie
  • White shirt
  • Mintlaw Academy black jumper/cardigan (optional)
  • Black trousers or skirt
  • Sensible black shoes (not black trainers)

 How to order school dress items:  (Prices may be subject to change)

v  Ties from the school – £2.50

 v  Academy Uniforms – blazers/knitwear – www.academyuniformsmpc.com

order online or free delivery to the school in June, August and December

Blazer – £41.50 to purchase  (Senior pupils may lease from the school – £10)

Knitwear (100% cotton) – Jumper – £16.50, Cardigan – £17.50

v  Pom Print (Mintlaw) – knitwear only

v  Jazmayne (Peterhead) – knitwear only

v  Donalds (Peterhead) – knitwear and ties

 

National Qualifications – Supporting our Students

As mentioned at the recent Parents’ Conference and in the covering letter for S4, S5 and S6 reports the following hyperlinks will take you to sites and resources that are very useful for helping parents / carers support their children in the run up to their National Qualifications.

SQA

http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/58062.html

Scholar

http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/export/sites/scholar/Information_About/Publication_Documents/SCHOLAR_Parent_Leaflet.pdf

Nationals in a Nutshell

http://www.npfs.org.uk/nationals-in-a-nutshell/

Improvements to Online Payment for Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools

A letter has been sent out to all parents and carers of pupils registered at Secondary schools across Aberdeenshire in relation to the payment for school meals. School meal payments should be simpler following an upgrading to an improved system for online payments. This will help reduce administration and cash handling in schools and to improve the customer experience for parents and carers paying into the system, allowing balances and account history to be viewed.

The new system will require one off registration. See important details by clicking on the following link-

Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools and Online Payment Facility.

As far as the pupil experience will be concerned, there will be no difference for Secondary school pupils and online payments for Primary school pupils will be introduced during the coming academic year through a phased roll-out programme.

All Secondary schools have been transferring to the new system over the Summer holidays and this will be operational for the start of the new term. Any balances remaining at the end of the last school year (2014-15) will be automatically transferred across to the new system.

 

Aberdeenshire GIRFEC Website

I would like to draw your attention to the new Aberdeenshire GIRFEC website.  This is now the central way of containing information on GIRFEC for practitioners, young people and parents / carers.

It now means that information can be contained in one place and is intended to help everyone navigate through a complex landscape.

Please use the link below

http://www.girfec-aberdeenshire.org/

 


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