Parents – frustrated when letters from school go missing?
Now is the time to get involved in shaping the future of communication with schools. Aberdeenshire Council is rolling out a new service to communicate with parents by email, text message and a new app for smartphones and tablets.
A parents’ survey is available that will directly influence how the school uses the new messaging service – you can complete it at the following link; https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AberdeenshireSchools
This improved system will allow us to send home newsletters, certificates and other communication electronically, saving the school money currently spent on text message and printed newsletters.
We are scheduled to begin using this technology hopefully next year and are seeking parents’ views on what they want to receive, delivery methods and how often they want to hear from the school.
Please note, telephone and letter communication will still be used for communication that is of a sensitive or confidential nature.
Further information is available by visiting http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/schools/parents-carers/school-communications/
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Pupils are expected to wear school dress while at school and
when participating in organised school trips or activities.
- 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
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.
Nationals in a Nutshell