Communication with Parents

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/  

 

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

YASS Information

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

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Mintlaw Academy pupils’ Donation for Bunono School, Uganda

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Photo: Marlyn Somers (3rd right) and Trixie Findlay (4th Right) with the cheque for £200 and the pupils who made it possible.

S1-4 pupils from the Horizons Group and Enhanced Learning Suite at Mintlaw Academy have raised funds for Bunono School in Uganda by running an enterprise, which has included making and selling bird feeders and holding a raffle. Bunono School is the beneficiary of the charity ‘Uganda Person to Person’ founded 10 years ago by Marlyn Somers, an optical dispenser from Forres. Bunono School also opened 10 years ago and now has a roll of 600 pupils, who receive a Primary Education. Uganda Person to Person is so called as all money donated goes directly to the school with no administration fees. Marlyn accompanied by Trixie Findlay from Elgin were invited to speak to the pupils earlier in the session and as a result,the pupils and staff of the Additional Support for Learning department were so touched by Marlyn’s work and the needs of Bunono School that it was decided that they would help with resources by fundraising. Some pupils also wrote to the school and their letters along with photos of their enterprise work were taken out to Uganda in January. Marlyn and Trixie have recently returned to Mintlaw with photos and news of the pupils and their trip. The sum of £200 will be used to fund a shower cubicle for the boys at the school and the department will continue to raise funds to help with resources.

Celebration of Success for Mintlaw Academy’s Young Photographers

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Photo:  Callum Davidson ,Senior Winner (Far left), Kenneth Chalmers, Intermediate Winner(2ND from left), Kathleen and Norman Laird (back right), Dr Bob Murray and Lena Levy (front) accompanied by the S1-4 pupils  .

S1-4 pupils from Mintlaw Academy’s Additional Support for Learning Department have recently taken part in the local heats of Young Photographer of the Year, a competition sponsored nationally by the Rotary Club of Great Britain and Ireland and locally by Central Buchan Rotary Club. The pupils were given the theme “My Beautiful World” on which to base their photographs and their entries were judged by Peterhead Photography Club with Norman Laird (Chairman) and Kathleen Laird (Secretary) at the helm. Rotarian, Dr Bob Murray was instrumental in the success and co-ordination of the project by providing the link between the school and the Photography Club. A Prize giving event was held at the academy, which was attended by all the pupils who took part, Lena Levy (Central Buchan Rotary Club President), Dr Bob Murray, Norman and Kathleen Laird, Alan Horberry( Head Teacher) and various staff members. Dr Murray announced the winners as follows

Intermediate Competition-

1st Kenneth Chalmers, 2nd Danny Burnett, 3rd Sean Davidson

Senior Competition-

1st Callum Davidson, 2nd Lauren MacLean, 3rd Katie Matthew

Lena Levy presented the winners with trophies and all participants with a certificate from the Rotary Club. On behalf of the Rotary Club, Dr Murray presented the school with a Tripod. A selection of photos from all participants will be shown at the North East of Scotland Open Studio Art Exhibition in the Kemp Hall, Old Deer in September. Kenneth and Callum’s photos will now be entered at Rotary District 10/10 level to compete against young photographers from Shetland to Fife and out to the Western Isles. The importance of the positive impact on and skills developed by pupils through photography is highly valued by the Additional Support for Learning department at Mintlaw as is the encouragement and recognition of their achievements by the Rotary and Photography Clubs. Various photography courses are taught within the department by Mrs Heather Reid and since the introduction of the courses the S3 and S4 pupils have successfully gained an SQA qualification each year. The tripod gifted by the Rotary Club will be used in the teaching of these courses and for creating images for next year’s competition.

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Mintlaw Academy outscores national and shire averages

 

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Pupils at Mintlaw Academy surpassed themselves as the school continued to beat national and shire wide averages in key studies.

Figures released for the 2014/15 school term show that students at the academy have continued to improve on the year previous’ results in key areas like numeracy and literacy as well as positive destinations for those who have completed their studies.

Students leaving the school and achieving a positive destination – meaning employment, apprenticeships and further or higher education, rose from 93.4% to 96%, bringing it above the Aberdeenshire average of 95.6%.

 Local councillors welcomed the figures as they were presented to them at Tuesday’s Buchan Area Committee.
 
Jim Ingram, Councillor for Central Buchan, said: “It’s above the Aberdeenshire average and that is a positive in many respects.”
 
Norman Smith, also a Councillor for Central Buchan, said: “There is still a lot of work to be done and it is being done so I would like to thank you for that.”

The school has bettered national and shire averages at different levels in literacy and numeracy while continually outscoring it’s Virtual Comparator – a performance benchmarking tool based on the social and economic background of the academy.

The school has set out a long term improvement strategy to try and “re-define the ethos of the school and raise aspirations and expectations”.

The academy has also strengthened links with primary schools with a focus on numeracy. 

Article from Buchan Observer by Sean O’Neil

Scottish Education Awards 2016

Nominations are now being sought for The Scottish Education Awards.  These are awards  to recognise the support and effort that teachers, school support staff, schools and also parents/carers put in to helping pupils achieve their potential.  Anyone can nominate a person for an award and  the various categories can be viewed at

 http://www.scottisheducationawards.org.uk/

 Nominations close at 12pm on Monday 15th February 2016.

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/

Learn Together – Parent Conference Event

Learning Together, Mintlaw Academy’s first Parent Conference took place on Thursday 19th November 2015.

 Following a key note address from Mr Horberry, parents opted to attend up to three workshops/presentations on a wide variety of topics including Building Resilience, Internet Safely, Study Skills, Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, Teenage Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Technology in the Classroom, and a session led by local employers on the employability skills they look for in young people.  There were also presentations from pupils on Wider Achievement and volunteering opportunities within the curriculum, and displays from the Mintlaw Academy Parent Council and PTA.

Parents had an opportunity to visit department and faculty stands and displays, enjoy performances by Drama and Music Department pupils and to view the work of pupils in the Art Department.   The event was much appreciated by all who attended.

If you attended this conference we would be very grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete a quick survey about your experiences.  Your views will influence planning for similar events in the future and so your opinions are very important to us.  Please complete the survey by clicking on the link below.

Thank you

 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PDKDWTZ

 

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