It’s hard to believe that this is the last HT update I will write before the school opens in August. And what a week this final full week has been.
Last Saturday, I was part of a large group of staff who spent the day getting our Emergency First Aid training up to date. As a parent as well as a teacher, I’ve dealt with my fair share of potential crises, but it’s so important to all of us to get as much training as we can to support the health and safety of our young people. We surprised ourselves by actually having quite a lot of fun alongside the seriousness of the topic, and it really made us think about the importance of putting this type of knowledge and understanding into our My World programme. We’ll keep you updated as these ideas take shape.
Monday was a big day in terms of deliveries with several trucks worth of equipment arriving on site. Paula and Fiona, and our science technician, did an incredible job of coordinating this with partners and we are hugely grateful for their organisation, tenacity, and attention to detail. Deliveries will continue into the summer holidays but this means that bulk of what we need to get started is now on site and can begin to be put in the right places. I was also able to meet with key staff from our new facilities management team this week, who will be a crucial support in this establishment phase.
On Tuesday, we welcomed almost all of our new staff to the building, most of whom were seeing it for the first time. It was a clear reminder of what a major piece of work recruitment has been, as well as how worthwhile all of that time has been in terms of getting it right for our young people.
All young people now have their House allocation and Lynsey and Neil enjoyed delivering their first online House assemblies to this week. Any young people who were unable to access them live can watch a recording on our Transition page. Although they were designed for P7s, there is plenty in here that is relevant to all year groups: Transition 2022-2023 – Rosehill High School (edubuzz.org)
I have also added slides with key messages about our first few days. Parents will by now have received a letter outlining what we will cover in the Pupil Welcome Days on the 16th-18th August. All young people will also get a note of their form, practical and homeroom classes next week. It is hugely important that they know these when they arrive in August, so your support with this is much appreciated!
A number of staff were delighted to be at MGS’s ‘farewell’ event for our new S2 and S3 on Thursday evening. It was lovely to see so much enjoyment alongside what has undoubtedly been a complex few weeks, with lots of change, for future Rosehill pupils. We are very grateful to the staff in all of our partner schools for their support in ensuring as smooth a transition as possible. No other school in Scotland has begun with S1-S3 from Day 1, and we wouldn’t have had the successes we have without this team effort.
We continue to value your support in working through Rosehill High School: What You Need To Know with your young person before they arrive. Get in touch if you think we can add anything else. You might also enjoy seeing some images of the building: Rosehill High School Photo Tour (These were take a couple of weeks ago so everything is different again, but you’ll get the idea!). We are so looking forward to our tours with families next week, especially now that the REAL TREES are in the atrium.
A note on food: we will be ‘onboarding’ NEC cards throughout our first day. We cannot do this before the pupils arrive in the school and register on day one. We cannot guarantee every pupil being done in the first morning; that’s not something that is within the school’s control. In order to ensure that all young people have guaranteed access to a lunch, our catering team will be proving a free ‘tasting’ menu on Wednesday 16th August. Your child may wish to bring a packed lunch on this day, which is absolutely fine. We would also recommend water and a snack for their morning rest break that day.
As core paths are completed over the summer, we’d love it if you could do a couple of practice runs with your young person to support their journey to school. Remember, the building will not be open until 8.15 each morning so it is worth working out timings to ensure that no one is left standing in the rain too long!
Our admin mailbox will be monitored over the summer period, but please be mindful that all staff, including our admin support, have at least some leave during the summer. Our Twitter account will not be in use.
In the meantime, we wish all of our families and enjoyable and restful summer break. I’ll be putting the laptop down for a wee while at least and enjoying a few short breaks away, and a lot of family time. Transition doesn’t finish on the 16th August, it’s just the next phase. We cannot wait to see you all then.