Head Teacher Update for Pupils – 4th May 2020

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone is safe and healthy. All of the staff are missing you and hope to see you soon. Have you seen the video?

Quick update from the school:

SQA estimates

We have been informed that no estimates should be shared with Parents or Pupils and that no further estimate evidence will be gathered. (This decision has been made by the SQA)


Monday 4th May is an INSET day and Friday 8th May is a holiday. No classwork will be set for these two days.

New class lists and new session start

New Class Lists – We are aiming to move year groups S4 into S5 and S5 into S6 the week beginning Monday 11th May. You should receive a TEAMS notification or email via google classrooms from your new subject teacher to allow you to access your new class. S1- S3 year groups will move at the start of June.

Engaging with your school work

Non-Engagement of course work –Please remember the maximum number of hours you should be doing is about 4 hours a day- 2 X 2hours slots with plenty of breaks. If you have any difficulty or concerns about this or any IT issues, please contact the school by email at Admin@st-augustines.edin.sch.uk. From Monday 11th May if Senior Pupils in the new S5 and S6 are not engaging and have had not made any attempt to contact someone in the school, we will assume that they have left school and you could be removed from the school roll. Any pupil who receives music instruction should be in contact with their tutors via e-mail (the instructors all contacted their students last week and overall engagement has been pretty good – well done!)

Access to technology and resources

Where access to technology or any other resources is an issue please phone (0131-334-6801) or email the school (as above).

Health and Wellbeing: a priority

We fully understand the additional stresses on you at this difficult time and wish to emphasise yet again that health takes precedence over anything else. Our Pupil Support Team and Depute Headteachers are still available to all young people in our school community. Contact details are on our school website under ‘PUPIL SUPPORT’ should you require any additional support at this time. Our phone line is now being remotely monitored as well so please do not hesitate to contact us on 0131 334 6801. We are obviously not available face to face but please remember that Pupil Support & Support for Learning staff, Year Heads and myself are only an email away and are here to support you all. A range of support materials is also available on our school website, for you as well as some information which may be useful for your parents/ carers, and regular suggestions are also being made on our TEAMS Health and Wellbeing page.

Please remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and stay engaged with your work. I look forward to welcoming you back into school when it is safe to do so, but in the meantime (and it is rare for me to say so!) stay at home and don’t worry about your uniform!

Michael McGee