24th April Letter to Parents

Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

I trust that you and your family enjoyed the Easter Holidays and are all safe, refreshed and as ready as we can be for the challenges of Term 3.

 

I understand how difficult it is to re-establish routines after a holiday period, especially with the lovely weather that we are benefitting from at the moment. However, it is imperative that all students in Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 13 reconnect with their teachers via Shared Documents, Showbie and/or Google Classroom. Students and parents can plan a timetable for school work for the week ahead. As parents, you know how best to manage this, and we strongly encourage all students to spend 2-3 hours a day engaging in remote learning, either completing the work set by their teachers or carrying on with independent study.

 

Some students may have difficulty logging onto their My School or Email account after the holidays.  If this is an issue for anyone, please refer to the guidance that is available on the school website www.raineyendowed.com/coronavirus-academic-support or contact Mr Donaldson directly at rdonaldson958@c2kschools.net

 

Over the holidays we received clarification from the Minister regarding arrangements for the issuing of CCEA GCSE, AS & A2 qualifications for the Summer 2020 examination. Again, I trust that you were able to review the information from CCEA that we shared with you on the Parents’ App and on the school website.  A short summary of this is as follows:

 

  • Year 11 students will not complete any controlled assessment or examinations this summer. Exams will now be completed in Year 12.
  • Year 12 students will receive a grade that will be based on information provided by your child’s subject teachers and other centre based information.
  • Year 13 students will not complete any controlled assessment or examinations this summer. Exams will now be completed in Year 14.
  • Year 14 students will receive a grade that will be based on information provided by your child’s subject teachers and other centre based information.
  • It is absolutely essential that all year 11 and year 13 students continue with the studies that they have been set by their subject teachers.
  • This will enable both students, parents and staff to balance workload, mental health, well-being and GCSE and AS level course requirements.
  • If you are finding it difficult to get your child to engage in their learning, or have a pastoral concern, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of Year, or Mr Simpson at csimpson698@c2kni.net

 

As previously, if you are a Key-Worker and should you find yourself in a position where you have no further option for supervision for your child, please call Mrs Young on 07921 463 533 by 5pm on the evening of the day before that you require supervision. This is only to be availed of as a last resort, as we seek to comply with DE/PHA and government advice.

 

I also encourage you to regularly review the school’s website, Facebook and other social media platforms and to check that your child reads their school email daily.

 

In closing, I would like to pay tribute to all current and former Rainey parents and to all former pupils who are involved in delivering services that are essential in keeping us safe at this demanding time. We are indebted to you all.

 

Take care and stay safe.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

D M McCULLOUGH

HEADMASTER

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