COVID-19 Updates

All advice and information is subject to change rapidly.  We endeavour to keep all information up to date.


2nd April 2020, 11:00am

Devices

If your child has been issued a Chromebook by the school, please note that only your child can sign into the Chromebook using their Glow login details.  Video instructions have been added to the distance learning guides tile, which can be found on the Parent/Carer launchpad.

Wellbeing Update – Contacting the House Teams

Our House Teams and Pastoral Team are working hard to support pupils/parents/carers during this time.  Many of you have already been in contact with them and they will continue to provide pastoral support from a distance.

If you need to get in touch to make them aware of anything in relation to your child, or have a query,  then please complete the form which has been added to the Parent/ Carer Launchpad homepage.

Responses will go to Miss Hume (DHT Pupil Support) who will then pass on your concern to the appropriate member of the Pastoral Team.

Pupils are also able to stay in contact with the House Teams via their PSE Google Classrooms.

We have also added a link on our Home page to the Midlothian Educational Psychology Blog which has useful links and tips to support us all during this time.

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


31st March, 11:00am

Click Here To Access The Parent/Carer launchpad

Easter Holidays

We are sure you are now beginning to get used to supporting your child(ren) with their learning.  Please be aware that there will be no learning set for the Easter holidays and teachers will not be communicating online during the Easter holidays either.  We will resume learning on 20th April 2020.  A huge number of staff at Newbattle have volunteered to keep our Key Worker Hub open to help the front line workers fighting against COVID-19.

Continuing to Get Devices Out

We have worked hard to get devices ready for learners (limited number) and are now starting to release them in a safe manner.  This will continue after Easter.  Thank you for your patience with this.

SQA

We continue to await any further advice from SQA.  As soon as we do, then we will let you know.

Newbattle Hub

Newbattle as a front line Key Worker Hub has been working successfully with all children, young people and staff working together to maintain a safe working environment.  Key Workers children are provided the opportunity to continue with their learning at a ratio of 1:5 and always being at least 2m apart.  Newbattle Hub will continue to serve these families’ children over Easter.  Staff here have volunteered to give up their Easter holiday in support of them.

Continued Support

Our staff continue to provide support to families (Free School Meals, delivery of learning packs or other products).  Our Pupil Support Team and other staff continue to call home to check in how things are going and to answer any questions.  We will continue to do this.

Again as COVID-19 progresses, our firm focus is on helping support you in whichever way we can.

#kindnessmidlothian

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


28th March 2020, 14:30pm

Dear Parents / Carers,

Please access the following link for your child’s Google Classroom codes.

https://sites.google.com/mc.glow.scot/parent-launchpadnewbattle/google-classroom-codes

Best regards,

Learning Technology Department


27th March 2020, 12:30pm

We encourage you to get all up to date information at Midlothian Council’s website https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/.

Thank you for all of your support.  All of our staff are working tirelessly to help families.  We are so impressed with our students’ response to Distance Learning.  All teachers have now set up Google Classrooms or Microsoft Teams and are posting work, a list of classroom codes can be found on the parent/carer launch pad (link below). Pupils should use these codes to join classrooms for every one of their time tabled classes.

https://sites.google.com/mc.glow.scot/parent-launchpadnewbattle/google-classroom-codes

Follow us on twitter @newbattlehigh for digital and distance learning updates, advice and resources.

The way the school and wider community has pulled together was epitomised this week through the use of our 3D printers to begin to create face shields for our NHS and care workers. Please tag us if you have any good news story, as well as #kindnessmidlothian.

We have updated the website to now have a parent/carer tile to help with Distance Learning.

There is also an opportunity to request support at the top of this page.  https://sites.google.com/mc.glow.scot/parent-launchpadnewbattle/home

We are focused on getting devices to pupils who need them. We will start to see them with students next week. In the meantime phones, xbox and Ps4 can be used to access Glow tools. User guides will be tweeted and have been added to the parent/carer and pupil launchpad.

https://sites.google.com/mc.glow.scot/parent-launchpadnewbattle/distance-learning-guides

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


25th March 2020, 11:00am

We encourage you to get all up to date information at Midlothian Council’s website https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/.

Thank you for all of your support.  All of our staff are working tirelessly to help families.  We are so impressed with our students responding to Distance Learning.

We have updated the website to now have a parent/carer tile to help with Distance Learning.  There is also an opportunity to request support at the top of this page.  https://sites.google.com/mc.glow.scot/parent-launchpadnewbattle/home

SQA Statement on Coursework for National Courses

We understand that students, staff and parent/carers need more clarity to the statement given by the SQA.  When more information comes, we will pass this on to you quickly. The biggest question we can answer just now is that students’ coursework will count as strong evidence for the estimate the teacher will give.

Full SQA Statement

Please see below the full SQA statement that we are working with.

Following the announcement by the First Minister on Sunday, that no young person with SQA coursework to complete should attend school to do so, we continue to work hard on how we should take coursework evidence into account, in determining young people’s final grades.

Everyone here at SQA will do their utmost, given the current situation, and with the support of the education system, to ensure that learners’ hard work is rightly and fairly recognised and allows them to proceed to further learning or work.

The current public health advice has meant that we have had to make some really difficult decisions about coursework. This means that for this year, schools and colleges are not required to submit learner coursework for marking, in Higher and Advanced Higher courses.

We have taken this difficult decision to be as fair as possible to all Higher and Advanced Higher candidates, whilst taking on board the current public health advice, the many varied coursework requirements across different subjects, and how these are managed in schools and colleges across the country.

I appreciate that some learners may have already completed their coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher courses. This work can still be used as part of the suite of evidence for teachers and lecturers to draw on as they consider estimated grades.

We have received coursework for a range of National 5 subjects and have contacted National 5 coursework markers to confirm marking arrangements. All National 5 coursework, due to be uplifted in April and May, will not be submitted for marking.

We will provide further details on the estimation of grades, that we will need from teachers and lecturers to inform certification, and fuller details of our approach to certification, as soon as possible.

This is an unprecedented situation for us all, and circumstances are rapidly changing. With every change in circumstances, we continue to consider how best to recognise learner achievement in as fair a way as possible.

Please be assured that everyone here at SQA is fully committed to working with you to deliver for Scotland’s young people. Thank you for your patience and continued cooperation.

Fiona Robertson

SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examiner

Again we value your support in these changing times.

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


24th March 2020, 11:30pm

We encourage you to get all up to date information at Midlothian Council’s website https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/.

Following the Prime Minister last night enforcing that the country is now in ‘lock down’, please help us and follow all the advice given.  Newbattle staff continue to work hard for our pupils in a very new and demanding situation.

Departments and teachers are posting work on Google classrooms as normal with around 90% of classes up and running. Teachers are prioritising getting quality resources and activities to pupils through the Google classroom. All subject groups will be online by the very latest, Monday 30th March. A full list will be published on our website.

All Newbattle pupils have their usernames and passwords to access GLOW https://glow.rmunify.com  , username takes the form MC…….@glow.sch.uk.Pupils with Google Apps on their personal device  and links sent by teachers can log in directly with the username (mc……..@mc.glow.scot).

Pupils should be mindful of being signed into their personal Gmail accounts at the same time as signing into Glow. To reduce issues,  learners can use a different browser than they normally would such as Edge or Firefox to avoid problems.

We are currently updating our website to support pupils and parents with guidance on home learning including; how to guides, video walk through support, alternative ways to access digital learning tools such as Xbox and PS4 guides, technical support requests and links to resources that we have subscriptions to such as Achieve, Linguascope and Scholar. We will also add links to other free services that parent/carer/pupils can access such BBC as Bitesize, Sumdog, Mimo App and Scratch.

https://sites.google.com/mc.glow.scot/parent-launchpadnewbattle/home

We are processing requests for home devices, this is currently a challenge given the lockdown and social distancing measures.

Newbattle Senior Leadership Team


23rd March 2020, 19:30pm

We encourage you to get all up to date information at Midlothian Council’s website https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/.

As you will appreciate this is a national health crisis and is being treated as such.  We continue to provide you with as much current information as possible.

We are also on limited staffing for safety reasons and continue to support this following Government guidance.  This means that office staff for example will not be in school to answer the phone and only vital emails will be answered.  Thank you for your patience with this. Please trust the communication coming to you from GroupCall, this website or Midlothian’s website.

We have moved quickly in light of Government advice to only Key Worker children (through Midlothian application) in school.  No other pupils are to attend Newbattle this week.

We continue with our work to ensure all free school meal entitled pupils to receive these daily through staff volunteering to deliver and drop off safely.

We await further updates and advice from SQA.  Senior Phase pupils should work through materials on Google Classrooms, SCHOLAR, ACHIEVE etc as previously asked.  Principal Teachers are planning coursework completion options where we can. We are looking to prioritise our digital devices through a user agreement and to Senior Phase pupils as soon as we can safely.

Class teachers continue to upload materials for all other pupils to Google Classroom.  Students without devices or internet will be given photocopied packs to last long enough in the interim.  More information to follow.Again, staff here are going above and beyond, we are overwhelmed with volunteer responses and they are certainly putting Newbattle pupils firmly first.

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


23rd March 2020, 14:02pm

Dear Parent / Carer

SQA Exam Diet

You will know by now that the 2020 exam diet has been cancelled and yesterday, Sunday 22 March, the Depute First Minister provided local authorities with updated advice in relation to S4-S6 pupils. As a result of this advice, S4-S6 pupils should NOT go into school for any reason. An exception, however, is vulnerable S4-S6 pupils who access Complex Needs Provision. They should follow individual arrangements already in place for them with their school.

Part of the normal preparation for achieving a qualification includes completing coursework, assignments and folios. Certification will be based on both predicted attainment, coursework and assessment throughout this year. Certification will NOT be based solely on prelim performance. Where possible, S4-S6 pupils, should finish their coursework at home and schools will make arrangements to provide further guidance and support to S4-S6 pupils in due course. Schools, as of today, Monday 23 March 2020, will be working with staff to plan this support. Please do not contact your child’s school for information as to how they should complete their coursework or their predicted grades as this work is not yet complete and further information will be provided in due course.

I want to reassure you and your children that teachers, who know your children well as learners, will be doing everything possible to ensure they get their best possible qualification.

Thank you for your patience and support


22nd March 2020, 19:49pm

C-19 Update

No pupils are to attend Newbattle High School tomorrow Monday 23rd March 2020

We have just been informed, Sunday 22 March 2020, by John Swinney, Depute First Minister of updated advice to all local authorities in relation to S4-S6 pupils. As a result of this advice, S4-S6 pupils should NOT go into school for any reason. An exception, however, is vulnerable S4-S6 pupils who access Complex Needs Provision. They should follow individual arrangements already in place for them with their school.

Instead, where possible, S4-S6 pupils, should finish their course work at home and schools will make arrangements to provide further guidance and support to S4-S6 pupils in due course. Schools, as of tomorrow, Monday 23 March 2020, will be working with staff to plan this support.

Further details will be coming from the SQA about how pupils’ qualifications and achievements will be graded in the light of this latest decision announced today by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney.

Click here for a copy of the announcement https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-scotland-51987906

We thank you for your support and patience as things progress and decisions are made.

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


Important Documents

Please see the important documents below regarding guidance for parents & carers.


20th March 2020, 16:00pm

Newbattle High School currently has no confirmed cases of C-19.

We encourage you to get all up to date information at Midlothian Council’s website https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/.

We have been amazed at the positive attitude and helpfulness of our S4-S6 students today.  We continue with our earlier update.

From Monday 23rd March 2020 onwards

S4-S6

  • Only students who have any outstanding coursework in any subject should attend for 8:30am and register in our Bitesite.  They will then be directed to the subject area to complete the tasks required.

Pupils who have been contacted by our Pupil Support staff

  • These pupils report to school at 8:30am for a planned timetable of learning activities

Thank you for your continued support in these challenging times.

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


20th March 2020, 10:00am

Newbattle High School currently has no confirmed cases of C-19.

We encourage you to get all up to date information at Midlothian Council’s website https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/.

Clarifying Next Week

Thank you for your patience around what our Newbattle Hub will look like next week.  We are working with the information we currently have.

  • All staff fit for work will be reporting to work here at Newbattle
  • Staff self-isolating will continue with the development of learning materials as directed by their Faculty Heads
  • School is closed to all pupils (with exceptions)
  • Newbattle will open next week as Newbattle Hub.  This is for;
    • S4-S6 targeted Newbattle pupils to complete subject units, assignments, portfolios etc.  We will notify these pupils individually via GroupCall
    • S1-S6 targeted Newbattle pupils. We will notify these pupils individually via GroupCall
    • S1-S3 Key Workers’ children
    • Uniform is not needed for students

Please bear with us.  We are working as quickly as we can towards full learning activities on and off line.

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


19th March 2020, 17:00pm

Newbattle High School currently has no confirmed cases of C-19.

We encourage you to get all up to date information at Midlothian Council’s website https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/.  Their most recent update is below.  We continue to be open to run S4-S6 as normal.

Thank you again.

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


Midlothian Council Update

Monday 23 March until further notice:

All Schools will be closed to Primary Pupils and S1-3 Pupils with the following exceptions:

  • Saltersgate School will remain open to support our children with severe and complex needs. The Head Teacher will be in contact with individual families outlining the individual arrangements which will be in place.
  • All Secondary Schools will be open to S4-6 Pupils only in order to complete any SQA mandatory coursework and assessments prior to the published deadlines. Please refer to individual High School Websites for further updates. We are planning a phased approach to distance learning however priority will be given to S4-S6 to begin with.
  • We are now focussed on planning for the families of staff belonging to the following groups key worker groups: Emergency Services, NHS, Health and Social Care Partnership including Care at Home, Teachers and Council Staff who have requested assistance with Childcare in order to ensure that we deliver critical services.  This requested provision will be delivered through 4 secondary and 4 primary schools acting as Hubs. Individual Schools will be in touch with the individual families to alert them to the arrangements which will be put in place.
  • Free School Meals: We are currently working with catering services in order to finalise arrangements for the distribution of food for children entitled to free school meals and further information will be communicated as soon as plans have been finalised.

Public health advice and guidance should continue to be followed for staff and pupils with underlying health conditions and self-isolation.

As you will appreciate there is significant planning needed to move this forward and we will continue to update our website to keep you informed.

You can listen to the Deputy First Minister’s announcement at this link:

https://news.gov.scot/speeches-and-briefings/statement-on-covid19-managing-the-impacts-on-scottish-education


19th March 2020, 09:00am

Newbattle High School currently has no confirmed cases of C-19.

Thank you for your understanding of our situation.  Staff are continuing to work extremely hard in preparation for the full school closure coming.  This includes preparation of extra materials through Distance Learning, prioritised allocation of devices with the associated logistics of distribution and being committed to providing the best for our SQA pupils.

Staff will be provided necessary training from Monday which includes remote training for our large number of self-isolating staff.

We also await today’s announcement from Mr Swinney around exams, course work and assignments, so will be able to update you after this with the facts.

We continue to work with Midlothian Council in contingency planning and will provide a further update later today.

Our students have handled this brilliantly and continue to do so.

Newbattle Senior Leadership Team


18th March 2020, 17:00pm

Update On School Closure

Newbattle High School currently has no confirmed cases of C-19.

Following the First Minister’s announcement, I can confirm that school closes to ALL pupils on Monday 23rd March 2020 with Friday being our last day for the foreseeable future.  Only S4, S5 and S6 will be in school tomorrow Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March 2020.

S1, S2 and S3 are to stay at home Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March 2020, due to a number of our staff at Newbattle High School following the latest NHS advice and self-isolating. This impacts on our ability to provide a ‘normal service’.  This approach allows our school to prioritise both the resources we have and Senior Phase classes as these students work towards SQA performances and deadlines.

Please see previous update on information around Distance Learning.  We are currently looking at devices for students needing one and prioritising.  Students entitled to Free School Meals are welcome to join us for lunch on both days.

We will continue to update parent/carers on a regular basis on the school website and through GroupCall.

You can also find the latest information on the coronavirus on the council’s website, including links to public health advice, at www.midlothian.gov.uk/coronavirus

At this sensitive time, we have really appreciated the attitude of our students’ and staff, community spirit and supportive messages from parent/carers.  Thank you!

Newbattle High School Senior Leadership Team


18th March 2020, 11:25am


Newbattle High School currently has no confirmed cases of C-19.  School continues to be open at the moment and we are monitoring staffing levels and developments carefully.

Our staff continue to work above and beyond to ensure the highest quality of learning is happening.  We are very impressed with our students’ strong focus continuing on learning and supporting us at this time.

Distance Learning From Home

All passwords have been given out and used since August.  Passwords can be sent/re-set if asked for via your teacher or making contact with the school.  We have been reviewing the provision of learning from home to ensure there are no barriers.

S1 – S3

Classwork for most pupils can already be accessed on Google Classroom and Glow apps.  All pupils know how to access this via the Glow portal (https://sts.platform.rmunify.com/account/signin/glow).  Staff and pupils are experienced in using this regularly.

S4-S6

Sharp focus continues for our senior phase students.  Distance learning continues through Glow as above.  Other resources include;

SCHOLAR – on the tile on Glow or https://scholar.hw.ac.uk/#

ACHIEVE – https://achieve.hashtag-learning.co.uk/user-start/?next=/

SQA – https://www.sqa.org.uk/pastpapers/findpastpaper.htm

BBC Bitesize – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

We have decided to continue with masterclasses, study support etc in support where we can.

Confirmation that Newbattle Campus Sport & Leisure, the community library and the café are currently closed.  More information can be found on Midlothian’s website for these services as above.

Self-Isolating Pupils

For those pupils self-isolating, please ensure that the national advice is followed and do not send your child back to school before their due date.  We have a record of self-isolating pupils and their return date.

Social Media

We endeavour to answer all questions via telephone or email.  We do not comment on individual circumstances or respond to questions on social media.  Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Once again, thank you for your continued support at this time.

Newbattle Senior Leadership Team


17th March 2020, 14:28pm


Newbattle High School currently has no confirmed cases of C-19.  School continues to be open at the moment and we are monitoring staffing levels and developments carefully.

Thank you for your trust and patience.  We continue to follow NHS and Scottish Government guidance.

We have added this tile to our website to help with communication and we will also use GroupCall, twitter (@NewbattleHigh and @NewbattleCHSHT) and Newbattle app.

Please be assured that all necessary planning is in place to protect our students’ learning.  This includes continuing with our existing Google classrooms which we use daily, GLOW apps, SCHOLAR, ACHIEVE, BBC Bitesize and other directed materials.

SQA continue with the statement as issued previously and staff at Newbattle are working hard to ensure all necessary evidence is collated.  At the moment, SQA exams are continuing.  Please encourage all senior students to sign up to ‘MySQA’ at https://www.mysqa.org.uk/cs8/content/signup_input.action.

At this time, we are taking the decision to postpone any after school activities clubs e.g sport, music etc.  We will continue with senior phase masterclasses and will monitor numbers.

Thank you for your continued support through this uncertain time.

Newbattle Senior Leadership Team