An update from Skills Development Scotland (SDS) on the Career Service in school. Fraserburgh Academy SDS info
Have you had good or bad experiences of housing? What needs to be improved? What do planners need to think about for future housing and accommodation? GREC are working with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Council to better understand the housing experiences and needs of people from minority ethnic communities. We're running focus groups in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire between June 23rd and 29th to hear your opinion. Just select the most relevant one for you (see below for details). As a thank you for your time you'll receive a £15 supermarket voucher. Your views will be used to shape the plans of the councils in the coming years. An interpreter/translator can be requested on the booking form. Register here: https://grechousing.eventbrite.co.uk/ If you have any questions, email MMcCall@grec.co.uk Focus Group schedule 11am-12.30pm, June 25th, Dalyrmple Hall, 13 Seaforth St, Fraserburgh 2.30pm-4pm, June 25th, Rescue Hall, 25 Prince St, Peterhead 5.30pm-7.00pm, June 29th, online (for Aberdeenshire residents) To register, please use the following link: https://grechousing.eventbrite.co.uk/
Support resources for young people and their families over the summer holidays.
Follow the link for more info. Glowscotland.org.uk
Next steps information, Advice and Opportunities for pupils and leavers. Next Step Opportunities Bulletin
Important information regarding parents portal.
Please see below Summer of Fun information from Active Schools
Please see attached letter issued to Parents/carers today 14/06/2022
Kooth Summer Holiday Support Resources
The summer holidays are fast approaching and Kooth want to make sure children and young people know they are still here for them despite schools being closed.
FAMILY WELLBEING FUND – APPLICATIONS LIVE
Access to the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund has gone live in Aberdeenshire. The Whole Family Wellbeing Fund is a Scottish Government initiative to help families overcome challenges before they reach crisis point. The purpose of the funding is to support low-income families who need help to pay for essential items including food, fuel, clothing and any other essential practical items needed in the home.
Who is Eligible?
Anyone who has children (under the age of 18) in their household is eligible for support through the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund if they are on a low income and experiencing financial hardship.
A family does not already need to be known to social work to be eligible. Families can self-refer or can be referred for financial support.
How to apply?
Families can apply directly by contacting Children’s Duty Social Work either by phone or by visiting a local office. Colleagues can also make a referral with the family’s consent in the same way and the duty social worker will contact the family directly to follow up.
FAMILY WELLBEING FUND
Please read the attached letter re: the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund, a Scottish Government initiative to help families overcome challenges before they reach crisis point.
Please find attached the latest school newsletter which was issued by Xpressions/e-mail to parents & carers today, Friday 27th May, 2022.
Platinum Jubilee Family Cycle
Please find attached the latest school newsletter which was issued by Xpressions/e-mail to parents & carers on Friday.
S1 Learners were today issued with their school report. Any learner absent today can collect their report from their Guidance teacher on return to school.
Get results ready with MySQA
MySQA is a direct link to SQA for learners. It lets you view your qualification information, check the personal details SQA hold for you and if you’re sitting exams you can get your results sent by email and text message, great for those who may not be at home on results day. To register for MySQA, you’ll need your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) and a valid email address. You can find your SCN on a previous SQA certificate, if you don’t have a SQA certificate, speak to your school or college, call SQA on 0345 279 1000 or complete SQA’s Candidate Enquiry Form
Calling all Fraserburgh champions!
We are holding a champions parade as part of Fraserburgh’s platinum jubilee celebrations on Saturday 4th June from 1pm.
If you have been presented, achieved or won an award of any kind then please get in touch with us and join the parade!
It’s for all ages and all are welcome, this parade is for you all!
There will also be an all age costume parade following on behind the champions where royalty is the theme. We’d love to see all the kings, Queens, Prince and Princesses of all kinds join in the fun. Even Dukes and Duchesses are welcome!
All you need to do is contact either Ainsley Dyga on 01346518715 (shop hours) or pop in past R&S Dygas or pop in and see Jay at Unique Jewels to put down your name, it’s as simple as that.
Numbers to be confirmed by Monday 23rd May at the latest.
Skills Development Scotland
Updated information from Skills Development Scotland during the month of May
Exam stress and study support
Please find below a link to some resources which have been collated around study support and coping with exam stress.
Next Steps Opportunities, Information and Advice – dated 21st April 2022
Careers Coach, Skills Development Scotland
On Friday 22/4/2022, all S4, S5, and S6 learners in school were issued with a copy of their SQA estimate grades and individual exam timetable. Any learner who did not receive these documents can now collect from their Guidance Teacher.
PARENTSPORTAL & MYGOVSCOT HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/CARERS
Please use the 2 attachments below to help you to link records for your pupil, if you have not already done so.
Please find attached the latest school newsletter which has been issued by Xpressions/e-mail to parents & carers today.
UPDATES FOR FAMILIES ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Please find attached a letter regarding the above which has been translated into various languages.
This week Mr Buchan delivered an important assembly on the arrangements for the 2021-2022 SQA exams.
A video of this assembly has been published on our YouTube channel and has been added to the Easter Support Wakelet which can be found here:
Please review the SQA information and encourage your child to make use of the study support sessions on offer, the last day for sign up is the 31st of March.
SQA Exams 2022
A letter for all parents and carers as well as all S4, S5 and S6 learners regarding arrangements for the upcoming SQA exams been issued via Xpressions/e-mail and is linked below. This letter also contains a copy of our school exam timetable.
Our senior phase leaders worked collaboratively with Peterhead and Mintlaw Academies to look at and share the impactful work that they have done this session in creating a house identity, promoting a positive ethos and demonstrating the values of the school. Their efforts have meant that they have been able to leave their legacy in Fraserburgh Academy as they move onto their positive destinations so next years leaders can continue their hard work.
Well done to Fraserdeen S3 who, with the assistance of Mr Robertson in the Junction have completed a mural and national flags in the communal area of Fraserburgh’s Fishermen’s Mission that the migrant fishermen use. The flags are of the various countries that the migrant fishermen who use the Mission originate from- Poland, Sri Lanka, The Philippines, Malaysia, Ghana and India. Participation in the project has improved the look of the living space and also given the Fraserdeen young people some insight as to the service that the Mission provides to fishermen in their community. This is also in keeping with the theme of “Coastal Environment” that they have been focusing on this academic year. A big thanks to Mrs Robertson for all his help with the project.
The past year or so has seen the development of a bank of clothing and other essential items in A2 studio. The room is now fully decked out and organised thanks to the combined efforts of many members of staff and pupils, and stocked up thanks to generous donations from the local community. The bank will be open to all pupils on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes moving forward, ensuring that those who need to access it can do so without stigma.
During the festive period in 2020, we were able to give out packages of items such as pyjamas and toiletries to families in need and this is something we would be hoping to do once again in 2022.
A2 Studio opened at lunchtime today with a great turnout from learners. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s Guidance teacher if you feel that A2 Studio would be of a benefit in any way to you.
Modern Apprenticeship Programme 2022
Modern Apprenticeship Programme 2022
Corbie House Assembly
First House Assembly for two years! Corbie House Vice Captains give a thought provoking assembly to all Corbie House learners.
Resources for discussing Ukraine situation with children & young people
Please find below a link to resources which have been uploaded to the Educational Psychology Service website to support discussions with children and young people who may have questions or anxieties about the ongoing situation in Ukraine:
Senior Phase – S4, S5 & S6 Reports
Senior Tracking Reports have been issued today, please check your email for more details.
S6 CHARITIES COMMITTEE
Fraserburgh Academy S6 Charities Committee raised an astounding £3019 through bake sales, staff and pupil gunging, fancy dress visits to local primaries, staff versus pupils football matches, (two wins for the staff a tug of war and a very successful teacher fancy dress competition.
Here are the Charities Committee with letters and certificates for thanks from their two chosen charities, Ronald Macdonald House and Reach Across.
Young Persons’ (Under 22s) Free Bus Travel
As you will be aware, the free bus travel for young people (under 22s) in Scotland initiative has been launched and we are looking for your support in encouraging parents to make their applications for this initiative via parentsportal for all children aged 5 to 10 years as this will help alleviate the pressure on the getyournec.scot site.
The parentsportal application process is quick and simple and there is a video ‘Parentsportal Free Bus Travel Application’ with step-by-step instructions posted on our Facebook page. Please note that the online parentsportal application process is the most effective method and will take the parent only a few minutes to complete and it will also provide a swifter response and delivery of the new card. Once the application has been processed the NEC will be delivered to the child’s home address.
It would be most appreciated if you could encourage all parents of primary school children to apply for the free bus travel initiative using parentsportal and this can be encouraged via any means available to you including your social media pages.
National Entitlement Card info.
Please inform pupils that on receipt of their new cards being delivered to the home address, they then drop them into the designated box at the School Office on arrival at School.
A member of the Catering Staff will pick these up at 9.30am daily to be activated and returned to the pupils as they come into the canteen thereafter.
Area Catering Officer
There appears to be some issues with SQA links regarding their plans for 2022, please access www.sqa.org.uk and then from the news section there is a link to details of the recent changes.
P7 Parents Evening
Deputy Headteacher Mrs Whyte takes our P7 Parents through many topics that regularly come up as questions and concerns as young people approach their transition from P7 to S1.
Joining Mrs Whyte are our Guidance teachers, Skills Development Scotland, Community Learning and our Rector Mrs Sharp.
FOR P7 PARENTS/CARERS
Thinking about an apprenticeship in the Oil and Gas / Energy Sector?
OGTAP apprenticeships receive industry recognised qualifications, required for technical roles in oil and gas, renewables, and more.
2022 applications are opening soon.
To find out more and register your interest at: https://www.ogtap.co.uk/apply
Replacement Scottish National Entitlement Card (NEC)
The NEC Office can no longer order replacement cards for pupils who are under 16 due to the Card System now automatically adding the free travel element as they need consent from parents/carers for the under 16 age group. The parent/carer will need to order the replacements card via Parent’s Portal in order to give their consent for the travel element on the card.
The Card System is now set up in preparation for the Free Travel Scheme for U22’s going live on 31/1/22. The NEC Office can only order replacement cards for those aged 16 and over as parent/carer consent isn’t required for pupils wanting to have the free travel on the card.
Once a child has a card with the travel element on it, the NEC Office will be able to order future replacements. Please also keep in mind that cards ordered via Parent’s Portal (cardholders under 16) and online (at https://getyournec.scot/ for those 16 and over) will be issued to home addresses so pupils will need to have any replacements activated at school canteen for break and lunches.
All pupils should carry an NEC card for buying goods from the canteen. NEC cards can be topped up online by parents/carers and is the quickest way for pupils to be served in the canteen.
S4, S5 and S6 Assessments
Please see attached letter / link regarding S4, S5 and S6 Assessments due to take place in Jan 2022 – Assessment 2 – Jan 2022
The Young Aberdeenshire Talent programme, from MCR Pathways, runs in Fraserburgh Academy and it makes an incredible difference to our pupils each week. Volunteer mentors help young people to build their confidence and think about their future. In addition to this, mentors can develop their own skills too – and build a life-changing friendship.
Our school is looking for people to sign up now and become a mentor – your support would mean the world and be truly valuable. Mentoring meetings are one hour per week in school, during school hours and term time. Anyone over the age of 21 can join and full training is provided.
For more information and to sign up, visit: https://mcrpathways.org/become-a-mentor/
For S4/5 students
Mr Walton explains the many opportunities for Growth during your S5 & S6 at Fraserburgh Academy.
Skills Development Scotland and National Parents Forum for Scotland
Skills Development Scotland and National Parents Forum for Scotland are arranging a session on Foundation Apprenticeships for parents and carers on Tuesday 14th December from 7pm-8pm.
This session gives the opportunity to find out about Foundation Apprenticeships including who they’re for, how they work and their benefits. During this one hour session we’ll talk through the value and equivalency of the qualification in terms of SCQF levels and UCAS points. We’ll also share pupil journeys and how Foundation Apprenticeships helped them progress onto a job such as a Modern or Graduate Apprenticeship, college or university. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end.
AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN MATHS
We are delighted to celebrate the success of 3 of our learners who have recently won internal awards from the Maths Dept. for Excellence.
Alex Dancus S5
Kara Skakle & Josie Skakle, sisters, both S1
Well done to you all!
Nescol February 2022 Courses & Forthcoming Open Day
S3 GIRLS IN ENERGY
Last Friday our S3 GIE cohort took part in a Mock COP26 all morning at NESCol. They were divided into groups, 3 groups of Climate witnesses specialising in Energy, Food & Farming and Transport and the final group of World Leaders. The climate witness had to present their pleas to the World Leaders who had to provide an action plan to tackle climate change that had to be agreed by all! They all worked fantastic, and for their efforts they will all be awarded with a CREST Award – Discovery Level.
CREST Award – the only national awards to recognise achievement in STEM subjects
Click on the link for more details:- https://www.crestawards.org/
Minor Injury Units Information
Please see the attached leaflet we have been asked to share by the NHS.
Education & Children’s Services Climate Change & Sustainability Ambitions and Our Future Strategy
As part of Aberdeenshire Council’s Routemap to 2030 the ECS Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy has been developed with the help of pupils and staff across Education and Children’s Services.
progress of Education and Children’s Services Sustainability Strategy can be tracked on Engagement HQ: https://engage.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/admin/projects/ecs-climate-change-and-sustainability
Click on the links contained in the ThingLink page to find out about:
• Proposals for strategies around waste, energy and green spaces
• Our ambitions to be achieved by 2025
• How our strategy links to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Ready Scotland – Second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme and Scotland’s Performance Framework National Outcomes
• A link to our Engagement Hub where we will be developing a space for sharing ideas, information, gathering views through surveys and engagement around sustainability and climate change issues
Aberdeenshire Council now considers the impact on sustainability as part of all decision-making. We record the carbon footprint of all council sites, including schools, and continue to look for ways to reduce this carbon footprint. We are keen to encourage all children and young people to add their ideas to the Ideas Wall in the pupil area to help progress our ECS Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy.
Director of Education and Children’s Services
House Points Update
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SQA Assessment Message for parents/carers
Further to positive feedback from schools, colleges and training providers, SQA have written a message for parents and carers to help clarify the approach to awarding in 2021-22. Please click on the undernoted link to view it.
Updated S2 Assessment Dates Letter 2021-2022
Please find attached a letter regarding a change of dates for the S2 assessments.
Assessment Dates 2021-2022
Please see letter detailing assessment dates for all learners at Fraserburgh Academy for session 2021/2022.
SP Assessments and SQA Planning
Please find attached letter regarding current plans for S4, S5 and S6 school assessments and SQA planning.
Please see attached Assembly delivered on 23rd September 2021 to all S4, S5 and S6 regarding school assessments and SQA planning. This Assembly will also be displayed on school display screens until the end of term.
NESCol are looking forward to welcoming our young people back on campus this week for various school links courses.
Please see attached School Links NESCol Times 2021 – Your “Exclusive Guide to North East Scotland College”
Senior Executives for Session 2021/2022
We are delighted to introduce our Senior Executives for session 2021/22:
School Captain Iona Strachan, and Vice School Captains Emma Buchan & Josh Strachan. We wish them well in their new roles.
School Newsletter 27th August 2021
Please find attached latest School Newsletter as at 27th August 2021.
Home Economics Refurbishment
While our pupils were off enjoying the School Summer Holidays our Home Economics Department was given a full new refurbishment. Our pupils can now enjoy the light, airy modern surroundings with newly fitted kitchen appliances and apparatus in all the Home Economics rooms. It is clear to see from some of the photos taken this week that our pupils are enjoying their new cooking environment.
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) – Aberdeenshire Council
The application for next session 2021/2022 for EMA is now live via the undernoted link:-
UNICEF Bronze Award
We are delighted to announce that we have achieved the Unicef Bronze Award: Rights Committed.
Free School Meals/Clothing Grant
A free school meal is a school lunch provided free of charge to children from families on a low income.
Children are eligible for free school meals if their parents (or carers) are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.
If you qualify for free school meals you will automatically be awarded a school clothing grant.
Please see the under noted link to check for eligibility & apply.
INFORMATION FOR EU CITIZENS WHO ARRIVED IN SCOTLAND BEFORE 31ST DECEMBER 2020
If you are staying in the UK after the 30th June, you must apply for Settled or Pre-Settled Status:
- To remain legally in the UK.
- To be able to rent a property and access benefits in the UK
- To secure employment in the UK
- To access education and health services in the UK
- Children who are not UK citizens must be registered as well, even if they were born in the UK.
- You do not need a National Insurance number to complete your application
- After 30th June 2021, you may be required to prove that you have at least submitted your application
If you need free of cost help to submit your application for settled or pre-settled status, have questions about your individual circumstances or need additional support to find out about whether the Scheme applies to you, or anyone in your family, please get in touch with GREC:
Attached are a sample of posters in English and Polish but many more languages are available in the link above.
Sent on behalf of GREC
Please see under-noted link for info. on updating your contact details via parentsportal.
Great news! Our school along with 8 others in the whole of the UK have been selected to Pilot the S.H.A.P.E initiative, please see details below. Massive thanks to Miss Carey and Mr Macmillan for submitting an outstanding application and resulting in a fantahttps://fraserburgh.aberdeenshire.sch.uk/wp-admin/profile.phpstic growth opportunity for all our learners in the land of Humanities!!!
SHAPE is a new collective name for Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.
There are three core objectives for the SHAPE initiative:
- Increase the visibility of SHAPE subjects.
- Demonstrate the global relevance of SHAPE subjects.
- Enable people to consider themselves as students of SHAPE.
The SHAPE schools programme, which is being supported by the London School of Economics, aims to meet the SHAPE objectives by partnering with schools across the UK. The schools programme will run in the summer term 2021 to pilot a model of training teachers as ambassadors of SHAPE subjects and facilitators of SHAPE learning materials. In recognition of their time commitment each school will be offered a £300 bursary.
Click here to learn more about the schools programme and to fill out an application.
New video for learners- Studying for SQA Qualifications Using SCHOLAR
We are delighted to announce the release of our latest support video for learners. This new resource, “Studying for SQA Qualifications Using SCHOLAR”, has been created to show learners how to use SCHOLAR in their studies as they work towards a National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher qualification. The video is suitable for learners with no prior experience of SCHOLAR, but may also be of benefit to students with summative assessments or exams approaching who may wish to use the interactive course materials and automatically marked, end of topic and end of unit assessments for consolidation and revision.
We would be delighted if you wished to post a link to our video on your school website, or include it in any study support or revision resources issued to learners.
Our new video is available at http://bit.ly/StudyWithSCHOLAR