Parents’ Handbook
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KELVINSIDE ACADEMY
JUNIOR SCHOOL
PARENTS’ HANDBOOK
CONTENTS
Page 2 The Aims of the School
Mission Statement
Staff
Page 3...
Non-Teaching/Support Staff
Bursar
D Pocock
Finance Department
Mrs J Arthurs (Finance Assistant)
Mrs M Bennett (Assistant B...
Normal Admissions Procedures
There are two advertised Open Mornings in November
each year when interested parents and thei...
of Independent Schools. Cover extends to the whole
year, including activities outside the school. Full details
may be obta...
Registration/Absence
Registration takes place before Assembly in the morning.
Parents are asked to ring school immediately...
CURRICULUM
Curriculum
It is very difficult to say exactly what each class will be
doing each year. This depends very much ...
Senior Prep
Novels
Heinemann English 1
Nelson Grammar 4
The Essential Spelling Book 3
Classworks - Nelson Thornes Literacy...
Senior Prep
This course is run within the Science Faculty in the
Senior School, building on the prior learning in Junior
S...
Modern Languages:
Children receive specialist teaching in modern
languages from Junior 1. Initially this is French
(J1 - J...
Home - School Links
Pupils will learn at their best when there is close liaison
between home and school. We value the inte...
teachers. The other two classes are grouped equally
according to the criteria set for Junior 1.
Moving through Junior Scho...
Junior 6
Coming into Junior 6 children:
* Will have completed the Junior 5 curriculum.
* Can fulfil all the expectations f...
rotate to another one. After-school activities include: sports -
hockey, rugby, and athletics practices, aikido, dancing, ...
Toys
Valuable toys (Game Boys and the like) should also stay at
home, as we cannot guarantee their safety. We also ask tha...
exercise for poor behaviour signed by parents.
4. Pupils detained in school during break or lunch with set
work to do.
5. ...
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Bullies may grow out of their behaviour. Some will
continue to bully because they find it brings them
reward or satisfa...
Jschool parents handbook sep 08
Jschool parents handbook sep 08
Jschool parents handbook sep 08
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Jschool parents handbook sep 08

  1. 1. Parents’ Handbook
  2. 2. 1 KELVINSIDE ACADEMY JUNIOR SCHOOL PARENTS’ HANDBOOK CONTENTS Page 2 The Aims of the School Mission Statement Staff Page 3 Getting in touch Kelvinside Academy KA War Memorial Trust Buildings and Location Entry to Kelvinside Academy Normal Admissions Procedures Page 4 Fees Bursaries Scholarships The Miller Drummond Music Scholarship Withdrawals Personal Accident Insurance Risk Kelvinside Academy Association Kelvinside Academical Club Page 5 Confidentiality Data Protection Policies School Organisation Registration/Absence Assembly Page 6 Break Times Lunch Security End of the day Late Waiting Curriculum Curriculum Mathematics Page 7 Language Environmental Studies/Social Studies Page 8 Science Health, Personal & Social Education (PSE) Religious & Moral Education (R & M E) Page 9 Expressive Arts Modern Languages Jotters Specialist Teaching Physical Education & Games Page 10 Music Instrumental Lessons Speech & Drama Art & Design French Home-School Links Homework Page 11 Student Council Discipline Selection of Classes Moving through Junior School Page 12 Tracking System Page 13 Reports and Parents’ Evenings Diagnostic Testing Learning Support Extra-Curricular Activities Library 6th Year Preparation for Life School Trips Page 14 Houses Uniform/Dress Code Lost Property Computer Resources Policy Mobile Phones Money Toys Acting out in the Playground Worries, Concerns, Complaints Child Protection Page 15 Discipline Policy Positive Measures Sanctions Bullying Policy Page 16 Practical Advice Medical Problems/Procedures
  3. 3. Non-Teaching/Support Staff Bursar D Pocock Finance Department Mrs J Arthurs (Finance Assistant) Mrs M Bennett (Assistant Bursar) Mrs E Cummings (Finance Officer) Development Officer Mrs E Solman Registrar/Rector’s PA Mrs L Andonovic School Administration/Reception Mrs A Fulton (School Secretary) Junior School Mrs I Lindsay (Junior School Secretary) Mrs R Macowan (Junior School Ancillary/Late Waiting) Mrs A McLaughlin (Junior School Ancillary/Late Waiting) School Nurse Mrs L MacDonald Catering Manager Ms L Cook, (Dip H.E.) Facilities Manager T Balloch Janitors D Anderson Technical Staff J Paterson, MCP (Network Administrator) community and to develop the service provided by the school; * to review regularly and, as appropriate, to revise our aims and practice; Teaching Staff Mr J Broadfoot is the Rector. Mr A Dickenson is the Head of the Junior School. There are 12 classes in the Junior School, two at each stage. Junior 1 Mrs M Jeffrey Junior 2 Mrs A Stevenson Junior 3 Mrs P Campbell Junior 4 Miss I Munro Junior 5 Mrs F Kennedy N Armet Junior 6 Mrs S Rodger Mrs S Paterson is Director of Studies. Mrs A Stevenson leads the Infant Department. Mrs J MacLean and Mrs L Woore work within Junior School. Mrs B Deutsch, Mrs R Porter and Mrs G Whittaker are our Learning Support teachers. Mrs N Anderson is a teaching assistant within Learning Support. Librarian The Aims of the School The motto of the school “AIEN API TEYEIN” can be taken to mean “Ever try to be the best you can be”. Our mission statement and aims reflect our belief in the soundness of this advice. Mission Statement We aim to provide a first-class all-round education that will enable every pupil to develop in full his or her individual potential within a caring and friendly environment We will endeavour: * to promote achievement and the commitment to knowledge and learning; * to promote a sense of identity and pride in the school amongst pupils; * to promote professionalism, professional development, job satisfaction and high morale amongst all staff; * to provide for our pupils a wide range of courses leading to appropriate qualifications and the development of key skills; * to provide suitable accommodation and resources, with a commitment to continuing improvement and development; * to maintain a very favourable pupil/teacher ratio; * to develop individuals’ interests and talents by the provision of as wide a range of extra-curricular activities as is commensurate with staffing levels and expertise; * to promote good manners and a social conscience and good citizenship; * to encourage the development of self-discipline, self- reliance and independence of mind; * to maintain a disciplined but friendly, caring and inclusive environment; * to offer equal opportunities for all; * to work in partnership with parents, Governors and Academicals for the benefit of our pupils and the2 Mrs L McColl Miss E Laird I Forrest Mrs S Paterson Miss E Samson Senior Prep Mrs J Rynn Miss K Hopkin Ms S Tipping School Secretary D Simpson
  4. 4. Normal Admissions Procedures There are two advertised Open Mornings in November each year when interested parents and their children tour the School in company of senior pupils on what is a typical day. All those who have been formally registered by returning an application are automatically invited. Prospective pupils and their parents are invited to visit the School for an interview with the Rector and a tour of the premises (for those unable to attend Open Morning). Junior School applicants will also meet with Mr Junior Start Leader, who will show them round the Junior Start facilities. Depending upon entry stage, a reference and report from the current school/nursery is then sought. Assessment of children for Junior Start is very informal. Entrants to Junior 1 are assessed in small groups. The assessments for Junior 2 - Junior 4 consist of papers in Arithmetic and English and are held at the end of January. The Junior 5 - Senior 3 tests consist of papers in English and Mathematics, along with a Verbal Reasoning test and are also held at the end of January. Applicants for Senior 4 - Senior 6 are selected on the basis of an interview with the Rector and a report from the present school. Crucial to the entry process is the meeting with the Rector and, where appropriate, the Head of Junior School. Academic ability is one of the selection criteria; equally important is that parents subscribe fully to the ethos of the School and that boys and girls, as appropriate to their age, can demonstrate their willingness to do likewise. Younger siblings are welcomed to the school as a matter of course unless the child has particular needs which the school cannot meet. Buildings and Location The main school buildings and playground area occupy an open situation in Kirklee Road, Kelvinside, Glasgow. Junior School classrooms and playground are situated on the right hand side of the main building. Immediately adjacent are the Mirrlees Drive Annex and Junior Start. The playing fields at Balgray are half a mile away opposite The Pond Hotel on Great Western Road. The school is easily accessible by public transport, by the main bus routes along Great Western Road or by a ten- minute walk from the railway station at Hyndland and the Underground station at Hillhead on Byres Road. Two small private coaches serve pupils attending school from the Killearn area and the south side of the city. (Killearn bus - homeward journey only). Entry to Kelvinside Academy Kelvinside Academy provides an all-round education for boys and girls who (together with their parents) commit to full and active involvement in the life of the School: academic, sporting, cultural and social. Ground Staff D Boyd (Head Groundsman - Balgray) B Fenton (Assistant Groundsman - Balgray) Road Crossing Patrol Men Richard Brown/Peter Macneil To get in touch with us: Kelvinside Academy 33 Kirklee Road Glasgow G12 0SW Telephone: 0141-357 3376 Fax: 0141-357 5401 Email: headjs@kelvinsideacademy.org.uk or rector@kelvinsideacademy.org.uk Web site address: http://www.kelvinsideacademy.org.uk Kelvinside Academy The Kelvinside Academy War Memorial Trust The Trust is a company limited by guarantee with recognised charitable status. The Governors are the directors of the company. Governors are selected according to skills and experience where these are deemed beneficial to the School. 3 Dickenson, the Head of Junior School and Mrs Nugent, Founded in 1878, Kelvinside Academy has long been a leading independent school in the West of Scotland. For 120 years a school for boys only, it became co-educational in 1998. The ethos of the school is Christian, though non-denominational, and adherents of other faiths are very welcome. Governors Mr D G Stewart (Chairman) Mrs G M W Buchanan Mr K Cairnduff Mrs M W E Eadie Mr R B Eadie Mr W Frame Mr N A Fyfe Mr C Kerr Mr D McGillivray Mr N J McNeill Mr C Rutherford Mr J D Turnbull (President KAC)
  5. 5. of Independent Schools. Cover extends to the whole year, including activities outside the school. Full details may be obtained from the Bursar. However the School cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to pupils’ personal belongings, and parents are advised to cover these either by an extension to their own household comprehensive insurance policy or by a separate ‘all risks’ policy. Risk Many School activities involve a small element of risk; this is a necessary part of a child’s development. Staff continually assess this risk and ensure that good practice is followed. The Kelvinside Academy Association (PTA) This is a vibrant association of parents and teachers which organises a number of highly successful social and fundraising events through the year. The Kelvinside Academical Club This is the association of former pupils of the school. In addition to an annual dinner and various social functions, the club has a number of active sporting sections. In joining the Club, the young Academical gains access to an international network of friendship and support. Links between school and home and Club are fostered by the publication of Minerva, the termly newsletter of the school and The Kelvinside Academy Chronicle , the annual magazine. All bursaries are reviewed annually and assume the continuing hard work and commitment of the recipient, and the maintenance of the parental contribution. Bursary awards can be provided as a contribution to the fees of one child only per family. Scholarships All entrants to Senior 1 are eligible for an academic scholarship. Outside entrants are automatically entered; entrants from Senior Prep are given the option. These awards, which are made purely on the basis of academic performance, derive from existing endowments. The number and amount of scholarships awarded annually is thus limited. The continuation of a scholarship award assumes the continuing hard work and commitment of the recipient. The Miller Drummond Music Scholarship Up to two Music Scholarships are awarded each year to pupils entering S5 or S6 from within or outwith the School. Specific eligibility criteria apply (details available on request) and these must continue to be met for the duration of the Scholarship. Withdrawals If a pupil (including recipients of bursaries and scholarships) is to be withdrawn from the School at the end of any term, a full term's notice in writing must be given to the Rector, failing which the subsequent term's fees will be charged. Personal Accident Insurance All pupils are covered under a personal accident insurance scheme, arranged through the Scottish Council Bursaries The KA Foundation provides bursary funds on an annual basis for pupils of potential new to the Senior School who are unable to afford full fees. Such pupils would undergo the normal admissions procedure but, in addition, parents/guardians would be required to complete a Bursary Application Form providing details of their financial position. The Foundation also provides bursaries for pupils already in the Senior School whose personal financial circumstances have changed. The number and amount of bursaries awarded annually will vary according to the availability of funds. However, the School is committed to growing the capital fund from which the bursaries are derived. Additionally the Warden Bursary Fund exists to help pupils, who have completed at least one year in Senior School, whose financial circumstances have changed. The Bursary, in particular will support cases where a pupil's future would be significantly jeopardised if he or she was forced suddenly to leave Kelvinside Academy. 4 Fees es are payable by monthly direct debit over ten If required, advice on forward school fees may also be obtained entry to Senior school, a £50.00 is taken. When three children from one family attend the School there is a 25% discount on fees for the third child and for subsequent children. from 1st September. Fees are payable to the Bursar planning for payment of from the Bursar. On refundable book deposit School months at the School, from whom details of school fees insurance fe and personal accident cover may be obtained. Scholarships Financial support with fees is targeted where there is genuine need. However, Kelvinside Academy would still wish to recognise scholars, pupils of high ability, as they enter Senior School from outwith or from the Senior Prep (P7) class. To that end, all those sitting the entrance test and all those in Senior Prep who wish to sit the scholarship examination will be considered as potential scholars. Those who are so selected will be presented with a Scholar’s Medal and a monetary prize.
  6. 6. Registration/Absence Registration takes place before Assembly in the morning. Parents are asked to ring school immediately if their child is not attending school to let us know the reason why. On their return, parents should write a note to the class teacher explaining the reasons for their child’s absence. Parents are asked to make sure their children arrive at school on time. If pupils are late, they should enter school via reception and sign in. Persistent lateness will be followed up. Wherever possible, doctor’s and dentist’s appointments should take place outwith school time. If a child needs to have time out of school during the school day, please write a note to school in advance so that we can minimise disruption. School holiday dates are sent out well in advance. If you are unsure of them, please get in touch with the school and we will advise you of the dates. Every day at school is important to your children and we do not expect Assembly Assembly takes place three mornings a week in the Gilchrist Theatre. Assembly is taken by Mr Dickenson, Mr Broadfoot or our School Chaplain. We also have class assemblies and hymn practices. Each class takes Assembly twice a year, one in the first term and then in either the second or third term. These assemblies are multi-cultural encompassing all religions and faiths. Many take a moral theme. Data Protection The school will not pass on to other agencies or individuals information it has about pupils and their families, except with their permission or where the information is already in the public domain or where the school is obliged to do so by law or a court order. In all instances the School conforms to the stipulations of the Data Protection Act. Policies As well as curriculum policies and other staff documents, the School follows well thought out and careful policies on Child Protection, Health and Safety, Drugs, Equal Opportunities, Mobile Phones & the Internet, Discipline and School Visits. These are regularly updated. Copies can be seen on request. School Organisation Daily Routine Registration 8.50 am Assembly 8.55 am Lessons 9.05 am Break 10.25 am Lessons 10.40 am Lunch 12.00 pm (Junior 1 - Junior 3) 12.15 pm (Junior 4 - Junior 6) Lessons 1.00 pm (Junior 1 - Junior 3) 1.15 pm (Junior 4 - Junior 6) Break 2.25 - 2.35 pm (Junior 1 - Junior 3) End of Day 3.00 pm (Junior 1) 3.15 pm (Junior 2 - Junior 6) 3.45 pm on Fridays from Balgray for Junior 5 & 6 boys. Girls from school except Summer term. Children may come into the playground from 8.00 am onwards when it is supervised. At 8.50 am a bell is rung and children line up. If the weather is inclement, children can go directly into their classrooms. Confidentiality Kelvinside Academy aims to establish relationships of trust between staff, pupils and parents. Pupils and parents should therefore feel able to make the school aware of personal and private matters, including concerns about safety and welfare, in the certain knowledge that such information will be dealt with sensitively. Anything imparted to the school in confidence will be treated in confidence, subject to the following qualifications: * A member of staff to whom information has been imparted in confidence has the right to seek the advice, guidance, or support of a senior colleague when s/he feels the need to do so. Where a member of staff feels that a matter lies beyond his/her level of competence, it is right for that individual to refer the matter to an appropriate senior colleague. * Where there are serious concerns about the safety or welfare of a pupil, all members of staff must comply with the terms of the school’s Child Protection Policy and refer these concerns to the school’s Child Protection Officer who, in turn, may then decide to involve the Children’s Reporter, police or social services. A member of staff may only give an undertaking of confidentiality in so far as this is compatible with the principle that children’s welfare is always paramount. * When a member of staff feels that s/he must pass on information provided in confidence, s/he will, wherever possible, inform the pupil/parent concerned that this is the case and explain the reasons for which it is considered necessary to do so. This, however, would not apply in an emergency or in any circumstances in which a child’s safety or welfare might be seriously compromised. 5 children to take time out to fit in with holiday arrangements in school terms. Pupils will not be given permission to go on holiday or to take leave early at half term and the end of term unless there are very exceptional circumstances. Any such application must be made to the Head of Junior School in writing, well in advance of the requested dates.
  7. 7. CURRICULUM Curriculum It is very difficult to say exactly what each class will be doing each year. This depends very much on the prior learning of each child in the class and to some extent their interests too. However, below is a very basic outline of our texts and expectations for the children in the main areas of the curriculum. The details will be filled in by the class teacher at the informal parents’ night at the start of the session. Mathematics Junior One uses Scottish Heinemann Maths 1 as their core curriculum supplemented by other texts and worksheets as required. Junior Two uses Scottish Heinemann Maths 2 as their core curriculum supplemented by other texts and worksheets as required. During Junior Two we would expect most pupils to achieve Level A Maths. Junior Three uses Scottish Heinemann Maths 3 as their core curriculum supplemented by other texts and worksheets as required. During Junior Three we would expect that any remaining pupils achieve Level A, while many others achieve Level B. Junior Four uses Scottish Heinemann Maths 4 as their core curriculum supplemented by other texts and worksheets as required. During Junior Four we would expect all remaining pupils to achieve Level B while some others will achieve Level C. Junior Five uses Scottish Heinemann Maths 5. During Junior Five we would expect all remaining pupils to achieve Level C. Junior Six uses Scottish Heinemann Maths 6, Heinemann Maths 7a and Essential Skills in Maths 1. During Junior Six we would expect many of our pupils to achieve Level D. picking up your child every day. Should these arrangements change, please put a note in the diary to confirm the new arrangement. In this way we can keep your child safe. If you are delayed in picking up your children, they wait in the playground for 10 minutes and then, for security reasons, come into school until you arrive. If you are near a telephone, please let us know of your delay so that we can explain the reasons to your children, then come and pick them up at Reception. Once the children are released into your care, for safety reasons please do not allow them to re-enter the school nor allow them to climb the fences or roll down the banking. Please use the lollipop man to cross the road. Parents are reminded to observe the parking restrictions outside the School to ensure the safety of all pupils. In particular, Strathclyde Police advise that stopping on yellow zig-zags is dangerous and selfish. Late Waiting The school runs a Late Waiting (after school care) facility from the end of the school day until 6.00 pm. This is run “in house” by our auxiliaries. Late Waiting is held in the Dining Hall and the Mall, on rotation, and in the playground. Parents whose children attend regularly complete a form. This gives details and advises you of the cost of this facility. Should you wish to take advantage of this, please ask for one. Sometimes parents use Late Waiting intermittently. Then a letter is required and children will be fitted in if space is available. Children at Late Waiting are also supervised in the playground or Gym or Computer Rooms. Games and activities are played and homework may be done at the discretion of the supervisor, if the environment is suitable. Children are offered a drink and snacks. Break Times Mrs McLaughlin and Mrs Macowan supervise breaks. Parents often provide a drink and something to eat at break times. There is a water dispenser outside the Dining Hall. Pupils are encouraged to bring a water bottle and to drink water throughout the day. We ask that no sweets or chocolate or other items should be provided for snacks, nor fizzy drinks. Healthy options - fruit, plain biscuits, a sandwich or similar - are ideal. Lunch All Junior School pupils stay to school lunches. We encourage social interaction and good table manners. Lunches are supervised by Junior School staff and menus are pinned up on the Junior School notice board in the porch. There is always a choice of hot food, salads and a vegetarian option. Should children be allergic to particular foods, please let us know. We encourage pupils to eat what they have chosen, but do not make them eat it all up! Security Children enter and leave school through the Junior School door (Junior 1-3). The door is open from 8.00 - 8.50 and during breaktimes when the playground is supervised. At other times, parents and visitors to school are asked to enter and leave via the main entrance and collect a pass. At the end of the day Junior 1 finish school at 3.00 pm, Junior 2 - 6 at 3.15 pm, except on Friday when Junior 5 & 6 are at games; they finish at 3.45pm. Junior School pupils should use both gates, Junior 1 - 3 at the front, Junior 4 - 6 at the side. The younger classes will be brought out by their class teachers, the older ones may come out independently. Please let us know who will be 6 sugary The school is a nut-free zone as we have children with nut allergies. We would ask you to ensure that snacks do not contain nuts.
  8. 8. Senior Prep Novels Heinemann English 1 Nelson Grammar 4 The Essential Spelling Book 3 Classworks - Nelson Thornes Literacy During Senior Prep we would expect that all children would achieve Level D in Reading and Writing, while many will achieve Level E. Environmental Studies Social Studies and Science Social Studies topics are subject to change, but those listed below should give some guide. Progressively through Junior School pupils increase their knowledge and understanding of the world. They develop skills in starting, doing, completing and evaluating individual, and group and class projects and they develop informed attitudes about the world around them. Investigations require many skills Pupils will be asked to: * think of questions they need answers to * know where to look for information * collect artefacts * find information/answers from a variety of sources e.g. Library, internet etc. * present their work effectively and neatly * then they will be asked to evaluate their work. If work is to be done at home, clear guidelines will accompany this. Junior Four Literacy World guided reading Novels Nelson Spelling Book 2 Key Comprehension Book 2 Nelson Grammar 2 Focus on Literacy Book 3 During Junior 4 we would expect that all remaining children will achieve Level B Reading and Writing while some will achieve Level C. Junior Five Literacy World guided reading Novels Nelson Spelling Book 3 Key Comprehension Book 3 Nelson Grammar 3 Focus on Literacy Book 4 During Junior 5, we would expect that almost all children will achieve Level C Reading and Writing, while a few might achieve Level D. Junior Six Literacy World guided reading Novels Nelson Spelling Book 4 Key Comprehension 4 Collins Grammar and Punctuation 4 Focus on Literacy Book 5 During Junior 6, we would expect that many children will achieve Level D in Reading and Writing and some might achieve Level E. Senior Prep uses TeeJay 5-14 Mathematics. During Senior Prep we would expect all pupils to achieve Level D and some Level E. Language Core Material for Language development, the following are currently in use. These may change as we upgrade our curriculum: Junior One Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme Jolly Phonics 1 Nelson Spelling Workbooks Junior Two Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme Nelson Spelling Introductory Book Jolly Phonics 2 Key Comprehension Starter Book Focus on Literacy Book 1 During Junior 2 we would expect most children to achieve Level A Reading and Writing. Junior Three Novels Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme Nelson Spelling Book 1 Key Comprehension Book 1 Focus on Literacy Book 2 Nelson Grammar 1 During Junior 3 we would expect that any remaining children achieve Level A Reading and Writing while some will achieve Level B in both. 7
  9. 9. Senior Prep This course is run within the Science Faculty in the Senior School, building on the prior learning in Junior School. Life Skills including: Health, Personal and Social Education, Religious and Moral Education, Enterprise Education and Citizenship These areas are very closely interlinked so it is useful to put them together. Resources: Police Presentation Team Folens: PSHE & Citizenship in Action Topics covered: Junior One PSHE & Citizenship Responding to others Taking Part & Rules Similarities & Differences Right & Wrong Likes and Dislikes People who help us Problem Solving Choices 999 Our School & Influences Clothes, Meals, Needs Stranger Danger R. & M. E. Christmas, Easter, Stories from the Old/New Testament. Prayers Glasgow Past and Present World War II The Home Front Vikings Geography/Modern Studies: Mapping Skills Settlement Study Restless Earth Science Science is taught as a discrete subject in J3-6. In J1-2 it is integrated into their topic work. Junior Three Junior Four The Human Body. A Material World. Sound & Light Energies. Junior Five Electrical Energy & Electricity. Weather and Plants. Junior Six Forces, Space and Life on Earth. Topics may include Junior One Me and My Family Toys Weather Town and Country At School Junior Two When Gran was a girl Houses and Homes People who help us Animals of the World Junior Three The Romans in Scotland Local Study Caring for others India - a comparative study Junior Four Knights and Castles Glasgow our city Conservation study Sporting Heroes Junior Five Wallace and Bruce Scotland - a comparative study Children of the World Weather Junior Six Scottish Life during the Industrial Revolution and Victorian Era Britain in Europe Coping with Climate - Rainforest Castaway on Barralay Senior Prep History: What is History 8 Autumn; Winter; Spring; Summer. Water and other liquids; Electricity and Magnetism. Junior One At School Me and My Family Town and Country Toys Weather Junior Two Animals of the World Houses and Homes People who help us When Gran was a girl Junior Three Caring for others India - a comparative study Local Study The Romans in Scotland Junior Four Conservation study Glasgow our city Knights and Castles Sporting Heroes Junior Five Children of the World Scotland - a comparative study Wallace and Bruce Weather Junior Six Britain in Europe Castaway on Barralay Coping with Climate - Rainforest Revolution and Victorian Era Scottish Life during the Industrial Senior Prep Geography/Modern Studies: Mapping Skills Restless Earth Settlement Study History: What is History Glasgow Past and Present Vikings World War ll The Home Front
  10. 10. Modern Languages: Children receive specialist teaching in modern languages from Junior 1. Initially this is French (J1 - J5). In J6 children learn either Spanish or German. They take this language on into Senior Prep where they continue with it until Christmas, reverting to French after this. The rationale behind this is that pupils will experience more than one language and indeed, hopefully, have good experience in two languages in Junior school. They therefore have a sound knowledge and skills base and can make better informed choices in Senior school. I hope this gives you an outline of what children will experience as they proceed through Junior School. Should you have any further questions please do not hesitate in coming to ask the class teacher. If they cannot answer your questions, they will put you in touch with somebody who can. Jotters Pupils are issued with appropriate jotters for their age and stage and a school diary in which they write their homework. This diary also offers them advice on school and personal matters. Specialist Teaching Physical Education and Games Games Some class teachers go to games with their classes. Junior 4 go to games at Balgray within school time. Junior 5 and 6 go on Fridays by coach to Balgray from 1.45 pm onwards. Rules & Laws Local Democracy How to help Prejudice & Stereotyping Vandalism R. & M.E. Judaism - Key figures in Judaism and Christianity Moses - 10 Commandments Lent The Disciples/Story of Paul Stories from the Bible Junior Six PSHE & Citizenship Continues to develop the themes from Junior 5. Also looking at: Moving onwards Puberty Disability R. & M.E. Festivals - Why? All religions Holy Books Religion - about behaviour. Rules Decisions Explore - How the world was made. Expressive Arts Include Art, Craft, Design and here we will add technology. Drama Music Physical Education and Games Along with ICT Many of these programmes are integrated with other areas of the curriculum in a cross-curricular approach. Themes can be very similar. However all have a clear, balanced and progressive programme of study. Junior Two PSHE & Citizenship Develops the themes from Junior 1 R. & M. E. Stories linked to family and home from various faiths Inside a church. The Bible People who help others in the Bible Old pets - caring for animals. Junior Three PSHE & Citizenship Communication Working together & making decisions Animals The World Our School Rules, Bullying & Respect Democracy and Rights Police R. & M.E. Hindu religion. Special people. Stories from the Bible. Junior 4-6 use the Health series to support their Health Education programme. Junior Four PSHE & Citizenship Choices Develops the themes from Junior 3 R. & M. E. Islam. Moses, Stories of the saints Palestine at the time of Jesus. Junior Five PSHE & Citizenship Continues with many of the themes in J3 & 4 but also starts to look at: 9
  11. 11. Home - School Links Pupils will learn at their best when there is close liaison between home and school. We value the interest, support and suggestions offered by all parents and we are constantly reviewing our home/school policy. At the start of each academic year, an introductory meeting is held for all parents to meet the Head of Junior School and staff, and to learn something of the following year’s work and activities. A further informal meeting rounds off the session. Formal Parents’ Evenings take place in early March. Should parents be anxious about any aspect of their child’s education or welfare, the Head of Junior School is often available on the telephone. Interviews may be arranged with her at any mutually convenient time and staff are usually available at the end of the day, should a problem arise. We would hope to be able to see parents on the same day, but hopefully no later than the following day. Should your concerns remain, the Rector will also be happy to become involved. Parents are invited to school to attend concerts, sports days and matches, services, exhibitions, displays and to act as volunteer helpers on outings. They are also warmly welcomed to support their child’s team when possible. Parents’ advice on planned changes in the Junior School is often sought. Parents are kept informed about school activities and changes to school routine etc through written letters from the class teacher or head teacher, delivered through “child” mail. All letters are put into the blue school pouch that all children put their homework in. Should you write to the school, please also use this method. Homework Homework is done every night. It is an important aspect PE Pupils have one or two periods of PE a week. Music Pupils have two music lessons a week. From Junior 3 upwards these are in the music department. Junior 1 and 2 remain in their classroom. Pupils are encouraged to join the school choirs and orchestra, which take place after school. Instrumental Lessons From Junior 3 pupils may have lessons in piano, violin/viola, brass, woodwind, guitar, voice and chanter. These take place during school time. We encourage pupils to play in Assembly, concerts etc. If a child wishes to learn a musical instrument, s/he should contact the Director of Music. Speech and Drama Pupils may take Speech and Drama lessons as a group and are encouraged to perform and take part in festivals and sit exam work. If a child wishes to take speech and drama classes, s/he should contact the Director of Music. Art and Design Junior 6 on a rolling programme. The allocated varies from year to year. French French begins in Junior 1 with two short periods per week. This builds to two full periods by Junior 3. All pupils are returned to school by 3.45pm. Those children who are unable to go to games need to be collected from Reception at 1.45pm. Should the fields not be playable, we endeavour to let parents know at the earliest opportunity. If parents are in doubt, a message will be left on the answering machine at Balgray and with the administrative staff at school. Pupils then remain at school to follow alternative activities and are dismissed from school at 3.45 pm. Games Commitment At the beginning of each term, parents are advised of the forthcoming fixtures for that term. It is school policy that all children, if picked for a team, should attend. If there are special circumstances when appointments on this date are unavoidable, then a letter should be sent to the class teacher/PE teacher explaining the circumstances well in advance of the due date. When teams have been picked, it is often very frustrating and time consuming to have to add further substitutes at the last minute. The kit for matches and games afternoons will be: rugby shorts, crested polo shirt, rugby socks, training shoes, tracksuit (optional but very useful if the weather is cool). Pupils should regularly check their fixture cards issued at the start of each term, so that late clashes do not occur. Off Games If a pupil is off games, s/he should bring a note to school. For J5/J6, if pupils are unable to take part in Friday games, they should be picked up from school at 1:45pm. Swimming Junior School pupils receive a block of swimming lessons. Parents will be advised in good time of the dates. Class teachers go swimming with their pupils. Pupils should wear a simple one-piece suit (girls) or swimming trunks (boys). No shorts please. 10 From Junior 5, specialist teachers take Junior 5 and amount of time
  12. 12. teachers. The other two classes are grouped equally according to the criteria set for Junior 1. Moving through Junior School Junior 1 In coming into Junior 1 we offer a number of “expectations” which we hope that all or most of the children will have achieved, both academically and in terms of the children’s personal management and behaviour. Children should be able to: * Talk confidently with familiar people about themselves, their experiences, likes and dislikes. * Be able to follow rules and instructions and respond to others in appropriate ways. * Listen to a story and talk about it / answer questions on it. * Question what is going on around them and use their senses to explore. * Concentrate on a task until completion. * Be able to dress themselves and change their shoes. * Participate in music making, singing and dancing; be able to recite nursery rhymes and sing simple songs. * Take on various roles in play situations and respond appropriately to others in role. * Identify some familiar letter shapes and sounds. * Recognise and make a good attempt at writing their name. * Match, sort and count sets of objects up to 10; be able to recognise numerals 1 - 10. * Recognise, identify and name colours and basic shapes. * Use pencils, brushes, etc, to draw pictures with shape and form; describe these pictures. * Hop, skip, jump from low objects, balance along beams, climb and negotiate spaces when moving. Junior 2 Coming into Junior 2 we would hope that children: * Will have completed the Junior 1 curriculum. 3. Quiet, orderly behaviour. 4. Raising the hand when seeking attention. 5. Every child having the right to be happy at school. Within the school grounds, these include: 1. Moving around the school in an orderly and quiet manner. 2. Holding doors open for adults and visitors. 3. Respecting the instructions of monitors. 4. Keeping litter to a minimum. 5. Using the toilets and changing areas in the correct manner. 6. Setting a good example to younger children. 7. Keeping to those doors, stairs and play areas allocated to the Junior School. 8. Using appropriate behaviour in the playground. Selection of Classes As children move from Junior Start into Junior 1, staff select children for classes, taking into account age, gender, personality, knowledge, skills and friendship groups, to make the classes as equal as possible. These classes may remain the same (but can for various reasons change) until Senior Prep. There can also be movement of individual pupils between classes where teachers and parents feel this would enhance the learning of pupils. In Senior Prep two classes become three with the addition of more pupils. While we are mindful of social groupings we need to ensure the best progress for all our pupils. Therefore when making up the classes for Senior Prep, we put into one class those pupils we consider will manage with a larger number of teachers. This is because we have two primary-trained class teachers who teach mathematics, language and social studies to all the classes. Therefore one class will be taught by both of the pupil’s school life. It is a link between home and school. It shows you how the child is progressing and is an important part of the learning process as well as being a good discipline. Homework is an extension of the work done in class. It may be revision, extension or consolidation. It should include reading, spelling and maths at all stages. It might include research work or writing as well. Your Home Support booklet offers detailed advice on how to support your child at home and how to help with homework. Please refer to this. Student Council Junior School has a very active school council run by the Junior 6 House Captains. There are class representatives for Junior 4 - 6 and monitors canvas the views of their allotted Junior 1 - 3 class and represent them. The council meets as required but at least once a month to talk about the suggestions put into the class suggestion boxes and to put forward ideas on all aspects of the school to be discussed by pupils, staff and management. Their ideas are discussed and valued by the school community and already some have been implemented. Discipline At the beginning of the year, classes make their own set of ‘rules’ and high standards of behaviour are expected. Details of this can be found in the discipline policy which you are welcome to read. However, we do offer here some general expectations. Within the classroom, these include: 1. Respect for the person and property of others. 2. Respect for personal and school property. 11
  13. 13. Junior 6 Coming into Junior 6 children: * Will have completed the Junior 5 curriculum. * Can fulfil all the expectations for Junior 5 with confidence. * Set an excellent example by following the dress code to the letter. * Set an excellent example to younger pupils in terms of manners and respect for others. * Can with increasing confidence use the school diary to plan and organise homework, individual projects throughout the week. Children can always remember kit for PE and games and other activities. * Be well organised and tidy, setting an example to the rest of the school. * Set a good example by moving around the school in an orderly and quiet manner. Senior Prep Coming into Senior Prep children: * Will have completed the Junior 6 curriculum. * Can follow all the expectations for Junior 6 with confidence. * Will follow the dress code at all times. * Have confidence in using the correct manners and show respect for all staff and peers in the school. * Can organise their own work and homework, using the school diary and planners, remembering to hand work in on time and completed to the best of their ability. * Be well organised and tidy, remembering the correct kit etc for all activities, curricular and extra-curricular. * Be confident when moving around the whole school. Tracking System Children are carefully tracked from the start of their education with us so that should problems occur they can be quickly identified and a programme put in place to help rectify the situation. General grading in the Junior School becomes subject specific in Senior School but the same criteria apply. Junior 4 Coming into Junior 4 children: * Will have completed the Junior 3 curriculum. * Can fulfil all the expectations for Junior 3 with confidence. * Are confident in all areas of dress and will automatically check they are dressed neatly: shirt clean and tucked in, buttons done up, tie clean and tied neatly, clean blazer/pinafore, polished shoes, hair regulations adhered to, EVERYTHING clearly named. * Are progressively developing good manners and respect for others. * Pack the school bag independently remembering kit for different days by using the diary. * Can organise themselves and their work with increasing confidence. * Always remember to move around the school quietly and sensibly. * Automatically keep themselves, their possessions and the classroom around them tidy. Junior 5 Coming into Junior 5 children: * Will have completed the Junior 4 curriculum. * Can follow all the expectations for Junior 4 with confidence. * Are confident in all areas of the dress code and will automatically check to see they follow it. This includes PE and games kit as well as hair regulations. * Are well mannered, can always respect others - peers and adults. * Always remember to bring in the correct items required each day by checking the contents of their school bag with the list in their diary. * Will ensure that work and personal space is well organised and look after their own items as well as those general to class and school. * Always move around school in an orderly and quiet manner. * Are independent in dressing and undressing, including all clothes they wear at school. * Respond to instructions straight away. * Can organise themselves and their belongings. * Will tidy up after themselves without being told. * Can line up quietly and quickly without fuss. * Will put up their hands when they want to speak and allow others to take turns in speaking too. * Have good table manners, eat with a knife and fork and do not leave the table until their meal is completed. * Are beginning to think for themselves. Junior 3 Coming into Junior 3 children: * Will have completed the Junior 2 curriculum. * Can fulfil all Junior 2 expectations with confidence. * Can now tie their shoe laces, do up their ties and all shirt buttons. * Can move about school quietly and sensibly whether by themselves or in the class. * Are beginning to respond to the natural conventions of manners, e.g. 1) holding doors for others, especially adults and visitors 2) looking behind them before letting go of a door 3) walking around adults talking or saying ”excuse me” 4) not eating and talking at the same time 5) moving about the school in an orderly manner 6) showing respect for others especially teaching assistants, teachers, etc (the list could go on!) * Can pack their own school bag with their needs for the following day. * Can organise their work and always have the correct items they require (ie sharp pencils, rubber, PE kit, etc). * Leave the classroom looking tidy. * Think for themselves. 12
  14. 14. rotate to another one. After-school activities include: sports - hockey, rugby, and athletics practices, aikido, dancing, choirs and orchestra. Library Pupils are encouraged to use the school library. Younger pupils have a timetabled period a week with our librarian. 6th Year Preparation for Life As part of the 6th year Preparation for Life programme, final year pupils may come and help with Junior School classes, clubs and activities. They may work with groups or individuals under the supervision of the staff. This interaction of young and older pupils is a valuable part of school life and is enjoyed by young and old as an important educational experience. School Trips Extending the curriculum by taking pupils out of school is encouraged. Parents are asked to complete a pro-forma at the beginning of each session, allowing us to take their children out to museums, galleries, The Botanic Gardens, etc. You will always be kept fully informed about the planned visits. Pupils are well supervised when they leave school and the highest standards of behaviour are expected. More extended visits, or those involving bus travel will involve completion of further parental consent forms. Junior 6 undertake a week long field trip during the Summer Term, (usually to an outdoor activities centre) and Junior 5 go away for a long weekend. Travel arrangements can vary. Children may walk if the Reports and Parents’ Evenings As well as the regular assessments, there are two formal Parents’ Evenings; the first follows a settling report before the October holiday and the second at the February mid-term. A formative report goes home in December and a summative report in June. Parents have an opportunity to meet and talk with the teachers about the report if they wish. Diagnostic Testing Diagnostic testing is a regular feature in Junior School, so that we can be assured that good progress is being maintained. Learning Support We work closely with the Learning Support Department, not only for diagnostic testing, but also with any problems which might occur with pupils. We believe that early intervention is important. Should parents have any worries about the progress that is being made by their children, a meeting with our Learning Support Department is easily arranged, either directly with the department or via the class teacher. Extra Curricular Activities Pupils in Junior 4 - 6 can choose from a variety of lunchtime clubs. These vary according to the current expertise of the staff and are by nature fairly informal. All staff take a club. These may include football, hockey, short tennis, cross- country, chess, bridge, aerobics, drama, science & technology, and computing. Junior 1 - 3 have an Activities Hour on a Friday afternoon when they can choose from a variety of activities. Children choose an activity for a number of weeks and then they In the assessment jotters that go out five times a year there are two pieces of work: maths check-up (or similar) and language assessment (writing, reading or similar). The first Assessment is a settling assessment and is more detailed and self-explanatory. Assessment gradings are given for all-round: effort attitude to others homework attainment An effort grade would reflect consistency of application, personal organisation and commitment to work. An attitude to others grade would reflect good personal/social skills, citizenship, manners and reliability (others being peers and adults). A homework grade would reflect effort, thoroughness and work handed in on time. For each of these three categories the grading code used will be as follows: excellent good satisfactory unsatisfactory For general attainment the coding used will be as follows: coping well with all aspects of the curriculum coping well with most aspects of the curriculum finding some aspects of the curriculum difficult experiencing significant difficulties in the curriculum Where children are set, i.e. in Maths, the attainment level will be relative to the demands placed upon the children in the set. 13 In addition to formal Parents’ Evenings to discuss children’s progress, the Junior School will also run occasional Parents’ Seminars. These will address important issues with regard to the education of all children at the Junior School. The seminars will offer parents an insight into the reasons for changes and developments in the curriculum and wider life of the school. Sometimes they will be led by the Head of the Junior School and the teaching staff and at other times visiting speakers will be invited to make a presentation.
  15. 15. Toys Valuable toys (Game Boys and the like) should also stay at home, as we cannot guarantee their safety. We also ask that no sharp or dangerous objects, or toy or replica guns or knives, are brought to school. Swapping cards etc is not an ideal game as this often ends in arguments. I am afraid we do not allow Pokemon cards or similar in school. Acting out in the Playground Pupils will often act out in the playground what they have watched on television or video. In many cases this seems to be war, wrestling or similar activities. We discourage this type of play as it nearly always ends in tears. There is some evidence, too, that children who watch violent programmes can copy this kind of violence in real life. Worries, Concerns, Complaints Should you have any of these, please contact us and we will see you as soon as we can. Put a note in your child’s diary. Speak to your child’s class teacher or indeed phone school. We will deal with your worries efficiently and effectively. Child Protection “Children have a right to be happy and feel safe in school”. The school has a comprehensive Child Protection Policy. Mr (Head of Junior School) is the Child Protection Co-ordinator for the Junior School. Kelvinside Academy is committed to promoting the welfare and well being of its members of staff and pupils. In particular, the school is committed to ensuring young people’s right to care and protection All uniform items are available only from the School Shop, located at the rear of the main school building. Telephone: 0141 339 3595 Lost Property All items of clothing should be named. There is a lost property box at the Junior School entrance. There is also a box near the Janitor’s office. If lost property is named, it will be returned to the child. If not, it will remain either in the box or with the Janitor until the owner comes to claim it. Mobile Phones Mobile phones should only be brought to school if it is important for the security of your child (i.e. if s/he has to travel home alone). It should only be brought to school on the days it is required. A phone must not be switched on during school time (8.50 am - 3.15 pm). So that it does not get damaged, it should be placed in a box provided in each class. A mobile phone is the sole responsibility of the child; the school cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss. Computer Resources Policy Each Senior pupil signs an annual agreement to follow guidelines on the use of the school's computer facilities. Please note that Junior School pupils are always supervised when using computers. Money Only money required for any particular day should be brought to school. Children do not have access to the Tuckshop or drinks machines, so if a child does not need money, please do not send them with any. venue is close to school. Public transport, school minibuses or hired coaches may be used as appropriate. School minibuses and hired coaches all have seat belts. We regularly up-date our School Trips Policy and ensure that it follows guidelines on Child Protection, Welfare, Equal Opportunities and School Travel etc. Houses All pupils are put into Houses when they come into school. They will generally remain in these Houses throughout their school life. In the Senior School, many activities are done in Houses. In the Junior School, we are developing this too. This may well include quizzes, chess, public speaking, music and art competitions as well as sporting ones. At the moment, House points are also awarded by the teacher for good work, or citizenship, as he/she thinks fit. There is a trophy awarded to the best House at the end of the year. Uniform/Dress Code Following the principle “look good, feel good”, uniform should be worn with pride! Pupils should look neat and tidy at all times - shirt tails tucked in, socks held up with garters and shoes (not boots please) clean and polished. * We ask that all pupils wear the school jumper with the school colours around the wrist and neck. * Boys’ and girls’ hair should be off the collar and out of the eyes. Girls with long hair should tie it back. * A watch may be worn but no other jewellry. * Girls with pierced ears may wear one small pair of studs or sleepers. Dress regulations are detailed in the Pupil’s Diary. Parents are asked to ensure that their children conform to the regulations. 14 Dickenson Uniform is available from: Man’s World, 157 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TS (Tel. 0141 357 0400) Man’s World, 204 Fenwick Road, Giffnock, Glasgow, G46 6UE (Tel. 0141 638 7689).
  16. 16. exercise for poor behaviour signed by parents. 4. Pupils detained in school during break or lunch with set work to do. 5. Referral to Head of Junior School for more persistent poor work or behaviour, who may, if appropriate, get in touch with parents. 6. Daily report card issued by Head of Junior School with parent involvement. The card is completed for two weeks and then reviewed. 7. The Rector will be informed by Head of Junior School of very serious offences and he will become involved in the disciplinary process, if appropriate. Bullying Policy It is the right of all pupils to be able to enjoy their time at school and to be able to make the most of all the opportunities that are available to them. So any form of bullying which would prevent this is not acceptable. Bullying may be defined as “a wilful conscious desire to hurt or threaten or frighten someone else”. Bullying can take many forms. It may be physical or it may be verbal. It may be crude or subtle. It may take the following forms: * Pushing, pinching, punching, pulling hair; * Making threats; * Demanding favours, money; * Ignoring or excluding someone (“sending to Coventry”); * Making fun of someone’s appearance or behaviour; * Calling names. The effects are very different for different children. For some it is short term and they grow quickly out of it. Some, however, suffer stress which can make them ill or depressed. all pupils, both orally and in writing. 2. A golden book is used and children’s names can be entered at any time. Awards are made for: a) Examples of especially good behaviour and especially good work; b) A good turn completed quietly and without fuss; c) Examples of special thoughtfulness; d) Improved behaviour after a lapse; e) Improved work through greater effort. Pupils are awarded stickers by the Head of Junior School as an outward sign of positive behaviour. Those whose names appear in the golden book will be commended at a Friday assembly. 3. Pupils can also receive a distinction from the Rector for an excellent piece of work. Parents are informed of this commendation by letter. 4. Assessment folders go home to parents regularly. In these an effort and attitude mark is given. 5. Extra curricular activities are important: a) To foster a feeling of identity; b) To increase contact between pupils and staff and encourage feelings of mutual respect; c) To stimulate, motivate and enrich the learning experience. 6. Staff are asked to ensure that their standards in and around school match those expected of pupils - punctuality, language, dress, marking jotters etc are some examples. Sanctions The imposition of punishment is not easy. The purpose is to discourage the child from repeating the behaviour, not retribution for its own sake and it should be tailored to suit the needs of the individual child. Punishment should be fair and the reasons for it understood by the pupil. If possible, we allow the pupil to become involved in deciding what would be a suitable punishment as this can make it most effective. Sanctions might include: 1. Verbal advice, criticism or rebuke. 2. Written comment on poor work. 3. Repetition of poor work or a suitable punishment from any harm. Our policy on Child Protection receives the wholehearted support of the Board of Governors, the Senior Management Team, the staff and the Kelvinside Academy Association. All children have the right to be protected. All adults who have the charge of care of children have a responsibility to ensure that the children in their care are not harmed. This applies to teachers generally and our guidelines have been drawn up in accordance with the recommendations published by the Scottish Council of Independent Schools and with advice received from HM Inspectors of Schools. The school’s Child Protection Policy is a substantial document, too detailed for reproduction here. Copies of it, however, are available on request or for inspection at reception. Discipline Policy In everything the school does, we are concerned to promote the personal and social development of all our pupils. Our policy is aimed at addressing the rights and needs of the individual, also taking into account those of the school community. Good behaviour includes self-control, consideration for others and courteous behaviour towards other children and adults. Pupils have the right to expect friendliness, tolerance, respect and encouragement both from their fellow pupils and from the staff. The school has the right to expect self-discipline, positive attitudes and loyalty from pupils. We emphasise the importance of good behaviour, self-discipline and care for others amongst all pupils. Positive Measures 1. Teachers are asked constantly to reinforce good work and behaviour and to commend examples of such to 15
  17. 17. 16 Bullies may grow out of their behaviour. Some will continue to bully because they find it brings them reward or satisfaction. But bullies can also be victims, too, and need help to reform. The aim of this policy is preventative and reforming rather than judgmental. It has 3 aims: 1. To prevent antisocial behaviour; 2. To reform the attitudes of anyone engaged in the practice of bullying; 3. To support, reassure and reintegrate any pupil who is a victim of any form of bullying. PRACTICAL ADVICE To the victim: i. If you are bullied, tell someone. It is not your fault and there is no disgrace in speaking about it. Teachers and parents are there to help. Keeping things secret is the bullies’ biggest weapon against you. That is why they go to so much trouble to stop you telling. ii. Tell the truth about what happened, do not exaggerate or this may put your evidence in doubt. Do not “cry wolf”. If something does happen to you in the future, no one will believe you. iii. Never try to buy off bullies with money, sweets or anything else. They will simply come back for more. iv. Try not to react. Bullies enjoy seeing their victims upset or angry and there is little fun for them if their victim can laugh it off or ignore them. v. Don’t hit bullies or you may be accused of bullying yourself. vi. If you are being bullied or even made to feel uncomfortable in a certain place, do not go there, or get a friend to go with you. To the bully: i. Think how it would feel to be a victim. Many bullies have found that their victims have “turned the tables on them” when they are older and bigger. ii. Patterns of behaviour are difficult to break. If you continue to act like a thug, you will later suffer from the law, with grim prospects for your future. iii. Your reputation can get you into more trouble. If you are labelled as a school bully, you will begin to be blamed for things that you had nothing to do with at all. iv. Consider that what you do will be remembered for the rest of your life. Do you want to be remembered as “the school bully”? Medical Problems/Procedures Should your children have any medical problems, please let us know. We will treat them sensitively. A record is kept of all known medical problems of pupils. Details are given to class teachers, playground supervisors, specialist staff, Head of Junior School and, of course the School Nurse. Should your child feel ill or get hurt at school, s/he is sent to the school nurse. If your child is thought to be ill enough to be sent home, she will let you know immediately. Where there is some doubt, we will also get in touch for advice. In order to limit the progress of illness, and to ensure that children are fit enough to return to school and work effectively, we would like to offer you the following guidelines. Pupils who have a temperature, a heavy cold, eye or ear infections, an oozing skin rash, a chesty cough, sickness or diarrhoea should remain at home until symptoms have been absent for 24 hours. Pupils who are put on antibiotics should remain at home for 48 hours to allow the drugs to take effect before returning to school. Pupils with an active infestation of head lice should not come to school until they have received effective treatment. 200 However, in accordance with Scottish Executive guideline we will no longer be sending out “alert” letters to other parents when a child in the class has head lice. We would therefore ask you to be extra vigilant and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the School Nurse. If a parent suspects their child has measles the child should not come to school from the appearance of the rash. If a child has chickenpox, he/she should not return to school for 10 days from the onset of the illness. If it is necessary to send a child to hospital, either the school nurse, a teaching auxiliary or Head of Junior School will go with the child and remain with him/her until a parent arrives. The Junior School has a number of qualified first-aiders if the school nurse is not available and their advice can be sought. The school nurse will administer any medication that a child has to take. Please give it to us with written instructions for use. We will also keep spare inhalers and the like for asthmatics and pupils who need similar regular care. These will be out in the first aid room cupboard. The School has a no smoking policy. 8/09

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