Start Date and Time
Term starts on Tuesday, 23rd August 2011 at 09.00 a.m. for pupils in Junior 1 to 6. Pupils should not arrive before 08.45 a.m. After the first day, school will return to the usual start time of 08.50 a.m.
Requests for leave of absence should be kept to the minimum and should be addressed to the Head Teacher. With generous holidays and dates arranged well in advance, it would be appreciated that any requests made for leave of absence for holiday purposes made during term time should be kept to a minimum. Written notes to explain brief absences owing to illness should be addressed to the class teacher.
For security reasons, a telephone call to the Junior School Office before 09.30 a.m. on each day of absence is required.
No expensive toys or valuable possessions should be brought to school. No money or valuables should be left in cloakrooms or taken to the Allander Sports Centre.
School Fees Insurance Scheme
This is recommended and information about the Absence from School Refunds Scheme will be issued to parents..
Every endeavour is made at all times by members of staff to eliminate accidents or loss and the school has a personal accident insurance policy for pupils and staff with a permanent disablement cover. Information about this will be sent with your fee note.
It should be noted, however, that the personal accident insurance policy does not cover personal effects. It is therefore recommended that you arrange suitable additional insurance cover by ensuring that your household/all risks policy covers school events and excursions.
Pupils from Junior 1 - 6 are allocated to one of four Lifeboats - Broughty Ferry, Campbeltown, Lizard and Longhope. It is the practice to put siblings into the same ship.
At the High School of Glasgow all staff have an important role to play in Child Protection. The school has its own Child Protection Policy which provides guidelines for staff. Kindergarten Staff also follow East Dunbartonshire's Child Protection Guidelines and Procedures. Parents should be aware that all staff are required to fulfil their obligations in relation to Child Protection and any concerns will be reported immediately. Our Child Protection Policy is available to parents on request and is also on display in the Kindergarten Entrance.
All pupils are expected to do some homework. If, however, Junior 3, 4 and 5 pupils are taking more than 20 minutes and Junior 6 more than 45 minutes, the class teacher should be informed.
A high standard of discipline is expected with the school placing an emphasis on promoting positive behaviour. All pupils will be issued with a booklet about this at the start of each new session. Parents will be contacted if there are any concerns about a pupil's behaviour.
Lunches - Junior 1 - 6
After the September weekend, pupils in Junior 1 are asked to bring a packed lunch to school each day. For pupils in Junior 2 to Junior 6, the school operates a cash / cafeteria service run by Beta Catering. Pupils will be issued with a menu planner at the beginning of the new session outlining the meals available from the school canteen. Pupils may:
- (a) Have a complete lunch from the canteen
- (b) Bring their own packed lunch.
- (c) Go home. This is acceptable for children living close to the school.
However, the school should be informed in writing if pupils intend to have lunch at home.
Please note that the school endeavours to be a 'nut free zone' as several of our pupils are extremely allergic to nut products.
In addition to weekly lessons with the Junior School Music Specialist, a number of pupils take individual instrumental lessons. A letter about Instrumental lessons is normally issued to pupils in Junior 2 - 6 in May of each year.
All books and equipment will be provided by the school. If, however, pupils lose an item such as a recorder, they will be asked to pay for a replacement.
It is not generally felt that any pupil in this school should require private tuition but if it is contemplated by parents at any time, the school should be brought into the discussion.
The Head Teacher should be informed in advance if any pupil is sitting an entrance test for another school.
Parents are encouraged to make appointments with class teachers, the Deputy Head or Head Teacher at any time if they have difficulties or concerns. Teachers may also wish to talk with a parent about a specific matter and in this case, the home is contacted and a school visit arranged.
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