Rapunzel –

We are delighted to be able to share National Theatre of Scotland’s RAPUNZEL

In partnership with Historic Environment Scotland

We were delighted at the response to Rapunzel in that crazy time at the end of last term. Thank you all for your enthusiasm. Over 31,000 children were registered to watch!

The singalong version of Rapunzel is now available to watch at home, free of charge, until 31st January.. Full information on the show is here – https://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/events/singalong-rapunzel. Singalong Rapunzel is available on demand, so families can sign up to watch it at times to suit and as many times as they like until 31 January. See information below on how to access at home.

A hairy tale adventure

Rapunzel is a festive show specially created for young audiences and filmed at Stirling Castle. 

Hear from every character in this retelling of the well-known ‘hairy’ tale, untangled and re-braided for this day and age. Full of festive fun and sparkling songs, National Theatre of Scotland is delighted to share Rapunzel with schools, celebrating the last days of term.

“A chance to finally piece together the story of one lassie and her journey from isolation to taking her rightful place at the…. Hey come on, I’m not going to give away the ending now, am I?” Paige Ootabook, Narrator

A very special online festive show filmed in the beautiful surrounds of Stirling Castle, created by a Christmas cracker writing team, featuring sparkling showtunes from Novasound and directed by Scottish Panto King Johnny McKnight.

Running time: 70 mins

Digital Platform: National Theatre of Scotland’s website – access with a code
Suitable for P4+

The resources, developed for families, may also provide fun activity ideas for primary https://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/familyfestivefun. There is a plot summary and ‘Meet the Character’ section for exploring the work further.

For school teachers wishing to send the link home to parents

The Singalong Rapunzel can be accessed through the National theatre of Scotland website here https://www.nationaltheatrescotland.com/events/rapunzel#tickets

Select £0 (or you can choose to make a contribution) and checkout. You may need to create an account or sign in to your account if you have one already.

You will receive a confirmation email after you have booked with the page link and full details of how to watch the show and access the activity pack.

Please see our How to Watch guide for help to watch Singalong Rapunzel or contact the team directly with any queries on boxoffice@nationaltheatrescotland.com

Ice Safety

We have been asked to remind children of the dangers of playing on frozen water. Please can we ask that you discuss this with your children and remind them that they should never go onto frozen water, no matter how safe it appears. The details in the website below may help with these conversations.

https://www.rlss.org.uk/news/the-dangers-of-frozen-water

Week 2 and Family Learning Site

We had a super week last week as everyone made an excellent start with our remote learning. We’ve had nearly full Google Meets with some classes and the children have been engaging really well in the lessons set. A huge thank you to all for adapting to these changes and working with us to make the best of them.

New content has been added to the Family Learning website to support learning at home this week – all of which are optional but can support the learning provided by teachers in Google Classrooms.

https://sites.google.com/glenurquharthigh.org.uk/family-learning-gups/home

These include;

  • home learning around the Picture News this week
  • a new set of activities around the Right of the Week
  • weekly home learning ideas around Emotion Works
  • weekly aquarium live lessons from the National Marine Aquarium
  • weekly Gaelic support from Comann nam Pàrant’s
  • daily play activities (will be added to the early stages Google Classrooms also.)

To support you in staying active, there is also the option of Wake Up and Shake Up with Highlife Highland on Tuesday and Thursday too – details below. Mr McAndrew, P.E. Teacher, will also be doing a live P.E. lesson on Mondays at 1.45pm for anyone who would like to join – https://meet.google.com/cqv-sivk-pqf This will be recorded and a link posted later in the week for those who cannot manage on Monday afternoons.

Remote Learning Guidance

Earlier this week, I shared guidance around remote learning. Part of this involves direct learning – in our context – mainly using Google Meets. Safeguarding guidance from Highland Council is in place to ensure the safety of all as below;

Audio/video sessions must be conducted in locations and situations which meet professional and safeguarding expectations. For video sessions, please note the following advice:

  1. The room chosen for the session should be appropriate, e.g. living/dining room and the background of the image behind the person online should be neutral & appropriate, not providing personal or sensitive information.
  2. An expectation to all pupils should be made that when they are involved in a video session, they should also do so in a public room e.g. living/dining room or appropriate are in a living space.
  3. A pupil can be asked to move themselves to an appropriate location if the teacher feels that this should be the case.
  4. Where possible, other individuals, e.g. children, family members etc., must not be in shot or be able to be heard during a video or audio session.
  5. Clothing worn by teachers/professionals should be appropriate for the situation.
  6. These expectations also apply to the student and the teacher/professional should terminate and reschedule the session as appropriate if it is felt that they are not being met.
  7. Should a teacher/professional become concerned by anything that they see or hear during a session, then this should be reported to the Head Teacher.
  8. Teachers/professionals may record any sessions conducted via audio or video with agreement of all involved (e.g. to allow others to watch a lesson at a later date.)
  9. Students (and Parents) may not record any session conducted via audio or video.

We thank you for your support in follow these guidelines.

Registration

For safeguarding purposes, we continue to have to maintain a register for the children. Each day, the teacher’s post a question for registration in the Google Classrooms. Please can all children (with parents support if necessary) try to logon and answer this for us? In most Google Classrooms, a message is in the ‘Due Today’ section on the left hand side and registration can be found in there. After 3 days of non-registration, the Head Teacher has to get in touch with parents to comply with legal requirements. We understand this can be frustrating but, thank you for your support in this.

Virtual Chess Club is back!

Welcome back to Chess Club everyone!

Primary 6/7 ~ 2020/21 ~ Miss Mullin

Happy New Year to all of our Glenurquhart Chess Club members! 

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed a break from school work.

Chess Club is back every Wednesday from 4pm-5pm for games of Fast Chess.

Congratulations to our Chess Stars Winners for December 2020

1st = Ruby H. with 88 stars

2nd = Sam J. with 55 stars

3rd = Grayson P. with 23 stars

I wonder who the January winners will be? 

Keep earning stars everyone!

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Assembly

Each Wednesday, I hope to carry on with our weekly assemblies. These will be available on each child’s Google Classroom (and below if logged in through their Google account.) This week I’d like to praise everyone for their super efforts in logging in, connecting with their teachers and continuing their learning. Everyone is doing a super job! I’d also like to welcome the five new children who have joined our school. We look forward to getting to know you more through the Google Meets initially.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XZfgcyaUoNG9cXtL4B9-Qxj1wXNe1lIt/view?usp=sharing

We are going to continue looking at the Resilience Alphabet as part of these weekly assemblies. This week we focus on H for Hope and I for Intention.

Adverse Weather

With the snow falling fast and further weather warnings for the week ahead, for children who are attending school, please be aware that in the event of adverse weather causing school to close the normal procedures will apply. These were recently updated and can be found on the schools website; http://www.glenurquhartprimary.org.uk/for-parents/adverse-weather/

Learning will remain available on Google Classrooms.

Telephone the Highland Council Telephone Messaging Service on 0800 564 2272
Enter the school’s pin number: 04 2130

Alternatively, click here to check the Highland Council website …

Family Learning

I have heard from and seen many posts on social media over the weekend of parents who are very stressed and worried about how they are going to manage with home learning going forward. We would like to reassure all our families, that we are here to help in any way we can – just get in touch with us – it is no bother. Remember to only do what you can and to make a plan that fits in with your individual circumstances. Children at this point can learn various skills in independence, managing change, resilience as well as, life skills from being involved in household activities such as, cooking dinner, tidying etc. They will learn every day from you, just being together. Our teachers are also learning new skills as we try to support and extend learning experiences in different ways to meet the needs of all our children.

With this in mind, to support families with remote learning, we have updated our Family Learning Google Site with various links etc to information and resources which families may find useful. This can also offer ideas/resources and information should children be looking for extra activities but, we also recognise it is a lot of information so please just access what and when you feel necessary. There is no expectation to do anything more.

https://sites.google.com/glenurquharthigh.org.uk/family-learning-gups/home

Each week we will update with new Picture News resources which feature activities for all areas of the curriculum linked to that week’s focus, a new Right of the Week to look at and if you visit the website; https://bumps2bairns.com/ parents of younger children can see daily activities to support and highlight learning through play.

Also included within the Family Learning site is the Digital Learning page where parents can find support for the use of the Google learning environment. https://sites.google.com/glenurquharthigh.org.uk/family-learning-gups/digital-learning

The Highland Council also has the Digital Learning hub which has a vast array of resources and support.

https://sites.google.com/millburnacademy.org.uk/highlanddigitalschoolshub/home