I hope you are all well and settling into the new term. I am delighted to share with you information on a new P4/5 Multi Sport Community Club which is going to start on Wednesday 21st September from 4.30-5.30pm at Holy Cross High School and run for 4 weeks. The club will be led by our Sports Coach Academy pupils from across the Hamilton area and always supervised by myself and my colleagues. Please could you share the following link to your P4 and P5 parents/guardians for them to sign up for the club. This could be shared to your school app or twitter page.
All permissions etc are taken from the form so we don’t need any paper copies. If you have any pupils without access to the internet, please let me know and I can drop in a paper permission form.
We look forward to welcoming your pupils to the club !!!
You may recall that we let you
know earlier about the potential impact of targeted industrial action by the
Local Government Trade Unions.
I can now confirm that there is
extensive support from a wide range of unions for the 3-day strike on Tuesday
6 September, Wednesday 7 September and Thursday 8 September 2022.
Given the impact that this
withdrawal of labour by janitorial, cleaning, catering and support staff will
have the Council has taken the decision to close the school on health and
safety grounds on these days.
council is making arrangements to help those families who are entitled to a
free school meal. A free school meal payment of £7.50 is expected to be made by
Thursday 8 September 2022. The payment
will be made directly into bank accounts. However, if there is an issue, please contact
us and we will support you in this regard.
We regret the inconvenience that
the school closure will cause families and at this stage would urge you to make
plans for alternative arrangements for your child during this time.
The school will re-open again on
Friday 9 September 2022.
Industrial Action by Local Government Trade Unions
writing to inform you that a number of trade unions for local government employees
have notified the Council that their members will be taking part in a strike. This action is likely to include the
withdrawal of labour by janitors, staff in cleaning, catering, early years and school
planned strike days are Tuesday 6 September, Wednesday 7 September and Thursday
8 September 2022.
industrial action is likely to impact significantly
on schools, nurseries and education services.
At this stage it is difficult to predict the precise effect the strike
will have but it is likely to mean that some schools/establishments will have
to close at short notice.
We are asking parents and carers
to note the following:-
At this stage we do not know those
schools/establishments that will be affected.
However, given the anticipated disruption you may wish to consider making
precautionary childcare arrangements should we have to close due to the impact
of the industrial action.
Even if schools remain open some services may
not be provided as normal, for example, the provision of school meals. Due to the uncertainty over catering
availability, children may have to bring their own packed lunch to school on
the day of the targeted strike and for those families entitled to a free school
meal an arrangement will be made to reimburse the cost of a school meal.
For children with additional support needs who
normally receive transport from buses provided by Fleet Services or via taxis, there
is a risk that this service may not be available at short notice.
School breakfast clubs will be withdrawn if our
establishment is affected by the industrial action.
School crossing patrols may be affected and, in
this context, parents should be aware that it is their responsibility to ensure
that their child(ren) get to school safely.
that by providing you with this information just now will make you aware of
what could arise given that the trade unions have this week indicated their
intention to take industrial action which will impact on schools and nurseries.
will let you know of the position for our establishment when further details
are known and we will continue to follow the advice from the council on this
Please read the message below from Hamilton Town House Library
My name is Elaine, and I am the new Children’s Assistant for Hamilton Town House Library. I am getting in touch today to introduce myself, and to share a link to our Summer Reading Challenge advert. Please do share this with your mailing list, if you are able, and hopefully this will encourage children and their carers to sign up.
Ordinarily, I would arrange to visit schools to promote the Summer Reading Challenge, but unfortunately time restraints have not allowed me to do so this year. However, I would love to have the opportunity to visit in the new term to promote the library, and to meet you all in person. Moreover, it will be lovely to be able to welcome your staff and pupils into Hamilton Town House Library in the new term, please feel free to contact me should you wish to arrange a visit to the library for the coming academic year.
I wish you all a wonderful summer break and I look forward to hearing from you!
Please take time to read the message we received regarding free bus travel for young people.
Please may I ask for your support by encouraging young people and families to apply for the Young Person’s Free Bus Travel Scheme.
It would be greatly appreciated if the details of the website below could be highlighted on the school’s communication channels. Also, please feel free to share with the Parent Council.
The campaign website for the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme, freebus.scot is now live. Please apply.
Further information for schools
The website contains lots of helpful information for families and young people about free bus travel, how it works, how to apply, the benefits and some tips for travelling safely too. It also features the decision tool feature, to help make it easier for people to understand the different ways they can apply.
There is also a dedicated page with digital resources for stakeholders. You are welcome to look over these and make use of any relevant materials.
The resources available include:
The updated customer service toolkit
Digital marketing materials such as posters and leaflets
These materials will be updated as required but will always be hosted on the resources for stakeholders’ section of freebus.scot. If you require any more information, or if there are any further digital assets that you feel would be beneficial, please feel free to get in touch.