December Parent / Carer Letter

The latest school newsletter can be accessed from the link below. It has been emailed to all Parents and Carers this morning. The letter covers:

  • Christmas Events
  • Online Parents’ Evenings
  • Uniform / Dress Code
  • Covid 19 – masks and vaccines
  • Prelims

12 Days of Christmas

Starting on Tuesday 7th December, we will be posting a piece of music each school day on the schools’ Facebook Page until the end of term. The majority of the music is examples of pupil’s SQA course work or music played in instrumental lessons. We are showcasing a variety of music styles with Christmas tunes in the last week.

S1 Online Parents’ Evening

S1 Online Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 8th December

Parents’ Evening for S1 pupils will be held online on Wednesday 8th December. This will run from 6pm until 8pm. Letters with information for parents on how to log on to the website are being issued to pupils at registration tomorrow (Thursday 25th November). An electronic copy of this letter has been sent out using the email address we have on our system for the child’s parent. A copy of this letter is at the link below.

Please note that the system will not open for booking until 6pm on Friday 26th November.

Please note that:

  • When parents are logging in to the system, they should enter the forename and surname of the child’s Main Contact.
  • When logging in, the parent is asked if they want to share the link for the meetings, for example, with their child’s other parent, who can accept or decline this invitation. This allows more than one parent/ family member to attend the same meeting if required.
  • Appointments will be available to book from 6pm on Friday 26th November and close for booking on Tuesday 7th December at 16:00.

Covid 19 Vaccinations

As part of the national effort to vaccinate 12-17 year olds, schools will be used to offer vaccinations to this age range. Pupils aged 12-17 years only will be able to get a vaccination on Monday 13th December, provided they have not already had their first dose.

Please see the letter below for more details. A copy of this has also been sent to all parents/carers.

School Uniform / Dress Code

Following our recent Parent Information Evening, we have had a number of enquiries about purchasing dress code. School ties can be obtained from the school office. All other dress code items are available from our supplier, Highland Embroidery, at the link below.

Our dress code is:

  • White or black shirt or blouse with tie
  • Black trousers or skirt
  • Cardigan or V-neck jumper (optional)
  • No items with non-school logos are permitted
  • A change of clothes must be brought for PE

S2 Online Parents’ Evening

Parents’ Evening for S2 pupils will be held online on Wednesday 24th November. This will run from 18:00 until 20:00. Letters with information for parents on how to log on to the website have been issued. Parents should also have received an electronic copy of this letter, and additional information about using the system.These have been sent out using the email address we have on our system for the child’s parent. If you have not received such information, please contact the school office to confirm your current email address.

Please note that:

  • When parents are logging in to the system, they should enter the forename and surname of the child’s Main Contact.
  • When logging in, the parent is asked if they want to share the link for the meetings, for example, with their child’s other parent, who can accept or decline this invitation. This allows more than one parent/ family member to attend the same meeting if required.
  • Appointments will be available to book from 18:00 on Friday 12th November and close for booking on Tuesday 23rd November at 16:00.

OECD Pisa-based Tests 2021

Culloden Academy will be participating in the OECD Pisa-based Test for School. This is the first time this test has been offered to Highland schools and we are looking forward to gaining valuable insights into how our school is performing on the global stage.

A sample of students aged 15 or 16 has been randomly selected in accordance with OECD technical guidelines and they will shortly receive a copy of the letter below which explains the process in more detail.

SNSA Assessments

The Scottish Government introduced standardised assessments for children and young people in P1, P4, P7 and S3. Pupils in S3 at Culloden Academy will sit their assessments over two days, as below. Please see the letter issued to the Parents and Carers of all S3 pupils this morning. More information about these assessments can also be found on the SNSA website.

  • Friday 12th November: Practice Assessment
  • Monday 15th November: Reading and Writing Assessments
  • Thursday 18th November: Numeracy Assessment