Transitions

This page is for parents and carers and will include information on transitions at all stages.

P7 Open Evening – October 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome to Balerno High School

As you may be aware, at this time of year we like to invite P7 parents into the High School to learn a bit about our ethos and culture and experience a little of what your children will experience in S1.  We know that your child moving to high school can be daunting for them and for you and we find that the visit provides some reassurance.  In the absence of being able to open the school to you this year, we would like to provide some alternative opportunities to introduce ourselves to you and for you to learn a little about us.

The first opportunity is for you, and your child, to watch this Sway presentation.  We hope it is helpful in introducing you to the Balerno High School community.  Please click on the link below to access this in your own time:

Welcome to Balerno High School
Welcome to Balerno High School
Go to this Sway

The second opportunity is for you to attend brief open sessions online with each faculty.   Please see the times and links to these sessions below. The sessions will allow you to hear more about the curricular experience your child will have through S1 and the opportunities that are open to them as they move through the school. If you have the Teams app on your device this will be quite straightforward.  If not, please note:

  • If using a mobile device you will have to download the app in advance of the sessions
  • If you are accessing the sessions via a laptop you will be able to click on the link and attend the session through the website.  It will give you the option to access via the browser and you should accept this.

Please enter the sessions on mute.  You may also prefer to switch off your camera.  If you have any questions, please type these in using the chat function.  The sessions are not interactive but we hope to have time at the end of each session to allow school staff to answer queries.

Session Times and Links:

Pupil Support: Monday 26th October, 11.30 – 11.45am

Join Pupil Support Microsoft Teams Meeting

Social Subjects: Tuesday 27th October, 11.30 – 11.45am

Join Social Subjects Microsoft Teams Meeting

Modern Languages: Wednesday 28th October, 11.45 – 12noon

Join Languages Microsoft Teams Meeting

Creative Technologies: Wednesday, 28th October, 2 – 2.15pm

Join Creative Tech Microsoft Teams Meeting

English, Media and Drama: Wednesday 28th October, 1.30 – 1.45pm

Join English Microsoft Teams Meeting

Health and Wellbeing: Thursday 29th October, 10 – 10.15am

Join HWB Microsoft Teams Meeting

Science: Thursday 29th October, 2.45 – 3pm

Join Science Microsoft Teams Meeting

Maths and Business Studies: Thursday 29th October, 3 – 3.30pm

Join Maths Microsoft Teams Meeting

We are really looking forward to meeting you and hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us for these sessions.  We are hoping that technology will support us as we try something new – we ask for your patience should we encounter any technical hitches!  If you are unable to make any of the sessions, please don’t worry, we hope that we will be able to meet you and chat to you later in P7.

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Coffey

Depute Head Teacher