Welcome to Kaimes School

Update – Friday 3rd April

One more sleep until the holidays. So many of you have been working hard at home over the pst two weeks and it’s nearly time to take a break.

We have had some lovely pictures of our learners and their work but many of you have been in touch to ask to see what our staff and see what have they been up to… so I asked them yesterday to send me a picture. Maybe you could tell the adults in your home who these people are. A huge thank you to all the staff who responded to this ‘challenge’ at such short notice.

We now have Outlook and OneNote support videos posted with step by step instructions to help you use Office 365 in our Digital Support Base. This page will be added to as we explore the power of Office365 and other relevant on line tools. This will help us deliver a service to our community that we can all be proud of .

Kaimes School will be on holiday from 12.10pm today. Whilst the physical building will remain closed next term until further notice, we will resume our online learning through the Home Learning Hub on Tuesday 21st April. My daily updates will resume at this time.

I hope to see lots of photos of your holiday activities around your home or when you are out on your walks. These can be sent to admin@kaimes.edin.sch.uk at any time and we will share them next term along with a few photos that have been sent but that haven’t yet been posted.

We are thinking of you all.

Best Wishes from Mr Burge and all of our Kaimes School team.

Update – Thursday 2nd April

We are delighted to say that 98% of learners have been sent log in details to Office 365 via text and email to their parent/carers. As with all new initiatives there are going to be some teething problems. We would normally work with our staff, leaners and families over the space of a year to get us to where we are now but these are extraordinary times and it’s amazing that you have helped us get this far so quickly. After working with a small number of trial families yesterday it is clear that the experience at your end differs from home to home depending on your own IT skills, your child’ s experience of Office 365 and the devices you are using.

Don’t panic – we are here to help as are the other parents/carers and learners who have been through this. Please help us by us to help others in our Kaimes School community by passing on your own knowledge to at least one other family from Kaimes once you have successfully set up your own Office365. We have an able, compassionate and resilient community that have the power to make our digital learning platform accessible to everyone who needs access to it.

We will share some more support videos through text message/email link today and tomorrow to help with this. We have created a Digital Support Base page where we will post all these videos.

Thank you!

Mr Burge

Update – Wednesday 1st April

We have now shared all 35 Office 365 log in details that we have to distribute via email and text to homes. We have had excellent support from the Education Digital Learning Board and we hope to be able to meet our own deadline of Friday for all 101 learners to have Office 365 log in details. I have uploaded a video demonstrating how OneNote can be accessed. This is where new learning resources can be found for our learners. The support video is the first video on the Home Learning Hub page.

Parents and carers that have requested contact from specific teachers through email should have contact from these teachers shortly. Your request has been shared with them and includes your contact details.

Yesterday we posted the transport application and guidance notes on our new Transport page. It’s great to see over 20 visits to this page already. If you have any questions please email admin@kaimes.edin.sch.uk

Mr Burge

Update – Tuesday 31st March

Thank you for your patience and understanding in waiting for the transport forms. Both the forms and guidance notes area available on our new Transport page on the website. If you require hard copies of the form and guidance notes please email admin@kaimes.edin.sch.uk and we will send these out to you. If you are completing hard copies of the form this needs to be returned to:

Mr Nick Burge, St Crispin’ s Special School, 19 Watertoun Road, Edinburgh, EH9 3HZ

Learner Office 365 log in remains a challenge for us but we are moving in the right direction. We now have log in details for just over 34/101 learners and we started to send these out yesterday via text message. Our aim is to make sure everyone has this information by the time the holidays finish; although we are working to try and have this resolved by this Friday. Thanks to Mr Scott and Mr Tierney for helping with this. A video guide showing you how to access OneNote will be posted in tomorrows daily update.

Thanks to our parents and carers who sent in more photos of our amazing #KaimesInAction learners. Keep them coming!!!

Well done everyone.

Mr Burge

Update – Monday 30th March

Good Morning everyone. We have two videos for you today. The first is my weekly update (with a little unexpected guest) and the other is our first online Primary Assembly with Miss Watters.

Monday Assembly with Miss Watters – Monday 30th March

Please send us your updates and questions to admin@kaimes.edin.sch.uk

Mr Burge