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Children and Community Executive Director: Harry Garland Girvan Academy 62 The Avenue GIRVAN Ayrshire, KA26 9DW Tel. 01465 713008 Fax. 01465 715708 Head Teacher: Allan Rattray Our Ref: AR/CG Date:

Your Ref:

February 2011

Dear Parent/Guardian Please find enclosed details of 3 new initiatives being implemented in the Academy. 1. The introduction of a School Messaging Service which should improve our communication with you. This will not replace key messages being sent by letter , but will offer parents a quicker and more convenient method for receiving information. NB We have yet to link our SMS to our electronic absence recording, therefore text messages regarding absences will follow at a later date. 2. Our new breakfast club will give pupils the opportunity to get a bite to eat before they start their lessons. We are running this on a trial basis, however I do think that when we move to a 33 period week next session, I would like to see an established breakfast club in the school. 3. Were you taught to do “sums� the same way as your children? Our numeracy booklet for parents provides guidance to you on the current methods being used in the Academy.

Yours sincerely

Allan Rattray Head Teacher Education, Social Work, Housing, Culture & Leisure and Community Development