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The purpose of the Guidance system is to provide pastoral support for all pupils in Hazlehead Academy. On entry to S1, each pupil becomes part of one of the four Houses, each of which is led by a Principal Teacher of Guidance. As far as possible, siblings are placed in the same House.
The House System in Hazlehead Academy is designed to encourage greater participation by both pupils and staff in the extra-curricular life of the school. It provides the opportunity for pupils to represent their House in various activities, most of which are competitive and contribute to an overall House Championship. Each session, 5 House Captains are appointed to each House, and they organise competitors for the events.
Greyfriars – Miss A Nicolson Mrs Z Gray (maternity leave)
Marischal – Mr C Gillespie
The Guidance teachers are responsible for the day-to-day support of all pupils in their House throughout their time at Hazlehead Academy, and are also their “Named Person”. Guidance teachers are generally the first point of contact for pupil and parents/ guardians, and have responsibility for monitoring and tracking pupil welfare and progress. They will also support pupils, should they have any social, emotional or personal problems, and promote positive behaviour.
Guidance Teachers also teach Personal and Social Education (PSE) to the classes in their house. The programme covers such topics as: puberty; anti-bullying; sexual health; smoking, alcohol and drugs awareness; domestic abuse and road safety. Pupils also receive information about course choice in PSE, and pupils have one-to-one support during the process of making choices, career planning and preparing for life beyond school.
Parents can contact Principal Teachers of Guidance through the school office, and it is most helpful if parents inform the appropriate Guidance Teacher about any changes in the home situation which might affect a pupil’s school life. This can be done by letter or by telephone. As Principal Teachers of Guidance have a teaching commitment, and are required to attend a number of meetings, they are not always immediately available, but will return any calls as soon as they can.