Rights Respecting Schools Award
It has now been just over a week since we welcomed the pupils and staff of Craigmount High School to Forrester.
I have to say I have been really proud of our pupils’ attitude throughout this whole process. The conduct of both sets of pupils has been excellent and I know I speak for all members of the Forrester Community when I say that we are happy to continue to support the staff and pupils of Craigmount High School in any way we can to help them through this difficult time.
Next week the SQA exam diet begins for pupils in our Senior Phase (S4-S6). I would like to take this opportunity to wish them every success. We have high expectations for them and we hope that the hard work and effort that many have put in will be rewarded.
I would also like to point out that the SQA exam diet for Forrester’s young people is in no way affected by our hosting of the Craigmount pupils.
On Friday 29th we bid farewell to our s6 pupils. I know they will be feeling a mixture of excitement and apprehension as they move to the next stage in their life and take up new challenges. I would like to wish them every success in whatever path they have chosen.
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Students completed their Silver Practice Expedition over the 3 day holiday weekend. They walked from Lauder over to a spot near Gifford in East Lothian and covered a total of 47 kilometres. The walk was strenuous and they had to contend with several snow blizzards. Everyone completed it successfully and they were commended for their perseverance and positive attitude.
From Wednesday 20th April we look forwward to welcoming S1 students from Craigmount who join us while their school is temporarily closed. We have constructed a timetable detailing where our classrooms are available throughout the day and we expect our visitors will get access to a range of curricular areas throughout the week. Visiting students and staff will arrive after Forrester classes have started and they will have a lsightly later finishing time too. They will also have different break and lunch times from Forrester students. A letter has gone home to all our parents/carers today via students. We will continue to provide updates through our Twitter feed @forresterhs.
Mrs Cockburn’s S3 Modern Studies class have been working with senior law students, Sara and Kelly, and their time with us culminated in a Contract Moot on Thursday 14th April. Students adopted roles of scribe, junior and senior counsel or crave in each of the teams and presented evidence and arguments to the Sheriffs. This is the second year Forrester has worked with the Law Society of Scotland to deliver this fantastic programme.
Students learned about real life crime scenes, legal rights and laws surrounding social media too, drawing on the expertise of Sara and Kelly. Many have even expressed an interest in studying or working in law as a result of these sessions!
FHS English Department applied this year to be accepted into the Debate Mate programme, which focuses on university debate students working with the school to teach interested pupils on the finer arts of battling with words. Not only have our students become more confident in sharing their thoughts and opinions, but they have become adept at structuring and delivering powerful arguments, to persuade their audience and win over the judges.
The English Department is very proud and excited to announce the success of our S4 debate team in the recent League Cup, held on 22nd March. Our students worked hard building towards this competition, which involved over 7 other High Schools in Edinburgh, some of which entered up to three teams. Our single team went through 3 gruelling rounds, achieving 2 wins, which is a fantastic feat! They were commended in their performance, also winning prizes for the best tweets during the event – nice singing, girls!
Huge congratulations to Eilidh Carlisle, Caitlin McLeod and Abbie Willis