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Head Teacher Message

Dear Parents and Carers 

It has been another busy week, as the term gets into full swing. On Tuesday, we had a series of assemblies for all year groups. This gave me a chance to catch up with students and to congratulate them on their great start back after the summer. At assemblies, we discussed the importance of treating ourselves and others with respect. We encouraged students to set ambitious goals and high standards for themselves and to believe they can achieve great things, both in school and beyond. I also emphasised the need to get into good study habits and to work hard.

I have been very encouraged by the student dress code since we returned. This is looking really strong at the moment and helps to promote equity, our school identity and a working ethos.

On Tuesday morning, a number of our senior students visited Glasgow University in the first of a series of university open days. These give prospective candidates an insight into University life, the range of courses on offer and entry requirements.

We had our first Parent Council meeting of the new session on Tuesday evening. At the meeting the Parent Council presented us with a cheque to support a number of curricular initiatives around the school. We also identified areas where members of the Parent Council will be supporting school improvement.

On Wednesday morning, four of our senior students participated in the Involving Young People in the Planning Process conference at the City Chambers. They worked with Council officials and other young people, from across Edinburgh, to contribute towards future plans for our city.

At lunchtime on Thursday, our young ambassadors, supported by Active Schools, led a Come and Try Sign-up Fair. For anyone who missed Thursday’s fair, there is still time to get signed up. Information about activities is available here:

I would encourage all students, particularly those new to the school, to get involved in at least one of our wider achievement activities. Participation in these activities can help students to expand their friendship group, develop skills and enjoyment and to more fully feel part of the school. I know there is something here for everyone.

Last week was a particularly busy one for S3, with the launch of YPI (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative) on Thursday and a Charity Fair on Friday morning.  The YPI programme involves S3 students working in groups to research a charity and build a case for supporting that charity. This work culminates in students presenting their work and a winning team being selected at the YPI finals, later in the year.

Finally, looking forward to next week, may I remind you about the following clubs and activities for students?

Clarinet Ensemble

Where: Miss Sheail’s room

When: Thursday lunchtime  1.00-1.30pm.

Notes: Please see Mr Cathrine for more details.

Ceilidh Band

Where: Miss Sheail’s room

When: Thursday after school 3.30-4.15pm

Notes:  Please see Miss Sheail or Miss Blackmore for more details.

Scripture Union Group

Where: English 5 (Mrs McNinch’s room)

When: lunch time Wednesday

Description/notes: Discuss the meaning of life! People of any faith or none are very welcome.

Reading Club

Where: Library

When: Lunchtime

Bring your lunch, have exclusive access to the library and chat about books and films. Be first to review Teen Title books and author visits.

Gaming Club

Where: Library

When: Tuesday Lunchtime

Description: Play computer games, board games or beat Ms Sutherland at Bananagrams! Please eat your lunch in the social area before coming to the library.

Homework Club

When: Wednesday Lunchtime

Where: Library

Description: Get help with your homework for all subjects. Please eat your lunch in the social area before coming to the library.

Stephen Rafferty

Head Teacher