The week began with my challenging the S4 at assembly to think about what they would achieve this week. I know that it can be very difficult in the face of workload and pressure to actually see the wood for the trees and encouraging pupils to prioritise and set goals for themselves is essential. It is especially important for the current S4 as we get into increasingly frequent cycles of assessment. I would encourage pupils to make good use of their diaries, making sure that they note everything down and then plan what they need to do each week. There were some revision classes being offered before Christmas and still more are coming on stream around now. We recognise that between now and Easter is full-on for our S4-6 pupils and do our best to support them. Please check the website or give the school a call if you want to know about revision classes and further support. The National Parent forum has some good advice for parents on how to support their youngsters and can be accessed here: http://www.npfs.org.uk/national-5-revision-in-a-nutshell/
Yesterday we had our S1 Parents’ Evening. It is fair to say that there was many a smiling face from both staff and parents at the end of the evening. The parents that I spoke to seemed happy with the support that we offer their children and feedback was being well received and hopefully acted upon. It’s great to have enthusiastic and proactive parents who work in partnership with the school – after all, we all want the same thing – the best possible outcome for children.
I have a few reminders for next week:
On Monday we have the photographer in to take the S3 photos. Can you please ensure that your youngster is properly attired in Dress Code. As I know from experience – these photos last a lifetime, so it’s as well to make sure that you look as smart as possible in them.
On Wednesday we are looking forward to meeting some of our prospective parents from P5 to P7 at an evening about the National Qualifications. Doors open at 5.30pm and we will have various presentations, refreshments, and an opportunity to talk to staff until 6.30pm. At 6.30 pm we welcome our S3 parents whose children will be going through the coursing process in the next few months. Primary parents are welcome to stay for the second meeting if they are interested. It would be good to hear from the P5 to P7 about attendance – so, if you are coming please drop the school an email or give us a call.
Finally, on Thursday we have our Burns’ Supper. Tickets at £5 for children and £10 for adults. It is usually a great evening with good food and entertainment. Tickets can be obtained from anyone on KASG or, more specifically, from Mrs Ball. I look forward to seeing you there.
In the meantime, have a very good weekend.