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Head Teacher's Update

27 February 2015

Following a very successful trip to New York the group returned safe and sound – if a little chilly. It sounds as if the pupils had a brilliant time exploring all that the city has to offer. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen – parents, pupils and staff. I am sure that everyone who went has made memories that will last them a lifetime.

On Tuesday night senior pupils wended their way to the Lyceum Theatre to see Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”. It is described thus: “Written in the wake of the Second World War. This timeless parable continues to ask urgent questions about justice, and how to do right when the world goes wrong. The full epic sweep and scale of this powerful drama is brought to life by a large cast of actor musicians. Rich in music and song this production gives full voice to Brecht’s powerful tale of the terrible temptation to do good.” According to Ms. Whitfield it was an excellent production that will definitely help the senior pupils in their study of the play. Thanks to everyone who made that trip possible.

Yesterday some very excited pupils received their Raspberry Pi computers following success in the Skyscanner/Young Scot giveaway. Most were telling me that their evening was going to be spent getting the machines set up and running. It’s great to see so many pupils interested in technology to this degree. Today, a mixed-year group of pupils will be heading off to the National museum of Scotland to have a look at the “Game Masters” exhibition that is on there at the moment. It features over 100 games and the work of 30 videogame designers. According to the NMS website, “The exhibition explores the development of videogames through interviews with game designers, rare original game artwork and interactives, as well as looking forward to how independently produced games are leading the way in design, aesthetics and game play.” I suspect the staff and pupils are in for an entertaining afternoon.

Next week I look forward to seeing S4 and S5 parents on Tuesday evening to get the ball rolling for their course choice. We have been discussing options in classes already, but the choice process begins in earnest from then. We are also in the final throes of organising our Easter Revision timetable, which we hope to have out to pupils and on the website very soon. There will be classes running on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week – running over two hours in the mornings and two hours in the afternoons. I look forward to seeing the pupils taking advantage of this opportunity.

Have a good week.

S Ingham


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