Happy New Year to one and all. I wish you everything that you wish for yourselves in the coming year.
It was good to see everyone back, well-rested and ready to make the most of 2017. I spent time in the S4 to S6 assemblies this week flagging up the time that the pupils have between now and their exams. I hope that it didn’t upset anyone, but everyone needs to know the limited amount of school days that we have between now and exam leave (on Monday it was 63 working days – gulp!) We are in the process of timetabling benchmarking assessments for the seniors and will have that up on the website next week.
Iain Gray, our local MSP, was in school this week to speak to the Higher Economics class about the new powers given to the Scottish Parliament. Pupils enjoyed hearing about how the new powers would work and they were keen to hear Iain’s views on the impact and timescale of BREXIT. Thanks to Iain for giving up his time; we appreciate the support Iain gives to the school.
I was delighted to hear from Newcastle University that a former pupil, Gillian Dodson, has graduated with a BA combined honours. She graduated in July and is probably well set into the next stage in her career and I wish her all the very best.
Before the holidays I was asked to remind parents of S1 and S2 girls about the HPV vaccinations. “The HPV vaccine, given to girls in S1 and S2, protects against certain strains of the human papilloma virus which cause cervical cancer. It is important that girls get this protection early enough for it to be effective. Girls should have all the required doses as soon as they are offered at secondary school. If you receive a consent form, make sure you discuss it and return the form to your school as soon as you can. More information about the programme can be found using the following link to the HPV page of the Immunisation Scotland website. Or you can call NHS Inform for further information on 0800 22 44 88 (8am to 10pm, every day).”
Next Wednesday we have the first Parent Council Meeting of 2017 – I look forward to seeing you at 6,15pm in the Library. There is also the S4 Parents Consultation Evening from 5pm onwards on the 19th.
Have a great week.