28 August 2015

As I intimated in last week’s update, despite it being a short week, it was a “big” week. I was delighted to spot a tweet from Judy Murray that was very complimentary of our pupils. She met them at the opening of the new tennis courts and they must have made a big impression. Well done to the pupils. Also some of our senior dramatists were able to take advantage of the Festival and take in a performance of Antigone. The performance was superb and the pupils were buzzing with questions and insights that will help them with their performance analysis work. According to Ms Whitfield the pupils were a credit to themselves and the school.

Today is our big Learning and Teaching Policy launch. Pupils will be experiencing three lessons that demonstrate what good learning looks like. Please ask them about it, and if you have any questions get in touch. Thanks to the staff who have been working hard on pulling this all together. The pupils have been having assemblies this week to clue them in about today. At these assemblies they have also been receiving their WE R Knox badge for session 2015-16. The theme is “Let’s Work Together” and the badge was designed by one of our S3s – Melissa Smith.

I am delighted to pass on further news of one of our former pupils: Emma Campbell graduated from Napier University with a BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Nursing. I know that this has been all that Emma has ever wanted to do and I wish her every success.

There’s a lot going on next week. S6 pupils have the Higher Education Convention on Monday. They can’t go without a permission slip or registering online with the event (they were told all about it on Tuesday). On Tuesday they are taking part in the annual “Tomorrow’s Driver” course that is put on for all S6s in the Authority. On Wednesday we have the first Parent School Partnership of the session – 6.15pm in the Library. Any parent is welcome to attend. On Friday we are having our inaugural “Volunteering Fayre”. We are hoping to encourage more of our youngsters to take on volunteering as a way of improving their skill set and giving something back to their community. There will be stalls set up in the Hall and Social Area between 10am and 12 noon and parents are welcome to pop in and see what’s going on for themselves and, if you’re interested, pick up some information. And finally, just a reminder about the concert that Adam and Tom Wilson are playing in takes place on the 6th September. It is to raise funds to assist families living with Leigh’s Disease. The concert is free but seats need to be reserved via jules.gong@gmail.com or geomus@me.com , and there will be a retiring collection.

Have a great week.

S Ingham