HEAD TEACHER'S UPDATE 11th JANUARY 2019

Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a good festive season and feels rejuvenated for the year ahead.  It has been a busy start to the second term and S4/5/6 pupils are busy preparing for their prelims which start this Monday.  We also had the S2-S5 Learner Pathway event on Wednesday evening and a very high turnout of parents/carers attended this.  This gave information valuable information about all the courses on offer in S3 and Senior Phase, as well as talks from our partners, such as Edinburgh College, information about Foundation Apprenticeships and the various pathway young people can adopt to achieve their goals (presentations will be on our website in the next few days if you were unable to attend).  The coursing interviews, for all year groups, will take place over the next few weeks.

This evening was further supported with a Careers Fayre on Thursday night, when we had thirty two representatives  from a vast array of careers, along to talk to all our young people about their jobs/roles and the pathways they followed to get there.  Again this provided a platform for pupils to consider future career options and subjects they may need to select in order to attain the necessary qualifications.  It also afforded an opportunity to our young people to look beyond jobs that they are familiar with and open their eyes to employment/study that they may never have considered but were inspired about from their discussions with these employers.

A huge thank you to all our business/career guests for giving of their time to support the learner journeys of our young people.  Thank you also to the pupils and parents/carers who attended/supported these events - I am sure you found them extremely informative.

Staffing

Nick Tait has been appointed as Faculty Head of Technologies and will start on 4/02/19.

Rebecca Graham was appointed to the PE post and will start on 28/1/19 and Gavin Boyle, to the Biology post. He will start on 29/1/19.

Gail Fraser was appointed as Pupil Support worker and started on 7/01/19.

Mrs Caroline Falconer (DHT) is also going to be taking up a 23 month secondment as a Quality Improvement Officer with the South East Improvement Collaborative and a start date has still to be agreed for this.  This post should go live today in My Job Scotland.

We are also still actively recruiting for Home Economics, English and a part-time Guidance teacher as Mrs Doig will return part-time from February.

Squash

Dylan Pearman, in S2, played in the Scottish Squash 2018 Junior Open competition in the boys under 15's from the 28th to the 30th December at the Oriam (Heriot Watt & Edinburgh Sports Club). The event attracted nearly two hundred children from thirty-one different countries playing in boys & girls categories in U11, U13, U15, U17 & 19. In the boys Under 15 category there was 32 entries and Dylan came 13th overall.  Congratulations to him on his performance and we will continue to look forward to charting his progress across the year.

Music

Dillon Ball got a Distinction in his Grade 7 Cello.  David Graham and Molly McHugh got a distinction in their Grade 5 Theory last week, getting 92% and 99% respectively!  Well done to all three.

Finally, good luck to all of our S4/5/6 pupils who sit prelims over the next few weeks.  Please can I ask parent/carers to support time and space to help them study and not to cram the night before - and instead try to get to bed early the night before so they are rested.

Dates for your diary:

Parent Council – Tuesday 15th January 2019 – 6.15-8pm – School Library

S4 Parent Consultation – Thursday 17th January 2019 – 5-7pm

 

Sue Cook