27th May 2005
Newsletter May 2005
Consultation on Draft Bill “Making the Difference – improving parents’ involvement in schools”
The School Board Open Evening to discuss the above took place last Monday in the Library and the School Board met on Thursday 26th May to finalise its response to the draft bill. I would remind all parents that individual responses are welcomed by the Scottish Executive and these can be made using the Parentzone website (www.parentzonescotland.gov.uk/questionnaire.asp).
All parents should have received by mail a letter from myself regarding this and asking for an update of all contact telephone numbers on the form which was enclosed with the letter. Can I ask that these be returned as soon as possible, please?
We are approaching the end of the SQA diet of examinations now and I would like to congratulate the vast majority of our pupils who arrived in good time, in uniform, were well organised with the necessary materials, and who seemed well prepared for the trials and tribulations of the next few hours.
My thanks also go to Miss McIntosh for her painstaking and conscientious work in organising the examinations in association with our invigilators, whose helpful and unflustered approach creates the required orderly examination atmosphere.
Paris Normandy trip
A group of pupils and staff have been abroad for 9 days and return today. Many of you may have been following their adventures on the school website via the daily weblog and podcast and may have sent messages to those on the trip – you’ll gather that while the two centre trip is highly educational, it is very far from being serious all the time! It has been interesting to see that other people in France have left messages too.
You may have seen the article in the “Sunday Express” about the school – we are the first school in Europe to make a podcast, which is essentially DIY Radio and can be downloaded onto an IPod. You can also read it off a computer, as many of us have done in following the podcasts from the French trip. My congratulations to Mr McIntosh and his team of pupil helpers for an interesting technological innovation which has a great deal of potential.
S1 to S3 pupils begin their new timetables on Monday 30th May: they will be given new individual timetables that morning. Pupils should note that rooms have been renumbered recently as part of the PPP project – we have a lot of new rooms and renumbering made sense – and we have used the new room numbers throughout. We will issue new pupil planners in August, so the old ones continue to be used and they are dated until the end of June. S4 and S5 pupils will commence their new timetable on Monday 6th June.
Scottish Schools Under-16 Football Final
Our Under-16 Boys’ football team reached the final of the Scottish Cup which was played in Glasgow at Firhill, the home of Partick Thistle, against Bellahoustoun Academy. While we narrowly lost 2-1 (with the game very evenly balanced in the second half), the team distinguished themselves by the sporting manner in which they accepted defeat at the end. Nonetheless, it was a great achievement to get to the final and the experience of playing at a senior football ground will not be forgotten by the members of the team.
I am delighted to report that cashless catering has been introduced very smoothly – pupils have had little difficulty in learning how to load up their smartcards and service at the tills has speeded up as the catering staff have become more familiar with the system too. The Meal Deal on offer is now a healthier option than before and the recent redecoration and refurbishment of tables and chairs makes the Dining Hall a very pleasant place. A representative of Elite Catering will talk to the School Board about the initiative called “Hungry for Success” in the new term.
S1 Parents Evening
S1 reports were recently issued, with many pupils maintaining their good start to secondary school. Our thanks to parents for the comments in the reply slips – these are always very helpful to us. The S1 Parents Evening was held on Tuesday, with the Art and Design Department putting on a display of work from 6-7p.m. which was very well received by visiting parents. Once again, our attendance rate for this evening was high, and we are delighted to see so many parents.
End of term events
This point of the school year is always very busy as we prepare for various events – we have organised some Activities Days this year for pupils, our P7 pupils visit us on the 7th and 8th of June, a lot of staff attend the Senior Prom on 10th June, the Summer Concert takes place on Thursday 23rd June – tickets £1 starting at 7.30 p.m.
In the final week, we have our merit ceremonies on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th June and the Annual Prizegiving on Wednesday 29th June, where our Guest Speaker will be Councillor Maureen Talac. The final event of the year will be “Gig on the Grass” on the final day of term Thursday 30th June when we finish at 3.45 p.m.
My final newsletter of the year will reach you in the last week of this term.
R I Summers