Head Teachers Week Been, Week Ahead 21/2/20

Welcome to the Head Teacher’s week been and week ahead bulletin.  I plan every week to share with parents and carers what we have been up to, take an opportunity to celebrate the successes of our wonderful young people and to share with you what is coming up.  I hope you find this information useful and please do get in touch if you have any questions or feedback for us on any aspect of our work.  Excellent relationships and communication with parents/carers and our partners really matter to us and are key to the ongoing success of the school.

Another great week for us as a school and lots of wonderful things happening.

Week been…..

Welcome back 

A very warm welcome back to all of your young people this week after the break. It has definitely been a productive and enjoyable one! We look forward to the up and coming term, preparing our Senior Phase pupils for final examinations and ensuring that all young people are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

What I noticed on Monday morning was that young people were back to business from the outset.  I visited a number of classes during the course of the morning and it was wonderful to see pupils back into a routine, working hard and whole heartedly committed to their learning.  That is testament to the support of parents and carers, the learning climate in the school and the fostering of a culture where learning and wellbeing is the core business.  It was wonderful to see!

S5/6 Parents Evening:

S5/6 parents evening was a huge success.  Thank you to all of you for coming along and working with teaching staff to support your child in their learning.  This level of partnership working can never be underestimated and parental engagement is very important to us in terms of providing a meaning experience and optimising support for our young people.

Anthony Nolan/Fire Service presentation:

The Anthony Nolan Trust and the Fire Service were in school delivering a presentation to S5/6 pupils this week.  The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS)/Anthony Nolan Partnership has been delivering donor recruitment events since its inception in 2009. At the end of 2008 Area Manager Ally Boyle proposed the concept of a formal partnership between the Fire & Rescue Service and Anthony Nolan.  Through the work of the SFRS/Anthony Nolan Partnership 52 people have donated their bone marrow/stem cells giving 52 total strangers the chance of life, therefore improving the health and wellbeing of people not only within communities across Scotland but across the world.  Pupils really enjoyed the presentation which was emotive and thought provoking.

S2 Music workshop:

S2 had a lovely opportunity this week to participate in a music workshop.  The focus of the workshop was to promote mental heath and the importance of diversity.  S2 conducted themselves really well and got a lot out of the experience after I spoke to them afterwards.  Thanks to Donna Jordan for giving the young people this opportunity.

Excursion to RBS Cyber Security:

A group of 15 girls attended the RBS Cyber Security day.  There were 3 activity sessions on Social engineering, Hacking and Cryptography and 2 excellent key note speakers. The last speaker was an wonderful role model for the girls, had won an award for Women in Cyber Security and answered questions very eloquently about her career and advice on combatting the gender gap in the Tech sector. She challenged the modern stereotype of girls in tech as being loners or outcasts as she was friendly and ‘normal’!  Thanks to Sabina Anderson for organising this.  Sounds like some fantastic learning took place!


Week ahead…..

The ski trip participants venture off this weekend for a week in France.  We wish them a super time and look forward to hearing how everyone is progressing on the slopes! Bonnes Vacances!

This week I am going to meet with several groups of young people to seek their views about aspects of school life including, learning and teaching, the curriculum, health and wellbeing and the overall support they receive.  Gathering information in this way will enable us as a school to identify our strengths and areas for growth.  I always find it delightful listening to what pupils have to say about their own school – they are the experts!

Please look out for a link to a parent/carer survey in next week’s ‘week been, week ahead’ bulletin.  I too, would like to seek your views on aspects of school life and would appreciate as many responses as possible.  I then intend to follow up with some focus groups in school so we can discuss some of the pertinent issues and together shape the school’s ongoing improvement journey.

Purple Friday takes place on Friday 28th February.  On the last Friday of February we celebrate Purple Friday which is a day to stand against homophobia and transphobia and show support for LGBTI equality.  There will be various activities taking place throughout the course of the day and more information will follow to enable you to encourage your child to participate and engage with this important work in promoting difference and diversity.

School Calendar:

  • Monday 24/2/20
  • Tuesday 25/2/20
  • Wednesday 26/2/20 – N5 and Higher Music Examinations and Pupil Focus Groups with Head Teacher
  • Thursday 27/2/20 – N5 and Higher Music Examinations and Pupil Focus groups with Head Teacher
  • Friday 28/2/20 – Purple Friday (more information to follow)

 Have a fabulous weekend and again, thank you for all your support.

Ms Jennifer Smith

Acting Head Teacher

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