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GREEN FLAG & CURRIECO NEWS 2017/18

There are mountains of work done across the school to help us maintain our prestigious Green Flag – our topics are addressed in most curricular areas but also within DofE, Prince’s Trust, PSE, Mentors in Violence Prevention, Rights Respecting Schools to name a few. Well done to everyone for your dedication! Our renewal date for our Green Flag is January 2019…

 Our Eco Schools Topics this year: Litter, Waste Minimisation & Healthy Living

Litter: The Currieco team wanted to look at the problem of litter in our school and community and tackle this through presentations, education and change. We have had workshops from Changeworks and the Bin-It roadshow. The S2s took part in an entertaining anti-litter campaign in Drama; well done to 2L1’s representatives who won the competition!  Many staff, pupils and volunteers have been out litter-picking throughout this session but we still have a lot of work to do. We are having a Currieco day on the last week of terms to tackle our to-do list!

Waste Minimisation: The problem of plastic in the sea has hit the headlines recently and we decided to make plastic waste a focus. We showed a presentation during Tutor Group time and asked them to “make a promise” to the world to help do “their bit” during Earth Hour. We created a globe out of plastic bottle tops for our Eco display and as a school have made plans to scrap plastic bottle sales, cutlery and polystyrene containers in the Dolphin Café. We are in the process of re-branding our bins and encouraging more mixed recycling across the school including food waste and battery recycling. Mrs Marriott is also continuing to recycle our toner cartridges which is great!

 Healthy Living: Our Fair Trade team, led by Ms Gerardot, put on a fun stall for the Christmas Fayre and continue to provide a weekly FT stall for pupils.  For Fair Trade fortnight, we shared some interesting facts to raise awareness and provided a special gift stall for staff. We also hosted a premiere of a Fair Trade film called ‘Unravelling the Thread’ highlighting the struggles and dangers of cotton farming. The Food for Life committee have been linking learning with curriculum and have improved healthy provision in the Dolphin Café and made efforts to address waste, community links, variety and sustainability. Did you know that in HFT, S1 pupils go foraging for wild flower and cook with it and eat it? We will be doing a HWB survey to ensure that all pupils have their say. Inclusivity and security are of vital importance to us and Mr McKinney and SfL are making exciting plans for a nurture space. We are also planning to make a buzz in the school grounds and attract bees to our flower beds to address the problem of Colony Collapse Disorder which is everyone’s problem!

Some of our Eco Tips / Facts from this year:

Plastic…  FACT: If we continue to use and dispose of plastic at the current rate, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050.  PLEDGE: Carry a reusable bag for your food or clothes shopping. Encourage your parents to keep reusable bags in the car for groceries. Save money and help save our oceans!

Ecosia…  Did you know you could help save the planet by just using a search engine? Download the Ecosia app and use it instead of Google. It is a non-profit organisation that donates 80% of its profits to tree plantation – 45 searches will plant one tree. So far, Ecosia have planted 30 million trees!

Fair Trade Uniform…  Fairtrade can provide access to finance, producer support and expertise in tackling climate change, supporting long-term environmental sustainability. Did you know that Currie CHS supports Fairtrade with its Fairtrade school uniform from KoolSkools?

Gender Equality …  Fair trade enables more women to join the organisations that grow produce such as bananas, cotton and tea.  This is important because “it gives women the right to vote, to participate in decision making, to receive benefits and to live with dignity.”  Is your cuppa a Fairtrade cuppa?

Keep doing your bit for our school and planet.

Mrs Steel & Currieco

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Summer 2018 Newsletter

The Summer 2018 Newsletter has just been published, please see link below

Summer Newsletter 2018

 

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Measles Alert from NHS Lothian

 

I am writing to alert you about measles outbreaks which are sweeping across Europe and other parts of the world. The highest number of cases to date in 2018 are in Romania (2712), France (2173) Greece (1 948) and Italy (805) respectively.
Twenty two deaths have also been reported by these countries in 2018. Of particular concern is the situation in France and Italy where the numbers of cases are doubling monthly. In the previous year, 14 813 cases of measles were reported across Europe. Since this resurgence in 2016, there have been 49 deaths due to measles.
In England, but not so far in Scotland, a number of outbreaks have been reported originating from continental Europe with a total of more than 400 cases. Most are teenagers and young adults.
Measles is the most infectious of our infectious diseases. In an unimmunised population, one person with measles will spread it, on average, to another 15. Only 15 minutes in the same room or a face to face conversation is enough to infect someone else. Furthermore, a person with measles is infectious for a total of 10 days. This includes 5 days before the rash appears and the person realises they are ill, and is when it can so easily spread.
The introduction of measles into a school after the summer holidays could severely incapacitate a school. Not just due to individual students being off but due to quarantining of close contacts for up to 21 days.
Two doses of MMR are 95% effective in preventing measles. NHS Lothian is writing to parents (at their home address) of all secondary school pupils who, according to our data, have not had MMR.
We are inviting those pupils to community clinics during the early summer. It also gives parents the opportunity to update their data. We would obviously be grateful for your support of this initiative. MMR can also be obtained from GPs. I would advise parents to make appointments in good time before travelling to Europe on holiday.

2018 05 29 – Measles alert to Heads Lothian LA

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Currie Community High School retained in the Community

The staff, pupils and parents of our school are delighted with the decision taken by the Education, Children and Families Committee today to retain both Wester Hailes Education Centre and Currie Community High School in their local communities. This has been a difficult few months for all of us but there have been a number of positive which have come out of the process. These include: the enhanced engagement, through the Parent Council (PiP), of our parents from both Currie and Woodlands; and our pupils’ understanding and commitment to participate positively and responsibly in political, social and cultural life and develop informed views of complex issues. The strain under which our children have been living over the last few months cannot, however, be underestimated – Mrs MacKinnon spoke to the Primary 7 pupils at an assembly today at the end of their very successful 3 Day Visit. She told them the news from the Committee and the entire year group broke into spontaneous applause and high fived each other – it was quite overwhelming!

As well as our excellent pupils and parents, Currie Community High School has a team of passionate, committed, caring and ambitious staff who have continued to strive for excellence with a quiet, dignified professionalism during the last few months.

We have a great future ahead of us as a school and we will continue to drive forward ambitious plans to ensure that every young person can achieve their full potential.

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Temporary Pupil Support Assistant

We are looking to recruit a Temporary Pupil Support Assistant, fixed term to 28.6.19 (this will be reviewed as the post is likely to be required in session 2019.20).

Advertised from today 7.6.18 to 14.6.18.

Salary: £14,944 – £16,850, (Pro-rata for part time and sessional)

Hours: 27.5 per week (Mon – Fri), term-time only (39 weeks per year)

If you are interested please use the following link –

https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/city-edinburgh-council/jobs/pupil-support-assistant-120351

 

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Thank you from Ravelrig RDA

Thank you from Ravelrig RDA for the generous donation of £444.74 that Currie Community High raised via the Dress Down day earlier this year.

You are all welcome to attend our Open Day on Sunday 17th June so you can learn more about what we do and how we help others. Please see the attached letter for details.

Ravelrig rda

 

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School Hoodies

Order forms for school hoodies are available from the school office. These will be ordered over the summer and issued in August.

All orders MUST be returned with appropriate payment by Wednesday 13th June.

Many thanks

The School Office

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S2 GoSET Project – Regional WINNERS

WELL DONE to the S2 Go4SET project who WON the Regional Final this week and will be competing in the NATIONAL FINALS on the 6th of June

We are so proud you have gotten this far and wish you Good Luck in the final. 

  • Go4SET is a ten week project where six S2 pupils work as a team to produce a project. They have some choice in the topic, but all are based on current issues in STEM.
  • The team chose ‘My School is an Island’ where they have to imagine our school is to be placed on an island at least 1km from the mainland (anywhere in the world they choose) and they have to consider how the school will be sustainable. They considered factors such as energy generation, transport, water and food. They chose to site their school off the coast of Iceland to make use of the geothermal energy potential.
  • The team produced an extensive report, a working model and a poster display. They had to present these to a panel of judges at the regional event and face questions on their choices.
  • The team were mentored by Angus Reid, an Engineering Compliance Manager with Heineken and visited the Caledonian Brewery as part of their research. They were supported by CCHS Teacher Findlay Haddow.
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(new) S6 Induction at Heriot-Watt University – Tuesday 5th June 2018

S6 pupils return to school on Monday 4th June and will attend an Induction Day at Heriot-Watt University the following day on Tuesday 5th June.  Mrs MacKinnon will meet with the pupils on Monday afternoon and discuss the arrangements. More information is in the letter attached.

S6 Induction Day

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Parent Council Essentials

For all Parents/Carers interested in their Parent Councils –

The council are running a course called Parent Council Essentials on Wed 6th June at the WHEC .

Refreshments at 6.15 with the 2 hour course starting at 6.30pm – all parents welcome.

Parent Council Essentials 060618

 

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