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S3 CREATIVE LEARNING FESTIVAL MAY 2017

For the past few years, S3 at Currie have been given the chance to participate in the Creative Learning Interdisciplinary Project, partnered with the Lyceum Theatre. However, this time around we were presented with 3 productions from the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival, allowing us to broaden our cultural experience.

The play “Falling Dreams” allowed pupils to take a step into the life of a teenage girl who, using live music and projections, shares her daily thoughts with the audience. Similarly, the film “Girl Asleep” introduced us to Greta, a 15-year-old Australian girl who begins to find that teenagehood isn’t as great as it seems. The monologue “Evil”, on the other hand, focused on Erik who struggles with bullying as the new boy at boarding school.

I had never set foot in any sort of theatre or film festival, ever. So when our bus pulled up outside the Edinburgh Filmhouse for the screening of “Girl Asleep”, I didn’t know what to expect. Comedy? Action? Romance? What I wasn’t expecting was all of those and more. The film highlighted all the important aspects of a teenager’s life and allowed the metaphorical forest that we were often shown to be interpreted by the audience – a feature not common in mainstream movies – and allowed anyone to relate to Greta and the forest in different ways. Whether it was the three mean girls who were presented as wolves to represent the threat and danger in Greta’s life, or the forest itself, we could all relate to some part of it.

Only having roughly 6 hours to come up with some sort of presentation as a creative response – with the help of Mrs Helm, thankfully – was what threw me off. A poster would have worked, but with 5 of us buzzing with excitement and ambition, we decided on a model of Greta’s house and the forest (which took numerous attempts and multiple bursts of anger at glue that wouldn’t stick!) The final result was great, and we were happy. Perhaps getting to work with our friends and people we’d never worked with before allowed us to come together as not only a group of 5 or even 30 but as a whole year group.

Not only did we come away at the end of that Friday with a sense of achievement, but new skills and attributes, including teamwork, patience, communication and organisation. What a brilliant way to end S3!

Abbie Malone S4

PS The director of the Children’s International Festival, Noel Jordan, visited the school to see the pupils’ creative responses to the works they’d seen. He was incredibly impressed with the imagination and diversity shown by what they’d produced in such a short time and was delighted to have the opportunity to discuss with pupils their positive experiences of the project.

Donna Jordan, Chartered Teacher of Leadership and Equality

learning festival pics

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S6 MVPs ATTEND TRANSPORT CHARTER MEDIA LAUNCH

On Tuesday 27th June, nine S6 Mentors in Violence Prevention were invited to a Media Launch of Edinburgh Council’s new Transport Charter at Haymarket Station. The Charter aims to encourage members of the public to report any incidents of Hate Crime on public transport, and adopt a “Don’t Be a Bystander” approach. This is very much at the heart of MVP and why the Council was so keen for our students to be involved, as Currie High School is currently at the forefront of a pilot which aims to tackle all forms of prejudice. Attending the event were Minister for Transport Humza Yousuf and Councillor Lesley McInnes, along with a variety of members of the press.

Both the Minister for Transport and Councillor McInnes spoke with our students at length, and reported how impressed they were with their ability to articulate the message of the MVP programme and how important they feel education is in the fight against prejudice. Our students were then interviewed by Capital Radio and the Evening News. Reports later appeared on the Edinburgh Reporter, Edinburgh Trams and Evening News websites, featuring a range of photographs of our excellent MVPs. A full article was then published in the Evening News on Wednesday.

Currie Community Council Chairman, Allister McKillop, felt that the students: “could not have made a better showing” and “did Currie and the school proud.”  Wendy Henderson, who heads the Council’s Hate Crime focus, commented that: “Currie High School’s contribution was extremely welcomed and well received.” I certainly felt privileged to be accompanying such open-minded and socially responsible young people.

For further information, here is the link to the website article in the Evening News:

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/edinburgh/new-charter-to-tackle-hate-crime-on-edinburgh-public-transport-1-4488166

Donna Jordan, Chartered Teacher for Leadership and Equality

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Reminder – Early Closure Tomorrow

Quick reminder

  • Currie High School closes at 2.35pm tomorrow (Thursday)
  • Currie High School closes at 12 noon on Friday
  • LOST PROPERTY – In the Foyer – please ask your child to check the table

Have a lovely Summer Holiday

 

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Summer 2017 Newsletter

Summer 2017 Newsletter

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Free School Meals and Clothing Grants

The council is changing the way we pay clothing grants.  If you qualify and have applied for a clothing grant you will receive a payment directly in to your bank account.  You should receive your payment sometime after Monday 17 July and it will appear on your bank statement as ‘clothing grant’.  Please look out for updates on our website.

If you have not received your payment by Wednesday 2 August please contact the school grants team on 0131 469 3471

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PROM CD’s

CDs from Prom 2017 are now available.  Former pupils should collect their copy from Modern Languages base and tick their  name.

Thanks

Catherine MacKenzie

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Information for the last week of term

  1. Medication

Reminder to parents that all medication held in school must be picked up from the school office or school nurse by the end of the school day on Friday 30th June otherwise it will be disposed off in the local pharmacy. This is because medication cannot be held within the school during the summer break.

Please remember to send pupil medication back into school for the first day of the new term on the 16th August. Thank you for your co-operation.

2. Reminder of early closing times next week.

The school is closing at 1435 on Thursday 29th June as per note sent home last week.

On the last day of term, Friday 30th June, the school will close at 12 noon

Currie Community High will re-open at 8.30am on Wednesday 16th August 2017.

3. LOST PROPERTY will be on a table on the Foyer all next week if you or your pupil has lost anything in the last year please have a look.

All LOST PROPERTY still on the table at the end of term will be given to charity.

 

Have a great Summer Holiday

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Food Allergies

A number of our pupil’s suffer from medically diagnosed food allergies, some of which are severe airborne allergies. The school meals service and HFT department will take all reasonable measures to ensure that pupils food allergies are catered for, however, like most secondary schools many of our pupils purchase food at local shops or choose to bring a packed lunch.  It is due to this fact that the school cannot be completely ‘nut free’ as no assurances can be given that food being brought into the building will not contain traces of nuts.

To safeguard the health and wellbeing of pupils suffering from severe nut allergies we ask that parents try to avoid – wherever possible – sending pupils to school with packed lunches containing nuts (particularly peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts or cashews). If pupils do choose to eat these types of snack within school, please encourage them to take a drink and wash their hands after they have eaten to avoid the trace of nuts being spread. Parents/carers should also remind their child regularly of the need to refuse any food items that may be offered by other pupils. If you would like to inform the school of any medically diagnosed food allergies affecting your child, please contact Susan Tait.

This advice is in line with the City of Edinburgh Council’s Allergies Policy

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Parents in Partnership(PiP) AGM Reminder

Remember the PiP meeting is on next week in the Conference Room at 7.30pm on Thursday 1st June. All CCHS Parents and the parents of the new S1’s starting in August are also invited.

The Agenda will be posted online next week.

 

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Free School Meals / Assistance with School Wear Applications 2017/18

If you think you may be eligible for school meals/schoolwear please complete the attached application and follow the instructions. If you would like a hard copy of the form please contact the school office.

Applications can also be completed online at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/schoolgrants, or scanned and emailed to school.grants@edinburgh.gov.uk .

Free School Meals Form 2017-18

Eligibility is based on the following –

  • Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction from the City of Edinburgh Council based on you or your partner receiving this.
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance ( any income related element )
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit ONLY with no Working Tax Credit and an annual income under £16,105
  • Both Maximum Child Tax Credit and Maximum Working Tax Credit with an annual income under £6,420 If you receive this benefit you will ONLY QUALIFY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS/MILK
  • Universal Credit – with a maximum monthly income of £500 (Income threshold from 1 August 2017)

If you have any questions regarding this please contact via telephone 0131 469 3471 or email  school.grants@edinburgh.gov.uk

 

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