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Dear Parents/Carers  The Easter supported study programme was well attended and feedback from students has been very positive. This week I emphasized the considerable  impact final focussed revision sessions can have, particularly on the performance of students at grade borderlines. I have asked all departments to set up “Immersion Days” in the lead up to […]

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Dear Parents/Carers Term ended well today, and we sent our seniors into the break with clear advice on how to prepare for the forthcoming exams. Mr Pye has made the full Easter revision support programme available on the website. I want to thank our staff for offering this once again,  as such a comprehensive programme […]

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Dear Parents/Carers I have just heard that our S2 netball team has won the Scottish Cup 24-18 against St Andrews over in Motherwell. Well done to them, and to the S1 team yesterday who narrowly lost a cup final 10-9 against Perth HS. Both results speak volumes of the efforts of students and the staff […]

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Dear Parents/Carers I have just heard that our S6 Charities Committee, supported by Events Management student expertise, raised £150.60 at morning break by organising a staff bake-off, which was won by Mr Beattie. This also added to the convivial staffroom atmosphere as we said farewell to Ms Wallace, who will start her new DHT post […]

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Dear Parents/Carers The week started well with two student trophies won in national competitions. First of all our junior debaters, as always supported superbly by Mr McPake, won the Ernest Mills Trophy, the first Scottish state school to do so despite stiff competition from the independent sector. Next, a team of senior students won the […]

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Dear Parents/Carers Yesterday all parents/carers were texted to publicise the release of the report into the school closures, which has received extensive media interest. You can access the 250 page report on the council website. It was great to have such a high turnout at the S2 parent information evening on Tuesday. The new online […]

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Dear Parents/Carers It was good meeting so many of you at the excellent S3 parent evening on Wednesday. Attendance was almost 100% and we have contacted the small number of parents unable to attend. It was good to hear that the support materials on the website about the new curriculum structure have been well-received by […]

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Dear Parents/Carers This week has been enriched by the excellent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) work that has been going on across the school. All S2 students participated and the feedback from them and partners has been overwhelmingly positive. Activities took place in a number of Faculties: Maths, Computing, CDT, Science, and a major highlight […]

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Dear Parents/Carers  I hope you had a good festive season, and have been able to read about all the great work that took place last term in our December newsletter. We are trying to reduce our carbon footprint, but please be aware that if you require a hard copy, these are available on request from […]

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Dear Parents/Carers What a fantastic start to the week we had with the Christmas Concert. The performances were excellent, with a musical piece for all tastes. The whole organisation and delivery was a real team effort, but I think it fair to mention the pivotal role played by Ms Hannah in pulling it all together […]

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Dear Parents/Carers The S6 Christmas Ball last night was an excellent evening, and I must commend the team of S6 students who led on this. Planning was first class, and all the staff and students present had a great evening. This week we have also been having final rehearsals for the sell-out Christmas Concert on […]

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Dear Parents/Carers It’s been another busy and productive week at Craigmount. At the Parent Council on Monday night, we spent time looking at some key questions on the Governance consultation that is currently taking place. I also shared some core messages on our School Improvement Plan and highlights from our attainment report. I will post […]

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Dear Parents/Carers Our S1 parent evening was very well attended and feedback on the S1 experience was very positive. Thank you to those who offered feedback on the new online booking system and the trialling of 4 minute interviews for the S1 evening. Many of you commented on how well staff seemed to know the […]

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Dear Parents/Carers It has been a very active week as we approach mid-November. Many staff continue to report that senior classes remain focussed and are working hard. Hopefully the well-attended S5-6 evening recently will have allowed staff to share specific crucial feedback. Currently our S4 are out on work experience, but later this month we […]

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Dear Parents/Carers It was good meeting so many of you on Wednesday at the S5-6 Parent Information evening. Attendance was very high and feedback on the new online booking system was overwhelmingly positive. Having spoken with many of you, I think it would be useful to raise awareness of a brilliant free study resource called […]

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Dear Parents/Carers This week we hosted 20 teachers, mostly from China. They are training to become teachers of English and visited the school in order to gain direct experience of Scottish classrooms. We were able to offer them a very rich experience over two days as so many staff were willing to open classrooms to […]

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Dear Parents/Carers School started back smoothly after the October break. The joint Art/Modern Studies trip to New York was a major success, with a variety of curricular-related visits taking place. It has also been really good to now know the S1 much better following the Lagganlia Venture trips earlier in the term. It means  members […]

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Dear Parents/Carers It is now mid-term, and I am very pleased with the way we have settled back into Craigmount. Today, our joint trip to New York (Modern Studies/Art) leaves and we wish them well for the week ahead. It was also impressive to hear the excellent student-led assemblies on the Honduras trip this week. […]

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Dear Parents/Carers We have now finished our S1 Venture weeks. I was away with two classes last week and once again came back to school convinced that these trips offer a really valuable experience. Outdoor education provides a great context for getting to know students and I was so impressed at the way the students […]

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Dear Parents/Carers Following the successful S1 Venture trips this week, I am very much looking forward to going to Lagganlia on Monday, no matter the weather! Today I also enjoyed welcoming Susan Wilson, the Principal Officer for the U.S. Consulate in Edinburgh to the school.  She was here to deliver a session to senior students […]

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