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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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Dear Parent/Carers I very much enjoyed the S5 drama performances last night. It was good to see the performances well supported by parents and friends. The overall standard was very high but there were also some very innovative and creative ideas in the three ensemble pieces. Well done to the students and staff involved for […]

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Dear Parent(s)/Carer(s) It was good to meet many of you at the Duke of Edinburgh Celebration event last week, when around 40 students gained Bronze Awards. This event, and the fantastic Craigmount Debating Day organised by students and Mr McPake recently, highlighted to me that we are now very much back into our school routine. […]

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Dear Parents/Carers It was fantastic to welcome back our students this sunny morning. They were all looking well-rested, and very smart in their new uniforms. I spoke with many of them, and they were all very pleased to be returning to Craigmount. It was especially satisfying to welcome our new first years. The S6 buddies […]

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Welcome back to Craigmount to all students! As communicated last month, Craigmount will open as planned to all students on Wednesday at 8.30 a.m. I am very pleased to say that Craigmount is in excellent condition. It is wonderful to be back in our own school. Our Facilities Management team has done a superb job […]

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Letter sent home today with pupils   2016 6 Parents’ Letter Staff News-Term dates

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Dear Parents/carers Now that we are almost at the end of our decant, staff were busy packing the many boxes of materials and equipment moved to the other schools since Easter, when I visited all the sites today. Once again, I have received assurances that the work is on schedule for a return for all […]

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Dear Parents/Carers ICT systems have been down across the city over the past few days as new provision is being put in place, so apologies for missing the post yesterday. Things have been a bit quieter for the senior school as Tynecastle students are out on their activity week at the moment. This has worked […]

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Dear Parents/Carers Our P7 transition Parent Information evening at Forrester was well attended last night. Mr Rafferty found the individual parental feedback on the transition days helpful and will be using this to ensure appropriate support is available in the new S1 sets. I will be sending a letter to all parents early next week […]

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Dear Parents/Carers I am delighted to inform you that last night Craigmount won the Donald Gorrie Junior Debating Competition. Well done to A McDiarmid, K Bodasing and F Simonnet-Lefevre, who triumphed despite stiff competition from Boroughmuir, James Gillespie’s and the Royal High School. As well as the talents of our students, this success is also […]

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Dear Parents/Carers The P7 transition event run jointly with Active Schools colleagues at Meggetland today was a major success. This was certainly evident by the ubiquitous smiles, relaxed interactions  and the many new budding friendships forming by the end of the day. It was wonderful to see how well the new S1 students bought into […]

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Dear Parents/Carers I managed to visit Craigmount for the start of the day, and the other three school sites (as well as Corstorphine Primary for the final cluster meeting!) and I am pleased to say all continues to go well. As always, it is good to be able to meet and speak with students. S3 […]

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