When taking an S1 class this morning it was great to hear that every single student in it had become involved in at least one extra-curricular activity this past week. These activities are now up and running and you can see the range from the Daily Bulletin posts on the website each morning. Please have a conversation with your son/daughter and ask them if they have become involved in something yet. We want them all to try new experiences. I believe there really is something for every young person at Craigmount, be that sporting, social or skills-based. The one that caught my eye this week was Japanimation, run by Mr Haddad. I also enjoyed a briefing from the new senior CANSAT team who are at the early stages of designing a can-sized satellite with sensors that could survive hostile space environments and send still back robust data. It’s a great STEM project and the skills acquired will be transferable to employment in due course. This conversation also prompted me to include the link below to a film about a Science Festival where Craigmount students and staff featured. Some of the student expressions as they view experiments will make you smile.
In line with our new House system the S6 senior ambassadors will be visiting all these clubs and activities and gathering information and photographs of students in their own House in order to promote it.
Another key activity in school life will take place next week when a number of students work towards Silver Duke of Edinburgh in the Trossachs. Le’st hope the weather is kind to Mr Cheyne, Ms Grocott and the students.
Senior assemblies this week were led by Mrs Urquhart, who emphasized expectations for the year ahead, and linked some of these to the school values.
This week I also met with the Chair of the Corstorphine Community Council to further develop our plans for developing inter-generational links. The idea of working in partnership with members of the community on the school garden, and developing joint mindfulness classes is part of the plan, as well as an Open Morning visit in October. I am looking forward to seeing these links grow.
Next week we will also begin the formal part of our faculty attainment meetings. This will involve a detailed initial discussion on this year’s exam results. Although these were very strong, we are committed to continuous improvement.
Finally, some of you may be visiting the new Queensberry Crossing at the weekend. Some of our S6 will be operating as stewards, which I am sure will leave them with some historic memories!