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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 first year already, and that levels of preparation were excellent. Feedback on the student-run stations promoting the excellent CANSAT Project, JASS and the Honduras Trip was also very positive. I look forward to seeing many of the S1 parents again at the Literacy/Numeracy event on Thursday 1st December (6.30 – 7.30pm). Please see the website for details.

Please note that I also responded to a call from one local resident who was concerned at cars being parked on yellow lines in the local area on the evening of a school event. I assured them I would raise this in my next post and would urge everyone to respect local parking restrictions at school events.

We will be further developing  S4 study skills next week with partners LiveNLearn, who will be delivering sessions over two days to all S4 students. These sessions have been designed in partnership with LiveNLearn and the aim is to get across key messages about good study routines and the importance of having a Growth Mindset when tackling course assessments and external exams. With the prelims coming up in February, we feel this is the best timing for getting across key messages. Mr Irving has already completed a draft of the prelim time-table. This is with Faculty Leaders for fine-tuning, and the final version will be on the school website next month.

I would also like to acknowledge the excellent contributions of some of our students to local Remembrance Day events earlier this month. Two of our History students in particular, J Scott in S6 and R Scott in S4,  represented Craigmount High School and laid our wreath on behalf of the school at the Remembrance service at Corstorphine Old Parish Church on Remembrance Sunday. Other senior students did readings at other churches and I have received very warm written feedback on the contribution they made to these community events. Assemblies this week and next are also focussed on our Community Action week ( 5th-9th December) which aims to support local foodbanks and collect preloved books for young people as a literacy promotion. I will also be meeting with the S6 Charities Committee on Monday to consider other charity initiatives.

This week I also saw some great work taking place when visiting  S2 drama classes. The students were really engaged and working really well. There was a also a great atmosphere in the S3 Modern Languages lessons I dropped in on yesterday. I also took part, along with other cluster Head Teachers, in supporting self-evaluation at East Craigs Primary, and observed two excellent lessons in P1 and P7. The P7 problem-solving work involved some complex coding skills linked to World War Two and the way the students engaged was most impressive.

This evening, we have a number of Craigmount students involved in the City of Edinburgh Fanfare concert at the Central Halls, Tollcross, which I am looking forward to. This is not a surprise, and the quality of work I hear at practice times as the Christmas concert approaches , is of a very high standard.

T Rae

Head Teacher