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 was the STEM “speed-dating” with around 30 professionals and partners who each had some time to outline why they had an exciting STEM-based career. Some of them were former Craigmount students, which was especially good for the school. The whole idea is to equip students at an early stage with a better understanding of the range of innovative careers on offer, and to counteract any outdated stereotypes and misunderstandings. It was also fun. I am very grateful to all staff who were involved in delivering the activities, in particular Ms Hickinson, who has a key leadership role and was instrumental in setting up the week.
I was also really pleased at the participation of Craigmount students in the Rotary Club Young musicians competition on Monday evening at St Ninian’s Parish Church. I really enjoyed the performances. They all performed really well and I look forward to hearing of successes in further rounds. I want to thank Ms Hannah for supporting with this.
On visiting English S2 classes this week I also saw lots of good work going on related to drama activities, and poetry in Scots. Earlier in the week, I also enjoyed engaging with senior physics students who were working on analysing the physics involved when a tennis ball makes contact with the racquet, one of the SQA open-ended questions. This task was not easy and the range of approaches was fascinating. I saw some great examples of problem-solving and creativity in action!
Senior assemblies focussed on outlining prelim arrangements for next week. Details have been on the website since December. Our external invigilation team has also been in this week planning for the exams. In S1-3 assemblies, Mr Rafferty outlined key expectations on students linked to Rights Respecting Schools. There was also a special Time for Reflection assembly on Martin Luther King, which asked students to reflect on how we can make our world a better place. I am grateful to Ms Franks for co-ordinating this and also our supportive Chaplaincy team for preparing and delivering the assemblies. These also had input from our students.
Next Wednesday we have our S3 Parent Evening on the 25th January. As of yesterday 88% of S3 parents had made appointments with the new online booking system. Please contact Mr Pye if you need any support with this. I look forward to seeing S3 parents at this event.