The former S6 students are in school this morning collecting prom tickets and Year Books in advance of prom this evening. I look forward to seeing many of you there. Meanwhile, the learning cycle continues with the return of S5 and S6 earlier this week. The welcome and induction assemblies highlighted the importance of having a clear goal for the year and beyond. Those students who have one seem to do better. Please have conversations about this at home as this can often help clarify ideas about the future. Once again we had a continuing emphasis on the most desired skills as listed by employers which Mrs Urquhart shared with the students. They also spent time in PSE groups reviewing pathways, and drawing up a Learner Agreement for the year ahead which sets out what they expect of themselves. Mrs Urquhart will make this available on the website.
It was also good to meet parents of those taking part in the performing arts evening on Wednesday. The work put on by the students very much came from classwork and pieces prepared for SQA assessments, and provided an opportunity to share this work with a wider audience. The best thing about it for me was the inclusive nature of the event, which allowed students of all abilities a chance to shine, and to gain self- confidence as a result of the process. I want to thank the faculty team for co-ordinating this at such a busy period.
This morning we also once again welcomed our P7 enhanced transition students for the third of six visits. They will be taking part in a range of subjects across the school.
Finally, this week S2 benefited from a performance of “Bin it!” by a drama company. We have offered this in the past few years as it provides a fun way of promoting positive attitudes to the environment. The performance was also viewed by Christine Jardine, MSP, who was the surprise VIP guest attending the visit.
Please note that next Friday will be the annual Sports Day, and that students should come to school in house colours.
Have a good weekend.