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Dear Parents/Carers

I want to start with a message from Ms Cameron in Social Subjects who is leading on a charity initiative.

Thanks to all of the families who have donated to our charity appeal this week. Our aim is to collect as many pre-loved Winter coats and jackets as we can to pass on to those in our communities who are most in need this Winter.  ​If you have any spare Winter coats and jackets for children aged 0-18 which are hiding in the back of cupboards, simply give them a quick wash and send them in to school to the Social Subjects Faculty. We’ll be collecting for 1 more week until Friday 8th November.  
Ms Cameron (Social Subjects)

There’s a lot happening on the science front next week. Below are some updates from Mr Gullen

A team will be representing Craigmount High School at UK Space Design Challenge Scottish heat on Saturday, 2nd November 2019 at The University of Edinburgh King’s Buildings. We wish them well.

Also, Professor Wilson Poon, FRSE, FInstP, Professor of Natural Philosophy, School of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh kindly accepted our invitation to our school for a talk event.

The talk will be on Wednesday, 6th November 2019 at 2:30pm – 3:30pm in our school.

The title of the talk will be “Physics and Biology – A marriage made in heaven”. He will introduce students to a long history of physicists contributing key ideas and techniques to advance the life sciences. He says “It will be general, but hopefully still informative (and entertaining)”.

Prof Poon is known internationally for his ground-breaking research on colloid physics and he has just been awarded the Sam Edwards Medal and Prize for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental study of condensed matter physics, statistical physics and biophysics using model colloidal systems.

Invited senior students from other schools and our Higher & AH Physics students and some of our Higher Biology students will be attending to this event.

M Gullen ( Science and physics)

This week we once again welcomed staff from the Anthony Nolan Trust, who were in school taking details of potential stem cell/bone marrow donors.  We had 71  S6 volunteers supporting the appeal, and they  were supported superbly by 7 of our House Ambassadors who will receive a Leadership Award for their part in this. More information can be found on the following link;

https://www.anthonynolan.org/how-we-help

Mr Pye (DHT) has also contacted S1 parents about reports, which were issued this week. We look forward to meeting S1 parents next week.

Mrs Coull (DHT) has also emailed about our Senior School wellbeing fair leading up the formal assessments for S4-6 parents later in November; and about our revamped S4 work experience programme. This provides support and guidance for students and parents/carers. Thanks to Ms Ramsay for developing the new programme and acting on feedback from students and parents.

Assemblies this week were co-delivered by staff and students from the Equalities/Sustainability groups. These provided some helpful information and reminders in these key areas of education.

We also welcomed 25 Chinese teachers in training to the school on Wednesday and Thursday. This was in partnership with the teacher training college and allowed them to observe practice in a busy Scottish school. Thanks to Mrs McKerrecher in Modern Languages for planning the visit.

Have a good weekend.

T Rae

Head Teacher