The week started well with two student trophies won in national competitions. First of all our junior debaters, as always supported superbly by Mr McPake, won the Ernest Mills Trophy, the first Scottish state school to do so despite stiff competition from the independent sector. Next, a team of senior students won the Scottish Schools Analysis Trophy ( run by the Royal Chemistry Society). The students really enjoyed the experience and were well supported by Mr McKnight.
I also enjoyed the performance by the Big Band led by Mr Clarke at the S4 Information Evening. This will be the last public performance from some of the senior leavers and it was very much appreciated by the parents attending the event. All the details from the evening are on the parent section in the website. It was also supported by our Mr Kelman from Careers, and Ms Bingham from Queen Margaret University, who was able to talk about a range of opportunities on offer there in many vocational courses up to Higher level and beyond. I look forward to seeing S4 parents again at the S4 parent evening next week.
Last week S6 students and staff also once again supported the visit of the Blood Transfusion Service, who commented favourably on the way students supported them by being punctual, polite, and friendly during the visit.
S4-6 assemblies updated students on the work of the Student Council in developing new vision and values statements, but senior staff also took the opportunity to remind senior students of the support available in the run up to exams, and the support available if required. This will also include a full Easter revision programme delivered by staff. Mr Pye is finalising details of this and will provide further details in the week beginning 20th March.
Finally, we have our Spring Fling this evening for S5 and S6 students. It has been well organised by the senior student team working on this as part of their leadership development through volunteering, and I look forward to seeing everyone have a good time tonight as a result of their efforts.