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Dear Parents/Carers

I want to start by thanking the staff and students who facilitated the P7 information evening yesterday led by Mrs Coull (DHT). There were 350 seated at the presentations with a very large S1 expected again next session. Before the presentations Craigmount students conducted tours of the school and our S3 My World of Work Ambassadors used ipads to register interested parents. My highlight of the evening was the enthusiastic and confident way the four S1 students involved  spoke about their experience of S1 so far.

We also had some drama performances in school on Tuesday and Wednesday, when senior students performed coursework for an invited audience of parents and carers in the drama studio. I am grateful to Ms Thompson and the drama team for making this happen at the end of a busy term. The National Theatre of Scotland also released the film of the project Like Flying from June as part of World Mental Health Day. We will be sharing details of this film after the October break.

Staying with the theatrical, earlier this week I attended a performance of An Inspector Calls with two classes from the English department and Mr Jardine and Mrs Burns. The production was excellent, and much appreciated by the students. It will really help them when they write about the text. Equally important, they saw an inspiring  National Theatre of Scotland production and I overheard some of them mentioning the symbolism of the house on the stage collapsing, and the relevance of the themes to the way the world is at the moment.

On the debating front, Mr McPake informed me that a Craigmount team won West Coast Worlds on Saturday. It is Scotland’s only tournament that uses the world championship format. That should bolster our hopes of getting someone in the Scotland team this year. Well done once again to the debaters.

Around 30 senior students eligible for extra support have also been benefiting from interviews with university partners this week to help support them with the whole application process. This follows on from campus visits earlier. I spoke with many of them after  they had the interview and all of them found it really helpful. I have also been offering written feedback and a tutorial with any senior student who wants advice on the personal statement. The ones I have seen were very strong. I have offered to do this for all applicants so please encourage them to see me if they have not already done so.

Finally, our Equalities Group supported a fund-raising Dress Down Day today in support of mental health awareness in particular. Thanks to Mr McCuskey and the students involved for doing this.

Have a good October week.

Please note that as a result of the additional in-service day, students return on Wednesday 23rd October.

T Rae

Head Teacher \