I know that those of you who were in the audience will have enjoyed the fantastic Christmas Concert last night. My thanks to all the students and staff who made this possible. It is the culmination of a great deal of hard work. I want to mention our dedicated Instrumental Staff, and Mr McLaren in the music department, as he coordinated the concert despite having only been with us for since August. I am sure you will agree the various performances offered something for everyone, and were of a very high standard. I think the Big Band were just as good as when I heard them last week in the Central Halls playing as part of the Edinburgh schools for the Childline Concert.
Eight Craigmount students also spoke at the City of Edinburgh Creative Conversation about the National Theatre of Scotland Like Flying June production. Their comments went down very well with the adult audience, showing real insight into the links between creativity and wellbeing. I want to mention and thank the students who are all in S3 ( C Boyton, B Jalali, D Baxter, J Kinnear, A Samuel, E Hurst, L Kelly and K Stove). This event was re-scheduled from October by the Creative Arts team, but it was still a very worthwhile thing to do and the students got a lot out of it. I want to thank Ms Thompson for preparing them so well for the event.
I have received the following updates from staff in relation to activities in the school last week.
“This year’s Foodbank Initiative has proved to be highly successful. The team of S1-S6 students has worked really hard to raise awareness of the importance of foodbanks in society at assemblies, creating posters to be displayed with examples of what is needed this year, and then sorting the food and toiletries before loading it into the Trussell Trust van. The volunteers at Trussell Trust were really impressed with the amount raised this year, which looks to be even more than our record set last year! Thank you to all who donated and well done to Calton House who raised the most this year!
Ms Henderson (Social Subjects)
Ms Tomas informs me that our Student Council members took part in a fantastic Christmas Lunch at Corstorphine Community Centre. This sort of inter-generational event really benefits the young people and the senior citizens involved.
Meanwhile, the formal assessments have continued smoothly and will finish on Monday. I have been chatting to students between the exams, and reminding them that is important they have a good break during the holidays, and return refreshed in the new year. We will also remind them next week that although some faculties will be in a position to return marked scripts next week, this will not take place in some other faculties until January given the different timings and marking loads.
Next week we have our usual range of special seasonal activities such as the Christmas lunch, ceilidhs, assemblies, and the staff lip sync battle. Mrs Coull has sent an email to all parents/carers about this as we know that a change in routine requires advance notice for those students who find a change in routine challenging. Otherwise, meaningful work will be taking place in all classes.
Have a good weekend.