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Dear Parents/Carers

The week started with a major netball win for the S4/5 team. I have included this brief report below from one of the coaches, Ms Henderson.

“Our senior netballers have once again made it through to the Gold League Scottish Cup Final after a well fought game on Monday night against Perth Academy. The girls were 11 behind at one point but managed to claw back a 3-point win! The final will be played next week at the Oriam (Heriot Watt). They will be playing either Holy Cross or Kirkwall.”

On Tuesday C Scott in S5 also attended the Scottish Parliament to meet the Deputy First Minister with a small group of senior students from across Scotland. This meeting was set up after a senior student conference last month where students discussed learner empowerment in schools. I am very proud that we were represented at this, and then in this follow-up meeting with the DFM. The students enjoyed the meeting and I am told the DFM even made them all a cup of tea!

Earlier this week we had a team of staff from across the city and beyond helping us with our self-evaluation in the school. We have reached the end of a three-year cycle and this visit will now help us to plan our next steps. It involved meetings with senior staff, focus groups and lesson observations with almost all staff.  It has been a very useful process that independently confirmed our own self-evaluation findings.  I will report further on this after I have met the team leader next week for more detailed feedback.

“On Saturday the 7th of March, Craigmount High School competed in the University of Cambridge Debating Finals. Only two Scottish teams qualify for the tournament with many other countries (Hong Kong, Wales, Zimbabwe) choosing to send their national teams instead. Participating in the finals is a great honour and it has been a privilege for Craigmount to do so for the past two years.

In Round 1, Freddy and Kiran managed to defeat the Welsh national team. After managing to defeat St Paul’s School for Girls, Craigmount faced an incredibly tough Round 4. We narrowly finished behind a team from Vancouver to miss out on the semi-finals by one point. While this was disappointing at the time, we must congratulate Freddy and Kiran for showing that they can compete with, not only the top teams in the UK, but the top teams in the world. “

Mr McPake (English)

In geography there was another interesting visit taking place. Ms Henderson has provided this update.

“ It was a really successful morning. One of the members of The Ross Development Trust came out to work with geography students as part of The Quaich Project. This project aims at developing the Western part of Princes Street Gardens – making it more accessible for all, sustainable and with more community involvement. The development is set to take 3 years. Students were also encouraged to enter a space for nature competition which will feature in libraries, art galleries and I know Mr Hume is also keen to have some of the artwork displayed in school.”

Here’s the link and there’s a lovely little graphic video which explains the background to the project.

Ms Henderson (Geography/Social Subjects)

Have a good weekend.

T Rae

Head Teacher