Thank you to those of you who have sent in some nice feedback on the Christmas Concert which took place on Monday this week. This is much appreciated by the staff and I want to acknowledge publicly the efforts of all who make this wonderful event happen every year, and especially our music team, Miss Hannah and Ms MacLeod. I thought it was extra special this year because of the high numbers of younger students involved, including the fifty P7 students singing in the cluster choir. Also, Joanna Lamb who left S6 in June, spoke so eloquently about her amazing fundraising on behalf of cancer charities, and I am pleased to inform you that we raised over £1000 on the night for It’s Good to Give.
Over the rest of the week the formal assessments for S4-5 have continued smoothly. Earlier this week Mr Raeburn emailed some updates and information to S6 parents.
This week I also enjoyed observing an S2 Skills Class in Social Subjects. The students were using the website, My World of Work, to identify key skills required for the various careers that interest them. It was good to see that the massive emphasis in this area in recent years is producing much better awareness of the world of work at an earlier age. This links well to the careers speed dating event we will be holding in January and which some of you are supporting.
On Wednesday all of S1 and S2 benefited from a one hour assembly by a speaker from Canada called Tad Milmine. This talk was included as part of our many anti-bullying awareness-raising activities. I would encourage S1/2 parents to ask them about the talk. It was quite powerful and very well received by the students. Tad spoke passionately about his own experiences of bullying at home and in school, and about his work in Canada raising awareness of this serious issue. He is a full time member of the Canadian Mounted Police but devotes his free time to campaigning on this issue, and for LGBT rights. Tad is also currently working with the Scottish Government on related matters.
Mrs Coull will also be emailing all parents this week with some updates and useful information on supporting Health and Wellbeing.
I also want to thank Mr Speirs in Computing for facilitating a trip for a group of S2 students to Napier University Christmas to hear a cybersecurity lecture. He has sent me the report below:
“Computing Science class 2H attended the Christmas cybersecurity lecture at Napier University on Thursday 13th December. The class got to see some great presentations from a number of engaging speakers including the Minister for Digital Learning, Kate Forbes MSP, ethical hacker FreakyClown, and Professor Brian Higgins who showed us how easy it was to hack common household items. The class had a great time learning about possible careers in cybersecurity and were even selected to go on stage to take part in the game show at the end. Abbie, Evan and Neve did a great job answering some tricky questions, unfortunately we didn’t take home the grand prize as Mr Speirs’ piñata skills were no match for his competitor from another local school!”
Students have also been contributing to surveys on local services for young people as part of the Youth Talk initiative. So far three hundred students have contributed, mainly through the library and facilitated by Mr Hume who has been co-ordinating things with Mr Kipanda from Youth Services. It’s important that young people have a say in the design of local services and their feedback will really help with this.
Next week will be busy with the various activities such as the Christmas lunch, S1 and S2 ceilidhs, the fund-raising “lip-sync battle” of the faculties, and the usual end of term assemblies. We will also have an update on the great work done by the student team leading and organising the food bank collection, which closed today.
Have a good weekend.