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Dear Parents/Carers

 School has felt a bit quieter this week, with S4 out on work experience. There has been good feedback already on some of the excellent contributions being made by the students on the placements. This is an invaluable way for them to apply and better recognise the sort of skills required to be successful in adult life at work. I also want to thank the many parents who have come forward to support Mrs Stevens, CL Biology/Science, after her request for people with interesting work experiences and stories to share with S2 at the event in January.

 Once S4 return, they will be focussing on the forthcoming formal assessments in early December. All S4-6 were issued with hard copies of the assessment schedule this week, and Mr Raeburn has also had this emailed to parents. Please share your email address with us if you have not already done so as this is now our main communication mode for this sort of information. Mr Cheung from Scholar will also be offering further training sessions on using Scholar to S4 and S5 students later this month.

Although a little quieter numbers-wise this week with the S4 out, the school has been no less busy. I want to thank the Maths team led by Mrs Blair, for delivering a fantastic transition event for all our cluster P7 students. This went very well and was ably supported by Craigmount students.

We also had a successful literacy event for S1 parents on Tuesday led by Mrs Burns from the English Department. A particularly interesting feature of her presentation was the many innovative ways schools and parents might harness young people’s interest in online games and activities to promote reading. The event was also supported by Mr Jardine, and Mr Hume, our librarian. Mrs Inglis shared further information on learning support provision at Craigmount. All of these presentations have now been emailed out to S1 parents.

 I want to thank the chaplaincy team for delivering thought-provoking assemblies on the theme of voices in the wilderness. The assembly was linked to the recent remembrance activity and explored how young people can use their voice to work towards a better society and a better world.

As we move closer to the festive period, the school has been planning a number of activities, including the annual foodbank collection. This supports others, but also helps our young people gain a better grasp of the challenges of those living in poverty. Ms Henderson is co-ordinating this area and has asked me to share the update below:

“We have had some really keen S1 and S2 students who are working hard preparing for the foodbank challenge – making awareness posters and preparing for assembly presentations.  They have come up with amazing ideas on how best to raise awareness of poverty in Edinburgh and the importance of food banks. This year we are doing a Craigmount House Challenge to which House can collect the most food and toiletries for our local food banks.  There will be assemblies at the end of November to launch the challenge and posters displayed around the school showing what is desperately needed by the foodbanks. Well done to those involved in helping as part of their JASS Award! Keep an eye out for where to bring your donation to and dates for when the items should be in by.”

L Henderson

Finally, this week our senior football team enjoyed a 4-2 win against Royal High School. Thanks to Mr O’Donnell for supporting the team.

Have a good weekend.

Mr T Rae

Head Teacher