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Dear Parent/Carer

I enjoyed speaking with many of you at the S4 Parent Information evening yesterday. Many of you also mentioned how helpful you found the information evening last week and the materials on the website. The key thing is to ensure we get our students taking the best options for success and future career pathways.

As I write this most of the maths rooms are full of senior students with staff going over final practice assessments. This afternoon we also have the history assignment being written downstairs. I am very grateful to the staff involved for this extra voluntary support. We will also once again be running support classes over the holiday period. In Maths, I have also heard today that 15 of our S3 students were awarded certificates in the recent Maths Challenge. This is mainly for S4 but it clashed with the prelims so S3 took up the challenge instead with 25 entries.

S3 parents should also ask to see the SNSA ( Scottish National Standardised Assessments) letter issued today. The letter explains in detail what this involves and is on the website.

This week, promoted staff, and representation from one of our cluster primaries were involved in observing lessons as part of the Modern Languages Faculty Review. This has gone well, with lots of examples of very strong classroom practice. The review will also have input from student focus groups.

On Wednesday, S6 students and staff ( the science faculty won the informal competition for best character costumes!) dressed up as famous literacy characters as part of the activities re-scheduled when the snow closures stopped the planned activities for World Book Day. This was organised by Ms Bradley and the Literacy group.

I am also grateful to Mr Owens and Mr McCord for delivering S1-3 assemblies this week on the topic of learner feedback. This is identified in research as the single most important are in effecting learner improvement.
On the extra-curricular front 17 of our S3 students have been enjoying a ski trip in France with Mr Gray (PE) and Mr Kelman ( Careers Officer). They have been tweeting from the slopes.

In netball, our S3 team are heading down to Peebles for their Scottish Cup semi-final on Tuesday. This will be a very tough match, but hopefully they can get through and continue to defend their title from last year.

The Edinburgh Schools Senior Dance Competition also took place the night before the snowfall and school closures. The girls did really well, and supported by Jennifer Dailly (our dance teacher) took third place in their category on the night. The junior competition (S1-S3) takes place at Broughton on the 23rd March, Please see details on Twitter below:

Our football teams also continue to perform well as outlined below:

Football
U13 – Top of League
U14 – Top of League / Quarter Final of Scottish Cup
U15 – Last 16 of Scottish Cup
U16 – Quarter Final of League Cup
Seniors – Top of League, Quarter Finals of League Cup. Quarter Finals of Scottish Cup

Finally, can I once again ask that parents/carers avoid entering, or turning at the car-park entrance. I have requested this before and we have noticed a reduction, so thanks to those who have co-operated with this request. The reasons are simply that the restricted space and one access point creates problems and blockages for the taxis dropping off and collecting students who require supported transport. The double yellow lines are there to allow easy access for with mobility needs being dropped off as close to the entrance as possible, so it is important these are kept clear. Finally, having to walk a little further to school would promote health and wellbeing, so please consider dropping off students nearby rather than entering the carpark. I would appreciate your support with this.

Have a good weekend.

T Rae
Head Teacher