It has been a very active week as we approach mid-November. Many staff continue to report that senior classes remain focussed and are working hard. Hopefully the well-attended S5-6 evening recently will have allowed staff to share specific crucial feedback. Currently our S4 are out on work experience, but later this month we will be running the LiveNLearn sessions for all S4 students. These sessions are designed to support study skills, planning and student wellbeing.
We have also had primary students visiting in Maths and for the Digital learning Day in Business Education this week. Our own S2 students did a great job in supporting the P7s. We also welcomed some senior visitors from a local care home, who will be part of our audience for performance work going on in drama. It’s great to link with our community with events such as this. A group of S2 students supported by Mr Cheyne also competed in the annual city construction challenge and won the round. They will now go into the final.
I also very much enjoyed dropping in on S1 music classes, who are doing some fantastic work with percussion instruments. Ms Hannah also tells me that Christmas Concert rehearsals are being very well attended, and being ably supported by senior students.
This week we also welcomed Ms Mattocks as a new permanent teacher in the Maths faculty. She will replace Mr Gray, who has taken up a two year secondment as the City of Edinburgh Development Officer for literacy.
Now that the weather is becoming wetter and colder, I want to repeat my request that parents/carers do not use the carpark entrance as a turning area. This can affect safety, and create traffic congestion. Please drop off your son/daughter a little way along the road. PC Adam has contacted traffic wardens to help manage traffic flow. Your appreciation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
I look forward to meeting S1 parents at the parent evening next week. Booking slots are filling up fast on the new online system so please make an appointment if you a have not already done so. Please contact the school office if you require any advice or support with the process.