It was good to see many of you at the Year of Young People launch at the City Chambers last night, and a proud moment when so many Craigmount senior students went up to collect their Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award from Councillor Dickie, the Vice Convener for Education. There seemed to be more Craigmount seniors gaining this ward than the combined number of students from all the other secondary schools present! This is a real tribute to the commitment of the team of staff here who are involved in supporting DoE, including Mr Cheyne, Ms Grocott, Ms Mackay, Mr Beattie and Mr MacArthur.
This week we also gained our LGBT Bronze Charter Award. This has required a lot of hard work from the staff and students on our Equalities Group. I have just viewed the film they sent in as part of the portfolio of evidence needed to gain the award and was very impressed by the contributions from staff and students. I want to acknowledge this hard work and in particular the efforts of Ms Walker, Mr Valentine and Mr McLuskey. Further support information for parents is planned later this term as this is an area where we are all learning to improve our understanding.
I also want thank the parents and staff involved in the STEM ( Science Technology Engineering Maths) event on Tuesday morning. This was the biggest career-related speed-dating vent we have so far had in the school and the feedback from those involved was very good. Mr Kelman, our Careers Advisor also did a presentation with students and some other activities. The aim is to ensure the students will be better equipped as they review learning and look ahead to which subjects they will major in next session in S3. I want to thank Ms Hickinson and Mr Gullen in particular for the successful delivery of this event.
Staying with science, I am very pleased to announce the recruitment of two excellent science teachers following interviews yesterday. Mr MacArthur in physics will now be nominated for a permanent post. He completed his probation year with us last year and since then has been with us on a cover contract. The other teacher is a chemistry specialist and joins us from West Lothian. You will hear more from Mr MacArthur soon as he is leading a homework project that supports parents with homework in science.
We also said farewell to Ms Murray in music. She has been a fantastic member of staff and we wish her well in her new post. We also welcomed her replacement, Ms MacLeod who takes up a full time post in music.
Assemblies this week were aimed at S1-3 and included a briefing on Week of Wellbeing 2018 (WOW18) activities from Mr Enwood. Please see the note from Mr Enwood below:
WOW 18 update:
• Student activity choice form is now available to complete online
• The link to this form is on school website home page and Trips and Excursions page
• All Students should complete form (either 3 day, 2 day or 1 day trips)
• Students should make 5 choices in case 1st – 3rd choices can’t be met (although every effort will be made to do so)
• Students should complete form by Friday 26th January
• Students will then receive confirmation of trips they are booked onto and total cost to pay by Friday 16th February
• The Activity PowerPoint that was shown to students before Christmas is also still available to view
Please also not this good news below from Mrs Hendrie, CL Technologies and ICT Co-ordinator
Students can download office pro for free. The information is on the website on the link below:
Staying with ICT, some Curriculum Leaders have asked me to remind you that there is a range of support available on SharePoint and Scholar. All senior students have had support and advice on how to use this digital support and will benefit from this. Can you please have a conversation with them about this as we want to optimise uptake of this support. With prelims starting on Monday these resources could be very helpful.
Finally, I want to thank parents who have taken note of my request last week that cars should avoid accessing the carpark at the start and end of the day, and should drop-off students nearby the school where this does not create a traffic block. Some parents have continued to use the carpark so I will keep this in the update this month so that word can spread. This is especially important with the current winter weather. Please continue to use local radio and the council website for immediate information in the mornings if there is heavy snow.
Please sign up for S3 Parent Consultation on our booking system next Wednesday 24th January if you have not already done so.
Have a good weekend.