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Dear Parents/Carers

It was good speaking with many of you at the S4 and S5 information evening yesterday. Mr Raeburn led on this and will be sharing the full presentation by email and ensuring it is on our website. Please do not hesitate to contact him, or Pupil Support staff if you require further advice.

Closely connected to this event was the S2 careers carousel organised for students yesterday as this also emphasizes the importance of students developing a good understanding of work related skills. Mrs Stevens (CL Biology) leads in this area and I am very grateful to her and the team of staff involved. The fact that so many former Craigmount students were involved was also an extra bonus. I also want to thank those of you who supported the event and shared your experiences with S2. The report from Mrs Hickinson below says a little bit more about the event.

On Wednesday this week S2 students took part in a fantastic career event. More than 60 different professions were represented during the day and 16 ex- CHS students came along to share what they did in life after school.

Our students were given the opportunity to:

• meet a range of volunteers during the ‘speed networking session’.
• familiarise themselves with My World of Work.
• take part in a small group Q&A with some former students.
• Listen to a careers presentation from Skills Development Scotland and the DYW team.

Feedback from volunteers was very positive:

‘Bright engaged pupils’
‘More engaging than a career fair’
‘This year group are lovely!’
‘Great students’

There were some brilliant entries for the question competition and some insightful comments on the student reflection forms:

‘It was amazing!’
‘the most talked about skill was communication, practically everyone said they needed it in their job’
‘I never realised how much everyone uses technology in their daily jobs’
‘It inspired me’
‘I thought that a lot of the hours for the jobs were surprisingly long and it opened my eyes to how much work needed to be done’
‘It really helped me with my subject choices for S3’

Special thanks to S Raeburn, E Burns, and to M Gullen and E Emery for helping everything run smoothly on the day. A HUGE thank-you to all the parents who were involved as volunteers, or provided recommendations. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in being involved in the event next year!
Ms Stevens

I also have the following fantastic news below from Mr Russell, our Active Schools Coordinator.

“Ten of our S2 students were at Oriam National Performance Centre on Wednesday to take part in the local heat of the National Giant Heptathlon Athletics Competition. This involved a series of different athletics disciplines, competing against other West Edinburgh High Schools. Under the guidance of Mr Terris, the Craigmount team won the competition on the day and now qualify for the East Regional Final in February. Well done to all involved and we look forward to the next stage of the competition!”
Mr Russell

Last Friday Mr Gray in Maths also participated in a successful event with cluster primary staff who were collaborating on the moderation of numeracy assessments. This is crucial to the consistent application of standards across our six schools. Feedback from the cluster Head Teachers has been very positive. Mr Gray’s recent experience working at the centre as a Development Officer for numeracy is invaluable, and we really benefit from this now he has returned to Craigmount.

I look forward to seeing S5-6 parents/carers at the Parent Consultation evening on Thursday 7th February.

Have a good weekend.

T Rae
Head Teacher