I want to start by complimenting the senior students on the way they managed the formal assessment process in recent weeks and to share with you the glowing feedback we received on the students from our invigilators. We also had a successful S6 Ball last Friday which the staff and students attending all enjoyed.
This week there have been a number of special seasonal events such as the junior school ceilidhs delivered by the PE team, as well as time for reflection and end of term assemblies. I want to thank all those who have contributed to the three charities ( Nicola Murray Foundation, St Columba’s and Maggies). Yesterday, we had another lip synch battle with honours shared between science and social subjects. Lots of staff are of course involved and events like this can only happen when there is a lot of trust in our school community, a key school value.
Our foodbank collection has also been successful and ran alongside the project to collect coats for young people, and Christmas Boxes for those in need, a social enterprise initiative. All these activities are important, but also help us to embed our school value on showing awareness of the needs of others.
Mr Campbell has also asked me to share the feedback below on an interesting venture in computing.
“Bebras is an international initiative delivered in partnership between the University of Oxford and the Raspberry PI Foundation in the UK that aims to promote Computing Science (Infomatics) and Computational Thinking among school students of all ages.
Computational thinking involves using a set of problem-solving skills and techniques that software engineers can use to write programs and apps. The Bebras challenge promotes these problem solving skills and computing science concepts. As these skills are currently in great demand by employers, the challenge therefore gives students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate some useful employability skills.
This year, for the first time, a small group of Craigmount students from S1-S6 took part in the challenge. All gained certificates for their efforts with many achieving Merits and Distinctions. Congratulations to all students who took part.”
(Mr Campbell, Computing)
,Students also helped to design our two Christmas cards this year. The S1 competition winners were: E Hennessey O MacKenzie, M Kimber. Three senior students from the photography class also designed a card: Ally, Gracia and Skye. Well done to all of them for a great job. The cards have been sent to partner agencies and other schools.
On the staffing front, we have made appointments recently in Science ( Mr Jamieson) and in Music ( Mr McLaren). They will be welcome additions to the permanent staff team having previously been here on a temporary basis.
Finally, with the additional in-service day taking place on the Wednesday after the holidays, students will return to school on Thursday 9th January 2010. I look forward to welcoming them back in the new year.
I wish you all a peaceful and restful Christmas break..