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Dear Parents/Carers

I want to start by thanking Mr Pye (DHT)  for leading the successful Literacy/Numeracy information evening for S1 parents yesterday. Mr Pye will email out full details to all S1 parents next week. I also want to thank the large team of staff who gave of their time to support the event. These included: Mr Jardine (Curriculum Leader) , Ms Burns (Literacy Co-ordinator) , Ms Todd and Mr Higgins from English; Mrs Blair (Curriculum Leader), Mr McCord, Ms Clarke from Maths; and Ms Campbell ( Pupil Support Leader), Mr Speirs (Computing) and Mr Jamieson (Science). Craigmount has a very strong literacy and numeracy profile, but we continue to strive to reach even higher standards, and you as parents are our key partners. Mrs Burns has already told me students arrived in English this morning talking about parents already discussing some of the suggested strategies.

Mr Pye has provided a helpful summary of the main activities last night pasted below:

S1 Literacy & Numeracy Event

  • Literacy presentation by Mrs Burns, followed by an opportunity to look at resources, student work and to share information with teachers
  • Numeracy presentation by Mrs Blair , followed by opportunity to look at resources, student work, and to share information with teachers
  • 10 staff in attendance to support the event
  • Great feedback from parents/carers
  • Those who did not get their numeracy pack last night will have received it in Tutor Group today
  • Information –

Mr Pye (DHT)

Below is a report from Mrs Sanders about a Higher biology trip.

Last week our Higher Biology Students took part in some animal behaviour studies at Edinburgh Zoo. They attended the Animal Behaviour 2 hour session run by the Education officers which involved an introduction to the behaviour of primates and other species. The session examined primate families evolution and social structures which is  key content in the Higher Biology Course. The students were also were able to design and carry out their own behavioural study on a species of their choice, for example,  ‘Do the number of visitors to an enclosure affect animal behaviour?’. The students themselves were actively engaged throughout the session and enjoyed demonstrating their knowledge on this subject in the Q&A session. There are further opportunities for students to be involved in animal research at Edinburgh Zoo by taking part in their Friday afternoon ZEBRA programme. More details and instructions for applications can be found here

Mrs Sanders (Biology)

Our annual trip to the Battlefields returns later today, after a successful week. I will share more details next week.

S1- 3  assemblies this week were led by Mr Pye and built around school values and expectations. Next week House Assemblies will take place. These are being led by House Ambassadors who will be sharing what we need to do to gain the Rights Respecting School Gold Award.

There have been a couple of recent changes on the staffing front. Last week, Mrs Ridland, a Student Support Assistant retired after fourteen years at Craigmount. Today, Ms Macleod in music leaves to take up a post related to teacher training at the university. We wish them well. Recruitment is well under way to appoint new staff.

All parents will also receive an email next week with a parent-friendly summary of the School Improvement Plan. I am grateful to the parents who attended the last two Parent Council meetings for the feedback they offered on this summary plan. Based on this we have included hyperlinks to some key partners/information. Mrs Coull (DHT) has also collated an acronym guide for parents, which the Parent Council agreed would be useful. This will also be shared next week.

Finally, thanks once again if you have updated your details where required as part of our data capture request last month. As email is the agreed main communication method for sharing information at whole school level, please get in touch if you have any email changes.

Have a good weekend.

T Rae

Head Teacher