The Easter supported study programme was well attended and feedback from students has been very positive. This week I emphasized the considerable impact final focussed revision sessions can have, particularly on the performance of students at grade borderlines. I have asked all departments to set up “Immersion Days” in the lead up to each exam where some staff will be made available to support this final strategic revision. It is also important to state that this is designed to enhance student preparation and is not a substitute for study. Details of this will be shared with students, and through tweets and website posts for parents by Faculty Leaders. Next week Mr Irving will also deliver the usual pre-exam assemblies to the seniors where he will outline exam arrangement details. This will include a statement on exam leave. This information will also be on the website. We are also offering a full May programme for students not on full exam leave. Our experienced invigilation team met this week and planning is well under way for the start of the exams.
Can I also ask for your support as parents if you receive a text about punctuality. The vast majority of students are always on time but this term we will also be contacting parents in person where we notice a persistent pattern of lateness in the morning or after lunch.
For those of you who have not done so already, please take a look at the guide on the website to online parent payments. This new service will start this term and our Business Manager, Mrs Bryce, has produced this information to assist parents.
This week Mrs Coull took up the Acting DHT position after Mr Rafferty moved on, and Mrs Jack is now the Acting Curriculum Leader for Food Consumer Technology/Religious and Moral education.
Ms Hannah has asked me to share the following announcement about the proposed music trip in June 2018:
“The Music Department has been exploring possibilities for a music concert tour in June 2018. This would include pupils involved in extracurricular music groups (including choirs) performing in concerts abroad. We’re exploring options in European countries. We will be undertaking fundraising activities, and support will be provided for those students who are eligible. We are keen to gauge interest and have a rough idea of numbers in order to help with booking and will be holding a meeting next Thursday break time in the music department for those students who are interested.”
Mr Pye (DHT) has also been co-ordinating some stories on extra-curricular events and successes at Craigmount in March and these will be featured in The Evening News next week. This will be in the paper next Friday – spread the word!
Please also follow the website in the next few weeks for any updates on WOW17. Mr Beattie is leading the planning and things are developing very well.
We also had a fund-raising event today led by the students going on the Honduras trip. This was successful and well-received. Our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze practice expedition will take place next weekend. Unfortunately, we have had to re-schedule the Silver expedition, which will now take place a little later.
Finally, next Friday will be the final day for our fantastic S6. We are looking forward to celebrating their time in the school and Mr Irving has been working with a group of S6 to plan the final day. The S6 Year Book will be issued on the morning of the prom in June.