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Dear Parents/Carers

Term has started back smoothly this week, despite the weather!

I want to start with the feedback from the recent S2 Developing the Young Workforce event, which has now been evaluated by Mrs Stevens. Below is a brief report from her on the events..

Recently, our S2 students took part in a fantastic career event. More than 50 different professions were represented during the day and we had a fantastic group of who ex- CHS students who came along to share their journey after school. Our students were given the opportunity to meet a range of volunteers during the speed networking session and take part in a small group Q&A with some former students. Ms Urquhart presented some information on key skills and the current job market

The aims of the day were to:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the variety of roles that exist in the world of work.
  • Gain knowledge about the key skills required in different job roles.

Our students did themselves proud, here is a sample of some of the feedback from our volunteers about what they most enjoyed:

‘Enthusiasm of the students.’

‘The pupils were all very friendly and made me feel welcome.’

‘Good to see the level of interest from the kids. Some of them asked very informed questions.’

‘The pupils were all very keen’.

‘Many happy and interested kids’.

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

‘I didn’t know how many career options there are and how many of them are to do with technology.’

‘That most people don’t have a typical day at work, their days are always different.’

‘That you need maths to be a heart surgeon.’

‘How competitive the real world is.’

‘It made me more open minded about subject choice.’

‘It gave me a lot of inspiration’.

S2 tutors have been emailed with the winning entries for the competitions- students can collect their prizes after the February break!

Special thanks to the staff on the Developing Young Workforce group 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 are always happy to hear from parents who would like to share their experiences from the world of work. We plan to run a similar event for our senior students later in the year, please contact Mrs Stevens or Ms Urquhart if you are interested in taking part.

Mrs Stevens ( CL Science/Biology – STEM lead person)

This event was closely tied in with the S2 into S3 coursing process and Mr Pye (DHT) led the information evening on Wednesday. I look forward to seeing S2 parents next Tuesday 25th for the Parent Evening. Mr Pye (DHT) has set up the booking process.

Next week on Wednesday 26th we also have our Young Philanthropist Initiative Fair in school which allows S3 students a chance to meet and learn more about the charities they will have an opportunity to choose to support as part of the project. This is now a well-embedded project and valued by the students. Our Cluster Head Teacher colleagues also spoke highly of S3 student ambassadors who had visited to train P7 students in using the My World of Work website. Our plan is to ensure all P7 students are logged on and using this helpful website by the time of the P7 transition in June.

On the staffing front, I am pleased to inform you that Mr Paul (a music specialist) started in music this week. Ms Hannah is also now supporting senior classes in music on the days when she is not sharing the Pupil Support role with Ms Savage. Over the break we also appointed a new science technician, Ms McGregor. In the office, Ms Symington, was also interviewed for the permanent post ( she has been covering on a temporary basis) and was successful. Finally, Mrs Cormack (formerly a Pupil Support Assistant here) has taken up an acting position as  our Pupil Support Officer following Mrs Lennon’s recent move. This will involve Mrs Cormack  working closely with our Equity Officer and taking a key role in such things as the breakfast club and nurture activities. I am pleased to welcome them all to the Craigmount team.

This week Mrs Urquhart (DHT)  also started the planning process with staff for our Easter Revision programme. Once again there will be a number of staff volunteering to offer this extra support over the holidays. We are also once again planning for the valuable immersion days in each subject in the days before the actual SQA exams in May. More information on these extra supports will be issued by Mrs Urquhart in due course. I am very grateful to the staff for continuing to offer these supports.

Finally, I have had a request from Gilly Herbert ( a parent from the Parent Council) for parental support in organising a group of students to take part in a bag pack on Sunday 8th March (12-4.00)  at M & S Gyle.  The money raised will go towards equalities work in the school. This is an opportunity for S1 students to meet the volunteering part of their JASS activities but all year-groups can be involved. Mrs Walker and Mr McCluskey are also promoting the event with students in the Equalities Group. I will be emailing all parents separately with contact details from Gilly. lsdlock

Have a good weekend.

T Rae

Head Teacher