The final week of term has been busy with the various extra activities and these have all enriched school life as we move into the holiday season. We had some fantastic news this week that our bid to be a partner school on a project with the National Theatre of Scotland was successful. This will create some amazing opportunities for our students in 2019. This would not have happened without the commitment of Ms Thompson, CL Performing Arts) who put the bid together at this busy time. Our success is also a recognition that we have the staff and students capable of delivering high quality work. I will say more about the project once the first meeting has taken place in January. Ms Thompson also somehow found the time to co-ordinate the staff “Lip Sync Battle” which was great fun. The money raised will go towards supporting prostate cancer charities, in support of a well-regarded teacher, Nick Hayes, who retired some years ago, and sadly, died last month. I have had many former students and parents getting in touch to say what a great teacher he was.
I also want to thank all the staff who have delivered the extra and fun events this week, in particular the PE team led by Mr Webster. They have organised and delivered ceilidhs with S1 and S2 students. There was a great atmosphere at the S1 ceilidh on Wednesday afternoon. It’s no small challenge to organise a Dashing White sergeant with 220 young people!
We also had a Christmas present for the library this week – a full set of the novels of the Edinburgh writer, Muriel Spark. All schools have received this set as a way of marking her centenary. I hope our students enjoy exploring them.
This week Ms Todd in English returned from maternity leave. Ms Byrne also joined us in the Modern Languages department. Ms Thomas will also now be job-sharing the Pupil Support Leader post with Mrs Main and be the guidance teacher on Fridays. Ms Hannah, from the Music Department, will also be taking up Ms Savage’s pupil support role when she starts her maternity leave in January. Consequently, we go into the new year in reasonable shape at this time of a national staffing shortage. We are still in the midst of recruiting another English teacher and now a music teacher on the back of Ms Hannah’s promotion.
Last week the S6 Christmas Ball also went well. E Gunderson in S5 once again played a great selection of music. Well done to the S6 team who organised things.
Best wishes for the festive season, and the year ahead. We look forward to welcoming the students back on Wednesday 9th January 2019.