There’s been a lot going on this week once again, including visits from partners LiveNLearn, and the launch of a learning initiative with a team of staff linked to project with an external supporter. Mr Raeburn will be emailing details of the LiveNLearn sessions early next week and I am aware a number of you were able to attend the sessions run by LiveNLearn on Wednesday. All students in S4-6 took part in a detailed session offering advice on study planning, wellbeing and growth mindset. Please discuss the session with them. They were all provided with links to a website for support. Mr Raeburn will also be sending details of a parent website and login details. Later today he will also send out the details of the Easter revision school and the pre-exam Immersion Days which have been successful in recent years.
The staff professional development project is being organised by Mr Pye and will involve staff from a range of faculties taking part in professional reading and coaching with the support of the provider. This will involve filming of lessons and detailed feedback. The main focus is linked to our school plan and is about how staff can offer effective feedback to learners. Current research shows that this is the single biggest factor in improving outcomes. Mr McPake last week attended an important conference where the keynote speaker was Professor J Hattie, whose work in this area has influenced education systems globally.
The Ski School has also been taking place this week, and the party will return tomorrow. I hear it has been a successful experience with learning in many areas. Thanks to Mr Gray and Ms MacLeod for facilitating this venture.
This also allowed me the opportunity of covering one of the S1 music classes today and I took the opportunity to get some feedback from them on their school experience. They confirmed they were enjoying S1 and mentioned the range of activities on offer outside of classes, and school lunches as things they really valued. In relation to school lunches, I was pleased to hear that we will now be a pilot school for the use of sustainable materials. This decision was made after representations to our catering providers, including support from our Student Parliament.
Also with music, Mrs Coull (DHT) attended the Resonate Night of Strings concert at the Queen’s Hall this week. This included a performance by Edinburgh Schools Strings Training Orchestra with representation from Craigmount students. She was very impressed by the two pieces they performed.
I was also incredibly impressed by the work of an S4 Art class when I dropped in this week. There were some creative design projects including circuit-board lighting, and very creative teapot designs. I told the students I would mention them in the Friday post.
Have a good weekend.