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Dear Parents/Carers

House Assemblies this week focused on our annual Food Bank Appeal. All students heard an excellent presentation led by other students which set the context around food poverty and launched a House Competition based around donations over the next few weeks. Please ask your son/daughter about this. The students on the equalities group would welcome your support with the appeal.

Mrs Coull (DHT) has also had some great feedback from parents/carers who signed up for the wellbeing and support with exam stress event for S3-6 students last night. Thanks to Mr Sansom (Pupil Support Leader) for taking a key role in planning and delivering this event. A number of our partners were involved and the event built on the successful Wellbeing Fair model delivered last May. Hopefully the learning from this will assist parents/carers to support with the Formal Assessments for S4-6 which start soon. Mrs Urquhart (DHT) has shared details already by email, and delivered student assemblies on this.

I was also told by some excited S2 students this week that the team of 10 had triumphed in the early rounds of the annual engineering design competition and will compete in the final in January. They overcame opposition form George Watson’s on the way to the finals. Thanks to Mr Cheyne (CDT) for leading this venture.

Finally, Mr McPake informs me we have had further success in debating after winning the University of St Andrews competition recently. This means now we hold 4 of the five Scottish university titles, with the final one coming up in March at the University of Edinburgh. Well done once again to Mr McPake and the teams. Here’s hoping for a clean sweep!

Finally, an update from Mrs Hendrie ( Curriculum Leader Computing and Business Education).

“Tuesday 12 November was the BIMA Digital Day for 2019. Craigmount school was paired up with Amaze Realize, a digital agency in Edinburgh. The students learned about what a digital agency does and some of the roles in the company. The students worked in groups on the challenge which was to come up with a technical solution to save our oceans. There were some fantastic ideas, including funding apps and stationery made from the ocean’s plastic. The winning group’s idea was to build an underwater robot to attract plastic in the ocean.”

So despite the busy time of year, and the focus leading up to the senior school assessments, there has been a lot going on as always on the extra-curricular front. Next month we are looking forward to our Christmas Concert on the 12thDecember. Planning is also under way for a daytime event to celebrate our work with the National Theatre of Scotland on Like Flying earlier this year, at a Creative Conversation event organised by the city’s creative arts team.

Have a good weekend.

T Rae

Head Teacher