School has started back smoothly after the Easter break, and the SQA exams have now started. This week so have had PE, Administration & IT, and Music. As I write a number of students are in school and participating in the immersion days in maths.. I am grateful to staff for offering these, and of course, for supporting the delivery of a successful Easter Revision School programme. Can you please remind students on exam leave and coming in to school to wear school uniform at all times whist in school in line with the email from Mr Raeburn recently about exam leave. This supports us with ensuring only our own students are in the building during exam leave.
Our Meaningful May programme for those students not sitting national exams has also started well. This is being organised and led by Mrs Brown in Business Education. The main focus is to gain work related skills and qualifications and I am pleased to say Mr Raeburn (Acting DHT) was able to get through a full Leadership Award module with the students involved yesterday. I spoke to a number of them today and they were delighted. Today they are working on a Health and Wellbeing Award.
Over the coming days Mrs Coull (DHT) will also be emailing details of our wellbeing evening event for parents on the 9th May. She has been working on this with Mr Sansom in guidance and members of the Parent Council.
Today and tomorrow we also have staff and S3 students out on the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition. This is being supported by Mr MacArthur, Ms Raines, Mr Sinclair and Ms Burns. Hopefully the weather will stay reasonable after the rain last night.
I also want to thank Mr Gullen and the student team who travelled to Aberdeen over the break to take part in the national Underwater robotics competition. This is a fun activity for the students but requires a high level of commitment throughout the year, as well as giving up part of the holidays as a result of the timing this session. They won the teamwork award, and came fifth overall in the competition.
On the staffing front, Mr McCluskey in Support for Learning was successful in interview yesterday and will now be job-sharing with Mrs Main as the Pupil Support Leader on a Friday. I also want to mention Mr McBride, one of our excellent janitorial team from AMEY. He retires today after working in the school in recent years. We wish him well.