Dear Parents / Carers
I hope you all had a good October week. Staff started back on Monday and worked on developing coursework related to the on-going changes to Higher Courses as a result of the removal of the units. We also had a presentation from Skills Development Scotland on career pathways for young people. Mr Raeburn will be emailing this month with further information for parents about this important area.
This morning we offered a drama presentation to S1 from a theatre company based around the dangers of alcohol in some situations. This was well-received by S1 as it delivered some serious messages introduced in an engaging and age-appropriate way.
Earlier this week S4 also benefited by an awareness-raising assembly from one of the community police officers on how to keep themselves and others safe as Bonfire Night approaches. S1-3 will have this assembly next week.
I was pleased to hear one of our senior netball teams won a competitive match against Wade Academy yesterday. At the same time around 40 S1 students were taking part in netball coaching delivered by senior Craigmount students as part of the Active Schools Programme. This volunteering is much appreciated and will gain them a Saltire Award.
This week we also have a group students taking part in a leadership course in the Lake District with Mrs Jack and Mrs Cormack. The students were very excited when they left and I am looking forward to hearing more about the week when they return today.
I also received some good feedback on the recent S3 Geographer participation on a transport consultation. You can read more about this on this link www.planningedinburgh.com
The major news of the week though is that we have been awarded a silver status award by the Carnegie Centre of Excellence for Mental Health. We are the first Scottish School to gain this award, and to achieve it a number of specific criteria had to me met. I am very grateful to Mr Sansom for all the hard work he has put in to co-coordinate the many mental health and wellbeing initiatives over the past session.
I also heard one of our former S6 students who left in June received the prestigious Young Conservationist of the Year Award at Edinburgh Zoo this week, a tremendous achievement.
Finally, I want to thank those of you who have been responding to the calls and letters requesting that you provide an email address; and that you register on Parent Pay if you have not already done so. Members of our office team will continue to contact parents about this, and offer any support that is required.
Have a good weekend.
Mr T Rae