In my final update of the session I want to highlight what a fantastic term we have had. Core business such as the SQA exams has gone smoothly thanks to the efforts of all, and especially our wonderful team of invigilators. We have also placed event greater emphasis on health and wellbeing, with the Week of Wellbeing and the new mental health awareness day activities being well-received by students. The new timetable also started earlier than most schools and students have been benefiting from this. Once again we have extended the range of options available, especially in terms of wider achievement. The introduction of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative in S3 as the culmination of the Creative Skills electives across the year was a major new piece of work that we can build on next year as an invaluable way of providing real life opportunities for developing skills for life and work.
On the staffing front we will be starting the session securely with all current vacancies filled. Mr Raeburn (formerly a PE teacher at Craigmount) will be returning as Acting Depute Head during Mrs Urquhart’s maternity leave, which will start in September. Mr Ferguson in Modern Languages is retiring, and I am pleased to say Ms Franks (who has been with us for the past three years), will be joining the languages team on a permanent basis. Ms McKerrecher, who has been on a secondment in recent years will also be returning as Curricular Leader in languages, and will share this role with Ms Cunningham, who has been Acting Curriculum Leader during the period of the secondment. In Maths Mr Hendrie is retiring, and we have secured a new permanent maths teacher, Ms Raine. We will also benefit from the arrival of four new probationer teachers. Finally, after thirty seven years at Craigmount, Mr Lynch ( Pupil Support Leader) is retiring. He will be replaced by Ms Ramsay. I am sure you will join me in wishing Mr Lynch well. He has had an incredible impact on students over the years, firstly, in the PE department, and through his commitment to after school sports, especially football, and secondly in the way he has delivered his role as a guidance teacher. He will be much missed.
Mrs Bryce, our Business Manager, will be posting details of SQA results procedures on the website next month. The results will go out on the 8th August.
Finally, the music trip to Lake Garda has gone well, with updates from Ms Hannah informing me that the concert performances were excellent and well-received.
Have a great summer.
Mr T Rae