Assemblies this week were held for the senior school, with Mr Raeburn (Acting DHT) outlining exam expectations and arrangements. Communication on this has also been sent to all S4-6 parents. He also presented some material from the Equalities Group which is inviting students to join the weekly sessions and take part in promoting further school improvements in this area. With S6 today, we also shared the programme for the S6 Celebration event next Friday, which was devised jointly with S6 representatives. A letter for parents and carers will follow next week.
The senior practical assessments have also continued to progress well, with drama assessments taking place today and yesterday. I have also been meeting with the Curriculum Leaders to review progress since the formal assessments last term and to discuss any strategies and interventions put in place based on the feedback from the assessments. Conversations have been covering the drive to ensure all students at all levels are achieving at their full potential. Please support us in this endeavour by having conversations about study planning during this final month before the exams, and how useful students find the LiveNLearn support materials. S4-6 final tracking reports were also issued this week. These include the working grades which are the basis for estimates to the SQA. Mr Pye has sent an email to S4-6 parents with details.
S3 students continue to take part in visits to chosen charities as part of their involvement in the Young Philanthropist Initiative. Those I spoke with are enjoying this responsibility, and showing good awareness of how it is helping to develop real life skills.
In classes this week I enjoyed working with an S1 RMPS class when covering them. The S6 Modern Studies Advanced Higher class were also engaging well with the theories being discussed as part of a revision class I dropped in on yesterday. We are also in the midst of the final part of our faculty review cycle and this week and next we will be visiting classes and setting up student focus groups to take a closer look at Food Consumer Technology and Religious and Moral Education. This review has involved external staff as part of the review team.
Finally, a few words from Mr MacArthur on Duke of Edinburgh:
The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh group had a very enjoyable walk through Dalmeny Estate on Saturday, putting into practice the skills and knowledge they have been gaining during their Wednesday meetings. The group’s map reading skills and teamwork were very evident and will help them have successful camping expeditions in the coming months. It is very rewarding to see their hard work paying off and they were an excellent advert for the DofE and Craigmount. Ms Grocott, Ms Raine and Mr Sinclair also supported this expedition.
Have a good weekend.