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Dear Parents/Carers

Once again this has been a busy week with residential trips. The annual trip to the battlefields was once again an enormous success thanks to the commitment of the staff involved: Mrs Crosbie, Mrs Dobson and Mr Higgins. As I write we also have the second S1 Venture group returning from Benmore, and an Advanced Higher Biology Fieldtrip to Lagganlia returning back after a successful week led by Ms Grocott.

Given the extra pressures these trips make on the extended staff team I am therefore very grateful to the staff ( Mr Jardine, Ms Blair, Ms Todd, Mr Harkins & Ms Bradley, Mr Pye and Mrs Coull) who delivered a successful S1 parent information session on how to support Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Wellbeing. The presentations from the evening will be posted on the website, and Mr Pye is also putting up a feedback survey for those who attended as we always want to know how to make things better for next session.

Other numeracy-related activity was also taking place this week and below I have posted a summary from Mrs Batten in Maths:

Maths

We have had two events in the last week in maths.

The first involved four of our S5 Girls, Tess, Amy, Hana and Shannon, who attended the Future AS5et programme, held at the EICC. The girls met with representatives from finance companies, listened to inspiring speeches from female role models and took part in a speed dating event with a woman working in all areas of finance. Just a few of the keynote speakers were the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon; the CEO of Virgin Money, Jayne-Anne Gadhia, and last year’s Young Scott winner Chelsea Cameron. The girls had a great day and loved meeting prospective employers.

The second event was yesterday;

Four of our S3 girls, Emilie, Akhila, Gemma and Morven took part in the Enterprising Maths Competition in the Lothians. The event comprised of 4 rounds: team, relay, Swiss and speed plus an added poster event. I am delighted to announce that Craigmount came joint 1st in the Team round and 6th overall. What a great achievement for these inspiring young girls. There were very few all girl and all S3 groups taking part. I am very proud of the girls representing Craigmount in such a fantastic way. Also thanks to our two S6 helpers, Lee and Lewis who were fantastic supervisors for the day. I await the overall results to see if the girls have qualified for the Nationals round. I will let you know when I find out.
Mrs Batten

Students from our S4 Leadership Course were supported by Mrs Jack in delivering a fund-raising coffee morning in the staffroom at break today in aid of McMillan Cancer Support. This was well received by all staff, where we were also able to say farewell and offer best wishes to Mrs Allan from the Support for Learning team, as she moves to a new job after twelve happy years at Craigmount.

In drama, our N5/Higher students were also delivering performances of the short pieces they have been writing, directing and acting as part of their unit assessments.

In relation to the senior school, I have been supporting S6 with personal statements, and offer this support to any who request it as the deadline approaches. The standard looks high. Further support was on offer through other events and partners this week with an event at Ingliston, and a visit from the Oxford Debating group organised by Mr McPake, which also offered a talk on university application.

I also met with the S6 Charities group and Project Trust students to further refine the fund-raising programme for the session. I am keen to develop opportunities to allow Project Trust students to feel more supported in school given that they are going to be involved in global projects which benefit others in a range of ways. On the last Friday before the October break, we have agreed there will be a Caribbean-themed Dress Down Day to raise funds for those who suffered from the devastation of the recent hurricanes.

I look forward to meeting many of you on the 5th October at the S4-6 event designed to inform parents how to better support students with academic study and exams. This will be led by Mrs Urquhart, DHT.

I am also looking forward to attending Benmore from Monday-Wednesday next week with the third S1 group.

Mr T Rae
Head Teacher