I want to start by thanking our fantastic team of invigilators for the exceptional support they delivered during the SQA exam period, which ended yesterday with sociology. We are looking forward to welcoming our seniors back next week for the inductions and the start of the new courses. Mr Raeburn has already emailed details.
Today we also held our celebration for the end of the May Programme. There was a great atmosphere at the event where the students were awarded certificates for completing the activities. These were bespoke but included: participation in partner sessions to promote life-skills, listening to visiting speakers, taking part in work experience and going on visits and trips. Many of the students have also gained volunteering awards such as Saltire, and other wider achievement qualifications, mostly around leadership and wellbeing. I am sure they will be continuing their senior phase journey with enhanced skills for life and work. The event also culminated in the students raising £137 for the charity Nordoff Robbins. This involved a bake-sale and I want to thank Mrs Osgerby for supporting them. The charity was chosen by the students following recent support for a family member.
I also want to share the reports below from staff about a number of recent activities.
Firstly, on employability skills. Mrs Scott has shared this report.
Over the last two days all of our S2s have been taking part in employability workshops lead by Lloyds Bank. They took part in a series of fun and inspiring teamwork games to get them to use their initiative and communicate with each other. These involved People Bingo, Zombie Apocalypse and many other challenging scenarios. We hope all the S2s enjoyed this opportunity and thank Lloyds bank for making it interesting for all the students.
From Mr Gray in Mathematics…
On Tuesday 29th April , 54 pupils in S1/2 participated in the annual Junior Mathematics Competition. The Mathematical Challenges aim to stimulate mathematical problem solving. Congratulations to all those who achieved success in this UK-wide event. A fantastic number of 33 pupils gained a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate. Three of our pupils achieved such a high score, in this national competition, that they were selected to participate in the next phase of the challenge called the Junior Kangaroo. The 2nd year pupil who attained the highest score in school was nominated to participate in the Junior Mathematics Olympiad. Both the Kangaroo and Olympiad will take place in June 2019.
And a Like Flying update from Ms Thompson:
The students involved in performing, directing, lighting, sound, and video production visited the National Theatre of Scotland’s HQ in Glasgow on Wednesday. They participated in workshops, and met with theatre professionals and students from the other school doing the project, Auchinleck Academy. The students involved in marketing will begin work on Wednesday. Watch out for press releases too, as booking is now open.
These are all fantastic events but the highlight of our week was the accreditation visit from UNICEF staff, who awarded Craigmount the Silver Rights Respecting Schools Award. The visit involved meetings and presentations from staff and students, including myself, and I am really proud that the efforts of our students in driving equalities in many areas has led to this award. It usually takes another 18 months to gain gold, but the accreditation team felt we were in a strong position to get there by this time next year. I want to thank Mr Gary in PE, and Ms Tomas, who leads the student parliament, for the great work they have done supporting student engagement and voice.
We also had the celebration visit for the end of our Green Shoots Programme delivered by our Pupil Support Officer Mrs Lennon, and the Green Team. Mrs Ramsey in Pupil Support was involved in all the behind the scenes organisation. The programme is an outdoor education project aimed at improving confidence, teamwork, and awareness of the natural world, including conservation issues. I am sure all the parents who attended were very proud when the various certificates, including the prestigious John Muir Awards, were issued. Well done to all involved.
So all in all, lots of great activities and achievements this week. These confirmed the very positive feedback on the school from all the parents who were able to attend the Parent Council AGM on Monday.
Have a good weekend.