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Dear Parents/Carers

There have been lots of good and extra things happening across the school this week. I will start with an update from Mrs Hendrie (CL Computing and Business Education).

Artificial Intelligence workshops with S2 Girls

“EDT and TATA Consultancy came into Craigmount on Wednesday 9 September to run workshops on Artificial Intelligence with all the S2 girls. The activities and information were designed to inspire more girls into this field of technology. In groups, the girls had to match their collective intelligence against a piece of paper in games of noughts and crosses, but they were only allowed to follow the instructions given to them. The girls got a chance to do some coding using an ozobot but rather than entering code, the ozobot is programmed using different lines and colours of pen.  The students also learned about the technology behind snapchat filters. Some of the work produced can be seen on the Business and Computing Faculty twitter account @CHSBuscomp, lots of creativity shown in these designs, well done to all the girls who took part.”

S3 Accounting – Work skills

“The S3 Accounting class enjoyed a talk from Andrew Carmichael, a partner in the firm Johnston Carmichael. He was talking to students about his qualifications and experience in corporate finance and students got a chance to ask questions about the benefits and challenges of a career in finance. Andrew is also a former Craigmount student.”

There were also a couple of fantastic events in drama and Mrs Thompson ( CL Performing Arts) has provided details of them below.

“The Drama Department welcomed Strange Town Theatre Company in to school to perform “Dr Korczak’s Example” set in the Jewish Ghetto in WW2.  Over 50 S4 – 6 Drama students watched this production to enhance their classroom learning experience.  Higher and AH Drama students also welcomed Paul Beeson (writer and actor) into school this week and had a live video chat with Neil Bettles (director) who were both involved in Festival performances they’d seen.”

Mrs Thompson

Many students also benefited from the House Assemblies celebrating recent achievements, with praise cards being issued by the Pupil Support Leaders for a huge range of achievements.

On Thursday, as the assembly was taking place, our DoE Silver Award students were departing for their expedition. We also have senior students completing the Gold Award externally this year, which is fantastic.

Have a good weekend.

Finally, a large number of S4-5 students took part in a Biology Field Trip to Edinburgh Zoo with the aim of learning more about primate behaviour.

On Wednesday evening we had a well-attended and successful S4 Information Evening for parents led by Mrs Urquhart and supported by Ms Ramsay and Mrs Hendrie. Mrs Hendrie offered helpful information and advice on harnessing technology as a study aid rather framing it as a distractor. Mrs Ramsay outlined initial details of our new S4 Work Experience Programme which will run in early June this session. She will be sending out detailed communications on this later in the session. Mrs Urquhart will also be sharing the details of her presentation on the website.

As regards our website, we have been unable to resolve intermittent difficulties with the email sign up to the Daily Bulletin so I have asked our hard-working technician, Mr Allan to remove this option (he managed to find some time in between managing all the little post ICT refresh glitches!).  Please access the bulletin through the website from now on. This will ensure all have equal access. He has also removed an archaic contact form. Over the next few weeks we will be posting the new communication infographic co-authored with the Parent Council. This captures neatly our mutually  agreed ways for two way communication. The school will continue to use email to contact you with key information so please ensure we have your most up to date email address. Thanks to those who have returned the annual data check forms. If you have not done so, can you please return as soon as possible. This would be much appreciated.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Faculty Awards evening next Thursday.

T Rae