The week started with the sad news of the death of a well-loved former student who died last Friday. The students and staff have been amazing in coping with this over a very difficult week. In line with Joanna’s wishes, members of the Big Band will play at the funeral on Wednesday. I want to thank everyone in our school community who has helped to offer support to anyone who has needed this, including parents who got in touch with the school. The sensitivity shown by many of the students towards Pupil Support staff has been very impressive.
Our S5-6 Parent Evening took place last night and hopefully you are now clear on the next steps and targets to be met as we move into the final phase leading up to the exams. We have seven weeks before Easter, and only a few days after the holidays before exam leave starts. During that time we have commissioned partners LiveNLearn to deliver a study support package to all S4-6 students. This week we have also overtaken a number of the assessments for practical subjects with things going well in PE and Food Consumer Technology.
A team of staff from National Theatre of Scotland have also been working with S2 students on aerial acrobatics in the drama studio. This proved very popular with the students, and those staff who also joined in.
On Monday, there was a celebration lunch event for those involved in Duke of Edinburgh.
Finally, I am pleased to announce some staffing good news. Mrs Coull was successful in her interview for the substantive post of Depute Head Teacher. I am grateful to the two parents who supported the interview process at long and short leet interview. Mr Speirs in computing will also be returning next session to a permanent post following interview this week. Finally, Mrs Batten went off on maternity leave this week. She will be covered by Mr Yousif.
I wish you all a good February break.