I feel compelled to start with this fantastic update from Mr McPake on recent successes in debating.
“Monday was one of the most successful days in twenty-one years of debating at Craigmount. Craigmount completely dominated the University of Glasgow Union Schools Competition, taking 1st place in all four rounds before going on to win the final. Craigmount now holds four of Scotland’s five S4-S6 short preparation debating trophies: Aberdeen, Glasgow, St Andrews and West Coast Worlds. We are also the most recent Scottish team to have won Edinburgh – we won it in 2018, but the Royal Grammar School of Newcastle are the current holders. Consequently, we are the most recent Scottish team to have won every single Scottish short preparation trophy. Of 72 speakers, Craigmount seniors had three ranked inside the top five.
Furthermore, our juniors (L Kelly & J Hunter) had a sensational day. Occasionally, we enter S3 debaters into senior (S4-S6) competitions simply to give them the experience. Our juniors were better than most schools’ seniors. J Hunter and L Kelly came 11th of 36 teams. L Kelly managed to finish 11th of 72 speakers. Most of the 61 speakers L Kelly finished ahead of are in S5 and S6. That bodes well for Edinburgh Juniors on the 23rd of November.
Craigmount has now won both competitions that have taken place this season. We will defend our University of St Andrews title on the 16th of November. Having made such a strong start to the season, we can be extremely hopeful of what the rest of the year might hold. “
Once again this year, Craigmount students also benefited from an excellent academic lecture in physics. Mr Gullen outlines this below.
“Professor Wilson Poon, FRSE, FInstP, Professor of Natural Philosophy, School of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Edinburgh kindly accepted our invitation to the school for a talk event on Wednesday 6th November. The title of the talk was, “Physics and Biology – A marriage made in heaven”. Professor Poon introduced students to a long history of physicists contributing key ideas and techniques to advance the life sciences. Prof Poon is known internationally for his ground-breaking research on colloid physics and he has just been awarded the Sam Edwards Medal and Prize for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental study of condensed matter physics, statistical physics and biophysics using model colloidal systems. Students from different schools and our Higher & AH Physics students and some of our Higher Biology students attended this interesting event, and really enjoyed it.”
(Mr Gullen (Physics and Science)
On Thursday, over 40 senior students also took place in the senior UK Maths Challenge. We are looking forward to hearing how they performed.
Our S1 Parent Information evening was once again very well attended. The various stalls and information stands added to the overall atmosphere and I know the students from enterprise and Project Trust have benefited from the fund-raising. There was also a lot of interest in the school uniform exchange run jointly by Mrs Jack and the Parent Council.
Have a good weekend.