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Dear Parents/Carers

It was good seeing many of you at the S5-6 Parent Evening yesterday. Once again your feedback on the new booking system was very positive. I hope the conversations with staff were helpful to you in your efforts to offer support. We will be issuing some more information on supporting learners soon. This week Mrs Hendrie also delivered assemblies to S5 and S6 on ways of using technology to support study. This presentation will be on the school website, so you may find it helpful to discuss some of the apps and suggestions outlined to our students.

Next week we will be running Equalities events in Personal and Social Education and in assemblies. The focus will be on raising awareness of homophobia. We will be following up these events by sharing some parent materials on equalities support at home. All of this activity is linked to our school plan this year which aims to support the health and wellbeing of all by increasing awareness on a range of issues. To this end staff have been undertaking training on LGTB issues, and teenage Mental Health. One very pleasing development is the new drop-in rooms for students which will be supported by S6 Ambassadors interested in supporting younger students. These sessions start next week. Many of the S6 involved hope to work in the caring professions so this offers great practical experience of working with young people and building their own confidence.

Below are some updates on school life:

Debating

Craigmount finished 2nd out of 36 teams from across Scotland at the University of Glasgow Debating Competition. They lost the final to St. Columba’s (Kilmacolm) by a single judge’s vote: the closest it is possible to come in debating. C Gordon was ranked as the top individual speaker in the competition (from 72 students), while A Bowyer came 3rd. This was the 3rd Glasgow final that Craigmount has made in 4 years.
Mr McPake

Business Education

Today we welcomed Wendy Ferguson from the personal investment company McInroy & Wood to the Business Department. Wendy is the director of Operations & IT and she gave a talk to the Higher and AH Business Management students on strategic decision making and leadership. Students were able to ask Wendy questions about her role in the company and about her background in the finance industry.
S Hendrie, Curriculum Leader
Rights Respecting Schools

In our quest to further embed the Rights Respecting Schools campaign into our ethos and curriculum, we have recently received the Recognition of Commitment Award from UNICEF. At this stage, all students in Craigmount High School have been given the opportunity to vote on which rights within the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) they deem are most important to them. We feel it is vital to canvas the opinions of everyone within the whole school community to maximise engagement. Therefore, we would like to encourage staff, parents/carers and the wider community to also have a say. In order to do this, we would like to give you the opportunity to do so by completing the following Survey Monkey by Thursday 16th of November. We thank you in advance for your contributions – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/35GZJ2M
Mr Gray

We have also had notable individual student successes this week. H Buchanan in S3 won the European WADO Cup in Karate in Paris, a tremendous achievement. And L Page had the following successes in the Under 19 Highland Badminton Championships.

1st Level Doubles
2nd Singles
3rd Mixed Doubles

Finally, you should have received a text link to a letter on the website about the DFM, John Swinney’s Education Bill consultation which was launched this week. This was also shared with Parent Council Chairs and seeks views on the future governance of Scottish Education.

T Rae
Head Teacher