I hope you are all safe and well. I also hope you found the Depute Head Teacher updates sent by letter yesterday afternoon helpful, and especially Mr Pye’s new table ( on remote learning) based around school values. This table sets out reasonable expectations for staff, parents/carers and learners as we all adapt to the new online working. I wish I could offer more certainty on the duration of this closure but this is not possible. Thanks to those of you who have sent in helpful feedback to the admin box on using Teams from a Parent/Carer perspective. This helps us to understand how things are working for you. Mr Pye will now be implementing any suggestions where these are possible. Our aim is to ensure as much consistency as possible across the school.
As with the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, staff are now trying to set up some of the normal termly activities. Mr McPake for example is exploring the opportunities for online debating competitions with other schools. Meanwhile, Mrs Scott ( Business Studies) has sent me the update below on a current challenge students are involved in. As part of the ongoing activities to encourage females into the financial sector, two groups of our S4 girls have taken part in the Future Assets Competition. The competition challenged teams of girls in Scottish schools to research, analyse and pitch an investment idea to a group of investment professionals. It has helped to create strong links between schools and business through the Investment Mentors assigned to teams. I am pleased that Baillie Gifford are also involved as student mentors. Ballie Gifford has also supported the school recently by allocating the school one thousand pounds to support mental health awareness activities following a grant application. We really appreciate this generous support. I am grateful to Craigmount parent, Mr V D’Souza, for completing this grant application. These funds will be very useful in supporting our students in the year ahead.
“Investors and Asset Managers invest their clients’ money to keep it safe and make it grow over the long term. The clients might be pension funds with the collective savings of teachers, fire fighters or office workers, charities that have received money from wills, or people with savings. They rely on professional investment firms to ensure that their money grows over time so that it can provide an income, a nest egg, or a safe retirement fund for the future.
But which companies should they invest in – that was the challenge! Students took on the role of Investment Analysts:
- Selecting a company
- Researching information on all aspects of their chosen company.
- Analysing the information and deciding why they think that company represents a sound long-term investment.
- Present a clear, persuasive case of why you think we should invest.
The 2 teams were allocated mentors from Baillie Gifford to support their pitch. The students worked on the project in school at lunchtimes and completed their PowerPoint and video remotely during lockdown.
I am delighted to inform you that the panel of judges have selected teams from Auchinleck Academy, Craigmount High School, Eyemouth High School and The Royal High School for the online final on the 8th & 9th June. The successful team chose to invest in L’occitane En Provence. The team which haven’t made it through to the final chose to invest in Netflix.
The top teams will be invited to deliver an extended pitch and be questioned by a panel of investment professionals virtually. The competition winners will receive £1000 for their school and £200 for each of the team members in vouchers of their choice. At a future date, it is planned that both teams will also get the chance to meet with investment professionals, visit their offices and get valuable insights and experience for their CVs and university, college and job applications.”
Mrs Scott ( Business Studies)