Week Ending 17 August 2012
The summer holidays are officially over as we are now up and running once more. After what has been a very disappointing summer weather wise but one which has thrilled us with the excitement of the Olympics, it was back to work for staff on Monday and the start of year nine for me as Head Teacher.
Whether it was the spirit of the Olympics or staff just glad to be back and out of the dreadful weather, there was a great atmosphere and an air of expectation as we gathered to go over the aims for the session ahead. Day one for staff was also a time to fully analyse the SQA results which on the whole have been very good.
In fourth year the pupils gaining 5 or more awards at level 3 (foundation or greater) was 97% which is the best result since 2004. The percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more level 4 (general, Int 1 or greater) awards was 83% and that is our best result ever at this level. The percentage of pupils gaining 5 or more awards at level 5 (credit or Int 2) was 37% and that is the second best result since 2004, so overall I was delighted with the effort of last session’s fourth year.
The results for fifth year at 1 or more Highers, 3 or more Highers or 5 Highers were down from the last two sessions but the number of pupils gaining A or B grade highers was greater than expected with some outstanding individual results across the school. The top academic achievement of 5 A grade Highers was achieved by 5 students; Allan Cowan, Ross Innes, Gavin Lawson, Angeline Martin and Eilidh Ruthven. This outstanding achievement equalled that of last session which was really pleasing for the school. Out of this group Allan Cowan was awarded the top academic award of School Dux for gaining 5 A grade highers all of which were band 1 awards, a level of performance which cannot get any better. Well done Allan a wonderful set of results. The runner up award, Proxime Accessit, will be shared between Ross Innes and Eilidh Ruthven for gaining 5 A grade higher with 3 band 1 and 2 band 2 awards. Well done to Ross and Eilidh. In fact well done to all 5 students and to all of the students who achieved results better than their prelim grades or better than estimated by the school.
In sixth year the collective set of results for 1 or more Highers, 3 or more Highers, 5 or more Highers and 1 or more Advanced Highers was the best since records were started back in 2001. Well done to our departing sixth year for setting what will be a really challenging target for the year groups below you and one that will take a monumental effort to surpass.
On Tuesday, the first day back for pupils, we welcomed the new first year in to our school community and I met with every year group to go over the expectations on attendance, behaviour, uniform, work rate, homework and school values. On the subject of uniform I wish to pass on my thanks to every parent for supporting our school uniform policy as the pupils looked really smart and with your continued support we will keep up this very high standard throughout the session.
As Friday came round it was very satisfying to reflect back on a very smooth and productive first week. To achieve this involves an incredible amount of hard work and organisation and therefore I would like to thank every member of staff for making the week work so well and to every pupil for their good manners, humour and willingness to get us off to such a positive start. Here’s to a really enjoyable and successful session.
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