Last week was yet another eventful week covering some intense strategic developments to pupils representing the school in sport and lots in between.
On Monday I was decanted from my office as the third year science pupils took it over as part of their Forensics Week ‘crime’ scene. This annual event is really well received by the pupils as they put a simulated drama into action and use their scientific skills to solve the alleged crime. Well done to Miss Leishman and Mr Gorman for setting up this year’s event and well done to pupils for putting my office back to normal.
On Monday evening I attended two meetings after school with the Malawi 2018 parents group coming together at 6.00pm to plan their fund raising events over the next few months. This was followed by the Parent Council meeting where my monthly presentation focused on the changes to National 5 assessments next session, the National Improvement Framework, the Scottish Attainment Challenge and the Pupil Equity Fund. This was a broad over view of current developments in Scottish education which was then presented in greater depth to staff on Friday during the in-service day. However, it is worth taking time to visit the Scottish Government website to find out more about each of the topics discuss with parents and staff.
On Tuesday I headed to Langcraigs Primary School for our monthly cluster meeting with primary and pre-five colleagues. The agenda for this meeting centred on the Pupil Equity Fund and what we are starting to plan with the money that will come directly into schools. This meeting will be followed up with a series of meetings during the remainder of February as we begin to formulate our ideas and complete the planning framework for Children’s Services which will be due in at the end of March.
On Wednesday pupils in S1 to S3 attended their monthly assemblies and whilst I was otherwise engaged with staff meetings which resulted in missing the S1 and S2 assemblies, I did manage to make it to hear the Mrs Quinn present the new Language at Work course to third year along with the support from the Operations Manager from Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport. This new course links current class work with a nationally certificated course which the pupils will be able to achieve this session. My thanks to Mrs Quinn for her creativity in developing this course and for her ongoing promotion of Modern Languages throughout the school.
Last period on Wednesday we held our practice fire drill for this term and I am pleased to report that we managed to evacuate the building in 5 minutes and had everyone registered and back in school in 25 minutes with no behaviour or organisational issues. Well done pupils and staff!
Thursday was the last day of the week for pupils and finished after school with our annual fourth year parents’ evening. With Mrs Prentice promoting the event in school, on our group text messaging service and on Twitter, we recorded the highest turnout of S4 parents ever. Great to have such a positive end to the week.
Friday of course was an in-service day and as mentioned earlier concentrated on the current Big 3 in education – National Improvement Framework, Scottish Attainment Challenge and Pupil Equity Fund.
Sports round up:
S1 girls beat Mackie Academy from Aberdeen 38 – 34 in the Scottish Cup on Monday in a thrilling game that had to go into extra time. Brilliant effort girls.
S2 girls were also victorious in the Scottish Cup beating the High School of Dundee 16 – 12 on Thursday evening in what was a very tight affair. Great result girls.
Unfortunately, it was commiserations to our S3 girls as they lost out in their Scottish Cup match to the team from St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh 52-20. Valiant effort girls.
Our S1 t S3 girls lost out to Eastwood High School on a bitterly cold evening away from home. Despite losing to the stronger team Mrs Williams was full of praise for our girls. Roll on the next game!
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