The SQA countdown continues with only two teaching weeks left of this term and two after the Easter holidays. With the end of courses almost in sight, departments are working hard on revision and exam preparation as well as preparing the final estimates that will be settled by the end of this month. This is arguably the most demanding time of the session for senior classes and with your support and their hard work, I am sure we will have yet another very successful set of SQA results come August.
Monday was dominated with meetings with SMT and staff followed by the monthly Parent Council meeting where I presented how we propose to use our Pupil Equity Fund. There were also discussions on the current bus transport provision that are causing parents considerable concern. Please be assured that I am doing all I can to resolve this matter and will be meeting with representatives from Renfrewshire Council and Strathclyde Passenger Transport next week to discuss our concerns.
On Wednesday morning, our sixth year badgeholders and a selected group of first year pupils represented the school at the Paisley 2021 promotional tour with their photographs now leading the school’s backing for the council bid for City of Culture. Please follow the school and Paisley 20121 on Twitter to hear Head Girl Georgia Porter give the pupils’ collective support for the bid.
On Wednesday evening, I met with staff after school to present our three-year Improvement Plan based on the Scottish Government’s National Improvement Framework (NIF). This plan will start immediately after the Easter holidays looking at the improvement activities from the NIF and matching them against what we are currently doing in school and what we need to do to ensure that we fully comply, and more, to the expectations of our government. The plan will be presented to the Parent Council in April and posted on the school website thereafter.
Over the course of Tuesday to Friday, I was involved in interviewing candidates for permanent teaching posts in Computing, English, History and Art & Design. Long intensive days and some very difficult decisions to make but I am confident those appointed will add value to our school and to the lives of our young people.
On Saturday morning, our Malawi 2018 expedition team had their first development day in Glasgow where they had to work together in their mentor groups on various tasks that involved leadership, decision making, co-operation and teamwork. By all accounts the event went well with the group members now starting to establish close working relationships that I am sure will develop even further as they work through the next 15 months.
Sports round up
On Monday, our first year girls took part in friendly tournament here in Gleniffer High School against Castlehead HS, Gryffe HS and St Andrew’s HS. Playing each other school in a round-robin format, the girls did exceptionally well with convincing wins in all their games.
The first year boys go marching on in their league section with another strong performance beating Johnstone High School 7-2. Well done to the boys and let’s hope they can maintain this form over their remaining games to win their league section.
The senior boys have now won their league section and were hoping to bounce back from last week’s Scottish Shield disappointment in the St Mirren Cup. With a 7-3 win over Renfrew HS on Tuesday followed by a 9-1 win over Mearns Castle HS on Thursday, the boys have certainly regained their spirit and are now through to the semi final. Two super performances and a barrel load of goals. Great stuff!
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