This week a group of 17 S3 pupils, accompanied by three staff, participated in a pupil leadership development programme, run by CANI Coaching.
This programme challenged the young people to explore their core values, work in teams to find solutions to problems and reflect on how they will take forward initiatives to improve pupil experience in Gleniffer High School.
The group stayed at Dumfries House in Cumnock for four days, three nights and were well looked after by staff on site and our own staff who participated in the programme with them. I was very honoured to hear presentations from them at Dumfries House on Thursday. They have great ideas about promoting our school value of ambition, improving P7 transitions and embedding our core values into daily practice. The young people “graduated” from CANI coaching through a very emotional presentation, which involved them hearing from every member of the group, positive messages about how they are seen. It was very empowering for the young people to hear the nice thoughts others have of them and they shared their own messages they would share with future participants. The exciting work now begins as we mentor them to take forward their ideas throughout this session.
S4 pupils were issued with SQA coursework guidance and prelim timetables today. The national 5 prelims begin Tuesday 3rd December for any pupils in S4-6 who are studying courses at this level. S5/6 timetables will be issued Monday.
Next week, house assemblies will take place and are being organised by PTs Pastoral.
Our annual Christmas Fayre, planned and organised by our wonderful PTA takes place on Thursday 28th November from 7pm-9pm. There are over 30 stall holders selling a variety of gifts and treats, so this is a great opportunity to get on with the shopping! Tickets entitle visitors to a refreshment and sweet treat and there will be entertainment, including santa! I hope to see lots of people come out to support the school, all profits go directly back to the young people. The work of the PTA enables us to run awards ceremonies, leavers’ dance reception and they have helped us take forward initiatives to meet the bespoke needs of learners. The time they give is much appreciated and without this support we would not be able to resource all that we have in recent years.
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