PTA met on Monday to finalise plans for what turned out to be a great Christmas Fayre last night. There were more stalls than ever and big interest in the luxury hamper donated by the team. Tickets for this are on sale through to the Christmas Concert when the raffle will be drawn. Santa was in Gleniffer High last night and proved to be very popular with kids and adults alike! Our junior choir performed Christmas songs and there was a special dance performance by one of our pupils and her younger sister – of course Christmas themed! Thanks to all who turned out to support the school last night and for the many donations for the tombola and bottle stall – neither of which lasted long.
Parent Council also met on Monday night. I presented a data report on last year’s exam performance and shared information from a parental engagement survey, run by Renfrewshire Council before the summer holidays. I am confident that we have already put in place several strategies to address some of the information, which came back and will continue to review this throughout the session.
On Tuesday, Miss Feggans, Mr Madden and I met with a group of school inspectors from Malta. Accompanied by delegates from the European Commission and a former Chief Inspector from Education Scotland, we shared how we use data to improve performance in Gleniffer High.
On Wednesday, I was out with community wardens to deter young people from throwing litter in our local area. I have received several complaints from local residents in recent weeks about litter, particularly in the park. I would appreciate parents and carers reinforcing the message about responsible disposal of litter at home. Today, I will be out with a S1 group and badge holders clearing the park. I must recognise that most of our young people respect their local community and residents and make me very proud when they demonstrate responsible behaviours.
On Thursday, Miss Feggans, Mr Madden and I met with our link Education Manager and a Head of Service to discuss exam performance in May 2019. Importantly, a large feature of our meeting was how we are making improvements to tracking pupil progress in S1-S3. The meeting was very positive and it was evident we know our school very well and have identified clear priorities moving forward.
I would like to wish all pupils studying National 5 qualifications the very best for the prelims, which start on Tuesday. This is a great opportunity to show off what they have learned and the skills they have been developing. However, it is also important to recognise it is only December so lots of time yet for further development and study. Please look after yourselves during this period!
Finally, have a lovely long weekend and we will see you all back bright and early on Tuesday.
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