The term is final over and after another hectic final week of celebrations and achievements, we can all finally head off for some well-earned rest. However, with Easter School starting next week for S4 to S6, the focus will still be on attainment despite the holiday period.
Monday was a day of preparation as Mrs Prentice and Mrs Sangster met with the Certificate of Merit winners in each of their respective year groups to plan for Tuesday evening’s long awaited event.
With Tuesday’s arrival came a series of meetings in school finishing with the monthly Principal Teacher and SMT meeting where we discussed our parental engagement plans, our newly constructed pupil support database along with feedback from the recent curriculum review meetings where the focus was on the proposed changes to assessment within National 5 courses.
Directly after the meeting senior managers, pastoral and volunteer staff prepared the Social Area for one of you main showcase events of the session, the S4 to S6 Certificate of Merit ceremony. Starting at 7.00pm the event ran like clockwork with presentations for attainment, effort, subject prizes, service to the school, gold awards, extra-curricular achievements and special awards. It was a night of celebration for parents and family members to enjoy. The evening also involved speeches from our Head Girl Georgia Porter and Head Boy Dean Whitehorn both of whom were an absolute credit to the school and their families. With Georgia tearing at everyone’s hearts strings with and emotionally packed speech and Dean reflecting on how his school had prepared him for the future, I sat back and listened with pride and affection for two young people who have embraced every opportunity our school as given them. However, just when I thought the night was over, Mrs Sangster took to the lectern to pay a very warm tribute to me as Head Teacher at my last senior ceremony. What a lovely gesture and although somewhat embarrassing, one that was very much appreciated. A few tears were shed on the stage that night as well as in the audience but who doesn’t love emotion? It’s what makes us human! Thank you to everyone who made this year’s event that little bit special from our award winners to our musical performers and of course to Mrs Sangster for all her organisation and her very kind words to me as a colleague and friend.
It was back down to earth on Wednesday morning for me as I was out of school all day attending the monthly secondary Head Teachers’ meeting. With some key national, local and school issues on the agenda, we held discussions on additional support needs, health programmes, SQA certification, Pupil Equity Fund, staffing and raising attainment.
On returning to school, it was time to catch up with emails before the start of the Gleniffer Create event in aid of Malawi 2018. Organised by Miss MacDonald and senior pupils, this event brought together a range of creative subjects to showcase their work through displays and on stage. The event also featured a fashion show which allowed pupils to show off their artwork as well as strut their stuff on the catwalk wearing the with latest High Street fashions. What a well-supported event with many parents and family members coming along to enjoy the talents of our young people. A very well deserved thanks goes to the pupils and staff from our Art, Technical and English departments and of course members of our Malawi 2018 expedition group for making this event possible.
On Thursday, we held our Easter Service for S1 to S3. Rev Iain Reid from Glenburn Parish Church led the service with musical performances from Fraser Scott, Beth Hanney and Adam Salisbury. As ever our pupils showed respect for the proceedings and messages delivered as well as the excellent solo performances and bible readings. My thanks to Rev Reid for his friendship playing such a key part in our Chaplaincy Team
Friday was the last day of the term with pupils paying a small donation to school funds to dress up in their casual clothes and enjoy the break from wearing school uniform. By doing this, pupils then received a raffle ticket for the PTA prize draw where there was the chance to win £50, £30 and £20 Braehead gift vouchers.
The PTA also kindly donated home baking as one of their fund raising activities, which of course went down a treat at the morning interval.
What a lovely way to finish the term.
Happy holidays everyone.
Sports round up
The first year boys clinched their league section on Thursday evening with another highly polished performance winning 10 – 2 against Johnstone High School.
Fortune was not on the side of the under 14 boys coming out second best in a 3-0 defeat to Johnstone High School
The under 16 boys just lost out in their St Mirren Cup semi-final losing 2-1 to St Ninian’s High School in what by all accounts was a very close encounter.
The senior boys staked their place in the final of the St Mirren Cup beating winning 5 – 3 in robust and physical game across the water at Dunoon Grammar School.
Well done to our Under 13 and senior teams for winning their respective league sections and making the play-off semi-finals and to the senior team for making the final of the St Mirren Cup.
Will this be the season for silverware?
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