It’s assembly week. All year groups have met with their year heads this week to look at progress so far this session, some targets set and challenges laid down for all pupils. It was also an opportunity for me to speak with pupils about all the good work going on. Too often, we focus on the negatives and it gave me great pleasure to focus on the young people who are coming to school and working hard every day. A mountain of extra-curricular awards were presented in the bronze, silver and gold categories. The achievements and commitment of pupils never fails to amaze me. However, we want to know more. There is a section on the parents tab of the website, where you can now send us information about your child’s achievements outside of school – just in case they are too shy to tell us themselves. The extra-curricular programme was issued to pupils this morning and is also available on the website.
Gleniffer High School received some very special visitors this week via our German Exchange with Fürth. There has been a hive of activity with visits to Paisley Abbey, climbing the 200 steps (even me!) to the top of the tower, getting to see inside the Committee Room of Renfrewshire Council with the Provost, trips to New Lanark and even Millport. It was lovely to see friends from afar greeted with hugs at the entrance to the school.
If you have not seen them yet, have a look at our S6 photos on Twitter. The pupils look outstanding and they held up well in some inclement weather.
Next week is Foodbank week. Please help, where you can, support our local community. Gleniffer absolutely smashed their target last year so let’s try and beat it again. Pupils can bring non-perishable food items or toiletries all week. The House Captains are up for a bit of heathy competition. Thursday next week is non-uniform and instead of a monetary donation, pupils are being asked to bring something for Foodbank to the value of £1. Gleniffer High School is renowned for its generosity and it would be wonderful to show this invaluable organisation our support.
We did the first of our litter picks in the local community this week with S6 donning their high visibility vests and litter pickers to help clean up the surrounding area. This is the start of a regular commitment to the local community.
“Show My Homework” pin codes were issued this week so if your child hasn’t given you it, please ask them. If they didn’t receive their code due to absence then they can report to their year head for the letter.
Please remember next Friday the school is closed to pupils for the start of the October holiday.
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