This week we held the first meeting of our new Student Council. This term the focus is on S1-3 pupils, who will be supported by S6 House Captains in shaping the direction of Gleniffer High School. The group are initially looking at what Gleniffer High should do to recognise the “Year of Young People 2018”, and spent some time discussing ideas for highlighting the achievements of our students. We are meeting again next Wednesday for more discussion and planning. This is a great opportunity for young people to lead the school and raise awareness of school issues.
I have now conducted four feedback sessions with parents and carers over the past two weeks. I really enjoyed meeting the groups and hearing about all the good things Gleniffer is doing for the young people. I am taking on board some of the suggestions for further improvement and have ideas as to how we can make them. All members of the parent forum will be able to get access to the feedback by the end of next week via the school website. As part of our school improvement planning, I will be inviting parents and carers back in next term to consult on our draft plan as well as our plans for the Pupil Equity Funding.
On Wednesday of this week, S2 pupils were involved in an “I Can Do Anything” event, organised by Mr Marshallsay. Representatives from local business and organisations came in and met with groups of young people as they rotated around the social area hearing about career opportunities. This is the start of our S2 options process, which will gain momentum over the next few weeks.
S4 parents and carers have been meeting with Mrs Prentice and Mrs Sangster to help guide their children through the options process. Advice on the most appropriate pathways in terms of school subjects as well as post-school placements were discussed during individual meetings. The feedback has been very positive and we will be rolling out this model to S2 and S5 options. We believe this is a great way to get parents engaged in helping to plan their child’s education.
Last Friday night the Malawi 2018 group threw an amazing ball in the Glynhill Hotel to raise funds for their construction project. This was a fabulous evening, very professional and had a great turn out with over 200 guests – including representatives from Classrooms for Malawi, the Malawi 2016 group and also Gleniffer High’s friends from the Association of Malawians Living in Scotland. Almost £4000 was raised for the project, which is a fantastic feat. Thank you so much to everyone who supported this event either by attending or donating.
Have a great long weekend!
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