Monday, 25 September 2017

E-Newsletter for Monday, 25 September 2017

Assemblies for This Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Lewis

Wednesday – Skye

Thursday – Tiree

Values Focus Week
This week we will be focusing on Tolerance and Fairness – “We promote equality, celebrate diversity and value our differences.  We ensure that everyone is treated equally”.
Mr Hunter

International Languages Week
This week will be International Languages Week. Expect to be doing some fun quizzes in class or even learn some other language from your classmates!
Mrs Towers, Miss Davies and Miss Boyd


Edinburgh Schools’ Under 13 League
We are delighted to announce that Gracemount High School will be entering a team in the Edinburgh Schools’ Under 13 League this season.

Any pupil who are not part of the School of Football group who are interested in being part of the team should see Mr Nicolson ASAP.
Mr Nicolson


Football Forum Lunchtime Club
Are you a fan of Football? Do you think that you have a good knowledge of the beautiful game? Then the Football Forum is for you.

The Football Forum is a new lunchtime club open to all pupils from S1-S6. The club will be held in ICT5 on a Wednesday at lunchtime and pupils can bring their lunch along.

The purpose of the club is to talk about football and to share your knowledge with each other. Each session will involve a presentation from a staff member or pupil on a football related topic.

If the club is a success and we plan to take all members on a trip to watch an English Premier League game later in the year. For more information, please speak to Mr Whale.
Mr Whale


S5/6 Pupils

Work Experience Placement 

Quantity Surveying / Commercial 

Morrison Construction would like to invite applications for a work experience placement with our commercial team at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Phase 2 project site. This is a three year £120m project in Morningside, Edinburgh. The placement would be particularly suited to pupils considering a career as a Quantity Surveyor, or with an interest in the commercial aspects of construction.

Morrison Construction are flexible in the timing of the work placement, but are keen for it to last the whole year.

Skills and qualities required:

·         Competent in IT

·         Self-motivated

·         The ability to manage your own time and prioritise tasks.

·         Good written communication

If you are interested in finding out more about the work placement or would like to apply, please speak to Miss Taylor (Business Education) by Friday 29 September.
Miss Taylor


Dance Hoodies/ T shirts and Leotards
Order forms are now available in the PE Department for ordering the above items. There are also a range of sizes that you can try on before buying.
Miss Greig


The school is now live on ParentPay and activation letters have been sent out to open individual accounts.  Wherever possible, payments should now be made via ParentPay.  If you are unable to make payments online, the School can provide a barcode letter linked to the payment which can be used to pay at any outlet with a PayPoint logo. 

 Our aim is to become a cashless school and we welcome your support in this initiative.
Mr Mackenzie, Business Manager


S5/S6 Pupils – Edinburgh University Trip
Any S5 and S6 pupils interested in a career in Geography, Law, Religion, International Business, Social Sciences or Asian Language and Culture please see Miss Davies about a trip to Edinburgh University ASAP.
Miss Davies


S5/S6 Pupils

Career Events
The University of Edinburgh will be holding a series of careers events during October and November for and S5 or S6 pupils who are considering a career in the following professions: Engineer, Vet, Biomedical Scientist, Lawyer, Social Worker or a Nurse.


University Open Days
Heriot Watt: Saturday 30th September 10am – 4pm or Friday 27th October 10am – 4pm

University of Glasgow: Saturday 21st October


S6 Pupils
Acting, Film, Journalism & Music Workshops
Any S6 pupils thinking about applying to studying any of the above at College or University, there is an opportunity for you to attend some LEAPS run workshops in October or November to give your further insight and support with your application.

UCAS Personal Statement Workshop for LEAPS eligible pupils – Friday 6th October (2.30pm – 4.30pm)
The University of Edinburgh are running a workshop giving advice and guidance regarding personal statements for *LEAPS eligible* UCAS applicants.

If you would like further information about these events, please see Mrs O’Connell.
Mrs O’Connell


Gymnastic Club
Gymnastic after school class will start back on Tuesday the 19th of September, 3.30 to 5pm in the small gym.  All welcome, no talent necessary just lots of enthusiasm and willingness to work hard. 

Come and speak to us in Science if you would like more information.
Mrs Edwards and Ms McDonald


Sponsored Walk
If any pupils would like to run the Sponsored Walk, please pass your name to Mrs Towers or Miss Davies Modern Languages.  You will be expected to run at a steady pace so if you feel you can manage this then join us.
Mrs Towers and Miss Davies


The Health Opportunities Team Gilmeron Health Drop In
The Health Opportunities Team Gilmerton health Drop-in is on every Wednesday evening between 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Gilmerton Community Centre. The Drop in is a free and confidential service, where young people aged 12-25 can access advice, support and information on all health issues, including sexual health.  Pop in to say hi, join in the activities or stay to get some 1 to 1 advice – it’s your choice.
Eilidh MacIver, Project Worker


To All S3-S6 Students
A reminder that all S3-S6 students should be bringing their iPads in charged.  Above 50% should be sufficient to see you through the day.

Please continue to take care of your iPad and do not play games on them during lesson time.  Remember that there is a complete ban on Snapchat and if students continue to use Facebook Messenger in lessons, there may well be a complete ban on that app too!

If you do not have your iPad because it is being repaired, then it is your responsibility to speak to your teacher for any paper copies of theory notes and homework exercises etc. in the meantime.
Mr Whyte


Maths Club
Banging your head against a Mathematical wall?  Come to Maths club to find ways of going around or over it.  Puzzles and (mathsy) games also available.  Tuesday lunchtime Maths Room 3.
Mr Davidson

LGBT Group Meeting
LGBT group meeting will take place on Tuesday lunchtimes in science 5.  Old and new members welcome.
Ms McDonald