Thursday, 27 November 2014

E-Newsletter for Friday, 28 November 2014

Assemblies for Next Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Skye

Wednesday - Lewis

Thursday – Tiree

Alton Towers
Any pupil who has not yet paid money for the trip MUST see Mrs Valentine by the end of Friday.
Mrs Valentine

Pupils are expected to have an EDINBURGH YOUNG SCOT CARD and use it to purchase food in the school kitchen.  Systems are changing and very soon the school will no longer be able to supply temporary cards to pupils who have lost or forgotten their card.   

It is very important that everyone has their own with them every day especially if you are entitled to free school meals.

If you have lost your card please ask at the school office for a form to apply for a new card.  If you have forgotten your card the office may be able to lend you one for that day only but repeated offenders will be asked to pay £2 for a replacement.   

If you have been issued with a temporary card and have not yet returned it please do so as soon as possible.  Go home and check your rooms, bags etc. and get any spare cards back to the office.  That way supplies will not run out and we should continue to be able to loan temporary cards out.
Miss Sinclair


The Daily Dozen
The Daily Dozen is an opportunity to meet with the Head Teacher to share your views about the School because we care about what you think.

Starting from Monday, 1 December 2014, pupils will be invited in two groups of six to meet with Mr Hunter in the Head Teacher's Office.

Slips will be issued during Registration.

Pupils should register with class teacher first and then report to Mr Hunter’s office.

We look forward to hearing your views!
Mr Hunter


Number Day
Friday the 5th of December is 'Number Day'. Look out for events and competitions around the school. Pupils are invited to dress down for the day and donate £1 in aid of NSPCC. As the theme is number day, a prize will be awarded for the best 'number themed' outfit so get creative!   Football strips are not allowed. 
Mrs Kelly

Outward Bound - 2nd Payment Due
Just a reminder that you've got until Friday 12th of December to get your second instalment paid into the school office. For most participants this is £65.00.
Mr Wyllie


The PE department will be running skiing lessons/sessions at Hillend towards the end of term. All abilities and all year groups are welcome. Come to the PE department for more info and letters and EE2s form.
PE Department  

Charities News
Please remember to vote in your registration groups for your preferred Christmas Appeal option.  There is a voting slip in each registration folder.  Charity Committee reps will be coming around to collect the votes.
Charities Commitee

Is your Pet the Cutest?
A group of S2s are holding a Cute Pet's Competition to raise funds for Macmillan.  Donate 50p and bring in/ tweet a picture of your cute pet to @GHSModStudies for your chance to win.  Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners. The result will be announced next Friday.  
Ms Livingston



Friday, 21 November 2014

E-Newsletter for Friday, 21 November 2014

Assemblies for Next Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Skye

Wednesday - Lewis

Thursday – Tiree


Special Assemblies on Monday, 24 November 2014
The Head Teacher will lead assemblies for year groups as follows.  It is intended that these assemblies will be short so pupils should aim to arrive promptly and get seated quickly.

·      8.30 am S5+S6 pupils should report directly to the drama studio for an assembly

Group tutors should not mark them absent from registration as their attendance will be recorded during the assembly.

·         8.40 am S1 should report directly to the Drama studio. S1 period 1 teachers should join their class in the drama studio.

·         S2 and then S3 will be called down over the tannoy and should be accompanied by their class teacher.  

·         S4 will also be tannoyed and should be sent to the hall. Teachers should only accompany their S4 class where they can.


All assemblies should be completed by the end of period 1.
Ms Sinclair

True Colours Meeting
The group with the ever expanding name, TRUE COLOURS, DIVERSITY, RESPECT,
RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL will meet next Wednesday 26th in HE 1 at 1.00 pm.
All interested staff and pupils are invited.
Mr Rodger, Mrs Gillan and Ms Fleming

Wicked Trip
A reminder that the school trip to see Wicked is on Wednesday 26thNovember, meeting at 7pm for a 7:30pm start. All pupils who have signed up for this trip should attend a short meeting in the Drama Classroom at break time on Monday.
Mrs Whyte

Congratulations to the following students, whose names were drawn from the FF box today. Well done!

Angelika Rowinska 1Ls nominated by: Mr Cardiet

Fateen Ahmed 3T4 nominated by: Mr Gribben

Hafsah Hussain 1S9 nominated by: Ms Burt

Tamara Kamal 6S10 nominated by: Ms Burt


The next focus will be on Equipment – “appropriate use of phones and iPads, have your kit for PE, have pen/pencil”.  It is vital to teaching and learning across the school that our students have the necessary equipment for lessons. When not in use Ipads and phones should be tucked away safely in your school bag. Keep collecting those tickets!
Ms Muir

Alton Towers
Reminder that money needs to be in by Friday next week, if you have problems with this and don’t want to lose your space see Mrs Valentine ASAP.
Mrs Valentine

Outward Bound 2015
Thanks to everyone for paying their deposits. Just a reminder that your next payment is due no later than Friday 12th December. Please hand your money into the school office in an envelope marked your name and Outward Bound 2015.
Mr Wyllie

Thursday, 13 November 2014

E-Newsletter for Friday, 14 November 2014

Assemblies for Next Week
Assemblies led by Mr Else – Respect Week

Order of Assembly:

Wednesday - Lewis

Thursday – Tiree

Friday - Skye

N.B. Please note Skye Assembly is on Friday next week.


Pupil Voice Meeting
There will be a Pupil Voice meeting today (Friday) during period 2.  Pupils should register with their teachers before coming down.
Miss Livingston


Zero Tolerance Policy on Litter
Pupils at the dining tables must ensure that all litter is put in the bin at all times.    
Failure to comply with this will result in pupils being banned from using the dining hall.
Mr Hunter


Alton Towers
Reminder money in for end of the month or lose your place.  There is a long waiting list!
Mrs Valentine


Music Practice
For the whole of next week (beginning 17 November) there will be NO unsupervised practice allowed in the Music Department. This is due to Ms Kerr’s absence and is a Health & Safety issue. This situation will be reviewed on 24 November. Thank you for your patience.
Miss Shannon




Thursday, 6 November 2014

E-Newsletter Friday, 7 November 2014

Assemblies for Next Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday – Skye

Wednesday - Lewis

Thursday – Tiree

Next Focus Fortnight (from Thursday 30/10/14 to Wed 12/11/14)
IInstructions – “follow them first time, without argument, to enable learning and teaching”.  

Please push and focus on rewarding those who do.
Ms Muir


Congratulations S2 Pupils
Over the last 12 weeks Ms Mckenzie's S2 pupils have been using their creativity to design and make a range of different products.  Three prizes were given out yesterday – the winners were voted for by their classmates.  The prize for ‘most successful design’ went to Shaun McCue for his rainforest inspired lamp; the prize for ‘best effort’ went to Jade Ward for her collage paintings of people and cats and the prize for ‘most original creation’ went jointly to Kelly Reilly and Rouisse Portugal for their textured tissue paper dress. Congratulations to all!
Ms Mckenzie

Wicked – The Musical
All pupils who have signed up for Wicked, must collect an EE2 from Mrs Whyte in Art 2 during registration and return as soon as possible.
Mrs Whyte

S6 UCAS Applicants
A reminder that all draft Personal Statements MUST be given to your Guidance teacher by lunchtime today (Friday 7th November)
Mrs Lowe


On Tuesday 11 November 2014 we will stop at 11.00am for 2 minutes to remember those who have fought and died in conflict.  This is particularly significant as it is 100 years since the start of the First World War.  Please make your way quickly to class after break on Tuesday.  A tannoy announcement will signal the start and end of the two minute silence. 
Miss Kennedy


Tuesday Art Club
A reminder that Art Club will be held after school on Tuesdays from 3.25 pm to 4.30 pm in Ms McKenzie’s room, in the science corridor – opposite the library.  All pupils are welcome.
Ms McKenzie

True Colours, Diversity, Children’s Rights
There will be a meeting on Wednesday 12th November at 1.00 pm in Home Economics.
All pupils and interested staff welcome
Mrs Gillan

Alton Towers
Payment by end of November or risk someone else getting your space. If you want to make part payments over an agreed time see Mrs Valentine before the end of November.
Mrs Valentine

S2 Permission Slips for Montclair University
All S2 who have permission slips for Montclair university need to return these on Monday. If you have lost yours, please collect another form Mrs Fleming before you go home today.
Mrs Fleming

Access to Toilets
Please note that pupils should not be asking out of class to use the toilets except in emergencies.  The toilets are available for use during breaks and will be closed during period 3 every morning after break to allow for cleaning.  Pupils are asked that they close the toilet door behind them after use except at lunch and break times.
Ms Sinclair