Thursday, 26 February 2015

E-Newsletter for Friday, 27 February 2015

Assemblies for Next Week
Assemblies next week will focus on World Book Day.

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Skye

Wednesday - Lewis

Thursday – Tiree

Pupil Voice
There will be a Pupil Voice meeting today during period 2.  Anyone who wishes to attend must register with their period 2 class teacher and get permission before coming down.
Miss Livingston



PURPLE FRIDAY
The LGBT group would like to thank everyone who is wearing something purple to show you stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. It really means a lot to have your support J

If you are not camera shy, please pop up to the Drama classroom at the end of today for a quick group photo.

For those on twitter, check out the hashtag #PurpleSelfie to see how others are celebrating the day.
Mrs Whyte

Water Sports Trip
Any pupils with outstanding payments or fundraising forms to return please see Mr Gregor today.
Mr Gregor

Drama Club
Drama Club resumes this Monday 2nd March. Regular attendance over the next five weeks would be appreciated if you want to take part in the Queen Margaret University project.
Mrs Whyte


School Dress Code/Uniform
We often receive comments from people who visit the school about how smart everyone looks in their uniform.  We are very proud of the Gracemount High school uniform and Dress Code which was agreed with pupil council and parents.  However there are a number of pupils regularly turning up incorrectly dressed.  There will be a strong focus on Uniform over the next few weeks so you are reminded that if for any reason you arrive at school without full uniform you must see the relevant depute before registration.  Mrs Fraser will be able to lend some items of uniform during registration but remember a deposit will be required.  Pupils will not be allowed out of lessons to collect uniform or iPads.  If you are not clear what our dress code is visit the website or collect a leaflet from the office but the key points are:

·         sky blue shirt / blouse
·         school tie
·         plain black skirt / trousers
·         plain black top or jumper with a neckline that allows the school tie to be clearly seen e.g. zip up or V-neck.
·         plain black shoes
·         a pupil who wears a hijab is asked to wear one in school colours i.e. black or sky blue.
·         Leggings may be worn if plain black with a skirt of a reasonable length over the top
If you repeatedly come to school incorrectly dressed your parents will be contacted.
Ms Sinclair

STONEWALL T-SHIRTS
If you ordered a Stonewall T-shirt from Mrs Whyte, please come and collect it today during registration.  You may wish to wear it in the group photo at the end of the day.
Mrs Whyte

N5 and HIGHER DRAMA PERFORMANCE EXAMS
A pupil audience is required for the Drama Performance exams.  This is an ideal opportunity for pupils taking Drama next year to learn more about what is involved in the performance exams.  Please see Mrs Whyte as soon as possible if you are interested in being part of the audience.  First come, first served!
Mrs Whyte

ALTON TOWERS
Anyone still needing to pay for Alton Towers must see Mrs Valentine, today or Monday, or risk losing their space.
Mrs Valentine
Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers
The PE Department are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers. These vouchers will be used to get new sports equipment for the PE department.
Please hand any vouchers into the PE department.
Mr Else


GRACIE Focus Fortnight
Over the next fortnight the focus will be on:

I - Instructions- follow them first time without argument to enable learning and teaching to progress. Just do it!
Be your best, collect raffle tickets and the prize could be yours!
Ms Sinclair

John Byrne National Drawing Competition
This is a reminder for S1 –S3 pupils about the deadline for the John Byrne National Drawing Competition. They must hand in their entry to Ms McKenzie by Friday 27th Feb (this Friday!) if they want to compete. 

The competition is to encourage young people to draw in school and at home. The theme is ‘a day in my life’ but drawings on any subject will be accepted. Be as creative as you can. The winner gets £100 vouchers for art materials. Come along to art club Tuesday after school or do it in your own time. Get drawing!!
Ms McKenzie

Thursday, 12 February 2015

E-Newsletter for Friday, 13 February 2015


Assemblies for w/c Monday, 23 February 2015


Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Skye

Wednesday - Lewis

Thursday – Tiree

 

 
Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers
The PE Department are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers. These vouchers will be used to get new sports equipment for the PE department.
Please hand any vouchers into the PE department.
Mr Else


Career Academy
Any pupil who has not completed their internship Application please see Mr Gregor ASAP.
Mr Gregor

 

 
Pointless TV Show
Mr Rafferty is going to be appearing on the TV show Pointless on Friday, 13 February, on BBC1 @ 5.15 pm.
Mr Rafferty

 


Water Sports Trip
A reminder that all remaining payments are due the week after the February break.  Please see Mr Gregor if there are any issues with this.
Mr Gregor

 

 
Expressive Arts Show
Any photographers, dancers or musicians who would like to take part in the Expressive Arts show, please video your act and take along to Mr Whyte by Friday 27th February. Any questions please see Miss Grisdale.
Miss Grisdale



Best Creative Design
Amy Cant won ‘best creative design’ in Design Choice, voted for by the class. Congratulations Amy!
Ms McKenzie


Friday, 6 February 2015

E-Newsletter for Friday, 6 February 2015

Assemblies for Next Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Skye

Wednesday - Lewis

Thursday – Tiree



Pupil Voice Meeting
There will be a Pupil Voice meeting today (Friday) during period 2 in Miss Livingston’s room.
Miss Livingston



Alton Towers
Remaining money due in today. You must see Mrs Valentine today if you think you are due money.
Mrs Valentine

 

Safer Internet Day 2015
Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated on Tuesday 10 February 2015. The strapline for the campaign is “Let’s create a better internet together”. Safer Internet Day promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
Please log on to: http://www.saferinternet.org/safer-internet-day for more details.
Mr Else

 

Summer Ball
The full amount of the Summer Ball (£45) and signed contract should be paid by Friday 13 February. Payments should be made to Miss Taylor in ICT. If anyone is unable to pay the full amount by this date you must speak to Miss Taylor or risk losing your place and your deposit.
Miss Taylor

 

Menu Choice Sheets
Menu choice sheets can be collected from Miss Taylor as of now.
Ms Taylor

 

RED ‘SOME PEOPLE ARE GAY – GET OVER IT’ T-SHIRTS
Several staff and pupils have already placed an order for these T-shirts.  The final deadline for orders is next Wednesday.  See Mrs Whyte for more information, or to place an order.
Mrs Whyte

 
 
THEATRE TRIPS
Please can senior students attending either theatre trip to see ‘Rent’ or ‘The Slab Boys’ please hand in their ticket money to Mrs Whyte ASAP.  See Mrs Whyte if there are any issues with payment.
Mrs Whyte



LAST CALL FOR CURIOUS INCIDENT
Any S1-3 interested in attending the theatre trip to see ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ in May, must see Mrs Whyte or Mrs Brown ASAP.  The deadline is next Wednesday.
Mrs Whyte

 

Dress Down Day
There will be a Dress Down Day next Friday in aid of the Edinburgh based charity CLASP (Children with Cancer and Leukaemia, Support for Parents).  Pupils are reminded that if they choose to dress down they are choosing to donate £1 (or whatever they can afford) to the charity.
Charities Committee


Expressive Arts Show
Anyone wishing to participate in the Expressive Arts Show which is taking place on Thursday 23rd April, must sign up for an audition.  You can do this by either adding your name to the lists that are located throughout the building, or by speaking to Aidan Gorman or Miss Shannon.
Miss Shannon/Aidan Gorman



Cycle speedway sessions
Any pupils interested to trying out the above activity, please see Mr Patterson as soon as possible for details.
Mr Patterson



The John Byrne National Drawing Competition
Call to all budding artists – Ms McKenzie is excepting entries to an exciting new drawing competition. The John Byrne National Drawing Competition is open to all S1 - S3 pupils. The competition is to encourage young people to draw in school and at home. The theme is ‘a day in my life’ but drawings on any subject will be accepted. Be as creative as you can. The winner gets £100 vouchers for art materials. Come along to art club Tuesday after school or do it in your own time. School entries must be in to Ms McKenzie by the end of February. Get drawing!!

Ms McKenzie