Friday, 27 November 2015

E-Newsletter for Friday, 27 November 2015


No Assemblies next week.


 


Pupil Council Surveys
Could Group Tutors please complete the following two surveys which were created by the Pupil Council.  They relate to blazers and P.S.E classes which were raised as issues.
Miss Flannigan and the Pupil Council
 

Nice Trip 2016
We need definitive answers by TODAY if you are coming to France or not. We are booking flights this afternoon.
Mrs Towers. Ms Davies. Mr Cardiet.


 
School Immunisation Programme
Immunisation helps protect our communities from a wide range of illnesses.  Thanks to immunisation, diseases such as polio have disappeared in the UK. However, these diseases could come back as they are still seen in many countries throughout the world - which is why it’s so important to get your jabs.

 
The NHS Lothian school nurse team carry out an annual immunisation programme.  The vaccinations will be given in spring term 2016.  Consent packs are being issued now.  Please discuss the consent pack at home and return it to school by Friday, 11 December 2015.

 
The teenage booster to ensure protection from tetanus, diphtheria and polio will be offered to pupils in S3.  This completes the programme, begun in infancy, to give life-long protection.

 
In addition this year all S3 – S6 pupils are recommended a meningitis vaccine (ACWY).  This is to protect against the W strain of meningitis which is on the increase across the UK.
Mr McKenzie

 
 
Congratulations to the winners of the Modern Languages Poster Competition
We picked 3 winners. They are as follows:

Katie Kovacs (French “History” poster)

Ellie Wilson (Czech “Dance” poster)

Janett Ghulam (German “Library” poster)

Those will be framed and put up in the Departments.

Well done!
Mrs Towers


 
Polar Academy
Three of our students are taking part in the Polar Academy and are going through some grilling training to be ready for the expedition in March 2016.

They are raising money for the expedition and will be organising a series of events around the school and the community.

 Iona Somerville and her mum Irene Wilson have created a Justgiving page to help raise the funds.  If you wish to donate and help our students reach their fundraising target please go to Iona's page using key words "Irene Wilson polar academy".

To know more about this fantastic opportunity and help it happen please visit the polar academy website at www.thepolaracademy.org
Mr Cardiet and Mr Rafferty  

 
 
Scottish Book Week
Hi we are holding our Scottish Book Week this week.  Watch out for individual and Tutor Group competitions.
Mrs Brown

 
Half-Price Book Fair
Yes, a half price book fair just before Christmas!  The books will be in school on Thursday 3rd December - Thursday 10th December.

All staff and pupils will have the opportunity to browse the fair.  I can save books for you, but I do need all monies by Thursday 10th December.
Mrs Brown

 
 
Christmas Concert on Thursday, 10 December 2015
Our annual Christmas concert is on Thursday 10th December at 7pm in the school Hall.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 23rd November from Ms Kerr.

Adults £4 children (concessions) £2.  Family ticket £12.
Ms Kerr

 
 
Summer Ball
A reminder for S5 and S6 pupils that Summer Ball contracts can be collected from the PE Base.  This should be returned along with a £20 deposit by Friday 18th December.
Mr Gregor

 
 
Respect Week
Congratulations to all pupils nominated by your teachers to receive a Respect Band.  Particular mention to T6 who were all nominated and will receive a class reward as a result.
Mr Gregor


 
LEAPS Interviews
Could any pupils who missed their school Pre-UCAS LEAPS interview see Mrs O’Connell (Tiree) as soon as possible.
Mrs O’Connell

 

S3 Art Exhibition
The S3 Art Exhibition will take place on Friday 4th December, period 4 and after school, in Art 2. All pupils and teachers welcome.  Refreshments will be provided.
Miss Grisdale

 
Dance-a-thon
Gracemount Dance academy are holding a Sponsored Christmas Dance-a-thon to raise money for dance and for the polar academy.  £5 to entry fee.  It will held on the Friday 18th December 1-3pm. Sign-up sheets in the PE department. All welcome.
Ms Wilson

 
S1 Outward Bound Trip
This is a reminder that all S1 pupils are invited to attend our Outward Bound trip to the Lake District in August. Cost of the trip is £141. To secure a place please return the tear off slip from your Outward Bound letter along with £41 deposit in an envelope marked with your name and the words S1 Outward Bound 2016 Trip. You have until Monday, 30 November to secure a place. If you have any further questions please see Mr Wyllie or Mrs Sinclair.
Mr Wyllie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, 20 November 2015

E-Newsletter for Friday, 20 November 2015


No Assemblies next week - Prelim Exams.

 

 
Under 15 Basketball
Congratulations to both our boys and girls under 15 Basketball Teams who won their first matches this week!  Well done to both squads, your dedication is starting to pay off.
Mr Gregor



S1 Outward Bound Trip

This is a reminder that all S1 pupils are invited to attend our Outward Bound trip to the Lake District in August. Cost of the trip is £141. To secure a place please return the tear off slip from your Outward Bound letter along with £41 deposit in an envelope marked with your name and the words S1 Outward Bound 2016 Trip. You have until the end of this month to secure a place. If you have any further questions please see Mr Wyllie or Mrs Sinclair.
Mr Wyllie

 

 
German Cinema Trip Wednesday 25th November
A reminder that £3 and EE2 forms need to be returned to Mrs Towers by Monday 23rd November.

You will have to remain in school if I do not receive the form or money by that date.
Mrs Towers



 
Christmas Concert on Thursday, 10 December 2015
Our annual Christmas concert is on Thursday 10th December at 7pm in the school Hall.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 23rd November from Ms Kerr.

Adults £4 children (concessions) £2.  Family ticket £12.
Ms Kerr




Summer Ball 2016
Any S5 or S6 pupil who wishes to attend next year’s Summer Ball should collect a contract from the PE Base from Monday.  This should be returned along with £20 deposit to Miss Greig by Friday 18th December.
Mr Gregor

 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

E-Newsletter for Friday, 13 November 2015


Assemblies for Next Week
Order of Assembly:
Tuesday - Skye
Wednesday – Lewis
Thursday – Tiree




Borrowing PE Kit
From Monday you will be required to give a deposit if you borrow PE kit.  Another good reason to make sure you bring your own!  Remember you must bring your PE kit and change even if you are unable to participate fully in the lesson.
Mr Gregor



 
S1 Outward Bound Trip
This is a reminder that all S1 pupils are invited to attend our Outward Bound trip to the Lake District in August. Cost of the trip is £141. To secure a place please return the tear off slip from your Outward Bound letter along with £41 deposit in an envelope marked with your name and the words S1 Outward Bound 2016 Trip. You have until the end of this month to secure a place. If you have any further questions please see Mr Wyllie or Mrs Sinclair.
Mr Wyllie

 


French Trip
Last call for any pupils wanting to be involved in the France trip next year.  The first two payments are still due.  Please see Ms Davies.
Ms Davies

 


Gracemount Bake off
Well done to our winners of the Gracemount Bake Off.  They have collected their prizes and house points will be awarded to the different houses.

 S1 winners: Abbi Lennie (Skye) and Brandyn Bain (Tiree).

S2 winners: Nicole Ferguson (Skye) and Luke Salkeld (Skye).

S3 winners: Charlie Lusted (Skye) and Katie Kovacs (Lewis).
Ms Campbell



Communications Workshops on Monday, 16 November 2015
S1-S3 pupils will be involved in communications workshops on Monday 16th November 2015.

The workshops will be given by Barclays Lifeskills representatives.

The year groups will be split into 2 halves:
 
S1           1st half year group - period 1

               2nd half year group - period 2

 
S2           1st half year group - period 3

                2nd half year group - period 4

 
S3           1st half year group - period 5

               2nd half year group - period 6

Pupils will receive a slip in tutor groups on Monday to advise the details.
Ms Yeoman

 

Trampoline Club
Trampoline club has now started on a Tuesday after school between 3:30pm – 4:30pm.
Ms Neill

 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

E-Newslettter for Friday, 6 November 2015


Assemblies for Next Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday – Skye

Wednesday – Lewis

Thursday – Tiree

 

 
Expressive Arts Show
Any talented musicians, photographers, dancers, actors and actresses interested in auditioning for the Expressive Arts Show, please sign up in the library before Wednesday 11th November.
Ms Grisdale



S1 Outward Bound Trip
This is a reminder that all S1 pupils are invited to attend our Outward Bound trip to the Lake District in August. Cost of the trip is £141. To secure a place please return the tear off slip from your Outward Bound letter along with £41 deposit in an envelope marked with your name and the words S1 Outward Bound 2016 Trip. You have until the end of this month to secure a place. If you have any further questions please see Mr Wyllie or Mrs Sinclair.
Mr Wyllie

 

 
French Trip
Last call for any pupils wanting to be involved in the France trip next year.  The first two payments are still due.  Please see Ms Davies.
Ms Davies



S2 Teenage Cancer Trust
There will be a talk from the Teenage Cancer Trust for all S2s period 1 on Monday 9 November. 

Please go to class as usual and your teacher will register you before bringing the class to the Drama Studio.

 If you feel it might be difficult for you to attend this talk due to personal circumstances please see your Guidance teacher today.
Ms Pretswell

 

 
Attendance
Good news (sort of!)   We have no groups in the RED zone (under 90%).  However we have no groups in the GREEN zone either!  Which year group can make it into the GREEN zone first?

Do your bit and turn up for school every day – you can make a difference for yourself and for your year-group.
Ms Pretswell




Youthtalk £ead the Change
Do you live in the Liberton Gilmerton area? Are you aged between 12 and 25?

The Liberton Gilmerton Neighbourhood Partnership has some cash and they want YOU to decide what it is spent on!

So get involved by telling them what activities you want to see in your local community.

You can tell them those ideas right here and right now! http://bit.ly/1OcRZ63

The deadline for ideas is Monday 16th November. Get involved!

If you have any ideas and can’t get onto the website, but want to get involved, please see Miss Flannigan or a member of the Pupil Council!

Thank you!
Miss Flannigan and the Pupil Council