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
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

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