Friday, 11 December 2015

E-Newsletter for Friday, 11 December 2015

Assemblies for Next Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Skye

Wednesday – Lewis

Thursday – Tiree


GHS Christmas Concert
A massive thanks to all of the performers at last night's GHS Christmas Concert.  All of you were a credit to the school and you performed to such a high standard so WELL DONE from all of the music staff.
Music Department


Ogwini February 2017
Our school has a partnership with Ogwini High School in Durban, South Africa.  Every two years we run a trip for Senior pupils to visit the school and experience education in South Africa. 

The trip will run from Thursday 9 February – Sunday 19 February 2017.   This is open to all present S4 and S5 pupils. 

Mrs Brown and Miss Kennedy are holding an information event after school on Wednesday 16 December 2015 from 3.30pm.  You will be able to speak with pupils who have gone on the trip this year and ask any questions.  All S4 and S5 pupils are welcome – see you there!
Miss Kennedy


Gracemount Ogwini Team Meeting
There will be a meeting of the Gracemount Ogwini Team on Tuesday 15th December at Lunchtime in the Library.

All pupils welcome, old and new.
Mrs Brown & The Ogwini Team


Gracemount Gymnastics Team
Good luck to the gymnastic teams representing Gracemount at the Lothian Championships. For some this is their very first competition so we want them to do their best and enjoy the experience. 
Mrs Edwards/Miss Thomson


S5 & S6 Pupils
INC is a charity partnership currently recruiting Playworkers and Volunteers across 4 venues in Edinburgh during the school holidays in February (15th -19th February 2016), supporting children and young people with disabilities to participate in a range of fun holiday activities & outings.

They are looking for responsible, energetic and enthusiastic individuals who can easily relate to children and young people and have the right attitude and values along with communication skills, patience, reliability, commitment, and a sense of fun. Full training will be provided.

This is a perfect opportunity to learn new skills and gain invaluable experience in the field of childcare, youth work and support work along with developing your leadership and interpersonal skills.

Paid positions (£6.70–£8.00 + annual leave) are available for those with the required skills and attitude. However, this is not required for those seeking voluntary positions. Please note that the minimum age for volunteers is 16.

A full job description, person specification and application form is available from their website or see Mrs O’Connell in Guidance for further details.
Mrs O’Connell


EE2’s for German Market
All German pupils going to the German Market on Thursday 17th Dec must bring their EE2 to Mrs Towers by Tuesday 15th December so I can finalise arrangements.

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  

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

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


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


Information - Last Day of Term Arrangements - Tuesday 22nd December
08.30 - 08.40 registration (as normal)

Period 1 08.40 – 09.40

Period 2 09.40 – 10.30

Interval 10.30 - 10.45

Period 3 - 10.45 - Pupils will be called to the hall in year groups – to be seated for 11am

Christmas Show – 11.00am – 12 noon.

School finishes at 12 noon
Mr Hunter

End of Term Challenges
During registration time next week you will be given various challenges to complete.  Instructions will be in tutor group pigeonholes on Monday.

Look out for them and please get involved.  You have to be in it to win it – house points up for grabs!
Ms Pretswell
(come on Skye!!!! Ho Ho Ho!)