Thursday, 17 December 2015

E-Newsletter for Friday, 18 December 2015

No Assemblies next week.


Christmas Service
The Chaplains would like to invite pupils and staff to join them for a Christian celebration of Christmas on Tuesday, 22 December 2015, in the drama studio.  This is an optional service and any pupils wishing to attend must give their names to Group Tutors no later than end of Registration on Tuesday, 22 December.  Lists of those attending will be circulated to staff in advance of the service and only pupils who are on the list will be allowed to attend.
Ms Sinclair    


Ball Deposit
A reminder to all S5/6 pupils that the ball deposit of £20 is due today! Anyone who is unable to pay today please see Mr Gregor or Miss Greig. 
Mr Gregor


Career Ready
All pupils involved with the programme should meet with Mr Gregor Period 3 today in the
PE Department. 
Mr Gregor

Christmas Challenges
Please hand all these in to Guidance at the end of registration today and send the ‘Selfies with Elfies’ to Mr Whyte.

Thanks to those who have already submitted entries – good ones from L10 and T4. Ms Pretswell

Attendance Christmas Tree
There are still 5 Amber baubles (90-95%) and one Red bauble (below 90%) on the tree.  S3 are in the RED!

Well done to S2 and S5 who improved their attendance figures this week.  S1 and S4 stayed the same.  Disappointingly S3 and S6 went down.

S1 and S6 are fighting to be the stars at the top of the tree by the end of term. They are both on 92.9%.

Make sure you are in school Monday and Tuesday of next week and let’s aim for 100% attendance on Thursday 7 January for the start of the new term.

Remember from 11 January you will earn a House Point for every day that you are in school on time!

Have a fantastic holiday everyone!
Ms Pretswell

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.

It is a Dress Down Day.  “Wiggle it” wear a wig and Christmas jumper to school.   

Please can everyone bring £1.00 as we will be raising money to help buy real hair wigs for young Cancer patients. 

School finishes at 12 noon.
Mr Hunter


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


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  

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