Thursday, 3 December 2015

E-Newsletter for Friday, 4 December 2015

Assemblies for Next Week
Order of Assembly: 
Tuesday - Skye
Wednesday – Lewis
Thursday – Tiree
Children and Families Christmas Card Competition
Congratulations to Stephanie Davies in S1 as she has won the Children and Families Christmas Card Competition. This will now be shown on digital bus shelters in Princess Street from today and will also be shown in bus and train stations across the UK over the festive period.
Well done Stephanie!
Mr Hunter
S3 Art Exhibition
The S3 Art Exhibition will take place on Friday 4th December, period 4 and after school, in Art 2. All pupils andteachers welcome.  Refreshments will be provided.
Miss Grisdale
Half Price Book Fair
A reminder that there will a Scholastic Half-Price Book Fair this week.  Head to the Library for some pre-Christmas bargains.
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
Senior Pupils involved in MVP
All senior pupils involved in MVP to come and see Ms Davies before their session next week.
Ms Davies
On Friday 11 December from 9.30-12.30 LEAPS will be holding their annual S6 Conference for LEAPS eligiblestudents who are aiming for university or college next year or beyond. The Conference will be held at Appleton Tower, University of Edinburgh central campus, and they are providing free coach travel to and from the Conference from a number of locations outside Edinburgh.
All LEAPS eligible students who have received a Pre-Application Interview have been sent an email invitation to the event and they hope to see you there on day.
For further info, and to register, please visit
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  

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