Thursday, 11 February 2016

E-Newsletter for Friday, 12 February 2016

No assemblies next week.

Message for Pupils, Parents and Carers
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of our school community for their continued support and contribution to the life of the school.  Gracemount High School continues to be a thriving school where young people remain at the heart of our community. Our Expressive Arts show was a fantastic way to celebrate the range of talents we have across the school this term and I was so pleased to see so many members of our community there.

School holidays are a time where young people’s safety always comes to mind. I wish all our young people a safe and relaxing holiday and encourage them to take care during the break from school.

Next term is very important, especially for S4-6 pupils with the SQA examination almost upon us and I look forward to continuing to work with you all for the benefit of our young people and our community.
Mr Hunter


Expressive Art Show
A huge thank you to all of the staff and pupils who helped with the Expressive Arts Show.  It was a great success!
Miss Grisdale and Miss Shannon


Summer Ball
There has been a change of venue for the Ball, this will now be held at the Urban Village Hotel.  Dates and times remain the same, Friday 17th June @ 7pm.  The overall cost has also been reduced to £35.  Any S5/6 pupil who is yet to pay for the Ball but still wishes to attend must see Mr Gregor or Miss Greig TODAY.
Mr Gregor and Miss Greig


Prom Dresses
Following on from last night’s Fashion Show, the school has had 2 Prom dresses donated.  Any pupils who would be interested in viewing these, please come to the PE department.
Mr Gregor


S3 – S6 Pupils
Are you interested in studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths at College?

There is an Open Day at Edinburgh College on Friday 26th February, see Mrs O’Connell for further details.
Mrs O’Connell

Ogwini 2017
There are 2 spaces left on the Ogwini trip in February 2017.  If current S3 are interested can you please note interest with Miss Kennedy as soon as possible.  
Miss Kennedy


S1 Outward Bound Payments Now Due
A reminder to S1 pupils that your next £50 payment (or the full £100 if you’d prefer) is due by the end of this month. Please hand this in to the school office in an envelope marked Outward Bound and with your name.
Mr Wyllie


Scottish Rocks
Mr Gregor is organising a trip to see a Scottish Rocks Basketball match.  The trip will run on Sunday 6th March.  There are 18 spaces available and it will cost £10. Anyone interested please give your name to Mr Gregor asap.
Mr Gregor


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. 

HPV vaccinations for girls will be given in spring 2016.  Consent packs are being issued now.  Please discuss the consent pack at home and return it to school as soon as you can.

The HPV vaccination for girls helps to protect against cervical cancer and is designed to protect against the 2 types of HPV that cause 75% of the cases of cervical cancer.  The vaccine also protects against two other types of HPV that cause about 90% of cases of genital warts.