Friday, 7 October 2016

E-newsletter for Friday, 7 October 2016

Assemblies for Next Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Lewis

Wednesday – Skye

Thursday – Tiree


We wish to take this opportunity to wish Ms Pretswell a very long and happy retirement after over 20 years of service to Gracemount High School.  She will be very much missed.
Mr Hunter

Ogwini Visitors

A huge thanks to everyone who was involved in any way with the Ogwini visitors, they had a fantastic experience.  They loved meeting all the staff and pupils and enjoyed teaching some classes about South Africa and even passing on some izizulu words.

If anyone is interested in working with Ogwini Learners and staff on future projects, please see Mrs Brown or Ben Ferguson, Alishah Ahmed, Alexandria Warner or Iqra Younis from the Gracemount Ogwini Team.
Mrs Brown

S4-S6 Apprenticeship Roadshow
Please ensure if you want to go on this trip that your EE2 form is handed into the Guidance office by the end of today.
Mrs O’Connell


S5-S6 Apprenticeship Vacancies
If there are any pupils who might be interested in applying to the following Apprenticeship vacancies in Car Garages across Edinburgh please see Mrs O’Connell as soon as possible for further information:

Panel Beater

Customer Service Administrator

Technician (Car Mechanic)

Parts Advisor

Business Administrator

Car Mechanic

Warehouse Operative
Mrs O’Connell

S3 Taste the Industry: Hospitality Event
All S3 Pupils will be out of timetabled classes next Wednesday 12th October to take part in various Hospitality Industry workshops.  Pupils should attend registration then go to the Drama Studio.
Mr Gregor


Lunchtime Quiz
The Library will be the venue of once a month quizzes organised by the Chaplaincy Team, some pupils and Mrs Brown.  The first one will take place on Wednesday 2nd November and then the first Wednesday of the month for the rest of the year.

The first quiz will be a general knowledge one and will be contested between Lewis, Skye and Tiree.  Each team will play both for house points and prizes.  The more teams the better.  You may even see if you can get staff involved.  The quiz will start at 1pm prompt, so bring your lunch.
Mrs Brown


Expressive Arts Show
Last chance to sign up to the expressive arts show auditions. Final deadline is Friday 14th October.  Please see Miss Grisdale or Tia Wallbanks to sign up.
Miss Grisdale

Pupil Council Members
The results are in! Our new Pupil Council members, in no particular order, are as follows:

Skye – Ayaa Madji, Isla McCue, Richard Nye, Chloe Eaton, Ben Ferguson, Morgan Falls

Lewis – Luke Clements, Callum Mitchell, Kyle Ruthven, Millie Lawrie, Katie Kovacs, Thomas Jamieson,

Tiree – Pascal Tene, Maia Robinson, Kim Ratcliffe, Brady McMillan, Chloe Yeung

The first meeting will be next week and the above pupils, along with Head Boy, Head Girl and our Deputes, are your point of contact for anything you would like raised.
Miss Flannigan and the Pupil Council

Rainbow Laces
Research from Stonewall shows that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia continue to be rife in many sports.  In football alone, 7 in 10 fans have heard homophobic abuse on the terraces.  On 28th February 2016, Manchester UTD and Arsenal exchanged ‘Rainbow Laces’ to show support for LGBT people in sport.

If you agree that sport should be free of LGBT discrimination, please see Mrs Whyte in the Drama Classroom to add your name to the pledge, and collect your free pair of Rainbow Laces to wear in PE or at home!
Mrs Whyte


Library use

Before school – for returning books, computer use and a quiet place to sit. 

Break - closed to all pupils.

Lunchtimes Monday – Wednesday

20 passes to use the computers, priority to be given to homework / study use

40 passes for main section of the library.  This is for quiet chat, reading, use of new makerspace and games. 

Passes will be available from Mrs Brown or the prefects on lunch duty.  No entry after 1.20 pm.

There should be no eating or drinking unless permission is given and no drinks at all near the computers.  Eat your lunch in the dining room first.

Thursday lunchtimes - used for Book Group and Gracemount Ogwini Team meetings.

After school
The library will be open after school for all pupils for homework, study, research or reading at the following times:

Mon/Wed 3.25- 4.00

Tues/Thurs 3.25-4.30

Fri 12.35-1.15 * may be open later, depends on meetings
Mrs Brown


Fitness after School
Fitness group has started on Tuesdays!  It will take place after school in the fitness room/games hall for S3-6. It will include a mixture of weight training, Pilates, boxing, cardio and circuits. 

For any more information please speak to Miss Cox.
Miss Cox

Thai Boxing Club
The Thai Boxing club has started and will run every Thursday after school in the small gym hall. If you would like any more information please speak to Mr Whale.
Mr Whale

Gymnastic club
Gymnastic after school class has restarted, still not too late to join us in the small gym from 3.30 to 5pm.  All welcome, no talent necessary just lots of enthusiasm and willingness to work hard. 
Mrs Edwards & Ms McDonald


Singing Club
The Gracemount Singing Club is starting back up and looking for new members.  If you would like to express your voice and improve your singing please speak to Mrs Hirst and come along on Tuesday lunchtimes from 1.05 pm to 1.35 pm.
Mrs Hirst


Tales of Polar Expedition at Dynamic Earth
Join us for a family-friendly evening of exciting tales of Polar Exploration. Explorer-in-Residence for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, Craig Mathieson will share stories of his adventures in these amazing regions and tell us about the Polar Academy, where young people are given a once-in-a-lifetime chance to participate in an Artic Expedition. The 2016 team, who were all selected from schools in Edinburgh, will also be here to give us their own take on this unique experience, from selection and training, to the highs and lows of the expedition itself.

Monday, 10thOctober 6pm – 7.30 pm

Tickets are free and are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

To reserve your place please contact or call 0131 523 1273


Annual Data Forms
For any pupils who have not handed in their Annual Data Forms to the school office please do so ASAP.
Office Team