Monday, 9 October 2017

E-Newsletter for Monday, 9 October 2017


Assemblies for This Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday – Lewis

Wednesday – Skye

Thursday – Tiree

 


Values Focus Week
This week we will be focusing on Optimism - We maintain a positive attitude to learning and life. We see challenges as opportunities and we are confident about the future.
Mr Hunter

 
 

Eco Committee
There is a meeting today at lunch time in Mr. Mackenzie’s room (Lab 4). All new members welcome.
Mr Mackenzie

 

 
French Study
There is French study on every Wednesday in Mrs Towers’ room. This is mainly for Senior pupils but if any Juniors wish to come along they are always welcome. You can also get help with homework.
Mrs Towers

 


Watersports Meeting
There will be a Watersports meeting, after school in Miss Davies’ room on Wednesday 11th October.  Please see Miss Davies or Mr Gregor if you cannot attend.
Ms Davies/Mr Gregor



S1 Pupils - Outward Bound Trip 2018
This is a reminder that, because of the October week holiday, there are only just 10 school days left for you to return the tear of slips part of your letters, to get your name on the list for the Outward Bound Trip in August.
 
Tear off slips should be returned either to Mr Wyllie, in Social Subjects, or the school office as soon as possible.  You then have until Wednesday 31st October to use ParentPay to pay your £55 deposit.

Spare Outward Bound letters are available from Mr Wyllie.  Parents and carers with questions about using ParentPay should contact the school office staff.
Mr Wyllie

 
 
S5 Pupils – MVP Mentor
A reminder to S5 pupils if they want to sign up to be an MVP mentor to see Miss Davies or Mrs Ellis.
Miss Davies/Miss Ellis
 


Muay Thai Kickboxing Club
Due to a lack of pupils attending the Muay Thai club Mr Whale is going to have to cancel this until further notice. Please keep an eye on the newsletter to find out when the club will start again.
Mr Whale




Bake Sale
There will be a Halloween themed Bake Sale at break time in the dining hall on Tuesday, 24 October 2017.  All proceeds will go towards the school’s chosen charity.

 
 
Gymnastic Club
Still spaces in the after school gymnastics club, Tuesdays, 3.30 to 5pm in the small gym.  All welcome, no talent necessary just lots of enthusiasm and willingness to work hard. 
 
Come and speak to us in Science if you would like more information.
Mrs Edwards & Ms McDonald


 
 
The Expressive Arts Show 2018 Coming Soon
This will include any type of performances related to Expressive Arts.  Examples are singing, dancing, drama, gymnastics, photography and film etc.
It will also include a photography slideshow and a fashion show to display Nat 4/5 and Higher fashion pieces.
Auditions will be held On Wednesday, 8 November.
A sign-up sheet will be provided by Miss Grisdale.  Come to her room at any time.
Ms Grisdale
 
 
 
ParentPay
The school is now live on ParentPay and activation letters have been sent out to open individual accounts.  Wherever possible, payments should now be made via ParentPay.  If you are unable to make payments online, the School can provide a barcode letter linked to the payment which can be used to pay at any outlet with a PayPoint logo. 
Our aim is to become a cashless school and we welcome your support in this initiative.
Mr Mackenzie, Business Manager


 
 
S5/S6 Pupils
 
Career Events

The University of Edinburgh will be holding a series of careers events during October and November for and S5 or S6 pupils who are considering a career in the following professions: Engineer, Vet, Biomedical Scientist, Lawyer, Social Worker or a Nurse.
University Open Days
Heriot Watt: Friday 27th October 10am – 4pm
University of Glasgow: Saturday 21st October
Mrs O'Connell
 

The Health Opportunities Team Gilmeron Health Drop In
The Health Opportunities Team Gilmerton health Drop-in is on every Wednesday evening between 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Gilmerton Community Centre. The Drop in is a free and confidential service, where young people aged 12-25 can access advice, support and information on all health issues, including sexual health.  Pop in to say hi, join in the activities or stay to get some 1 to 1 advice – it’s your choice.
Eilidh MacIver, Project Worker
 

 
To All S3-S6 Students
A reminder that all S3-S6 students should be bringing their iPads in charged.  Above 50% should be sufficient to see you through the day.
Please continue to take care of your iPad and do not play games on them during lesson time.  Remember that there is a complete ban on Snapchat and if students continue to use Facebook Messenger in lessons, there may well be a complete ban on that app too!
If you do not have your iPad because it is being repaired, then it is your responsibility to speak to your teacher for any paper copies of theory notes and homework exercises etc. in the meantime.
Mr Whyte



 
Maths Club
Banging your head against a Mathematical wall?  Come to Maths club to find ways of going around or over it.  Puzzles and (mathsy) games also available.  Tuesday lunchtime Maths Room 3.
Mr Davidson



LGBT Group Meeting
LGBT group meeting will take place on Tuesday lunchtimes in science 5.  Old and new members welcome.
Ms McDonald
 



 

Monday, 2 October 2017

E-Newsletter for Monday, 2 October 2017


Assemblies for This Week

Order of Assembly:

Monday – S1 Assembly

Tuesday – S2 Assembly

Wednesday – S3 Assembly

Thursday – S4 and S5 Assembly

 

Values Focus Week
This week we will be focusing on Individual Responsibility – “We take responsibility for our thoughts, words and actions. We are accountable for the choices we make”.
Mr Hunter



French Study
There is French study on every Wednesday in Mrs Towers’ room. This is mainly for Senior pupils but if any Juniors wish to come along they are always welcome. You can also get help with homework.
Mrs Towers

 

S6 UCAS pupils
The first draft of your personal statement will be due on the last day of term, Friday 13th October.  If you would like to meet with the Guidance team for some additional support and tips we will be available on Wednesday after school in ICT5.
Mrs O’Connell


 
Sponsored Walk
Reminder, if you want to run the Sponsored Walk, give your names to Mrs Towers by Tuesday 3rd October 3.30pm at the latest. We have a few names already.
Mrs Towers



Gymnastic club
Still spaces in the after school gymnastics club, Tuesdays, 3.30 to 5pm in the small gym.  All welcome, no talent necessary just lots of enthusiasm and willingness to work hard. 

Come and speak to us in Science if you would like more information.
Mrs Edwards & Ms McDonald

 

The Expressive Arts Show 2018 Coming Soon
This will include any type of performances related to Expressive Arts.  Examples are singing, dancing, drama, gymnastics, photography and film etc.

It will also include a photography slideshow and a fashion show to display Nat 4/5 and Higher fashion pieces.

Auditions will be held On Wednesday, 8 November.

A sign-up sheet will be provided by Miss Grisdale.  Come to her room at any time.
Ms Grisdale



Edinburgh Schools’ Under 13 League
We are delighted to announce that Gracemount High School will be entering a team in the Edinburgh Schools’ Under 13 League this season.

Any pupil who are not part of the School of Football group who are interested in being part of the team should see Mr Nicolson ASAP.
Mr Nicolson

 

Football Forum Lunchtime Club
Are you a fan of Football? Do you think that you have a good knowledge of the beautiful game? Then the Football Forum is for you.

The Football Forum is a new lunchtime club open to all pupils from S1-S6. The club will be held in ICT5 on a Wednesday at lunchtime and pupils can bring their lunch along.

The purpose of the club is to talk about football and to share your knowledge with each other. Each session will involve a presentation from a staff member or pupil on a football related topic.

If the club is a success and we plan to take all members on a trip to watch an English Premier League game later in the year. For more information, please speak to Mr Whale.
Mr Whale

 

Dance Hoodies/ T shirts and Leotards
Order forms are now available in the PE Department for ordering the above items. There are also a range of sizes that you can try on before buying.
Miss Greig

 


ParentPay
The school is now live on ParentPay and activation letters have been sent out to open individual accounts.  Wherever possible, payments should now be made via ParentPay.  If you are unable to make payments online, the School can provide a barcode letter linked to the payment which can be used to pay at any outlet with a PayPoint logo. 

Our aim is to become a cashless school and we welcome your support in this initiative.
Mr Mackenzie, Business Manager

 

S5/S6 Pupils

Career Events
The University of Edinburgh will be holding a series of careers events during October and November for and S5 or S6 pupils who are considering a career in the following professions: Engineer, Vet, Biomedical Scientist, Lawyer, Social Worker or a Nurse.

University Open Days

Heriot Watt: Friday 27th October 10am – 4pm

University of Glasgow: Saturday 21st October

 

S6 Pupils

Acting, Film, Journalism & Music Workshops

Any S6 pupils thinking about applying to studying any of the above at College or University, there is an opportunity for you to attend some LEAPS run workshops in October or November to give your further insight and support with your application.

UCAS Personal Statement Workshop for LEAPS eligible pupils – Friday 6th October (2.30pm – 4.30pm)

The University of Edinburgh are running a workshop giving advice and guidance regarding personal statements for *LEAPS eligible* UCAS applicants.

If you would like further information about these events, please see Mrs O’Connell.
Mrs O’Connell

 

The Health Opportunities Team Gilmeron Health Drop In
The Health Opportunities Team Gilmerton health Drop-in is on every Wednesday evening between 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Gilmerton Community Centre. The Drop in is a free and confidential service, where young people aged 12-25 can access advice, support and information on all health issues, including sexual health.  Pop in to say hi, join in the activities or stay to get some 1 to 1 advice – it’s your choice.
Eilidh MacIver, Project Worker

 
 

To All S3-S6 Students
A reminder that all S3-S6 students should be bringing their iPads in charged.  Above 50% should be sufficient to see you through the day.

Please continue to take care of your iPad and do not play games on them during lesson time.  Remember that there is a complete ban on Snapchat and if students continue to use Facebook Messenger in lessons, there may well be a complete ban on that app too!

If you do not have your iPad because it is being repaired, then it is your responsibility to speak to your teacher for any paper copies of theory notes and homework exercises etc. in the meantime.
Mr Whyte

 
 
Maths Club
Banging your head against a Mathematical wall?  Come to Maths club to find ways of going around or over it.  Puzzles and (mathsy) games also available.  Tuesday lunchtime Maths Room 3.
Mr Davidson

 
LGBT Group Meeting
LGBT group meeting will take place on Tuesday lunchtimes in science 5.  Old and new members welcome.
Ms McDonald

Monday, 25 September 2017

E-Newsletter for Monday, 25 September 2017


Assemblies for This Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Lewis

Wednesday – Skye

Thursday – Tiree

 
 
Values Focus Week
This week we will be focusing on Tolerance and Fairness – “We promote equality, celebrate diversity and value our differences.  We ensure that everyone is treated equally”.
Mr Hunter

 
 
International Languages Week
This week will be International Languages Week. Expect to be doing some fun quizzes in class or even learn some other language from your classmates!
Mrs Towers, Miss Davies and Miss Boyd

 

Edinburgh Schools’ Under 13 League
We are delighted to announce that Gracemount High School will be entering a team in the Edinburgh Schools’ Under 13 League this season.

Any pupil who are not part of the School of Football group who are interested in being part of the team should see Mr Nicolson ASAP.
Mr Nicolson

 

Football Forum Lunchtime Club
Are you a fan of Football? Do you think that you have a good knowledge of the beautiful game? Then the Football Forum is for you.

The Football Forum is a new lunchtime club open to all pupils from S1-S6. The club will be held in ICT5 on a Wednesday at lunchtime and pupils can bring their lunch along.

The purpose of the club is to talk about football and to share your knowledge with each other. Each session will involve a presentation from a staff member or pupil on a football related topic.

If the club is a success and we plan to take all members on a trip to watch an English Premier League game later in the year. For more information, please speak to Mr Whale.
Mr Whale

 

S5/6 Pupils

Work Experience Placement 

Quantity Surveying / Commercial 

Morrison Construction would like to invite applications for a work experience placement with our commercial team at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital Phase 2 project site. This is a three year £120m project in Morningside, Edinburgh. The placement would be particularly suited to pupils considering a career as a Quantity Surveyor, or with an interest in the commercial aspects of construction.

Morrison Construction are flexible in the timing of the work placement, but are keen for it to last the whole year.

Skills and qualities required:

·         Competent in IT

·         Self-motivated

·         The ability to manage your own time and prioritise tasks.

·         Good written communication

If you are interested in finding out more about the work placement or would like to apply, please speak to Miss Taylor (Business Education) by Friday 29 September.
Miss Taylor

 

Dance Hoodies/ T shirts and Leotards
Order forms are now available in the PE Department for ordering the above items. There are also a range of sizes that you can try on before buying.
Miss Greig

 

ParentPay
The school is now live on ParentPay and activation letters have been sent out to open individual accounts.  Wherever possible, payments should now be made via ParentPay.  If you are unable to make payments online, the School can provide a barcode letter linked to the payment which can be used to pay at any outlet with a PayPoint logo. 

 Our aim is to become a cashless school and we welcome your support in this initiative.
Mr Mackenzie, Business Manager

 

 
S5/S6 Pupils – Edinburgh University Trip
Any S5 and S6 pupils interested in a career in Geography, Law, Religion, International Business, Social Sciences or Asian Language and Culture please see Miss Davies about a trip to Edinburgh University ASAP.
Miss Davies

 

 
S5/S6 Pupils

Career Events
The University of Edinburgh will be holding a series of careers events during October and November for and S5 or S6 pupils who are considering a career in the following professions: Engineer, Vet, Biomedical Scientist, Lawyer, Social Worker or a Nurse.

 

University Open Days
Heriot Watt: Saturday 30th September 10am – 4pm or Friday 27th October 10am – 4pm

University of Glasgow: Saturday 21st October

 

S6 Pupils
Acting, Film, Journalism & Music Workshops
Any S6 pupils thinking about applying to studying any of the above at College or University, there is an opportunity for you to attend some LEAPS run workshops in October or November to give your further insight and support with your application.



UCAS Personal Statement Workshop for LEAPS eligible pupils – Friday 6th October (2.30pm – 4.30pm)
The University of Edinburgh are running a workshop giving advice and guidance regarding personal statements for *LEAPS eligible* UCAS applicants.

If you would like further information about these events, please see Mrs O’Connell.
Mrs O’Connell

 

Gymnastic Club
Gymnastic after school class will start back on Tuesday the 19th of September, 3.30 to 5pm in the small gym.  All welcome, no talent necessary just lots of enthusiasm and willingness to work hard. 

Come and speak to us in Science if you would like more information.
Mrs Edwards and Ms McDonald

 

Sponsored Walk
If any pupils would like to run the Sponsored Walk, please pass your name to Mrs Towers or Miss Davies Modern Languages.  You will be expected to run at a steady pace so if you feel you can manage this then join us.
Mrs Towers and Miss Davies

 

The Health Opportunities Team Gilmeron Health Drop In
The Health Opportunities Team Gilmerton health Drop-in is on every Wednesday evening between 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Gilmerton Community Centre. The Drop in is a free and confidential service, where young people aged 12-25 can access advice, support and information on all health issues, including sexual health.  Pop in to say hi, join in the activities or stay to get some 1 to 1 advice – it’s your choice.
Eilidh MacIver, Project Worker

 

To All S3-S6 Students
A reminder that all S3-S6 students should be bringing their iPads in charged.  Above 50% should be sufficient to see you through the day.

Please continue to take care of your iPad and do not play games on them during lesson time.  Remember that there is a complete ban on Snapchat and if students continue to use Facebook Messenger in lessons, there may well be a complete ban on that app too!

If you do not have your iPad because it is being repaired, then it is your responsibility to speak to your teacher for any paper copies of theory notes and homework exercises etc. in the meantime.
Mr Whyte

 

Maths Club
Banging your head against a Mathematical wall?  Come to Maths club to find ways of going around or over it.  Puzzles and (mathsy) games also available.  Tuesday lunchtime Maths Room 3.
Mr Davidson



 
LGBT Group Meeting
LGBT group meeting will take place on Tuesday lunchtimes in science 5.  Old and new members welcome.
Ms McDonald

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 11 September 2017

E-Newsletter for Monday, 11 September 2017


Assemblies for This Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Lewis

Wednesday – Skye

Thursday – Tiree

 


Values Focus Week
This week we will be focusing on Instilling Resilience – “We persevere when faced with challenge. We know that when we make mistakes we are encouraged to learn from them”.
Mr Hunter

 


Important – S6 UCAS
Can all S6 pupils who are applying to University please meet with Mrs O’Connell after school today (11th) in ICT5.  If you are unable to make it, please let Mrs O’Connell know.
Mrs O’Connell

 

 
FAO S1-S4 Students

Futurechef 2018
Any pupil wishing to take part in the first heat on Tuesday 12th September MUST REGISTER in the HFT Department by end of the day today.

If you are not registered there will not be food for you to take part with.
Mrs Langley

 


Gracemount/Ogwini Partnership
There will be a meeting this Thursday lunchtime, in the library, 14th September for anyone interested in working with our school partners in South Africa.  There are a number of new initiatives to be working on, so bring your lunch and find out more.  All welcome.
Mrs Brown



Pupil Council
Could anyone who has not yet put their name forward for Pupil Council, and would like to, please remember to pass their name to Miss Flannigan by end of the day Thursday 14th.
Miss Flannigan

 
 
S1 Photos
Just a reminder that photo orders must be handed into the office by Friday 15th September.  Exact monies or cheque to be placed in the envelopes – no change can be given.
SSA Team

 


Instrumental Lessons
Pupils interested in applying for Instrumental Lessons.  This is especially for S1, but also for other year groups.

Those who have signed up for instrumental lessons need to see the relevant instructor as soon as possible.  You may come during registration, break, or lunch to the Music Staff Base.

Here are the instructors and the days that they are in school:

 
Guitar                   Mr McGeary                  Tue

Woodwind          Ms Cunningham            Tue, Wed, Thu

Voice                    Ms Bell                            Wed

Percussion          Mr Callaghan                  Thu

Brass                    Ms McLean                     Thu

Keyboard            Mr Anderson                  Thu

 

 

Senior Photos
All seniors who had their photo taken should have received an envelope through registration.

Please note if you wish to order the prefects photo it is to be added to this form too.  There is a copy of the photo in his School Office window.

Envelopes are to be returned to the school office with either cheque or cash.  No change can be given.

Deadline for all returns are 22nd September.
SSA Team





Gracemount/Ogwini Partnership
There will be a meeting this Thursday lunchtime, in the library, 14th September for anyone interested in working with our school partners in South Africa.  There are a number of new initiatives to be working on, so bring your lunch and find out more.  All welcome.
Mrs Brown




Gracemount Primary and High School Parents Big Night Out

Buffet – Prize Draws – Raffles – Games – Disco – Auction…… and Much Much more.

Gilmerton Miners Club, Friday, 15 September 2017, 7pm until late.

Tickets £7.50 and can be purchased from the school office.

 

The Health Opportunities Team Gilmeron Health Drop In
The Health Opportunities Team Gilmerton health Drop-in is on every Wednesday evening between 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Gilmerton Community Centre. The Drop in is a free and confidential service, where young people aged 12-25 can access advice, support and information on all health issues, including sexual health.  Pop in to say hi, join in the activities or stay to get some 1 to 1 advice – it’s your choice.
Eilidh MacIver, Project Worker

 

 
To All S3-S6 Students
A reminder that all S3-S6 students should be bringing their iPads in charged.  Above 50% should be sufficient to see you through the day.

Please continue to take care of your iPad and do not play games on them during lesson time.  Remember that there is a complete ban on Snapchat and if students continue to use Facebook Messenger in lessons, there may well be a complete ban on that app too!

If you do not have your iPad because it is being repaired, then it is your responsibility to speak to your teacher for any paper copies of theory notes and homework exercises etc. in the meantime.
Mr Whyte

 


Maths Club
Banging your head against a Mathematical wall?  Come to Maths club to find ways of going around or over it.  Puzzles and (mathsy) games also available.  Tuesday lunchtime Maths Room 3.
Mr Davidson

 

LGBT Group Meeting
LGBT group meeting will take place on Tuesday lunchtimes in science 5.  Old and new members welcome.
Ms McDonald




Gymnastic club
Gymnastic after school class will start back on Tuesday the 19th of September, 3.30 to 5pm in the small gym. All welcome, no talent necessary just lots of enthusiasm and willingness to work hard. 

Come and speak to us in Science if you would like more information.
Mrs Edwards & Ms McDonald



City of Edinburgh Council Catering Vacancies
City of Edinburgh Council Catering have a number of vacancies in local schools for the delivery of school meals.  These are mostly 8, 10 or 16 hour posts over lunch times, there are some with longer hours. 

If you are interested you can apply via the myjobscotland website or if you do not have access the internet you can call Val on 0131 529 2771 for an application form (Tuesday – Thursday only).