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). 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Monday, 4 September 2017

E-Newsletter for Monday, 4 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 Being Valued – “We care about ourselves and each other. We understand that everyone matters”.
Mr Hunter

 
 
S1 – S6 Students
Are you interested the environment and sustainability? Do you want to help the school maintain their Internationally recognised symbol of excellence? If you are, come and join the Eco School Group at lunchtime TODAY with Mr. Mackenzie in Lab 4.
Mr Mackenzie



UCAS Exhibition Event Tuesday 5th September
All S6 pupils who have handed in their EE2 form, bus money and generated their online ticket for the UCAS event, please come down the dining hall at 10am tomorrow.  We will return to school at the beginning of lunchtime.

Any problems please see Mrs O’Connell.
Mrs O’Connell



FAO Parent/Carers of School of Football Participants
Over the last quarter there have been many changes to the School of Football Programme at Gracemount HS. Our aim is simple; to support all participants to achieve to their potential.

To help us to achieve this I would like to take the opportunity to invite all S1-3 participants and their parents/carers to an information evening.

Please put the date and time below in your diary and I hope to see you all there.

Gracemount HS School of Football Open Evening-
 
Date- Tuesday 5th September

Time- 5PM~6PM

Venue- Gracemount High School
Mr Nicholson


Lunchtime Quiz on Wednesday, 6 September 2017
On Wednesday, 6 September the quiz will be taking place at lunchtime in the Library. 

The theme is Disney.

Bring your lunch.  Starts prompt at 1.15 pm.
Mrs Brown



All S3 – S6 Students
Some places have become available for the fantastic opportunity to go to Krakow for three days and two nights in June 2018. This involves the following:

A visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camps; a talk from a Holocaust survivor; a tour round Krakow city; a visit to Oskar Schindler’s factory. If you are interested, please come and see Miss Barry on Monday at break time for more information.
Miss Barry

 

Prefect Blazers
I still have a couple of blazers to be collected from the first batch of orders.  I would appreciate payment and collection asap.

Once the second batch is received I will be in touch.
Mrs Reid

 

 
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

 

 
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

 

Future Chef After School Club

Are you in S1, S2 OR S3?

Enjoy cooking?

Want to take your skills to a new level?

Well why not come along to Future Chef.

It is an after school club aimed to raise your practical skills.
 
If you are interested come along Wednesday lunchtime at 1.30pm in the HFT department.
Miss Bird