Friday, 8 March 2013

Friday Update

On Friday mornings I meet with leaders across the school to share updates on various current issues. This is then emailed to all staff. Here are the highlights from today's meeting.

  1. Thanks to everyone for their efforts at this week’s S2 parents’ nights. The feedback from parents was outstandingly positive and complimentary of the continuing professionalism and dedication of staff.
  2. Senior recoursing – thanks to all who met the return deadline for re-coursing recommendations to be made. Community teams will consider these and communicate further with staff.
  3. S4 attainment – please refer to strategies in paper issued last week. We need a final push to ensure that all pupils are as prepared as they can be for their exams in May/June.
  4. Computer audit – returns to Janis Croll by Wednesday of next week.
  5. Ministerial visit - Nicola Sturgeon and (possibly) Alex Salmond will be visiting on Tuesday morning to meet with a selection of pupils to discuss the extension of voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds.
  6. We need a few more staff helpers for Diversity next Thursday and Friday. Please Contact Mrs O’Brien as soon as possible.
  7. Our African guests arrive on Monday and will be with us for one week. (4 pupils and 2 teachers)
  8. Congratulations to both the U14 and senior basketball teams who are now through to their respective Scottish cup finals.
  9. Congratulations to Ariane Branigan (S2) who is among the winners this year in the annual Pushkin creative writing competition. This is the 5th year running that a JGHS pupil has won this prestigious award. Ariane’s prize is a week’s residential writing course in Moineag Mhor - a beautiful country retreat in the majestic Highlands of Scotland.
  10. All newsletter items to Sara Brown by Monday please.
  11. Please avoid sending emails on Fridays; speak to colleagues instead. (This will be my only email today!)

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