Review of the year 2012/2013

The past 8 months have flown by and it is the time of year that we have been busy planning for the next school year, it is important to look back and celebrate what we have achieved.

We had a very enjoyable “Celebration of Achievement” ceremony in school last week. Our guest speaker was Jim McEwan, production manager at Bruichladdich Distillery. Jim’s talk was thought provoking, encouraging our students to excel in whatever they choose to do and give thanks to those that support them on the way.

I have attached part of a document I recently had to prepare for the Authority. It was enjoyable just to sit back and reflect on all the activities that have taken place this year. The photos look amazing and capture many happy faces.

School review 2012 2013

Our Senior Students did very well to raise the funds for their Ethiopia Expedition and left last week. Thanks to all the generosity shown, donations and helping hands at fund raisers. They do have a twitter account “Ethiopia 13” and we will be re-tweeting everything on the school twitter feed “IslayHigh” . As I write this they are busy completing the community-work part of their expedition in a children’s orphanage in Addis Ababa.

In the next school year we will be launching our New Vision/Values. The new school uniform will be in place and we will have a new merits and awards process.

We are also planning more frequent reports to parents and we will be developing new curriculum offers in personal development, John Muir, DoE, Endeavor.

School Uniform

Our school ties and badges will be delivered to the school in July. They will be on sale via the school office which will be open from Thursday 1st August – Wednesday 7th August 2013 (weekdays only) from 9am to 12pm.

You will also all be able to purchase them on the Inservice days Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th August.

The costs are; New ties £5.50 Blazer Badges £1.50

Thanks to all who have supported the school in any way this past year and I wish you all an enjoyable summer.

J Holmes

The Scottish Education

An interesting article that discuses the fundamental differences between the Scottish/English systems and explores what the Scottish Education System is trying to achieve;

and a futher article from the Scotsman