As previously intimated, the new S5/6 will commence on Mon 3rd June.
We require to meet with some pupils who have been unable to fit in all their original choices due to timetable constraints. We will contact all individuals affected and would ask them to come in and meet with their Pastoral teacher at the times below over the period Wed 29 – Fri 31 May. If anyone else requires to have a further discussion about their original choices, they should also come in.
Times available for Pastoral Staff for interviews
Mr Maybury – Thursday 1 and 2
Miss McFarlane – Thursday 3 and 4
Miss Van Looy – Wed 5 and 6
Mrs Wallace – Wed 4 and 5
Mrs O’Neil – Wednesday 1 and 2
Miss Bradley – Thursday 1 and 2
Mrs Crawford – Wednesday 5 and 6
Mr Beaton – Wednesday 5 and 6
Timetables can be collected Friday 31 May (not before)
A reminder that the school is closed for the holiday weekend this Friday and Monday (24th – 27th May). We close at the normal time on Thursday.
(Note that the N5 & H Art & Design exams are on Friday and the H RMPS is on Monday)
Our S1, S2 and S3 pupils will move up into S2, S3 and S4 respectively on Tues 28th May as previously indicated. We plan to issue pupil timetables by this Thursday.
We had originally planned for the senior pupils to return on Wed 29th May. However following discussion at Parent Council last week, it was suggested that it would be better for pupils (and parents!) to make the return date Mon 3rd June, in line with other local schools. I am happy to agree to this.
This will also give an opportunity for us to speak to a few new S5/6 pupils whose initial subject choice does not fit the new timetable. We always avoid having such discussions during the exam period. We will contact these pupils individually and arrange meetings with them for Wednesday and Thursday next week.
All the activities were carried out in good spirits and our young people did themselves proud once again.
Their formal graduation and prom will take place on Thursday 6th June – hopefully they will have dried off by then!
Parent Council have also funded cones and ice cream for the next merit reward – given the recent weather ice cream will go down a treat.
For all parents of students signed-up for the watersports trip:
A reminder that the school will close this Thursday at 2.30 pm for the Easter Weekend and will reopen on Tuesday at the normal time.
Thursday will also be the S6 Leavers’ Day. S6 pupils should come into school at 10.40 am and will leave at 2.15 pm following the usual ‘special activities’ arranged for them!
See the separate posts about Study Leave, Revision Masterclasses and SQA exams.
As in previous years, we are running an exam diet for pupils in S3, this year from Tues 23rd April until Fri 10th May. We introduced this some years ago as part of our attainment-raising strategies and we believe it has contributed to the subsequent improvement in attainment.
It allows pupils (and parents) an opportunity to see whether they are on track with the learning in each subject area and also gives an early experience of the type of exam situation they will face in the prelims and the final SQA exams in S4.
Some exams will be held in the Games Hall to give a better taste of the ‘SQA experience’ but most will be held in classrooms during one of their subject periods.
S3 Exams 2019 PDF
The SQA Study Leave runs from Wed 24th April until Tues 28th May. S4 pupils sitting a significant number of National 5 courses and all S5/6 pupils may study at home with their parent’s permission. (Note – Other S4 pupils will have a special programme of activities and will be allowed to study at home on the day before an exam with their parent’s permission).
During this period we have arranged an additional ‘Masterclass’ for each subject at which subject teacher(s) will be available to offer targeted study in preparation for each exam.
Pupils are encouraged to make use of these.
Pupils coming into school during the Study Leave period must be in full school uniform, whether for these sessions or to see a teacher.
master classes 2019
The Easter School programme has been proposed, consulted on and finalised with all S4, 5 & 6 pupils over the past few weeks and pupils have now signed up for the sessions that are of most use to them.
Once again staff are offering sessions covering most subject areas over the Tuesday – Thursday mornings of each week (and Friday in Week 2).
There is a £6.75 cost per morning which will cover 2 1.5 hour sessions and this should have been paid through Parentpay by now. Anyone wishing to join a session now should let the School Office know.
While we would not recommend any pupil to work throughout the holiday without taking a break, these sessions will offer the opportunity for some targetted support work in a structured setting so take advantage of the opportunity they give.
Easter School Classes – April 2019