Parents and pupils experiences of learning or teaching of languages in primary schools

An inquiry into the teaching of foreign languages in primary schools has been launched by the European and External Relations (EER) Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

 The Committee would welcome views from parents, teachers and pupils for its inquiry on their experiences of learning or teaching of languages in primary schools. More information on how to send views to the Committee is available on the Committee’s website at:

 http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/56920.aspx

 Earlier this year, the Scottish Government recommended that children should learn a second language from Primary 1 and that learning of a third language should start no later than Primary 5. The EER Committee has determined that it wants to look at this policy aim, the capacity within the curriculum for this, and the role of languages in supporting the economy.

 Issues to be explored in the Committee’s investigations include funding (including use of EU funds); the skills base and teaching resources available for language tuition; the capacity within the curriculum to accommodate greater language study; the choice of languages for teaching; and the role of languages in economic development.

The European and External Relations Committee

Premier trip

Any S2 or S4 pupils who wish to enter a ballot for a place on a trip to Etihad Stadium to watch Manchester City v Chelsea on Sunday the 24th of February should see Mr. Brown in the P.E. Department as soon as possible. There are very limited S4 tickets and only approx 15 S2 tickets available so be quick!

Please note that you should not enter the ballot if you cannot be available on this date and you should be aware that the cost of this trip is £46. Please check with someone at home that you can definitely come before you enter the ballot.

The ballot will take place next Thursday, 24th of January and a list of successful applicants will be posted in PE.

Darren Shan Author Visit

The author Darren Shan will be visiting the school on Wednesday 23 January to talk about his new series of books “Zom-B”.  Over 100 pupils from all year groups have put their names down to attend this visit.  Pupils should check the noticeboard outside the library to make sure that they are on the list to attend.  The talk will start at 1.15pm in the school theatre but all pupils must be seated by 12.55pm at the latest.  The talk will end at 2.45pm.  There will be Darren Shan books (including the Zom-B series) for sale at the event for pupils to buy and get signed by the author.

Miss McEachern will be issuing a letter to all pupils attending the visit at the start of next week with all the details of the event and book prices.