Head Teacher’s Blog

HT BLOG – October 28th 2019

Information has been sent to all parental contacts via text message regarding changes to our school app. The name of the app has changed to ‘School App for Parents’ and can be downloaded from the app store (or Android equivalent) for FREE. Follow the steps below to access the new app:

Step 1: Search for ‘School App for Parents’ in App store or Equivalent (see logo above)

Step 2: Once downloaded, select St Maurice’s High School

Step 3: Access information about our school

Step 4: Share information about the app with friends and family!

You will also be aware that the Retail Park has opened across from the school and whilst this has brought challenges, it has also presented us with an opportunity to establish business links. Marks and Spencer have offered an opportunity for a group of young people in S3 to become ‘Apprentices for a day’ and we are keen to take this forward. Similarly, it has been pleasing when visiting the stores to see some former and current pupils gaining employment. I have also visited each store as it has opened and we are keen to develop our links with all of the stores over the coming months. However, we have had challenges too with regards to young people crossing the road at the small island rather than using the crossing. This week, assemblies are being held to remind all young people of their responsibilities and also of the fact that they represent the school when in the shops. We want them to be positive ambassadors for the school and also to be mindful of their safety when travelling to and from the Retail Park.

Provost Jones visited St Maurice’s a couple of weeks ago and we discussed the difficulties with the crossing. I am pleased to inform you that railings will be put in place to encourage all of our young people to use the crossing and this should address some of the concerns raised from members of the public, with regards to Road Safety. As we are now entering into the darker nights and mornings, I would ask all of our young people to be sensible and responsible when travelling to and from school and also when going out of school during the interval and lunch break.

Next week, on Monday November 4th there is a meeting in the school at 6pm to finalise arrangements for our Christmas Fayre. At present, there is a great deal of planning and preparation going on to ensure that the Christmas Fayre is as great an event as it was last year! The date this year is Saturday, November 23rd and our Christmas Fayre will be from 10am – 1pm. There are a lot of stalls already booked and we are also looking forward to welcoming our special visitor on the day! Please come along and support the school and we celebrate this great community event!

Friday of this week is the Feast of All Saints and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Archbishop Leo Cushley will join us in the school all will celebrate Mass for S1, S6 and for Primary 7 pupils from St Patrick’s, Kilsyth as the school is in the Archdiocese of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh. Fr Mulholland will also celebrate Masses for S2, S3, S4 and S5 on Friday afternoon.

Catholic Education Week takes place from the Feast of St Margaret (November 16th) until the Feast of St Andrew (November 30th) and staff and pupils from the school will be visiting our partner Parishes on Sunday, November 24th. We look forward to sharing some information with parishioners around the theme for this year, which is ‘Promoting Gospel Values’.

As you will see from the list of dates below, we are entering a very busy time in the school calendar. There are just over seven school weeks until the Christmas holidays and a lot to cram in between now and then! I will update the Blog in advance of the Prelim Examinations however, our School Calendar and the Prelim Exam timetable will both be available from the school website and on our Blog should you need them!

Dates for your dairy

Monday 4 November                     –              Parent Council (6.30pm in the school library)

Thursday 7 November                   –              S5/6 Parents’ Evening

Monday 18 November                  –              INSET day

Tuesday 19 November                  –              INSET day (additional day)

Saturday 23 November                 –              Christmas Fayre

Sunday 24 November                    –              Catholic Education Sunday

Monday 25 November                  –              S1 Parents’ Evening

Friday 29 November                       –              Prelim examinations begin