Christmas newsletter

17 December 2012

 

Dear Parent/Carer

 

As we approach Christmas, I want to take this opportunity to share with you some of the highlights of the last term and to provide you with some key information.

 

Firstly we are delighted to report that once again our pupils excelled in the SQA examinations which were published in August. Our best results to date resulted in an even greater number of departments reporting 100% pass rate at a number of levels. Hard work, high expectations, a strong commitment and improving aspirations amongst pupils have all played a significant part in that success and we look forward to maintaining and indeed increasing our performance in the current session! Our recent S4 prelim examinations provided a key milestone on that journey to success for pupils and our S5/6 pupils can look forward to a similar experience after Christmas.

 

There has been a number of staffing changes in recent weeks and months. Mr Kidd was appointed acting principal teacher of physical education following the departure of Mr Imrie and we welcomed Mr Kennedy and Mr Gilmour to the department. We also welcomed Mrs Mills and Ms Hutcheson to mathematics, Ms Campbell to home economics and Mr Gray to geography. Mr Shaw came from Williamwood High School as our new principal teacher of RMPS following the retirement of Mrs Roud. We welcomed back Mrs Dorans from maternity leave and bade farewell to Mrs Early who has just begun her maternity leave! Mr McGovern has replaced Mrs Early in the English department.

 

As we continue to develop and embed the new Curriculum for Excellence, our pupils are benefiting from a range of opportunities planned by staff to improve the range and quality of their learning experiences. We cannot do justice to these opportunities in this newsletter but some of the recent activities have included a ‘Be a Part of Engineering Construction’ Roadshow which was designed to illustrate to students the exciting and prosperous careers available to them in the ever-growing sector of engineering and construction. Kirkintilloch Speakers' Public Speaking competition saw two of our pupils winning praise from both the audience and the competition officials.  

Senior pupils and the S3 Xl class have been busy fundraising for the Yorkhill Foundation. A range of fun activities organised by pupils including a "Christmas Wish", being hung on the school Christmas tree. Each wish that is made raises 50p for the Yorkhill Foundation. 

 

Pupils in modern languages sent Christmas greetings in French, German and Spanish to their counterparts in a Spanish school, the Instituto Juan de la Cierva.

 

 

Audiences have enjoyed some outstanding performances by pupils studying drama at Higher, Advanced Higher and Intermediate 2 levels. In addition a group of S2 and S4 pupils took up the challenge of entering the Schools’ Shakespeare Festival and rehearsed tirelessly from August until the performance date in November. The music school too, following their very successful trip to Barcelona continues to go from strength to strength. Securing an increasing number of bookings , the most recent of which was a performance at the St Andrew’s Ambulance Awards in the City Chambers where they had the honour of singing with the winner of the X Factor!  Finally, our art and design department held a very successful art and photography exhibition recently where the talents and skills of our pupils were featured.

 

We continue to have some difficulties with inconsiderate parking and driving in the school grounds. As you are aware, our priority must be the health and safety of our young people and to that end we would ask that, if the drop off/pick up zone is full you should park in the designated car parking spaces. I would also ask you to respect both the designated crossing area for pedestrians when entering and leaving the school and the disabled parking bays. All cars parked in this area must have the appropriate badge displayed clearly in the windscreen.

 

I would like to make a plea on behalf of our office staff who are in possession of a large number of clothing and footwear items which, despite frequent reminders, remain unclaimed! If, therefore, you are aware that you have not seen your son/daughter’s jacket, blazer, shoes, gloves etc for some time, please send them to the school office as a matter of urgency!

 

Earlier in this newsletter, I commented on the forthcoming prelim examinations for S5/6 pupils. In order that our pupils continue to secure the academic success which we have enjoyed in recent years, it is important that pupils excel in their prelim examinations. In order for that to happen, we need your help by ensuring that your child spends some time during the holidays on their studies!

 

As you are aware, at this time of year, we can experience periods of inclement weather which at its most extreme, can lead to school closures. Ever mindful of the importance of ensuring good communication with parents and carers, we are currently updating our website and plan to make that one of numerous vehicles for keeping you informed of developments, activities and key events. In the event of extreme weather, the East Dunbartonshire Council website will also be regularly updated.

 

As we now look forward to a very busy second term, I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the staff and pupils of Kirkintilloch High School, to wish you a healthy, happy and safe Christmas.

 

Finally, a reminder that school closes on Friday 21 December at 2.30 and will re-open on Monday 7 January at 8.55.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

E Muir

Headteacher