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24 February 2017 – All through

Dear Parents and Carers

After our very welcome short break, it was back to work this week across the nursery and school.  Before the break, we celebrated our Rights Respecting Schools days across the school. On Monday we focussed on the Global Goals and Tuesday was the Day for Change where we thought about our right to play and rest. The children (and staff!) in the nursery and primary really embraced the theme and came dressed in a variety of fabulous costumes of games and game characters…including monopoly characters, twister boards, PAC man, Mario Brothers, scrabble letters and boards! We raised money for pennies for the playgrounds appeal too.

On 14th Feb primary pupils were involved in a gymnastics tournament at Bell’s Sports Centre with two teams accompanied by Mrs Tomb from the PE department. Our A team came second and are going to the Nationals! P6 and P7 Cross Country teams also participated successfully at Scone Palace.  On 23rd Feb representatives from p4-7 were ambassadors for the school in the community warden annual quiz and were great. This week, pupils from P6 presented to their peers about the benefits of Perth 2021, and P7 also took part in a number of ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ events in school – highlighting the importance of tolerance, respect and understanding of one another.

In the secondary, nearly 50 S2 pupils returned from a fantastic week in Pila, Italy from their ski trip.  The feedback from pupils and parents was terrific and many spoke of it being the best week of their lives!  Thanks to Mr Barker and all the staff for organising this.  Preparations have already started for the 2018 ski trip. Current S1 pupils interested in participating in the Italy Ski Trip next year should obtain an information sheet from Mr Barker.

Earlier this week, Miss Hardie and 4 senior pupils were given the opportunity to see the Sirens Vs Wasps Super League Netball match at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. This was a joint trip with some of Perth Grammar school’s Senior Netball team. They all commented on how it was a great opportunity to see professional netball and learn some skills and tricks for use in training and future matches. An excellent night was had by all.

At this time of year, pupils from S2-S5 are looking ahead and making course choices.  We have completed this process for S2 and we are nearing the end of the S4/5 choices. S3 course choices commence on 10 March.

The campus has been treated to an exciting week of Science courtesy of the Strathearn Science Festival.  In the primary, activities ranged from: Nursery and P1 becoming Wild Planet Explorers, a drama, music and science workshop, while P4 journeyed into space in the Cosmos Planetarium, P5 became computer game designers, P7 were learning about the science of light in Light Lab, a highly interactive workshop, while P3 and P6 were entertained by a Science or Magic show.  In Secondary, S1 and S3 Design and Manufacture pupils were learning about Smart Materials, and S2 were learning about Colour: The Science behind the sense.  S1 were learning about ‘Shape, With a Difference’ and a range of science classes were creating large, complex, everyday molecules in the molecules workshop.  The week has been action packed and to quote a pupil, ‘It was more than interesting, it was fun!’

Today marked the retiral of Mrs Terry from our primary school.  Mrs Terry retires after 28 years of services.  We thank her for her invaluable contribution and wish her the very best for a long and happy retirement.

Looking ahead

  • Ash Wednesday is on 1 March.  We will be holding services and the distribution of ashes for all year groups in the primary and secondary.  Many thanks to the Chaplaincy Team and our local priests and deacons for their help.
  • S4/5/6 Targeted Parents’ Evening will be held on 2 March
  • Primary Parents’ Evenings are on 6th & 8th March.  Our primary Book Fair will be in school this week also.  New school uniforms will be available to view and order at parents’ evening too
  • S3 Parents’ Evening will be held on 9th March.  An information session will be held beforehand.
  • A special Eco-assembly will be held on 17 March were we will be presented formally with our Green Flag.  This is the 2000th Green Flag to be issued in Scotland and the Depute First Minister and the head of Keep Scotland Beautiful will be here to mark this occasion
  • Our Easter Fayre will be held on Saturday, 18th March.  Please do come along if you can to support this Parent Council event.

Finally, the Pennies for the Playgrounds appeal continues and you will be hearing more about how you can help shortly as we aim to raise £35,000 for improving our own playground and the play area in the grounds of the Budimex Marie Curie Hospital and Recuperare Clinic in Bucharest.  We have been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative and we will be launching a crowdfunding appeal during Lent.  As you may know, currently some areas of our primary playground have been roped off and we are working closely with our facilities manager to improve the situation in the short and longer term.  Our playground improvements are really essential, so I thank you so much for all the support you continue to give.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader