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30 September 2016 – Focus on Secondary

Dear Parents/Carers

This week my blog focuses on the secondary departments, looking back at recent weeks and looking ahead to what’s in store over the coming weeks.

Looking back

  • Making Space.  This week our pupils from both primary and secondary were involved in an exciting event called Making Space.  Architecture firm Stone Opera and charity Children in Scotland are running a competition for architects around the world to submit a proposal for a space for children to thrive in.  Pupils from P6 right up to S6 were selected to be on the judging panel to help choose the winner and they really did a great job!  There were professional architects present from as far away as Finland, Portugal and Spain and they were genuinely impressed with the attitude and aptitude of our students.  Raffaele Esposito, Architect at Glasgow City Council said that, “It has been fantastic and deeply inspiring to be exposed to the young people’s enthusiasm and clever reasoning.”  Prof. Gordon Murray added that he enjoyed meeting “Some very smart and articulate students which gives comfort that our future might be in better hands than ours”.  The project will culminate in the Award Ceremony at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall at the end of November where our pupils will present the awards.  I am sure this will be a fantastic experience for everyone involved.  Well done to them and Mr Steven McLaughlin of the Design, Engineering and Technology department for leading our pupils.

  • The PKC Enterprising Maths Challenge was held today here at the Campus.  We hosted 17 teams from Perth and Kinross Secondary Schools who were competing in the first heats of the Scottish Enterprising Maths Competition. They have been challenged in problem solving, team building and strategising throughout four rounds of competition. The top two teams will progress to the National Final at Glasgow Science Centre in November. The event is being sponsored by AVIVA and supported by Perth and Kinross Council. Both our teams did well – coming in 1st and 4th overall.  Well done to all of the pupils involved and thanks to all staff.  Our picture shows the winning team (Alayah McLaughlan, Rebekah Rose, Col Young, Szymon Klus) and senior helpers.
  • Our Standards and Quality Report for 2015/16 has been published on our website.  You can access the report here.

Looking Ahead

  • House building in North Muirton.  We had a meeting with Robertson Construction recently who advised us that the final phase of house building will start during the October holiday in the area between Asda and Gowans Terrace/The Rookery and will last for 2 years. They have assured us that there should be no disruption to the day to day running of the school, but that it will cut off the shortcut through the housing scheme to and from Asda. The area will be fenced off, but pupils will need to be extra vigilant whilst walking around the building site as there will be more traffic than normal, including many HGVs. Fortunately, the access to the site for deliveries will be from Dunkeld Road, so we should not be affected by this. However, any increase in the volume of traffic is a concern as the number of vehicles coming to the Campus at the start and end of the school day is already causing difficulties. Once again, can I please remind you not to use the turning circle as a drop off/collection/parking point?  On a more positive note, Robertson Construction have a team of staff who work with schools to engage young people about the Construction industry. They have a number of opportunities that we hope to tap into over the next 2 years including site visits, work experience, work placements, health & safety awareness and lots more.
  • Trips – Romania and Hong Kong.  Next week, 8 of our senior pupils leave for Romania along with Mrs Ward and Mr McGuire. They will be volunteering in the Recuperare Clinic and Marie Curie Hospital in Budapest.  These are national centres for children in Romania.  The group will be taking along showbox gifts for the youngsters, and will also be visiting St Joseph’s, our partner school in Budapest.  The following week, a number of pupils are off to Hong Kong on an exchange visit for 2 weeks with Mrs Carroll in partnership with Morrisons Academy and Perth Grammar School.
  • Just a reminder that all pupils should use their lockers for outdoor clothing/footwear and have full uniform during the school day within the building.  Winter is approaching so pupils should make good use of their lockers.  They should also ensure that any valuables are put in their lockers during the day (including mobile phones). If there are any difficulties with this, please contact your child’s Guidance Teacher.
  • By the end of term you will have received your child’s Term 1 ratings report (S1-S6).  This will give you an initial picture of how your child is settling down to work this year.  Information about the subjects your child is studying can be found here.

The October break is fast approaching – I wish you a great family break when it comes.

With every good wish,

Seán P Hagney

Headteacher and Campus Leader