Paul Cunningham, one of our rising young rugby players, represented East Lothian and Borders last Saturday when they took on Edinburgh at Murrayfield Stadium. East Lothian and Borders were narrowly beaten 26-19 despite Paul managing to score a try and kick two conversions. This was the fulfilment of Paul’s dream to play at Murrayfield and we are all immensely proud of him – hopefully this is the first of many times that he will play on the hallowed turf.
On Tuesday evening some of our S1 pupils returned to Yester Primary School to help out at an Internet Safety Evening that was being run there. The pupils gave their perspective on the safe use of the Internet and showed the primary pupils and parents some of the educational tools that we use in secondary school. Thanks to Mr Dempster and Mr Blair for accompanying our pupils and helping them put together a presentation that I know was really appreciated.
The Jazz Band has been out and about this week, playing at the Macmillan Cancer Support concerts. They played at both performances alongside pupils from other East Lothian schools. I didn’t manage to get along, but I am reliably informed by audience members that the group was, as usual, outstanding.
Last night we had a very successful S5/6 Parents’ Night. It was well attended and it’s always a pleasure to meet up with parents with whom we have developed a relationship over the last few years. Outside of parents’ evenings, if there is anything any parent wants to ask about their child’s educational experience, they should get in touch.
Today we are “Wearing it Pink” for cancer research – I know it’s a week later than everyone else, but we thought, given that it’s Hallowe’en tomorrow, that we would roll them all up in one. Pupils are donating what they can to help support early detection of cancer. It’s lovely to see how generous our pupils are, and how quick they are to think of other people. Particular thanks should go to the S6 Charities’ Committee for getting us all organised.
I heard some excellent news this week about a former pupil – Katie Archibald. “During her ‘Year in Industry’ programme placement, Katie, who is about to start her degree in General Engineering at the University of Cambridge, significantly enhanced the accuracy of predictions of modern radar modes, by developing an advanced clutter model which simulates expected clutter (radar reflections from the ground) using free Ordnance Survey map data. To develop the clutter model, Katie taught herself programming and designed her own software to draw 3D objects. As a result of Katie’s outstanding work, Selex ES has been able to reduce the number of flight trials required in testing and development. The company anticipates that this will result in significant savings each year, as well as being more environmentally friendly.” (selex-es.com) I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to Katie, and wish her all the best as she starts her university career.
The PSP meets next week (Wednesday at 6.15pm in the Library), and any parent is welcome to attend.
Have a very good week.