Thanks to everyone who helped with the hospitality for the rugby matches that took place last Saturday morning. We received many compliments about how welcoming we are and how polite our youngsters were. It’s a treat for me as head teacher to hear this, and I would like to extend my gratitude for all the support that we get from Haddington Rugby Club, parents, staff, and pupils.
On Wednesday night we had a really well attended S3-5 Information Evening about course choice. Thanks to everyone who came along. We were treated to a whistle-stop tour of everything that is available for our young people in the Senior Phase of school. I would like to thank representatives from Edinburgh College (http://www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk/ ) , the Academies Programme (http://www.southeastscotlandacademies.org/sesap.html) , East Lothian Works (http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/EastLothianWorks), and Skills Development Scotland (https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/), who attended. As ever, I pointed parents in the direction of the National Parent Forum of Scotland website that has some excellent resources (I particularly recommend http://www.npfs.org.uk/career-education-a-world-of-possibilities/ regarding careers). The evening kicked off the yearly cycle of course choice and, whilst we like to think that we have answered lots of questions, there still might be things that we haven’t thought of. Remember, there is no such thing as a daft question when it comes to helping your youngster decide on their future, so if you are unsure of anything, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Last night was the school’s, now annual, Burns’ Night. It was a grand affair with pupils and staff alike entertaining us all. The food was excellent and complemented the excellent speeches from Mr Swinney, Harry Bowles and Natalie Forrest. Mr Swinney was as eloquent as ever – claiming that Burns’ ability to empathise with others and be kind is what makes him special. Harry began his speech with a kind gesture of flowers and chocolates for his mother, and then went on to talk about the other “strong” women in his life. Natalie finished up with a spirited response to his Toast to the Lassies, letting him know properly where he stands in the pecking order! Mr Illingworth’s MC-ing kept everything ticking along, allowing for seamless transitions throughout the evening. Thanks to all those who went to make the event such a success – from those who came in to set the tables, to those who sang and played for us. The Pipe Band played with skill and gusto, the Chamber Choir was a treat, and the Goat’s Toes were toe-tappingly good. As ever, we could not have done it without the hard work and support of parents, pupils and staff, aided and abetted by our own Mrs Ball.
Next week the S3 have coursing appointments and there is an S3 Parents’ Consultation Evening on the 2nd.
Have a good week.