I hope that everyone had a good February Week and that we’re all ready for the next 4 weeks’ of hard work. Tuesday morning saw me arriving at Edinburg Airport at 5am to meet up with our “Dragon’s Den” winners for their visit to Canon UK HQ at Woodhatch. Thankfully, Carla, Hannah, Gavin, Mark and Gordon were all on time (thanks to parents for ensuring that) and we were happily ensconced on the 6.20am flight down to Gatwick. The day was full-on and fascinating. We had meetings and presentations from some very busy people and I would like to thank them all for their input and enthusiasm:
Rob Ferris – Sales Director – BIG – Business Imaging Group
Lyn Holmes – Financial Director of Canon UK and Ireland
Hayley Price – Contracts Administrations Manager – Canon UK Ltd
Richard Wolfe – PR and Communications Manager
Matt Denchfield – Bid Team Manager – Canon UK Ltd
Jane Hicks – HR Manager – Canon UK Ltd
Rob Wilson – Sales Manager – S&E Team
Georgie Scott – Marketing Executive
They could not have been more helpful. The pupils were an absolute credit to themselves and the school, asking pertinent and interesting questions throughout the day.
The aim of the day was to give the young people an insight into the world of work, how a multi-national corporation functions, and to offer them support and mentoring as they take their next steps into the world. I can only say that I wish that I had had such an opportunity as a youngster. Our work with Canon continues, and we very much value their partnership with the school. I look forward to the many more opportunities that will be afforded to our pupils as a result of our collaboration.
Exam preparation moves on apace with the senior historians taking things very seriously indeed. In the week before the February Break they invited had Bill Glennie (retired History teacher, former SQA marker and setter) in to school. He gave a lecture on the sources relevant to the Wars of Independence and then spoke to the pupils about their dissertations. He totally inspired the pupils and staff. When he left he said that he was extremely impressed with our pupils - they were polite, well-mannered and the hard work they are doing is shining through in their ability to discuss complex topics. We are really lucky to have Bill’s support and we would like to thank him for taking time out to spend with our pupils.
Earlier this month I received a letter from “Maggie’s” to compliment the hard work of Amy Winter (one of our S2 pupils). Amy has raised £861 for Maggie’s Edinburgh. All the services at Maggie’s Centres are free of charge and, as a result, they rely very heavily on fundraising. I am delighted that Amy has done so much to make a difference to others.
Please remember that we are hosting the “New Spirit” concert in conjunction with Haddington Pipe Band on Saturday at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and are great value for money. I look forward to seeing you there.
Have a great week.