A Word from Mrs Ingham, Head Teacher

I had the privilege of attending a meal organised by QMU students on Monday night. It was held in the New Cookery School in Edinburgh and the students had designed, organised, cooked and served a three-course meal for about fifty people. The reason I was there, was Iona Croally, who was in S6 last year, and it was great to see how she is progressing through her degree. She took part in the Academies programme, run by Queen Margaret University and feels that that experience is one of the factors in how successful she is being.  I would also like to congratulate Calum Baillie on signing a 2 year contract with the BBC to learn how to be a Broadcast Operator.  He beat off stiff competition to get this opportunity.  I wish him well as he goes further in broadcasting.

Congratulations to Aidan Ballantyne, who, as part of the East Lothian, 4x100m Freestyle Relay (11-13yrs) Team, competing at Scottish National Age Group Swimming Competition, picked up a bronze medal. Apparently the team smashed their entry time and were extremely impressive.

On Monday night we had a staff versus pupils football match – Mr MacDonald writes: “Yesterday was a successful day for the staff in the football match against the S6 team with a comfortable 5-1 victory. Mr Gilholm slotted a penalty away, Mr Wands scored a screamer into the top corner from the edge of the box and Mr Crawford completed a perfect hat-trick. The S6's got a late consolation goal before the referee blew the final whistle. Thanks to all staff and pupils for taking part and to those who came down to support the game.”

Our two Young Enterprise teams went along to the Young Enterprise Awards’ Evening on Tuesday as they round off their experience. They performed well, and Clinks Mugs were rewarded with a 3rd place in the “Best HR Manager” category for the work of James Crow. It’s a great opportunity for our senior pupils, but is hard work. It’s good to see that it’s paying off for them.

The Spring Concert on Wednesday evening was a triumph. The numbers were upbeat, catchy and well performed. I would like to thank the parents for their support, the pupils for their performance and the Music Staff and Instructors for their perseverance and attention to detail. I couldn’t have been prouder of the pupils given their commitment and hard work.

Three letters have gone out via Pupil post this week. One to explain the rationale and practicalities of us moving back to a House Head system following our trialling of a Year Head system. The next is to let parents in S1 and S2 know that we have set up some cooking experiences for their youngsters next term. The third is to notify all parents and carers of a change to the Post-Inspection meeting that was set up for the 19 April. Unfortunately, Fiona Robertson found that she couldn’t, after all, make that meeting as she had once thought, so we have changed it to the next week of the 26 April. There is a Parent Council Meeting scheduled for that night, and I think we’ll move into that meeting once the first one has finished.

The school shuts for the Easter Holidays at 12.05pm today. We will be open for S4-S6 pupils on the Monday 10 April to Thursday 13 April (inclusive) for Easter Revision.

The school will reopen for the start of term at the usual time on Tuesday 18 April.

Have a great fortnight.

S Ingham