October – November 2017
As you will see from our Newsletter we have had a busy start to the term. I enjoyed an excellent week long adventure with S1-S3s at the Outward Bound Centre Loch Eil in the shadow of Ben Nevis. We have been working with Outward Bound for six years now and they offer an experience for our young people. It was a privilege to see the character of our young people emerge as they faced the various challenges presented to them.
There has been much work done to improve the school buildings and we are particularly proud of our new creative learning lounge at the end of our social area. The learning lounge was funded by the Scottish Futures Trust as an ‘Inspiring Spaces’ project. It is radically different from a traditional classroom. This unique learning space has a range of furniture including sofas, easy chairs, café style, chairs and tables, benches, workstations and individual seating pods. The furniture and layout provides students with the opportunity to learn in an environment that suits them best. Teachers can facilitate learning in a variety of ways; group work, pair work, individual work and any combination of these!
We are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers and we have acted on feedback on the information we send out with our tracking reports. We hope there is more clarity and helpful advice for parents and carers to use when supporting their child’s learning.
You may have noticed in the press that there is a teacher shortage, particularly in Mathematics. We have solved our particular maths problem by asking Mr Guinn to switch from his guidance post to the Mathematics department for one year. I would like to pay tribute to Mr McGuinn for putting his own career priorities to one side for the good of the wider school. This change has meant that we have new staff in Guidance.
Dee House Mr Stewart
Forth House (formerly Mr McGuinn) Ms Jacobs
Tay House Ms Lundius / Ms Sweeney
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