PLEASE NOTE – FOR HEALTH SAFETY REASONS
NO STUDENT should go near the taped off brick wall in the area at the back of the BiteSite as it is dangerous and unstable. It will be repaired as soon as possible.
The new door security system has been in place for some months now, but can I please remind everyone that the centre door at the front of school is the main entrance and all pupils and visitors must enter the building there. It has come to my attention that staff and pupils are opening other doors and allowing people into the building. This is not acceptable and breaches our security procedures.
My thanks to the pupils for the 345 !!! author suggestions….. I think that’s quite sufficient for Books For All to get an idea of the type of authors we are interested in. The prize draw will be on Friday at break.
Mr N Smith
RED NOSE DAY BAKE SALE AND DRESS DOWN!
TODAY is a ‘dress down’ for Red Nose Day. Bring a pound to support Comic Relief and more pounds to make your purchases at the bake sale in the link corridor at break time – ‘cash & cake for charity!
N5 HOSPITALITY PRACTICAL COOKERY EXAM
This is happening on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Please allow the students to come to the Home Economics department as soon as they have been registered at registration so they can have enough time to prepare for the exam. This part of their exam counts towards 62% of their final mark. There is a copy of the times outside the Home Economics staff base for any pupil who has forgotten! Thank you!
S4&S5 COURSE CHOICE
Students are reminded that the return date for S4&5 Course Choice sheets is TODAY. By now, students should be speaking with class teachers, Guidance teachers and asking for teacher signatures for their chosen courses. Remember that there are three Foundation Apprenticeships advertised in Column D. These courses run for two years and take place on a Tuesday & Thursday afternoon at other Midlothian schools or at Penicuik & Beeslack, in the case of the Child Care course. If you have further questions, please ask.
RMPS MOSQUE TRIP
Could all pupils who are attending the RMPS trip to the mosque please ensure they have paid £3 to the office TODAY. Missing this deadline may jeopardize your place on the trip. If there are any issues with this please see Miss Graham.
VIKS NURSING INSIGHT DAY, SATURDAY 30 MARCH
WESTERN GENERAL HOSPITAL
An insight day will be held on Saturday 30 March, 9.15am – 2.30pm, at the Western General Hospital for all those interested in a career in nursing. This is aimed at all students from S4-S6 who wish to gain further knowledge of opportunities in this field. If you are interested in attending this event, please see Mrs Brandie as soon as possible.
S1 & S2 BOYS FOOTBALL
Boys football club is on Thursdays after school on the astro. All experience levels are welcome to come along. Please speak to the PE department for more details.
INTRO TO COLLEGE IN SCHOOLS GROUP TRIP TO GRANTON CAMPUS
TUESDAY 19 MARCH
The following pupils should meet me at the front of the school (bottom of the stairs) at 11.30am on Tuesday 19 February. They must either bring their lunch with them or pre-order and collect a lunch from the Bitesite in advance (the Bitesite staff are aware of this). Those eligible for free school meals will have a lunch waiting for them unless I am advised otherwise that this is not required. Bus tickets will be provided to get us there and back and school uniform must be worn. We will be back at school for 3.25pm. There is still one parental permission form to be handed in to me – no green form, no trip!
S2 SPECIALISATION & CHOICE – REMINDER
S2 Report Cards were issued on Friday 8 March. Teachers’ signatures for pupil choices will be available from Monday 11 March, and there is a Parents’ Evening next week, on Wednesday 13 March. From Monday, pupils are free to approach class teachers and Guidance teachers, and to ask for signatures for the courses they wish to take in S3&S4. Please feel free to ask for as much advice as you need. The return date for S2 choice forms is Friday 22 March. Thank you.
REMINDER – ITALY 2019
A reminder to those going on the Italy trip that the final payment of £250 is due by Wednesday 27 March. Please speak to Miss Docherty if there are any problems.
REMINDER – SPORTS COUNCIL & YOUNG AMBASSADORS
The next meeting of Sports Council will be on Monday 18 March at lunchtime in the PE classroom. Young Ambassadors should also attend this meeting. We will be completing the School Sport Award, therefore please ensure that you arrive early and bring your lunch with you.
Active Schools Coordinator
Q-Step Centre at the University of Edinburgh is inviting S5/S6 pupils to attend our exciting event ‘Go Figure! Understanding Inequality Through Digital Data’ on using digital data to understand the determinants and consequences of social inequality. This event is open to all S5/S6 pupils but could be particularly useful for those studying higher or advanced higher maths, statistics, geography, modern studies and other social subjects. Teachers and parents are more than welcome, but we’re happy for pupils aged 16 or over to come on their own. The event will be held on Wednesday 13 March 2019, 16:00-18:00 at the University of Edinburgh (Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, EH8 9LD).
Participants will gain:
- Skills and confidence in data analysis in Excel;
- An understanding of the range of ways in which digital data can help us answer social and political questions;
- Hands-on experience of how the application of maths and stats to social situations is fun, useful and interesting;
- The opportunity to chat with our current undergraduate students and find out how life at university is like.
- Awareness of the career opportunities open for graduates who combine knowledge of maths and Social and/or Political Science
The number of places is limited so please make sure you register early by speaking to Mr Saffhill as soon as possible
FANCY A CAREER IN MEDICINE?
There is an upcoming information evening aimed at ANY S2/S3 state school pupils who are thinking of pursuing a career in Medicine. The event is being organised by a charity called ‘You can be a Doctor’, which is run by senior medical students and doctors. Pupils and their parents are invited along to find out more about the unique requirements of applications to medicine, to hear about support on offer and more from current medical students and doctors. Full details are noted below:
Date: Tuesday 2 April 2019
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Auditorium A, Chancellor’s Building, 49 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SB
If interested , please speak to Mr Saffhill in Guidance.