School news 18th May 2007

The Eco Group would like to thank everyone who has donated used ink cartridges and old mobile phones: Stuart Allison and Neil MacIver of S2 have now packaged up 164 cartridges and 3 mobile phones, which will be recycled and the proceeds used towards sports kit for the school. We would also like to thank the library staff, who have found a central position for our collection box, and the S1 pupils who decorated it. All donations of cartridges (except Epson), phones, CDs, spectacles and stamps will continue to be gratefully received.

Study Leave – continues for S4, S5 and S6. S4 pupils return to school on the 28th May 2007. S5 return the following week on the 4th June.

S3 First Aid Course – For the second year running all S3 pupils have been given an Emergency First Aid course. This one-day course has proved very successful with pupils and staff alike. Staff take part alongside pupils to update their own first aid training.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expeditions – Although pupils work on the ‘DofE’ continuously the expedition season is limited by weather. On 11th and 12th May the new S3 Bronze candidates started their practical camping and walking with an overnight at Slattadale after an evening walk through from Tollie. In spite of the midges the pupils did well, appearing to enjoy themselves. With this experience they are better prepared for the next trip at the end of May. Thanks to Mr. Johnston, Miss Morrison and Miss Dean for supporting the pupils on this trip. The pupils have been preparing in school for several weeks now with additional help from Dr Caley. Silver walking and off-road cycling expeditions are also being planned.

Parent Meeting – Back in April we invited parents from each of the associated primaries to join a meeting in the High School to discuss the development of School Boards. A follow up meeting is planned for High School Parents. Details are given in the following message from our Board members.

The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 has changed the way in which parents are involved with the running of their school. All parents are already automatically members of their School Forum. School Boards will be abolished later this summer, and it will be up to each School Forum to decide how theirs should be replaced at their school. Parents who attended the lively presentation given on 19 April by Moira McCarrell, Highland Council’s Lead Officer for the implementation of the Parental Involvement Act, heard her recommend that a Parent Council be established – and a group of parents have now agreed to meet on Monday 28 May (7.30pm at the School) to discuss this further: whether a Council should be formed, how it should be constituted, etc. This vital meeting will be open to any member of the Parent Forum, not just those who could attend on 19 April. However, it would be very helpful if all parents who do take part could first have studied the advisory ‘Toolkit’ (especially its sections 7 & 8), which gives guidance as to this next stage: this is available on-line at www.parentzonescotland.gov.uk or copies can be requested from the School or the Board (via the Clerk: Duncan Donald, tel. 01445 781717). Recommendations from this ad hoc planning group will then be submitted to the whole Forum before adoption – but, if you want to have your say about the direction that parental input to managing the School should take, you really should be there on 28 May.

Rugby success – Former pupil Niall Caddell played in the number 6 jersey for the Glasgow Hawks against Edinburgh Academicals in the National Rugby Cup Final at Murrayfield on Saturday 5th May. Hawks won the final by 24 -13. We have a number of boys involved with Ross Sutherland Rugby Club. Stuart Allison and James Staddon nave been selected for the SRU Pathways Scheme which involves a number of residential training week ends at Highland Rugby Club in Inverness over the summer. The school has several enthusiastic players at the moment and we look forward to their continued success.

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