School news 17th September 2010

S4 Prelims – Pupils are already working with their teachers preparing and planning for their exams, which start at the end of November.  Parents should be aware that S4 should now be focused on these exams.  They have been given appropriate materials for their subjects and advised about the steps they need to take to achieve their best grades. We would ask that parents support pupils in preparation for these important exams.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Kieron Morrison was presented with his Bronze DofE certificate and badge at assembly recently.  Well done to Kieron!

Other Pupil Success – Over the summer Sofie Banister (S2) took part in various horse shows and trials in Perthshire, the Borders and Cumbria.  She did very well picking up several awards including a qualifying position in the BSPS Summer Championship Show.  Sofie is to be congratulated on her current riding success.  Well-done Sofie!

Future Energy Supplies – All pupils in the school attended a lecture in school recently about the looming energy crisis.  This presentation highlighted the renewable energy options that are currently available, but pointed out that the technologies are not yet up to the required standard, and that much research and development needs to take place over the next 20 years in order to be able to meet the demand for energy.  Further to this S3-S6 physics pupils then attended a lecture in Millburn Academy on the 8th September, sponsored by the Institute of Physics, which focused on nuclear fusion and the part it could play in helping to meet the energy needs of the future.  At both events one of the main messages given in the midst of economic uncertainly was that this is one area that will have to grow!

School Badges & Uniform – Last week pupils had the opportunity of receiving an embroidered badge for their blazers.  Many people in the local community have commented on the improved turnout of the pupils recently.  The Rector at Millburn Academy emailed to say that it was ‘fantastic’ to see our pupils arrive for the Science Lecture (mentioned above) ‘resplendent in uniform’.

Crofting Study – In Geography the first years are looking at crofting as part of a joint farming project with our link school in Malawi.  1B visited Mrs. Fraser’s croft in Big Sand and there is a visit planned for 1A.  As well as asking lots of questions about crafting, the pupils enjoyed meeting the pigs, ducks, cat and sheep and seeing the machinery and tools used on the croft.  They also went up to see the old fank, where the sheep used to be dipped.  Thanks to Mrs. Fraser for this opportunity.  Click here to see some photos.

Royal Mail  (Book) Awards – Pupils from S1–S4 are being asked to vote on the winner of the Royal Mail Award 2010 in the Teenage category. The awards recognize excellence in Scottish writing and are run by the Scottish Booktrust.  The winners of the awards are decided entirely by children in schools and libraries across Scotland, reading and voting for their favourite books.  The Librarian and English teachers are in the process of setting up a RMA book group which will meet every other Monday over lunchtime to discuss and vote for the short listed titles.  Then the final votes will be cast in January.  The three books shortlisted for the award this year are: Crossing the Line by Gillian Philip, The Witching Hour by Elizabeth Laird & Grass by Cathy MacPhail.

Website update –  We now have a link on the Parent News page to recent newsletters that have been sent home with pupils.  These don’t always get home so now you can check the website for copies although you might want to look in the school bag first!  The link is on the right hand side of the page and can be seen by clicking here or on the image above.

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