As the S4 Prelim exam diet draws to a close it’s an appropriate time to thank our invigilators again for the great job they have done under Mr Thomson’s leadership. For their part the invigilators have all commented on how polite and attentive all students have been as they have sat their examinations and the following comment best sums up their view:
‘…I wanted to say how calm and straightforward the prelims have been, the best year ever and I have done a few.’
That calmness and composure can sometimes mask anxiety, a lack of confidence and a high level of stress and I would like, this week, to highlight the work of Guidance teachers in being there to support students; to encourage them; to bolster their self-esteem and to build their resilience. Given some of the issues our young people face the pastoral support provided by our Guidance team can be outstanding.
Once again this week colleagues have been travelling the length and breadth of Scotland to give our pupils opportunities to engage in national events. Miss MacLennan took a team to Edinburgh to compete in the Finals of ‘Deasbadbtalba’, the Gaelic Debating competition which was broadcast live on the Scottish Parliament channel and on Radio nan Gaidheal; Miss Preece was with a team at the Maths Challenge And Miss Davey took a group of Advanced Higher Biology students to Aberdeen University. As always, thank you to all teachers involved in providing such a rich programme of activities that support the curriculum.
The sense of community in the school is apparent to see when we host school events like last night’s Christmas Fayre. Despite the poor weather we had over 30 stallholders and hundreds of people in attendance. The senior students involved did a great job in welcoming guests and taking care of housekeeping, as did members of the Parent Council, Ms Caroline Brechin and Mrs Colleen Knight, who so kindly provided refreshments for everyone. Some of those senior students who put in a late night have also been raising awareness this week of the Anthony Nolan Trust and encouraging both staff and pupils to sign up as stem cell donors.
Have a relaxing weekend, particularly if you’ve just sat your prelims!