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MAY 2001


Headteachers Remarks

Responsibility for our community and our environment is an important aspect of our Social Education programme. We often speak in assemblies about this, yet, there is regular concern in the area around our school (indeed every school) about the amount of litter created.

We work hard to improve within the school e.g. by providing space for re-cycling units for glass and paper, by recycling paper ourselves and by ensuring there are sufficient litter bins and seeing that litter is regularly collected - our janitorial team are excellent at this.

But, young people reflect attitudes in society and litter is an issue for adults and young people in this community. Please work with us to impress on all people in our community that a clean environment is a better one. We were pleased to receive helpful suggestions from a parent recently and all suggestions about how we can help our community to create a cleaner environment are welcome.

Colin Finlayson

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Great Outdoors

A residential experience for students in S.1 has become a tradition at Gillespie’s and this year is no exception. As a departure from our usual venture to the Scottish Borders we are this year going to Lochgoilhead in Argyllshire.

As part of our Alternative Timetable during the last week of term we are offering a residential outdoor pursuits activities week.

Initial information has already gone out to students and parents and of course more will follow. Students who do not wish to take part will be offered other activities in the Alternative Timetable programme.

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Howzat

Congratulations to Sean Weeraratna 4G4, Sunil Bhopal 4G2, Vijay Bhopal 3G6 and Steven Elder 2G7 who have all been selected to play for the Lothian Local Authority Schools’ Cricket XI.
Congratulation also to Murray Lyon 2G8, who has been selected to play for Scotland at Ice Hockey.

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Exams

We wish all students about to start exams on 14 May GOOD LUCK! Focussed and well-planned study is very important in maintaining and improving the chance of a good result in the exams. Please encourage and support your daughter or son during this period.

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Comenius

Mr Ferguson, Ms Furie and eight S.4 students have recently returned from a very successful week in Austria. Together with students and teachers form a number of European countries, they took part in a series of educational and cultural events in and around Vienna. To read further about this adventure and to find out more about the COMENIUS project, look out for our special ‘COMENIUS Newsletter’ in your child’s rucksack soon!

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Maths Challenge

The UK Intermediate Maths Challenge for 3rd and 4th year students was held in February. We entered 80 students from S3/4 and also 9 from S2. 49 students received Gold, Silver or Bronze certificates, with 2 of the certificate winners coming from S2.

Four students from S4 - Joel Raffel, Sunil Bhopal, Jackie Leung and Rachel Edwards did exceptionally well and have been invited to participate in the International Intermediate Invitational Challenge.

1 boy from S2, Jan Gondzio also did very well and he was invited to take part in the European Kangaroo Challenge last month. He has just received a certificate of Distinction for being in the top 25% of participants. Well done!

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New Heating

We have had a lot of difficulties with heating in the past year, mostly due to the fact that our boilers are old and difficult to keep in operation. The Council are currently changing our boiler system from Oil to Gas and installing new control panels in each building. We look forward to more secure heating next winter!

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Sports Fair

We are delighted to be hosting the Sports Fair this year. This is a major event taking place on the evening of 20th June at which local sports clubs participate and show what is available for young people. This adds to our own programme of team sports and other individual sports offered in school. Please put this date in your diary. More information next month.

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New Grass!

The grass area outside our Design & Technology building had become a mud bath in recent years after fencing around the grass area fell apart. We have now had this covered with tarmac. The area looks much better and will reduce the amount of mud carried into the building on feet.

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Bikes Benches and Bins

We have recently installed more benches in the playground and more waste bins. Many thanks to the PTA for their support in funding this. We have also installed a number of new bike racks. These are extremely sturdy and secure and I would recommend that you encourage your child where possible to think about cycling to schooI. A healthy body is a healthy mind! All this is part of our regular aim to improve student facilities e.g. the introduction of student lockers two years ago.

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Diary Dates

7 May May Day Holiday
9 May Parent’s Network 7.30 p.m.
15 May School Board Meeting 7.00 p.m.
PTA Meeting 7.30 p.m
21 May Victoria Day Holiday
22 May In-service Day (student holiday)
24 May S1 Parents Evening (practical) 7.00 p.m.
29 May P7 Parents Info. Meeting 7.00 p.m.

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