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August 2001


Headteachers Remarks


We are delighted to welcome you all to the new session!

A particular welcome is given to parents whose first child is joining the school. Parents of all S1 students are invited to a social evening to meet senior staff, guidance staff and office staff on Tuesday 11 September at 7.30 p.m. - a letter will be sent home with S1 students giving the details of this event. There will be another opportunity in the first few months of term for parents of S1 students to see a class presentation - details will be issued to S1 students later.

Examination results are being published much later this year, on the day that S5 and S6 students are due to return! In order to allow students to receive their examination results at home on that day, they will be starting slightly later than normal and arrangements for this are detailed below.

We look forward to a new session in which everyone in our school community strives to:

ÿ Raise standards of achievement and attainment
ÿ Improve the already positive and hard working ethos
ÿ Improve standards of behaviour, attendance and timekeeping
ÿ Develop in students a commitment to respect and to care for other people.

Our school is committed to working with parents and students to achieve these aims and I encourage you to participate in the life of the school so that you work positively with us. The School Board, The Parent Teacher Association and Parents’ Network are the main parent bodies, but there are many other events for parents, which are detailed in the school calendar, which is issued with this newsletter.

I look forward to meeting you during the coming year as we work together to promote the best interests of children.
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Colin Finlayson

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S1-S4 students start Tuesday 14th August at 8.30a.m.

As the examination results do not arrive until Tuesday 14th August we have agreed the following start times;-
S.5 students start Tuesday 14th August at 10.00a.m.
S.6 students start Tuesday 14th August at 10.30a.m.

This will allow students time to get their results through the post. If the results have not arrived by the time the students need to leave for school we have asked them to come in and they can be shown a copy of their results by the guidance staff.

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Senior Sudents Induction Programme


Fifth Year Students:
On Tuesday 14th August fifth year students follow an induction course starting at 10.00a.m. The programme will concentrate on the skills needed for Higher Still courses such as extended essay writing, advanced reading skills and report writing.

Sixth Year Students:
The sixth year students will be taking part in a 2 day programme on Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 of August. On Tuesday 14th August students follow an induction course starting at 10.30a.m. which will concentrate on the development of listening skills, team working, planning and organising and equality issues.


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Mail Drop

You should have received the following documents in your new term package:
Newsletter Calendar Student Information Update Form
Anti-Bullying Policy PTA Letter Home-study information (S1-S4 only)
PE Information (S1 only) Responsible Use Policy (S1 only)
Copies are available at the School Office if you are missing any of the above

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Alternative Timetable

This took place this year from Monday 25 June until Wednesday 27th. We had, as always an exciting programme on offer with a varied list of activities including, something to suit every student. creative arts activities, sports activities and a wide range of trips.

This year we also had our prestigious and exciting Music Trip to Valkenburg, the first year residential, the second of the Trenches Trips and a Drama Trip to London.

We hope you agree the school staff does a wonderful job in committing themselves to this programme. It takes place when staff are probably fairly tired after an arduous term and usually involves an enormous amount of organisation. However, we feel it is worthwhile and … fun. If your son/daughter did not attend because of holiday commitments, please let us know.

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Links Sports Fair

The Links Sports Fair took place on the 20th June and was a great success. The initiative organised on behalf of James Gillespie's High School, Boroughmuir High School and St Thomas of Aquinas, aims to promote sport in schools and the community. A variety of clubs and organisations were represented, with practical demonstrations and guest celebrities. A big thank you to the large number of senior pupils and staff who helped with the running of the event. The sports fair will take place annually, so I look forward to next year being an even greater success.The Links Sports Fair took place on the 20th June and was a great success. The initiative organised on behalf of James Gillespie's High School, Boroughmuir High School and St Thomas of Aquinas, aims to promote sport in schools and the community. A variety of clubs and organisations were represented, with practical demonstrations and guest celebrities. A big thank you to the large number of senior pupils and staff who helped with the running of the event. The sports fair will take place annually, so I look forward to next year being an even greater success.

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Alternative Fashion Show


This The Art and Design Club started in October and have since been devoted to producing "Alternative Fashion". A group of keen students have worked there and at home on their "creations" and on Tuesday 19 June 2001 we saw just what talented designers we have!

Through our connections with the Royal Museums of Scotland, we were invited to stage our show in the main hall of the museum in Chambers Street. This was the first time any school had this opportunity and the students rose to the occasion by making and modelling the most amazing clothes and hats, using all sorts of materials.

Many of the new Sixth Year volunteered to help on the evening and their presence lent the occasion an air of solidarity with the participating pupils.

The audience was most appreciative and the Museum staff were most impressed.
The Art and Design Club started in October and have since been devoted to producing "Alternative Fashion". A group of keen students have worked there and at home on their "creations" and on Tuesday 19 June 2001 we saw just what talented designers we have!

Through our connections with the Royal Museums of Scotland, we were invited to stage our show in the main hall of the museum in Chambers Street. This was the first time any school had this opportunity and the students rose to the occasion by making and modelling the most amazing clothes and hats, using all sorts of materials.

Many of the new Sixth Year volunteered to help on the evening and their presence lent the occasion an air of solidarity with the participating pupils.

The audience was most appreciative and the Museum staff were most impressed. Grant Stott, a former pupil, kindly opened the show and compered for us.

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First Year Visit

Thursday 21 June – the end of a very successful and enjoyable 3-day Primary 7 visit. It is an exciting time for Guidance teachers, meeting students whom we will get to know very well over the next few years.

The 6th Year Befrienders did a magnificent job in helping the new students feel welcome and secure and many new friendships were made in the course of the visit.

A highlight was the Drama Workshop run by S4 students. Playing Drama games and making badges was great fun and everyone enjoyed watching the S4 Drama productions.

Our last activity was making Tibetan flags with individual’s wishes and fears written on them. They will be on display in August and we hope the wishes all come true and the fears are blown away on the wind
Thursday 21 June – the end of a very successful and enjoyable 3-day Primary 7 visit. It is an exciting time for Guidance teachers, meeting students whom we will get to know very well over the next few years.

The 6th Year Befrienders did a magnificent job in helping the new students feel welcome and secure and many new friendships were made in the course of the visit.

A highlight was the Drama Workshop run by S4 students. Playing Drama games and making badges was great fun and everyone enjoyed watching the S4 Drama productions.

Our last activity was making Tibetan flags with individual’s wishes and fears written on them. They will be on display in August and we hope the wishes all come true and the fears are blown away on the wind
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Staff Matters

We bid a fond farewell to the following members of staff;

George Meldrum (PT Geography) has left to take up a position at the University of Edinburgh.
Valerie Browning (PE Teacher) is returning to her native Australia.
Adrian Williams (ICT Officer) is moving to London to train as an Accountant.
Frank Gormlie (Media Teacher) is on a years leave of absence.
We wish them all well in their various new ventures.

Joining us at the start of the new term will be;

Michelle Conroy (Media), Michelle has worked for us on a part time basis over the last year. She will take over Mr Gormlie’s duties during his absence.
Fiona Osborne (H.E. Teacher) joins us from The Royal High School.

We look forward to working together with Fiona and Michelle.
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Website

We are delighted to announce the launch of the James Gillespie’s Web-site. Designed by Mr Nisbet from our Art Department, the site is both easy on the eye and the mouse. Please log on at www.jghs.edin.sch.uk and let us have your views on our first steps into cyberspace!

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The next JGHS Newsletter is due for publication on Tuesday 2nd October 2001. If you have any comments regarding the content or lay-out of the Newsletter please feel free to contact the Editor at the school or by email at admin@jghs.edin.sch.uk

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