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November 2001


Headteachers Remarks

We want all young people to feel secure in school and we work hard to achieve that. Parents can help us by taking sensible precautions and helping their child to think about what is sensible and what is NOT sensible to do. For example we regularly hear of young people carrying large sums of money to school for an after school shopping trip - £40-£50 and above! We also hear that some children carry mobile phones worth £200 and at least one of these has been lost in school or on the way to school. If there are losses in school then we always try to investigate, but we do not have the resources or the skills of the Police! If theft is suspected we will always involve the Police.

Please help your child to be secure by helping them to use common sense:

No young person should carry more than a few £s to school - they should NEVER carry large sums of money.
We believe there are few justifications for carrying a mobile phone to school, but If you judge that your child needs a mobile phone during the school day, then please make it the cheapest one possible. Expensive mobile phones make young people a theft target if they have them out in the street.
NEVER send your child to school with a large sum of money to pay for a school excursion - Always use a cheque. If you do not have a bank account please bring the money in yourself.

Please use these sensible precautions to help avoid the distress caused when a young person loses money or a valuable item.

Colin Finlayson

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Winter Fair


The annual Winter Fair will take place on Saturday 24th November from 10.00 – 12.00. This year Gillian de Santos will be co-ordinating a Craft stall. If you wish to have any items sold please contact Gillian on 447-6158. The school Hall will also be open on the Friday Evening (23rd) from 6.00 – 9.00 p.m. and on the morning of the fair from 9.00 a.m. to receive donations such as books, bric a brac, baking etc.. If you require anything to be picked up please contact Barbara Robson on 667-1622

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UCAS Applications


Parents of S.6 & some S.5 students will be aware that the first drafts of the UCAS application forms were due in on the 25th October in order to do justice to the school "back up" required to complete the application.

Could you please impress upon your child that in order to meet the externally imposed deadline, the internally produced deadlines (issued September) have to be met.

So far so good.

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The French Exchange


Pupils who have applied to take part in this year's French Exchange will have details of their exchange partners this week. 32 pupils from S2 and S3 will be taking part in the exchange with the Collège Beaussire in Luçon, France. This exchange link has existed since 1980. As there are 37 pupils from France who would like to come to Edinburgh I (Mr MacLeod – Modern Languages Department) would very much like to hear from families with children in S2 or S3 who would be prepared to host a French child for a week just before the Easter holidays.

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Staff Matters


Margaret Henderson a Clerical Assistant at Gillespie’s for over 25 years has left to take up a Senior Clerical post at Broughton High, we wish Margaret well. Her replacement will be Karen Statham who has worked with us on a part-time basis for the last 6 months.
In P.E. Lisa Fallon has been appointed on a permanent basis after a successful temporary spell at Gillespie’s, she will be joined by Mark Nasey who has come to us via New Zealand and Glasgow! Good luck and welcome to both of them.

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Music Department News


Carol Concert Tuesday 11 December 2001 Usher Hall
Preparations are well underway for this year’s concert.
The concert will feature over 350 performers with items being presented by our wind bands, orchestras, jazz band, guitar and clarsach ensemble and choirs. We also welcome performers from our associate primaries.
Santa has promised that he will still find us in our new venue!
Tickets will be on sale from December 1 and information about prices will follow.
We look forward to seeing you.

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Congratulations..........


to Rebekah Searl S.1 Astrid Brown, Luci Wallace, Marianne McAra all S.2 Jonathan Barber S.4 Debbie Grant, Bethany Anderson all S.5 who performed with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra at their annual concert in the Usher Hall last month.

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National Concert Band Festival

lOur Senior Wind Band is to compete in the Scottish heat of this years National Concert Band Festival. This takes place at St Margaret’s Academy, Livingston on Sunday 18 November. This is the first time we have entered for a national competition.
We wish them well!

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Dates for your Diary



12 November S4 Parents Consultation Meeting
7.00 – 9.00

12 November Beginning of S4 Work Experience week

20 November PTA 7.30 – 8.45
School Board 7.00 –9.00

24 November Winter Fair 10.00 – 12.00

26 November S4 Prelims begin

28 November Parents Network meeting – open to all parents

29 November S5/6 Parents Consultation Meeting
7.00 – 9.00

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Something for Christmas


Mr Crosbie in the English Department has recently edited an anthology of poetry called "Such Strange Joy: ten years of Shore Poets". With new poems by dozens of contemporary Scottish poets, and published by iynx publishers, run by Liz and Tom Short (Mr Short used to teach Music in JGHS), and with a stunning cover illustration by Mr Nisbet in the Art Department, this book has several Gillespie's connections, and would make a wonderful Christmas present. If you are interested in buying the book, please feel free to order direct from Mr Crosbie at the school. The book offers great value for money at £7.99.

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Comenius: EuNITE Project

Our European Education project enters its final year and pupils will be involved in; the design of a Euro banknote, a debate of environmental issues, inventing a piece of music and writing poetry or short stories about different cultures. The project will culminate in a teachers conference which our school will host in March 2002. During this final year essays on various topics were e-mailed to partner schools. A price comparison was made by S4 Mathematics pupils. The results were presented at the European week in Austria. The European week was a fantastic success. Robbie de Santos, Ruaridh Squair, John Hindle, Pippa Milne, Rachel Newton, Anita Shek and Keava McMillan along with Kenny Ferguson and Deirdre Furie enjoyed the generous hospitality of their Austrian hosts. Activities included a visit to Vienna and Eisenstadt, as well as workshops and a debate in the style of the European Parliament during which the issues of genetically modified food and extreme right groups in Europe provoked heated debate. The project has strengthened existing links between the school and the Austrian, Belgian, Danish, Hungarian and Russian partners.

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We are fortunate in hosting a Comenius Assistant for five months – Georgiana Barzu from Romania. A Comenius Assistant will raise awareness of other EU Member States and the range of languages spoken within the EU. We wish Georgiana an enjoyable stay in Scotland.

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