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March 2002


Headteachers Remarks

Our recent Inspection provided many very positive comments on the work of the school and, as always, raised issues which we were aware of that need further development.

As it happens, we are in the process of reviewing our development plans for the period 2002-2005 and we will be publishing this for parents. We will take into account HMI views. Our aim is to seek to bring about continual improvement - and a development plan is just the 'tool' to help us achieve that. It includes a statement of the priorities that we consider should be implemented and also incorporates specific targets and identifies the time and resources we will need to achieve the target. One of the purposes of a development plan is to prioritise those targets we judge are essential, and to eliminate those that cannot currently be achieved within the resources we have available.

We are interested in the views of students, staff and parents on the priorities for the plan and we intend to issue soon some information that we would welcome comment on. Please do send in your views so that we get a good idea of what parents and students would like to see improved.



Colin Finlayson

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French Exchange


33 pupils from the Collège Beaussire in Luçon, France, will be arriving in Edinburgh on Tuesday 26 March to spend time with their exchange partners from Gillespie's. We have had an exchange with Luçon for over 20 years now and are justifiably very proud of our success. The French pupils will visit the Edinburgh sites and also spend a day in Glasgow. We hope that their Edinburgh partners will be able to have a joint outing with them on Good Friday as there is no school that day. There will be a parents' meeting for all the families involved in the school staffroom on Thursday 7 March at 7.30 p.m. We hope to leave for the return visit to Luçon on Monday 3 June.

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Diversecity IV

Saturday 9 March at 7.30 p.m.
Including: Chinese Dance, Break-dancing, Clarsach Music with Dance, Salsa Dance, A Newly Composed Piece by the James Gillespie’s Jazz Band, Music from Romania, Indian Bangra Dance, a Performance of Tabia Drums and World Disco.
Tickets on sale now priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children (including food). Tickets are strictly on a first-come first-served basis.

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Visiting Student

Lara is a German senior school student wishing to spend six months in a Scottish school and hence her request to join J.G.H.S. from August. She has been trying to find financially suitable accommodation but is having no luck so far. This type of request is becoming quite frequent and each time the school and the students benefit enormously by the inclusion of such pleasant applicants.

It goes without saying that this would be a wonderful opportunity for any Gillespies student studying German where constant conversation would be present. This appeal however is addressed to any parent who might see their way to helping Lara with her accommodation problems. Any suggestions to Mr Merriman please a.s.a.p.

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Music News

Edinburgh Schools Spring Concert Series
Large numbers of our instrumentalists continue to perform with Edinburgh Schools Orchestras, Bands, and Ensembles. They are involved in the Spring Concert Series which takes place at the Central Halls, Tollcross, dates as follows - Monday 18 March, Tuesday 19 March and Wednesday 20 March. Tickets for all these concerts are available at the door.
Balerno Band Festival, Saturday 8 March, Balerno High School
Our Senior Wind Band is to compete in this years' Balerno Band Festival. This is the bands sixth consecutive appearance in the festival and after gaining a Silver Award in the Scottish round of the National Wind Band Festival they hope for a good result. The band performs at 2.20pm and tickets are available at the door. Good luck to all performers and their conductor Alasdair Rankin
‘Spring Fling’ Easter Concert, Wednesday 3 April, 7.30pm, School Hall
As always our ‘Spring Fling’ features our instrumental ensembles who are all busily rehearsing for the concert. Items will be presented by Junior and Senior Wind Bands, Junior and Senior Orchestras, Jazz Band and Guitar/Clarsach Ensembles. In addition our Senior String Quartet and Percussion and Cello Ensembles will be given a chance to perform. Tickets, priced £2.00, will be available at the door.
Rock Night, Thursday 4 April, 7.00 p.m., School Hall
Twelve rock bands are lining up to perform in this concert. Tickets will be available during the last week in March, price £2.00.
Congratulations to …Evan Holm and Kim Stephen who have gained places in the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra and to Eddy Hackett who has been accepted by the EYO and also the National Youth Orchestra Of Scotland. Competition for places is fierce and for both these groups the upper age limit is 21 with performers coming from all over Scotland many of whom are full time music students.

Kim Stephen and Rachel Newton have both been accepted for The Specialist Music Unit at Broughton High School. This unit is for musically gifted students from all over Scotland and Rachel and Kim will complete their sixth year there. We wish them well.

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Reminders

The course choice evening for parents of S4 and S5 students will take place on Wednesday 13 March. S4 at 7.00 p.m. and S5 at 8.00 p.m. Also please note S.2 reports are issued week beginning Monday 11 March and S5/6 reports are issued week beginning Monday 1 April.

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First Year Residential

This years' residential for first year pupils will bring us back to Whithaugh Park centre which is situated at Newcastleton near to the Borders.
All pupils in S.1 will be given the opportunity to take part in a three-day programme including Canoeing, Orienteering, Problem Solving Trails, Swimming and Writers Workshops. It will be expected that approximately one hundred youngsters accompanied by sixteen members of staff will travel down to Whithaugh Park on Tuesday, May 21st. and return midday on Friday 24th. .The cost will be approximately £125.00 with an offer of financial support to families who may have difficulty in funding this activity. More information will of course be made available and there will be notification of a further parent’s information evening.

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Dates for Your Diary

6 March S2 Parents’ Information Evening re.
course choice S3/S4

13 March Course Choice Information
Evening S4/S5 Parents

21 March S2 Parents’ Consultation Evening
(Practical)

25 March Parents’ Consultation Evening
(Non-Practical)

26 March 7.00 p.m. School Board
7.30 p.m. PTA

29 March Good Friday Holiday

April 1 Easter Monday Holiday

April 3 ‘Spring Fling’ 7.30 p.m.

April 5

Monday 22 Term Ends 12.15

Staff and Students Resume

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