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June 2002


Headteachers Remarks

The end of another year arrives after what feels like a tumultuous session. It’s been a year of change and challenge with our Inspection adding significant pressures to the normal job of educating our students.

The end of this session sees some significant staff changes:

Douglas Burke, Assistant Head Teacher for 1st & 2nd years retires after giving many years of service to the school. Similarly Marianne Harkness, currently 3rd Year Guidance retires after many years of service. We thank them for their service to the school and wish them well in their retirement. Tom Rae has been appointed as Assistant Head Teacher to replace Mr Burke.
Bruce Munro who has been our Bursar for the past 5 years is also leaving to a new promoted post in Boroughmuir High School - many congratulations go to him.
Frank Gormlie returns to our Drama and Media department after having leave of absence for a year.
Michelle Conroy who has taught Media in the absence of Frank has been appointed to a part time permanent post in school teaching Media.
We have appointed a new Business Manager, David Anderson, who will become responsible for the all support staff within the school, David Rowe who has given able support to students who have English as an Additional Language is moving on to a new post in Drummond.

We trust that all staff and students and their families will have a tremendously relaxing and enjoyable holiday this year, as we look forward to a new session!

Colin Finlayson

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P7 Visit

This year’s Primary visit was once more a great success. The youngsters in our new first year behaved very well and participated enthusiastically. Our staff and current students worked very hard to make the visit a valuable experience.
The programme changed from last year. The introduction to the school day remained. The youngsters had '‘tasters'’of a wide variety of subjects. They met their new registration teachers and the sixth year befrienders who will support them next year.
We decided to increase the workshop element as it had been very well received last year. On the afternoon of the first day the youngsters participated in exciting workshops looking at the school values and producing wonderful friendship banners
The second day the focus was anti-bullying strategies and our 4th year students were very involved in running the session and performing pieces produced in Drama.
On the afternoon of the third day we put on displays and demonstrations of what happens in JGHS out of the classroom. This included a first year performance, an Asian boys group, football, music etc.
The diversity of the school was laid before our new first years. We hope they embrace our values and ideals and look forward to welcoming them in August.

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BCG Vaccinations

BCG Vaccination – missed appointments. – information from the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust
BCG vaccinations can only be given within schools for adolescents. GPs have no responsibility for immunising school age children and young people for routine BCG’s and the chest clinic at Chalmers Hospital will only provide BCG vaccination if the child or young person is in a targeted high-risk group. The Schools Immunisation Recalls System will automatically recall missed young people the following year, if they are still in the school system.

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Graduate

Graduate
Steven Armstrong will graduate (5 July) with a B.A. (2:1) in Retail Business from Queen Margaret University. Brilliant!!
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