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October 2002

Headteachers Remarks

It has been a good start to term, particularly meeting many new 1st year students at the Social Evening - it was a very good event! I have had the privilege of working with four of the 1st year classes on the Information Technology Challenge this year and it was really good seeing their skills and confidence developing over the two days that we worked with each class. It was very encouraging for the children, as well as the staff involved in the Challenge, to have so many parents joining us to see the presentation given by the 1st year classes.

We want all parents to be involved in the school and your School Board and Parent Teacher Association is keen to find ways to improve contact with parents. Please watch for dates when you can be involved.

Colin Finlayson

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Graduation News

Congratulations to former students who have
successfully graduated from University:

Caitrin Armstrong MA English
Emma Cutting – MA Politics
Kirstin Innes – MA English
Sarah Richardson – MA Natural Science
Colin Booth – MA Civil Engineering
David Burke – Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Alison Campbell – Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Lucy Dickinson – MA Psychology
Sarah Gibbons – MA General
Alistair Gorman – BSc Astrophysics
Keith Hargreaves – BSc Computer Science
Yin Kwan Ip – BSc Nursing
Debbie Johnson – BSc Biological Sciences
Innes Keighren – BSc Geography
Archibald Low – Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
Christopher McGowan – Bachelor of Software Engineering
Gemma McLean – MA Architectural Design
Hazel Paton – MA History of Art
Gillian Turner – Bachelor of Divinity
Laura Warren – BSc Biological Sciences
Helen Will - Certificate of Higher Education

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Sport Congratulations

Thomas Ziolkowski was selected to play for the 'World All-Stars' Team in September against the Scotland Baseball Team at Meadowbank (who beat England, Ireland and Wales last year). Thomas was born in Holland so is eligible for the World All Stars. Thomas trains with the Scotland squad and
is also eligible to play for Scotland

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Poetry Congratulations

The Rialto, one of Britain’s leading poetry magazines, publishes some of the best new poetry in the country. Sepideh Golzari (S6 last year) recently won a prize in the under 18 category for one of her poems written as part of her Advanced Higher English course.


"Kermanshah" – the King’s village.
The rocky cliff peaks like the
sharp "r" in "Ker"
where heaven and earth attack

one another, heaven crushing
earth’s attempt to rise up and out
of the atmosphere. The defence
is earth’s piercing peaks

visible in Kermanshah. The quick
vowel in "man" is the swift stream
swishing down the mountains
from winter, to spring, to summer

till the final exhalation of
"shah" – like the last breath
before the sun sets on this world
I left behind me, in the past

that is now before me, in the future.

Jane Richardson (last year's S6).

As part of her Advanced Higher course, Jane wrote a number of excellent poems. She is one of the 15 national winners whose main prize is a place on a weeklong writing course, & publication in a booklet, which will be distributed to schools.

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Music News


Congratulations to Scott Lumsdaine who for a second year has been accepted to study at the Junior School of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. Competition for places at the Junior School is fierce and students have to display performance skills of a very high standard.

Children First Annual Conference. We were pleased to be invited to provide entertainment for the delegates of the Children First Annual Conference held at the Sheraton Hotel. A group of eight senior students performed a variety of Scottish traditional, classical and light music and were well received.

Blairgowrie Town Hall Concert Congratulations to the JGHS pupils who performed as part of the Lothian Schools Strathspey and Reel Society at this event which was in aid of Cancer Relief.


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On Thursday 7 November, 7.00pm we are looking for budding rock musicians for the rock night in the school hall. Any bands interested should give their names to Mr Leslie. Tickets for the event will be available nearer the time.


Wednesday 18 December, 7.30pm in McEwan Hall

The Carol Concert is to be held in the magnificent McEwan Hall, which belongs to Edinburgh University and is used for graduation ceremonies and large conferences. Already our bands, orchestras and ensembles are rehearsing with Christmas in mind! Choirs will start later this month and are open to all students. Please book this date in your diary!

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Design Congratulations

The Audi Design Foundation promotes design innovation in education to assist able students in furthering their ideas and training.

Judy Chan a student last year in Higher Craft and Design used her final design project as an entry into the Scottish round of this competition. Judy designed a device for cooking a 'boiled egg' using steam. The product cooks an egg in half the usual time using half the energy.

In June this year she was awarded the top prize as Young Designer of the year in Scotland. Her prize was a cheque for £500 and a trip to Germany to visit the Audi Design Centre and to meet Romulous Rhost designer of the Audi TT sports car.

On 21st September Judy travelled to Gateshead to take part in the UK final of this competition. Judy was short-listed to the last six, but unfortunately did not pick up the top prize. The winner who designed a new type of wheelchair won £500 for each year of his studies at University, a work placement in the Audi Design Centre in Germany whilst at university and a guaranteed job on graduation!

Well done to Judy who starts her
'masters' degree course in
International Product Design in
Glasgow at the end of September.

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Diary Dates

Tuesday 8 October
P.T.A/School Board 7.00 – 8.45 p.m.

14-18 October
4th Year work experience week

Wednesday 16 October

P7 tour of school, 6.30-8.30 p.m.

21-25 October

October holiday week

Monday 28 October

Student Holiday/Staff in-service day

Tuesday 29 October

All students start school
S2 Interim reports issued this week

Wednesday 30 October

PTA/School Board

Thursday 31 October
1st year Fancy Dress Party 7-9 p.m.

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