The following is the position we will therefore take on dress code in the coming session, and it conforms with the advice of the City of Edinburgh Education Department.Everyone in Gillespies is expected to wear clothing that is appropriate for learning and teaching. Although we are committed to respecting individuality, this cannot be at the expense of the common purpose, which is more likely to be achieved by all members of the school community taking responsibility for ensuring that dress contributes to this sense of purpose and positive ethos of achievement. The following are therefore not acceptable in our school:
Items potentially causing health and safety problems e.g. clothes that are flammable, certain types of ear rings and chains.
Footwear, which might damage flooring or carpets
Clothing with words or pictures on them which could give offence to others e.g. scarves or tops representing sports team others than the schools own teams.
Clothing that is so tight, short or revealing that it could give offence to others
Clothing advertising the use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.
Our general guideline is that clothing and jewellery should not disrupt the normal operation of the school, cause damage to property or give offence to sections of our community. Outdoor clothing including hats should not be worn in the classroom.
Our aim is to respect individuality but also to ensure that clothing and jewels are appropriate for what is a working situation for our young people in their classes.
Our expectation is that all students will conform to this code of dress and we will be taking steps to ensure that it is complied with. The vast majority of the stakeholders in Gillespies wanted this kind of dress code - please work with us in the coming year to help us achieve these aims!
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A Word from the School Board
Two words, in fact. The first is to invite all JGHS parents to consider joining the School Board well have three vacancies from next October, and are keen to recruit some fresh blood! Its only one meeting a month, and offers an opportunity to help support the school and contribute something worthwhile. If youd like to know more about whats involved, please contact any of the existing members or visit the City of Edinburghs School Board site on http://egfl.net/parents/ and/or the national Scottish School Boards Association site http://www.schoolboard-scotland.com/ . And come along to our AGM on 10 June at 7.00 p.m. for refreshments and to find out more!
The second is to announce the setting up of an Alumni Fund to commemorate the bicentenary and continue to build on the success of the last two hundred years. If youre interested in helping to set this up, especially if you have some skills or expertise in setting up charitable trusts or fundraising, or know anyone who does, please contact Kate Crowley. Further announcements will be made in the new school year, and we hope to launch the fund during one of the bicentenary events in the autumn.
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Kate Crowley Katecrowleyedinburgh@yahoo.com
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'Spring Fling': Once again, all ensembles performed magnificantly at this year's event! Items were heard from string orchestra, 'cello ensemble, guitar and clarsach ensembles, senior and junior wind bands (with some primary students involved in the junior band), jazz band, flute ensemble and, for the first time, small chamber groups and the senior vocal group. A massive thanks to all students who put in a great deal of work, and to the leaders of all groups.
Standard Grade Keyboard Club: This runs every Tuesday lunchtime in B2 with Miss Ogg and is open to all students sitting Standard Grade Music who would like to 'brush up ' on their keyboard skills.
Senior Vocal Group: This will resume after study leave and the subsequent timetable change and is open to all new S4 - S6 students. If you love singing, then this is for you!
Music Courses/Workshops: The music department now has a notice board in the corridor opposite B2 displaying all music workshops and music courses of interest, which are open to students.
Please check for a workshop suitable for you - for example, Jazz weekend workshops are running throughout May and June at a cost of £20. Please see board or Miss Furie for more details.
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Summer Reading LIst 2003
10 Books You Must Read (in no particular order!)
1. The Northern Lights Trilogy by Philip Pullman
2. Holes by Louis Sachar
3. Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
4. Toad Heaven by Morris Gleitzman
5. Not just for Christmas by Roddy Doyle
6. Junk by Melvin Burgess
7. Lola Rose by Jacqueline Wilson
8. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
10 Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
10 good reads that you might not have heard of!
1. Blue by Sue Mayfield
2. (Un)arranged marriage by Bali Rai
3. Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli
4. You dont know me by David Klass
5. Mondays are red by Nicola Morgan
6. Sabriel by Garth Nix
7. Life on the line by David Skipper
8. Across the Nightingale Floor by Liam Hearn
9. Other side of the truth by Beverley Naidoo
10. Stuck in Neutral by Terry Coleman
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If you have Internet access you may be interested in having a look at the literacy support materials on the school website. The schools BECTA award winning website can be accessed at www.jghs.edin.sch.uk. The literacy materials are under English subject links at www.jghs.edin.sch.uk/links.html
Why not improve the family vocabulary and start each morning with a Word A Day from www.wordsmith.org/ ?
Or simply click on the link to Games and Puzzles to enter a seriously wacky world of words.
The Creative Writing links cover a wide range of stimuli to unleash all that creative potential
If its Punctuation and Grammar youre after, this link leads to everything you could possibly need to know from what makes a sentence a sentence to advanced uses of the colon::; Its all there
with examples and practice tests.
Soon to be added are links to the library recommended reading lists for S1/2, S3/4, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher
Many other departments have links to recommended sites that will enhance pupils appreciation of that subject. Pupils can book computers with Internet access for lunchtime and after school use in the library.
Why Dont You
encourage your child to get themselves in print by reviewing a recommended subject or literacy site for the next newsletter?
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One of our earlier Why Dont You
suggestions was to enter a competition. The school year is drawing to a close
but its not too late for one last entry. The TES, Scottish Book Trust and the Royal Mail run this one.
Task: Write a poem on the theme of Transformation (maximum 16 lines) in English or Scots or Gaelic with English translation.
Open to All School Age Children in Scotland
Closing Date 5 pm Friday 6th June
Poems could be about a transformation of a person, place, a miracle of nature
Scots poet Matthew Fitt begins
Oh see that larva on its leaf
Its pure ugly by the way
A promising idea, Matthew
but needs a bit of work.
Application forms and details of prizes available from the English Department
Diary Dates for June and August 2003
10 June School Board and PTA Annual General Meeting please join us at 7.00 p.m.
11 June Links Sports Fair in St Thomas of Aquins see demos of sport clubs in the locality
17-19 June P7 visits to James Gillespies
24-26 June Alternative timetable
19 August Students return to school at 8.30 a.m. prompt! Look forward to seeing you all!
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