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JGHS - Newsletter - December 2003

From the headteacher…

2003 has been a wonderful year for the school. The Bicentenary celebrations have been enormously successful and very well attended. The students will have lovely memories and the school’s reputation has been enhanced. I have to say, it has not been easy to maintain the daily needs of the school in terms of learning and teaching and at the same time turn ourselves into event organisers. However, the School Board has been tremendous and the PTA, as always, a tremendous support. The staff and students have been magnificent.

We look forward to 2004 with our usual positive outlook and enthusiasm. It should be a little calmer.

Enjoy the Festive Season,
Alex Wallace

BCG Vaccinations January 2004

The test for the above vaccination will be taking place on Wednesday 14 January 04. The vaccination itself will be done on Wednesday 21 January 04. Pupils involved will have to attend on both days. The team of School Nurses will be in the School Hall on these dates from 9.00am untill 3.00pm. A timetable will be issued the week before the immunisations. All Second Year pupils with birthdays before 31 December 1990 along with some Third, Fourth, Fifth and sixth year pupil will be immunised on these dates. All vaccination forms that have been handed out to pupils should now have been returned. This immunisation is no longer done by your GP and it is therefore important that parents ensure that all forms are returned by the end of December at the latest.

Thank you for your co-operation
I Cornwill - Welfare Auxiliary. 8.12.03

School Board

Would you like to contribute to improving our school?
Interested in issues such as:
- Healthy eating
- Homestudy – role of parents
- The school environment
- Quality assurance
The school board has an active role in helping to improve our school and is currently short of parent members. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Simon Rhodes, teacher representative, at the school. I will be happy to discuss this important role with no obligation.

Bicentenary Carol Concert - Thursday 18th Dec

This event to mark the end of the school's bicentenary celebrations takes place in the Usher Hall at 7.30pm, and promises to be a night full of varied musical entertainment with inserts detailing the school's long history.
Over 400 students from JGHS and P7s from our associated primaries are involved and have been rehearsing hard for the last few months - items include junior and senior wind bands, orchestra, guitar/clarsach ensembles, flute ensemble and many choirs.
Tickets can only be purchased from the Usher Hall box office on 0131 228 1155 and are priced between £5 - £10.

'Show and Share'
This event took place on Friday 21st November and involved over 50 of our young people involved in the junior wind band. The event was held at Firrhill High School and was designed for all junior wind bands from schools in South East Edinburgh to meet and perform as one big band in a concert open to everyone.
The event was a great success and JGHS junior band made a fantastic performance, representing our school with flying colours!
Congratulations to all students involved and and a special thank you to Rob Ironside, Gordon Jenkins and Alistair Rankin who conducted and rehearsed with the groups and helped make this event possible.

'Rock Night'
This took place on 6th November and demonstrated the wide diversity of musical talent on offer at JGHS.
Nine bands were involved in total and all performed brilliantly on the night, with the help of an extremely appreciative audience!
Congratulations to all students who rehearsed so hard in preparation for this event, and also a massive thank you again to all staff who supervised this event and helped make it possible.

Sporting Report
Congratulations to the Under 19 team who defeated Stewarts Melville / Mary Erskine in their first League game.

There are a lot of fixtures coming up after Christmas for both the Under 19 & Under 14 teams.

Table Tennis
Congratulations to Craig Howieson (S3) WHO WON THE EDINBURGH PREMIER DIVISION TROPHY. The youngest ever winner of the trophy.

Congratulations to Philip Johnstone who won the Edinburgh 4th Division award - great achievement in his first season.

The two Teams are well place in the Edinburgh 4th Division, team with Anand Bhopal is in 3rd position. The team with Vijay Bhopal, Rajan Bhopal, Philip Johnstone and Daniel Jackson is in 4th position.

The Girls Basketball is developing well and the Girls have had two close encounters recently, narrowly losing to both St. Thomas' and Boroughmuir. The girls have a Scottish cup game against Holyrood H.S. in January.

The boys’ basketball team is growing and developing as the term has progressed. They have won both their Scottish cup fixtures to date, against WHEC and Grove Academy (Dundee). They also defeated Boroughmuir heavily in a recent friendly. The boys have two more Scottish cup games in January.

Congratulations to Clark Pullar, Jamie Vernon and Patrick Ziolkowski (all S2) who have been included in the Edinburgh Under 14 squad.

Congratulations to the Lacrosse team who competed in a triangular competition at The High School of Glasgow recently and won.

Sporting Success
I am sure that there are other pupils in James Gillespie's who have achieved sporting success in this current term, I would ask that they let the PE department know so that we can celebrate their success with the rest of the school population.

‘Snuff’ by Frank Gormlie

Two wonderful performances of our own Drama PT’s musical by the schools 6th year took place on Friday 12th. It was a major dramatic event.
Football round up


Girls’ team
The new influx of first year players has seen over 30 girls attending some Tuesday training sessions and the girls football club has grown once again this year. An Under 15 team marked a Gillespie’s first by entering the Girls’ Under 15 Scottish Shield, but were unlucky not to triumph on their visit to St. Modan’s in Stirling.

Under 18s
With most of last year’s successful Under 16s team now playing for the senior side, results have not been a problem. On their day they have been able to outplay most opponents with constructive and thoughtful, passing football. The Under 18s are currently top of the East Lothian Senior League and have a good chance of making the play-offs for the overall Lothian League Championship.

Under 16s
While having to play many strong opponents, it is to the credit of the whole team that they have persevered and continue to improve collectively. With a favourable draw they may make some progress in the Lothian Cup in the New Year.

Under 15s
With 21 players having represented the school this season so far, and the squad growing still further, the Under 15s exemplify the idea of ‘Sport for All’. There is a very supportive ethos to the squad for all players and this can manifest itself with some breathtaking one touch passing moves from one end of the pitch to the other. Skill levels have improved significantly and the team is starting to show more grit and determination.

Under 14s
A new management team has brought renewed confidence to a skilful squad and the Under 14s have recorded their first win ever this season. They have competed well in all their games so far and a few new players have added strength in depth.

Under 13s
The Under 13s have made a very encouraging start, having won several games. There is a good level of skill within the squad, and while some players are still adjusting to the 11-a-side game, the team has a good overall shape. The squad is keen and trains well and I look forward to seeing them develop in future years.

The time, effort and expertise of all the coaches (mostly parents) is greatly appreciated and gives much enjoyment to well over 100 players on a weekly basis. If anyone is interested in helping any of the teams in any way, please contact me at school.

Curt Finnemore - Football co-ordinator - Email - david.finnemore@jghs.edin.sch.uk

Dates for your Diary:

18th Dec 03 Bicentenary Usher Hall Concert
19th Dec 03 Last day of term
5th Jan 04 All return
13th Jan 04 Next PTA Meeting
14th Jan 04 Next school Board Meeting

JGHS - Newsletter - December 2003