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on Wed, 24/05/2017 - 11:14


We are looking forward to welcoming our P7 pupils to the High School on Thursday 1 June for our “Stepping Out At Speyside” transition event.  The pupils will take part in a range of outdoor/adventurous activities including Team Building Challenges, Orienteering, Outdoor Skills, Rugby Skills, Summer Sports and Climbing.



Our new timetable started on Monday 22 May.  This means that all pupils have moved up one year.  All classes are starting with the sharing of our high expectations and the ethos of care and hard work.  New Woodwork pupils wrote and signed a safety contract for working in the workshop; and new HE students were already making jams and pickles for our Birthday bash.



Important notice to be aware of: our 40th Birthday Bash is to be held on Wednesday 28 June (not 28 July as intimated here last week).



The end of last week saw colleagues taking part in two In-Service days.  These were very busy days and I thank all colleagues for their input.  We covered very important topics including GIRFEC and moderation.  Our Show My Homework system, which will be introduced to all pupils and parents in August, was also introduced to colleagues.

Two members of the Science Department and one member of the Maths Department attended an interdisciplinary learning day hosted by Moray Council.  All colleagues returned to school very enthused.  This project will be rolled out with S2 pupils over the next academic year.




Plans are coming together for our Senior Phase Induction day on June 7th.  Presenters will be speaking of the high aspirations and expectations of our Senior Phase pupils.  Live ‘n’ Learn, an exciting company who have presented to pupils at Speyside High School already, will be attending.  They will also be doing a presentation for parents on the evening of June 7 at SHS.  All parents are welcome to what will be an enjoyable presentation related to supporting your young people to do their best.



Pupils now have access to ‘Pick Up A Pencil’.  This allows anyone who has forgotten or lost a pencil to collect one at the front door to use throughout the day.



On Sunday 21 May at the second YDL league meeting at Aberdeen Kyle Wilkinson won all his individual events and led the 4 x 100m U15 boys relay team home to victory.  He began with the 200m and completed this in 25.79 seconds, and is currently ranked 10th in Scotland.  Long jump came next with a new PB of 5m 50cm, taking him to joint fifth place in Scotland.  He then ran the 100m in 12.74 seconds and is currently ranked 6th in Scotland.



As part of our Rights Respecting School work, we have realised that the young people at Speyside don’t think that we celebrate their wider successes.  As a pupil group, we want to change this.  From next week we will launch our Names in Lights board.  We need pupils to let us know about their achievements out of school for example; horse riding, fishing, athletics, dance success etc. pupils can let us know about these by putting a note in our Glittery Box at the front door.  Each week we will take these and make sure that these are celebrated on our Rights Respecting Celebration board.  We need to know about these successes, so please use the box and you will see your name in lights soon after…