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on Wed, 06/12/2017 - 12:09


The Support for Learning Department at Speyside High School will be having their annual Christmas Fair on Tuesday 12 December from 12.00 to 2.00pm in the new social area at the high school.  There will be lovely hot soups, tasty desserts, Christmas crafts, great raffle prizes and many other stalls.  Please come along and support a good cause.  All money raised goes to helping students in the school with their learning.



Last Thursday 30 November we were lucky enough to receive a conference call from Dr Markus Frey of the British Antarctic Survey, as part of the Antarctica Day Initiative.  Speyside High was one of only 45 schools in the whole of the UK to be selected.  Dr Frey discussed the work of BAS and answered pupils’ questions on a range of topics including climate change, working conditions in the polar regions and even the importance of language learning.  Although Dr Frey called from the comfort of Cambridge, the Geography Department has arranged for us to receive mail from the Rothera Research Station in Antarctica – it just might take a couple of months to reach us!



As the term moves on, all senior classes are starting to focus on prelim exams that will take place in the new term.  All students will be supplied with a personalised timetable for their prelims.  During prelims it is expected that when a student does not have an exam they attend their usual classes.  There is an expectation (other than if a student has another exam that day) that the students study the subject they are attending.  This ensures that students have subject specialist input at the time.  This is the expected way students will use their study time.




Christmas preparations continue – a big thank you to Strathdee Properties and Glenlivet Estates for donating our Christmas trees.  Ticket sales for the Christmas Parties are doing well.


I am pleased to let you know that we have a group of approximately 10 students heading to Edinburgh this Saturday 9 December.  These students will be taking part in the Big Sleep Out to raise money for the homeless.  To date I believe they have raised about £400.  This shows a real commitment by the students to support others less fortunate than themselves.



We have two new members of staff recently appointed.  Mr Stephen Kirkpatrick has been appointed as Acting Principal Teacher of Support for Learning and Ms Grace Plenderleath as Temporary Teacher of Religious and Moral Education.  A warm welcome to both.