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on Wed, 28/03/2018 - 11:18

HEADTEACHER NEWS

As ever Speyside High School has been very busy – and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their very hard work this term – but also to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and safe Easter holidays.

We have seen lots of improvements to the fabric of the school this session.  This includes a whole new roof which should reduce our heating bills.  We have been able to refurbish our ICT and Business Management suites.  These rooms have been upgraded as part of our strategic vision to continue working towards excellent Learning and Teaching environments.  The Support for Learning Department is also undergoing upgrades – this is an area of the school where all are welcome.  The enhanced ICT here should help support this.

The quadrangle upgrade is continuing.  The tree surgeons completed their work a couple of weekends ago.  The mystery of out ‘special’ tree continues – what was first thought to be a walnut tree has now been identified as a ‘Tree of Heaven’.  The Gardening Club is taking a lead role in this ongoing project.  They are actively involved in planting fruit trees donated last week.  We hope to develop these to produce fruit for our HE Department and beyond.  Any community members interested in gardening please get in touch.

This years’ YPI [Youth Philanthropy Initiative] final took place on Friday 23 March.  The S3 pupils had all worked hard towards this.  The six groups of finalists presented excellently on difficult and thought provoking issues.  The £3000 was won by the group supporting SAMH [Moray], their presentation was particularly impressive.

We have been able to support the running of ‘Study Club’ for the past 6 weeks for senior pupils.  This has been a great success and I have been very impressed by the ‘dedication and ambition’ shown by our Senior Phase pupils in their attendance.  All SQA arrangements are moving forward very well.  Senior Phase pupils must use these holidays to ensure quality revision takes place – but also allow themselves time to relax.

 

INTER HOUSE BADMINTON TOURNAMENT (THE MIKE LAING SHIELD)

 The draw has been made!  Go to the Sports Hub to see who you have been drawn against in the first round of the tournament.  You will also find out all rules and general information about the tournament there.  Many thanks to Mr Cordiner for drawing the names, Sam Jackson for being our official adjudicator and of course, to the pupils who came along to offer support.  Great fun!

 

CRICKET COMPETITION

 A group of our S1-3 pupils went along to the cricket competition at Elgin High School on Monday 26 March.  After just one training session they came away from the event with one victory and one defeat – including a nail-biting 2 run victory over Elgin Academy!  Training will continue on Thursday lunchtimes in preparation for the next round in May.  Thanks as always to parents for their transportation and support and to Tim at Active Schools for organising the event.

 

PARKOUR/FREERUNNING

 Kyle Wilkinson (S3) has been leading a lunchtime Parkour Club for a few weeks now, and the pupils who have attended are showing real improvement in both technique and confidence.  To generate some further interest and pick up some tips, we’re really fortunate to have Kyle Smith – a local Parkour instructor – joining us on Monday 16 April for a taster session and masterclass!