Monday, 11 December 2017

E-Newsletter for Monday, 11 December 2017

Assemblies for This Week
Wednesday – S3 Assembly

Values Focus Week
This week we will be focusing on Individual Responsibility – “We take responsibility for our thoughts, words and actions. We are accountable for the choices we make”.
Mr Hunter


‘Gracemount Gives Back’
Foodbank collection: Please continue to donate the items ‘in need’ to allow us to give back to our local community.
Mrs O’Connell

FAO N5 Spanish and N5 French Students
All N5 Spanish and N5 French Candidates should be thoroughly revising at home for their N5 Writing Assignment. Do your best! Come to GASS! Those marks go to your final Grades!”
Mrs Towers

Wednesday Quiz
The final quiz of the year takes place this Wednesday, 13th December.  The topic is All about Everything 2017.

The quiz starts prompt at 1.15, bring your lunch.

A huge thanks to Kenny & Bradley (and Charlie) from the Chaplaincy team, great, competitive quizzes.

Winners of the All about the USA quiz - Luke Clements & Craig Brownlee.
Mrs Brown

S1 Outward Bound Update
A reminder that places are still available for the Outward Bound trip in August, but to get a place you’ll need to be quick. You need to get your sign up slip and payments of £115 into the school office before this Friday. If you need a sign up slip then please see Mr Wyllie.

A big thanks to all pupils who have now paid their £55 deposit, but I’ve still got a few of these to be returned. A reminder that the second payment of £60 is due this Friday. If you have any problems meeting the payment deadline then please see Mr Wyllie today.  If there are difficulties using Parent Pay then please speak to a member of the office staff.
Mr Wyllie

FAO S2 pupils
In order to take your Christmas Cake home there should be a minimum of £5 paid towards your outstanding balance in HFT.  If you have already paid then this does not apply to you.

Once the money has been paid you will be allowed to take the cake home.

You should pay via parent pay but if you cannot manage that money can be paid to the office.

Payment should be made by 19 December.
Miss Bird and Miss Langley

Christmas Candy Cane Sale!

We are selling Candy Canes with personalised messages to raise money for the SSPCA. We would appreciate it if you could ask your register class if anyone is interested in purchasing a candy cane for 50p. The message could be personally made, picked from pre made ones and can be delivered to the recipient in person or anonymously or personally by one of the volunteers.

This will take place during the last week of term. It will be advertised throughout the school a few weeks in advance and will be available to buy during the last week in the dining hall at break Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December.
Regards Lucian, Fraser, Candice, Shannon, Ben

Our extensive extra-curricular programme has now been extended to lunch times. Not only is attending a club a fun and active way to spend your lunchtime but you can also earn points for your house and value postcards!

Which lunchtime clubs do you want to attend?

Dance Council
Miss Wilson
Table Tennis
Mr Gregor
Sports Council
Amy McClenaghan
Mrs Fleming Room  social
Film Club
Mrs O'Connell
LGBT Group
Mrs McDonald
Quiz (1st Wednesday of every month) Library
Ogwini (2nd Thursday of every month)
Mrs Brown
Mrs Taylor room social /computers
Book Group (last Thursday of every month)
Mrs Brown
Music rooms *for those that receive instrumental lessons in school
Eco Club
Mr Mackenzie
Maths Club
Mr Davidson
S1/2 Social Subjects Club
Mr Wyllie
Mrs Hurd
Football Forum  Various staff ICT 5

School Immunisation Programme
Immunisation helps protect our communities from a wide range of illnesses.  Thanks to immunisation, diseases such as polio have disappeared in the UK. However, these diseases could come back as they are still seen in many countries throughout the world - which is why it’s so important to get your jabs.
The NHS Lothian Community Vaccination Team carries out an annual immunisation programme.  The vaccinations will be given in spring term 2018.  Consent packs are being issued now.  Please discuss the consent pack at home and return the completed and signed consent form to school by 10th December at the latest.

The teenage booster to ensure protection from tetanus, diphtheria and polio will be offered to pupils in S3.  This completes the programme, begun in infancy, to give life-long protection. Any pupils in S4 – S6 who have not yet received this vaccination will also be offered this.

In addition, all S3 pupils are recommended a meningitis vaccine (ACWY).  This protects against several strains of meningitis.  Any pupils in S4 – S6 who have not yet received this vaccination will also be offered this.

The Health Opportunities Team Gilmeron Health Drop In
The Health Opportunities Team Gilmerton health Drop-in is on every Wednesday evening between 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Gilmerton Community Centre. The Drop in is a free and confidential service, where young people aged 12-25 can access advice, support and information on all health issues, including sexual health.  Pop in to say hi, join in the activities or stay to get some 1 to 1 advice – it’s your choice.
Eilidh MacIver, Project Worker