On the evening of Friday, 11th December 2015, the Assembly hall was transformed into a sparkling cabaret venue to showcase the contestants in our annual ‘Porty does Strictly’ competition. This was the finale from a term of interdisciplinary learning work where pupils in all years across the school worked together on the project covering a range of learning experiences including dance, research, costume design and manufacture, learning about dance music and performance, interviewing skills,programme design, technology in media work and stage production skills.
14 couples, made up of both staff and pupils, danced the night away showing their skills in sexy Sambas, sizzling Salsas, cheeky Cha Chas and the odd Charleston, Paso or Jive. The enthusiastic audience were entertained through a pupil led production and a great night was had by all. Although competition was high, the worthy winners of the glitter ball this year were Lois Forbes and Cameron Johnstone who delighted us all with an outstanding 1920s Charleston. Well done to all those involved whether in the limelight or behind the scenes.
Our catering team assisting at the Christmas concert. Well done to the S3 hospitality class who made snacks and nibbles for the interval. Santa Claus even came along too.
Please see link to our 2015 Christmas Newsletter
Letter – Xmas 15 – Newsletter RMcK v1
Over the last two months many of our 4th Year pupils have been taking part in a range of practical activities for the SQA unit ‘Values in Action’, as part of the Religion, Belief and Values Award which all our core RME students have a chance to work towards over S3&S4.
This year, S4 pupils have been involved in choosing an activity either individually or as part of a group, to show how we can take our beliefs and opinions beyond the classroom and put them into practice.
There has been a most impressive range of activities taking place around and outside school by our S4 pupils taking the initiative to support various charities of their choice or to raise awareness about an issue they have felt strongly about.
Fund raising activities have ranged from cake bakes, sponsored silences, abseiling and cycle runs to counting sweeties in a jar and henna hand designing to name just a few. One group inspired by our last year’s Head Girl who is doing voluntary work for a charity supporting orphaned children in Africa this year, raised over £200 towards the charity, by organising a very successful cake bake.
Other pupils chose to raise awareness about issues that mattered to them from youth homelessness in Scotland to the treatment of animals. One group made a beautiful display in the library about the treatment of killer whales in marine parks like SeaWorld while others decided to make short presentations to S1 pupils about the issue after watching the documentary ‘Black Fish’.
Many pupils in their write up of the activity have expressed how much they have enjoyed doing something to help others and has inspired them to do more. It’s been quite heart-warming for us as a department to see pupils engage enthusiastically and generously in this way.
Overall, our S4 pupils have raised a considerable amount of money for a number of charities and shown how responsible they can be when committed to something they believe in.
Thanks to all the parents, teachers, janitors and office staff who have helped our pupils carry out these activities and put up with any inconvenience caused.
J Proctor – C Thornton – R Cavellini – (RME Department)
Some of our pupils visited Findlay House which is an Elderly Care Facility operated by NHS Lothian and located in the east of Edinburgh.
The pupils were welcomed and treated to juice and cakes by the centre staff! Pupils and staff played Christmas tunes to the residents, who all had a great time.