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26 Feb 2020



SCHOOL NURSE DROP IN:   Thursday Drop in at Lunchtime  - Health Zone, Ann Thompson School Nurse available. You can also text Ann on 07747 757 391 if you would like an appointment. ​

TRAINING SESSIONS FOR CROSS COUNTRY:  We are very lucky that Coaches from Gala Harriers have offered to come along and take training sessions on Friday 21st & 28th February in Scott Park at 1.30pm.  All abilities welcome to come along and join in.  More details from Mrs Rome.​

GRAPHIC DESIGN TASTER WORKSHOP:  Are you interested in a career in graphic design?  Edinburgh College of Art are offering a FREE graphic Design taster workshop on Friday 6th March.  Please see Mrs Inglis for more information in signing up - places are limited!  Thanks​

 DEVELOPING MULTI SKILLS AWARDS:  Great opportunity to access a free multi-sport course at Kelso High School on Sunday 8th & 29TH March from 10-6pm.  If you would like any more information please speak to Mrs  Rome.


HYGIENE AND INFECTION CONTROL:  With the Coronavirus still dominating the headlines, and at a time in the year where viruses, colds and flus are normal, schools have been told to remind staff and pupils to follow good hygiene by washing your hands regularly with soap and water or a sanitiser gel, and to catch coughs and sneezes with tissue. It is also important to wash your hands after disposing of tissues. Janitorial/cleaning services will ensure school facilities are well stocked and regularly cleaned.

S4-6 ART & DESIGN PUPILS:  If you would like to go to the Borders Art Fair in Kelso onFriday 13th march 10.30am - 1.20pm please give your name to Mrs Inglis by 27th February.  No costs as travelling by free mini bus!​

WIDER ACHIEVEMENT CEREMONY - MARCH 11TH - 6.45PM FOR 7PM:  Each year we hold this ceremony to recognise our pupils who take part in activities in the community, volunteer or achieve success across the school in wider extra-curricular life.​

If you are involved in these activities you will get a group call to invite you and your parent-carers to the ceremony.  We do not always know everything you achieve in your wider lives. Can you pass a paper note of anything you have achieved this session to your guidance teacher or Mr Changleng and you will be included in the ceremony.

FEBRUARY IS LGBT HISTORY MONTH:  This year the focus is on the fact it is 20 years since clause 28 was removed in Scotland.  On the last Friday of February we celebrate Purple Friday - a day to stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and show our support for equality.  You can show your support by wearing your uniform and adding something purple on Friday the 28th.  The day, first celebrated in Canada in 2010, is named after the purple stripe on the LGBT rainbow flag, representing “spirit”.

NAT 5 HISTORY:  Revision class will start this Thursday lunch time in Mr McKay’s room (118).  Bring your lunch.  This class will continue until the exams.

PRUDENTIAL – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MONDAY 9TH MARCH:  Fantastic opportunity for 4 female students from S4/S5/S6 to attend an event at  Prudential PLC on Monday 9th March at their Edinburgh Office. Prudential is one of the UK’S wealthiest companies managing over £ 350 billion worth of assets. You will get a tour of their offices,  network with their younger members of staff and attend workshops. This is a fabulous opportunity to get work experience and find out about degree Graduate Apprenticeships! The event is from 12.30pm – 4pm and is FREE.  This is especially relevant for students looking to get into financial services, business, technology or marketing.  More info from Mrs Catto