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Brannock High School
Summer Newsletter 2014
~ Message from the Head Teacher ~
Dear Parent / Carer,
This has been an exceptionally interesting and challenging year for our school for many reasons. Session 2013-14 witnessed the first round of financial reductions associated with North Lanarkshire Council’s efficiency savings plan, which includes the introduction of a 33 period week next session and the reduction of management posts within our school. As we planned for such measures we continued however to retain our focus on the learning and teaching experiences being afforded to our young people, to ensure that they are best prepared for future learning , life and work. Ongoing developments in Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) have ensured that we continue to build our curriculum to offer the best possible courses of study for our pupils, which will ultimately lead to worthy qualifications and awards. We continue to seek improvements in our school and next year’s key priorities remain focused upon -
- Improving the quality of young peoples' learning experiences.
- Improving young people's achievement , including attainment in national examinations
- Continuing to improve the curriculum, taking account of the principles and entitlements of Curriculum for Excellence
- Improving the quality of leadership development of staff and young people.
As a consequence of this being the first year of new CfE qualifications and awards being attained by pupils a decision was made to delay our annual celebration of awards until Wednesday 24 September 2014. At this point we can reflect on the actual results achieved in SQA examinations, while still recognising the wider achievements our young people have made in a variety of other disciplines. Our pupils in S1 to S3 will also be afforded awards for their performances in classes throughout their period of Broad General Education. The nature of assessment measures inherent within new CfE courses, including the demise of ‘appeals’ supports the arguments for our award ceremony to be held early in the new session.
As ever, we remain impressed with the many wide and varied achievements our pupils have made throughout the session in the fields of academic, cultural, artistic and sporting activities. Congratulations are offered to all who have excelled this session. Brannock’s successes were epitomised recently in the wonderful accolade afforded to senior student Sophie Laird and PE teacher Jen Downs, who were chosen to be Baton Bearers in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.
Our pupils and staff remain our main asset. This session we will witness the retirement of Mrs McBride and Ms Johnstone. Mr Briody our Technical Technician also retired earlier in the year. Mrs McKee gained a promotion to Principal Teacher of Mathematics in Chryston HS following a secondment to headquarters. Mr McParland will be moving to Bannockburn HS where he recently was successful in acquiring the post of Head Teacher. To all of these staff members we wish ‘good fortune’ in their future endeavours.
Mrs Campbell will replace Mr McParland as Acting Depute Head Teacher at the beginning of the new session and our revised middle management structure will be as such –
Mr B Watson - PT Languages PTs Pupil Support =
Mr J Black - PT Mathematics and Numeracy Arran House - Vacancy
Mr D Bradshaw - PT PE and Wellbeing Bute House - Mr D McAnally
Mr C Gibb - PT Technologies Lewis House - Ms K
Mrs I Downie - PT Expressive Arts Mull House – Mrs M McNeill
Mr E Kean - PT Sciences PT SfL - Mrs MT Bowie
Mrs C Dick - PT Social Subjects PT LCSC - Ms J Downs
The New School Day
Monday / Tuesday / Thursday Wednesday/Friday
Period 1 8.50 - 9.40 As for other days with no period 7.
Period 2 9.40 - 10.30 School closes at 2.50.
Interval 10.30 - 10.45
Period 3 10.45 - 11.35
Period 4 11.35 - 12.25
Lunch 12.25 - 1.10
Period 5 1.10 - 2.00
Period 6 2.00 - 2.50
2.50 - 3.40
The support of all parents, carers, partners and friends of our school this year has been greatly appreciated. Many thanks to all. Have a restful and enjoyable holiday period !
R Colquhoun Head Teacher
School closes on Friday 27 June at 1.00pm ( Lunch 12noon ).
We re-open for business on Monday 18 August at 8.50am
Teaching staff will attend for In-Service training on Thursday 14 and Friday 16 August.
~ Have a Super Holiday ~