The last day of exams

Well done to all of our pupils – those sitting and those keeping quiet throughout the buildings (just keep quiet for this one last day!)

Wednesday is the last day for GGS exams. New timetable begins on Tuesday 4 June. We’ll see all of our current S4-5 reporting back for duty then.

Cars around the school

Can we ask anyone parking around the school or Leisure Centre to not park in the minibus area at the front of the school. In front of the main bus bay, there are two signs like the one shown here and a longer No Parking banner in between. This area is essential for morning drop off and pick up of bus pupils. If this area is blocked, it forces minibuses, large buses and pupils onto the road which is dangerous for everyone, particularly our young people.

School Leavers

A reminder to all of our school Leavers that they need to fill in a Leavers Form and have it signed off by staff across the school. You also need to return your Chromebook and, well, say goodbye.

It’s worth keeping in mind that you can’t start the next part of your life until these forms are submitted as they tie you to the school and you can’t start work until that cord is cut.

Congratulations Kada!!

Kada receiving her certificate from Mr Abenheimer (Guidance Teacher)

Congratulations to Kada Helliwell 1RN who found all the hidden rainbow posters around the school. These posters depicted famous people who identify as LGBT. Kada will also receive an Amazon voucher at a school assembly.

Visit from Tabeetha School pupils and staff

Today we were lucky to have a group of pupils and staff visit us from Tabeetha School from Jaffa, Israel. This was the end of their whistle stop tour of Scotland before flying tomorrow. During the visit the pupils had the opportunity to tour the school, see some giant squirrels in the Art department, sample some fine Scottish fare and then participate in lessons. I’m not sure they were expecting to take part in some Scottish country dancing when in PE!

Pupils from 1RN have been involved in writing letters to their counterparts in Jaffa and were most excited to receive replies. They have written replies and have given the pupils from Tabeetha a present of a signed Scottish flag.

Our pupils did a fantastic job in welcoming the visitors to the school and showing them some excellent hospitality. Thank you Alex, Rio, Leona, Danielle, Grace, Harriet, Siana, Sophie, Rosie, Ruby and Natalie.

Cyber Discovery Residentials

We’re keen to promote three FREE week-long residential courses running in Paisley this summer, organised and funded by the National Cyber Security Centre as part of their CyberFirst programme.

Young people can learn cyber security skills and get an insight into cyber security careers. Completion of the courses, which are residential, will earn participants Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework credit points (including a certificate), and the learning can count in part towards completion of the SQA National Progression Awards at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6.

The three courses are:

All the information is in the links provided.

Several Grantown pupils have attended these courses and had a lot of fun. The courses are free – the government wants to train a new generation of cyber security experts with the skills to counter current and future cyber threats. So basically this is free spy training…..! Also very good training for in-demand commercial skills that lead to very well-paid jobs.

If interested you need to apply direct via the links provided – don’t delay as they fill up super fast.

Exams are back after a few days

The start time of Fridays exams and extra locations need particularly attention from our S1-3 pupils. Everyone will be excited to get home for the weekend ahead but please keep noise to a minimum as you leave the school past the Mezz area (Guidance department and boys stairwell area) and past the Library towards the bus stop.