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22 January 2019



IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PRELIM EXAMINATIONS:  The prelim diet starts on Monday 14 January and runs until Friday 25 January. There will be exams on in the Assembly Hall and various locations throughout the school. Whilst the atrium corridor is allowed to be used, we need you to be mindful that there are exams in the hall whilst you are accessing this route. Please be respectful in corridors and ensure that noise is kept to a minimum.  THERE IS NO ACCESS TO THE CANTEEN DURING LESSON TIMES.  For the duration of the diet, Period 5 and lunch swap over, so you lunchtime will be 12.25 – 13.15 and period 5, 13.15 – 14.05.  On Wed 16 January and Thursday 24 January only the canteen will serve at break times in the corridor outside G3. During all other break times the canteen will be open as normal.  PLEASE BRING CASH ONLY FOR THESE TWO DAYS.  Good Luck to all Senior Pupils doing their exams and thank you to all for being respectful at this time.



From 6.00pm – 7.00pm there will be a Subject Fayre, which will be located on the second floor.  This is when you get a chance to talk to teachers about next year’s options and courses on offer. Following that there will be a short presentation in the library where the course choice sheet for next session will likely be shared. There will be several stalls in the library giving you more information about Senior Phase including: Ernst Young Foundation, Careers Advisor, SCQF Ambassadors, Borders College, Foundation Apprenticeships , SQA and Scholar.  This evening will be of particular use for new S4 and new S5 pupils, and we look forward to welcoming as many pupils and parents as possible.



For pupils who attended the presentation delivered by James Dundas from EY Foundation about Smart Futures, I have emailed the power point home to parents. Many of you were very interested in this offer and want to apply. We will support you with this during PSE both with the application form and preparation for interview.  The deadline for applications is 8 February and interviews will take place during February.   Also James will be attending the Senior Phase Presentation Evening on 22 January, so you can discuss more with him then.   More information from Mrs Catto or me.  Mrs Anderson.


BRASS BAND:  Will re-commence on Thursday 31st January at 1.25pm in music room 114. Miss Bennett


ANTI-BULLYING GROUP:  There will be a meeting for the members of the anti-bullying group in Rm 301 on Wednesday 23/01/19, Period 7.  Mrs Jordan


S2 DYSLEXIA GROUP:  Meet period 1 today, 22nd January  in Room G7.


BORDERS COLLEGE SCHOOLS ACADEMIES:  A reminder  that all Borders College Schools Academy students are still required to attend College through the Prelim period. The exception to this is if you have an exam on the day you are due at College then you do not need to attend on that day. Any questions, see Mrs Catto.


BORDER SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP:  The above event will be held on Thursday 14th March at Netherdale.   

Anyone wishing to attend please give your name to Mrs Rome or PE Department


NATIONAL SCHOOLS AQUATHLON CHAMPIONSHIP:  Triathlon Scotland are delighted to announce that the above championship will take place on Friday 27th April in Glenrothes , Fife.

The format will be as follows:

S1/S2 300m swim, 2km run

S3/4 400m swim, 3km run

S5/6 500m swim, 4km run

Entry fee £6

Further details from Mrs Rome


BORDER BADMINTON SECONDARY SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP:  The Border Schools tournament takes place on Sunday 27th  January in Earlston High School.  All entries must be in by Thursday the 17th. There are three age categories U14's U16's and U19's.  If you wish to enter please see Mr Jeffries (room 305) ASAP.


GUITAR CLUB: Next week - 27th January, Group A on the guitar timetable have moved to 9.25 from 12.30 due to the early lunch.  Many thanks.  Mr Milligan


FOCUS JUDO CLUB:  Focus judo club are offering all S1-6 pupils the chance to try judo On Monday 4th February from 8-9.15pm .

They offering 20 classes from beginner to yellow belt for 2x £25 payable in  2x10 week  payments .  The children will  get free judo Scotland license 16months ,judo suit 2 free grading and 2 belts .  This is a great opportunity for all beginners.  More information from Mrs Rome if required .


S6 GROUP DANCE PHOTO :  Please see photo at reception.  Names to Mrs Grahame to order, cost £10 for photo.