Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Friday 17 November



  1. Well done to all who took part in today’s activities towards raising £620.84 for Children in Need.
  2. Well done to all the pupils who are involved in making steady progress at the various stages in the Scottish Schools’ volleyball
  3. I draw to your attention that we will be involved with a number of charitable causes in the coming weeks.
  4. As part of our South Africa project we will be  collecting filled pencil cases and books. The pencil cases can contain pencils, pens, rubbers and rulers etc. and can include an optional note to the recipient.
  5. Books can be educational or a young children’s book. All donations should be in by 19th January, and can be dropped off at reception.
  6. We will also be collecting to support Children First and a local food bank. Details to follow.
  7. Well done to Robert Davies who is competing for JGHS in the Scottish Indoor Schools Rowing Championships today at Ravenscraig Sports Facility in Motherwell.
  8. I was very pleased to hear how well senior pupils studying towards Advanced Higher Physics had engaged in their experience at the University of Edinburgh last week.  Feedback from university staff included: ‘we just wanted to
    mention how extremely impressed we were with your pupils. They had mature and professional attitudes, and showed some real flair for experimental work. I would be delighted to have any and all of them in our first year
    class next year.’

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Friday 10 November



  1. We have run several assemblies this week in anticipation of National anti-bullying week from 13 – 17 November.
  2. Good luck to the 4 senior pupils who are taking part in the maths challenge on 16 November
  3. In response to requests raised by parents at our Parent Council Forum, Mrs Westerman has compiled a guide to when assessments take place in the senior school. http://jamesgillespies.co.uk/key-assessment-information-senior-school/
  4. Thanks to all who have contributed to the continuing success of our cycling club.
  5. Welcome to Mr Michael Bracewell who started in the Science department this week.
  6. During #iwill Week 2017 (which runs from 20th-24th November) those who want to know more about the benefits of volunteering can do so by linking at: http://www.volunteeredinburgh.org.uk/home
  7. Well done to Rose Shanks in S1 who has captained Hutchison Vale FC under 13 Blacks to winning the Hayley Lauder South East of Scotland under 13 girls football league!
  8. A reminder to all parents who are making online purchases (personal or business) to please make purchases through Easyfundraising which, at no cost to purchasers, makes contributions to JGHS Parent Council funds. https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/
  9. Please see attached information about fundraising for the S6 South Africa 2018 trip.
  10. During the past week, red, white and purple poppies as worn by many, has prompted interesting discussions. The traditional red poppy has for generations been a sign of respect for people lost in military conflicts, the white poppy is a symbol of pacifism and the purple poppy is worn to remember the millions of animals killed in human wars.

I take this opportunity of wishing all a lovely weekend.

Donald j Macdonald
Headteacher

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Friday 3 November



  1. As we head towards probable frosts and other adverse weather conditions, families are reminded that announcements about school closures will be shared with the general public via Forth 1.
  2. This week’s S1 parent consultations were very well attended appeared to go well. Feedback has been sought so that glitches that arose with booking can be addressed in time for the next parents’ night. Thanks to the parents who provided teas and coffees and raised a whopping £261 towards Parent Council coffers
  3. In response to the publication of the National British Sign Language Plan I will shortly be meeting with representatives from City of Edinburgh Council to explore what opportunities we can offer pupils to learn sign language.
  4. During this past week we have had 6 students from Hong Kong joining classes. I met with all 6 today and enjoyed hearing their reflections and learning from their perspectives. Highlights for them included: Our clean air; Scottish friendliness; not having to wear a uniform and getting 9 hours sleep each night! Thank you to all the families who hosted and made our visitors feel so special.
  5. This afternoon a group of pupils, staff and parents will visit the CEC digital Innovation centre at Wester Haile’s Education centre to better inform our planning for the future.
  6. The next Maths Circle will take place on Saturday 25th November from 1pm to 4pm at James Clerk Maxwell Building. More information can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/edmathscircle.
  7. On Friday 10 November P7 pupils from our 6 Feeder schools, accompanied by their teachers and parents will visit JGHS to find out about the exciting developments at High School and some of our plans for the future.
  8. Best wishes to all pupils who sat Oxbridge entrance exams on Thursday 2 November.
  9. Please find attached a summary of this past month’s sporting successes. 
  10. Comann nam Pàrant Dùn Èideann and the Parent Council of Bun Sgoil Taobh na Pairce have invited Dr Donalda McComb, Head Teacher Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu, and Donald Iain Brown, chair of the Parent Council at that time, to talk to parents about the transition in Glasgow from a single GME primary school to a 3-18 GME campus. This event will take place at JGHS at 730 Pm on Monday 6 November.
    This meeting is part of a series of events being organised jointly by. Through these meetings we hope to help inform parents, carers and the wider Gàidhlig community of the potential future developments for GME arising from proposals in the Edinburgh Council’s Draft Gaelic Language plan (GLP).
  11. This coming week is Edinburgh Gaelic week. Visit http://www.edinburghgaelicfestival.com/  for more details.
  12. Congratulation to Ms Megan Smith (Psychology and RME teacher) who graduated earlier this week with a Pysychology Masters degree.
  13. Warmest congratulations to the Boroughmuir Thistle FC U15 Purples team, with JGHS students Stella Paton (S3) and Rose Newman (S2), who won the Frankie Brown Under 15 South East Football League. 
  14. On Friday 3 November I have been invited to attend the SQA annual Star Awards dinner in the Assembly Rooms along with Jamie Clarkson (last year’s S6)  and his family. Jamie has been shortlisted for the ‘Top student in Scotland award’. Gordon Kumar (also JGHS) won this award last year.
  15. Please continue to let us know of any pupil achievements so that we can celebrate and share widely.

And finally, I hope you enjoy any fireworks related events you attend this weekend and I hope families and pets all remain safe and happy throughout.

Donald j Macdonald
Headteacher