Tuesday, 6 December 2016

OECD tables

OECD league tables
Today's news in relation to league table positions for Scotland makes very uncomfortable reading.

We will need calm and clear heads in the coming weeks. We must avoid knee jerk reactions.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Fidelis et Fortis

The clock that never worked, the sinister Green Lady, the day we nearly drowned the Queen Mother – it’s all in a sparkling new book, Faithful and Brave: A Celebration of James Gillespie’s High School. Commissioned by the James Gillespie’s Trust to mark the opening of our new campus, and penned by award-winning journalist John MacLeod – himself a former Gillespie’s pupil – Faithful and Brave is 304 fact-packed and heavily illustrated pages, covering our entire history from the last days of Mr Gillespie to Callum Skinner’s Olympic glories in August 2016. A gripping read, a physically beautiful book and the perfect present, with a warm foreword by Grant Stott – it’s unputdownable. Buy your copy right now. And another for a friend!

1. Email the school at: Admin@jamesgillespies.edin.sch.uk to reserve a copy and arrange for collection. Price £17.99
2 Electronic payment:
TSB Sort Code: 30 13 01; Account number 00972295
• Price is £17.99 if collected from school
• Price is £21.25 if the book is to be posted.
The book will also be available for sale at various school functions in the next few weeks.
The formal launch of the book will take place on the evening of Wednesday 14 December at the school. Details to follow.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Paolozzi Art Competition

Amidst 39 nominations from 15 secondary schools in this year’s Paolozzi Art competition I am delighted to that

·         Ellie Byron was the outright winner in the category ‘Spirit of Paolozzi’

·         Anna MacKenzie was awarded a commendation for ‘Talent and Creativity’

·         Pepa Chesworth-Russell was awarded a commendation for the category ‘New Directions’

 The award ceremony took place last night at the National Gallery of Scotland on the Mound.

 Warmest congratulations to the girls for winning these prizes and continuing the JGHS winning run in this highly prestigious competition.

Sincere thanks to Stella Christie, Iona Molleson, Stephanie Troon and Jane Wood for their leadership and inspiration in supporting our charges towards this latest success.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Invictus Games Assembly

Great assembly this morning where the main topic was the incredible athletes and what they achieved at last week's Invictus Games in Florida.

This video was shown to the assembled audience. You could hear a pin drop as they learned what can be achieved when there's a will.

This is Micky Yule's poignant and inspirational story.

Public speaking success

We have great pleasure in announcing that two of our S3 pupils, Linus West and Paul Tiplady, took part in the Procurator Fiscal’s Public Speaking Competition on 27th April at the Sherriff Court and were the overall winners of the Edinburgh final. They were up against stiff competition from three other schools (The Royal High School, St Margaret’s High School and Craigmount High School) and spoke with great eloquence and passion on the topic that “society is losing out as our TV and movie screens do not reflect it.”  Their glittering success at the final followed on from a tough qualification round where they spoke on the concept of “what it means to be a refugee in Scotland today” in competition with another three Edinburgh schools. By achieving such standards, the students have demonstrated a strong ability to engage with challenging topics, construct convincing arguments and present their ideas in a measured and thoughtful manner. They are a credit to the school and reflect the importance that is placed upon critical thinking skills at James Gillespie’s High School.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Craigmount Pupils relocated to JGHS

15 April 2016

Dear Parent/Carer

Relocation of Craigmount (S2) Pupils

You will have seen in the media that a number of schools in Edinburgh have been closed this week due to construction issues.   The Council is making contingency arrangements to allow these pupils to return to education as quickly as possible.

From Wednesday 20 April we will provide accommodation for S2 students from Craigmount High School at our Darroch annexe.  They will be joining us on a temporary basis.  In order to ensure continuity, Craigmount pupils will be taught by their own teachers.

My senior leadership team will continue to work with colleagues at Craigmount to ensure the arrangements work efficiently for both schools.

I know you will join me in welcoming Craigmount pupils and staff to Darroch and support them during their time in our school.  

Yours sincerely,

Donald j Macdonald