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KIRKCALDY HIGH SCHOOL - OUR SCHOOL
A welcome from the Rector.
It gives me great pleasure to be able to welcome you to the Kirkcaldy High School web site. I see our web space as having two main functions. The first of these is to inform any interested visitor of the work of the school. Secondly we have developed a learning resource which will support the achievement of our learners in its widest sense. Our web site helps us to promote the home/school partnership which this requires.
Parents/carers and our students know that we are a school which is firmly based on respect. We value RESPECT FOR SELF, RESPECT FOR OTHERS and RESPECT FOR LEARNING, and I am sure that visitors to our site will see many examples of how we promote our core values.
In addition to highlighting the ways in which we strive to enrich young lives and help prepare young people for the future, our web site will help any visitor understand how we work; our curriculum, how we promote achievement, how we deliver lessons, how we support learners, how we foster a community ethos, our resources and facilities and how we organise all of these aspects of our school.
I must thank you, the parent/carer community of KHS for your very strong backing and cooperation over the past year. All our successes as a school are based on this and it was a pleasure to be able to report the results of the “Parentwise” and “Pupilwise” surveys at Prizegiving in June. In 36 of the 39 questions asked, the KHS positive response rate exceeded the Fife average.
These recent online surveys were organised by Fife Council and the results show very high levels of appreciation for what we are trying to do here. An incredible 96% of those who responded said that they were “happy with the school”. This compares very well with the equivalent figure for all Fife secondary schools. Across Fife 84% of respondents were happy with their high school.
There have been a number of highlights since the start of 2016 and one of these was undoubtedly our annual ceilidh—organised by the “Friends of Kirkcaldy High School” and with a focus on fundraising to support less well off families with school trips and activities. It was fantastic to see so many recent leavers at the ceilidh (pictured below) and I am delighted to report that we raised around £2600 to be redistributed as described. I am also very grateful to FoKHS Vice-Chair, John Beck, for the additional donation of £500 from the initial sales of his excellent book “The Memorial in the School”, which recounts the brief lives (and deaths) of the Kirkcaldy High School fatalities from the Great War.
We’ve had several excellent assemblies recently—mostly led by our young people. For example, we had our "learner journeys" theme and I must thank William Rae, Grace Pierce and Liam Sinclair (all S6), who shared their successes and failures, and hopes and dreams. They were inspirational - you can check out the short video clips on "Twitter".
Our S6 had another inspirational talk from Mrs Lindsay, our Business Manager, who described her learning and career path, which includes returning to learning as an adult. I'm sure that our young people gained much from hearing about the changes of direction which are often a feature of life and have been a feature of Mrs Lindsay's career.
Another element of our assemblies was an input from Shauni Boyd and Rachel Stoddart (both S5) raising awareness of the upcoming Scottish elections in which 16 and 17 year olds will have a vote for the first time. We held voter registration events in school with eligible young people bringing in a note of their national insurance number to be assisted with registration. The girls also featured on "Kingdom FM" talking on the subject.
We also received some good news at the end of March. We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the "Scottish Education Awards". These are the most prestigious school awards in the country and are sponsored by the Daily Record. The finals are in Glasgow in June and we are leeted as one of the top 3 schools (primary and secondary) across Scotland for the promotion of "STEM" - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Many thanks to all our staff and young people who are involved, and in particular to Miss Higham, our Principal Teacher in this field, who does so much to promote these curricular areas. STEM skills greatly boost our young people's employment prospects. Maybe you heard about this on the “Kingdom FM” news reports?
Best wishes to all our SQA candidates. For those sitting exams at National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher, these begin on Wednesday 4 May. I would want to take this chance to thank the staff for their exceptional dedication. They have supported all our candidates by offering lunchtime, after-school, Saturday and Easter holiday sessions. It’s now up to our young people to do their best.
I mentioned your strong support earlier. Many thanks for your continued backing on uniform, and especially the wearing of blazers. We have had a very good uptake and I know that many parents/carers appreciate the lengths we have gone to secure a good deal. Please check the Academy Uniforms website to order a quality KHS blazer and badge for only £29.50. Blazers.
You will know that we make strenuous efforts to keep you informed about the life of KHS. As well as our Newsletter, there is our monthly diary in the Fife Free Press. We also email messages home - if you do not receive these, please contact the school and we’ll add you to our mailing list. We use “Parentcall” too—this is a text message or email alert and it will be used to notify you of any school closure or other urgent matter. We regularly ask for updates, but if we do not have your current mobile number, please do advise us. Our website is an up to date resource with lots of “live” information and you perhaps know that we are also the leading Fife school in the use of “Twitter” - you can follow us @KirkcaldyHigh. Many of you already do, and we have over 1600 followers.
Our website is one of the most important ways of keeping in touch. Clicking on our pages, I hope that you will be informed about KHS and impressed by the achievements of our learners. This is becoming an increasingly useful place, a virtual learning space and a key means by which Kirkcaldy High School expands beyond its campus and engages ever more effectively with the wider world.
Best wishes, on behalf of us all at Kirkcaldy High School.
Derek Allan (RECTOR)