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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. 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" recently. 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.
Our main highlights of the term past were undoubtedly our finalist place in the Scottish Education Awards and our winning of the national "Go4SET" Science and Engineering competition in June. Both were recognition our school's commitment to "STEM" education and I am very proud of all the young people who contributed and of the staff who go beyond the usual boundaries. Both events took place in Glasgow.
Another major achievement was the Scottish final place gained by Kyle Pitcaithly and Umar Mohammed in the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Public Speaking Competition. The boys were very unfortunate to lose out to Fernhill Independent School from Glasgow in the final which was held at the High Court in Edinburgh. Kyle and Umar are officially the East of Scotland Champions.
As always, this time of year sees significant changes in teacher staffing. Best of luck to former probationer teachers Mr Campbell (PE) who is heading off to Dubai and Miss Braid (Geography) who will move to Waid Academy in Anstruther. Miss Burke (Modern Languages) is leaving KHS to travel and two of our CDT teachers are moving on; Miss Robertson to Waid and Miss Simpson Wands to Inverkeithing High School. Best wishes to them all.
Good luck to Mrs Dempsey (Biology), who is expecting a baby in August and is now on maternity leave. Other staff have gained promotion. Very well done to Mrs Harris, who is off to Woodmill High School as Principal Teacher of Maths, Miss MacEachen?off to Madras College in St Andrews as Head of Modern Languages and Miss Higham, who becomes the Head of Biology at Forres Academy, Morayshire. Mrs Harper has also been appointed as a Principal Teacher, of Pupil Support at St Andrew's High School. She has been at that school on a temporary basis over the past 2 sessions. All are deserving of their step up.
We also recently said farewell and best wishes to Mrs Ritchie (Guidance), who has retired after 32 years of excellent service to KHS. Cath will be hugely missed by many ... pupils, families and colleagues alike. Her contribution over that period of time has been immense. Thank you.
Within the school I am delighted to announce our new job share Principal Teachers of Employability will be Miss McIntosh and Miss Nessels and our job share Principal Teachers of "STEM" are now Dr Murray and Miss Tennant. In Learning Support, Dr Jones will continue to lead.
Current probationers Miss Malcolm (PE) and Miss Ashby (Social Studies) will be staying on at KHS?well done to them. It is also a pleasure to announce that our new Principal Teacher of Modern Languages will be Mrs Morris, who will be joining us from Dunfermline High School. We also expect quite a few other new staff to join us in August. We will have probationer (trainee) teachers in Biology (2), Chemistry, History, Home Economics, English and Maths (2), with other new appointments in Modern Languages and CDT. More details in the next newsletter, when all appointments are confirmed.
Finally, very well done to Lachlan Duncan and Rachael Stoddart, who have been appointed Head Boy and Head Girl for the session ahead. The other members of the Prefect Leadership Team are; Shauni Boyd, Chloe Newton, Josh Binnington, Leah Bidgood and Bethany Hutchison.
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 almost 1800 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)