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KIRKCALDY HIGH SCHOOL - OUR SCHOOL
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 wish to develop a learning resource which will support the achievement of our learners in its widest sense. Our web site helps us to develop the home/school partnership which is required.
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.
We had the pleasure of the company of Provost Jim Leishman earlier this month to help us mark a young man’s special act of courage. Perhaps you read about Joe Lafferty, who made the front page of the “Courier” after he tackled a thief at the Victoria Hospital. The man had snatched an elderly lady’s handbag and Joe, in school uniform, chased him down, recovering the bag. A modest lad, Joe declined the offer of a reward and played down his bravery. We are all proud of him and he has qualified for one of our Achiever’s Ties.
Also, many thanks to the parents and carers who attended our “Curriculum for Excellence” Learning Fair in February. It was a great success and we are sure that it has helped develop understanding of the new curriculum, “pathways” and qualifications.
On the theme of qualifications, you should note that the SQA exams begin on 28 April and study leave for S5/6 exam candidates extends from that date through to Friday 29 May. S4 Exam leave starts after the May Day Holiday and ends on Friday 29. We will again have an extensive study programme over the Easter break (see right).
You may be aware that National 3 and 4 candidates will not have any exams. We are currently working with Fife College and the other secondary schools in Kirkcaldy to develop a vocational based course for N3/4 pupils during May. Further details will be issued when we have them.
As is traditional, we will soon see the final House Assemblies led by our S6 Leavers (below). These will undoubtedly be emotional affairs with quite a few tears shed. We wish them all well for the future. The Class of 2015 has been an outstanding group of young people.
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 1000 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 from everyone at Kirkcaldy High School.
Derek Allan (Rector)