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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.
Many thanks also to Mark Wheelwright and the staff of the Adam Smith Theatre for support for our S6 Induction last month. All our new S6 pupils were treated to talks, workshops and activity sessions led by Royal Bank of Scotland, Sainsburys, NHS Fife and our own staff – including a special focus on Saltire Volunteer Awards, especially befriending elderly people, and health and wellbeing awareness. The sessions were very well evaluated by our young people and it is clear that our new role models have made a positive start.
In May we enjoyed our annual Activities Day which included trips to Alton Towers, Bowling, Crazy Golf, Cinema, Edinburgh Zoo, Karting, M and D’s Theme Park, Blair Drummond Safari Park, the Scottish Deer Centre, Paintballing, climbing in the Lake District and Snow Factor in Glasgow. I would encourage all parents/carers (S1-3) to respond early in the new session—we are planning an early start for our Activities Day on Fri May 22 2015, and want all signed up to take part in affordable, active and fun events or trips. Next year we intend to give pupils who have followed our “ABOUT” Code (Attendance, Behaviour, Organisation, Uniform and Timekeeping), the first chance to take part in the most popular activities and trips.
We have a staffing update. First off, very well done to Mrs Davidson, who was appointed to be a permanent member of the Senior Leadership Team. She was a great success in the Depute’s post on a temporary basis and it’s great to make that permanent.
Good luck to Miss Goudie, Mr Kowbel and Mrs Thomson, who started in new positions at Lochaber, Beath and Auchmuty High Schools respectively recently. At the summer break we will also say farewell to trainee PE teacher, Miss Ho and send our best wishes with Mrs Harper in Learning Support, who takes up a year long secondment at St Andrew’s High School. Mr Penman of the Maths Department is also moving to St Andrew’s. Mr P Young, has recently joined us in PE from Bell Baxter High School.
In August, we will welcome new staff Miss Malcolm in Music, Miss McIntosh in PE, Mrs Pirie in Physics and Guidance (Beveridge House) and Mrs Sim in Maths and Guidance (Carlyle House). Mrs Kerek in English will be staying with us on a permanent basis and is joined by Mrs McCormick as a trainee. Other probationers are Miss Band in PE and Miss Grubb in Maths. Finally, well done to Miss Keeble, who becomes a Guidance Teacher in Adam Smith House on a permanent basis.
I mentioned your strong support earlier. Many thanks for your backing with our push 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 £28.
I have to say that that I think we go to great lengths to keep you involved and informed. As well as our termly printed Newsletter, there is our monthly diary in the Fife Free Press. We also email messages home (including S1/2 homework details) - if you do not receive these, please contact the school and we’ll add you to our mailing list. We now use “Parentcall” too—this is a text message alert and it will be used to notify you of any school closure. 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 we are also the leading Fife school in the use of “Twitter” - you can follow us @KirkcaldyHigh.
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.
With best wishes
Derek Allan (Rector)