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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.
The school has recently had a very strong endorsement of its approaches to health and wellbeing. The Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health visited last month to find out about our pioneering approaches to teenage sexual health, and our “in-house” NHS clinic. And earlier this month, we were delighted to be the winners of the COSLA EXCELLENCE AWARD for making a real difference in our community. Listening to the views of young people, we are tackling inequality and improving health in a highly practical way, and I must thank you for your support. Special recognition goes to all our S4 peer educators and canvassers, and especially to Erin Sandilands and Morgan Stupart, who were both an excellent part of the team which gave a very convincing presentation in Edinburgh as part of the awards judging.
Many thanks to the parents and carers who responded positively to our planned change to arrangements for delivery of “Curriculum for Excellence” courses and qualifications from next session. As of June, our school day will change to comprise 7 periods. The standard length is 45 minutes, except for period 1 which is 50 minutes long. We are confident that this structure will allow us to efficiently deliver a more appropriate range of courses.
On the theme of qualifications, you should note that the SQA exams begin on 29 April and study leave for all exam candidates extends from that date through to Friday 30 May. You may be aware that National 3 and 4 candidates will not have any exams. To ensure that there is a meaningful experience for all learners during May, we have worked with Fife College and the other secondary schools in Kirkcaldy to develop a vocationally based course for N3/4 pupils. Details have been issued in a letter to those affected, and it looks like an exciting programme is on offer.
I mentioned the change to the school day from June, and I am also delighted to announce that we will be promoting the wearing of blazers for pupils in all year groups next session. This was initiated by our Pupil Forums, and I explained recently at assemblies that this is the natural next step for our school. We want to make a statement—that Kirkcaldy High School is the best there is, and looking really smart is a good way to demonstrate it. We value “Respect for Self” , and a sharp dress code can develop this. The blazer is also a practical and hard wearing garment, and we have been able to source very stylish and good value examples which we will promote—male and female versions are available. Details have been issued in a letter sent home in the Easter break.
As usual, we have important staffing news to relay. At the mid term break we bade farewell to our much admired librarian Eileen Montador, who has retired from the post after 15 years terrific service to KHS. Mr Malinen, Miss Montador’s replacement, is settling in well. After the Easter break we will say goodbye to Mrs Goudie, who has been a great teacher of CDT and guidance teacher here. Mrs Goudie and her family are heading to Fort William to start a new life in which outdoor sports will play a big part, and Mrs Goudie will take up a teaching post at Lochaber High School—we wish her well.
We also welcome Mr Potter in the Classics Department, covering for Mrs Brown on maternity leave, and Mr Haigh is a new addition to the Maths Department. And it’s welcome back to Mr Kowbel after his successful spell in a leadership post at Lochgelly High School. Finally, we have a new Chief Invigilator for the SQA exams, welcome Mr John Marshall.
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)