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Easter revision courses for Nat. 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher subjects


Here’s a good stress-buster for anxious families this time of year.  It’s a (very) wide array of revision sessions over the Easter break!  See the whole schedule by clicking here.

S3 Course Choice Evening


Students and parents are welcome to attend an information evening on Wednesday 19 November from 6.30-7.15 pm in the Assembly Hall, about the choices and qualifications that students will be making in the transition from S3 to S4, and the supports that are available.

See the full website notice from Depute Headteacher Pauline Cumming here.

Cyber-security lessons could be expanded in UK schools


Plans to teach children as young as 11 about careers in cyber-security have been announced. New learning materials would be offered to UK schools to publicise jobs in the sector, the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills said. A recent report said limited awareness of cyber-security as a profession had created a skills shortage. One expert said the UK was at risk of being “left behind and at a disadvantage globally”. Read the full report in this week’s BBC Technology News.

National Parent Forum: e-Updates

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Here is the latest update from the National Parent Forum of Scotland. This latest issue covers Curriculum for Excellence from the learner’s point of view, the ‘Nationals in a Nutshell’ (latest list here), the ‘Let’s Talk’ resource for home-school partnerships, and the state of the national Wi-Fi for schools campaign. These updates are a fine resource. Click on their website, and you can subscribe to them directly yourself!

Nationals in a Nutshell

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Not sure what’s meant by ‘National’ level qualifications?  These are the coming recastings of the SQA Intermediates and Highers across all disciplines.  To help us understand them in detail, the National Parent Forum of Scotland are now rolling out a superb set of practical guides to what the Nationals mean in each subject.  See them all here as they come out.

So far they cover Art & Design, Chemistry, Computing Science, English, History, Mathematics, PE, and RMPS.  Tina Woolnough, Communications Officer, advised us yesterday that four new Nutshells will appear each week.  Next to appear will be Music, Graphic Communication, Biology, and Modern Languages.  The following batch (early April) will be Geography, Modern Studies, Business, and Physics.

She says the Forum are delighted with the enthusiasm with which the Nutshells have been received and welcome feedback.  Harald Tobermann, our own PC chair, who has a daughter in S3, says these Nutshells are ‘exactly the kind of information parents need’.  He adds, ‘knowing what my daughter is about to learn provides me with conversation starters which are not always easy to come by during the teenage years.’

SQA Information Event: ‘Qualifications Plus’ (Tue. 5 Mar., 18:00, at St Thomas of Aquin’s)

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The National Parent Forum of Scotland is delighted to invite you to attend an SQA information event on Tuesday 5 March 6-9 pm, at St Thomas of Aquin’s High School, Edinburgh, called ‘Qualifications Plus’. This is an opportunity for parents and carers to find out about the new National Qualifications and what lies beyond. The keynote speaker will be Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning. There will follow a roundtable discussions followed by a question and answer session with a panel of experts.

Please click here to book your free place. Places are limited, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further information about this event, or to join the NPFS database and hear about future events, please visit or email

S2 course choices

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S2 course choices – it’s happening now.

The S2 Parent information evening on Wednesday 23 January met with extremely positive feedback from parents, for the concise and helpful information for pupils making their course choices.

Course choices will now need to be submitted before the February holiday. All S2 Pupils have been offered the opportunity to attend a presentation of their own, and have been issued with detailed course choice selection forms and a detailed course choice booklet.

A copy of that presentation, including full time scales is being posted on the school website. Click here for a course choice form.

If you were unable to attend this session or would like to discuss any aspect of this with the school please contact the school office.

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