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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.

Public speaking for schools?

What’s an advantage private school pupils may have over state school pupils, come graduation time? Debating experience and a lot of interview coaching, says Stephen Twigg, shadow education secretary. He says public speaking should be a formal part of the national curriculum. Read about his proposal, which he hopes will help level the odds for all young job-seekers, here.

summer school?

Primary school pupils in north London will experiment with US-style summer school this July, to help them overcome some perceived achievement disparities with more advantaged schools in the area. Its format, a combination of small tutorials and personal mentoring, has proven very effective in American schools. The Education Endowment Foundation will be monitoring closely to see if similar results obtain on this side of the Atlantic. All going well, the programme is set to expand to more locations in the summer of 2013.

Read about it here.

study leave information

Pauline Cumming, Depute Head Teacher, is sending out individual student timetables today (students should keep these in a safe place) and letters and texts to parents concerning exam procedures, including what to do in case of illness. A copy of this letter will be on the school website later today as well.

There will be an assembly for S4 to recap on this information on Thursday, and for S5/6 on Friday.

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