All posts by David Innes

20th-24th March: Study and revision

Apr 2, 2017 |

This week our seniors will be completing elements of coursework for sending off to SQA.  After that they really need to be getting themselves organised for some intensive study and revision.  I am sure any parent reading this will have their ideas about study/revision.  In my senior school years I was great at making up … read more

13th – 17th March: Risk taking behaviours and child protection

Mar 19, 2017 |

A few weeks back we held a set of assemblies linked with anti-weapons and knife crime.  These assemblies were part of a city wide initiative aimed at keeping children safe.  At the assemblies I made reference to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and to article 6 – the right to life.  … read more

6th-10th May: “Best work, first time, on time, every time”

Mar 12, 2017 |

A big focus for teachers and pupils at present is getting work complete for internal SQA deadlines.  It is difficult to underestimate the importance of this work as the coursework can represent a big part of the overall course award.  In addition, many pupils are trying to finish off unit assessments and re-assessments without which … read more

27th February – 3 March 2017: Anti weapon initiative

Mar 5, 2017 |

This week saw us hold a series of special assemblies to highlight the issue of anti weapons/knife crime.  Aberdeen City Council has developed a series of initiatives as a result of the fatal stabbing which took place last year.  Part of the strategy involves educating all young people about the issue.  It also encourages them never … read more

20-24th February – Choices and changes

Mar 5, 2017 |

Choices (Course choice):  There is a lot of work going on at present to ensure pupils can make informed choices.  Our S2 pupils have the chance to choose a broad ‘pathway to follow in S3 giving them some specialisation but ensuring that they are not locked into life changing decisions from a very young age.  … read more

13th-17th February – Facing up to challenges together

Mar 5, 2017 |

This week was a short one for our pupils with a holiday Monday and then two days with no school.  On these two days staff were involved in a range of work aimed at developing their skills and taking forward some of the priorities of the school. The Tuesday saw many of us go over … read more

6th – 10th February: #startofourown @harlaw_academy

Feb 11, 2017 |

Last weekend I went in to see La La Land – a movie which is set to break all records at the BAFTAS and Oscars.  I thoroughly enjoyed the film but I am less of a fan of the whole superstar/celebrity adulation thing. For those of you who follow the school ‘twitter’ account you will … read more

30 January – 3 February 2017: Informing or participation

Feb 11, 2017 |

For some time I have been thinking about how I move from telling people what we are doing to actually involving them in what we do.  It might seem like a small difference but if we can make the change it can make a massive difference.  It is a theme I speak about in the February … read more

23rd – 27th January 2017: Improving attendance and reducing lateness

Jan 29, 2017 |

I want to start this blog by thanking pupils and parents/families for the significant improvements we have seen in respect of school uniform.  For me the important issue with this is less around uniform and more around the fact that pupils, staff and parents had all identified the need to make this a priority and … read more

16th – 20th January: Supporting transitions

Jan 21, 2017 |

We work very hard to try and help youngsters and families through times of transition in their schooling. three significant ‘transitions’ in relation to secondary school are; the move from Primary to secondary the times of subject choice during secondary school the move from school to a range of post school destinations In this note I … read more

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