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

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

9th – 14th January: Success in 2017

Jan 14, 2017 |

At this time of year we often wish each other a happy, prosperous and/or successful new year.  Happiness, prosperity and/or success will however need more than a wish if they are to happen.  They will need work – indeed they will need relentless amounts of focussed hard work. Over the holidays I read a book called … read more

23rd December 2016: Rounding off the term/year

Jan 14, 2017 |

Apologies for the lack of blogs in December – I hope to be back to a weekly one in the New Year.  In this one I will quick run through what has been happening in December. In the first week of December some of our pupils took part in the consultation on plans to re-develop Union Terrace Gardens.  … read more

7th – 11th November: Preparation pays off (perhaps)

Nov 26, 2016 |

“He’s only gone and done it” When I posted my last blog Andy Murray was on the bring of becoming world number 1.  It is great to see he has made it.  If ever we needed someone to show us what it means to bounce back from disappointment, to work hard for success, to overcome … read more

31 October – 4 November: Hard work brings success

Nov 26, 2016 |

As we reach the end of October we hit some important milestones.  We change the clocks, we have Halloween and we have bonfire night.  All of this reminds me to highlight some basic safety points: watch out on the slippery pavements and paths – falling leaves and frosts can be a nightmare give yourself a little bit longer … read more

24 October – 28 October: Annual Report

Nov 26, 2016 |

Each year the school is required to prepare a report into the standards and quality of our work.  The reposr for session 2015/16 is available here:  sqip-2015-16-harlaw-draft-final It is always a bit odd looking back on last session particularly in September/October when the new school year is underway and we are very focussed on doing our best in … read more


Nov 10, 2016 |

Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education Pupils who attend well do well in their exams. Employers want workers who turn up every day on time. Pupils who attend well learn how to get on with others and enjoy a social life. Make every minute count. Missing … read more

26th – 30th September – a very successful week

Oct 2, 2016 |

In my last two blogs I highlighted two big events – both which took place this week.  In this blog I shall share with you the success of both events: The first was an event we called #secureyourfuture.  This was intended to be much more than a standard careers event.  It was an opportunity for … read more

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