Weekly blog

15th – 19th May: Transitions/Expectations

May 21, 2017 |

I finished my last blog by mentioning a personal challenge to join my son and daughter on the Baker Hughes 10K.  We had set two modest targets; to complete the 10K and to raise more than £500 for Alzheimer Scotland.  I am delighted to say that we exceeded our expectations on both fronts.  Not only … read more

8th-12th May: Stress and pressure

May 13, 2017 |

As this week was mental health week I wanted to reflect a little on stress and pressure. As you will know the SQA exams are now well underway and this can be a time of considerable stress for pupils and their families.   Indeed the press were reporting a rise in calls to childline about … read more

24th – 28th April 2017: Transitions and change

Apr 29, 2017 |

This has very much been a week where we are involved in transitions.  On Thursday our P7s were through to Harlaw for a social subjects morning and on Friday Miss Douglas and I went round the 4 local Primaries meeting the P7s in their schools.  As this was going on our senior pupils were completing their last … read more

27th-31st March: End of term

Apr 2, 2017 |

It has been a very busy term and I know the teachers and pupils will be looking forward to a well deserved Easter break.  Please remember we will not be back on Easter Monday and we return on Tuesday 18th April.  Many of our non-teaching staff will be working over the Easter break getting things … read more

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

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

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