Weekly blog

25th – 29th September 2017 – Respect for community

Oct 1, 2017 |

Last week I published the second of 3 blogs looking at the day to day work of Harlaw Academy which is based around 3 simple behaviour statements: – Respect for People – Respect for Learning – Respect for Community This week my blog will look in more depth at “respect for community’ Under the statement … read more

18th – 22nd September 2017 – Respect for Learning

Oct 1, 2017 |

Last week I published the first of 3 blogs looking at the day to day work of Harlaw Academy which is based around 3 simple behaviour statements: – Respect for People – Respect for Learning – Respect for Community This week my blog will look in more depth at “respect for learning’ Under the statement … read more

4th – 8th September 2017: Wider life of the school

Sep 9, 2017 |

On Friday I met with the officer bearers of the parent council and part of what we discussed was the wider life of the school. Linked to this was a discussion of how we let parents know what is happening in the school. In this blog I shall say a little bit about each of … read more

28th August-1st September 2017: Settling in

Sep 9, 2017 |

If last week was about ‘getting started’ this week was very much about ‘settling in’. In that respect I want to start this blog with a massive thank you to parents and pupils for their response to our requests to get to school; dressed in school uniform, on time and ready to work. The number … read more

5th-9th June 2017

Aug 27, 2017 |

Sorry for missing a few weeks. It is a busy time and the blog slipped to the side of the desk. So here is a brief snapshot of the last few weeks. 22-26 May: Our promoted staff all had briefings on school performance data. It made us think fairly deeply about how we continue to … read more

21st-25th August: Welcome back and well done

Aug 27, 2017 |

My first task is to welcome everyone back to session 2017/18 and to wish those seniors who have moved on from all the best in the future. Our new S1 intake have settled in very well and this is in no small part down to the work we did all last session to help them … read more

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

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