Weekly blog

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

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

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