This has been yet another term where RHS pupils have shown, and amazed us, with their understanding, passion and enjoyment of Chemistry. There are lots of budding young chemists wanting to investigate and explore the world around them. There may be some young Marie Curies and Ernest Rutherfords in RHS.
This year has seen the successful introduction of the new Revised Higher course with two classes leading the way in Scottish education, as well as our Advanced Higher, Intermediate 2 and Standard Grade classes running as usual. Each class has a great selection of young chemists.
This year has also seen RHS Chemistry develop closer links with the community, as we enjoyed a great trip to Glenkinchie Distillery. This showed us the fermentation and distillation processes up close, and allowed pupils a look on to East Lothian‟s scientific past. On the day Fiona Scott, Kieran Gilhooley, Daniel Roberston and Christy Farrell all won Glenkinchie Distillery goodie bags for their excellent research and information gathering skills. Also, the staff at Glenkinchie were blown away by the excellent behaviour and attitude of the visiting pupils. Great stuff folks.
It is now the beginning of the run in to prelims! Sorry to bring this up, but the month of February will in- volve sitting in the hall and writing all about your favourite subject. This is an opportunity for you to show off all you have learned over the year so far. You should be starting to think about revision.
With prelims in mind, it is a good opportunity to remind everyone of the Chemistry Catch Up Clubs. These are your chance to ask questions, to finish homework and build on your understanding of Chemistry. Teach- ers and times and days vary, so chose which ever suits you best. Monday lunchtime in room 108 with Mrs Lockett, Monday after school in room 106 Mrs Strain, Tuesday lunchtime in room 107 with Mr Davies, and Wednesday after school in room 8 Miss Latham. Just one Catch Up Club a week will make a massive differ- ence! Two Catch Up Clubs will make an even bigger difference!!
CAREERS Happy New Year to all pupils, parents and staff at Ross High School!
Between August and December we spoke to groups of S5 and S6 pupils as well as offering interviews on an individual basis. S6 pupils attended the Higher Education Convention at Napier University in August and pupils also attended the SkillScotland careers event at The Corn Exchange in November. There was another suc- cessful Connections Event in November and, as always, we enjoyed getting the chance to meet you and show you what Careers are doing in school.
We look forward to another busy year at Ross in 2012 and will be launching into group sessions with all S4 pu- pils starting mid January. This will give pupils the opportunity to start thinking about careers and the options that are open to them when they leave school, whether they plan to leave at the end of S4, S5 or S6. We will also attend the S5/6 parent‟s evening on the 17th Jan and S4 on the 29th Feb, so if you have any questions please ask.
For anyone thinking about leaving school in May 2012 it is important that they start to put their plans into action. Colleges will start taking applications in January/February and you can check their websites for up- dates.
www.jec.ac.uk www.ed-coll.ac.uk www.stevenson.ac.uk www.oatridge.ac.uk
We will run a session to help pupils with their college application early in the term and pupils can get more in- formation about this from their guidance teacher when we have confirmed the date. If your son or daughter plans to leave in May and has no plan, then please encourage them to make a careers appointment, Mrs Lumsden in the library will be happy to book them in.
As a reminder, if you want to contact us alison.mc
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