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Heriot-Watt Design Smash Challenge 2015

A massive congratulations to our S5 girls from Senior Graphic Communication who won the Heriot-Watt Design Smash Challenge 2015.  Competing against other schools from central Scotland the students were asked to propose a new use for existing buildings and land on a site in Edinburgh’s city centre that would address future needs.  Working excellently as a group the Drummond students developed and presented in just 2 hours an outstandingly creative and bold proposal that addressed homeless issues in the city – a rooftop farm spanning three city blocks that provided produce for domestic accommodation, kitchens and other public services in the buildings below, with the whole design offering sustainable accommodation, support, training and employment opportunities for homeless individuals.

Their work showed significant maturity and understanding of social issues within a community, and impressed the judging course tutors from Heriot-Watt University.  Huge congratulations to all the girls: Enkhjin Tugsjargal, Nikita Graham, Josie Swift, Alison Laing and Nisha Kaur.

Drummond wins the Heriot-Watt Design Smash Challenge 2015
Drummond wins the Heriot-Watt Design Smash Challenge 2015

Enterprising Maths in Lothian Champions 2014-15

We have great pleasure in informing you that Drummond Community High School has won this years’ Enterprising Maths in Lothian competition!

On Thursday, 11th June, four Drummond students took part in the event, tackling a variety of mathematical puzzles and problems against 27 schools from across Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. The pupils performed magnificently, working superbly both individually and as part of a team, scoring very highly in every round. The puzzles included creating a poster, a whole-team competition, a speed competition, a relay competition, an on-the-spot calculation, individual rounds and a model boat-building task.

This is an enormous and historic achievement for the team. They have now qualified for the National finals due to take place in Glasgow in November.

The pupils involved were:

  • Katherine Dempsie (S4)
  • Mhairi Dickie (S3)
  • Matthew Farrow (S4)
  • Benjamin Sterratt (S3)

Everybody at Drummond is incredibly proud of these very talented individuals and wish to congratulate them again on their success. We wish them great luck for the finals later this year.

The Champions - Enterprising Maths in Lothian 2014-15
The Champions – Enterprising Maths in Lothian 2014-15

Internet Safety – Useful Online Pages

Online Magazine – tips on security settings and privacy. Designed specifically for parents.

UK Safer Internet Centre – Resources

Resources for parents and professionals working with children and young people

Partnership between Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) and Parent Zone offering tips for parents

Resources and advice for parents as well as professionals working with children and young people. Resources such as interactive book for pre-school children (Called Digi Duck) as well videos for older children.

Respectme are the leading Scottish Anti-bullying organisation. Their website gives advice for parents on bullying and links to other organisations that offer support and guidance on this subject.

The leading mobile phone service providers such as O2, Orange, BT, Vodafone etc each have their own security help pages online so check out their websites.

The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible DIGItal citiZENS. It shares specific advice and resources on issues such as social networking and cyberbullying and how these relate to and affect their own and other people’s online experiences and behaviours.

Find top tips for Internet safety; learn how to tell myths from facts when it comes to dangers in the online world, and read about the steps you can take to help protect your devices, information, and family online.

Topic specific help and advice from Childline. Useful guidance for adults and children on bullying etc. Some parts of the site target issues for young people 12+

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

On 30th April 2015 nine Drummond pupils took part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. The challenge is aimed at pupils in S1 and S2 in Scotland. Almost a quarter of a million pupils from across the UK sat the challenge, with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, the next 13% silver and the next 21% bronze. The top students qualify for the follow-on competitions, the Junior Mathematical Olympiad and the Junior Mathematical Kangaroo. The results for Drummond pupils were fantastic:

GOLD: Daniel Farrow (S1) and Benjamin Sterratt (S2)

SILVER: Mhairi Dickie (S2)

BRONZE: Swapnil Vyas (S2)

PARTICIPATION: Sean Burns (S1), Megan Fortune (S1), Daniel Bozek (S2), Adam Elbekhti (S2), Erin Youngs (S2)

Congratulations to them all!

Both Daniel and Benjamin also did well enough to qualify for the Kangaroo. An outstanding achievement! Everyone at Drummond wishes them the best of luck for this follow-up competition in June.

Vaccinations and Consent Forms

Are you protected?

There is another chance for teenagers to get their MMR and HPV vaccine in the summer term if they have previously missed out.

Ten per cent of secondary school pupils in Lothian have not had the second dose of the MMR vaccine meaning they are at risk from Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

In Lothian there has been a recent outbreak of mumps, a contagious viral infection with symptoms including fever, headache and swelling of one or both cheeks or sides of the jaw. Common complications include inflammation of the testes (1 in 4 adult males) and meningitis (1 in 7 cases) with less common complications including hearing loss and inflammation of the pancreas.

Children with mumps will need to stay off school for at least five days.

The NHS Lothian school nurse team will be sending letters to pupils due to be vaccinated. Please read this and discuss vaccination with you parents, carer or guardian.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, given to girls in S1 and S2, protects against cervical cancer.

This vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV that cause 75% of the cases of cervical cancer, but uptake of this vaccine in Lothian has not been all that high. It is important that you get this protection early enough for it to be effective. So, you should have all the required doses as soon as they are offered at secondary school.

If you receive a consent form, make sure you discuss it with your parents, carer or guardian and return the form to your school.

More information about these vaccinations can be found on the Immunisation Scotland website. Or you can call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 (8am to 10pm, every day).

Drummond Girls win first and third place at the Edinburgh Schools Dance Competition

On Friday the 13th of March a group of S2 girls received a first place award winning a Street Dance Workshop at Dance Base. In reaching this fantastic achievement, the girls have developed many great qualities and skills. The group have shown a lot of talent through their choreography of the winning routine, they have worked cooperatively as a group throughout and they have shown a great deal of support to each other in their endeavour to succeed. The event celebrated dance styles from around the world and throughout the decades. It was a fantastic event that the girls thoroughly enjoyed and were over the moon to win their first place as well as the award for best costumes. Congratulations to all who participated and we hope you enjoy your award after the great deal of hard work and commitment you have shown throughout.

Drummond’s S4 duet were also awarded third place at the event. The duo choreographed a beautiful contemporary style dance that portrayed elements of nuclear war. The girl showed a great deal of creativity and commitment throughout, they not only choreographed the dance themselves but they have also taught themselves the contemporary style of dance. Again, it was a great achievement for the girls who thoroughly enjoyed both performing and observing a variety of dance styles at the event.

A truly inspiring event for all involved!

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SQA Exam Leave 2015 – Message from the Headteacher

In order to allow pupils and parents to plan ahead in terms of a study timetable, SQA exam leave for this session is outlined below. It has been made slightly more complicated this year by the regulations surrounding Curriculum for Excellence so I have tried to bullet point the arrangements to make them easier to follow.

• S4 pupils sitting 3 or more National 5 exams/ all S5 and S6 pupils will have their last day of classes on Friday 1st May.
• Exam leave will run from Tuesday 5th May (Monday 4th is a holiday) and will run until Friday 29th May inclusive.
• S4 pupils sitting two or less National 5 exams are not entitled to the full exam leave but will get two days study leave prior to each exam (plus the day of the actual exam).
• S4 pupils with no National 5 exams will be expected to attend school throughout the exam leave period. A programme of lessons and activities has been arranged including opportunities of taster courses at Edinburgh College.
• The new timetable will start for all pupils on Monday 1st June. Any pupils who have exams after this date will be granted study leave as detailed above.
• There will be an Induction programme for S4/5/6 pupils on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th June.

As we reach this important stage in the lives of senior pupils, I would encourage them all to plan their study time carefully and make the most of the Easter Revision Programme the school is offering the first week of the Easter break and to use the remaining week for focused study too. There will be opportunities when they return after Easter to seek help and support from their teachers in the final preparation leading up to their exams. I am sure parents will be playing their part in offering help and support and ensuring time is created for study.

I would like to wish exam all exam candidates well on behalf of everyone here at Drummond Community High School and to hope they secure the results they deserve from their hard work and effort throughout the years.