Magazine 2013/14 Are you weAring your jewellery or just insuring it? A diAmond bAngle by Cartier Sold for £50,000 International demand for jewellery and silver at auction has never been stronger. Bonhams offer free and confidential valuations across Scotland with a view to selling in our forthcoming Jewellery and Silver auctions at our Edinburgh saleroom. bonhams.com/edinburgh Prices shown include buyer’s premium. Details can be found at bonhams.com enQuiries 0131 240 0915 [email protected] Principal’s Welcome “This is a very special year for the school as it marks the 120th Anniversary since Mrs Murdoch had the vision to set up a school for young ladies on the 5th of September 1894, in the house in Dalziel Drive house known as Craigholme. The school has established its position in Scottish education over the years and is at the forefront of delivering quality, all-round education for girls.” Gillian Stobo, Principal At the start of this session our current S6 Higher results placed us in the top five schools in the country and our Advanced Higher results were acknowledged as outstanding by the HMIE inspectors when they visited the school in March. Given that we have open access to sitting exams these results are impressive and a credit to our pupils, our staff and the support given by family. In the inspectors’ report I was delighted that they agreed with us that we place a strong focus on meeting the needs of individual pupils as members of staff know each learner well. Our two inspectors were most impressed by the pupils’ enthusiasm, knowledge and desire to learn, their articulate expression of ideas, thoughtful mature opinions and high levels of achievement. It is encouraging that the inspectors’ findings reflect the many happy and successful experiences on offer for pupils at Craigholme. Many of the pupils talked about the high-quality opportunities that support their broader achievements, for example in music and sport. Our pupils are at the heart of the school, they are what the school is all about and what matters most, so we were delighted that they were consulted and represented so well throughout this process. Impressive as our attainment is, it must be matched by equally impressive wider achievement and the girls have successfully been sharing and developing their talents too. The school has continued to be heavily involved in sport at all levels and we are delighted that Craigholme girls are the U16 Scottish Hockey Champions – an absolutely massive achievement and one of which we are particularly proud. S1 girls were also very involved in the BBC School News Report. The girls had the opportunity to attend the Press Conference at which the team for the Sochi Paralympics was announced and interviewing the wheelchair curling team. This is where they met Aileen Neilson who was our guest of honour at the Junior School Prize Giving. In September our Music Department continued its International Concert Series programme in New York. The Festival Choir was welcomed most warmly by the British International School of New York (BISNY) and enjoyed performing for their pupils, staff and parents. Further performances included St. Paul the Apostle Church at Central Park and a Broadway workshop with some of the cast from Wicked. Many memories were created and many friendships forged with our new friends at BISNY. The S2s visited Raasay, S3s to S6s have been exceptionally busy completing Duke of Edinburgh Awards, the school continues to be a presentation centre for the Trinity Music Examinations, S3s were involved with the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative through the Wood Family Trust, fund raising took place for the St Margaret’s and St Columba’s Hospices, we have hosted author visits in conjunction with Waterstones, S4 continued the exchange programme with Fintona Girls School in Melbourne, Australia and we have welcomed many distinguished visitors to the school through our speakers’ programme. These are the experiences on a daily basis that build confidence and promote achievement through a “can do” attitude. When the Commonwealth Games came to Glasgow in July we were delighted to be involved. Our Sports Complex was a fully functioning training venue, many of our staff and pupils participated in volunteering roles and our Games Captain, Heather Mackie, took part in the Baton Relay. We are proud of all of them and are delighted to have helped the Host City. This is my last magazine contribution as Principal and I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity I have received from pupils, parents and staff. Thank you all so much. I have had the privilege of being your Principal for the past ten years. In that time I’ve admitted hundreds of girls to the school and watched hockey on Saturday mornings at the fabulous sports complex, which has been a wonderful addition to the school’s facilities since 2007. I have dressed up for innumerable charity days, answered thousands of emails, written screeds of reports, represented the school on all sorts of committees in locations throughout the country and applauded our girls’ talents at hundreds of concerts. The school is in good heart and I hand it over to its next guardian with immense pride in what we have achieved together. I will continue to be singing the praises of this school long after I have left and I’ll appoint myself to my last post as a Craigholme Ambassador and you are all welcome to join me. I would just like to finish by saying that this has been another successful session for the school and I would like to thank each one of you for the part that you have played in that success. Gillian Stobo Principal, 2004 - 2014 Page 3 Page 4 Principal’s Welcome “Craigholme School is as a warm and welcoming School, where our girls are given a wide range of opportunities and emerge as well rounded individuals who contribute fully to society. It is a School where our girls are happy but challenged to be their best.” Brendan Farrelly, Principal It is with great pleasure that I take on the role of Principal of Craigholme School in its 120th year. I am looking forward to building upon the excellent work of my predecessors and taking the School forward in to the future, maintaining the special kind of education for girls, which allows them to be themselves and explore what is best for them, whilst leading to greater academic achievement and personal fulfilment. I am proud of the warm, compassionate and caring environment of Craigholme School and the positive ethos and personal approach within the school, where individual needs are catered for, achievement is celebrated and learning is valued and enjoyed. My role at Craigholme School is to give every girl the opportunity to realise her potential and to be her best. Our girls know that if they work hard and use their talents then they can achieve. I firmly believe that the only barriers to achievement are the ones we create ourselves and Craigholme aims to build the confidence and resilience within our girls to overcome all barriers before them and to succeed in all aspects of their lives in order to achieve their goals and to make a meaningful contribution to society. At Craigholme we place an emphasis on respect for each other and working together to achieve our goals. We have an ethos of achievement and a desire to fully realise our potential. My challenge to every girl is for her to realise her potential and everyone in the Craigholme community is intent on helping every girl to be her best. This magazine gives the flavour of the huge variety of events which occur at Craigholme School and I hope you enjoy perusing the activities and achievement of our girls over the past year. The Commonwealth Games Commitee presents a flag and medal board to Craigholme School Head of Junior School “In the Junior School, we love to explore new and innovative learning opportunities for the children and for the teachers.” Jeanette Smart, Head of Junior School Our Junior School is a happy and hardworking place to be. A wide range of school trips, speakers, clubs, committees and special events are built into the curriculum. This session, we welcomed a number of memorable visitors to the Junior School including Storyteller, Marjorie Leithead, who was our special guest during our Scottish Day back in February. Olympic medallist Rona Simpson recently launched the school’s HWB week at Senior Assembly and we all enjoyed a fascinating visit from NASA Astronaut Colonel Jim Dutton at the beginning of June. Visits out have been many, including the Science Centre, Vikingar, Pollok House, The People’s Palace, the Burrell Collection and Amazonia. Once again, J7 pupils very much enjoyed their annual residential trip to Manor Adventure in Lockerbie. They were able to take part in outdoor activities including climbing, abseiling and canoeing. In the Junior School, we love to explore new and innovative learning opportunities for the children and for the teachers. We have well-established paired reading programmes at J1 and J3 and our Nursery children work really well with J2 on their joint Magic Nursery project. This work, which is led by Mrs McColl, inspired us to extend the programme right across the Upper School as part of a National Project for Education Scotland. The children worked on this project with the teachers and myself and I’m delighted that our completed case study was awarded a Quality Mark, which is the highest possible grading. Our project has now been uploaded to the Education Scotland website for schools around the country to use. This is just one example of the development work undertaken by the school. We were all absolutely delighted that our hard work and enthusiasm was acknowledged by HMIe when they visited us in March. Our lead Inspector, Lesley Brown, who is also assistant director of Education Scotland, wrote this about the pupils: ‘Children are very positive about their school and about the opportunities they have. There are good opportunities to take on leadership roles and they enjoy being involved in committees and arranging school events. Children are friendly, work very well together and are highly motivated and engaged in their learning.’ We know that these comments are not given out lightly so the report was an excellent endorsement of the hard work of the staff and pupils. A major highlight of the year was of course the wonderful Junior production of ‘Annie’ at Eastwood Park Theatre. Annie fever seemed to take over the whole school. Thank you again to all J4-7 girls who really rose to the occasion delivering top-class, professional performances of Annie over two nights. As always, December was hectic but filled with fun. The Nursery presented its Nativity to a packed audience of family and friends and a week later J1, 2 and 3 presented their Nativity. This one was organised and project managed by the J3s and is a great example of the up-and-coming talent at Craigholme. In the Young Musician of The Year Competition in March, the Junior School was well represented by our talented musicians. Well done to Jennifer Riddell who gained a Highly Commended place in the Elementary Section. The J6s have been extremely loyal at coming to hockey training and have played in sport predominantly in J7 teams throughout the season. We entered the Hutchesons’ Invitation J6 Tournament with our two teams ‘Forever Red’ and ‘Tartan Terrors’ – both named by the girls themselves. As always, the parental support on the sideline has been greatly appreciated. There are several excellent athletes in J7 who featured in the Junior Athletics Championship this term. Megan McDonald was 5th overall and Erin McLean, Eve Coffey and Olivia Bremner also won points. Fourteen pupils are celebrating a 100% pass rate in their English Speaking Board (ESB) exams, with all receiving a distinction, merit or merit plus grade. The English Speaking Board is a national body which provides graded assessments for pupils. Each of the girls had to recite a poem, sight read from a novel and speak on a subject of their choice and they all performed exceptionally well. We know that we simply couldn’t offer everything that we do here at Craigholme without the help from our parents and so, on behalf of all the staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your contributions and never-ending commitment that you give your daughters and the school. Page 5 Page 6 Board of Directors “At Craigholme individual progress is however measured across a broad range of achievements. Each girl is encouraged to engage and contribute to the broad range of activities on offer. This participation builds confidence, a can-do attitude and is the foundation for our strong academic results which pave the way to successful careers. Ian Curle, Chairman of the Board Firstly, I would like to recognise the achievements and progress of our girls. They have worked hard throughout 2013/14, learned new skills, shared experiences, advanced their knowledge and grown in stature. All of this under the excellent supervision of the dedicated and talented staff at Craigholme. Studies have shown that girls learn better, perform better and participate more in a girls-only environment. Evidence of this progress is witnessed by the excellent SQA results achieved by our senior girls in recent years. Earlier this year the school was assessed by the Charities Regulator and I am pleased to report that Craigholme passed the charities test first time. This confirms that the school is meeting its charitable purpose, providing access through bursaries and providing a wider public benefit. The school was also highly commended in the recent Quality Inspection (QUIPE) conducted in March. This involved a two-day visit, interviews, classroom observations and staff, parent and pupil questionnaires. I would like to thank the Principal, SLT and staff for their excellent work which is recognised by this inspection. This year also marks the retirement of our Principal, Mrs Gillian Stobo. Mrs Stobo joined Craigholme as principal in 2004 and over the last 10 years she has dedicated herself to the school. She has built a strong, professional and talented SLT and Staff at Craigholme. High standards have been set and achieved as witnessed by the SQA results, OSCR pass and the recent Quality Inspection. Gillian leaves Craigholme in good heart and I would like to thank her for her commitment and dedication over the past 10 years. The success of the School relies on the hard work and collaboration of a number of people. In this regard I would like to thank the Principal, Mrs Gillian Stobo, the Senior Leadership Team and all of the Teaching and Support Staff at Craigholme for their on-going commitment and dedication. I would also like to thank the Board of Directors who volunteer their services to ensure the governance and development of the School, and to the contribution provided by the Parents’ Association who support the social and financial aspects of the School. The Parents’ Forum is now in its third year. It has representatives from every year group and works together with the School Board and Staff as a sounding board for developments and communication. For some of the girls, this year represents the end of one chapter in their life and the beginning of another. Our leavers have achieved their grades and are ready for the challenges ahead - to all of those leaving the Craigholme community this year, I wish you well and future success and I hope you will look back on your time here with fondness. Parents’ Association 2013/2014 has been another successful year for the Craigholme School Parents’ Association. We started off the new school year in September by hosting the New Parents’ BBQ. This was a great opportunity for new parents to meet each other as well as members from the CSPA, the Principal and representatives from the SLT, staff , Board and the Parents’ Forum. It was a well-attended event with several parents offering their help to the CSPA for future events. Our fundraising events kicked off in October with the J5/J6 and J7/S1 discos, both of which proved to be a hit with the children from Craigholme, Hutchesons’ Grammar and St Aloysius. In November we ran the third annual CSPA trip to Fenwick of Newcastle. This event has proved to be a well-supported and very popular Ladies Pre Xmas Shopping Extravaganza. The feedback from the ladies was that they were looked after from start to finish and were treated like VIPs from the moment they stepped onto the coach. This year saw for the first time a record number of ladies attending with the tickets selling out in the first week. November also saw the first ever Nursery and Lower Junior School Halloween disco, at which everyone participated and dressed for the occasion. The Christmas Fair was held in December and, as usual, this was a very popular event with everyone from parents and pupils participating and enjoying the atmosphere of the day. This year we enjoyed the delights of the Xmas afternoon tea with fizz for Parents. This was very well received and a special thank you to Sarah Booth for the preparation of the sandwiches. AnneMarie MacTaggart again took on the responsibility of organising the stall holders and I’m sure we are all in agreement that Anne-Marie does a fantastic job, ensuring there is a wide range of products on sale. Once again a huge thank you to Anne-Marie for taking on this daunting task and doing such a marvellous job. Thanks must also go to Santa John Coles and his Little Helper Susan Welsh for adding to the excitement of the day. Thank you to everyone for a fantastic job in organising and helping out with this event, the work and effort put in is greatly appreciated. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Donnelly, Mrs Craig and the girls from the award-winning Festival Choir and Junior Choir who performed so well on the day. A special thank you must go to our property team who every year take the time to re-create and build Santa’s Grotto which looks magical on the day. Moving into the Spring Term we had another two discos which were quickly followed by the Parents’ Dance which had a “School Daze” theme. Special thanks must go to Carolyn and Stuart McArthur for providing their amazing lighting on the night. Without their help and support the hall would not look as good. Thanks also to our bar staff on the night who were kindly on loan from Sharon Bonner, to Andrew and Hazel Campbell, the CSPA members and parents for the set-up of the hall and to our Head Girl Rebecca Deas and her team for helping out on the night. The CSPA keep fundraising all year round and June was as busy as ever, as we supported the Family Fun Day by providing refreshments for the Parents and a tuck shop for the children. We sold our strawberry tarts at Tournament Day and this year saw the Burger Stall for the first time. We also held our annual Uniform Swap Shop which as always is well supported by all. Our fundraising efforts this year have contributed towards the refurbishment of the Hub and new kitchen facilities as well as donations to several departments and providing the jackets, polo shirts and back packs for the 2013 trip to New York for the Festival Choir. I would like to thank all of the committee members and parents who have helped to make this a very, successful and profitable year. Thanks must also go to our marvellous Head Girl Rebecca Deas and her enthusiastic S6 team for their support over the year. A special mention and thanks must go to our property team for their absolutely tremendous help and support throughout the year. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Suzie Harbison and Hazel Campbell from the Business Office as well as Cathy Gibson and Aileen Grant from the main school office who take time to help from the background. I would like to formally welcome our newest committee members Abigail Dickson, Paula McBride and Elena & Martin Welsh who joined the CSPA at the start of the school year. Finally we must say our farewells to all members who are leaving the committee this year after many years’ service. Page 7 Page 8 The Parent Forum The Parent Forum The Parent Forum was established by the Craigholme School Board of Directors in January 2012 as a representative body of Parents to help provide support and assist in communication between the Board, school, pupils and parents. The forum has now settled into its role and works well as a team in providing positive assistance to the School with its many and varied initiatives. The aims of the Parent Forum are: To provide an improved channel of communication between parents, the school, its pupils and the Board To engage with all parts of the Craigholme Community to create a welcoming school which is inclusive for all To develop, engage and promote activities which support the education and wellbeing of the pupils To identify and represent the views of parents on the education provided by the school and other matters affecting the education, health & wellbeing, communication and promotion of the school. To act as a sounding board for the school This school year the Forum has provided support on marketing and promotional matters and the following, key projects DROP-IN PARENT FORUM MEETINGS The forum opted to promote their meetings in advance to all parents as well as the year reps to encourage parents to come along and participate without the need to be a PF representative. This proved very successful with many parents opting to attend meetings, whether they had a particular matter they wished to raise or simply wanted to observe and participate in that evening’s discussion. This format provides an opportunity for parents across the school to meet other parents and chat informally about areas of interest and the Forum will be continuing with this format in the next academic year. GYM SHORTS A new style of Kukri gym shorts was introduced to the school in June 2014, just in time for Tournament Day and are now available for purchase from Man’s World. SCHOOL LUNCHES The re-introduction of meal deals for junior school pupils and forward planning details of menus as well as bringing back the use of the Smart Café as an area for pupils to eat packed lunches – freeing up more space in the hub to accommodate hot lunches and longer sittings for pupils. TESTIMONIALS & GOOD NEWS A number of year reps have provided these testimonials and we continue to encourage parents to provide them and good news stories about the school and pupil achievements. These personal stories are invaluable in helping the school promote its strengths to prospective new pupils and parents (via the website, social media and other promotional literature) as well as spreading the latest good news amongst the existing, greater pupil and parent body! If you have any stories of your own which you are happy to share, do please let us know. This year we heard our U16 hockey team became Scottish Schools Champions. We were so impressed that we produced a banner congratulating and featuring Craigholme’s winning team in time for Tournament Day – June 2014. The Parent Forum is currently looking into a number of wide-ranging projects working with the school. These are all areas of interest that affect our daughters’ education and we welcome input and views from all parents on these and any other matters you may wish to raise. MARKETING Communication – encouraging greater communication between the school, parents and pupils New Parents Revised gym sportswear and optional extras Wet day activities & School Clubs Website School lunches The Parent Forum is a total team effort! We meet around once every two months and have a maximum of two representatives from every year group from Nursery to S6, along with a member of the Board and the Senior Leadership Team in attendance. We will be looking for new volunteers at the start of the new School session and if you don’t want to volunteer or are not sure and would like to see what it’s all about, first – why not come along and drop into one of our meetings? You can also see our latest report and working projects on the Parent Forum area of the School website as well as a list and contact details of all the current Parent Forum Representatives for each year. For further information on the Parent Forum please contact Audrey Johnstone at [email protected] Principal Farewell A Fond Farewell to... Gillian Stobo Principal 2004 - 2014 Gillian Stobo came to Craigholme School in August 2004 from the High School of Glasgow with the experience of Deputy Rector behind her. But more importantly for her role as Principal of Craigholme, she had been very involved in the Girl Guiding Movement and had worked with girls for many years. All that experience was put to good use at Craigholme with the outdoor education trips she undertook. She led the S6 Aberfeldy trip nine times and accompanied the S2s to Raasay. She has been white water rafting on the Tay many times and was always ready to participate in the girls’ activities. Gillian was at her happiest in the classroom, more particularly in a Chemistry laboratory but she thoroughly enjoyed teaching young people. In fact in the HMI Inspection in 2005, her inspiring practice was commented upon. She led the S1 Critical Thinking class, taught master classes in Latin and organised S6 PSHE. She was always full of ideas and activities to make her classes interesting and challenging and she particularly enjoyed team teaching with colleagues. Craigholme achieved a great deal while Gillian was Principal and the completion of the Sports Complex was a notable milestone. It gave Gillian great pleasure to see the Complex used so extensively by the school and the community, playing an important role in retaining the school’s charitable status. She was equally proud of the successes of all the pupils, from the SQA results to the sporting achievements and musical talents, she enjoyed celebrating them all. It was appropriate that her time as Principal began with a full HMIE inspection and ended with a Quality Improvement and Professional Engagement (QUIPE) visit which validated her leadership of the school. Always modest, she recognised others’ contribution before her own; she was clear that her role was to enable others to lead and manage their area of expertise and she valued the contributions of those around her. One of the greatest challenges she faced was when a group of S6 girls came to her asking to take part in the 24 hour Speyside Challenge. Unfortunately there were no adult volunteers to supervise the girls and rather than let them down, she agreed to undertake this gruelling walk. It was a testament to her determination and her faith in the girls that she completed 40 miles of the Speyside Way. Having worked with Gillian for 10 years as Deputy Principal, I have seen at first hand her commitment to Craigholme, her enthusiasm and dedication, working long hours, seeming to cope with little sleep and always ready with another idea. She can now spend her time on all those things she has not been able to – reading, the theatre, travelling. I am sure she will have a busy and interesting time in the next phase of her life and the Craigholme community wishes her a very happy and fulfilling retirement. Carolyn Erdal Page 9 Page 10 Staff Farewells A Fond Farewell to... Fiona Adams SCIENCE TECHNICIAN Mrs Fiona Adams joined the science department in January 2012 and she has been an outstanding science technician whose support for the science staff and pupils has been invaluable. She has involved herself in science education from nursery to S6 at Craigholme and her quiet, supportive manner and willingness to help in all situations have been appreciated by all. We are glad that her time at Craigholme confirmed her desire to become a teacher and she started her graduate diploma in primary education course at the University of Strathclyde in August. We wish her every success in her course and a very rewarding career thereafter. Gillian Stobo Robert Arbuckle HEAD OF HISTORY Mr Robert Arbuckle left us in October 2013 to take up a Head of Faculty post at St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm. In his four years as Head of History at Craigholme he shared his love of the subject and enthused significant numbers of pupils to study history and achieve outstanding results. His organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail made him a worthy Examinations Coordinator and he holds a number of significant positions within the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Numerous class projects were shared with Education Scotland as examples of good practice and the impact of his approaches to learning and teaching were second to none. We thank him for all that he contributed to the school during his time in post and wish him and his family every happiness in the future. Gillian Stobo Elaine Brunton HEAD OF MATHEMATICS (JOB SHARE) Mrs Elaine Brunton joined the maths department in August 2008 moving from Ross Hall Academy where she gave specialist maths assistance to visually impaired pupils. She also had a wealth of experience of delivering Financial Education to senior pupils. On her appointment to Craigholme her pupil centred approach soon became obvious and she was promoted to Head of Guidance and latterly as part of a job sharing Head of Maths post. We thank her for her valuable contributions to the school over the years and we are sorry that she has decided to leave for personal and family reasons. We wish her every happiness in the future. Gillian Stobo Nursery & Junior School Page 12 Nursery The journey to educational excellence begins in Craigholme Nursery School. Nursery life starts with building strong relationships with both the children and their parents. The warm and friendly ethos within the nursery is created by a very experienced team of nursery staff who are themselves all parents. This allows everyone to have a shared understanding of the very rewarding but sometimes demanding task of bringing up and educating young children. Creating beautiful felt for our yurt The Care Inspectorate, Glasgow City Council and most recently HMIe have all commented on this approach. ‘Across the nursery and school, staff have a clear sense of direction and have a strong focus on ensuring young people achieve all that they can’ and ‘children and young people benefit from a high quality learning environment and a climate of mutual trust and respect.’ HMIe May 2014. All Ready for the Nativity a pigs’ birthdays! Celebrating our guine Craigholme Nursery School is not only a fun place to be but children, parents and staff have the opportunity to contribute ideas and shape the planning and running of the nursery. Last year we started a very exciting project which had evolved from the children wanting to ‘make a tent.’ We looked at styles and shapes of tents and the material used to make them and, inspired by a yurt we found on the internet, we decided to make our own. Children, family members and staff have been led in the art of felt making by Mrs Fleming. Unspun merino wool is made into felt panels which we have been joining together. Eventually these will form the covering for the wooden structure in the garden and we will have our own version of a story-telling yurt. Our deepest thanks are given to Barry James and Donald Thomson, parents from the school community, who kindly gave of their time and expertise to build the wooden frame structure. This is a wonderful and innovative project, with learning experiences spanning across all curricular areas. The children have become such experts in felting that during an evening workshop many were able to lead their parents in the art of felt-making. Creating art Nursery Spotting wildlife in our Nursery gardens Children learn best when they are immersed in what they are doing and there is no better environment than the nursery garden for providing a context for rich and absorbing learning and play. The ‘Mud Kitchen’ is an area loved by children and provides a variety of learning experiences. To the untrained eye children are simply making mud pies, mixing and stirring potions in pots and have lots of messy fun. However this environment provides cross curricular learning experiences. For example children will be counting, weighing and measuring how many spoonfuls of mud required to fill a pot, ordering the pots and pans according to size, estimating volume, etc. These are all early mathematical skills. Sharing and turn-taking of resources, negotiation and discussion with others all happen in the kitchen also and are valuable skills required by children in all aspects of their learning. Creating beautiful felt for our yurt Parents and extended family members are always made to feel very welcome within the nursery. Last year we were very fortunate to have a large number of parents attending the formal and informal evenings, coffee mornings and work-shops. Parental views are sought in a variety of different ways and are used to shape the running of the nursery and nursery events. This type of enriching learning culture allows children to see that their voice and opinion can make a difference and lead to change within their environment. We are beginning to build the skills they will require when they themselves leave school and become the workforce of the next generation. Karen Grant Nursery Manager r Nursery gardens Spotting wildlife in ou Page 13 Page 14 Junior 1 Junior 1-3 Gardening Club With the help of some of our parents and staff Junior 1 to 3 spent some happy afternoons in the Junior School Garden, weeding, clearing and planting. Pupils formed their own committee and made the decisions themselves about the party and what would happen next to our Garden! We then celebrated all of our hard work with some dancing, games and fantastic food! Junior 1 Digestion Lesson (All About Me Topic) All the pupils in Junior 1 chose the focus of a lesson. Beth was very keen to learn outside the classroom, so during National Science and Engineering Week Junior 1 took a trip to the Chemistry Lab where we found out how food goes in, travels through and then comes out of our bodies! Picture by Olivia Dickson Junior 2 Page 15 Commonwealth Games We had to mime the actions for some of the sports in the Commonwealth Games People’s Palace Visit Dear Granny Bryce, Dear Granny Bryce, Thank you for taking us back in the time. I enjoyed the work in the house when it was wash day and the steamie. I learned that the baby slept in a drawer and how many people slept in the single end. We got to run around the fountain and we got our picture taken. Thank you for taking us back in time. I enjoyed doing the household chores because you could beat the carpet and sweep the floors. I enjoyed going to see the single end. Love from Zahrah Love from Morgan Materials Project So far I have learned that glass is transparent. Now I know that materials have properties. - Ananya - I have learned that materials have different properties, properties mean they are useful for their purpose. - Faith - Page 16 Junior 3 J3 Treasure Hunt Olivia, meet Olivia This is a picture of me and my buddy. When I met her it was a bit funny because she is called Olivia and I am called Olivia. Now I am a bit sad because I am not going to be her buddy anymore because I am going into Junior 4 and she will be in Junior 2. I hope we will still be friends because I liked working with her. Olivia Middleton Mrs Mitchell told us we would go on a Treasure Hunt when we earned enough points. We went to HQ and some of the J3s read out the clues. We worked out it must be in someone’s office and we decided it must be Mrs Stobo’s. So we all went to her room and she did have our treasure. When we looked inside the treasure chest there were chocolates, calculators and note pads. We were all allowed to choose two things. It was great fun. Kelsey O’Keefe Micro Fitness This year J1 to J4 did Micro fitness in the sports complex. We used lots of different gym equipment and played ball games. There was also a bouncy castle, a bungee run and other inflatable games. We had a great time and another school was there too. Afterwards we were very tired but had enjoyed everything we did. Harnisha Aulak and Rebecca Scott The BIG Lunch J3 Nativity This year the J3 classes directed the nativity and it was hard work. Mrs. Mitchell helped us decide on the staging, props and acting. We also took part in the play and really enjoyed it. We even painted the stable and arranged costumes. It was a big responsibility. We made a Big Lunch and cooked it all by ourselves. We decided on the menu and checked recipes for the ingredients. For starters we could have olives and cheese or sweet potato soup, for the main course there was curry or pizza and for dessert you could have pavlova or chocolate cake. We invited some guests and made decorations too. It was great fun and I am really proud that we did it all by ourselves. Laura McNeill and Lucy Tankel Felicity Boyle and Grace Campbell Junior 4 Viking Project In the Spring Term we did a Viking project! At first, we wrote down what we wanted to find out, then went and gathered all the information from books on Vikings. We then made little Viking boats, which were called longships because they were really long!’ Alexandra, J4 The life of a Princess “In Junior 4 we got the chance to write about princesses. We had to describe their life and then draw them in their bedroom wearing beautiful clothes.” Samiyah, J4 Eco Committee Work “I was in the eco committee. It was great fun and I learned that you can do many things with pen lids, like making necklaces or bracelets etc. I am very happy I am helping us become eco warriors!” Millie, J3 George Birrell “J4 were asked to copy a painting of George Birrell’s. George improvised from memory and he used bold colours instead of original natural colours. His paintings were mostly of Scottish coastal fishing villages.” Cate, J4 Page 17 Page 18 Junior 5 Amazonia ‘Amazonia is an artificial tropical indoor rainforest and we saw kinkajous, bats, a toucan, gold and blue macaws, red bellied piranhas, a royal python, poison dart frogs and tarantulas and many more exotic animals! Morven ‘After walking through the rainforest, we went to handling sessions and I held a fat tailed gecko, a royal python, and a hissing cockroach. I thought the fat tailed gecko was really cute!’, Daisy At the handling session, I was too scared to handle any, but I did touch Ralph, a cockroach!, Cerys Junior 6 Commonwealth Inspiration! We have been exploring the work of artists from across the Commonwealth and have used what we have learned to inspire our own masterpieces! by Eilidh Haughan by Lena Boraei by Libby Campbell by Anais Bonner Page 19 Page 20 Junior 7 Girl of Dust Imagine having everything you love taken away from you, your home, your food and your fun. Your life would be nothing but a speck of dust. That’s what happened to Anne Frank. At the age of just twelve years, the Nazis had occupied the Netherlands which was where Anne and her family lived. Anne had a happy, outgoing personality. She loved swimming, going to the cinema and playing with her friends. Anne could no longer do any of the things she loved. Happily weaving through seats to get a good spot at the cinema or cheerfully playing around at her father’s work. A happy little heart filled with excitement. The Nazis came and took away all of the Jews’ rights. When everything began to get out of hand, Anne’s dad, Otto, decided the family had to move. After living in Amsterdam for a while, they ran away to an Annexe to hide, as the Nazis had invaded Amsterdam. Whilst living in the annexe, Otto’s secretary had to go out to get Anne’s family their food. Hopeful, yet terrified, Anne spent her days whispering when she had to talk. She had to be so silent as the last thing her family needed was Germans hearing them. She couldn’t even flush the toilet or eat loudly. For Anne’s thirteenth birthday she received a diary which she used to write down everything that happened to her. Anne lay wearily in her bed wondering where her life was heading. She was unsure what to do with her diary. “Every day is the same” she thought. Not once was she ever able to go outside and breathe in fresh air. She was desperate to open the dull, miserable window beside her bed though she knew she would die if she did so. Anne did record many of the things that happened. For example, still living in the annexe, they heard burglars breaking into the warehouse below. Anne was writing in her diary as all of the chaos happened. After two years of hiding, she was discovered. She couldn’t believe this was actually happening. Anne and her family were taken to a prison camp. Her sister Margot sadly died of starvation after just a few weeks. Her family, especially Anne, couldn’t bear to see her go. Even just the smallest thing that is edible could keep her sister alive. It broke Anne’s heart knowing she couldn’t help Margot. Manor Adventure “Margot, if you must leave us, please go to heaven, I will never forget you. I love you Margot.” Anne struggled to get her words out with all the tears. The rest of the Frank family managed to survive for a little bit longer but they all unfortunately died of starvation except for Otto. It seemed like everything was happening in slow motion. “I can’t live for much longer father.” said Anne very weakly. “It’s okay, I will be able to visit Margot and that is all I’ve wished for ever since she passed.” Anne was lying in her bed quietly, her eyes beginning to close. Her extraordinary life was fading, but as she lay, she realised that her life was better than a speck of dust. She had lived through a dangerous adventure. Unfortunately it was time for her to go but thanks to her humble diary, her plight will never be forgotten. Our Junior 7s had an action packed visit to Lockerbie Manor this Summer, spending three sunny days at the adventure centre, trying all sorts of new and exciting activities, including archery, fencing, climbing and orienteering. “Every single moment of the trip was so much fun!”, Erin J7 Expressive Arts Page 22 Art The Art Report It was another busy, action packed year in the Art and Design Department with our talented girls producing a range of fantastic, high quality work. In brief, highlights included trips to Jupiter Artland and Kelvingrove Art Gallery, our annual visit by professional portrait artist Andrew Ratcliffe and S3 participated in a Paper Construction Workshop. Well done to everyone for their hard work and commitment in producing work of such a high standard and another enjoyable year in the Craigholme Art and Design Department... from J7 to S6! Ailsa Mitchell Head of Art and Design Art Page 23 Page 24 Art Music Advanced Higher Our talented Art and Design Advanced Higher girls, Kirstie Hardie and Heather Mackie produced work of a fantastic standard this year, with Kirstie’s folio chosen for the official SQA Advanced Higher Exhibition at the Tramway. Page 25 Page 26 Music ‘Small to enough to be all inclusive, big enough to make an impact.’ The Choir enjoying the beautiful New York skyline TERM ONE The Music Department continued its prolific output of concerts, events, performing opportunities, and new initiatives led by inspirational and motivated staff all of which make Craigholme Music Department truly sector leading. September proved to be a very exciting and busy time for the girls and staff. Within two weeks of returning to school we were delighted when some of our senior musicians represented the school at WOSIS orchestral weekend culminating in an impressive orchestral concert at Kelvinside Academy. During the September weekend five staff and 35 girls travelled to New York continuing our impressive International Concert Series programme. We were welcomed most warmly by the British International School of New York (BISNY) and enjoyed performing for their pupils, staff and parents. Further performances included St. Paul the Apostle Church at Central Park and a Broadway workshop with some cast from Wicked. Many memories were created and many friendships forged with our new friends at BISNY. We are delighted that they will make a reciprocal visit to Craigholme in April 2015. In October the Music Department presented its annual Harvest Festival from the Nursery to J7. Held in the Nursery and Senior School Assembly Hall, every child played an important role in delivering a selection of songs conveying the message The Choir performing at the British International School of Harvest. They also conveyed to parents and friends an important message, the need for sustainable food sources in third world countries. A retiring collection of £300 was donated to Charity. Craigholme was again honoured this month with an Invitation from Trinity College of Music in London for their award winning Junior Choir and Suzanne Murphy, who scored one of the highest marks in the country in a recent exam, to take part in a High Achievers’ Concert. The choir and Suzanne were outstanding Ambassadors for Craigholme performing alongside some of the country’s leading young talent. One of the highlights during this month was of course the Junior production of ‘Annie’ at Eastwood Theatre. The girls really rose to the occasion delivering top class, professional performances over two nights. As always December was hectic but filled with fun. The Nursery presented its Nativity in the Senior School Assembly Hall to a packed audience of family, friends and teachers. A week later our J1s – 3s presented their Nativity. It was organised and project managed by the J3s supported by staff, and was a great example of the up and coming talent we have at Craigholme. With BIS-NY hosts at the John Lennon Memorial in Central Park The term drew to a close with every pupil in the school taking part in our Christmas Service at Sherbrooke St. Gilbert’s Church. Music TERM 2 Towards the end of January we welcomed, for the third time to Craigolme, our friends from the choir and orchestra of St. Andrew’s School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. St. Andrew’s performed for Craigholme doing a workshop with some of our pupils before heading out to collaborate with the Bothwell Philharmonic Choir in an evening performance with some of our girls at the historic Bothwell Parish Church. We are delighted to be continuing to forge strong bonds with this school and perhaps look forward to a reciprocal visit at some point. In February the heats of the Musician of the Year Competition were launched and an outstanding 35 entrants put themselves forward for the preliminary rounds. The children of the Junior School celebrated Chinese New Year in song, art work and poetry writing as part of the Music Department’s Creative Curriculum. In March the Nursery attended Monster Music in The Royal Concert Hall with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Our glittering Musician of the Year Competition reached its exciting finale in March with a packed hall of parents, families and friends supporting our nine finalists across the three categories. Following a nail biting wait, our adjudicators Opera Singer and lecturer, Dennis Haggerty, Fiona Pitcathley from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Flora Speedie from our sponsors the Director of Music at St. Andrew’s School with the Choir Bothwell Philharmonic Choir, announced the winners: ELEMENTARY WINNER Joy Guse S1 – Clarsach HIGHLY COMMENDED Jennifer Riddell J6 – Voice INTERMEDIATE WINNER Lucy Welsh S2 – Voice HIGHLY COMMENDED Sophie Luc S1 – Violin SENIOR WINNER Suzanne Murphy S5 – Voice In the last week of term we became a centre for Trinity College, London exams. Around 20 girls undertook these exams and we are delighted to report that 90% of them received merits or distinctions. Our Music Captain, Heather Lyon gained a grade 8 distinction on clarinet, a major achievement for any musician. Some of our senior pupils attended the second WOSIS event of the year at the Glasgow Academy with a performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. April saw the Instrumentalists receive their turn in the spotlight for our Annual Instrumental Evening. Every Instrumental Ensemble and the Musician of the Year Winners performed a wonderful selection of music from Classical to Pop. Our youngest soloists Mia Johnson and Faith McDermott in Junior 2 made their solo debut playing the violin. Finalists pictured with adjudicators & music staff TERM 3 The Clarsach Choir directed by Alice Guse S5 performing at the Spring Concert The Summer term is always very busy with performances, exams and outings. In June all pupils receiving instrumental lessons invited their parents and friends to their Classroom Showcase Events where every performer played one piece they had been working on during the year. The events were project managed and hosted by the girls themselves. Trinity College Exam Board once again visited us for two days to examine around 25 girls in a variety of instruments. Our Instrumental tutors held an open week inviting parents to join their daughter in a lesson. We continue to offer violin lessons at the Nursery and J1. Elaine Sexton teaches using the Suzuki method which is an holistic approach to learning an instrument. Every pre-school pupil and some J1 pupils have been enjoying this initiative which once again puts Craigholme at the forefront of Musical Development. Our Junior Choir was thrilled to be invited to perform at The Clyde Auditorium in an International concert ‘In Concert with the Cosmos.’ They performed alongside Tenors Unlimited and the Springfield Cambridge Choir and Orchestra. One of the highlights was meeting the star of the show, Col. Jim Dutton, a former NASA Astronaut, who made a surprise visit to Craigholme. In June, an impressive Arts Showcase was organised by Suzanne Murphy and Alice Guse in S5. This event was aimed at showcasing the brightest talent we have in the mediums of music, art, drama, dance and public speaking. It was a perfect way to celebrate Craigholme as a vibrant and creative environment in our 120th anniversary year. Our exceptionally busy year came to an end with the prize giving ceremonies and end of term service. We now have around 120 girls from Nursery to S6, along with members of staff receiving instrumental lessons in 10 instruments from 13 teachers. We are delighted to have been able to continue the scholarship scheme which enables the most talented and dedicated pupils to receive a contribution towards their instrumental fees. Mark Donnelly Head of Music Page 27 Page 28 Drama It has been another energetic and creative year in the Drama Department. ‘Our experience of Drama this year has been inspiring and enjoyable. Throughout the year, Drama has allowed us to build our self-confidence and become better contributors to classwork and group discussion. We have been able to develop important skills and qualities, such as thinking on our feet and opening our minds to creative ideas. We have had to step outside our comfort zone and work to the best of our ability, no matter the task or setting.’ S3 Drama Class Senior 1 and Senior 2 S1 had a fantastic time exploring drama and production skills. Their most memorable moment was definitely re-enacting the sinking of the Titanic- complete with an iceberg and ocean! The classes delved deep into the world of characterisation, using class performances to experiment with naturalistic acting. S2 kicked off their year by devising and performing in a whole class production of the gruesome tales of, ‘Burke and Hare’ or ‘Sweeney Todd’ (disclaimer: no girls were turned into pies). The girls created mini production teams for all class performances, developing their acting and technical skills. EXTRA-CURRICULAR Drama club have been meeting throughout the school year and all members have enjoyed working on a variety of musical theatre based projects. This has allowed the girls to showcase their singing, dancing and acting skills. Since May, the Junior and Senior Drama clubs have been rehearsing for our school production of, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, taking place at Eastwood Park Theatre in October. We have whopping 65 girls involved in the show, with numbers growing. It’s shaping up to be a great night out at the theatre, with energetic, humorous and polished performances. It’s not to be missed! The S3 Drama class have staged a variety of productions this year, experimenting with style, form and genre. Particular highlights included a Winter Show for J1/2 girls and a promenade piece around the school set during the Second World War to celebrate the school’s 120th anniversary. The Fourth Year class had a busy year preparing for their National Five exam. The girls created some hard hitting modern dramas and provided technical support for each other’s pieces. The girls were transported back to 1930s Edinburgh for their acting exam, performing extracts from, ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’. Advanced Higher focused on the work of the practitioners, Stanislavski and Brecht and used this knowledge to inform their performance of Tennessee William’s, ‘The Glass Menagerie’. The class went on a number of Theatre trips, seeing critically acclaimed and innovate Scottish Contemporary Theatre. The class favourite was a reworking of Dostoevsky’s, ‘Crime and Punishment’, at The Citizens Theatre which featured some incredible Brechtian performances and a snow storm on stage! Languages Page 30 English Cathy Macphail Visit Award winning author Cathy Macphail spent the afternoon with S1. Cathy is always a most welcome visitor to Craigholme. Cathy used the session to explore creative writing ideas. She suggested that one of her greatest fears would be to meet another version of herself, similar to the heroine of her bestselling novel Another Me. Cathy built on this fear and asked the girls what would be their greatest fear if they were alone in the library in a deserted school at night! Cathy told the girls that even ordinary objects surrounding us in the library could be used to create atmosphere and tension. She encouraged the girls to use their creative imaginations and turn these objects into ideas for a spine tingling ghost story. Cathy said: “to get a good idea, get lots of ideas.” The girls are eagerly awaiting the English version of the film of the book Another Me, having been privileged to watch the Spanish trailer of the film with Cathy. Cathy launched her annual writing competition. The challenge is to complete a short story in no more than 500 words starting with the sentence “I heard them knocking and I knew they had come for me.” We look forward to welcoming Cathy back next term to announce the winner. “I found her very inspiring and I can’t wait until the movie of her book, Another Me, comes out. Since her visit, I think that my creative writing has improved and I have read some of her other books, which are really good and have great plots.” Anna Brennan S1 English Captain Report “The role of English Captain was introduced this year and I was delighted to be appointed. It has been a fantastic experience working with staff, pupils, visiting authors and the ESU. I have carried out a variety of different roles within the English department, but space is limited, so what follows are my highlights.” The RED challenge is one which I focused heavily upon. From the research carried out it was evident that minor changes could be made to update the challenge and encourage all pupils to strive for the Gold Award. I met with the girls in S1 and S2 and following this some changes were made. The impact of these is evident in the number of girls achieving the Gold Award this year! As a creative person I was keen to introduce an interactive and thought-provoking display in the department. A “Quote Wall” was introduced. The display features a sample of various favourite quotations of pupils and teachers from a variety of literature. The visual display of thought-provoking quotations is something that I hope will continue to expand next year. I was also keen to work with younger pupils and share with them my love of creative writing, so during the year a Creative Writing Club was introduced. The girls explored many different genres of creative writing through fun activities and completed tasks designed to not only improve their writing technique but to imbue in them a passion for writing. Another aspect of the role I particularly enjoyed was helping to organise and host various events from Debating Workshops to Author visits. This really helped develop my organisational skills and my confidence in working with a variety of people. I now take these important life skills with me to university and I wish my successor every success for next year as the role continues to develop and expand. Chloe McAlister Eriskay Cup for Excellence in Writing This cup was donated by Katherine Longmuir on her retirement from the post of Head of English. It is awarded annually to the S4 girl who demonstrates outstanding skills in writing across a variety of genres. This year’s winner is Jocelyn O’Keefe. She has kindly given us permission to share her Creative Folio piece titled “I Remember.” The merits of this piece do not need highlighted… I Remember I remember the feeling of falling. The rush it sent through me. Falling through an upward wind. What must have only been seconds felt like hours. And for these seconds, it was impossible to think of anything but the fall. The pain of hitting the surface never once occurred to me. A defining moment. A moment you realise you truly have no control of your life. The moment I realised I am in a coma. It almost seems like a cruel joke, or karma. I don’t know what condition I am in; I have heard doctors mumble words of doubt. I heard the conversation between the doctor and my mum about how long they would hold out before having to switch me off. The switch. Literally, it is simply an on and off button. Metaphorically, it is what is keeping me here. My passage. I was so sure this was the only way, and had done everything possible to prepare myself. The idea of being switched off still scares the hell out of me. A coma was never on the cards. I have no sense of time while in this state—both my physical state and my state of mind. Tuning into what is going on around me selectively. Hearing my mother, sad and scared, and being able to do nothing to console her. Completely paralyzed, I know they can only care for me for so long, soon they’ll have to stop caring for me. Then I’ll get what I set out to achieve. Which is nothing. No pain. Just black. Hearing the voice of the person that led me to do this to myself was just twisting the knife. I felt no anger, probably because of whatever they’re pumping through my body. Knowing he was English near my mother. Knowing my father would tear him apart if he knew this was his doing. Or even if he knew what he’d done. I am not. And all I can think is I hope she can be as strong when I go, as she was the night of the funeral. Forgiveness is a greatly misunderstood word. When people tell someone they forgive them, do they really, or are they simply choosing to forget. Pretending it never happened. Moving on. And what for? Just so they can live a life as close to perfection as possible. Finding a way to forgive my husband would do no good. My forgiveness means nothing. It doesn’t undo what was done. It just says you are ready to let it go. Move on. Soon I will be moving on to an entirely different place. The only thing that can distract me from my thoughts is hearing my mother’s voice reading to me by my bedside. In a way I am lucky. I will never feel the sting of my youth pouring out of me. Feel my heart grow cold and my thoughts leave me. But maybe you are supposed to feel that. Maybe, I am unfulfilled. I remember my mother reading to me. Every night, until I could read to myself. I remember the fairy tales she told with such honesty. Her voice always soothed me. I remember the things I learned from the books. The princesses were always in distress so I could learn from their mistakes. I remember the first time my heart froze and my world stopped. The night my grandpa died. I remember the lonely tears from my gran. The insincere condolences. Crying in my bed after the funeral. Most of all I remember my mother pushing her grief to one side, picking up “Alice in Wonderland” from my book shelf and lying beside me. She began to read. She read for hours. Her calm voice radiated through me until my head finally stopped spinning and I became hopelessly captivated in the story, I’d heard so many times before. Just once I looked up at her. Her skin was pale and her eyes were red rimmed and heavy. Eventually my eyes too fell heavy. And I fell asleep to the wistful sound of my mother’s voice. I remember wondering if I would ever be as strong as my mother. I remember the day I met Keith. He walked up to me out of nowhere. We talked for what could have been hours or minutes. Without caring, or even noticing the torrential rain bouncing off the pavements. He proposed a year later. I was so naïve. I had the heart of a ten year old, charmed by the idea of love and happily ever after. I remember the first time he lifted his hands to me. It was my birthday, I told him he’d had enough to drink. That was all it took. All it took for him to see me as nothing. I forgave him instantly; I should’ve known in that moment. I should have left. I saw them. Together. A girl from my work, and my husband. Holding hands. Laughing. He’d been so distant, working late, going on “business trips.” I’d suspected without proof. Now I had proof. It was all I needed to detach. It was that moment I made the decision. I’d lost. Lost myself. In every way a person can. I had no friends, not since they all hated Keith. I was broken and alone. Normally I’d pretend I wasn’t hurt. But no fake smile could conceal my irrevocable pain. My mind was made up. But now it just seems stupid. I destroyed my future for something that happens to people every day. And now I’m stuck here. In between two worlds. Just as close to one as I am to the other. What is this feeling? I am floating. Floating. Up. Up. Up. To the surface. But to the surface of which world? Procurator Fiscal Speaking competition 2013 The competition is now an annual event originally launched in 2012 by the Procurator Fiscal at Glasgow and it has proved to be a challenging, stimulating and enjoyable experience for the young people, teachers and staff of the Procurators Fiscal Service who take part. Competitors are invited to speak on topics which seek to raise awareness of equality and diversity and how those issues affect young people in Scotland. The competition not only provides young people in Scotland with an opportunity to develop their skills in public speaking, argument and persuasion, but is also a forum through which the city’s prosecutors can hear the views of young people on issues which are at the heart of our work as public prosecutors and as a public service more generally. We were delighted to host the semi-final at Craigholme this year. Rather than following the usual format of the round being chaired by a teacher, Mrs Cuthbertson invited Rebecca Deas (Head Girl) to chair the round. Rebecca’s cool, calm and collected performance was highly commended by Andrew Beardsworth (PF). Mrs Cuthbertson and Andrew plan to work collaboratively next year to further develop pupil involvement. This year the Craigholme team: Fiona Bell, Rebekah Kerr, Chloe Sockalingum and Lucie Robbie were runners up in the final. Appropriately the topic was “Gender is not a barrier to success” “This year I was offered the opportunity of acting as chairperson in the Glasgow Schools Public Speaking Competition. This is the first time in the competition that a pupil has taken on this role. Although I have previously been a competitor in similar competitions, it was interesting to view the debate from this different angle. This allowed me to increase my focus and understanding of what makes a good debate; particularly as I had to juggle the questions from the panellists in the floor debate – and intervene when it got heated! I was really impressed by the standard of the competition, but particularly by the Craigholme girls who did fantastically well getting into the final, and finishing up Highly Commended.” Rebecca Deas Page 31 Page 32 Modern Languages Junior 4 – Bon appétit! BONJOUR PIERRE! The pre-school children have had great fun in French this year. Pierre the French teddy bear has helped the girls and boys to learn and as well as chatting to Pierre, the children have experienced songs, stories and games. They even learned a French song to perform at their festive play. Specialist language learning at this age is beneficial in all sorts of ways – children improve their listening skills, they learn about other cultures and their confidence increases. Junior 4 have been learning how to say what they have to eat and drink for breakfast as part of their Food topic and recently enjoyed a “real” French breakfast in the classroom where they had to order breakfast from a menu. The girls enjoyed sampling croissants, pains au chocolat and baguettes. Bon appétit! JUNIOR 6 Junior 6, in addition to continuing with French, have learned some German in the summer term and have enjoyed finding out about Austrian culture, people and food. This was part of an interdisciplinary project with the Music Department and the girls were very positive about learning a second foreign language. Senior 1 Les Crêpes “In class we read a French recipe for crêpes and then we got to make them in real life in the Home Economics class. It was really good fun!” Zara Rehman “It was fun flipping the crêpes in the pan and it was good because the recipe was in French and we used new French words and phrases.” Caitlin Scullion “I really enjoyed tossing the pancakes and we laughed a lot when someone didn’t catch it! C’est délicieux.” Gillian Henderson Modern Languages Senior 2 - Au Travail! S2 have been working on an SQA unit called ‘French for Work Purposes’ in which they look into careers involving languages, the skills that learning languages can develop, and the skills and qualities they have as language learners that make them desirable to employers. There is a real-life flavour as they read job adverts, prepared their CV’s in French and also took part in a job interview in French. This has been combined with the S2 Business Education course to provide a meaningful inter-disciplinary experience for our pupils. A Spaniard at Craigholme “We were lucky enough to have Cristina from Spain joining us for our first term. Cristina was already quite fluent in English but came to learn more which we all found pretty amazing. She was very popular with all of us and with the teachers! She made it into our hockey team and was a very good maths student. In the Spanish department pupils loved having the opportunity to practise their Spanish conversation with Cristina. She is pictured here with some Higher pupils. We cried our eyes out on her last day and now we miss her so much. I made great friends with her and we still keep in touch.” By Amy Brown S1 Our Swiss Visitor “We really enjoyed having Mandula here because it was really interesting to find out about the differences between school in Switzerland and in Scotland. She helped us a lot with our German pronunciation too! She was really fun and having her here made us want to learn more about Germanspeaking countries.” Jenny Crawford and Faith Borland, S3 Page 33 Page 34 Library and Resource Centre Story Time Sessions Reading for pleasure and levels of literacy were boosted by Reading Challenges including RED for S1-S3, an inspirational author visit from Cathy MacPhail, Junior 7 participation in the Scottish Book Awards and a new Book Club for Junior 6 as requested by pupils. All the Junior School pupils were visited weekly by either Mrs Luc or Mrs Cheyne and enjoyed story time sessions and the chance to borrow from a wide selection of handpicked books. The Upper Junior School participated in Literature based quizzes, with Emily Thomson and Libby Campbell proving impossible to separate in the J6 Book Club Harry Potter Quiz. The use of the new school information screens to market the new additions to library stock increased book borrowing throughout the school. Left in the capable hands of the S6 librarian, the Library displays were particularly impressive this year. Rawan Al-Qabandi linked her love of books, history and photography with some informative displays capturing the essence of International Women’s Day and inspirational women in literature and history. Information Literacy has never been more relevant with the introduction of National 5 examinations and the new Highers. The girls, for example, have to use various sources, analyse the information and comment on the reliability of the source. We have had fun and intriguing sessions with the ‘tree octopus’ but with the underlying message of being critical of what is encountered on the internet; how to reference sources and create a university standard bibliography. We have been busy ensuring the girls have the skills required. Science & Maths Page – Science and Maths Divider [INSERT SCIENCE AND MATHS DIVIDER PHOTOGRAPH] Text – Science and Maths Page 36 Biology Nursery has a Heart! Mrs Sweeney and Mrs Adams attended the nursery to carry out a workshop all about the heart. Mr Donnelly had arranged an interdisciplinary project involving music, health and food technology and the biology department to expand the pupils’ knowledge of this very important organ. Mrs Sweeney gave pupils a short talk about their heart using the heart model. We then walked around the heart using our giant floor poster and sang our heart song with actions. The workshop concluded with pupils writing one thing they had learned on their heart cut-out. A fun event for all involved! S1 Explore Africa….. Mrs Fielding once again arranged an interdisciplinary event for S1 called Africa Day. The Biology department decided to focus on African ecosystems and the particular fauna found in the various regions. From the African elephant to the Nile crocodile there were animals for everyone to ponder. We focused on the varied and unusual adaptations these animals have that help them to successfully thrive in their environment. This culminated with a poster competition on an African animal of your choice. The winners being Sophie Luc, Elle Marsh & Katie Scullion. All three girls produced clear, concise and informative posters. S1 Africa poster winners S6 Cancer Research UK & Beatson Institute visit Mrs Sweeney, Alice Calder, Caitlin Clements, Ella Gilchrist and Heather Lyon attended an evening of talks and tours at the Beatson Institute. This was an awe-inspiring evening, during which we heard the amazing work of eminent scientists in this field. Talks included: • Cell suicide and cancer: from cause to treatment • Understanding cancer cell migration and invasion • Pancreatic research, the experience of a general surgical trainee • Research to improve treatments for brain tumours: from the laboratory to the clinic. We then had a tour of the facility, where the equipment available to the scientists is second to none. We saw microscopes & cameras filming cell movement, tissue cultures in incubators, laser cutting tissue microscopes and the magical proteomics laboratory. The evening was extremely worthwhile and will have hopefully helped the girls’ understanding of Unit 1 of the Advanced Higher biology course. S6 Ella Gilchrist extracting DNA Chemistry Salters’ Festival of Chemistry St Andrew’s Masterclass For the third year, four girls from S1 represented Craigholme in the annual Salters’ Festival of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. They had the opportunity to carry out some interesting synthesis experiments using state of the art technology and attended an interesting lecture about ‘Fighting Bacteria in the 21st Century’. All S1 girls were invited to enter a competition to design a poster looking at the relationship between Art and Science. They were asked to use different methods and artistic techniques to design their posters and four of the best were chosen to attend the festival. The Salters’ Institute hosts festivals to allow pupils from around the country to visit a university and take part in a variety of experiments and challenges. This year the girls took part in a ‘CSI-style’ investigation to catch a thief and then carried out a series of experiments as part of their ‘Mission Impossible’. S5 pupils Alice Fee and Hiba Sultan, accompanied by Mrs Cameron, attended the Annual SCIS Chemistry Masterclass at the excellent facilities of St Andrew’s University. Every year the girls have an amazing experience at this Masterclass and this year was no exception. “The SCIS Chemistry Masterclass in St Andrew’s University gave me a glimpse of what Chemistry is like in a university setting. We were able to use important machinery such as a mass spectrometer and produce paracetamol in a very well equipped university lab.” To end the day, they watched an interesting lecture which included some chemical magic and explosions. Alice Fee, S5 “I really enjoyed doing lots of experiments and finding out who was the criminal. I especially enjoyed the magic demonstration at the end. It was an incredible experience and I would jump at the chance to do it again!” “I really enjoyed my time at the SCIS Chemistry Masterclass. I met new people, learned new things in the lecture, which was all about ‘Fighting Bacteria in the 21st Century.’ Most of all I was able to use new and complex equipment! It was a great experience and I would recommend it for S5 next year.” Joy Guse, S1 Hiba Sultan, S5 “The Chemistry festival was one of the most enjoyable experiences and can never be forgotten. I personally learned many new skills from the challenge and all the activities. I really enjoyed the Mission Impossible challenge as it was very testing, but with teamwork, every task was successfully completed and we even managed to try some bonus tasks. I would recommend this to anyone who loves science and has an opportunity to go.” Maryam Abdallah, S1 National Chemistry Week The Higher and Advanced Higher classes took part in National Chemistry Week. This involved working out how much vitamin C is present in a variety of foods. To do this we used fruit, vegetables, some fizzing tablets and a scalpel. Kirsten and Ella compared the vitamin content in raw and cooked broccoli. Then Klaudia, Iqra and Kirsty found out that there is more Vitamin C in Spanish oranges than there is in South African Oranges! The Higher classes also did some very similar experiments and they posted the results to the Royal Society of Chemistry website, sharing them with other chemistry enthusiasts across the world. Nursery Halloween Visit The Advanced Higher Chemistry class invited the nursery children and staff along for some Halloween fun. They all dressed up and put on a display of fiendish experiments, including custard goo, puking pumpkins, fiery cauldrons and magic paintings! The nursery children had a great time and thanked the S6 by performing their Halloween song. Nursery Halloween Visit Page 37 Page 38 Physics Throughout the year, our physics pupils have been worthy competitors. We began the year with an S5 visit to the University of the West of Scotland. In their heat of the WoSPEG (West of Scotland Physics Education Group) competition, the girls gained the advantage with their physics knowledge, but narrowly missed out on victory, losing by just one point in the fast-fire general knowledge round. Aliya Hussain made up the team with Phoebe Claxton and Anisa Haleem, who are pictured. Tea with an Astronaut Phoebe Claxton and Anisa Haleem Introduction of National Courses in Physics S2 Engineering Club The S2 Engineering Club was very popular again this session. Led by S6, they built and tested bridges using K’nex, entered their bridge designs for the Institute of Civil Engineer’s WestPoint Bridge building competition and investigated building materials using chocolate! The girls, Iona Cook, Clark Stewart, Kimberley Murray and Margery Justice, worked hard. They produced reports and a display of their work, earning them a Bronze Crest Award from the British Science Association for their efforts. “I have really enjoyed attending engineering club this year. I have learned loads in the process of participating in the Crest Award. It has been great fun and a good experience. I recommend it to anyone who gets the chance to take part in this club.” Kimberley Murray S3 During the recent visit of Col. Jim Dutton to the school, we took the opportunity to introduce many of our physics students to the highly-accomplished astronaut after his talk. They asked him questions about space and careers in science and engineering. Advanced Higher students, Kirsty McGhee and Heather Lyon, along with Head Girl Rebecca Deas, asked the Colonel if he had been allowed to keep his space suit and wanted to know if NASA was an equal opportunities employer. They were encouraged to learn that NASA employs the best person for any job, regardless of gender, but that sadly space suits are too valuable to be given to astronauts. This year saw the first examinations for the new National Courses in Physics. National 5 has three units: Dynamics & Space, Waves & Radiation and Electricity & Energy. Active learning to encourage independent thinking, practical and problem solving skills, is the focus of the new courses. “I like physics because it’s fun, we do a lot of experiments and it’s interesting to learn.” Bethan Marsh S4 “I really enjoy physics because we do lots of fun experiments and learn about everyday things that happen all around us!” Hannah Gilchrist S4 Maths UKMT Winners Maryam Malik (S4), Millie Steiger(S4), Vaidehi Shah(S3) and Maliha Khan(S3) Enterprising Maths Competitors We’ve had lots of puzzles and competitions this year in the Mathematics Department. Congratulations to all our UKMT certificate winners. The lunchtime puzzle club has been well attended and board games, during lunch break, was enjoyed in the Autumn term. Four girls from S3 and S4 took part in the “Enterprising Mathematics” competition at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh. Here’s how they described their experience. Enterprising Maths Competition. There were three rounds throughout the day with a break for lunch. We solved maths problems, played group games and participated in a relay race. We got a chance to practise our maths skills and work in a team. It was a great experience and a fun day, we all really enjoyed it.” “On the 17th September, we travelled to George Watson’s College for the Here are a few of the questions the girls answered. Our “problem of the week” competition was popular with S2 and S3 and was completed on a weekly basis. UKMT Challenge This year the girls once again had an opportunity to enter into the UKMT Challenge. Due to her score in this challenge, Vaidehi Shah was offered the opportunity for her and two of her peers to attend a masterclass at Edinburgh University. After the experience Vaidehi had this to say: • Find the exact area of the regular hexagon. 8mm. • How many different ways can the letters JACK be arranged? • What about the letters JILL? • A square is inscribed in a circle. If the area of the circle is 2π what is the area of the square? “I really enjoyed the maths masterclass. It was very exciting and I got to discover some of the different aspects of maths which I haven’t encountered before for example making pictures from Rubik’s cubes and learning a bit about the theory of infinity. It was such a fun day and if anyone else gets the chance to go to one of these masterclasses, I would totally recommend the experience.” Page 39 Social Studies Business Management Business Management pupils have been busy this year, from attending conferences to visiting bakery factories. Here is a snapshot of what has been going on in the world of the Business Department this session… The year started off with a Scottish Trade Union speaker coming to talk about equality at work and employment rights to 4th year, who found the discussion around the equality act particularly helpful, given this is part of their human resources topic. Towards the end of October, the S3 Business class attended the Entrepreneur Live Conference in Edinburgh. Not only did we hear from many successful - and hugely inspirational - entrepreneurs (such as SuperJam’s, Fraser Doherty and Morphsuits, Gregor Lawon), but we were also given the opportunity to represent Craigholme in an unique one-to-one interview with Doherty himself, where we were able to find out more about how he came to create his successful SuperJam business. November was Social Enterprise month for the S3 Business class. Rachel Smillie of Glad Café came to talk about her social enterprise where, through the work of the Glad Foundation, profits are ploughed into providing affordable music lessons for local people. The girls also heard from the social enterprise organisation Micro-Tyco, which encourages pupils to become entrepreneurs and send profits to developing world countries in order to help other people – females in particular - set up their own business, with the hope of transforming lives. Inspired by Micro-Tyco, the girls set up a number of fundraising initiatives, from raffling teddy bears and beauty baskets to washing cars, raising a total of £218.30. As Christmas approached, a talk about balanced eating was on the cards, with Founder and CEO of Eat Balanced, Donnie McLean, coming to talk to all the Business Studies pupils about entrepreneurship. Joining him was the company’s Sales Intern and former Craigholme pupil Alison Howie, who kindly brought in samples of their pizzas for the girls to try. Of course, they were made with all natural ingredients and designed to be a balanced meal. To tie up with their summer term topic of Operations, S3 had the chance to visit Kerrs Bakery in Motherwell. Here, they saw first-hand how the cakes and biscuits were produced, witnessing the various methods of production and learning the importance of quality control. Aside from the in-factory matters, the girls also learnt about legislation, finance and human resources. A very interesting – and tasty – trip! December, as always, is the key month for the Young Enterprise group, with the Young Enterprise Trade Fair culminating months of hard work. This year’s group, Invidia, relays their experience… What a rollercoaster of a year! On our first day in Mrs Caplan’s room, we could scarcely imagine the highs and lows of the year to come. At some points it was tough, with fallings out among the group – period book or cushion hearts? Which? Which? Both! In the end, we pulled through as one, and have become even better friends as a result. We owe a huge thank you to Mrs Caplan and Hilary Harris (Business Advisor) for helping us out along the way, and allowing us to achieve second place in ‘Discussion and Feedback’, third place in the company report, and ‘Highly Commended’ overall, with the best exam results Craigholme has ever seen. We would highly recommend participation in Young Enterprise to everybody – it truly is a great experience. Invidia at the Young Enterprise Trade Fair Page 41 Page 42 Geography Iceland 2013 Visiting the island of fire and ice. Twenty one S4 – S6 pupils and 4 members of staff enjoyed a very different September weekend with a four day trip to Iceland. With thermals packed and well warned about the sulphur-smelling showers, they flew out from Edinburgh airport eagerly anticipating the visit to one of Scotland’s nearest neighbours. “The waterfalls were amazing”. Caitlin, S6 There are very few places where you can visit two continents in one day but they did just that at Thingvellir National Park. Here the North American plate and the Eurasian plate meet so you can have a foot in both continents! It is a fantastic and varied landscape and all were impressed by the huge waterfall at Gulfoss; the black beach of Vik and the glacier at Myrdalsajokull. “Iceland was spectacular; we saw many features in real life that we have learnt about in the classroom. I especially loved the glacier and the Blue Lagoon.” The group took a ferry over to the island of Heimaey where they climbed “Eldfell” (the fire mountain.) This had last erupted in 1973 but it is still possible to feel the hot rocks below one’s feet. The second hotel was close to the volcano with the unpronounceable name, Eyjafjallajokull (E16 for short.) It was amazing to think that this beautiful serene snow-covered mountain had caused so much disruption in April 2010. A swim in the geo-thermal Blue Lagoon brought a hectic trip to a relaxing end. “The best experience of my life – educational but fun” Sophia, S6 “It was an amazing experience giving us an insight into another culture and different lifestyle. It was both fun and adventurous.” Catherine and Nadia S4 Alice, S5 S1 Africa Day Anticipating the forthcoming Commonwealth Games, S1 enjoyed a day off timetable experiencing different aspects of Africa’s 18 Commonwealth member countries. Mrs Anne Strang, from Save the Children Fund, set the focus for the event describing how this charity helps children living in problem areas of the world, including Africa. A lively, energetic game highlighting issues faced by many African countries was delivered by Wendy, from Christian Aid; linking in to the Geography and Modern Studies curriculum. The Biology department used the opportunity to investigate African animals and History researched African culture. The S1 girls used their artistic ability to create African masks, and their culinary skills to make a delicious African treat, shuku shuku, a coconut truffle. The day concluded with a very energetic and fun session on African dance and music led by Erick from Ayawara. “The whole year really enjoyed Africa Day. We loved learning about a different part of the world and would love to have the chance to do it again.” Sophie and Navkiran S1 “Overall the day was amazing! I most enjoyed the dancing and the poverty game.” Katie, S1 “Africa Day was really interesting. We did lots of fun and exciting activities.” Iman, S1 History History Trip The History department has had an exciting and busy year with preparations well underway for our upcoming trip to France and Belgium to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The girls will visit Ypres and the Somme and will have the memorable opportunity to take part in the moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. “I took History to Higher as I found it fun and interesting at National 5. The Class is very interactive and I love getting involved in class discussions and debates.” Ailsa Henderson, S5 Menin Gate Auschwitz Two advanced Higher Pupils, Chloe McAllister and Kirstie Hardie had the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland through Craigholme’s involvement with the Holocaust Educational Trust. Chloe and Kirstie met a holocaust survivor and had the privildge to hearing his story. The girls, clearly moved by the whole experience decided to deliver a message of hope to the Craigholme Community on their return. Kirstie and Chloe taught a number of lessons to younger pupils about the causes and consequences of the Holocaust. All pupils in the Senior School were asked by Chloe and Kirstie to fill a handprint with their hopes and dreams for the future. The handprints will now be collected together to form a permanent memorial for the six million victims of the Holocaust. Page 43 Page 44 Modern Studies This has been another busy and exciting year for Modern Studies. In September Modern Studies and a number of PACS (Politics and Citizenship) senior girls, accompanied by Mrs Erdal and Dr Cameron, attended the Global Citizens Conference held at the Conference Hall in Perth on the theme of ‘Education Beats Poverty’. The event was highly stimulating and thought provoking and all were impressed with the first class organisation which made this a successful and rewarding day. Third and fourth year Modern Studies classes took part in workshops delivered by the STUC which outlined the importance and role of trade union representation in the workplace which prompted many interesting observations. A particular focus of discussion centred around the discrimination and prejudice women often face in the work environment. At the end of October, along with the History and Geography departments, the 2nd year travelled through to Edinburgh and visited the Scottish Parliament. We were welcomed by the Parliamentary Education Service who explained how the parliament was organised and led us on a tour of the building. Later on in the term, in November, Senior Modern Studies pupils in S3 and S4 managed to secure tickets to attend a very lively First Minister’s Questions where we saw often quite heated exchanges between many of Scotland’s leading political figures. Higher Modern Studies Conference In November Higher Modern Studies girls from S5 and S6 attended the Higher Modern Studies Conference in Hamilton. In a very intense but rewarding day girls heard presentations from a number of leading academic, political, business and government figures including Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer, Sir Harry Burns and celebrated co-author of ‘The Spirit Level,’ Professor Richard Wilkinson. Practical guidance on course and exam preparation was provided by John McTaggart and there was a lively question and answer session with leading political figures including party leaders Johann Lamont, Willie Rennie, Ruth Davidson and Patrick Harvie. The day also included thought provoking sessions from Unison and Living Wage campaigners, as well as Colin Borland, Scottish Head of External Affairs for the Federation of Small Businesses. ‘Everyone enjoyed the conference greatly and thought that the day was extremely useful. It helped, in particular, with our ‘Wealth and health Inequalities’ topic which made up 50% of the exam marks so it gave us a lot of information that we could use. More generally, it made you really think about major social issues like ‘the living wage’ and helped make you aware of the problems that many people have to face in their daily lives.’ Hiba Sultan, S6 In May S1 Modern Studies pupils participated in our ‘Africa Day’ which focused on our historical, cultural, geographical, political, economic and artistic ties with Commonwealth countries of that vast continent. Health & Food Technology Africa Day Strawberry Tea In the annual tradition, some of the Senior 4’s helped to prepare the strawberry tarts for the annual Strawberry Tea party for the S6 leavers and their parents! The girls did a wonderful job, and the tarts were enjoyed all who attended later that day! As part of the Senior 1 interdisciplinary event for Africa Day, Mrs Taylor worked with the pupils to make Shaku Shaku, traditional coconut truffles – the HFT Room smelled wonderful while they were baking, and they didn’t last too long once out of the oven! Royal Highland Show The Health and Food Technology department along with the Geography department ventured to the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston on the 20th June this year. “The Royal Highland Show was a great opportunity to see many local producers and taste many different foods. There were many activities that we all took part in; one of them being about the European Union, which really tested our knowledge. After the activity there was a chance for us to taste some different products from the countries in the EU. Many local shops were there including Lidl and Aldi where many of us liked tasting all the free food and drink.” Emily Harrow, S4 “The Royal Highland Show was a great day out. Everyone came together and interacted in different activities. It was a chance to bond with one another. The Royal Highland Show had many different activities to take part in. The weather was beautiful and I enjoyed the day out.” Hannah Khot, S4 J7, S1 and S2 Competitions It has been a busy year in the Health, Food and Textile Technology department. Pupils in J7, S1 and S2 have taken part in cookery competitions within the department; where they have had the opportunity to create fantastic new recipes and showcase their skills that they have developed in the subject. All pupils who take part receive a certificate from Sainsbury’s as part of the ‘Active Kids get Cooking’ initiative. In Junior 7 the girls had the opportunity to create a healthy biscuit. There were lots of fantastic creations made on the day and both Mrs Smart, Head of Junior School and Mrs Taylor, Head of Health and Food Technology had the difficult job of selecting the best biscuit. The overall winner was Becky Trotter who made a delicious apple and vanilla biscuit. The S1 girls task was to make a hearty soup. Their enthusiasm was overwhelming and they all created fantastic soups, making it a very difficult job to decide on the winner. The soup that came first was a Hot and Sour Prawn soup made expertly by Olivia McLeish. Finally the S2 pupils had the chance to devlop and make their own pizza. There were a variety of tasty pizzas on offer which were all hand made by the girls. The winner with her Veggie surprise was Huda Sultan. Page 45 Page 46 Health & Food Technology J7 and S2 textiles During their time in the department, the Junior 7 girls were given the task to create bunting for their bedroom. They set to work researching designs before transferring their inspiration onto mood boards. The finished results show how well their ideas worked on their bunting. S2 pupils designed and made a personalised bag. The girls were given the opportunity to use a variety of textiles, embellishments and fabric paints to create their chosen design. They then manufactured the bag using the skills that they had developed during their time in the department. S1 Crepes The Health and Food Technology and Modern Languages departments’ worked together to enhance pupils learning experiences whilst they learnt about foods native to France during their French lessons. They then arrived to Health and Food Technology to create Crepes, which proved to be very popular. The girls demonstrated their skills, in particular flipping their creations! For this year’s National 5 Hospitality exam the girls had to produce a three course meal for 4 within 2 1/2 hour timescale. The meal consisted of Red lentil and Vegetable soup, Spiced Turkey with Flatbreads and Berry Cream towers. All the girls produced fantastic dishes. Nursery visit The Health and Food technology department visited the nursery to discuss the benefits of eating healthy. The children had the opportunity to make their own fruity kebabs which they had great fun making and eating. The S2 cuisine club had another great year making delicious foods from other countries. The girls have the opportunity to create a variety of dishes from Italy, Germany and France. This year they made apple tart tatin to stolen slice. S6 Leavers Course As part of the S6 leaver’s course the girls had a ‘survival cookery’ session in the Health and Food Technology Department. This lesson provided them with advice and tips on how to create delicious dishes on a budget while living away from home before they tried out some tasty recipes for themselves. Physical Education Page 48 Hockey Report Hockey Report 2014 We had nine teams playing for the school every Saturday this season – with all the girls loyally attending a weekly extra-curricular practice. The season always starts with U16 and U18 West District Trials with the focus being the Inter-District Tournament, to be held at Glasgow Green over the two days of the September Weekend. Rosie Shanks (S6) was selected into the U18 West team coached by Mrs Wendy Justice. Millie Steiger (S4), Kayleigh Justice and Rebecca Conroy (both S3) were selected into the U16 West District Team. (There was a clash of dates with the Iceland School Trip and unfortunately Millie Steiger had to withdraw before the Tournament). Kayleigh and Rebecca were members of the winning West team. In December Millie was selected to play in the West District Indoor Team. Later on in the season Faith Borland and Margery Justice (S2) were selected to play in the U14 West District Team which was a great achievement. The 1st and 2nd X1 had mixed fortunes throughout the season. The S4s did well to step up to a faster tempo of play and a different tactical focus. Whether playing attacking centre midfield or as a long forward Millie Steiger thoroughly deserved to win the “Bookless Cup” as the best player in the school. The FP match was a highlight of the season with Nicky Wilson assembling a formidable array of former pupils to play the 1st X1. We were out gunned with Jilly Bell showing no mercy in front of goal!! The 3rd year A team started off with a 4-1 victory over Mary Erskine and that set the scene for the rest of the season. Hockey is fun when you are winning every week – however their will to work for each other, their attitude, and sheer commitment saw them play 18 games, scoring 59 goals and recording only one loss 1-0 to Hutchesons’. On this wave of success they played the West District Junior Tournament with the following results – they won each of the Section Games against St Aloysius, High School and Hutchesons’. In the Semi-Final against Glasgow Academy, Remy Bonner scored the winning goal. Emily Harrow scored the winning goal in the Final against High School. The Scottish Cup Finals on the 13th March 2014 was an unforgettable day. Mrs Justice was a vital addition to the coaching team as was the inclusion of Margery Justice and Natasha Sockalingum into the squad. Nicky Wilson was our umpire, Mrs Cannon and Mrs Speirits came to support. Mr Bell was our official photographer, Mrs Bonner, Mrs Dickie and Mrs Hart our official hairdressers and Mr Justice an unofficial but just as important, coach. ALL the parental support in the stand was crucial to our success. Tennis We got off to a great start winning 5-1 against Glenalmond – Rebecca (2), Molly, Kayleigh and Trudy scored. We drew 1-1 with Strathallan with Molly Hart scoring the crucial equaliser. We won 4-0 against St Columba’s - Kayleigh , Rebecca (2) and Remy all scored. In the Final against George Watson’s, Fiona Bell dived at one point to deflect the ball off the sideline – it was a very exciting game. In the second half Emily created a channel by moving wide and Rebecca Conroy surged through that space into the circle and cracked the ball into the goal to win the Cup. Scottish Champions – Fiona Bell, Trudy Mansbridge, Hannah Gilchrist, Chloe Sockalingum, Lynsey McNaughton, Rebecca Conroy (capt) Kayleigh Justice (capt), Emma Dickie, Emily Harrow, Molly Hart, Remy Bonner, Rebecca McEwan, Anna Protheroe, Margery Justice and Natasha Sockalingum. Mrs Hilary Cannon coached the 2nd year team and they too had a very successful season. They played 18 games and scored 50 goals with Margery Justice the top goal scorer. Team work was key to their success in the Hutchesons’ Invitation Tournament. In the Section they beat Hutchesons’ ‘B’ 3-0 - Margery (2) and Kimberley Murray. Against High School they won 3-0 – Margery, Iona Cook and Kimberley. Against Jordanhill, Elle Bryce scored the only goal. They won on running penalties in the Semi-Final against Hutchesons’. In the Final against Glasgow Academy – Margery Justice score 2 to win the Clare Brown Cup. The 1st year team show great promise for the future and Tia Mansbridge merited winning the Mirner Cup as the best hockey player in S1. As the centre midfield she has the drive and vision at the heart of the team. In the West District 1st year Tournament– in the Section games against Kelvinside they won 1-0, and Olivia McLeish scored. They drew the second game 0-0 against Lomond and won 2-0 against St Aloysius, with Olivia and Amy Brown scoring. In the semi–final against the High School of Glasgow it was 0-0 at the end of full time. The game then went to running penalties which was again drawn 2-2 after 5 each. It then went to sudden death running penalties which the High School won. The J7s attended all the extra-curricular practices with the team being made up of quite a few new girls. The potential is there and they just have to continue to consolidate their skills next season. As Mr Bremner said to me after another narrow defeat,” It’s okay Mrs Robertson we don’t want them to peak too early!” The J6s are a super enthusiastic year group. They played most Saturdays against J7 opposition and won more often than they lost. The atmosphere generated by the parental support was outstanding. They named their teams “Forever Red” and the “Tartan Terrors” in the High School Invitation Tournament and were a credit to the school. The Inter Year / Inter House Tournament was a great success and an opportunity to showcase our new houses - Arran, Bute, Iona and Skye. It is one of our favourite days in the calendar. We like seeing sisters playing together and 1st years tackling 1st X1 players! It was won by Arran. We have got great parental support and it is an opportunity for the Department to thank the girls and the parents for making it a very enjoyable season. Mrs SA Robertson TENNIS REPORT Craigholme Tennis players had a very enjoyable season. There were practices after school and on Saturday mornings and matches against other schools. In the AEGON Championships the Under 15’s team of Eilidh Baird (S4), Molly Hart, (S3) Kayleigh Justice (S3), Margery justice (S2) and Clark Stewart (S2) won their matches against Hutcheson’s Grammar School and High School. They lost their match against the eventual section winners Strathallan. All the girls played very well. In the Under 13s AEGON Championships, Olivia McLeish (S1), Tia Mansbridge (S1), Gillian Henderson (S1) and Ellie Bryce (S2) played very well. Unfortunately they lost their matches to Hutchesons’ and High School. In the Craigholme Tennis Championships the Junior Competition was won by Olivia McLeish (S1). She played very well beating Margery Justice (S2) in the final. The Senior competition, which was played on Tournament Day, Eilidh Baird (S4) beat Nicole Ewing (S4) to become the Senior Tennis Champion. At the High School Invitation Tournament the team of Eilidh Baird (S4), Nicole Ewing(S4), Molly Hart (S3), Margery Justice (S2), Olivia McLeish (S1) and Tia Mansbridge (S1) had a great morning of tennis. The team finished fourth out of eight schools. The Craigholme Tennis tournament was played on a beautiful summer’s morning. The team of Heather Mackie (S6), Lucy Booth (S5), Margery Justice (S2), Alice Williams (S2), Claire McKaig (J5) and Hannah Burnett Godfree (J5) competed well and deserve credit for their efforts. I would like to thank the P.E. Department on behalf of the players for all their help and support in making this a fun and successful tennis season. Amy Watson Page 49 Page 50 Tournament Day Athletics Championships Results JUVENILE CHAMPIONSHIP (J5/J6) INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP (S2/S3) 80m Sprint...................................................... ANOUSHKA NABILI 60m + 100m......................................................... EMILY HARROW 600m...............................................................AURELIA TIFFONEY 200m........................................................CHLOE SOCKALINGUM High Jump...................................................... ROSALIND MURRAY 800m.......................................................................... ELLE BRYCE 75m Hurdles.........................................NATASHA SOCKALINGUM ARGYLE SHIELD High Jump................................................................ EMMA DICKIE Long Throw........................................................... CLAIRE McKAIG Long Jump.................................................................. MOLLY HART Long Jump............................................................HANNAH COLES Shot Putt .....................................................TRUDY MANSBRIDGE Juvenile Champion.............................................AILSA MARSHALL Discus .........................................................................FIONA BELL Runner –Up..........................................................HANNAH COLES Javelin .........................................................TRUDY MANSBRIDGE Intermediate Champion........................NATASHA SOCKALINGUM JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP (J7/S1) 60m......................................................................MORVEN CRAIG 100m + Long Jump......................................................SOPHIE LUC Runner-Up ................................................................ MOLLY HART SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP (S4/S5/S6) 200m + High Jump + Hurdles.............................. OLIVIA McLEISH 100m + 800m + Hurdles....................................... MILLIE STEIGER 800m.........................................................................AMY BROWN 200m................................................................ KIRSTEN BUCHAN Long Jump...................................................................SOPHIE LUC Long Jump, Shot Putt + Discus..........................JOCELYN O’KEEFE Shot Putt...............................................................SOPHIE TANKEL Senior Champion.................................................. MILLIE STEIGER Long Throw.................................................................. ZAINA BAIG Runner-Up.........................................................JOCELYN O’KEEFE Junior Champion.................................................. OLIVIA McLEISH Runner Up...................................................................SOPHIE LUC Tennis Tournament Day Tournament Day was a huge success this year with the sun blazing down on all the families who came along throughout the afternoon. From the Sack Race to the Inter-house Relay, everyone had great fun taking part, with the tug of war proving especially competitive! Tournament Day proved to be an excellent way to round off the summer term, as you can see from the photos below. Page 51 School’s Out Commonwealth Games Commonwealth Games Our Commonwealth Project began in 2012 after registering our interest to be involved in the Commonwealth Games as a Training Facility for Netball. Several months of hard work passed and had paid off and after much anticipation our bid was successful. We were then given the seal of approval from the World Netball Federation and Commonwealth Games Committee to host the training schedules of the world’s best netball athletes. It was all the more special for us to truly value and play our part in accommodating these athletes and welcoming them to our very special training facilities. The Commonwealth Games is the most prestigious event in Glasgow’s most recent sporting history and our involvement will live on through the history of the school and the lasting legacy we create. Sport in Scotland has never been more exciting than it is today with our success in being recognised as the “friendly” games and through the people of Glasgow who add to the atmosphere and quirkiness of our wonderful City of Sport and Culture. Pre Phase: Our policy, planning and procedures phase of this project was very rigorous and involved hours of training, meetings and visits to the venue by a range of organisations some including netball specific bodies, Police Scotland, Commonwealth Organising Committee and equipment specialists. We even underwent security and counter-terrorism analysis and training, installed ice baths for athletes and controlled the set-up. Delivery Phase: We delivered all aspects of the games for this facility and whilst in our operational phase we accommodated all 12 of the competing netball teams: Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Lucia, Barbados, New Zealand, Australia, Malawi, Jamaica and South Africa. Our facility was open to up to 7 training slots each day from 13th July – 31st August 2014. Not only did teams use our facilities for single closed training sessions we also hosted a few friendly matches between countries. To showcase the speed and athleticism truly harboured the spirit of the Commonwealth Values and above all else was a real treat for Clydesiders and staff to watch world class sport. Our sporting facilities are recognised as world class and sector leading so much so that the wonderful team from Barbados wished to take our facility on the plane back home with them. Legacy Phase: The legacy of the commonwealth games will benefit Craigholme in a number a ways: it is now categorically ingrained in our history and make up, it will provide us with stronger community links and sporting partnerships which will further heighten our status as a sector leading community sports hub. It will allow us to focus sport and wellbeing as an integral part of the Craigholme way of life. Page 53 Page 54 Equestrian & Raasay Equestrian Report This year has been another great year for Craigholme’s equestrian team. In February Hannah Gilchrist (S3) and I competed at the Kingbarn Equestrian Centre in the schools dressage competition. Hannah won her first class on her pony Peggy and I came second on my pony Jack. In the second class, Jack and I achieved 67.91% and Hannah and Peggy achieved 66.67%; great percentages against tough competition. Jack and I won the qualifier in June to compete at the Pony Club Championships in Cheshire, while in May, Peggy and Hannah competed at the Scottish Schools Equestrian Extravaganza at Ingliston Equestrian Centre. Jack was due to compete in the blue ribbon class, but unfortunately had to pull out due to injury. Peggy and Hannah had a fantastic day, going double clear in the intermediate. Placings came down to time and unfortunately Hannah just missed out. Ella Gilchrist, S6 Jazzy Raasay 23 of our S2 girls made the long trip up north to visit the island of Raasay for a week of adventure! The girls started their activities within hours of arriving, taking part in a team-building raft-race on the Loch. The other activities the girls enjoyed that week included rock-climbing, abseiling, hill-walking, sailing and kayaking. In the evening the girls took part in some games and tried toasting marshmallows on the beach bonfire! As always, the trip was a great experience for the girls. They developed their teamworking skills and confidence, whilst learning about the great outdoors in the process. They enjoyed it so much, they have even discussed coming back again in S6. Charities Charity begins at Holme As with every year at Craigholme School, we have had another eventful session with a great deal of charitable activities taking place. We started collecting tins for the Glasgow City Mission harvest appeal and through the generosity of the school, we collected over 100 tins. The sixth year charity committee decided that our chosen charities for session 2013/2014 would be St Margaret’s Hospice and St Columba’s Hospice. To kick off our fundraising, we held our first charity day, which had a festivals theme. The committee arranged a short lunch time play as entertainment for the whole school to enjoy. The day was a success and left the whole committee feeling positive for future events. At Christmas time we launched operation Christmas child, Samaritans Purse and successfully reached over 100 boxes. After the great success of the shoebox appeal we swiftly moved onto organising our next charity day – our Pyjama Day. This involved everyone in the school coming in dressed in their pyjamas or onesies and made lessons a much more comfortable experience! For our final charity day in this session, the committee came up with the idea of having a Disney Day! Again, the committee arranged a fun show at lunch time for the whole school to enjoy. It was such a success that it left the paying staff and pupils wanting more! As well as this, due to the wonderful support from the pupils, we received many handmade cakes and sweets to sell during break time for a cake and candy sale. Throughout the year, there have been many other events that have helped us raise money, such as the Junior Enterprise, Senior Enterprise, Christmas service collection and the Go Yellow Walk, in which many staff and pupils participated. On behalf of the committee we would like to thank the entire school for getting involved in all of our events and raising the fantastic total of: £5456.59! Page 55 Page 56 Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards This has been another successful year within the school with 43 girls being awarded D of E Award certificates at various levels. 5 S6 girls and 4 former pupils have been awarded their Gold brooch. This Award has been gained through a huge variety of ways, with each girl making her own choice on how she would complete the different sections. These options included Drama Club, learning to drive and volunteering in charity shops. Gaining the Award shows commitment, organisational skills, team work and an ability to continue onwards even when faced with difficulties. It is therefore not surprising that a Gold Award is viewed favourably by employers. Congratulations to Rebecca Deas, Ella Gilchrist, Kirstie Hardie, Heather Lyon, Heather Mackie and former pupils Hannah Bramhill, Lindsey Irvine, Lorraine Boyd and Amy Groden. 26 S3 girls signed up to participate in the Award at Bronze level. The sections are the same as at Gold level but over a shorter period. Volunteering, Physical, Skill and an Expedition have to be completed over three to six months. Maryam and Aleena reflect on their experience. Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award On the 17th-18th of May, 26 S3 took part in their D of E Bronze Award two day expedition. We walked 15 miles in groups over the weekend and camped overnight at Dounans campsite, near Aberfoyle. We really enjoyed this experience. Although the weather was challenging, we bonded as a team and overcame any problems we encountered. Everyone gained a wide variety of skills they previously did not possess, for example map reading and navigation, time management and pacing. To complete our Bronze Award we also have to spend a period of time participating in various other activities under the categories of skills, volunteering and sports. This really helps us build confidence and gain new skills. It gives us a chance to take part in some really enjoyable activities that we may not have considered doing had we not participated in the Award. Maryam and Aleena, S3 During our Silver DofE hike we really bonded as a group, especially at the campsites. It was tough living without the normal services we usually take for granted like running water and beds but we all helped each other out and kept the spirits high allowing us to complete the three day long expedition. Millie, S4 Health & Wellbeing Health and Wellbeing Our values and aims underpin every aspect of our community’s health and wellbeing Our Vision: ‘Craigholme School aims to be a healthy and inclusive school free from discrimination and exclusion, where everyone is respected, supported and encouraged. The thoughts, feelings, emotions and opinions of everyone will be valued and respected resulting in the whole community feeling affirmed, validated and appreciated.’ Our Values and Aims: Caring and Respect in Words and Actions Through my words and actions I will contribute to a climate of mutual trust, respect, compassion and caring. Self-Respect As an individual I will respect my own health and wellbeing. I will ensure my voice is heard especially when my rights and dignity are challenged. Sharing our Talents I will use the privilege of my education for the good of others as well as for my personal development. I will use my voice to speak for those who have none. We feel that everyone who picks up this document whether that is a student, teacher, parent or board member should relate to it, live it and be examples of it. Health and Wellbeing, in line with national guidelines, is an integral part of community life at Craigholme. Our aim, as laid out in our Health and Wellbeing (HWB) policy, is to be an inclusive, supportive and caring environment where everyone’s opinions, feelings and views are respected and appreciated. We aim to be supportive and caring to pupils, staff, parents and indeed the wider community. We have many mechanisms in place to ensure the HWB of everyone is paramount in our day to day activities. Our curriculum is designed with HWB in mind and it is the responsibility of all to ensure that HWB is evident throughout the curriculum. We have a dedicated team of staff, parents, community members and pupils working together in committee to ensure that every aspect of HWB is taken care of and delivered to the usual Craigholme high standards. The Committee: Mr Mark Donnelly Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator Mrs Avril Thomson Health Advisor Mrs Carolyn Erdal Deputy Principal and Head of Pastoral Care Engaging with the Community I will be aware of the needs, strengths and diversity of my community and the wider world. I will honour the dignity of every member of that community. Dr Fiona Gavin Board and Parent Member Councillor David Meikle Community Representative Striving for Excellence I will work to achieve my full potential in curricular and extra-curricular pursuits displaying commitment and diligence and showing resilience in adversity. Mrs Lynn Forsyth Nursery Mrs Karen Savage Junior School Mrs Zoe Young Senior School Skills for Learning, Life and Work “I will aspire to emerge from Craigholme as a welleducated, understanding, thoughtful, confident and articulate young woman ready to play my part in a vibrant and challenging modern world.” Mrs Kathryn Taylor Head of Health and Food Technology Ms Amanda Currie Community Sports Development Co-ordinator Rebecca Deas Pupil Dr Stephen Cameron Senior School Page 57 Page 58 56 Health & Wellbeing One of the main priorities in session 2013/14 was to introduce a monthly HWB focus delivered by a variety of special guests and pupils at a morning assembly. The theme was then highlighted in classes and extra-curricular events to maintain and promote it throughout the month. Guests this session included Rev. James Gibson, Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen, Mary Bissland, Pilates Instructor, Anne Strang from Save the Children, double Olympian Rhona Simpson and NASA Astronaut Jim Dutton. All guests spoke on a variety of social, emotional and physical topics and added so much to our monthly focuses. HWB co-ordinator and Head of Music, Mark Donnelly, said: “To be able to invite these very interesting guests to Craigholme to deliver thoughtful and inspiring talks to our girls is an example of the excellent provision we deliver at Craigholme and the importance we place on developing every aspect of the health and wellbeing of our entire community.” Health and Wellbeing Week 9-13 June 2014 On the June 9th, double Olympian Rhona Simpson launched our annual HWB Week. She spoke of the importance of working together, resilience, determination and physical and mental endurance. It was a perfect start to our week of fun, talks, workshops and demonstrations. Throughout the week we had healthy food focuses with menu competitions, yoga and pilates workshops and of course Tournament Day which involves the entire community in a fun and active sports day. Our week concluded with Dr Alison Gavin talking to our senior girls about women’s health issues. You may recall last session we had a visit from Education Scotland who spent the day looking at how and what we provide in terms of HWB across the school and in the curriculum. Following a rigorous day we were highlighted as examples of ‘Best Practice’. This session, during the Quality Improvement visit, HMIE endorsed this further by saying: “The appointment of the sports coordinator has had a measurable impact in increased engagement with community activities through after school care, family learning and recreation events, community group usage and classes including lets of facilities and holiday club provision. As part of this the school has established positive partnerships with a range of local sports clubs and national Governing Bodies.” “The school places a high priority on providing support for young people’s health and wellbeing and this is well evidenced across the school. The whole school HWB wall provides convincing evidence that its approach is one which permeates across all subjects and at all stages. It regularly reflects on its work in this area and plans for improvements are based on young people’s views and their experience. Increasingly young people are being given the opportunity to meaningfully reflect on their progress in HWB and to identify their next steps.” We are once again delighted that the hard work and dedication of our HWB team has been endorsed in this way at a National Level. Next session we have been invited to host an Independent Schools’ HWB forum, where we will highlight our best practice and share our journey with other independent schools across the country. Mark Donnelly Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator Moving on Page 60 Head Girl Report Head Girl Report We’ve had a pretty wild year! We started it all in Aberfeldy where we bonded so well both with each other and with the SLT – particularly in that infamous game of charades. Doubtless Rosie will remember Aberfeldy particularly well for the problems she had there! We did also get some work done though, in a gruelling four hour session during which we, dressed in onesies, made decisions about what we aimed to do in the year ahead. However, for Heather, Kirstie, Amy and I our busy year started a few weeks before at the Head Girl Conference which was a great opportunity to get some advice for the year to come, and to meet others who were looking forward to the same experiences as we were. As Craigholme was hosting this year we also had the opportunity to hear from Erin Curle, who was Head Girl during the 2009-2010 session, who shared all of her top tips for the year ahead. As the year progressed we had the benefit of yet more advice from many speakers in Friday One. One of our favourites was when representatives from Bobbi Brown came in and showed us make up techniques prior to the Christmas Dance. Rawan, Klaudia and Ella all looked utterly fabulous after their mini-makeovers! The fabulous looks continued into the Dance which was well organised by Amy and Kirstie and took place in the Millennium Hotel with George Square’s Christmas lights as a beautiful backdrop to the evening. The jazz band in particular was a lovely and unique addition which really emphasised the 1920s theme. The turnout of both staff and pupils was really strong, and everyone had a great night with the DJ playing some amazing classic cheesy songs. We also had the privilege of being at the school in the 120th year, which means we benefited from many of the exciting events that have been going on; such as the inaugural Murdoch Lecture which featured a highly interesting talk from Mrs McIntosh, a Craigholme parent who has completed several marathons and an ultra-marathon. She talked to the Fifth and Sixth years about her experiences and was truly inspiring as she related the challenges she faced to ones which we could. In addition, we had the opportunity to help out at several of the 120th events, including the Murdoch Supper and the Craigholme Ball in the lovely setting of Kelvingrove Art Gallery. We probably enjoyed helping out at these events as much as those invited enjoyed attending! This was a running theme throughout Sixth Year as when we were asked to help out at PTA events. We had an absolute blast doing things such as attending the discos – which really allowed us to rediscover our inner child, and dance the night away. Discovering our inner child was something we tried to do at every opportunity. On charities days we put on a big song-and-dance-musicalextravaganza and, headed by Heather and Caitlin, managed to raise an amazing £5456 which will be split between the two hospices we chose to support due to a personal connection within our year: St Columba’s and St Margaret’s. This was an exciting year for us as there was the introduction of the new house system which meant we were dragged from the five castle themed houses we were used to, and thrust into a new world of four island themed houses! The four House Captains of Sanna, Sophia, Ella and Kirsten managed to rally us all together, however, with Bute winning House Day, and Iona winning Sports Day. It has been a highly successful season for the first eleven, who managed to score an amazing nineteen goals this season, only very narrowly beaten by the third year team who scored fifty-three goals, and won their Scottish finals. The year has ended on a high with a successful prank day, which culminated in a ‘Sponge the Sixth Year’ event, enjoyed by pupils and teachers alike! Following this, Leavers Week really rounded off the year with a bang. However it is not just the Sixth Years who are leaving this year, Mrs Stobo is retiring after ten years as Principal. I’d like to thank her for making our last year so fantastic and I really hope that we did the same for her. I am really proud of us as a year, and what we have accomplished with the support of the Craigholme community, not just over this one year, but over every year we have been at the school. Even though the time has now come for us to leave, it’s really not the end – just the time for us all to go off and have our adventures so we have something good to talk about at our reunion. TEAM CRAIGHOLME ALL THE WAY. Rebecca Deas Head Girl S6 Farewells S6 Leavers Sophia Akhtar Ruth Connaughton My time at Craigholme has been amazing. Being here since nursery I can definitely say that there has never been a dull moment. I believe that all the friendships I have made over the years will last a lifetime and I will never forget the times we shared together. Craigholme has given me so many opportunities for which I am so appreciative for and it has also made me the person I am today. I am very sad to leave and move onto the next stage of life but I am looking forward to what the future holds. I am happy to say I am a Craigholme girl and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Good lucks girls and all the best in the future. I can’t quite understand how six years can have flown by so fast, and that now it is time to say goodbye to the school I love so much. Walking shakily into assembly on my first day six years ago, I could not have imagined the fantastic memories I would carry with me as I take my first steps from Craigholme and into the ‘real world.’ The friendships I have made will last a lifetime, as Craigholme undeniably has the loveliest, funniest and most compassionate girls there are. I feel so privileged to have had teachers who care about us all as individuals and prepare us for everything that lies ahead. While I’m sad to leave, I know that feeling this way is positive as it only proves that I’ve had the best six years I could ever have hoped for, and therefore Craigholme is certainly not worth missing. Business Studies, University of Strathclyde Sheena Bell Music, University of Edinburgh I first joined the school in junior 7 and have enjoyed every second since! It is safe to say at the start I was a nervous wreck but as time went on the school has brought me countless opportunities which helped build my confidence through drama productions and music concerts. Without Craigholme I would never be able to say I stage managed a show or performed a Greek tragedy in front of a large audience, played a lead role in a play for the school’s sponsored charities or took part in countless music events. The school really has brought out the best in me and helped push me to do things I never thought I would be able to do as well as helping me build strong friendships along the way. I am truly thankful to the school and am sad to say goodbye after 7 years of fun and achievement! Caitlin Sarah Clements Medical Sciences, University of Edinburgh I can’t believe my time at Craigholme has come to an end. The past 14 years from nursery to sixth year have been unforgettable and I will cherish the memories forever. The school has become like a second home and the girls like a second family so leaving in June will be emotional to say the least. However, although it may be sad to leave, my time at Craigholme has been invaluable and has shaped me into the person I am today. So now as I am ready to move on I want to say a huge thank you to all the staff and pupils at Craigholme for making my school life so amazing! And good luck class of 2014!! Northern Ballet School Rebecca Deas Law, University of Aberdeen I cannot imagine that a better school than Craigholme exists. It truly is a place you can look forward to coming back to after each and every holiday, and when the first day back comes around going into school really does feel like going home. Leaving seems slightly scary now, but the level of preparation given by the staff means that I’m not sure I could be more ready. Craigholme has taught me so much and I know that no matter what I do next, I will be indebted to the school for providing me with the building blocks to *wink wink* achieve my potential. The friends I’ve made here are truly special and I know that I’ll be holding onto them as tight as I can in the years to come. I will always be a Craigholme girl. Ella Gilchrist Biological Science, University of Edinburgh Craigholme has been a part of my life since I was three and each year has been better than the last. Everyone I have met during my time at Craigholme has contributed to making it special. Craigholme has given me so many opportunities; however I am still disappointed that in nursery I had to be the angel without wings because otherwise we wouldn’t have all fitted on the stage. Despite this I have made some fabulous friends at Craigholme and shared some amazing memories. Luckily setting the grass of fire in the pouring rain on bronze DofE didn’t hold me back from achieving my gold. I will be sad to leave it behind but I am excited to explore the opportunities Craigholme has given me. “Leaving seems slightly scary now, but the level of preparation given by the staff means that I’m not sure I could be more ready.” Rebecca Deas Heather Greig Primary Education, University of Aberdeen From my very first day in Craigholme nursery to my last few days in sixth year, Craigholme has been a huge part of my life. My first tooth came out, I met my best friends and I found myself, all whilst being a part of this school. Craigholme has been a second home to me, where I can trust everyone and feel safe. Having to let go of all these memories is definitely not going to be easy, but Craigholme has prepared me for this next journey in my life, and I cannot thank them enough. The friends I have made are for life and the memories are unforgettable to say the least. Craigholme will always be in my heart and I can only hope it is in many more in years to come, as it really has helped me become the woman I am today. Kirstie Hardi History, University of Durham Craigholme has quite literally been my ‘holme’ away from home for the last thirteen years. I could not imagine my life without the community that I have grown up with around me, and that has shaped me into the person I am today (which is hopefully a good thing!). I have so much to thank the school and the girls here for - not least for putting up with me. Just know that no one is getting away from me that easily! Coping without the glorious tartan to brighten my day (literally) will obviously be the most difficult part of leaving, but I know when I remember it, it will undoubtedly be with the fondest of memories. Page 61 Page 62 S6 Farewells Heather Lyon Isla McIntyre I have had a great time at Craigholme since joining in J1, and the small size has made a nice atmosphere where you know many pupils and teachers. Playing in various sports, hockey, athletics, tennis, swimming, and even cross country, have all been great opportunities which I am privileged to have had. Over the years, music has also contributed greatly to my experience, and learning to play instruments has given me skills which I will carry forth. I will very much miss my lessons with these teachers, who have taught me for many years, as well as all of the friends I have made here. While sad to be leaving, Craigholme has set me up well for the future which I look forward to. As I have been at Craigholme since primary one, I can’t even imagine what my school years would have been like elsewhere! I have made some great friends, many of whom I hope to stay in touch with as I move on to university. Craigholme has taught me many valuable lessons, all of which will help me develop and grow - it has helped me realise my potential and I will always remember it with fond memories. Neuroscience, University of St Andrews Heather Mackie Sports Studies, University of Stirling Looking back on my years at Craigholme I could not have asked for a better education, friends and experiences. Craigholme gave me more than grades; it has built me as a person (a fabulous one) and has given me skills I never thought I would be able to achieve. My gold DofE will forever be a highlight as well as the hours I spent on the hockey pitch, I loved every second of tackling and injuries (including smashing Sheena’s nose...lol). One memory I shall never be able to erase is the amazing art department and my corner that shall forever be a tip that no-one can touch. Craigholme has made my education more than I could ever imagine and I shall forever cherish memories of the teachers, the school and most importantly the girls that made the whole experience perfection, I will see you all soon, good luck with all your futures which I have no doubt will be spectacular, but never as good as the laughs we have shared as a year. Chloe McAlister History, University of Stirling Though I do not remember my first day at Craigholme I most certainly remember the momentous hike up the hill each morning with my Barbie lunchbox in hand. Whilst those days are long gone it genuinely feels like yesterday that I was fighting with every other kid in the playground over monkey bar priority. I cannot comprehend where my 13 years have disappeared to yet I take with me so many fond memories. I’ll miss absolutely everything about Craigholme, the lovely staff and pupils who have made my time at school so enjoyable, thanks for all the amazing memories girls, good luck!! xx “Craigholme has given me so many wonderful opportunities both within and outwith the class room.” Chloe McAlister Art History, University of St Andrews Sanna Rehman Psychology, Edinburgh Napier University For each year I have spent in Craigholme School I have had at least one experience that I know I will never forget. From taking refuse in bathrooms in junior five to Aberfeldy in senior six, my nine years at Craigholme have been incredible. I am thoroughly looking forward to moving on and enjoying the future that Craigholme has prepared me for. Laura Robbie International Business with Modern Languages, University of Strathclyde I can’t believe that my time at Craigholme has ended already. Throughout these past six years I have made so many memories and made friends who I know I will keep in touch with for many years to come. The decision to come to Craigholme was definitely the best one I have ever made as I know that this school has shaped me into the person I am today. “Craigholme has taught me many valuable lessons, all of which will help me develop and grow - it has helped me realise my potential, I will always remember it with fond memories. Isla McIntyre Amy Henderson International Relations with Management, University of St Andrews Having been at Craigholme from the age of four, and having loved every single day, saying goodbye was never going to be easy, and although I’m sad to go I feel ready for the next step. Life at Craigholme has been a truly unforgettable and unique experience, with sixth year being the pinnacle of the best thirteen years a girl could ask for - so a huge thank you goes to everyone that’s been a part of it! The friendships and memories made will last a lifetime. As cheesy as it sounds I can honestly say that there is no place like ‘holme! Klaudia Jasionowska Neuroscience, University of Dundee “Life at Craigholme has been a truly unforgettable and unique experience.” Amy Henderson Iqra Saleem Pharmacy, Robert Gordon University I can’t believe that my time at Craigholme has already come to an end! I still remember the very first day I joined Craigholme, where I made wonderful friends that I have created amazing memories with. I’m sad to be leaving however I’m grateful for the endless opportunities and memories Craigholme has provided me with and I will remember them for the rest of my life. Rosie Shanks Economics, Lafayette College, USA I honestly cannot believe that my time here at Craigholme is now truly over. I have been at the school since primary 1 and with every year that has passed I have created more and more memories that will last with me for a lifetime. Craigholme has given me so many wonderful opportunities both within and outwith the class room. Had I not gone to this school, I truly believe I would not be the person that I am today, and I am going to miss everyone so much!! I am heading to the University of Dundee to study Neuroscience and it has been my time at Craigholme that has shaped my interests and passions in such a way that has led me to this course. I have learned so much about myself and what I want to do in my life and I couldn’t have discovered any of this without the teachers and friends here at Craigholme. My time here is something I will always remember and always appreciate and I hope everyone else has shared my amazing experience of Craigholme School. Amy Watson Law with Spanish, University of Strathclyde I loved how everyone was so supportive of what I was doing and I was always encouraged to do what I wanted to do. I miss that support system since going to uni (and also miss waking up in the morning and not having to think of yet another outfit to wear!!) I loved the fact that Craigholme was so small and everyone knew each other. I thought the whole “family” aspect was so lovely. I made some amazing friends since going to Craigholme, and I know that even though we are all in different places now, we will keep in contact and still be friends in years to come. I always thought it sounded really cheesy when I read past former pupils comments in the magazine, about how Craigholme made them who they are today etc. However, since leaving school, I strongly believe this is true, I would definitely not be who I am now, OR where I am now if I had not gone there. Friends of Craigholme Friends of Craigholme Craigholme Class of 2003 Reunion We walked up to the school on a bright morning, but this time, things were a bit different. We were entering through the front door; not the basement. We didn’t have to worry about wearing heels higher than 2 inches, and nobody threatened to remove our make-up or nail polish! We were welcomed with a warm smile from a familiar face – Shirley Reid, known to most of us as “the office lady”. Despite having now retired, Shirley continues to help out at the school, and very kindly agreed to help us organise a reunion. This involved a tour around the school by the current Principal, Mrs Stobo, followed by some coffee and cake with many of our former teachers. There was a lot of excitement and nostalgia as we wandered around the school. We strolled through familiar rooms and reminisced about the memories that they evoked - Mrs Broadbent’s Maths Class, Mrs Tuck’s Chemistry Lab, and Matron’s Room, to name only a few. We recalled racing down the basement corridors, and playing ridiculous games in the junior school playground. Of course, many areas were less familiar, and we had to accept that whilst we have been growing up and moving on, so too has the school! Major improvements have been made to the Home Economics Department, the Music Department and the PE facilities, and we were all very impressed with the changes. After the tour, we were provided with refreshments. This was a great chance to catch up properly with each other. It was really lovely to see the paths people have chosen since leaving school, and reconnect with old friends. In addition to former pupils, we were joined by some of our former teachers. These ladies provided so much support and motivation for us in our school years, so we were really delighted to have the opportunity to meet up with them again. The day was thoroughly enjoyable, and I would encourage other classes of former pupils to organise similar events. Many thanks to Shirley Reid, Principal Gillian Stobo and all of the former pupils and teachers who attended. Diamond Anniversary Celebration Class of 1954-1967 Our diamond celebrations started early, when in July, twelve of us met for lunch to welcome Jan Nicol (Rev Brodie) who was visiting Scotland with her brother 32 years after leaving Glasgow. Jan is a Priest in the Diocese of Christchurch, New Zealand where she works in a retirement complex. The day started with an informative guided tour of Glasgow Cathedral and then a tour of Glasgow sights before lunch. Our Vice Head Girl, Margaret Allan, made a very humorous welcome speech and proposed toasts to Jan and absent friends. Following lunch, a few of us climbed the 134 steps of the Lighthouse for a 360 degree view of the City before a well-earned rest and coffee in Princes Square. It was a noisy, fun, happy day, greatly enjoyed. Thanks Jan for giving us an excuse for a get together. Page 63 The Bothwell Philharmonic Choir EST. 2000 One of Scotland’s leading amateur choirs is proud to be associated with Craigholme School as sponsors of: •Craigholme Musician •The Scottish Girls’ School of the Year Competition Association Choral Competition. This year’s Christmas Concert takes place on Thursday 22nd December 2015 at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Bothwell Philharmonic Choir is sponsored by Tunnock’s Bakeries Ltd. EuropEan CEramiCs and Glass Edinburgh Free and confidential valuations available a larGE WEdGEWood Fairyland lustrE vasE By daisy makEiG-JonEs ‘Imps on a Bridge and Tree House’, circa 1924 Sold for £25,000 bonhams.com/edinburgh Prices shown include buyer’s premium. 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