The 2018 exam diet is now over and our students have begun to work on their new courses for examination in 2019. As we look forward to a productive years study, the SQA have now published the timetable for 2019, with exams starting on Thursday 25 April (Higher PE).
For full details of your 2019 exams, the timetable can be found at
Remember that we may adjust the start of end times of exams locally.
Exams and Displacements: Please note SQA exams start on Tuesday 2 May. Pupils must be very quiet when moving between classes. Many exams take place over break and lunchtime and some even beyond the end of the school day so each day pupils must look out for the SQA signs, check the plasma screens and listen carefully to the daily bulletin and avoid any areas of the building where exams are being held. This includes outside areas when exams taking place over break and lunchtime as noise carries particularly if the weather is warm and windows are open.
Study Areas: Pupils may study in the Dining Area, Library, the tables outside SLT offices and any research areas away from exam rooms.
Missing property from music: A pencil case belonging to a Music Instructor which contained items of specialist equipment was removed from a Practice Room on Tuesday. The pencil case was last seen on a table near the “purple” stairs. Until such time as the pencil case has been returned or the contents replaced, the Music Department Practice Rooms will not be available to pupils at lunchtimes or morning interval. Any further information received about the missing pencil case will be treated in confidence. All pupils are reminded that permission must be sought before a Practice Room or equipment can be used at any time and any misuse will result in this privilege being withdrawn.
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh: There will be a kit check on Tuesday 2nd May for Group 5, The Adventurers and Special Eight who are going out on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May. Speak to your supervisor about where you are meeting and where you can leave your rucksacks during the day. More information can be found on the DofE noticeboard. All group members must attend.
Missing: a black & grey pen drive has gone missing. If found please return to Reception. Thank-you.
Exams and Displacements – Pupil are reminded that exams start on Monday and for the next 2 weeks pupils must listen carefully to bulletin announcements, check plasma screen for displacements and be aware of notices indicating rooms where exams are taking place. Pupils must be quiet moving to and from classes and should be aware that exams are also often taking place during breaks and lunchtime and therefore exam areas must be avoided at social times.
Netball: Girls who are playing in the S2 Netball match against Braidhurst on Monday 16th January should bring a packed lunch with them and leave class at 12.50pm to eat their lunch. They must be changed into their kit and in the Hall for warm up at 1.15pm.
Career Interviews Monday 16th January- Please check paper bulletin for appointment times.
Choir : Could all choir members and the brass players involved in the Christmas services, please go to the Theatre immediately after registering with your Period 1 Teacher on Wednesday.
S4-S6 pupils – Exams: Any pupil who did not receive an assessment diet letter and summary timetable on Monday, please see Mrs Lees to collect this before the end of the day. Thank you.
The senior pupils have been reminded of the need to have an effective study plan for home study to support their learning at school. The recommended weekly commitment for home study is 10 hours minimum. Pupils and parents can organise home study plans using the following document:
This week it is the turn of the Guidance team to share some of the work that we are doing. Our S4’s are focusing upon study skills . The pupils have been asked to consider their time and make best use of this outside of school. The pupils should be looking to study for at least 10 hours per week at home. Study plans have been issued. For more information on exams, course outlines, exam papers, marking schemes and much more, go to:
These are the final SCHOLAR online sessions for this academic year focusing on exam preparation. We are sending this out earlier than usual to accommodate students finishing shortly for exam leave:
National 5 Maths Monday 9th May 6.00pm
Higher Modern Languages Monday 9th May 7.30 pm
Higher Math Tuesday 10th May 6.00pm
Advanced Higher Modern Languages Tuesday 10th May 7.30 pm
Higher Computing Science Wednesday 18th May 7.00pm
Full details can be found on the SCHOLAR website: http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/Resources/Live_Online_Sessions/
The Tutors will also be online to answer student questions on the discussion boards, details can be found: http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/Resources/Ask_a_Tutor.html
Margaret Ferguson, our online Maths tutor, recorded a short audio file crammed with top tips for Higher Maths revision and exam preparation. It’s linked on the front page of the SCHOLAR website http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/
Direct link: http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/Resources/Mathematics.html
In the Technical Requirements section of our website we’ve added a video on how to install Puffin Academy so that you can use the flash-based activities used in the SCHOLAR courses on mobile devices. http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/Information_About/Technical_requirements.html
Lookout for our new SCHOLAR English courses in new academic year.
For a limited time the Study Ninja app is free on the app store (Apple), and on Google Play (Android) for the bargain price of £0.60. There are a limited number of vouchers for a free android version available from your PTG on a first come first served basis. More information and links to download the app at http://www.study-ninja.com/