Happy New Year and welcome back. We hope you have all enjoyed the festive holidays and are looking forward to the term ahead.
We would like to congratulate Mrs Alison Brown on the safe arrival of her baby boy Timothy born on the 16th December, both mum and baby are doing well. Mrs Brown will be on maternity leave until later in the term. Miss Charlotte Nicholl will be returning from her maternity leave in February and we are looking forward to her return.
The end of last year was extremely busy with exams & Presentations. Congratulations to all pupils who sat their RAD presentations, well done to the RAD exam pupils who all passed with distinction. Any parents days that were cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions will be made up on the second week of term at normal class times.
At the end of last term some of our Scholars took part in the Children’s Classic Concerts in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and Edinburgh’s Usher Hall with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. They performed to sell out performances and it was a great experience for the girls to dance with a live orchestra. Other scholars performed for us in Aladdin at Goldenacre’s Christmas Panto, despite the snow they managed to make the performances for the end of the run.
On the topic of extreme weather we had to close the school for the first time ever on the week of 29th November - 4th December 2010. This decision was not taken lightly and with safety in mind. We have been fortunate enough to secure staff and hall lettings to replace this week at the end of the summer term from 20th – 25th June 2011. We would like to point out that although we have been lucky enough to replace this week this time we cannot guarantee that this would always be the case if the same situation arose again.
It also proved extremely difficult to contact everyone despite the radio announcements and the message left on the answer machine. This has prompted us to update our website where you can now look at a blog which will contain current up to date information. The new website should be online this week and we hope you will find it more user friendly. There are timetable changes, new photos, up to date information and our new class charges for 2011 which will come into effect for Block 3, this is to incorporate ever increasing costs, rents and the national VAT increase. We would encourage you to visit the new website to view these changes and keep up to date with news in the school and therefore to be more environmentally friendly this will be the last paper Newsletter that we will be issuing unless you request a hard copy from the branch secretary/class teacher.
The senior school show this year has now been announced as Bedknob and Broomsticks. We will shortly be issuing more information and application forms however, dates and average costs are currently available on the website.
Some classes are due for RAD and UKA exams and relevant classes will be notified with dates and times in the next few weeks. Junior school Nursery, Primary 1 and 2 UKA award tests will take place in the summer term. As always with show and exam entries please remember no late entries will be accepted under any circumstances and only if class fees are up to date.
Term dates can now be found on the new website under timetables. We would like to draw to your attention the Easter holiday dates this year which may not run in line with your own region or school holidays. This is due to Easter being so late and every region taking different holidays; we have had to incorporate the Easter weekend and the Royal Wedding.
The current office hours are also available on the school website but we would like to remind you that it is not always possible to man the office during busy times and particularly around the show. We would like to introduce Pamela Phillips who will be helping out in the office on Thursdays but will largely be dealing with our private nurseries.