Battlefields Trip 2018
Seventy five S2 pupils and 8 Staff have recently returned from the History Department’s 17th visit to the WWI Battlefields of Belgium & France.
On day one in Belgium we visited some preserved trenches at Sanctuary Wood and three large mine craters called the ‘Pool of Peace’, ‘Hill 60’ and ‘Caterpillar’. We also visited Messines Church, the crypt was the only part of the Church that survived the fighting and was used as an advanced dressing station. We then went to Hooge Crater museum and the Blackwatch Monument on the Menin Road near Ypres.
On day two we travelled to the Somme region of France, where we visited the battlefields at Beaumont Hamel and the Thiepval memorial where we found the names of some soldiers who were former pupils of Stirling High School and a couple of pupils were able to pay their respects to relatives who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme. We also visited the Hearts Memorial, Lochnagar Mine Crater and finally the Vimy Ridge memorial to the Canadian soldiers.
On the final day of the Battlefields experience we were back in Belgium where we started the day at Essex Farm Cemetery, this was where there was an Advanced field Hospital and John McCrae wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields”. We then went to Poelkapelle British cemetery where 84% of the graves are unknown and visited Passcheandael and Tyne Cot Cemetery (with over 12,000 graves). We also paid our respects to German soldiers who lost their lives at Langemark cemetery which is one of the few in Belgium for German soldiers. We finished the afternoon of with a visit to Ypres town itself.
On the final evening we attended the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, held at 8pm every evening, and then carried out our own private memorial ceremony.
Many thanks to all involved for organising such a wonderful trip. (photo attached)
Exam Diet 2018
Study leave commenced Monday 30 April 2018 to Friday 1 June 2018 inclusive. All S4/5/6 pupils who are entitled to exam leave, are sitting exams or require to be in school at any time during exam leave MUST have full school uniform on at all times. Pupils who are not sitting an exam and wish access to the school must sign in and sign out at the school office. Mobile phones are PROHIBITED in the exam room and must be put into your locker or left at home. Please do not ask a member of school staff or invigilation staff to look after your phone during your exam. THANK YOU.
Annual Data Checks
S4/5/6 Annual Data Check forms were sent home via school bag mail on Wednesday 18 April, can parents and pupils please check that ALL the information on this form is accurate and up to date. If there are any changes to pupils’ names, dates of birth and addresses please amend and hand into the school office asap as we are required to send all changes to SQA.
Please ensure that if your child has borrowed a tie from the school office that they return it asap and if necessary purchase a replacement tie at a cost of £6. Ties are available to purchase from the school office
S1/S2/S3 Timetable Change
All S1, S2 and S3 (new S2, S3 and S4) pupils will start their new timetables on Monday 28 May 2018. New S5/6 pupils begin their new timetable on Monday 4th June (pupils sitting their German exam will be marked study leave on this day)
Dates for Diary
S1 Full Reports issued to pupils – Friday 18 May 2018
S1/2/3 Merit/Demerit reports issued to pupils – week beg Monday 14th May
Activity Day for S1, S2 and S3 pupils – Friday 1 June 2018 (letters sent home to parents)
S4 Work Experience Weeks – Week 1 11.6.18-15.6.18
Week 2 18.6.18-22.6.18
New S1 Induction Days – 20 June – 22 June 2018
End of Term – Friday 29 June 2018