Table Tennis Achievement

Fantastic achievement by Naomi Provan (S3) who has qualified from the West region for the Scottish Schools Table Tennis Finals on 25th February 2018. Naomi now has a chance of representing Scotland at the Senior Schools International in England in June.

Cross Country

On Saturday 20th January we had some great performances at the Cross Country in some very cold conditions. Six S1 girls all ran really well as did one boy from S1. Our two S2 boys J McCarthy and M Godwin were placed first and second respectively in the S2 race. Congratulations to them all for their willingness to go and take part on a cold Saturday morning.

Welcome Back

May I take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2018. I hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break.

We are looking forward to a productive year, with many exciting opportunities planned for our young people and staff, as well as the important business of prelim examinations and the SQA examinations in May.

Please see below a list of dates for some of our events this term and a full list of calendar dates can be accessed via the school website.

Prelim timetables are being issued to students this week and I would ask for your support in reinforcing with your son/daughter how important the prelim exams are, both from the point of viewing of gauging progress in learning, but also in relation to having robust evidence of progress in the event of ill health or some other issue preventing a youngster from attempting the SQA exam in May.

Finally, can I encourage parents of senior school students to attend our parents’ evenings next week, to allow us to continue to effectively support you and your son/daughter in achieving their goals this year. I will be available to meet with parents on the night and appointments can be made via the electronic booking system.

I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with you throughout 2018.

Barry Smith – Headteacher

Diary Dates ~ January 2018 – March 2018

Tues 16th Jan • S4/6 Parents’ Evening (4.00 p.m. ~ 6.00 p.m.)
Wed 17th Jan • School Photographer in school
• S4/6 Parents’ Evening (7.00 p.m. ~ 9.00 p.m.)
Fri 26th Jan • STEM Careers Day
Mon 29th Jan • Prelims begin (2 weeks)
Mon 5th Feb • Drugs Education Roadshow Week throughout NAC
Wed 7th Feb • HPV Immunisation
Fri 9th Feb • Prelims finish
Mon 12th Feb • Half-term holiday
Tues 13th Feb • Half-term holiday
Wed 14th Feb • In-service Day 4 (students on holiday)
Mon 19th Feb • Initial Option Interviews (All week)
Fri 23rd Feb • ENACTUS – Film Show (Inter-generational event)
• S4/6 Prelim Reports Home
Tues 27th Feb • Parent Council Meeting @ 7.00 p.m.
Thurs 1st Mar • Whole School Open Meeting
Mon 5th Mar • European Youth Conference in Switzerland
Mon 12th Mar • Follow up Student Option Interviews (All week)
Wed 14th Mar • S3 Reports home
Fri 16th Mar • Sport Relief
Wed 28th Mar • S2 Reports home
Thurs 29th Mar • School Closes – Easter Break at 2.30 p.m.

Christmas Party Buses

The arrangements for the buses for the High School Parties this week are as follows :
There have been buses arranged for taking students home via the North End. Also any students travelling to the Southend will go on the String Road Bus and will travel via Shiskine as far as Kildonan.
There will be a smaller bus to take the Whiting Bay only students.

Road Closure Buses

As you will be aware there is a road closure between Whiting Bay and Dippen Head because of a landslide. I would like to confirm with you the arrangements for High School children who live beyond Whiting Bay at the south end of the island.

Bus pick up times will remain as the following, until further notice. Kildonan 8am, Lagg 8.13am, Corriecravie 8.21am.

The Southend bus home (same route) will be leaving school at 3.50pm.

There will be extra-curricular buses running this week. The South end students will need to catch the String Road bus leaving at 4.55pm.
Brodick students are requested to catch the North end bus leaving at 5.05pm to allow space on the String road bus for Southend students.

We are not sure how long it will take to clear the landslide and will let you know as soon as we hear of any change.

Christmas Jumper Day

Today Arran High School have raised a total of £244.98 by wearing our Christmas Jumpers for Save the Children. Thank you to everyone who has donated.

Sleep in the Park

Last Saturday, four girls from Arran High School made the journey from the island to Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, where they took part in ‘Sleep in the Park’. This event, organised by the homeless charity Social Bite, involved 8000 people sleeping out in the park in order to raise money and awareness for homeless people. All four girls – L Shankland, J Miller, R Janse Van Rensburg, and L Robertson – had to raise a minimum of £100.00 each in order to take part, and they returned to school this week to reflect on everything they had learned from this unique, revealing, and powerful experience.

On their journeys to and from the event, they were met with many people thanking them for what they were doing – both homeless people and commuters. The donations and support they have received will go towards Social Bite’s five year plan to tackle homelessness in Scotland – providing new homes and accommodation, a nationwide jobs program, and addiction rehabilitation services. The girls will all be continuing to support Social Bite, fundraising for them both in and out of school, and they are keen to encourage everyone to find out more – which you can do at www.sleepinthepark.co.uk and www.social-bite.co.uk. For the girls, this has been an incredible, eye-opening experience, and one which they hope will become a tradition for Arran High School pupils each year.

Young Scot Card

Do you have a National Entitlement Card (Young Scot)?

You can no longer use your discount travel on trains if you don’t have the pink strip printed on your card.

To request a replacement card please visit:

www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/young-scot-and-the-national-entitlement-card.aspx