ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL HEAD TEACHER’S COMMENT It was so good to come back to school after summer without any real problems within the SQA and the exam results. Many people need to be congratulated for the success story including the teachers within this school who painstakingly put in many hours of time making sure everything was correct from our end. Of course it is the pupils who matter. I have no doubt there were a few disappointments but almost everyone gained the awards they needed to continue into the next stage of their chosen path. They, too, should be congratulated and their success recognised. It does worry me sometimes that some people can be very blinkered about what defines success within education and among our young people. They do not look beyond
the graduation photos in the local press to the confidence young people now have and their success story in areas such as sport, drama and music. The whole education process at this, and other schools in Shetland, is geared to helping the young grow into well rounded adults able to live and actively participate in a very volatile and sometimes difficult world. As I write this we are just witnessing the traumas of what has happened in America. I am heartened by the attitudes of our pupils who, although finding it difficult to understand, have shown great feeling for those involved. I try to look back at my time as a teenager and through the years I have taught and can only admire the success story of most of our pupils today.
CSYS TOP STUDENT IN SCOTLAND FOR GEOGRAPHY 2001 David Gifford from Gulberwick, who was a sixth year student at AHS last session, has recently been awarded a prize as the best CSYS (Certificate of Sixth Year Studies) student in Scotland for Geography in 2001. David, who shares this award with a student from Kelso High School was the top student out of over 330 from throughout Scotland who studied CSYS Geography last session. The prize is awarded each year by the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers’ and is sponsored by the publisher Harper Collins. David will receive a top quality atlas, a book token and a certificate. These will be presented at the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers’ annual conference at Stirling University on Saturday 27th October. As part of his work for this award, David wrote a 3000 word dissertation about River Basin Management in the USA and researched and presented two fieldwork reports—one on the commuting and employment patterns of Scalloway and a second which analysed the hydrology of the Dale Burn.
Our congratulations go to David for this success .
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ISSUE 18 SEPTEMBER 2001
IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE YEAR:Thursday, 4th October—Careers Convention Wed, 31st October—Class 1 Parents’ Evening Wed, 7th November—S5/S6 Monitoring Sheets completed for Guidance Staff. Thursday, 8th November—Teachers’ Inservice Training Friday, 9th November—Teachers’ In-service Training Mon, 12th November—Class 4 prelims start Wed, 21st November—Class 5 Parents’ Evening Wed, 5th December—School Concert Mon, 10th December—Class 1/2 Beanfeast Wed, 12th December—Class 3/4 Beanfeast Wed, 19th December—Senior Beanfeast Wed, 16th Januaryr—Class 4 Parents’ Evening Wed, 30th January—Up Helly Aa Holiday Mon, 4th February—Junior Up Helly Aa Party Mon, 11th February— Class 5/6 prelims start
NEW STAFF The following staff have joined the school this session:Mr Crawford Moore, Temporary Teacher of Technical Subjects. Mr Scott Neild, Teacher of Biology Miss Beverley Sinclair, Teacher of Business Studies Miss Meriem Slimani, Teacher of Modern Languages Miss Ruth Zapasnik, Teacher of English
M Arnaud Grivel, Language Assistant Frau Irene Kretschmann, Language Assistant Frau Valeska Volchow, Language Assistant
Two long serving members of staff retired at summer—Mr Laurence Moncrieff, Principal Teacher of Technical Subjects and Mrs Sylvia Emslie, Teacher of Business Studies. Their successors are Mr Allan Rorie (temporary) and Miss Beverley Sinclair.
Wed, 13th February—Class 2 Parents’ Evening Wed, 20th February—Class 3 Parents’ Evening Mon, 25th February—Founder’s Day Holiday Friday, 22nd March—Holiday Wed, 15th May—Class 1 Parents’ Evening Wed, 29th May—Fri, 31st May—Activities for S1—S3 Mon, 3rd June—Jubilee Holiday Mon, 17th June—Teachers’ In-service Training
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The Shetland Environment Conference - May 2001 By Mr David Grieve On Friday 11th May, S2 pupils took part in the highly successful Shetland Environment Conference at which pupils from schools throughout Shetland were involved in a wide range of workshops and activities about environmental issues. The workshops were run by local environment groups and by representatives from national organisations. A wide variety of well researched and clearly presented work by S2 pupils was exhibited along with work from other schools, and the quality of our pupils'work was very favourably commented on by many of the people taking part. Another notable feature of the work which was done by Anderson High pupils in preparation for the conference was its crosscurricular links. The Art, Science and Social Subjects departments were all involved in the preparation of the large amount of excellent material displayed at the conference. Special thanks must be given to Mr. B. Redman and the small group of enthusiastic pupils, (now in S4) Tessa Edwardson, Kim Robinson, Martin Summers and Andrea Tait, who were a key part of the organising committee. Their hard work helped to make the day a great success.
The pupils and staff who attended enjoyed the conference - particularly the presentation given by Howie Watkins from TV' s "The Really Wild Show". Thanks must also go to all those teachers who assisted in the preparations for the event and in the running of the conference day. Planting Trees to help the Shetland Environment As a result of the conference four pupils, Emily Garrick, Adeline White, Gail Webster and Janilee Fraser, took up the environment challenge last May by organising a Table Sale. This event raised £200 which was donated to the Amenity Trust' s woodland planting project at Clickimin Loch. As well as raising money for an important local environmental project, the table sale was also an ideal way for people to recycle items they no longer want or use. An excellent effort for which they deserve to be congratulated. Recycling at the AHS One of the themes raised at the conference was that of recycling waste materials. As part of the work for the conference, a number of recycling initiatives have now been set up in the school. You
are encouraged to make use of these schemes, details of which are given below. Recycling Aluminium Aluminium cans (and other aluminium packaging) are being collected for recycling. This material can be handed in to C3.2, C3.7 or C3.9. Please check (with a magnet) that the cans are not steel as we cannot recycle steel cans. This scheme will raise money for the school. Inkjet Printer cartridges. Used cartridges from ink-jet printers are being returned to manufacturers for refilling and reuse. The school gains a donation from the company for the cartridges, which will go into school funds. Please hand in old cartridges to any Social Subjects teacher. Used batteries. Old batteries need to be carefully disposed of to avoid pollution The materials in them can be recycled. Please hand in old batteries to any of the Social Subjects teachers.
SPECIAL NEEDS TRIP TO ORKNEY May 2001 By Mr Peter Hamilton Black Swans, sporadic encounters with an oversized rabbit, a visit to an ice cream factory and a fudge factory were among the highlights of a very successful, five day trip to Orkney, enjoyed by a group of secondary pupils with special needs in activities week. The group who came from Sandwick, Aith and Symbister Junior High schools as well as the AHS made new friends with pupils in Kirkwall Grammar School, where they were enter-
tained by a group of young musicians. Funding was secured by a new charity, “Special Kids in Shetland” which was specifically established last October for the purpose. Participating schools, pupils’ families, Shetland based charities, Framgord, Shetland Catch, BP, the Bank of Scotland and community councils, all contributed.
centrate their efforts on arranging the trips without the additional effort of fundraising. The success of the Orkney trip was best amplified by this comment from one of the pupils, “When can we go back to Orkney?”
It is hoped that in future the charitable trust may provide a block grant for such trips, allowing teachers to con-
SCHOOL CHAPLAIN By Revd Martin Oxley Having just been appointed as Chaplain to the school, it seemed sensible to take advantage of this edition of the Newsletter to introduce myself, and say something about the role. The former is probably easier than the latter, so that’s where I will start. I am a Priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, currently serving as Rector of St Magnus in Greenfield Place, Lerwick and Priest in charge of St. Colman’s at Burravoe in Yell. I have been in Shetland since the end of last year, having previously lived, worked and studied in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London.
As Chaplain, I am looking forward to knowing people within the whole school community and plan to be around the buildings, corridors and classrooms as often as is realistically possible. For your ease of identification in the first instance, I’ll try to remember to wear my dog collar. That way you will at least know who I am. The harder task is for me to know who you all are. Please do not be backward in coming forward. I hope to be an additional resource to life and the general run of things at the school, and am sure that as time goes by and relationships develop there will be new
and different ways of contributing. If at any time when I am not at school it would be helpful for you to be in touch with me about anything at all, then please do not hesitate to phone or email. Telephone 01595 693862 Email email@example.com
The Learning School Project By Gregor Sutherland Schools and education ought to keep abreast of rapid changes in our dynamic world. Acquiring the ability to learn may be seen as a vital attribute in view of these circumstances; a socalled key to the door of effective and lifelong learning. However, the notion that “learning to learn” is valuable and crucial should not only apply to individuals. If schools can “learn to learn” there is surely significant potential for continual improvement in education. How can schools learn to learn? One strategy is to develop processes to evaluate education and to use the results of which in focused school improvement strategies. Such selfevaluation is gaining recognition as a means for school improvement. However, various methodologies are propounded in schools and systems worldwide, few of which are well established or widely used. The Learning School project is one school selfevaluation model, which, in line with current social developments that have seen young people become more active and participative in contributing to debate about matters which affect them, (and in accordance with logic), engages students as the evaluators of learning. School self-evaluation which engages students redresses outdated democratic imbalances in evaluation, encourages students to be participative and active contributors to learning evaluation and to be more responsible learners. INTERNATIONAL ASPECTS The Learning School Project has a uniquely international dimension, as the members which make up the research group represent the schools of an international partnership of schools known as the Global Classroom. Those nominated to become
Learning School participants are typically either current or recent high school students. Over the course of ten months, the group conducts research into learning issues in each partnership school—taking them to a diverse range of countries and social, cultural, personal and academic learning experience for group members in particular, but also for students of participant schools, host families, wider communities and experts. SUPPORT To ensure the reliability of the research conducted, academic support and guidance is provided by Nara Women’s university, Japan and University of Cambridge, UK via Professors Hidenori Sugimine and John MacBeath respectively. PARTICIPANT SCHOOLS
Anderson High School
Gymnazium Zlin, Czech Republic
Harold Cressy High School, South Africa
Nara Women’s University Secondary School, Japan
Shin ll High School, Republic of Korea
Coleraine Academical Institute
Yuen Long Public Secondary School, Hong Kong
The research topic for Learning School 3 is student self-evaluation. The answers to the following three questions are sought: 1.
What is the nature of the selfevaluating student?
How did the self-evaluating student develop?
What are the conditions which have promoted or contributed to that development.
It is hoped that research which investigates the self-evaluating learner, as one who reflects on and engages with his or her learning, will have considerable utility for school communities in pursuit of effective learning. PUBLICATION A book on the Learning School is due to be published in late 2001. It will draw on the results and experience of both completed Learning School projects. FUTHER INFORMATION
CURRENT AND PROPOSED ACTIVITIES AND DEVELOPMENTS LEARNING SCHOOL (September 2001—June 2002)
that the Learning School project has continued to grow. For this reason, two separate research groups have been established with the addition of more schools to research in and an increase in participating members. The two groups will conduct their research according to the same aims and methods in order to ensure comparability, but will do so by visiting different schools.
Interest in school self-evaluation and international education has meant
Should you require further information about the Learning School, please contact project coordinator, Mr Stewart Hay Assistant Head Teacher Anderson High School, Lovers Loan, Lerwick, Shetland Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01595 692306 Fax 01595 695688
The School Board By Mr George McGhee Chairman Firstly, may I take this opportunity to welcome all new pupils and their parents to the Anderson High School. I am sure your time at the A.H.S. will be both instructive and enjoyable. The board meets approximately every 6 weeks and is not only there to represent parents, but to support the Head Teacher and his staff. If parents have any issues they would like raised then they can contact any board member. I believe that it is vital to the education of our young people that parents have input to what is happen-
ing in the school. With this in mind I should like to inform you that there will be 3 parent member and 2 teacher member elections in November / December this year. I hope that all of you will consider the importance of maintaining a supportive school board and not just hope that others will put themselves forward. Let’s see a huge list of candidates come election time !!
Board Members George McGhee Graham Storey Pat Thomson Rosemary Watt Sandy West Dr. Calum MacKenzie Gordon Johnson Teacher rep Stuart Clubb Teacher rep Erik Smith School Representative Arlene Gardner Clerk
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School Exchange to Reinfeld (North Germany) By Mrs V Coyne What a great German exchange visit it was this year! 12 pupils and 2 teachers, Mr P Haviland and myself headed to Reinfeld (North Germany) on 28th June to spend 10 days with a German family. That same day, the group embarked on the St Clair. After a pleasant crossing, we headed to the airport to catch a plane to Hamburg. The German leader, Frau VoB, who did an exchange with Peter Haviland three years ago, was waiting for us at the airport. Unfortunately, three suitcases were missing. Reporting the loss delayed the group for an hour. Then in no time Frau VoB directed us to Reinfeld where the host families had been waiting for us. It was very hot. The Shetland group met their exchange partners and headed to their new home to spend their first weekend. Luckily the missing suitcases arrived beside their owners on Saturday afternoon. Wunderbar! It was an early start on Monday, 2nd July. At 8.15am, our pupils were at the local Secondary School called JoachimMahl Schule. Peter Haviland and I met the staff and the Headmaster who welcomed us. That first day was unusual, as it was the last day for their school leavers and so an opportunity for them and the whole school to celebrate the event. The first lesson went ahead as normal until the fire alarm went off and announced the beginning of the celebration. That day called ‘Schulstreiche’ which means “to play a trick on teacher” came to us as a pleasant surprise. The celebration took place in the main gym hall where the whole school gathered. The leavers had organised the stage with a variety of games and entertainment. The teachers were called on stage and involved in funny games. That was the interesting part for the pupils. The atmosphere was good and
most pupils were quite excited. The party lasted about 2 hours. The Headmaster dismissed the school leavers, then the rest of the school. Our students thought it was a good idea!
ing the third period, the Shetland group met to discuss the arrangements for the Saturday party. It was suggested we demonstrate a Shetland dance and sing!
The following day, our pupils and 24 German pupils spent the day in Hamburgh. We spent the morning on board a tourist boat sailing around the very large harbour. In the afternoon, the pupils had time to go shopping. The weather was very hot. We travelled by train, which gave us time to rest and explore the nice landscapes.
Our pupils spent their last weekend with their partners. We were to meet for the party at 6.00pm near the school. The weather was very, very hot indeed. The party took place in a room next to the gym. Some Germans had brought their stereo and music. The teachers had organised the drinks and the setting of the room. To end the party, the Shetland group demonstrated the Boston Two Step and then invited the Germans to dance. Everybody was very keen to learn a Shetland dance. As the weather was too hot, we all danced outside on the school parking. What a great experience!. To mark the end of our exchange, everybody hand in hand sang Auld Lange Syne, followed by the German version. The pupils had the weekend to recuperate from the party.
On Wednesday, 4th July, a local journalist came to the school to take a group photo with our German partners. He interviewed some of the teachers and pupils. An article and photo were to be published later in the local newspaper. Afterwards, the Shetland group went to the local café to meet and have the opportunity to discuss how things were going. Almost all of them were happy and seemed to have settled in well with their German families. Back at school, the German pupils had been dismissed before the afternoon, as the weather was much too hot. Quite amusing for us! The following day, we took an excursion to Hansapark—a theme park at the seaside. Some pupils experienced the High-speed Dutchman. The Nessie Roller-Coaster was also a popular attraction and for strong nerves, there was the free fall in the Albatross. The day out offered a variety of attractions, which kept the whole group amused. It was a good opportunity to have fun and a day away from school for our German partners. On Friday, the Shetland pupils attended the local school with their partners. Dur-
On Monday, the pupils met in front of the school to take the bus to the airport. It was time to say goodbye to the teachers and their German partners. The return journey went very well. I certainly keep memorable souvenirs from that exchange. A big thanks to the 12 pupils from AHS who contributed to the success of the exchange and made a good impression on the German families. Taking part in a German Exchange can be great fun and you get to learn a lot about life in Germany. Plans are under way for 22 pupils from Reinfeld to visit us from 7 to 15 June 2001. Any family who would be willing to host a guest aged 14-16 please contact Mr P Haviland at the school.
Impressions By Jack Sandison (S4)
Impressions By Keith Neill (S4)
Living with a German family was an exciting prospect for me. Before I went I thought that they had a completely different lifestyle to us, but when the trip was over I realised how wrong I was. I went there with the stereotypical view that all Germans gorge on only sausage and cheese but I learned that they thought the exact same thing about us about tea etc. The trip overall was a success and made me realise that we are no different (except parties!)* from each other. The Germans were very friendly towards us and I wish we could be the same to them.
Staying in Germany was a strange but cool experience. The eating habits are a bit different: for breakfast we had bread most of the time with cheese or meat instead of cereal or toast or a fry-up. The school was very different too because they brought their own lunch and snacks with them and one teacher can teach about three different subjects. I also learnt a lot about the people as well. Germans are not beerswigging, sausage-munching, lederhosen-wearing idiots: they are very nice people (or at least most of them are).
*The Germans have grown up with drinking alcohol so they treat it with respect where as up here people just abuse it at parties. The legal age for drinking was only sixteen years for most things, which makes a difference.
Germans have the same sense of humour, style and taste in music (if you like Westlife, shaggy and Britney Spears) as us. When it came to leaving I came to the conclusion that it is wrong to stereotype people from other countries and some foreigners are probably better than us.
TO BOLDLY GO By Mrs Marion Ockendon “Zarastveetyeh!” Its sound is somewhere between a sneeze and a spit, but it’s how some folks in the Modern Languages department are greeting each other these days. Pupils are now able to tackle the intricacies of Russian, and some intrepid souls, having already mastered the Cyrillic alphabet, are now moving on to greater things. For the first time in a number of years, the school timetable offers a language other than French and German. It may not be the most obvious first choice for Shetlanders, but Russian Intermediate 1 is now available to pupils in S5 and S6, and fifteen pupils showed an interest at the beginning of the session. Although that number is now somewhat depleted, due to Higher results not always being as hoped for, those remaining are keen and highly motivated. Learning a new language means also learning something about the people who speak it, and the country they live in. The Russian language hasn’t changed all that much but the USSR I visited in 1974 is no longer, and the Russia of 2001 is a very different place. With that in mind, I thought it advisable to update my knowledge of
the country, its language and its people before attempting to tell pupils about it, and so I spent a fortnight this summer in St Petersburg (formerly Leningrad). This involved being a student again – having to do 2-3 hours homework a night after a tiring day in the classroom is a salutary experience for a teacher! So have things changed much? Well, the public transport system certainly hasn’t. The first bus I entered had probably been on the streets since 1974, and I wondered if it would reach its destination intact. However, it was cheap, and frequent, which is more than you can say for this country, and after a couple of days you didn’t notice the rust. The shops were full of consumer goods, and there was advertising everywhere. Residents of St Petersburg can have Coco Pops for breakfast, a big Mac for lunch, a pint of Guinness in “The Irish Pub” after work, buy an Armani suit or an Italian Jacuzzi, dance till dawn in a night club, and speak to as many Westerners as they like without fear of reprisal – well, some of them…
The family I lived with couldn’t. They couldn’t afford to. Nor could any of their friends. Nor could any of my teachers. Nor could the doctor living next door, who had a second job as a bricklayer to make ends meet. Nor could Granny, who read her daily paper through one half of a broken pair of spectacles while her daughter used the other half. Ordinary people could be seen selling all manner of goods outside every metro station, while the “New Russians” slid past in their BMWs. Ordinary Russians can no longer call themselves optimists, having seen their savings reduced to nothing twice in the last ten years, although the brave front presented by the well-dressed, vivacious and very attractive young women in the city might make you think otherwise. Tourists and businessmen going through the now non-existent Iron Curtain see one side of Russia, but the key to seeing the other side is being able to speak the language. Having made the effort to learn even a little, you will be overwhelmingly rewarded by the friendliness you are shown in return. How was Russia? Humbling.
DRAMA WORKSHOP By John P Leask, Andrew Wilson, Daryl Regan, Hayley Leask.
In June about twenty pupils out of second year were involved in a drama workshop with Raindog who were preparing for a performance in Glasgow in the summer called “UN”. The production would mark the 10th anniversary of the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. To begin with we did various improvisations in groups, such as making a “still” photograph expressing different emotions and feelings. We were given one minute to discuss and plan the picture and thirty seconds to produce it to the other groups to guess the feelings being expressed. Other examples of improvisations included acting out getting ready to go out to a party, arguing with our parents on a mobile phone or singing our hearts out in a karaoke bar.
“It is thought the children were starved and then thrown overboard” In the second part of the afternoon we had a discussion about UNICEF and how children should be treated fairly. We covered issues such as child abuse, child refugees and corporal punishment. We were told about a boat carrying hundreds of child slaves to be sold in another country but when it docked there was only one child aboard who was the child of one of the crew. It is thought that all the children were starved and then thrown overboard.
The whole point of the drama workshop was to teach us all a bit about the UN and children’s rights. Anyone who was interested could apply to take part in the Glasgow performance. Overall, we thought the workshop was worthwhile and most people enjoyed themselves although it would have been better if it had been longer that the two hours we had.
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MUSIC DEPARTMENT BY Mr Gordon Yeaman Arco
After much behind the scenes organising during the summer holidays by Mrs Scollay, Arco performed and conducted workshops on fiddle styles to the delegates of the Scottish Association for Music Education at their recent Annual Conference in Dundee. Well done to Mark Laurenson, Vaila Tait, Ryan Laurenson, Jenna Birnie, Lois Nicol and Cathy Geldard. (The next newsletter will contain an update on developments with No Strings Attached and High Strings).
At the time of going to press Steve Yarrington (Fiddler’s Bid) will be commencing a round of twice monthly short visits to the department to assist senior certificate pupils with preparations for their Solo Performing recitals. This initiative is courtesy of Shetland Arts Trust’s 3 year lottery project (implemented by Davie Gardner). Thanks must also go to Robert Sim (Adviser) for his role in this initiative. This will give welcome support to class music teachers, who have limited opportunities to go into the kind of fine detail required by our many young guitarists.
National Youth Orchestra/National Children’s Orchestra By Mr A Gifford In November 2000 Richard Chester, the Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, conducted auditions for the various orchestras under the NYOS umbrella. As a result of these auditions five musicians from AHS along with a further five players from Sandwick and Aith attended the National Children’s Orchestra of Scotland string course in Glasgow along with their instructor, Mr Alan Gifford. For Peter Cooper this was the second time he had won a place on the course, but Nigel Mycock, Ross Couper, Sam McEvoy and Thomas Jones were all taking part for the first time. The orchestra consisted of fifty players, all aged under fifteen, and they soon realised that the three day course was to be no holiday. They rehearsed with professional tutors from early in the morning through to the evening, sometimes as a full orchestra, and sometimes in their sections, with the course culminating in an open rehearsal, which was greatly appreciated by all those attending. The standard achieved was all the more amazing when you considered that when they sat down three days earlier no one had previously seen the music. Once a player is too old (at 15!) for the Children’s Orchestra they can audition for the prestigious National Youth Orchestra, and Amy Garrick achieved a place in their Repertoire Orchestra. With the large volume of string tuition nationally places are
at a premium with the vast majority of places in the senior orchestra going to professional music students but Richard Chester has been very positive in encouraging local players to audition, and it is anticipated that he will again have a busy session when he returns in November. One of the tutors from the course, Mysie Ferguson, held a string workshop in Lerwick last autumn, and as a follow-up another course is to be based in AHS during the weekend of 21st September, but for this course she will also have eighteen pupils from her school in Edinburgh. This should prove to be a stimulating weekend and hopefully the final concert will be as enjoyable for the audience as for all those taking part.
The Orchestra resumed in early September and is currently preparing an extended medley of popular themes from the James Bond films, along with music by Purcell and Mussorgsky. Unfortunately it will not be possible to continue with the orchestra beyond December as the lunchtime slot on a Wednesday will have to be freed up to allow staff to give additional support to certificate pupils preparing for recitals/ exams until the Easter break.
The department is pleased to be piloting its first Advanced Higher class this session. If all goes according to plan, we hope to feature students’ Advanced Higher recital work in the Lerwick Town Hall on 27th February (see other school concerts below). Once again the number of pupils opting for Standard Grade music in S3 has increased substantially, and together with students in S5/6 the total number of students opting for music in S3-S6 is currently around 165. Staff and pupils are gradually becoming accustomised to the much greater demand on floorspace and equipment. Let’s hope everyone will survive the more frenzied activity throughout that session, that pupils will continue to enjoy their studies, and that the department as a whole manages to produce satisfactory grades across the board.
Along with every other school in Scotland, we await news from SQA regarding changes to the arrangements for the assessment of the Solo Performing element of Standard Grade/Intermediate/Higher/ and Advanced Higher. The music teaching profession will be aghast if the new arrangements prove to be a much ‘dumbed down’ version of the traditional ‘gold standard’ arrangements. Successful live performance before a Visiting Examiner has been one of the massive success stories in certificate music for decades, and in the vast majority of cases, pupils remember with satisfaction, sometimes
even years later, the day they gave a confident account of their musical skills to the VE. Okay… it is stressful for pupils and staff, but the effort and occasion are hugely worthwhile… some things are worth getting challenged and teachers don’t mind working hard at worthwhile things. It will be interesting to see how much ‘consultation’ SQA will tolerate on this matter. I don’t suppose the changes that might be implemented would have anything to do with money? After all it’s all part of ‘Education, Education, Education’!
It seems much more than six months have elapsed since our combined double concert with Sound P7’s in April. Our one and only rehearsal with the combined mass of instrumentalists and singers on the morning of the first concert gave us just enough time to run the final item, (the Beatles medley) through once without stopping! It was nice to be able to present a more relaxed and confident performance on the second night, having got through it only just on the first night! It’s amazing how many of our current S3 and S4 certificate pupils are still determinedly practising the rock n roll piano intro of McCartney’s ‘Lady Madonna’! After the concerts the music department received an unusual gift from one impressed member of the audience… a signed autographed photo of McCartney from his visit to Shetland in the 1970’s. Thanks once again must go to everybody who supported this event, AHS staff, parents, and lots of hard-working and enthusiastic pupils. The school concerts this session will take place on 5th December and 8th March and we can only hope that they match the range and quality of our last few concerts.
As this article goes to press, Mrs Denvir is about to begin a Junior School Choir on Tuesday lunchtimes, while Mr Yeaman has already begun work on Monday lunchtimes with a small group of senior pupils – including boys! It will be interesting to see if either or both of these projects come to fruition. There is a lot of potential for enjoyable, good quality singing in the school, but this will take a concerted long-term effort from staff and pupils if it is ever to be achieved.
THE STUDENT COUNCIL By Catherine Williams and May Cooper A token gesture – in reality the Student Council was just a ‘skive’ for pupils, a waste of time for staff and not even acknowledged by parents. However note the word ‘was’ as this is a thing of the past. With the assessment of its structure, its purpose and the role it plays in the school, the student council now holds new and exciting prospects. This year the set-up has been changed, with the aim of giving students at the AHS a voice that will be listened to. A new and improved council has now been established. This year candidates were allowed to campaign for weeks prior to the election, which demonstrated how the council was going to be taken seriously and people involved genuinely wanted to improve and represent the school. Every member of the AHS had the opportunity to stand for council and were all entitled to vote, as in a democracy, secretly. The outcome – 2 male and 2 female representatives were elected for each year group. In previous years the student council was divided into two – the Junior and Senior Council. This has now been adapted and the council is now one body ranging from 1st to 6th Years. The distinguishing between the age groups is less prominent and with the Council consisting of 24 people it will definitely be more effective. The fears of the younger members feeling intimidated by the older members were all eliminated on the first ever Induction Day organised. It was designed to be an educational, yet easy-going and encouraging day. It was successful in all of
these aspects. We started the day with a revitalising speech from our head teacher Mr Spence. What I expected to be a boring speech was in fact a brilliant introduction to the day. Throughout the day we did exercises that enabled the group to get to know each other and interact. It also allowed us to voice our opinions. The younger members were openly expressing their views with the older ones listening and respecting what they had to say. It also taught us a lot. It reminded me of what it was like to be a 1st year being pushed around by 5th and 6th years, shouting at you with a look of disgust, as you try to study your timetable and work out where the Biology department is. It is easy to forget how daunting it was and, without being patronising, the Induction Day was a useful reminder and a chance to make friends and interact with the different years. As a group we discussed the councils’ aims and we devised ways of representing our school to the best of our ability. We have come up with some ideas such as surveys, surgeries and suggestion boxes. This will result in the school as a unit being involved in the council and enable pupils to get their opinions heard. We also discussed problems present in the school. However it was not all negative. We acknowledged all the positive factors of the school, such as The Global Classroom, which gives us brilliant opportunities to explore new cultures and travel. We looked at ways of maintaining such things.
Although we have kept the idea of having a chairperson and a secretary these aren’t held exclusively by the older members. In fact many younger members have filled these posts. In addition to these important roles, other important jobs have been established to increase the success of the council and also to show how every member is equally important and vital to the council. We have created different committees, such as one in charge of finding out what the pupils in the school want and their views and an art committee. The School Board Representative is Erik Smith. The new student council is very encouraging and we all believe it will be very beneficial to the AHS. From the whole Student Council we would like to thank Mr Clubb, Mrs Reid and Mrs Wilson for organising the Induction Day and providing the stepping-stone to achieve an effective, efficient and successful Student Council. Thank you for believing in us. The way things are going we are positive that the council will live up to teachers’, our own, and most importantly the pupils’ expectations. To find out more about the Council and a chance to see its members you could log onto the AHS website.
STUDENT COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES The following pupils have been elected to represent their respective year groups.
The Changing Face of Home Economics By Mrs Hazel Tulloch The Home Economics department has implemented many curriculum changes in the last few years. Long gone are the days of ‘cooking and sewing’ and the outdated image of the ‘Domestic Science’ room. Pupils now study a wide range of topics covering health, diet, food, consumer issues as well as the design and making of their own ideas. This year for the first time pupils in S4 have been able to opt for a short
course in either parenting (Baby Talk) or International and Creative Cookery. The parenting course offers pupils an insight into child development and is particularly useful for those considering a career in care or working with young children. Pupils opting for International and Creative Cookery find themselves using bread machines, ice cream makers and pasta machines to create interesting dishes and authentic
dishes from around the world. This has proved to be a very popular course and as world travel becomes easier and supermarkets stock a wider range of exotic ingredients our interest in foreign food can only grow.
ANDERSON HIGH SCHOOL
The Global Classroom By David Gifford
Top CSYS Student in Scotland for Geography 2001 Five years after the first Global Classroom conference was held in Shetland, it was Germany’s opportunity and privilege to host this annual international event. Students, aged between 15 and 18, from schools of seven nationalities – Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and Shetland – were brought together in July to Diepholtz; giving them a chance to meet people of diverse backgrounds from around the world, to see the world from different perspectives and to have a good time experiencing life in a foreign country. Shetland’s representatives: Meghan Bateson, Anna Evans, Shaun Garriock, Kevin Gifford, Ian Macklin, Daniel Smith, Steven Sales, Louise Thompson, as well as exchange student Ryosuke Tagaki and myself, accompanied by teachers Stewart Hay and Christine Carter. The welcome and hospitality of my host family cannot be overstated - I always felt very comfortable staying with them. The first two days of our 2½-week stay were spent at an ‘ice breaker’ camp, designed to help people mix and to get to know one another. This created the marvellous, unique atmosphere which continued throughout. Activities included football, volleyball, group competitions, performing comical sketches (hilarious), rock climbing and much more, always in mixed nationality groups. It was amazing how well, and how quickly everyone integrated and became friends. This, of course, was vitally important for the conference itself. The conference began with an opening ceremony, including short dramas on youth culture given by the different nations’ students in front of a packed theatre, giving valuable experience of performing in public. Over the following days, this year’s three themes – Threats to the future, Mutual co-existence in society and The role of art and culture in education – were presented by each nationality, discussed in mixed groups and feedback presentations given. For the presentations, drama was often used as a way to put across visually the issues and ideas raised, along with speeches, sometimes utilising computer projections from Microsoft PowerPoint. Although we did not have ideal preparations before coming to Germany, I believe the Shetland group generally came across well and much will have been learned from this part of the trip: through researching the topics, preparing presentations, experiencing public speaking, followed by hearing the same topics put across from varying points of view. Having gone through the experience, it should be easier to see the world in broader terms. Another very important aspect was the breaking down of international barriers, such as the stereotyping (except for the efficiency of the German organisers!) and other misconceptions too often held of nations, backgrounds, religions and cultures in the world. Apart from the conference, the trip gave the same opportunities as the other exchange programmes. Diepholtz is in the very flat region of North Germany, within striking distance of Hamburg and Bremen. Besides fun shopping and touring in Bremen, impressive day trips included visits to the massive Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg, a CD factory in Diepholtz, Astrium – international research institute for space technology, and Desy in Hamburg – researching atomic particles with particle accelerators. The time spent with host families was also extremely enjoyable. With them I was able to get a feel for German life, from being shown around the area with its traditional buildings and friendly people, to enjoying the ‘Schutzenfest’. The Anderson High School should be commended for providing such an opportunity, indeed having been active in establishing the partnership. Both an educational and character building experience, the Global Classroom helps equip students for the future. A future, more than likely, with an increasingly international flavour: international learning has an important role to play in education. I feel fortunate to have been able to participate in the Global Classroom and would like to thank everyone involved.
SPORTS DAY 2001 By Mr Peter Moncrieff The annual Sports Day for S2/3, was held on the 2nd last day of term. Holding the sports at this time is a popular way to finish off the term as staff and pupils look forward to the summer break. The emphasis is placed on participation and fun for all, with an overall team competition to keep everyone interested. There were many creditable performances, not only from the winners, but from all who just had a go and did their best. It was a great opportunity for teachers to see some of their pupils in a different context and all the staff who helped also enjoyed themselves. Results
1. Liam Drosso 2. Sean Sinclair
1. Emma Gray 2. Gayle Henry
1.Ruairidh McKenzie 2. Lee Williamson
1. Josie Jamieson 2. Maisie Unsworth
1. Liam Drosso 2. David Cooper
1. Sanna Aitken 2. Emma Gray
1. Ross Moncrieff 2. Lee Williamson
1. Sandra Strachan 2. Layla Sawford
1. Lewis Ross-Smith 2. Sean Sinclair
1. Gayle Henry 2. Emma Gray
1. Lee Williamson 1. Maisie Unsworth 2. Ruairidh McKenzie 2. Josie Jamieson
1.Dunlin 2. Foinavon 3. Brent 4. Cormorant 5= Ninian 5=Schiehallion
1. David Cooper 2. Russel Cluness
1. Gayle Henry 2. Emma Gray
1. Lee Williamson 2= Paul Graham/ Andrew Hunter
1. Josie Jamieson 2. Cheryl Stewart
1. Sean Sinclair 2. Sam Wood
1. Emma Gray 2. Sanna Aitken
1. Lee Williamson 2. Paul Graham
1. Stephanie Harper 2. Layla Sawford
1. Sean Sinclair 2. John Leask
1. Emma Gray 2. Evonne Morrison
1. Ruairidh McKenzie 1. Josie Jamieson 2. Dominic Mann 2. Dawn Marie Elphinstone
1. Cormorant 2. Ninian
1. Brent 2. Foinavon
1. Foinavon 2. Ninian
Many thanks again to all staff and pupils who made the day a success
1. Dunlin 2. Schiehallion
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