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l o o h c S h ig H n o s r e And Newsletter September 2012 Issue 40

Anderson High School

Celebrating 150 years J D Ratter


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Head Teacher’s Comments - Ms V Nicolson 150 years This edition of the Anderson High School Newsletter celebrates 150 years of education at our school. The Anderson Institute building opened on 4th August 1862. It was the gift of Arthur Anderson, whose aims were to increase the limited provision of elementary education for poor children and to provide higher education for children whose parents could afford to pay school fees. The Institute building has seen many changes including being used as a military hospital during World War 2. Today, with interactive whiteboards in place, the Institute is home to our English Department and Library. The school motto remains “Dö weel and persevere.” At the age of fifteen, Arthur Anderson was enlisted to the Navy. As Arthur left Shetland, his employer, a Mr Bolt, said to him “Do weel and persevere.” Arthur remembered this, going on in life to found the Peninsular and Oriental (P & O) Company. In this edition, you will see photographs of the head teachers through the ages. It is with enormous pride that I see my own name on this list. This is my tenth year home. There is not a day that goes by that I do not feel proud to be the head teacher of this school community. School life is not always straightforward, and we face many a challenge in the working day. However, one colleague reminded me of the history we build on here each day, as we walk down the stairs in the Institute, running a hand over the rail held by thousands of people over the last 150 years.

Our celebrations I hope that you can come and join us on Saturday 6th October (10.00 – 4.00) and Sunday 7th October (2.00 – 5.00) when we will host our Open Weekend. Saturday: displays of photographs, interviews with former pupils, light meals and snacks. Sunday: displays, teas and car boot stalls co-ordinated by AHS Parent Council. Please phone 01595 808008 to book a table.

Head Teachers: Past and Present

Ms V Nicolson  Anderson High School  2002 ‐ Present 

Mr I Spence  Anderson High School  1995 – 2002 

Mr G Jamieson  Anderson High School  1982 ‐ 1995 


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Mr J Graham  Lerwick Central Public School  1966 ‐ 1970  Anderson High School  1970 ‐ 1982 

Mr W Rhind  Anderson Educational Institute  1952 ‐ 1970 

Mr Cluness  Anderson Educational Institute  1924 – 1952 

Mr Kirton  Anderson Educational Institute  1899 ‐ 1924 

Mr Young  Anderson Educational Institute  1894 ‐ 1899 

Mr Blance  Lerwick Central Public School  1936 – 1966 

Mr Wightman  Lerwick Central Public School  1903 ‐ 1906 

Mr Hunter  Lerwick First Public School  1873 ‐ 1879 

Mr Durham  Lerwick Central Public School  1906 ‐ 1935 


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History of the Anderson High School

Photograph by J D Ratter

The Anderson Institute opened on 4th August 1862. It was the gift of Arthur Anderson, whose aims were to increase the limited provision of elementary education for poor children and to provide higher education for children whose parents could afford to pay fees. Arthur Anderson bought a site, made arrangements for the building of a school and schoolhouse and because of the failure to raise money from the few people who might have subscribed, he had to endow the school himself. When the school first opened there were only fee paying higher school pupils but within a few months the elementary school opened too. The two sections of the school continued to operate as one until the end of the century. The school building had three parts: the Headmaster had the central part as his home where he could keep boarders to augment his income, and the two wings were the teaching areas - the north wing for the upper school

and the south wing for the lower. In December 1902 the elementary pupils were transferred to the new Central School and the Anderson Institute became concerned only with higher education. There was considerable advantage in that the south wing could provide more classroom space and that space sufficed until the 1920s when the first extension to the building was carried out. The Headmaster's accommodation was converted to classrooms and there was an extension on the west side. The frontage of the school remained as it was, but the pupils could, after 1926, go from one part of the school to another without having to go outside. There were two new classrooms out to the west, and the small divided rooms in the wings were made into bigger classrooms. To add to the facilities of the school, the fields of Bellevue were bought to provide outdoor recreation. The school roll during


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the 1920s and 1930s remained around 130-150 and it was a period of stability and considerable academic success. During World War II the Institute was taken over to be used as a military hospital and 130 pupils were accommodated in the Central School along with the pupils of that school in overcrowded conditions. When the war was over and the pupils returned to the Institute in April 1946, there was a sense of space again but that situation was not to last for long. The Education (Scotland) Act of 1945 allowed secondary education to become a reality for many more young people. A report from the Inspectorate indicated that the Institute lacked a gymnasium and facilities for technical and domestic courses, and there was insufficient accommodation for art and music. The education in secondary schools was to be extended not only to more pupils but also to a wider curriculum. At the beginning of 1947 there were 152 pupils but the following session there were 202 of whom 73 were in first year. For a number of years ex naval wooden huts were adapted to provide the extra classrooms required and to fulfil the needs of the new subjects in the curriculum. The school roll grew gradually, and work on a much needed extension began in January 1962, the year that marked the centenary of the school, when the school roll had risen to

347. Once again the new buildings stretched to the west at the rear of the school. A bridge was made between the old and the new which had a large assembly hall, a separate gymnasium and purpose built classrooms. The pupils who began Class 1 in 1964 when all building was complete finished their six years in 1970 when the school took on its present form. In 1970 to fulfil the needs of comprehensive education, the Anderson High School was formed from the Anderson Educational Institute and the secondary division of the Lerwick Central School. There was not enough accommodation for the pupils to be together in one building. For a number of years the school was divided between two sites while planning for, and then actual construction, took place. A vast new block of classroom accommodation, followed by a Games Hall, dwarfed the original building which became the English Department, but not even the vastness of the new extension could cope with the increasing roll of the 1970s and hutted accommodation has remained a necessity. In 1993 a temporary extension linked to the school was built to house the Chemistry and Biology departments. In August 2005, the Additional Support Needs department was opened, off Gressy Loan.

DĂ– WEEL AND PERSEVERE Pictogram by Forbes Hogg, Principal Teacher of Art & Design


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Reflections on becoming an “lnstitute" pupil in 1949 Mr George Jamieson, former Head Teacher

Mr Jamieson, former Head Teacher talks to S2

Saturday 27th August 1949 dawned warm and foggy. It was cattle sale day in Uyeasound, always an important local event on the local calendar. For me that day was to be very different from any that I had ever previously experienced. With a suitcase packed I was heading for Lerwick to reside in the Janet Courtney Hostel and enrol as a pupil at the Anderson Educational Institute. It was not a good idea especially on the cattle sale day. I was 12 years old.

The Earl of Zetland, a ship whose name was synonymous with the North Isles of Shetland for almost 100 years, was our mode of transport but lacking radar to navigate in fog was delayed coming from Baltasound around Muness Ness to Uyeasound where I lived. Normally we would have joined the Earl at 06.45am and arrive in Lerwick at 11.00am. Finally about 10.30am the Earl emerged out of the mist and passengers with their luggage, and the mail bags were rowed off to the ship in an open Shetland model boat. The passengers included pupils returning to the Lerwick schools after the summer holidays, merchant seamen heading to join ships, men going to mainland Scotland to work on Hydro Electric schemes, and probably friends and relations who had been visiting Unst during the summer. We steamed slowly through the fog banks stopping at Broch Lodge, Mid Yell and Symbister to collect more passengers and mail bags finally arriving at Victoria pier in Lerwick about 4.00pm. Down the gangway we trudged with suitcase in hand and headed towards the Hostel. I followed on behind pupils who were familiar with the geography of the town for, having been once before to Lerwick with our local school for one day in 1948, I was completely and totally lost.

Arriving in the Courtney Hostel we were welcomed by the matron, a kindly lady, by the name of Miss Elsie Hay, who took us to our room, demonstrated how make up the army bed, "hospital style" and then best of all had a high tea ready for us in the dining room. I initially shared Room 1 with 4 other boys, Jim Park from Fetlar, Arthur Tulloch, Mid Yell, Edwin Moar, Walls and Gilbert Bruce, Baltasound. The Bressay lighthouse foghorn dolefully blared for days on end in the foggy weather. This would be our home for the next 6 years and in the 40's, 50's, and 60's you did not return to your home for the weekend. You were hostel bound for the duration of the term be it 12 or 14 weeks, apart from a mid term long-weekend in October.

Sunday morning dawned and we had to attend church. St Colurnba's, upstairs and on the left-hand side was where the boys traditionally sat. The girls from the Bruce Hostel always sat in the middle area. In the afternoon, after lunch, you were encouraged to write a letter home to your parents, an activity that became apart of my life for many years. No mobiles, emails, even domestic landline 'phones were uncommon in the 1940's! We walked endlessly around the Knab and occasionally would meet in the Old Rock Cafe for iced drinks. On the Sunday evening the mainland pupils attending the Institute and Central Public School arrived by buses and our full compliment of 55 boys was reached.


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Monday 29th August 1949 dawned. Day one at the Anderson Educational Institute, I crossed from the hostel to the school with a boy who was repeating the year and knew the ropes. The single electric bell on the balcony operated by the Rector was rung at 08.55am and the Tower bell was tolled by a sixth year pupil. We were herded into the old hall of the Institute building, where names were read out to place you in a class with a register teacher. ln my case it was Class 1B and Miss Nessie Robertson, incidentally commencing her first day as a teacher at the Institute. I had never been in the presence of so many people in my life. Yet on reflection the roll of the school was just 210 pupils and 14 staff.

Mr A T Cluness, an Unst man, a distinguished scholar with a notable WWl record, was Rector. He would retire in 1952 to be succeeded by Mr Rhind. Our register classroom was an army hut sited immediately below the grass terrace in front of the school. The terrace was almost "holy ground." No one ventured onto the grass. Setting a foot on it was instantly punishable. With timetable in hand, and semi-traumatised, school began, with an 8 period day, which concluded at 4.05pm. I recall arriving in a large classroom, it so happened to be Room 1, the lower classroom at the north end of the school, to be "welcomed" by Miss Minnie Anderson. I whispered to my classmate sitting next to me, "whit did shu say?" The reply; "Shuos spaekin in French," and so began a love-hate relationship with a language that I had to endure for 5 years!

At first I was homesick. We were away for long periods and having left home at the age of 12 it was a massive severance from your family. I missed the dog, the cats and a rural way of life which bore no resemblance to living in the town. The hostel was your home and you became independent very rapidly. Over the years you made great friends, some for life, through playing football, table tennis, cards and socialising. At weekends, during the winter months we affanged dances with the young ladies residing in the Bruce. The hostel was a very close-knit community, and now looking back, it was where a major part of education for life took place. You soon understood the meaning of tolerance, and quickly learned to consult your brain before opening your mouth. Dare I mention one negative trait that has lasted a lifetime; eating far too rapidly! Very quickly you settled into the school routine and after the first two years which seemed endless, the days and years then flew past.

Six beanfeasts after I enrolled, in 1955 I said a fond goodbye to the lnstitute and headed off to the Heriot-Watt College in Edinburgh to study Applied Chemistry, a course designed for a career in industry. At the age of 22 and with a degree in hand I decided that my future did not lie in the field of industry and applied to Moray House College of Education to undertake teacher training, a course of six months duration because there were a shortage of science teachers in Scotland. I enjoyed the teaching practice and involvement with young people .Perhaps this was to be my vocation. To return to teach in the Anderson Institute in April 1960 was purely accidental. The opportunity arose in the winter of 1959. I took it and the rest is history. It was a script that I could not have written at the age of 12 when I left home. At that time all I really wanted to do in life was to stay in Uyeasound and trap rabbits with my father. However there was another person who did not share my dream. “She who must be obeyed!" She, who had the academic ability but sadly never had the opportunity to broaden her educational horizons. "She" just happened to be my mother!


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Mr George Jamieson’s Visit to AHS - Mr J Sandison, History Department The first term back saw former Headmaster George Jamieson visit the school as part of the forthcoming Anderson High School 150th Anniversary preparations. He came into the school to talk to S2 classes about his experiences at the school as a pupil, teacher and headmaster. These experiences in the Anderson High School stretched from the post-war era, right up until the oil boom and the subsequent changes which the school had witnessed during this period. For the pupils, this was a tremendous opportunity to meet real primary historical source! Mr Jamieson was Head Teacher at the school between 1982 and 1995, but also was pupil and teacher at the school. This experience began in the late 1940s when he arrived down from Unst. In turn, Mr Jamieson had witnessed many experiences, personalities and changes in the school. For pupils, and staff, this was to be a real eye opening experience as to how the school, and Shetland society has changed over the past half century. The visit of George, and his answers to the questions pupils asked, will feed into a Wall Display which S2 pupils are doing in Social Subjects focussing on the Past, Present and Future of the school. This will be for view over the 150th anniversary weekend. Pupils asked George questions about his time in the school such as: 1.

What were the punishments and rules like?

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What types of punishments where used on you & what did you do to deserve them!

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Why did you come back to the school to teach?

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What was your favourite subject?

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Is there any staff today, who was working while you were?

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Why did you want to be head teacher?

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What was it like to be a head teacher?

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What was it like to be a pupil at this school?

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What was the hardest decision you had to make as a head teacher?

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What behaviour was expected of you?

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What has changed about how lessons were taught since you were a pupil?

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What was the most exciting thing you ever dealt with in your time as head teacher?

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How have classrooms changed since you were a pupil?

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How many pupils were in the school during when you were here as a pupil and as a teacher?

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What was your favourite thing about the school as a pupil and then as a teacher?

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Do you miss the Anderson High School now that you’re retired?

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Are there any subjects that were taught when you were here that aren’t taught now?

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Do you prefer the school now or when you were a pupil?

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What was your first ever class like?

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Did you have to deal with the pressgang?

Mr Jamieson talks to S2

Mr Jamieson wrote up his own response of  the week back in the Anderson High School.  (see next page) 


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Recalling the Anderson over the past 60 years ‐ Mr G Jamieson   

The Institute  is  celebrating  its  150th  anniversary  this  autumn.    Time  does  not  stand  still!    I  well  recall  as  a  young  teacher the  centenary celebrations of 1962.  Another milestone in the school’s illustrious history has been reached  and S2 pupils are researching material for a wall display in the C3 corridor relating to educational changes that have  taken  place  over  years.    Mr  Jon  Sandison,  Social  Subjects  teacher,  is  both  enthusiastic  and  very  persuasive  and  talked  me  into  participating  in  a    question/answer  session  with  second  year  classes  relating  to  a  wide  range  of     educational issues over the years since I had enrolled as a  pupil in 1949 to when I retired as Head Teacher in 1995.    With  questions  prepared  by  S2  I  arrived  on  Tuesday  11th               September  to  meet  with  Mr  Grieve’s  2H  period  6.    I       reported  to  the  office  to  be  warmly  welcomed  by  a      “weel  kent”  smiling  face,  Violet,  who  was  one  of  the     secretarial staff when I was Head Teacher.  I looked into  the  hall  and  6th  Year  are  having  their  photos  taken  by  John Coutts – nothing new here.  I meet Ms Nicolson and  another  warm  welcome  and  she  reflects  on  how  tall  the  pupils  are  in  this  current  year.    I  had  a  thought!    If  the   criteria  for  appointing  a  Head  Teacher  depended  on  a   minimum  height  of  6  feet  the  last  one  to  qualify  would  have been Mr A T Cluness in 1924!  He was 6 feet 1 inch.    Over the week I met with  seven S2 classes.    The  questions were  wide, varied  and searching.   Changed  days from  when I attended school as a pupil.  You only answered questions when asked by the teacher and seldom asked one.   Why  did  I  want  to  become  a  Head  Teacher?    What  kind  of  punishment  was  administered?    The  belt  still  holds  a  strange fascination for pupils!  It was finally banned in 1986.  What changes had I seen in school buildings?  What  subjects were taught in school when I was a pupil?  I mentioned amongst others Latin and Arithmetic which was  taught  as  a  separate  subject  from  Maths.    School  trips,  chewing  gum,  funniest  memories,  uniform,  favourite          subjects, etc, etc, all were raised.  Food is a very important  subject  for  young  people.    I  recalled  my  6  years  in  the     hostel,  residing  as  a  full  time  boarder  from  Unst  and       reflected on scrambled dried eggs for breakfast, which lay  on  the  plate  like  cold  congealed  custard!    After  all  I          enrolled only 4 years after WW2 when food rationing was  still a part of life.    The star question undoubtedly was, “Did you have to deal  with the Press Gang?”  Now I know that I am old but I did  not    commence  teaching  during  the  Napoleonic  Wars  nor  was  Arthur  Anderson  taght  by  me!    However  every        question  can  be  used  to  advantage  and  I  discussed          involvement with the press, media, etc and no matter how  careful you are, you will still be quoted out of context!    Out  with  the  classrooms  there  was  a  visit  to  the  staff  room  on  Friday  for  “real”  coffee  and  home  bakes  and  an      opportunity to meet former colleagues.  Time also to visit my old department Chemistry to say “Hello” to Marion  and colleagues, and with Sarah in the Lab Technician base.  The department still has that “smell” which brings back  fond memories of experiments and demonstrations with pupils.    “Thank you” to all the Social Subjects staff for making me so welcome during my visit to the C3 corridor.  To all the  wonderful polite, motivated pupils who contributed so many questions both written and oral that made me exercise  my brain and  memory, I say “thank you.”  And don’t forget S2: “All things are possible!” 


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A.H.S. by Mrs A Georgeson, ASN Auxiliary

In a place called Shetland many years before, A ‘Beach Boy’ worked on a Bressay shore, He joined the navy when the warship came, Arthur Anderson was his name.

Fish merchant then founder of P & O, Was not enough for Arthur to show, So in 1862 the A.E.I. was built, For Arthur a life-long dream fulfilled.

He sailed to Shetland on his steam yacht ‘Thule’ And proudly opened his impressive school, His grand achievement by the sea, A lasting legacy for you and me.

To bring education to one and all, His lifelong wish since he was small, 150 years on, the message is still clear, In life, ‘Dő weel and Persevere”!

School Development Plan 2012 - 2013 - Ms V Nicolson, Head Teacher If you have a look at our school website www.anderson.shetland.sch.uk, you will see our targets for this school session. In brief, we are going to: 1. work on Curriculum for Excellence, including preparing new courses, thinking about literacy, numeracy, health & well-being, monitoring how pupils are getting on, and planning for the new National qualifications; 2. further share good practice in learning and teaching, by working with teachers across the school and across Shetland, and by working with other partner groups (eg Youth Services, 16+ agreement process, maximizing learning opportunities with community learning partners), and 3. further promote opportunities for pupils to get involved in leadership and learning (eg thinking about how we give feedback to pupils on their work, and promoting parental involvement in the school).


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Skills for Work - Mr P Robertson, Principal Teacher Pupil Support Anderson High School S3 and S4 pupils have recently begun a variety of Skills for Work courses. These course have been very successful over a number of years giving pupils a chance to develop skills of a more vocational nature. This year Courses running are Construction, Early Education and Child Care, Hairdressing, Contemporary Arts, Sound Engineering and Hospitality all through the Shetland College. At the NAFC Marine Centre there are courses in Engineering, Maritime Skills and Aquaculture. The Anderson High School values the partnership working with the Colleges and how it enhances the educational experience for the learners. This year between S3 and S4 there are 92 pupils (32%) of pupils attending Skills for Work courses. If you have any questions about Skills for Work contact Patrick Robertson in the Pupil Support Department.


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AHS Ski Trip 2012 - Mr K Gifford, PE Department some of the highest peaks in the Alps. Pupils were then fitted with boots, skies, poles and helmets in the boot store, in preparation for the first day skiing the following day.

In March this year, 36 S1 to S3 pupils made the journey to the Aosta Valley in Italy for the AHS Ski Trip 2012. Some pupils had skied before and were looking to develop previously learned skills, whilst many had never set foot on a pair of skis before. Everyone however, seemed really keen to have a great time.

It was, as ever, a fairly long journey on the bus to get to the Aosta Valley in North-Western Italy, fortunately with the luxury bus we are given, the group made excellent use of this time to bond with each other, make new friends, and enjoy seeing the British and French countryside. There was also opportunities for staff to boss the movie choice to suit their interests, with films such as ‘Cool Runnings’ from Mrs Morrison, ‘The Goonies’ from Mr Gifford and ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’ from Mr Ferrier. Ms Brack also prepared a quiz containing a number of rounds on various topics. Quizmasters Ms Brack and Mr Woods were concerned that there was some cheating going on during the quiz, and that was just from the teachers!

After arriving in Aosta, we were taken to our hotel, which this year was the ‘Panoramique’ – set beautifully on the mountainside with views out over the valley. From here, the group could admire views of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn –

Throughout the week, the ski group took part in various evening activities such as swimming, a disco night, a pizza night, shopping in the town centre and a presentation evening where everyone was rewarded with certificates for all their achievements. Throughout the week, pupils completed nearly 5 hours of skiing each day. By the end of the week – after a full 24 hours skiing - each pupil was able to confidently ski at least the blue runs. Many of the groups had even advanced to skiing the red runs, with some of the instructors even commenting that if they had another few days

with their group then they would soon be attempting the black runs – the most difficult pistes on the mountain!

All staff members on the trip would like to thank the pupils for making the week so enjoyable. Everyone on the trip worked so hard to develop new skills, with many pupils overcoming barriers in order to succeed at not only various new skiing challenges, but also the challenges presented travelling to a new country, trying different foods, meeting new people, working with a different currency to manage their finances and


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even trying out new languages-both French and Italian! Highlights of the skiing challenges included backward skiing, and also the advanced group who progressed onto doing off-piste jumps, however everyone should be really proud of their progress on the mountain.

One final memory which would perhaps be unfair not to mention, was that of Mr Woods’ ‘tea-pot’ pose. This soon caught on and saw pupils branching out from this, inventing the ‘tea-spoon’ pose, the ‘tea-bag’ pose, and simply a ‘T’ pose. We even had a group who named themselves Team Tea-Pot and have many stories about this. The less said about that the better…

Upon returning home, a presentation evening was held in the school hall at the AHS, where parents and pupils were given an opportunity to see some of the best photos from the week. This brought back much laughter and happy memories for both the pupils and trip leaders, and some of these photos can be seen on the AHS website. Planning is now well underway for the AHS Ski Trip 2013, with a new group of pupils gearing themselves for another fun-filled week in the Aosta Valley.

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Visit to SSQC at the Fisheries College, Scalloway - Mrs C Simpson, Biology Department On the 24th of August, the Advanced Higher Biology class visited Alan Harpin and his team at the SSQC (Shetland Seafood Quality Control). They spoke to us about their work at marine farms around the islands and how they assess local marine farms to ensure that they are functioning according to the government regulations for sustainability and environmental impact.

First, Alan explained how sampling works. Samples are taken off the surface of the seabed by a clawlike structure called a grab. Sites tested are directly below the salmon cages, 25 metres from the cages, 50 metres from the cages and 100 metres from the cages. A grab is taken 500m from the cages to be used as a control. The impact of the salmon farm is measured by monitoring the number and species of organisms that are found in the seabed and the SSQC then provides a report showing the information that they have gathered.

The class were then split into smaller groups to speak with the rest of the SSQC team about the processes that are required to gather and identify the organic matter found in the grab samples. Firstly, grab samples are stained with a solution called ‘Rose of Bengal’. This turns all organic matter - matter that was once living – bright pink so that it can be identified more easily. Then a much smaller sample of the grab sample is taken and put into a tray. Organisms are picked out of the tray and separated into groups by their phylum, such as molluscs. This process continues until you have individual species. Keys are then used to identify the organisms but sometimes more specific books are required. The presence of any larger, mobile organisms, such as crabs or starfish, which were picked up in the grab is also noted.

In terms of monitoring the effect of the salmon farm, these results show the level of pollution in the area surrounding it. A more diverse range of species and results similar to the control would indicate that there was a low level of pollution and the salmon farm is not greatly effecting the environment. However, a low species diversity or the presence of more specialised organisms would indicate that there is a higher level of pollution and the salmon farm needs to make some changes in order to reduce its impact. This visit was highly relevant to the Advanced Higher Biology class and they all found it extremely enjoyable and helpful. One pupil said “I never realised there was such good facilities for this kind of work in Shetland”. The Biology


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Department are keen to continue links with the NAFC and other establishments carrying out Scientific research and procedures in Shetland. The pupils would like to extend a huge thanks to Alan Harpin and his staff for a great visit.

Prince’s Trust - Mrs C Carter, Principal Teacher APS Working as an adviser with the Prince’s Trust to deliver the xl programme for 13 – 19 year olds has provided a range of experiences for the young people, myself and the other advisers in the past six years it has been delivered at the AHS. Many of these activities have been reported in previous newsletters. In May this year I was invited to attend a Princes Trust event hosted by its founder HRH Prince Charles at St James’s Palace, London. The event, titled ‘No One Left Behind’ included seminars to discuss how the work of the Prince’s Trust may further support young people as they develop greater self esteem and resilience, vocational work and employability skills.

Mrs Christine Carter outside St James’s Palace

Michael Gove, UK Education Minister was due to attend along with key education providers, policy makers and young people. It was an opportunity for the Trust to highlight what it does with schools and education providers. Following the seminars, we had the opportunity to meet and speak with HRH Prince Charles. In his closing speech, the Prince of Wales emphasised the need to build resilience in young people to help them achieve, especially given the current economic climate. I am pleased to have been able to attend the event which underpins/supports Anderson High School’s commitment to providing appropriate learning opportunities for all pupils.

http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/integration/policy_newsflash/no_one_left_behind.aspx


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Rugby Development in PE - Mr K Smith, Principal Teacher of PE The PE department have been very lucky to have input from the recently appointed Rugby Development Officer – Daniel Meadows. At a recent launch of his post within Shetland, some of our S1 classes met Scottish International Rugby Player Richie Gray, all 6ft 9inches of him! Pupils got the opportunity to play small games with him and to ask him some questions. Since his appointment, Daniel has been helping introduce Rugby to S1 and S2 pupils while in PE with contact being the main emphasis. Clearly there is an interest in Rugby in our school with a Shetland Schools team taking part in the Brewin Dolphin Cup. We wish the team well!

Richie Gray meets Ms Leask and Mr Smith

Sports Day Results 2012 AHS held their sports day on the same day as World Sports Day (25th June) and were lucky enough to receive a pack from the 2012 Olympic Get Set Network. This gave us the Olympics as the theme of the day. All S2 and S3 were split into 6 teams which were Guyana, Marshall Island, Georgia, Panama, The Maldives and Seychelles. As per previous years, the more events pupils took part in, the more points they gained for their team. Following a whole day of activity, the final placings changed during the relays period 6. And the results were: Team

Points

Panama

605

Guyana

588

Seychelles

421

Marshall Island

398

The Maldives

381

Georgia

355

Individual Results: 90 metres S2 Boys – Shane Odie (11.84 sec) S2 Girls – Tamar Moncrieff (13.25) S3 Boys – Aidan Jarmson (11.84) S3 Girls - Lori Bulter (14.06) High Jump S2 Boys – Jacob Thorn (1.25m) S2 Girls – Ava Williams (1.10m) S3 Boys – Stuart Copland (1.33m) S3 Girls - Megan Perry (1.16m) Frisbee Throw S2 Boys – Johannes Kerr (43.6m) S2 Girls – Autumn Arcus (32.4m) S3 Boys – Stuart Frisbee (47.6m) S3 Girls –Dana Watt (33.5m)

Welly Boot S2 Boys – Kelvin Anderson (13.1m) S2 Girls – Chloe Sinclair (13m) S3 Boys – Stuart Copland (17.7m) S3 Girls – Megan Perry (12.9m) Triple Jump S2 Boys – Craig Millar (6.4m) S2 Girls – Sonja Johnson (5.4m) S3 Boys – Stuart Copland (6.85) S3 Girls – Heather Isbister (5.90m) 2 lap Race S2 Boys – Shane Odie (1.38) S2 Girls – Ava Williams (1.40) S3 Boys – Aidan Jarmson (1.29) S3 Girls – Karri Odie (1.55)


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Staff vs Pupils - June 2012


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German Exchange 2012 - Mr P Haviland, Principal Teacher of Modern Languages

The whole group in Hamburg

The school exchange with Reinfeld, Germany, is now in its 11th year. This summer saw two new developments. First, some Brae High School pupils participated along with Anderson High School pupils. Secondly, the two visits – by Germans to Shetland, and by Shetlanders to Germany – took place just a couple of weeks apart, so the young people got to know each other better than ever before. They were all a credit to their respective communities. The group from Reinfeld arrived in Shetland in May, and were given a full programme including visits to the South Mainland, the North Mainland, and Unst. They experienced normal school life on some days. They also had special activities arranged for them, such as a traditional dance lesson with Maria Leask, and a baking lesson with teachers at Brae High School. Outdoor events included a very informal international football-rounders match at Clickimin, and an afternoon coasteering.

Most importantly, the guests took part in normal family life, whatever it might involve. For example, several families were involved in the Relay for Life, so their guests did it too – and they were happy to be greeted by folk who had been on the Reinfeld exchange in previous years. The young Shetlanders and Germans were constantly together. They did a joint project on aspects of life in Shetland which will soon be on display in two languages, hopefully in both countries. Thank you very much to all the parents, families, and teachers, in Shetland and Reinfeld, who made the 2012 exchange a huge success.

Janne and John after swinging from the trees


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German Exchange 2012 - Rachel Hillyear 4E It was with great excitement that our group of 14 Anderson High and Brae High school pupils and three teachers set off in June to Reinfeld, a town in the north-east of Germany. As we had only said goodbye to our exchange partners a week before we had no doubts we would be made welcome. During the journey, new friendships were quickly made as we travelled by boat, plane, bus and car. A large group of host families met us at Hamburg airport and took each of us to their homes to share their lives for the next week. Holocaust Memorial, Berlin

On the first day, the Shetland group and our exchange partners took a bus to Berlin and visited sights such as The Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag and Technical Museum. During our visit to The Holocaust Memorial, Mr Haviland asked us to think how we felt as we were walking through the vast array of smooth, grey stones. The narrow passages between the high blocks were quite daunting and it made me feel lost and we imagined this was how the Jews must have felt. As we were driving round the centre of Berlin, we saw bits of the Berlin Wall at various places and these were a constant reminder of how the city had once been divided. I was quite surprised at the number of differences between our school and Reinfeld. Although there are roughly the same amount of pupils, the school was mostly on the flat and the class sizes were smaller. The major difference was that pupils stayed in one classroom for all their lessons and the teachers moved from room to room. There were short breaks between each period and no long lunch break as school finished when your lessons finished, sometimes as early as 12.30pm. The classrooms seemed bare in comparison to our ones with no modern gadgets like our computers and whiteboards, just a chalk board and books. Most of the subjects are the same to ours, but they also have practical lessons consisting of knitting, sewing and fashion design and drama. Their lifestyles are similar to ours but thanks to their better weather, they spend much more time outdoors then we do here. Socially they do similar things to us, cinema, shopping, fast food restaurants and sport. I noticed that the music they listen to tended to be British and they like the same singers and groups that we do. Their diet to me seemed healthier and contained less junk food. The sport played seemed similar to the sport played here. The trip really benefited me in that my German has greatly improved especially my pronunciation as we were encouraged to speak German to our host families as much as possible. I made some good friends who I will hopefully stay in touch with. When I returned to Shetland, I felt more independent and confident about undertaking such a trip in the future. I am so happy that I went on the exchange and would recommend it to anyone that wants to improve their German or even just to meet new people! Thanks are due to Mr Haviland, Mrs Carter, Mr Malcolmson and the host families for their organisation and for making the trip special. Our partner school, Immanuel-Kant-Schule, Reinfeld


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Visit from Prof John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland by Persephone Poulton and Karis Irvine (S6)

On Thursday 13th September, Professor John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, visited the Anderson High School to give a presentation on gravity to some of the students in fifth and sixth year. Before the lecture, the advanced higher physics class met with him for lunch and had the opportunity to ask him questions about his work. The lecture involved a series of magic tricks to illustrate the theories being explained. The talk was well received by the students and the members of staff present. They were invited to a second more in depth lecture on the following Saturday at the museum.

Parent Council Members Ms Catriona Barr Ms Lisa Crooks Mrs Joyce Davis Mr Alex Fullerton Mr John Handley Ms Lise Sinclair Ms Sarah Taylor Mrs Patricia Wright Ms Donna Jack Mr John Fraser Ms Cathy Mann Mr Stuart Polson Miss Shona Taylor Mr George McGhee Mrs Louise Halcrow AHS Student reps

Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Chair, Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Vice Chair, Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Staff Representative Halls of Residence Manager and co-opted member Clerk to Parent Council invited to attend

In addition, Ms Valerie Nicolson, Head Teacher, and local SIC Councillors Mr C Smith and Mr J Wills, also attend Parent Council meetings in a non voting capacity. Parent Council AGM: Tuesday 2nd October, 6.30pm at Anderson High School


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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - Mr G Dorrat, Principal Teacher Mathematics D of E, as it is now called, has been on offer in the Anderson High at various times since 1970 and continuously since 1985. It credits young people with commitment to, and improvement in, leisure activities. It is open to all 14 to 25 year olds. Each level, bronze, silver or gold has four sections in which participants choose just one activity to follow regularly and improve at for a minimum period of time. These sections are volunteering, in which youngsters give of their time to help a charity or organisation; physical recreation where they do a sport or exercise or dance; skills in which they choose a hobby to develop and expeditions which involves training for, planning and going on a walking and camping trip. Some pupils take the opportunity to choose completely new activites for them, whilst others are happy to use, for example, the sports and learning of a musical instrument in which they are currently involved. Either way, personal targets are set for youngsters to strive to attain. The group meet every Thursday lunchtime, from 1.25pm, in A2.3.

New participants are welcome.

Expedition training takes place over the winter and spring terms so that pupils are ready for their ventures in the summer term.

Some S4 pupils on a team building exercise involving transporting water over a ropes course. Pictured are, Tahirah Bennet, Bryony Laurenson, Maelynn Marriner and Kate Jones about to set off on their bronze level assessed expedition up the burn of Tactigill, above Tresta. They climbed Weisdale Hill then headed west through Tumblin to camp at the Loch of Collaster. The next day they went through West Burrafirth to the Bridge of Walls and finished at Stanydale, viewing prehistoric sites as they went.


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The New SRC This year’s SRC promises to be a good one. With some returning members with previous experience and new faces driven and determined, the SRC are going to make a big difference this year!

S1 Alec Henry Kharitha Kokkonen Travis Morgan

S2 Autumn Arcus Sian Doyle Jodie Laurenson Edward Oldbury Aidan Peterson Jack Tait Eve Thomson

S3 Ceileidh Mercer Damian Ryder

S6

S4 Liam Buchanan Craig Meheut

S5 Sarah Irvine Brad Wiseman

Billy Kay Louise Morrison David Nugent Morag Smith Haley Tulloch

Missing from photo: Alex Henry S1, Sian Doyle S2, Craig Meheut S4 and Brad Wiseman S5


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Getting to know the SRC members All newly elected members took part in an Induction Day in the engineering block. Firstly, we thought about the things we liked about the school and things we would like to change. This helped members realise we all had similar opinions about the school and it gave us ideas of what we would like to change in the school. It also gave us an opportunity to think about the role of the SRC and how we can represent the views of others. Students from different year groups were then put into groups and were asked to create their ideal outdoor space from junk. Mr Cameron later judged the models and decided on a winner. It was a good opportunity for the members to bond and get to know one another.

The Year Ahead The SRC are planning to hold surgeries shortly to find out pupils views and ideas. We currently have a number of issues that we are discussing, but we are always willing to hear opinions from others. We are also planning to organise some fundraising activities. One of the most successful and fun charity events that the SRC are responsible for is “It’s a Knockout” for Children in Need. This is where we all dress up and compete against teachers in a series of silly races. Last year we raised over £350 for Children in Need and we hope we can be just as successful this year.

Fundraiser for Shetland Kidney Patient’s Association by Liam Buchanan and Sally Sandison, 2011-2012 SRC Members Zoe and Liam Buchanan present a cheque to Catherine Hughson of Shetland Kidney Patients Association.

Last term, the SRC worked hard to raise money for Shetland Kidney Patient’s Association. Zoe Buchanan, a current pupil at the school, asked the SRC to help her fundraise for this charity because it is a cause very close to her. She felt that they have helped her so much, that she wanted to give them something back. Shetland Kidney Patient’s Association gave Zoe money so that she could compete in the Belfast 2011 transplant games, where she won 5 medals. The SRC fundraised during a week in February. They held a bake sale during an interval, in which they raised £90 by selling cupcakes and chocolate crispies. Co-operative were very kind to donate the ingredients for the bake sale. Pupils and staff were asked to wear something green on Thursday 23rd February and make a small donation. If it was not for the generosity of staff and pupils, then we would not have been able to raise £222!


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Young Enterprise Company 2011-12 - Flare Lighting Shetland Young Enterprise Company, Flare Lighting from the Anderson High School attended the Young Enterprise Scottish Finals in Glasgow in June. Although they didn’t bring home any prizes, there was a great deal of interest in their stall from the other competitors, judges and guests at the finals, and they sold over £100 worth of their products: hi-visibility safety aids such as bike valve cap lights, LED illuminated dog collars and trainer laces. The participants also had the opportunity, not only of viewing the offer by the other 15 participating companies, but talking to the judges and other representatives from the Scottish business sector. The ASN wand that they had developed at the school to help those with limited dexterity was much admired, as was Fenton, the dog, seen here modelling the dog collars and hi-viz glasses.

Pictured are (from left): Alex Nunn-Thompson, Marketing Director; Thomas Grant, Operations Manager; Andrew Tait, IT Director; Scott Leask, Managing Director and Gregg Anderson, Finance Director


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Young Enterprise 2013 - Mr S Nield, Biology Department The Anderson High School has two teams taking part in this year’s Young Enterprise Company Programme, and they have just completed a fund-raising challenge for the Shetland Area Board. One of the Anderson High School Teams spent a very damp and grey weekend washing cars, and despite the weather, this netted the team over £320.

Zackary Manson and Stephen Leask in S6 have taken on the roles of Managing Directors of their companies. We wish them luck in this competition which gives pupils the opportunity to create and run a successful enterprise. We look forward to seeing how their companies develop over the year and what products or service they choose to bring to the Shetland population and beyond.


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Saltire Awards - Mr P Robertson, Principal Teacher of Pupil Support Neil Pearson, Youth Volunteering Development Worker with Voluntary Action Shetland has been speaking to classes in S4, S5 and S6 about the new Saltire awards. These awards are replacing the MV awards from September 2012. Many pupils have been successful in achieving MV awards in the recent past and hopefully the Saltire Awards will help to give more pupils recognition for volunteering in school and the local community as they are open to 12-25 year olds. PT Pupil Support Patrick Robertson said ‘It is great to have Neil on board and we will work closely with him to ensure pupils can make the most of the opportunities available and gain the recognition for their efforts’. It is the intention of the school to get all pupils S1-S6 registered for Saltire Awards. For more information go to www.saltireawards.org.uk.

Neil Pearson, Youth Volunteering Development Worker

A Handy Skill to Have - Mrs C Simpson, Biology Department On 12th March Linda Wiseman, massage therapist, visited AHS to do a lunchtime session, teaching pupils how to do a hand massage on their friends. Hand massage is a very soothing, relaxing activity. It can relieve pain, reduce stress, help blood circulation and reduce pressure in the neck area. At this time of year with S5/6 pupils facing final exams it was felt that this may well be a skill they would be interested in learning. This proved to be the case with a huge turnout at this session with over 40 pupils attending. Linda started the session with a demonstration on a pupil. The pupils could then practice this on each other, using almond or grapeseed oil. A few teachers also sneaked in to take part.

The session was great fun and everybody got the chance to either massage or be massaged. Linda was always nearby to observe technique and give feedback. The feedback from pupils was very positive with comments such as “Very good, will come in handy whilst revising”, “very interesting and relaxing”, “simply devine”. Given the overwhelming success of the day it was decided to offer a similar session as part of a S5 PSE lesson just before the exams. Again this was an opt-in session and was well attended by pupils.


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Higher Biology Revision Night 2012 - Mrs C Reid, Principal Teacher of Biology/Physics In March 2012, 52 Higher Biology pupils attended a Cooperative Learning Revision Session on a Tuesday night. This was the 7th year in a row that Higher Biology Revision Night has taken place. The majority of staff at the Anderson High School have been on a Cooperative Learning Training Course that was paid for by Shetland Islands Council School Service. Many staff use Cooperative Learning strategies on a daily basis to enable pupils to work together as a team to enhance learning. Biology Teachers, Claire Reid, Caroline Simpson, Scott Nield, Steve Davidson, Tracey Regan and student teacher Jenny Fraser organised 4 large revision stations for the event. A large electronic timer was set up in each area to add an external force of time pressure, and pupils rotated around the following stations:-

Station 3 – “Problems with Problems!” Pupils worked together in small groups armed with calculators, pencils, rulers and rubbers in order to increase their skills in Problem Solving. Averages, Ratios, Percentages, and Graphs were tackled to help pupils identify patterns and strategies to aid PS questions in the final exam. Station 4 – “Dodgy Diagrams!” Using coloured pens, pupils practised drawing and labelling diagrams to enhance visual learning. The added pressure of time made pupils realise that the main aim was not to create a perfect artistic diagram, instead the task aimed to help pupils identify the key parts, function and stages of many Biological diagrams.

Station 1 – “Stand and Deliver!” This involved a Cooperative Learning Strategy called “Stand & Deliver” whereby pupils stand up, match up cards, ensure everyone knows the answers and then sit down and be prepared to “deliver” the correct answers on behalf of their group!

Pupil Comments

“I really enjoyed working in groups at a night time revision session!” (Rozanne Georgeson) “I enjoyed learning about different ways to learn outside of class time!” (Mark Jones) Station 2 – “Essay Graffiti Boards!” Pupils worked together in small groups in order to list all the key points they could about specialist essay topics e.g Protein Synthesis, Transpiration, Osmoregulation, Homeostasis.

“The timer made you get really focused!” (Amy Sandison) “Learning essays with the extra time pressure was good exam practice.” (Blazej Delnicka) “Very engaging and enjoyable. It was a good kickstart to some serious revision.” (Sandy Cluness) “Made learning fun and you realise that you learn best when working with others.” (Freya Inkster) “It was fun learning in this way – it was also good working with pupils from other Higher Biology classes.” (Emma Johnson)


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Shetland Schools Art and Design Exhibition 10th November 2012 - 6th January 2013 Da Gadderie Shetland Museum and Archieves

AHS Art and Design Department will be taking part in the Shetland Schools Exhibition in the museum from the10th November 2012 to the 6th January 2013. This will be the second schools exhibition to be held in the museum, the first was in November 2009 and had the biggest attendance of any exhibition opening day with over 300 visitors.

The work on display will give an insight into the quality and diversity of Art & Design work being produced by schools from all areas of Shetland. There will be examples of pupils work from Nursery to Secondary on show.

The images above are a small sample of AHS work from 1st – 5th/6th year and ASN pupils using a variety of techniques and media.


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Ancient Egyptian Cat Visits Shetland Museum Freya Inkster and Mathew Nicolson (Advanced Higher History pupils) We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to represent the Anderson High School at a private preview of the Gayer-Anderson Cat, on the 7th September. The bronze cat, almost life size, is thought to have been cast around 600BC. The divine cat was revealed after a short speech by the Curator of the Shetland Museum, Dr Ian Tait, and the Keeper of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan in the British Museum, Dr Neal Spencer. The barriers were taken down and the guests were treated to a spectacular display of Ancient Egyptian art. The detail was immaculate; the cat could easily have been real, with bones visible and a perfectly carved face. The only feature which betrayed the cat’s inanimate nature was the lack of eyes, which were thought to have been looted at some point before her discovery.

We learned how the cat found its way into the collection of Robert ‘John’ Gayer-Anderson in 1939 – a retired British Army Major living in Cairo at the time. It was then donated to the British Museum in 1947 and has become one of its most well known Egyptian artefacts. The cat is thought to represent the Goddess Bastet, and would probably have been placed in a temple dedicated to her. The large amount of precious metal and religious symbolism show the importance of the cat within Egyptian society.

We found it very enjoyable, and appreciated the opportunity to attend. The cat will be on display until the 9th of December and is well worth going to visit!

Anderson High School Lovers Loan Lerwick SHETLAND Phone: 01595 808008 Fax: 01595 695688 E-mail: ahs@shetland.gov.uk web: http://www.anderson.shetland.sch.uk


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Team Maths Challenge - Mr G Dorrat, Principal Teacher of Mathematics As the last Newsletter was being published, a team of four S1 & S2 pupils went to Aberdeen University to take part in the North East of Scotland Regional Final of the Team Maths Challenge. This is a competition in which pupils solve maths problems and puzzles together as a group. Our team had already won the Shetland Heat of the competition held in Sandwick, earlier in the session. The competition consists of a Cross Number in which teams split into pairs to do only the across clues or only the down clues; a Team round where everyone solves problems together; a Mini Relay where the answer to one pair’s question is needed by the other pair for their next question; and finally a full Relay in which pupils run the length of the hall with their answer before their team mates can get the next question! These are all done against the clock as well as against all the other teams. What did the team have to say about it? “I enjoyed the competition – I am a competitive person”, “… liked the group first round as you could all work together and check each other’s answers”, “good to see the standard of our work in comparison to that of other schools”, “I appreciated being in an old university building (Elphinstone Hall)” The Anderson High team worked well together and finished in fourth position, just one mark behind the only other state school to beat them, Harlaw Academy. The winner was Robert Gordon’s College and runner up the Aberdeen International School. We would like to acknowledge financial help towards the travel costs from the Edinburgh Mathematical Society’s education fund. Would you like to try out some of the questions they had to answer?

If so, log on to

www.mathcomp.leeds.ac.uk/team-challenges/team-challenge/ and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Pictured (L to R) at the competiton in Elphinstone Hall are team members: Jodie Laurenson, Ian Russell, Jack Tait and Craig Smith.

Ian, Jodie, Jack & Craig with their certificate at the end of the competition.


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Maths Competitions - Mr G Dorrat, Principal Teacher of Mathematics UK Maths Challenge Competitons Throughout last session we entered pupils into the UK Maths challenge competition at Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels. These are individual problem solving competitions done under test conditions. Pupils who do well, nationally, receive certificates at bronze silver or gold levels. If you would like to try your hand at these competition questions, previous questions are available on the web site: www.ukmt.org.uk. S2 pupils with their Junior certificates

S1 pupils with their Junior certificates

S4 pupils with their Intermediate level certificates

S3 pupils with their Intermediate level certificates

Scottish Maths Challenge In this competition pupils have to produce clear written solutions to problems posed twice per year. The pupils’ work is sent off to Aberdeen University for marking. The maths department were really pleased that Greg Anderson from S6 achieved a Gold level certificate in the Senior division and Chloe Pan and Bo Anderson both Achieved Gold level certificates and Vaila Irvine achieved a Bronze level all in the Junior Division. More information and problems are available on the Scottish Mathematical Council web site: www.wpr3.co.uk/MC/probs.html


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Languages Week 2012 - Mr P Haviland, Principal Teacher of Modern Languages Anderson High School Languages Week, an event focusing on classes 1 and 2, started on 30 April. Some valuable and memorable events took place. The programme included: · · · ·

interdisciplinary work in several departments visits from Marjory Barrie and Catriona Anderson, who spoke with S2 classes about the importance of having foreign language knowledge – even a little – in the local tourism industry French, German, and Spanish menus on different days in the School Canteen an introduction to Makaton Sign Language, when some pupils taught some of the staff

The highlight for a lot of people was the quiz with challenges on the Thursday afternoon. The idea of involving the whole of S2 in the school hall for a whole afternoon was ambitious, but the excellent compères – Mr Baert and Mr Perdu – had everyone swaying and chanting in French from the start, and the mixed groups were able to learn and have a lot of fun together.

S2 Food Project – Home Economics and Languages A practical kind of interdisciplinary work occurred when the Home Economics topic, foods of the world, coincided with the French and German topic, food and shopping. First, all S2 classes read and discussed French and/or German recipes in depth. Then they made the actual products – Belgian crêpes, and German Frikadellen and rote Grütze, in home economics lessons using their foreignlanguage recipes. They shared the food with each other, and they managed to give clear feedback on their experiences, in the foreign languages.


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Visitors from Norway The beautiful tall ship, Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a regular visitor to Lerwick from Bergen, made contact with the Anderson High School this year. Groups of young sailors enjoyed lunch in the School Canteen and toured the school. In September some of the young Norwegians came into classes and taught a bit of their language. We hope to strengthen links with Norway, with the help of the Statsraad Lehmkuhl, in the coming year.

Bergen meets Shetland

The boys from Bergen say hello

The Staatsrad Lehmkuhl seen from the Anderson High School


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News from the ASN Department - Mrs N Sharp, Principal Teacher ASN Exciting events and activities that have happened in the ASN Department over the past six months include:

Trip to Badaguish, Aviemore, May 2012 On Sunday 20th May 7 of us (pupils in the ASN department) plus staff boarded the ferry to Aberdeen on our way to Badaguish Outdoor Centre in Aviemore. It was the first time for Paul, Keira and Anthony but Hunter, Katie, Craig and John Robert had been before so we knew what was in store. We all love the big chalets and the fantastic forest they are in. We love the freedom we have to explore the forest after dinner every night and some of us walked for miles each evening. During the day we did archery, canoeing, visited the wildlife park, Landmark Adventure Park as well as a trip on the steam train and the funicular train that took us to the top of the Cairngorms. That was a bit scary as it was misty and we couldn’t really see anything. We had a BBQ one night which was brilliant with loads of sausages and chicken legs to eat! We have already booked our trip for next year so we had better get on with our plans!

Out for a walk in the woods

Wow see Hunter Arthur 4B go!

John Robert Jamieson 5D, Great shot!

Kiera Niven 6D and Katie Hunter 5A out on the water!

Anthony Nisbet 2F and Craig Tilston 4A messing around in the water


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The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations The ASN Department enjoyed celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee! We held our own street party – baking cakes and biscuits, playing games, decorating our classrooms and having a great time Pupils celebrating the Diamond Jubilee ASN Street Party!

HRH Molly Borriell-Barker 6C

Royal Buns!

Tea party Girls!

MY SUPER AWESOME CLASS TRIP TO VAILA, June 2012 by Frazer Pottinger 3B I fancied a trip out of the classroom so I wrote to Darota. She owns Vaila Island which is separated from the mainland and the only way to get there is by using her own boat. Darota wrote back giving us a few dates to choose from. The plan was set in stone; my class were all super excited. We all went in the minibus to meet Darota she arrived from her Island and had a store full of lifejackets. We went fast so we could get to the Island. When we got off the boat we had a snack and then went into the cemetery. All the plants were overgrown but in the centre we saw some really old headstones. After we had a look around here we left to walk towards the whalehouse. The whalehouse is a house for visitors to stay but it is called the whalehouse because there is a huge whale skeleton there. The whale was washed onto the rocks during a storm and Darota and her friends took the whale from the rocks, cleaned it up by removing the blubber, and reassembled the whale. Next, we went to the tower where we had our lunch. In the tower we saw pictures, a swinging bed, nice wooden chairs and we got a fantastic view of Foula from the roof. We then walked to the house which was big and filled with lots of suits of armour, stuffed animals, old fashioned toys, nice comfy furniture, fancy paintings and a nice garden. We all had had juice and biscuits with Darota and her husband, Richard in their conservatory.


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ASN News continued The trip out was a great time and good fun. I loved it. Thank you Darota and Richard for letting us visit your island.

ASN Art Exhibition and Open Afternoon In June the ASN Dept held an Open Day with an Exhibition of pupil’s art work. This was very successful with the majority of work being sold and monies raised going towards ASN Department activities. We had a variety of work created throughout the year from paintings to collage and 3D work. Thanks to Kirsten Hay our brilliant Art and Design teacher for all her hard work.

'Fish Print' by Louise Jackson, 4B

'3D Fish' by Paul Ditchburn, 6D

'Beach Bruck Jellyfish' by Mari Johnson, 6C 'Sea Textures' by Jennifer Moss, 3D 'Ship Ahoy' by Sven Cassidy, 3B A big splash!

ASN Department Swimming Gala by Hunter Arthur, 4B This was held before the summer break...all our PE teachers were in wet suits and all the other staff were in pyjamas –and they all ended up in the pool!! Most of the pupils were there having fun with all the games ...the games included ‘Simon says’ in the pool ...this was funny to watch. Also racing a float with a bucket of water on the top. There was woggle racing and lots of different kind of races. It was all a bit of fun - the kids enjoyed it ...especially making sure all the staff were soaking wet. "Next time we have a swimming gala, the pupils should come in their pyjamas or old clothes and I hope to be a bit drier next year!! Tom Blackburn, 2B, with his pal Kenny

Paul Ditchburn 6D, Three cheers for the PE Department!

Dylan McDougall 2A and Debbie


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Visit to the Altaire: June 2012 At the end of last term, Laura Mathewson’s class had the opportunity to have a look around the Altaire fishing boat. We all set off first thing for a long drive up to the Collafirth pier.

Katie Hunter (5A) loved the bridge

“It was brilliant having a tour of the boat. LK 429 was the number on the boat”(Hunter Arthur, 4B).

We saw the engine room, the galley (kitchen), the heads (toilet), the mess (dining and living room) and the cabins (bedrooms). We were shown around by ASN auxiliary, Barbara Tait’s brother. The boat was great. I liked the bridge” (Angus Morrison, 3E).

Everyone had their packed lunch onboard the boat, sitting at the big table. ‘The Altaire was “red and cream”. “I liked the engine room. It smelled like fuel” (Ross Jamieson, S5).

The visit to the Altaire was a huge success, and is a visit which will be spoken about for some time to come. We would all like to say a special thank you to the crew of the Altaire, who took the time to give us such an excellent tour of the

“It was good. I sat in the Skipper’s seat” (Paul Ditchburn, 6E).


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ASN News continued A special birthday Mari Johnson S6, celebrated her 18th birthday this summer holiday. On her return to school she celebrated with her friends – enjoying and sharing a big ‘musical’ birthday cake – including a microphone as you see on the picture. This was very appropriate since Mari is always singing at every given opportunity.

Mari’s friends enjoying birthday celebrations including Kaylee –Ann (centre), a new S1 pupil.

Mari’s 18th

S1 Activity days New S1 pupils Ellie Lynch (1D) and Kaylee-Ann Best (1D) enjoyed the recent S1 activity days. Ellie Lynch 1D said, “I really enjoyed the activity day and seeing all my friends. It was fun! And Mr Ferrier was funny!” “I had a great day with Ellie and my friends” said Kaylee-Ann Best 1D Ellie Lynch grooming a pony.

DAY OUT WITH THE WET MIDGIE CLAN by Varik Miller 1E On the 29th of August 2012 I had a team building day with 1E. The adults who came were Pete, Hugh, Denny, Susan, Miss Leask and Sarah, Mr Robertson. We struggled into our wetsuits (Susan put hers back to front LOL), jumped into the bus and went to Burra. First thing we did was build a catamaran as a team (some people didn’t listen or help and instead went in the water for a splash). We used two canoes, rope and a wooden beam to make the catamarans. We had a race to an Island called “Doon aboot”. Pete told us that this Island was the smallest inhabited Island in the whole world. We had our lunch there. It was a very peaceful place. After this we rowed to the Bridge End pier. Pete’s pirates tried to ram us but didn’t succeed! We had a very good rhythm to our rowing. When we arrived, we were allowed to jump off the pier. The day ended with a lot of soggy bottoms heading for Mail Beach where we ran into the sea! We looked out for walls of waves and when we saw them, we jumped into them. It was excellent fun!

Varik Miller (1E) enjoying the waves!


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ASN Pop Up Charity Shop, August 2012 The pupils of the ASN department ran a pop up charity shop on the street for a week. We helped some staff set it up, organise the donations and then we had a rota to work in the shop. It was amazing! The shop was so busy most of the time and people loved all the stuff we had, some people kept coming back again and again! We were good at helping wrap things and take money and give out change and we were better than some staff at pricing nice things. It was a great week and we want to thank everyone who helped us raise the fantastic sum of ÂŁ2300. The money will go towards funding our next ASN trip to Badaguish and for some equipment in the ASN Department.

Hunter Arthur (4B) serving a customer

Paul Ditchburn (6D) helping set up the shop

Dylan McDougall (2A) helping at the shop

Zebra Crossing Staff and pupils have been checking out the new zebra crossings in the school car park. They think it’s a brilliant idea helping everyone keep safe around the busy car parking area.


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Music Department - Mrs L Wood, Principal Teacher Music The Music Department has been a very busy place since the last newsletter. Last term Margaret Scollay’s senior band Tunester were busy bag packing, quizzing, and organising various other activities to raise money for their trip to Ireland. One of the best events was the Reel-a-thon which took place at the Lounge. Members of the band played 100 reels without stopping! There were quite a few tourists at the lounge that night so not only did they raise a lot of money but they gave folk a taste of Shetland’s fiddle tradition. Another fantastic event was a concert featuring not only Tunester, but the younger group No Strings Attached and all of Mrs. Scollay’s pupils who had recently taken Trinity College of Music exams on Traditional Fiddle. (See report over page) This concert was followed by a Summer Concert presented by the Music Department. This concert took place in the Big Kirk, which provided a beautiful venue for what was another excellent concert. Taking part were The Senior Strings, conducted by Veronica Cooper, The Flute Ensemble – conducted by Linda Peterson, Fiddle Attraction – conducted by Eunice Henderson, No Strings Attached and Hansel – conducted by Margaret Scollay,. Our Summer concert always showcases some of our senior musicians and this was no exception. Shona Fraser gave a wonderful performance of Debussy’s Claire de Lune. Norman Wilmore and Max Tyler entertained us with some lively Jazz standards and Calum Nicolson on accordion and Danny Garrick on fiddle completed the line up. We wish both Calum and Danny all the best in their future careers.

Norman Wilmore was presented with the Geoff Wood Prize, which is awarded every year to an aspiring musician in order to help them continue their studies. The Lell Robertson Award was presented this year to Danny Garrick for his contribution to music making at AHS over the past 6 years and as a recognition of his many achievements as a soloist and as a member of many school bands. The National Youth Jazz Orchestra were also in town in June and gave an inspiring workshop for senior and advanced players. The musicians were put through their paces and introduced to new ways of improvising and using the different modal scales. Mr Roy Hughson retired at the end of June. Mr Hughson taught brass at AHS for Years. His quiet and gentle manner and his dedication to his pupils, providing them with the very best instruction and opportunities to play will be greatly missed. We were all very sad to hear that his post would not be replaced. It ends a long and outstanding period of brass playing at AHS. Just before the end of term Tunester set off for another trip to County Clare in Ireland. The band has a 10 year association with the young musicians of Tulla led by their conductor Mary Macnamara. For some members of Tunester, this was a longed for return visit. For others it was a voyage of discovery. (See report over page). They also gave 2 performances as Tu n ester an d attended som e excellent workshops. The band played with tremendous enthusiasm, energy and expertise and impressed everyone who heard them. They were also filmed by the BBC for a special


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programme on the Foy that formed the backdrop for their performances. Tunester were amazing ambassadors for the school, Shetland and the music tuition programme in Shetland. We should be very proud of them. As we returned to school August we welcomed Mrs Alison Leslie as a full time teacher of music. This meant the music department was now fully staffed and ready to tackle a new year of teaching challenges. We also welcomed Ms Pauleen Wiseman to the instrumental staff. Ms Wiseman will be teaching piano. She joins Mrs Veronica Cooper, Mrs Margaret Scollay, Ms Eunice Henderson, Mrs Jane Morton, Mrs Linda Peterson, Ms Sibhan Teckan, Mrs Jem Napier, Mrs Kirsteen Straine, Mr Peter Wood, Mr Russell Gair and Mrs Jane Gentle to complete our instrumental staff.

Street Gardens as part of the Scottish Fantasia festival, which was showcasing young Scottish talent. They were warmly welcomed and introduced by the organisers and won over even more fans by their fantastic playing. It was another successful trip and a great way to begin the term. One of our first tasks on returning was completing plans for the 150th Anniversary Gala Concert which will take place in Mareel on 29th September. Pupils and staff are all working very hard rehearsing and practising the big school number that will start the concert. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are bringing together as many young musicians as we can in one massive orchestra and chorus. What of the future? Watch for musicians at the Christmas Coffee Morning and look out for a new style Christmas concert sometime in December.

On the first weekend back, Tunester were back on the road, this time heading for the Edinbrugh Festival. They performed for an hour to a large crowd in Princes

Tunester’s trip to Edinburgh - Karis Garrick 5F Tunester was invited to play at the Edinburgh Festival in Saturday 18th August. I was really excited as we had already been to Ireland earlier in the summer and as it had been a brilliant trip we were all looking forward to going way again.

the group. This was such a great way of letting other people gear our Shetland music and we loved playing in such a great setting. After we finished we sat out in the sun and listened to other bands perform. Later we went for a terrific meal in a fancy restaurant. We had to wait a while at the train station on our way back to Aberdeen that evening so we decided to go busking on Waverley Bridge. We raised ÂŁ60 which paid for our taxis and left luggage in Aberdeen! Though it was late, 1am, before we got to the Youth Hostel, we were exhausted but happy with how the day had gone. We had all had great fun! The next day we went shopping in Aberdeen before getting the boat home that night. After a few tunes on the boat it was bedtime as we had to come back to school the next morning. Tunester would like to say thank you to Margaret Scollay and Louise Wood for organising this trip for us, it was a great experience.

Members of Tunester

We travelled by boat on Friday 17th to Aberdeen then to Edinburgh by train. It was quite difficult on the train with all our instruments. As well as our luggage, fiddles, accordions and guitar we had a keyboard! It was a beautiful warm day in Edinburgh when we arrived at the Ross Band Stand in princes Street Gardens, the atmosphere was amazing. The Crowd cheered and welcomed Tunester to the stage where we played for a full hour. The audience really appreciated our playing and I felt proud to be part of


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Tunester’s Trip to Ireland 2012 - Liza Fullerton 6G At the end of June, Anderson High’s Traditional group, Tunester set sail for Ireland to play various concerts with old friend Mary MacNamara and her students in East Clare, as well as participate in the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention (NAFCo) in Derry City. We set sail from Lerwick Harbour in the 22nd June with our Jamieson Coach on board all packed and ready for the 10 days ahead! Not long after sailing out came the instruments and a session started in the restaurant. After a long drive, and overnight stay at the Carrickdale Hotel, we arrived in Tulla, East Clare to be warmly welcomed by our host families. The next three days were packed full of music, sight-seeing and catching up with old friends for those of us who had been before. Mary again excelled herself by organising concerts, sessions, attending a hurling match, dancing and huge amounts of food! I think I can speak on behalf of the group and say that we o=would not hesitate if we were offered the opportunity to go back. Next up was NAFCo. This year the Convention took place in Derry City in Northern Ireland and for the first time had expanded to include a Youth Camp. Young Musicians gathered from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and Sweden. We were particularly chuffed to be described as from ‘Shetland’! Through each day we took part in workshops and rehearsals. We were lucky to have workshops delivered by well-known Irish fiddlers, Aiden O’Donnel and Gerry O’Connor. These workshops were taught by ear – a skill that really comes in handy when sitting in a session. During the rehearsals we prepared sets of tunes from our own traditions and shared them with the other youth groups as well as learn a specially commissioned piece written by composer Neil Martin for all 100 fiddles.

At night we were given the opportunity to see high standard concerts featuring first class musicians. First we saw ‘Fiddles and Feet’. This concert combined the cultures of music a dance. We enjoyed giving our support to local fiddler Chris Stout as he performed his commissioned piece alongside fiddlers such as Adam Sutherland and Alistair Fraser. The second concert was ‘Women of the Fiddle’ and was not to be missed. This concert featured our close neighbours, The Wrigley Sisters from Orkney and also The String Sisters including our own Catriona MacDonald. The final day was to be a busy one. Down at the water front two stages were assembled as it was our turn to do the entertaining. We took part in the special commission as well as giving two performances in our own right. Then we were approached by BBC Northern Ireland and were filmed for the Cutty Sark Yacht Race coverage as the yachts had now arrived in Derry City too! This was broadcast through the summer. After the playing was done it was time for the leaving party. Everyone wore fancy dress including Mrs Scilly who wore an air conditioned ‘Mr Blobby’ costume much to the hilarity of the other students! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped with fund raising and gave so generously before this trip. Also, a huge thank you to Margaret, and the Tunester committee, for all they did planning and organising this for us. Safe to say this trip was a roaring success.


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Grade Success - Karis Georgeson 4A Following the successful bid to have our Trinity Guildhall Grades in Scottish Traditional Fiddle fully externally assessed, the first exams were taken by candidates from Anderson High and Sound Primary in March this year. Fiddlers had to perform three sets of tunes along with technical work, sight reading and aural tests from the violin syllabus. The new syllabus of tunes was written by Margaret Scollay, in liaison with Pauleen Wiseman. Nicolas Keyworth, the Chief Examiner, with Janice Gillard, Trinity’s string specialist approved the music. This gives fiddle student the opportunity to gain valuable UCAS points as well as the broader musician ship and experience the grades offer. The results from this session were of a particularly high standard with all students achieving between 75 and 96%. On 30th May Tunester hosted a concert in St Columba’s Church, Lerwick. Students from Anderson high and Sound Primary gathered to perform. A variety of groups and soloists displayed a range of music to a grateful and enthusiastic audience. Pupils who worked towards their

grade in Scottish Traditional Fiddle performed within their grade groups to show their achievements over the previous months. The concert ended with the presentation of the grade certificates by Valerie Nicolson and Kate Grieve, Head Teacher at Sound primary. Many students feel the completing these grades have given them the confidence to perform to an audience and that their individual achievements have been recognised. Ms Nicolson and Mrs Grieve thanked their students for the evening’s entertainment and the audience for their support. Margaret Scollay ended the evening by presenting Danny Garrick with the Lell Robertson Memorial Award for his overall contribution to the Music Department and the fiddle groups as well as his own personal achievement of becoming the first Grade 8 fiddle student. She then invited Eve Thomson, Libby Fox, Zara Sinclair and Stephanie Riise to join the group Tunester before saying goodbye to school leavers Danny Garrick and Annie Rickard.

Back (from left): Karis Garrick, Lauren Evans, Karis Georgeson, Yasmin Hitchin, Rozanne Georgeson, Karrie Fraser and Annie Rickard. Middle: Mary Dimitrov, Marth Thomson, Ross Jamieson, Danny Garrick, Liza Fullerton. Front: Loris MacDonald, Brian Murphy and Struan Thomson. Photo: Kevin Jones


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Grade Success continued After a well attended concert at St Columbus Church a large group of the musicians were presented with their Trinity Guildhall Scottish Traditional Grade certificates from their Head Teachers.

Back row (from left): Valerie Nicolson (AHS Headteacher), Stephanie Riise, Chloe Nicolson, Layna Johnston, Anja Kurtz, Rachel Dorrat, Vikky Morrison, Kate Grieve (Sound Primary School Head Teacher) Third row: Karis Georgeson, Vaila Morrison, Faye Perry, Zara Sinclair, Libby Fox, Eve Thomson, Liza Fullerton Second row: Ross Jamieson, Mary Dimitrov, Martha Thomson, Yasmin Hitchin, Karis Garrick, Danny Garrick Front row: Margaret Scollay (Music Instructor), Callum Leask, Hannah Georgeson, Abbey Wang, Magnus Woods, Konrad Craigie, Sam Malcolmson and Abby Bisset.


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Kool Katz Disco - Mr D McDonald, Principal Teacher of Pupil Support

On 19th  September  over  160  S1  and  S2  pupils      attended  the  Kool  Katz  anti‐bullying  disco  in     Anderson High school. Everyone participated with  great  enthusiasm,  and  there  were  some             impressive  displays  of  dancing,  both  traditional  and  modern.  Thanks  are  due  to  Mr  Gifford  and  Mr  Ferrier  for  their  DJ  skills,  and  also  to  all  the  staff who attended on the evening to help out.  


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Important Dates October Holidays

Monday 15th October - Friday 26th October 2012 inclusive.

Term 2

Monday 29th October - Friday 21st December 2012 inclusive.

Christmas Holidays

Monday 24th December 2012 - Friday 4th January 2013 inclusive.

Term 3

Monday 7th January - Friday 29th March 2013 inclusive.

Easter Holidays

Monday 1st April - Friday 12th April 2013 inclusive.

Term 4

Monday 15th April - Friday 28th June 2013 inclusive.

Occasional Holidays: Teachers’ In-Service Days: Wednesday 30th January 2013 (AHS holiday) Monday 29th October 2012

Friday 22nd February 2013

Tuesday 30th October 2012 Monday 7th January 2013 (Secondary only) Monday 15th April 2013

Monday 25th February 2013 Friday 24th May 2013 Monday 27th May 2013

Class 1 Parents’ Evening - Thursday 1 November 2012 Class 5/6 Parents’ Evening - Monday 19 November 2012 Class 3 Parents’ Evening - Tuesday 15 January 2013 Class 2 Information Evening - Thursday 24 January 2013 Class 2 Parents’ Evening - Thursday 7 February 2013 Class 4 Parents’ Evening - Wednesday 20 February 2013

S1/S2 Beanfeast - Thursday 6 December 2012 S3/S4 Beanfeast - Monday 10 December 2012 S5/S6 Beanfeast - Friday 14 December 2012


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