Variety show proposal

School Variety Show The school is delighted staff have put forward a proposal to hold a school variety show this session.

Mrs Helen Rollo came up with the idea and she has enlisted the support of approximately twenty colleagues to help stage the event. The dates for the show are June 21, 22 and 23. Pupils are being invited to show off their talents to entertain the local community… maybe some staff will tread the boards as well! Watch this space for further details!

Promoting Positive Behaviour

Invitations to a parents' information evening have been posted home giving details of a special event on Wednesday, February 15. The school welcomes Dr Geoff Moss, an internationally known keynote speaker and author.

He has been a university lecturer at Bristol, mainstream and special education teacher, Principal Educational Psychologist, and specialist Assertive Discipline trainer and consultant.

Geoff has been working with Brechin High School staff on the theme of Assertive Discipline, and it is hoped the advice he will offer will also be useful to parents.

In recent years Geoff has established a national reputation as a highly entertaining and informative presenter who engages and motivates audiences at all levels. He is very much in touch with the realities and challenges that young people present today.

Investment in Excellence

As has been reported in the 'Brechiner', all teaching and support staff took part in a two day training event 'Investment in Excellence' in November.

The programme is aimed at developing self-effectiveness and has been used internationally for the last forty years. In addition, a group of parents and members of the local community also participated in the event.

Within the context of Brechin High School, the school is aiming to involve the wider community to support the young people of Brechin. The feedback from those two days was very positive and a commitment from all those who attended.

School staff have gone through a number of follow up sessions, to help set priorities for how we continue to support pupils. The parent and community group have also gone through the same follow up session. This has included reviewing the school values and aims. Brechin High intend to involve all pupils in a similar exercise.

Make it in Scotland

This is a project organised by Career Scotland, aimed at raising the profile and image of the broad range of manufacturing industries in Scotland. Make it in Scotland will develop awareness of the job opportunities and skills involved in this area.

What does it involve?

Lessons in school for pupils in S2 are followed up by attendance at a Make it in Scotland event. The event for Brechin High School pupils will be held on Wednesday, February 8, in Forfar.

The actual event takes, on average, seventy-five minutes to complete and comprises opening icebreakers, followed by workshops. Pupils are given the opportunity to participate in two thirty-minute hands-on activity sessions, run by participating businesses.

Curricular Links

Make it in Scotland is designed to fit into the Enterprise in Education programme in schools. Benefits to young people include:–

Developing core skills such as listening, observation, note-taking in non-subject based format supporting the S2 option choice process.

Business Partners

Increases local and national profile of the company

Free publicity

Develops contacts with other firms

Develops links with community

Parental Involvement Group

Angus Council has been rolling out its policy on developing parental involvement in each school.

In August 2005, the policy was launched at an event held at Angus College which was planned, organised and presented by parents from across Angus.

A number of parents from the Brechin area attended this event and it received very positive feedback from the participants. In the Brechin area schools, parents and school staff have formed an Action Team to roll out the policy.

The main task of the Action team is the organisation of an event which will provide a range of information sessions on key topics.

There will also be a short performance by some professional actors to highlight some of the important issues for parents. Further information and the date of the event will be issued in due course.

Library Amnesty

Following success of a similar scheme in Carnoustie, the Brechin High School librarian is asking for the return of any old school books by past or present pupils. A box will be available in Brechin public library to put them in and no fines will be charged or questions asked! Current loans should be returned to the school library in the normal way.

Key Dates


Tuesday 7, S2 Parents' Evening; Wednesday 8, S2 Make it in Scotland event Forfar/S2 Choice of Course Evening; Thursday 9, S2 Course Choice interviews begin; Wednesday 15, Evening session for parents on Assertive Discipline; Thursday 16, In-service Day; Friday 17 and Monday 20, mid-term holiday.