Author: hilarysnaith

Marchmont and Sciennes Christmas Tree Lighting

Updated 25 November 2022: Pupils from the JGHS pipe band, wind ensemble and senior choir will be providing music for the Marchmont and Sciennes Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday 3 December at 4.30 pm.

The gathering will start next to the Scotmid on Marchmont Crescent, where there will be community carols and mince pies, and then transfer to the German Speaking Church in Chalmers Crescent for mulled wine.

All are welcome to this community event.

Helpers needed

The Community Council are looking for volunteer helpers for the event.

Specifically they need help:

  • To set up the German Speaking Church hall in Chalmers Crescent from 3.30 pm
  • At the tree from 4.25 pm onwards, handing out songsheets etc
  • Back at the hall serving mulled wine to parents and soft drinks to kids; and clearing up afterwards (ending around 6 pm)

If you can help out in any way, please contact them directly:

Email the Community Council

Next Parent Council Meeting is 29 November

Updated 24 November 2022: The next meeting of the Parent Council will be on Tuesday 29 November 2022 at 7 pm. The main presentation at the meeting will be an analysis of the school’s SQA results in 2022.

The meeting will be held on MS Teams, and the joining link will be sent by the school just before the event, so please look out for the email.  We hope you will be able to join us.

Draft agenda

  • Update from Parent Council
  • Headteacher’s report, including updates (amongst others) on:
    • Mental health work in the school
    • IT in the school
    • School trips
    • Staffing
    • Transition into the Darroch building
    • The S4 prelims
  • SQA results 2021/22

There will be the opportunity on the night to ask questions via the Q&A typed chat facility, but if you want to raise an issue in advance, please email the PC and we will try to include it in the updates.

Email the Parent Council

Dates of future Parent Council meetings

  • Wednesday 1 February 2023 (in the school)
  • Tuesday 21 March 2023 (online)
  • Wednesday 31 May 2023 (in the school)

Would you like to join a focus group to discuss the future of Education in Scotland?

24 November 2022: We have space for 50 parents/carers to join the National Discussion 7-9 pm Monday 28 November in the Library in Liberton High School. 

For more details or to book your place email the National Parent Forum of Scotland.

Email the National Parent Forum of Scotland

There is more background on the National Discussion at the link below:

The National Discussion

The National Discussion focus group

The event is hosted by:

  • Stephen Kelly – Senior Education Officer, City of Edinburgh Council
  • Naomi Barton – Edinburgh Rep for National Parent Forum of Scotland

The 2 hour event will include 2 things:

  1. an opportunity to hear about the vision for Education in Edinburgh and
  2. participate in the National Discussion questions

Event details

  • Venue – Library, Liberton High School, Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh, EH17 7PT
  • Time – 7-9pm
  • Date – Monday 28 November 2022

If you are unable to attend but you want us to pass on your views, please email the National Parent Forum of Scotland.

Email the National Parent Forum of Scotland

Backchat termly newsletter from Connect

23 November 2022: Backchat the termly newsletter from Connect is now available.

Click here to read Backchat autumn 2022

Connect is an education charity which provides support for parents, Parent Councils, Parent Teacher/Staff Associations, and other parent bodies in Scotland.

The Autumn newsletter contains information about a number of topics, including:

  • the National Discussion on Scottish Education
  • the Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment
  • Connect’s Annual Report 2021-2022

Plus there is an overview of the many consultation responses Connect has made, often using the parent/carer responses to their surveys.

You can also read a moving blog by the parent of a son with complex special needs as she tracks the slow progress of the Review of Additional Support for Learning.

National Parent Forum of Scotland events

18 November 2022: The National Parent Forum of Scotland has just announced some events that parents may be interested to attend.

All the info is available at the links below:

23 November 2022 – Review of Qualifications Focus Group for Gaelic Medium

24 November 2022 – Review of Qualifications Focus Group for Home Educators

28 November 2022 – Q & A Session about the Qualification Review

1 December 2022 – Review of Qualifications and Assessment of Focus Group for ASN

5G Mast Planning Application

15 November 2022: Parents may be interested to know that there is a current planning application for a 5G phone mast, which would be located in Whitehouse Loan, opposite the end of Bruntsfield Crescent and beside the entrance to the school.

The proposed mast would be 20m high and accompanied by a set of cabinets at the pavement level.

Details of the application can be found on the City of Edinburgh portal at:

5G mast planning application information

If you would like to make a comment on the application, the closing date is Friday 18 November 2022.

Connect membership

15 November 2022: The Parent Council is a member of Connect, which is an education charity which provides support for parents, Parent Councils, Parent Teacher/Staff Associations, and other parent bodies in Scotland.

Through Connect through Connect parents can gain access to services like online Information Sessions, regular newsletters, advice and support, Parents’ Voice online surveys, dedicated Facebooks pages and other facilities.

Have a look at the latest Connect newsletter here:

November update from Connect

All parents at JGHS can also register as members – just choose the option ‘The PC/PTA at my child’s school is a member of Connect’.

Register as a member of Connect

Independent review of Scottish qualifications and assessments

11 November 2022: The Scottish Government has announced that it is their intention to reform qualifications and assessments in Scotland.

About the review

To provide guidance for this reform, an independent review of qualifications and assessments has been launched by the Scottish Government, which will run alongside the ongoing National Discussion on education in Scotland.

This review will look more closely at how learner’s achievements should be recognised and looks specifically at issues such as the role of curriculum for excellence, the balance between external and internal assessment, the use of technology and equity.

Details of the review and its background are available on the consultation website:

Hayward Independent Review of Scottish Qualifications and Assessments

This reform process will seek to ensure that all learners’ achievements are fairly recognised to afford every learner an enhanced and fair opportunity to demonstrate the breath, depth and relevance of their learning.  

Submit your view by 16 December 2022

The review is asking for input to the consultation. You can submit your responses via their online survey:

Qualifications and Assessment survey

The National Discussion

Once the consultation on The National Discussion finishes in early December 2022, the findings will also be fed into the review.

More information: Let’s talk Education – The National Discussion

Once the qualifications and assessment review is completed, Professor Louise Hayward will provide recommendations to the Cabinet Secretary in March 2023.