The Community School of Auchterarder news:

Exam results; Mr Clyde was delighted to announce that this year’s SQA results were nothing short of outstanding. He congratulated our young people and their families, as well as all members of the staff for the huge amount of effort and support that made these results possible. In many areas, particularly Highers and Advanced Highers, the school attained the best results in six years. A full report will be published soon on the details of our learners’ fabulous attainment. We relentlessly tell our pupils how very fortunate they are to attend a school with such fantastic teachers and such a supportive environment. These results, in part, go a long way to substantiating this claim.

National 5 geography field trip to Dunkeld; A successful and enjoyable day was had by our National 5 Geographers in the sunshine at Dunkeld on Monday 24 August, where they were collecting data about footpath erosion, undertaking visitor and tourist facility surveys as well as traffic surveys. The sun shone and the pupils worked hard, earning compliments from the general public for their excellent behaviour.

Malawi news; The final week of August saw two teachers from our partner school in Malawi bring some much needed sunshine with them as they arrived in school following a 24-hour journey from the 'Warm Heart of Africa'. Mr Peter Mauya, depute and teacher of maths and science and Mr Mathews Mbobo, teacher of english and drama, visited from Linthipe Secondary School as part of the British Council Connecting Classrooms programme. The teachers visited classes and engaged with pupils to answer questions about aspects of life and education in Malawi. They observed classroom practice and discussed developments in the new curriculum in Malawi. We were able to discuss teaching practices that were common to both countries and learn from each other about how to engage learners in the process of education. You may remember the 'Spend a Penny' fundraiser earlier in the year where the primary school raised money for additional latrines? Peter and Mathews were able to visit the pupils in primary classes who had put together the video and reported on how the work was progressing. Our friends also travelled to Edinburgh and St Andrews to take in cultural icons of Scotland. The visit culminated in a ceilidh fundraiser for the pupil expedition to Linthipe in 2016. Our Malawian link has benefited enormously from these visits and we hope to raise the profile of Global Citizenship, particularly in light of the current International situation.

Higher biology trip to Glasgow; On Thursday 27 August S5/6 Higher biology and human biology pupils visited Strathclyde University’s clinical labs to carry out a practical investigation on the uses of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in science. Pupils carried out different experimental procedures to understand the principles of PCR reaction and used their knowledge to understand the importance of using PCR in the diagnosis of genetic diseases. Pupils carried out the practical procedure of diagnosing rhesus disease in new born babies using PCR.

Crieff Highland Gathering success for P7s; Our P7 pupils entered a team in the School Relay Race at the Crieff Highland Games on Sunday 16 August and were very proud to have come first. They all received a medal as well as a rather super trophy to display in school.