Drummond Community High School

DRUMMOND UPDATE

EXAMINEES TO RETURN ON WEDNESDAY 

Drummond pupils in years S4–S6 will return to school on Wednesday. 

Contingency arrangements for those in years S1–S3 have not been finalised. 

That was the news from City of Edinburgh Council this evening. It said a programme of structural surveys in schools would continue across the capital this week. 

Drummond, it seems, is able to partially reopen because it was only partially refurbished as part of the PPP1 project. This will come as partial comfort to pupils and parents. 

DRUMMOND SHUT FOR SAFETY CHECKS

Drummond Community High School will not reopen when the Summer Term starts on Monday. 

It is one of 17 capital state schools that will remain closed while safety checks are made on their buildings. 

The decision to stay shut was taken yesterday after checks at Oxgangs Primary School, damaged by Storm Gertrude in January, revealed ‘new issues’. 

DRUMMOND BUILDS LINKS WITH CONSTRUCTION GIANT

Globally recognised engineering and construction firm Laing O’Rourke has chosen to sponsor Drummond Community High School. 

Professionals will offer their expertise to support pupils and staff on the ‘Design Engineer Construct!’ course which Drummond has been piloting since last autumn. 

S1 and S3 students began the course by collaboratively designing an eco classroom with help from industry insiders, academics and undergraduates. 

WORLD ON YOUR DOORSTEP AT DRUMMOND CHS

There are exciting times ahead as we prepare for our first ever Diversity Evening celebrations on 10 March writes Drummond CHS headteacher Sue Cook

Our International Marketplace and workshops will run from 5.00– 7.30pm and will feature foods and goods from around the world. Plan on selecting your tea from Indian, Chinese and Fair-Trade foods which will be on sale, and purchase gifts from the many other marketplace stalls selling jewellery, art, etc.

DRUMMOND MATHMOS IN SCOTTISH TOP TEN

Following their victory in the Lothians in June, last week a team of S3 and S4 pupils from Drummond Community High School took part in the Enterprising Maths in Scotland competition finals of the held at the Glasgow Science Centre. 

Fifty-eight teams who had qualified from regional events across the country tackled a variety of puzzles and problems, including team questions, practical tasks and calculations, logic games and relay races. 

DRUMMOND CELEBRATES SUCCESSES

Athlete and former pupil Kimberley Reed was guest of honour at Drummond Community High School’s annual celebration of achievement last week, writes David Sterratt (Chair of the Parent Council).

Reed, recently awarded the Eric Liddell Trophy for ‘Most promising world class athlete of the future’, now combines her hammer throwing with studying Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, where she has a particular interest in amnesia and Alzheimer’s.

'RE-PROFILED' DRUMMOND PLAYGROUND PROMISES GROWTH

Urban planning experts say there's a strong case for flattening the space outside Drummond Community High School. But they face an uphill task convincing some locals that their plans are well grounded.

The publicly accessible hard surface recreation area currently drops by as much as 28 feet between the bus stop on Mansfield Place and the bike sheds at the bottom of Bellevue Place. 

'It's a hazard and always has been,' says Community Outreach Manager Iona Downes of Dutch-based civic forum consultancy Eerste van de Vierde UK (EvdV).

DRUMMOND'S KENYA TRIP – DISAPPOINTMENT AND THE WAY FORWARD

For the July issue of the Spurtle, we had hoped to have lots of exciting photographs and information about Drummond CHS’s visit to their partner schools Muthambi Boys and Girls in Kenya, writes Annie Scanlon (Librarian/ Co-ordinator Drummond Muthambi Educational Partnership).

Unfortunately, two weeks before departure, permission to travel was withdrawn.

Drummond – along with Currie and Portobello High Schools – had been planning to make visits in June.

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