Drummond Community High School

DRUMMOND WELCOMES THE WORLD!

One of the things most people in Broughton like best about living or working here is its diversity. How appropriate, then, that one of this area's main powerhouses will host a Celebration of Languages and Cultures this Saturday.

Scots, English, Welsh, Mandarin, Arabic, Italian, Polish, Punjabi, Spanish, Hindu, Urdu and French are just some of the languages regularly spoken at Drummond Community High School – a wonderfully creative and educating mix right at the heart of the neighbourhood.

Prentice on pupils

Drummond Community High School's headteacher Norma Prentice addressed pupils and proud parents at last month's annual Celebration of Achievement.

The text of her speech, unedited and in full, appears below.

DRUMMOND KENYA GROUP STILL SEEK FUNDS

Since the turn of the year, excitement among the Kenya Group has been hotting up, writes  Drummond CHS's Annie Scanlon.

Five S5 students and three staff will take off for a visit to Drummond's partner schools in Muthambi from 12–23 June. They will teach in the schools, work in classes with their Muthambi friends, and visit farms, markets and local events to see how teenagers in Kenya live.
 

TEAMWORK BUILDS GREAT RESULT FOR DRUMMOND FINALISTS

Drummond CHS have done really well in the latest Construction and Built Environment Challenge (CABEC), competing against other pupils from across Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Ten S2 students (aged 13–14) from the school's CDT department attended the annual event at the capital's Corn Exchange, and – after performing excellently in the qualifying round – went on to secure  a place in the grand final.

KENYANS LEARN, TEACH AND LAUGH WITH DRUMMOND COMMUNITY

Jambo, Jambo! Or hello and welcome in Kiswahili!

This was the greeting that Drummond Community High School gave our friends from Muthambi Girls and Boys Schools when they arrived at Edinburgh Airport on Tuesday 13 June, writes Librarian and Coordinator Annie Scanlon.

It had been a long year’s organising and fundraising but at last all our hard work had borne fruit and our guests were here.

PRENTICE PROUD OF PUPILS

Headteacher Norma Prentice spoke of her great sense of pride in pupils’ commitment and hard work at Drummond Community High School’s end-of-term Celebration of Achievement.

Speaking on completion of her first full academic year in the job, she said: ‘I now feel I totally belong’.

However, she conceded that in some ways it had been a difficult year, with budget cuts and management restructuring dominating the headlines.

‘Staff have coped in these times of uncertainty with great strength and dignity.

DRUMMOND AND ARMY SEND BOOKS TO KENYA

Drummond Community High School and the 51st Scottish Brigade have joined forces to send almost 5,000 books to East Africa, reports Kenya Coordinator and school librarian Annie Scanlon (second right).

They will be transported in an Army supply ship with other equipment, and should arrive in Kenya by July.

Originally saved from a skip by a resourceful teacher at a decommissioned Army school in Germany, the books will be added to the stock of Drummond's two partnership secondary schools and an additional primary school.

DRUMMOND DISCOVERS JOHN MUIR

This year a new Wider Achievement Opportunity – The John Muir Award – was introduced in Drummond Community High School. Student Bilal Shahid tells Spurtle all about it.

John Muir was a Scottish-born American naturalist, author, and early advocate of what we now know as conservation. The award itself was launched by the John Muir Trust in 1997 to promote Muir’s message of preserving and exploring the wilderness.

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