As we leave January and enter February we have 10 working days to go until the half term week. There is plenty of focus and business to take care of, together, in that time.

Key points;

Cultural Calendar – We had a Burns influenced day on Tuesday last week, thanks to all who contributed and flashed some tartan. The recitals were also excellent and added to a feeling of pride in Scotland.

Start of day – As we continue to work through the cleaning regimes in place, can youngsters please look to arrive for 8.25am and not come into the building earlier. This allows the cleaning team to finalise and Teaching team to prepare.

New phone system – We have installed a new system to help direct calls to the right people quicker.

When you call our 0131 554 0606 number there are options to:

  1. Report a pupil absence – Parents please clearly state the;
    1. name of your child
    2. their class
    3. the reason for their absence (very important so we can log it correctly)
  2. Contact the office
  3. Contact the janitors

If the absence is covid related, please press 2 and speak to the office after 8am. The phone line will be available 24/7.

Assessment Window 2 – We have 9 working weeks until the Easter break, following Easter we move into the National Assessment / Exam timetable; effort, commitment and perseverance will be key in these coming weeks. To help pupils and Families gauge progress we will run our Assessment window 2.

Ms Watson will keep pupils and all updated with details, the dates are as follows;

-Window begins Monday 7th Feb 2022 and will run until Friday 25th Feb (there will be no assessments during the holiday)

-Not all subjects will use this exact window due to the nature of their coursework, they will communicate their plans with youngsters directly.

S4,5,6 Reports Track 2 – These are being finalised by Heads of Dept and will be emailed shortly direct to Parents. These will hopefully trigger positive, supportive discussions to help youngsters achieve their success and goals!

S4,5 Course Choice – This process is now beginning to get underway. Mr Stewart will email specific details to help with this process. It is an important time and talking is key. Some useful supports may be….

-emailing / asking questions to your child’s House Head or to for help

-email Maya who is our fantastic Careers Advisor (Skills Development Scotland)

-Our website with course choice info booklets Course Info Handbooks S3,4,5,6 – (

-the My World of Work website which details jobs, the courses and qualifications needed and the Labour Market Intelligence (what does the future look like for this type of work) linked to that role My World of Work |

Chinese New Year –

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Leith Academy: The year of the Tiger. At lunch time in the cafeteria there will be workshops as follows;

-Chinese calligraphy

-chopstick competition

-jianzi (shuttlecock)

-tea tasting

Through the week there will be a Kahoot to be completed in Key Adult in LA and in the cluster primaries.

Many thanks to all staff involved, the Senior helpers, Language Ambassadors, Equality Ambassadors, S1 & S2 helpers for preparing the activities and assisting in the smooth running of the events next week. 

Have a good weekend, perhaps with Haggis.

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