Are you #readytovote?

As most of you will already know, the voting age in Scotland has now been lowered to 16 for the Scottish Parliamentary election. In order to have your vote counted, you will need to register before the 18th of April.

It only takes a few minutes. Go to to sign up or pop in to the school library for assistance. Bring your National Insurance number if you have one. If you don’t have one, you can still register.

Once you have done so, let your friends know and encouage them to register too. The hashtag for use on social media is #readytovote.

Mrs Gowans



Library Study

Sixth year pupils in particular are advised that there have been a number of complaints recently both from members of staff as well as other pupils regarding the standard of behaviour in the library during free blocks.

Any pupil using the library during free blocks must arrive ready to study and not disturb other library users. This means actively working and not chatting with friends whilst using the library.

Pupils intending to socialise, play with mobile phones or engage in group study will be moved along to another area of the school.

Mrs Gowans

Author Visit!

Teri Terry, the multi-award winning author of novels for teenagers, is visiting our school on Wednesday 10th February and will spend time with pupils in S4-6. If you are in S1-3, enjoy reading and would like to meet the author of Slated, Fractured, Shattered and Carnegie-nominated Mind Games, sign up with Mrs Gowans in the Library and we’ll take you out of Block 1 so you don’t miss out! Places strictly limited.

Stan Lee Excelsior Award

The Stan Lee Excelsior Award is the only nationwide book award for graphic novels and manga – where kids aged 11-16 decide the winner by rating each book as they read it!

Eight graphic novels are selected for the shortlist and it now attracts over two hundred schools and public libraries from all over the UK – from Scotland to Jersey, from Belfast to Gateshead! The Stan Lee Excelsior Award attempts to highlight some of the amazing books that are out there – books that fully deserve to be in our school libraries alongside regular fiction!

Pop into the library to grab one of the books and take a voting form to let us know how you rate the book. See you soon!

Mrs Gwyther

Read all about it!

If you heard something in the media on your way to school this  morning and you want to more…….pop into the library and find out more in the Times newspaper ( kindly supplied by the English dept )

Todays copy is alway on the desk! =)

Best Literary Quote….Whats yours?

No 4 on the Book Week Scotland Favourite quotes is:

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
And Still I Rise, Maya Angelou

What’s your favourite quote?  Comment and let us know =)

Follow this link to the whole list:


Mrs Gwyther




Literacy and Life

I came across this quote today from Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. It beautifully expresses what literacy is and why it matters to everyone. As a Librarian, it is this that underpins all of my work in schools and communities and it is why I feel literacy should be at the very heart of learning.

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development… For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realise his or her full potential.”

Would anyone care to design a poster of this for the school library?

Mrs Gowans