Tyne & Esk Young Writer of the Year 2014

S1 – 4 pupils are invited to let their imagination run wild in this year’s Tyne and Esk Young Writer of the Year competition.

Young Writer Poster 2014

Entrants must reside in East Lothian and are allowed to enter one piece of original writing. The work can be either prose or poetry. Prose should be no more than 1500 words with poetry being no longer than 40 lines. There is no charge for entering the competition.

Entrants must ensure that they include their name; age; class; title of their entry; name of school and their English teacher on the back of their piece of original writing. Please keep an electronic copy as you will need this should you win.

All entries should be handed to English teachers by Wednesday 11 June.

Celebrating Reading Success

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The English department, school librarian Mrs Lumsden  and the staff of Ross High have worked hard this session to improve pupil engagement with personal reading . Last session just 40 million words had been read by pupils through Accelerated Reader. Already this session pupils have doubled that figure to over 86 million and we are continuing to win the” reading war” against Knox Academy. Our pupils have now read nearly 2000 books!

At the end of term, the library hosted a Celebration of Reading for almost 60 pupils who have successfully completed awards for ‘Reading for Gold’ and also those who have read over 1 million words in the Accelerated Reading programme.

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Already this year 36 pupils have completed their ‘Reading for Gold’ Bronze award; 2 have completed the ‘Reading for Gold’ Silver award; and we now have 18 Reading Millionaires  (including some double and triple millionaires) from Accelerated Reader.

Well done to all our pupils on becoming more avid readers. Let’s aim for the 100 million word mark by the summer break – less than 20 million words to go!

World Book Day 2014

Staff across Ross High School have celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as famous characters from the world of literature. Can you guess who’s who?

As well as this, staff have been sharing details of their favourite genres/books with pupils. Mrs Lumsden has organised a ‘Get Caught in Reading’ display for World Book Day in the school foyer.

S1 pupils have also been issued with a World Book Day token which can be used at bookshops during the month of March.

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February 2014 Update

It has been a very busy term so far for pupils and staff with S4/5/6 pupils completing their prelims prior to the February break. The results of these will be confirmed shortly and we will be reporting to parents in the coming weeks in order to confirm final levels of study.

To further support our senior pupils, we are also starting after school study support sessions for Higher, Intermediate 2 and National 5 pupils from Monday 24 February. Please encourage pupils to attend these sessions as they prepare for their final exams in May/April.

Our S1-3 pupils have also had a particularly successful start to 2014. They have read 1262 books and a whopping 61 million words in Accelerated Reader. We’ve also challenged Knox Academy to beat our totals and are now competing to see which school can reach the 100 million word mark first. It is great to see so many of our young people are becoming more engaged with reading. Last year, Ross High pupils read just 40 million words across the whole school years, so we are delighted at this progress. Please look at our ‘Reading for Gold’ parent guide for further information on our reading scheme.

Mr Foley and Ms Barry also joined the department shortly before Christmas and they have been busy involving themselves in a number of new extra-curricular activities.

Wednesday lunchtimes are all about the Media Club with pupils currently exploring journalism and working towards BBC School Report news day on Thursday 27 March. Keep an eye on our website for their news reports in the coming weeks. Several staff have also been trained in the use of green screen technology, with further training in video editing planned for next term. We are excited about sharing this new technology with pupils and enhancing the learning experience through this.

Miss Bradley’s classroom is also a hive of activity on Tuesday lunchtimes with Debating Club. Pupils are currently preparing for a debate with a number of Edinburgh secondary schools in March. This will shortly be followed by the inaugural East Lothian Schools Debating Competition which Ross High will be hosting on Friday 28 March.

Please continue to keep up to date with news from the English department via our website. You can also follow our Twitter feed @rosshighenglish where we will continue to communicate with parents and pupils.

September 2013 Update

The new term is well underway and there are lots of exciting projects in development in the English department.

We have said goodbye to Miss Mollon and Miss Muir, but we welcome Miss Bradley and Miss Ross to the department.

Our new personal reading scheme ‘Reading for Gold’ has launched for S1-3 pupils and the website will be updated with more details of this shortly. This is a really exciting and challenging award scheme to encourage more personal reading and many of our pupils are already racing through the tasks and enjoying new books.

S4 pupils are now working towards the new National 4 and National 5 qualifications, with our National 5 classes beginning to study the Scottish drama ‘Tally’s Blood’ or the novel ‘The Cone Gatherers’.

We are also planning ahead for National Poetry Day on Thursday 3 October. This year’s theme is ‘Water’.

As well as our website, you can also follow the department Twitter feed @rosshighenglish where we will continue to keep parents and pupils updated on events in the English department.

Mr MacLean, PTC Literacy