15th May 2015

BarbariansRugby success
After winning both the Dalziel Schools Youth Festival and NLL Tournament, the Bellshill Barbarians were invited to play in the Schools Cup Final. This final is played between the best teams from North and South Lanarkshire. For Bellshill to make this final is an absolutely remarkable achievement for a group of boys who only started playing rugby in January this year. However their opponents were Duncanrig High who are a school of rugby and boast a team predominately made up of club players with years of experience. Duncanrig made this experience count and their better organisation allowed them to beat the Bellshill boys relatively comfortably. However, our boys got better and better as the game went on and their plucky performance saw them praised by their opponents and the referee. Their coach and teacher, Dougie Clark, said “People could barely believe that such an inexperienced team could play in such a spirited way. The boys team spirit was incredible and even when losing they kept trying, supported each other and won the admiration of the crowd.” To crown what has been a truly remarkable season, Lewis Donnelly was given the most valuable player of the tournament award. which, considering he had never touched a rugby ball before January, is probably the most extraordinary thing in what has been an extraordinary season for the Bellshill team.

Tinto Hill Climb
S1 pupils have been offered the opportunity to take part in the Tinto Hill climb on Thursday 21st May. The climb is an annual event to support St Andrew’s Hospice.

Careers opportunities
On Wednesday 20th May pupils in S1-3 will take part in a Careers Fair in the Academy. This will be a fantastic opportunity for pupils to find out about a wide range of careers pathways.

Glasgow University Workshop
All pupils in S1 have been invited to take part in a workshop organised by staff from the University of Glasgow on Tuesday 20th May. This workshop will give all pupils the chance to find out about Higher Education.

Education Scotland Good Practice Visit

Last week teaching staff and our Partnership Officer, Yvonne Macbean, delivered a presentation to over 20 representatives from Education Scotland here in the Academy. Education inspectors were full of praise for the work of the school in developing strong partnerships with parents and the local community to support our young people.

Live –n- Learn Workshops
Last week, pupils in S4 who are studying for National 4 qualifications took part in a motivational workshop led by Live –n- Learn. The workshops were designed to inspire students to achieve their best in their national qualifications.

Primary – Secondary Liaison
Head Teachers from our Associated Primary schools, met with senior academy staff on Thursday 14th May, to plan for our annual 2 day P7 visits scheduled to take place in June. Full details of the visits and the P7 Roadshow will be issued to parents of all P7 pupils in the coming weeks. Pupil Support staff and our Maths and English Principal Teachers are currently working with our colleagues in all of the Primary Schools to ensure that the P7 pupils are fully prepared for the visits and for their transfer to the academy in August. Further details of the Summer School programme will also be issued to all P7 pupils by our Partnership Officer in the coming weeks.