10th September 2014

IMG_7186New S1

We are delighted that our new S1 pupils have settled very well into secondary school here at the Academy. The pupils continue to be well supported by our senior students and peer mentors and many of our new S1 attended the Open Evening to support the Primary 7 pupils.
Some of our new S1 are pictured with peer mentors.

Open Evening

Our annual Open Evening for P7 pupils and parents took place on Wednesday 10th September. The evening was a fantastic success with a huge turnout of parents from our associated primary schools, Lawmuir, Mossend and Noble.
Feedback from parents and pupils was excellent and we would like to thank Mr Jamieson, Chairperson of the Parent Council and all of the Head Teachers of our Associated Primary Schools and their staff for coming along to support the first big event of our P7 Transition programme. Any parents who were unable to attend can arrange a visit to the school by speaking to Mr Johnston DHT.

Homework Information Guide for Parents

A new Homework information Guide for parents was issued to all pupils this week. The guide provides detailed information on our Homework Expectations for each subject and some helpful tips for parents on supporting their sons/daughters with homework tasks.
Students in S4 who are currently working towards the National Qualifications have also been issued with a detailed Information Guide containing key assessment dates and our school Supported Study programme for this session. We would encourage all senior students to attend the wide range of supported study classes on offer after school and at lunchtime. Parents seeking more information on homework and our supported study programme can contact the school office.

Study Groups

Study Groups for students in S4-6 will begin next week. Students will have the opportunity to take part in weekly mentoring sessions led by senior staff. The study groups are an essential part of our additional support to students preparing for National Examinations.

20140903_095121Visit to Cern

In June this year I was notified that I had won a place on a trip to CERN in Switzerland organised by Glasgow University. CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research where physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe.
Along with ten other winners, from all around the Glasgow area, we were allowed to see first-hand the cutting edge detectors in use at the site, which discovered the Higgs Boson particle and to talk to several PHD students and workers at CERN. Even eating in the sites canteen, where Nobel Prize Winners were just a few tables away.
With a trip into the beautiful city of Geneva, it was certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity and one which I do not expect to forget.