16th January 2014

Refurbishment of our new Learning Hub

We are delighted to let parents and carers know about the development of a new Learning Hub and Support Base within the Academy. This area has been developed to enable us to provide a more extensive range of support services for our pupils. The pupils have been very involved in working with Mrs Boslem, Principal Teacher of Support for Learning and Mrs Lennox, Acting Principal Teacher of Support for Behaviour, to design the layout of the base. Initial feedback from pupils, staff and parents who have had the opportunity to use the Base has been very positive. (some S1 pupils enjoying the new surroundings)

Rag Bag Collection/ House Competition.

The Eco committee would like to thanks to all parents, pupils and staff who contributed to the Rag Bag collection, especially to Mrs Mitchell and the senior pupils who organised the collection. The total raised this year was £39.00. The House competition results were as follows-

ORBISTON – 20 kg 50 points

WOODHALL – 19kg 30 points

DOUGLAS – 16kg 20 points

MILNWOOD – 5kg 10 points

Christmas Card Recycling House Competition

Many thanks also to pupils, parents, grandparents, friends and staff who contributed to the Christmas Card Recycling in aid of the Woodland Trust, and especially to the senior pupils – House Captains, prefects etc who collected and counted the cards during Tutor time this week. We collected a total of 13,424 cards – the best total so far. The House competition results are as follows –

WOODHALL – 4329 cards – 50 points

MILNWOOD – 3358 cards – 30 points

ORBISTON – 3270 cards – 20 points

DOUGLAS – 2467 cards – 10 points

Senior Film Club

The senior Film Club had its first meeting on Thursday 16th January after school with a screening of creepy Spanish horror The Orphanage (as voted for by pupils in S5 and S6). The students who came along had a great time.

Every week we will bring our seniors great films, many of which you won’t even have heard of, let alone seen (although we will make sure that there are a few blockbusters mixed in too). If anyone has any questions, please see Mr Scott, Principal Teacher of English, in the English Department.

Debating Club

The Debating Club has started again this year and the first debate took place on Monday 13th January at lunch time in the new Support Base. This has proved to be a

very popular club and Mrs Drummond, Support for Learning teacher, is already planning for our next competition. All pupils are welcome tocome along to participate in the debates each Monday or to just listen to our more experienced debators.

Metafit class

A Metafit class will run again each Wednesday after school in the gym. The class will be taken by a member of the NL Fitness Motivator Team. Pupils and staff are invited to come along. More details can be obtained from Mrs Alexander in the PE Department.

Calamity Jane

The Big Announcement of who will be the cast of our school show Calamity Jane will take place next week. Rehearsals will start the week after.