20th February 2014

Youth Link Scotland Awards, Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year

Alexander More, (pictured with Yvonne MacBean Partnership Officer) an S5 student at the Academy is a finalist in the Youth Link Scotland Awards, Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year in the category of Role Model. These awards are nationwide and Alexander has been successful in reaching the final 3. Alexander gives up his own time to volunteer with various youth groups across the community and in school. He is the ‘School Sports Ambassador’ and he is involved in the preparation for the Commonwealth Games as a ‘Youth Legacy Ambassador’. He is a fantastic role model and has a very positive impact on all youth groups and individual young people he works with. He has also completed a training course ‘First Steps to Youth Work’ in order to be qualified for this role. Alexander is a truly inspirational young person and we wish him every success in the fourth coming Award Ceremony. He was nominated by Yvonne MacBean, Partnership Officer at Bellshill Academy.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

One of our S5 students Jamie Magee has just completed the practice Gold DofE residential in Dunoon, which involved a 57 mile walk over five days. Jamie took part in the expedition during the February holiday weekend together with a team of young people from North Lanarkshire. In preparation for the award, Jamie has also volunteered at our summer school and has worked within the Bellshill youth forum and youth club. We are delighted with Jamie’s achievements as part of the Duke of Edinburgh programme.

BBC School Report

BBC School Report is a nationwide initiative which allows pupils to research, write, present and broadcast their very own news programme. This year’s big day is Thursday 27th March and schools all over Britain – including Bellshill Academy – are putting together teams to make the news. Pupils who are interested in being involved in this year’s school report, should speak to Mr Scott in the English Department.

Senior Film Club

This week’s film is sci-fi action movie, District 9. 3.40pm in Jura, all S4-6 welcome.

Voter Registration forms

Following on from the Scottish Youth Parliament Workshop, (photo) voter registration forms are still available from the Home School Partnership Office for those eligible to vote in the Referendum.

Prelim Examinations

Prelim examinations for S4 students have now been completed and S5/6 students are currently involved in their prelims at Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher level. Supported Study and Mentoring programmes will continue throughout this term and we would encourage as many of our students to attend as possible.

Debating Club

The Debating Club continues to meet each Monday during lunchtime. All pupils interested in signing up for a debating workshop scheduled for next month should attend.