29th January 2015

TransitionParents-P7 Transition Coffee Morning
Many thanks to the large number parents and carers of P7 pupils who attended our transition coffee morning on Wednesday 28th January. The event which was organised by Mr John Johnston, DHT, was a great success. Parents and carers had the opportunity to hear presentations form our School Captains and S1 pupils being treated to tea and coffee prepared and served by our 4XL students. Our S1 choir performed some Burns songs which they had prepared as part of our Burns celebrations and the morning ended with senior students conducting a tour of the school. Feedback from parents and carers was excellent and we plan to make this event an annual feature as part of our Transition Programme.

IMG_1434Author’s Visit

Pupils in S2 English at Bellshill Academy had a treat on Monday when award-winning author Cathy MacPhail visited the school. The pupils are studying one of her books and were enthralled as Cathy discussed her writing and inspiration. As well as giving the class a sneak preview of her latest book, Cathy involved the pupils in developing a creepy story set in the school after hours. S2 thoroughly enjoyed the visit and Cathy was very impressed by their terrifying ideas!

World Book Day
World Book Day is on Thursday 5th March and the English department will be celebrating this worthwhile event.
Over the next few weeks the department will be launching our annual readathon to encourage pupils to read for pleasure while raising money for seriously ill children. Class teachers in all subjects will allow S1-3 pupils some reading time in class on the day itself.

Holocaust Memorial Day
To recognise Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday 27th January, two of our senior students, Greg Edney and Lauren Craig prepared a presentation which was used in all Tutor classes. The presentation was based on their visit last term to Auchwitz.

Police Talks
Many thanks to our community Police Officers who, over the past few weeks have been delivering presentations to pupils in S2 and S3 as part of our Personal Support programme.

FOCUS West Campus Day
A group of S3 students had the opportunity to spend the day at the University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton Campus on Wednesday 28th January. The visit is part of the students’ early preparations for applying to University.

Netball Club
The Netball Club has restarted and runs on Tuesdays 3.30 – 4.30pm. The Club is open to all year groups.

SCHOOL SHOW

A workshop for anyone interested in performing in the school show will take place Monday 2nd February from 3.30 – 4.30pm in the Assembly Hall.

This will be a fun workshop to build confidence and team spirit.

Anyone who has not managed to audition for the school show due to exam commitments is encouraged to come along and get involved.