6th February 2014


Bellshill Academy Malawi Team visit Motherwell and Wishaw Rotary Club

Bellshill Academy Malawi Team members Ross McAlpine and Rebecca Lovell enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of Motherwell and Wishaw Rotary Club last Thursday evening. The pupils had been invited with Mr Sexton to speak about the Academy’s ongoing fundraising for a planned trip to Malawi in June. The focus of the school’s visit will be to raise awareness of the importance of educating girls and ensuring raising the status of women and girls is a development priority in Malawi. We also plan to work with a school for disabled children to improve access to education for some of the most disadvantaged children in Malawi. Over the course of the evening we learned that the Rotary Club also support an ongoing water pump programme in Malawi, and if at all possible we’ll visit one of their projects when we visit in June.

Launch of National Voters registration Day

National Voters Registration day was on Wednesday 5th February and Bellshill Academy S5 pupils were invited by the Scottish Youth Parliament to help launch their new tool kit for engaging young people in the voting registration process. All of the S5 pupils engaged in the debates and activities that were facilitated by the SYP staff and Jordan Linden MSYP for Bellshill and Uddingston. Many young people who had not already registered to vote completed registration forms and were enthusiastic about the event. This was a great opportunity for the academy to be involved in such a high profile event. (Photo attached showing pupils and SYP staff).

S4 Parents Evening

Many thanks to all of the parents/carers who supported our Information and Consultation evening on Thursday 6th February. As always this very important evening was very well attended.

Visit by Education Scotland

On Wednesday 29th January, Senior Education Officers from Education Scotland, visited the school to meet with pupils and staff to discuss the good work we are doing at the Academy in implementing Curriculum for Excellence. The Officers were very impressed with the programmes we are offering our pupils and after meeting with a Focus Group of S3 and S4 pupils complimented our young people on their confidence and high level of involvement and commitment to the school.

Coca Cola Real Business Challenge

A group of S3 pupils attended the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge on Tuesday 4th February with their Business Studies teacher Mrs Tollan. Our pupils, Rebecca Munro, Georgia Speedie, Chloe Watson, Jillian McLees, Cameron Peacock, Robyn Gardiner, Aaron Clark and Megan Finlay had a fantastic day and reached the final 10 out of 175 schools who entered. We are very proud of their achievement.

S3 Campus Visit to Strathclyde University

A group of S3 students took part in a campus visit to Strathclyde University on Tuesday 28th January. The visit was organised by Mrs Chalmers as part of our transition to Higher Education programme which begins in S3. All of those involved found this to be a very worthwhile experience.