Author Archives: Samantha Carr

Eco-group Update

Bellshill Academy is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Local School Nature Grant. Our pupils will be benefitting from the delivery of outdoor wooden seating which will be used by staff and pupils from across the school. In addition staff will receive training to help children learn outdoors and make the most of learning opportunities with the school grounds. Pupils played an important role in applying for the grant and selected the equipment that they felt would benefit their peers. The project is run by Learning through Landscapes and funded by Postcode Local Trust, which receives funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. #LocalSchoolNatureGrant

North Lanarkshire’s Excellence Award Ceremony

Yvonne MacBean, alongside various members of staff and S6 pupils worked this session to support the Sporting Memories group. As a result of their hard work, Yvonne was presented with an Excellence & Equity Award at last night’s North Lanarkshire Excellence Awards Ceremony. Sporting Memories is a national organisation which works with older men to tackle dementia, depression and loneliness through promoting physical activity and sporting memories. S6 students have hosted numerous coffee mornings in the school for the men. During the coffee mornings the young people have developed their organisational skills by setting up intergenerational quizzes, devising challenges and different physical activities and have carried out consultations and questionnaires with the men on what their best sporting memories are from their youth.  This year the students, supported by Yvonne, have worked with the men to develop an App called ‘World Walking’. The app will be used to promote physical activity in the older men and the young people. Pupils used their consultation with the men to develop a walking map of North Lanarkshire incorporating famous local sports personalities and land marks that the men had identified along with the young people. The walk will be launched onto the App in early June and will be available to download from the App Store and Google Play Store.  The Scottish Government have been so impressed with this initiative that they have organised a launch of the app here at the school in June. Continue reading

Bingo Night

On Friday 24th March, Ms Boyd of the Music department organised a Bingo Night in aid of Cancer Research.  At the event pupils from the Academy performed musical pieces to entertain the audience. Overall the event raised almost £300 for Cancer Research. Well done to all pupils and staff involved for making the night a success.

Comic Relief – Red Nose Day 2017

On Friday 24th March Bellshill Academy pupils raised the phenomenal amount of £957 for Comic Relief. Pupils made and sold cakes, ran a sweepstake, organised ‘Guess the amount of sweets in the jar’ and had a full school dress down day. In addition to this, senior pupils hosted a charity coffee morning for the local sporting Memories Network Group. This is a support group for older men to encourage physical activity and reminiscence. Pupils organised, tea, coffee and cakes, a quiz, bowling, indoor curling and a balloon challenge for the men. Well done to all the pupils involved for volunteering their time and raising such a fantastic sum of money.

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Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition

The Bellshill group joined up with the Cumbernauld community group and spent three days walking and two nights camping in the area. The group faced a very challenging first day and despite a few injuries and major blisters – every young person successfully completed the expedition and showed great determination when things got difficult. They were a real credit to Bellshill Academy and the Cumbernauld Community. Mr Snelling and Yvonne MacBean, who led the expedition, stated that they could not be prouder of the group for their efforts. They will complete their final expedition in early June. The Bellshill pupils involved were: Fraser Foye, Ryan McLean, David Galloway, Jack Ritchie, Robert Craig, Chloe Watson, Rachel Muir and Kimberley Crawford. Well done to all pupils and staff involved. Continue reading