St Andrew’s Hospice Fun Run
Staff and senior students had a fantastic day on Sunday 20th September at the St Andrew’s Hospice 6K fun in Strathclyde Park, beginning at 10:30am. A huge thanks to Miss Simonini and Mr Clark for organising our involvement in the race.
St Andrew’s Bake Sale
The St Andrew’s Ambassadors held a bake sale during interval on Tuesday 22nd September to raise funds for the Hospice. Thanks to staff and students for their wonderful donations. Continue reading
Parents as Partners
Our new session got off to a great start with two really well attended events for parents:
Study Skills Evening
On Tuesday 1st September, we held two Study Skills Events for parents of pupils in S1-3 and S4-5. These events were led by senior staff, our Partnership Officer, Yvonne Macbean and senior students. Staff and students delivered presentations on a study skills and homework strategies to support pupils at home. Senior students also facilitated workshops on a range of techniques which parents can use to help their children study at home. Feedback from everyone who attended was exceptionally positive. (Some of the senior students who co-led the evening)
Primary- Secondary Transition
Our annual P7 Roadshow and two day visit were an outstanding success last week. Our Assembly Hall was full to capacity at the roadshow with our largest group of new S1 parents and carers in many years. The Roadshow was the start of the two day visit when all of our P7 pupils had the opportunity to follow their S1 timetable. The pupils were a credit to their Primary Schools and had a fantastic experience. Many thanks to all of our parents and carers and our Primary colleagues for ensuring that the pupils were very well prepared for the visit.
New Senior School Tie
S6 pupils have a new senior school tie, the tartan tie incorporates the school colours and co-ordinates with the gold braiding which will be on all senior school blazers. The suggestion for a new S6 tie came from the pupils themselves and they choose the design after careful consideration of a wide range of styles.
After winning both the Dalziel Schools Youth Festival and NLL Tournament, the Bellshill Barbarians were invited to play in the Schools Cup Final. This final is played between the best teams from North and South Lanarkshire. For Bellshill to make this final is an absolutely remarkable achievement for a group of boys who only started playing rugby in January this year. However their opponents were Duncanrig High who are a school of rugby and boast a team predominately made up of club players with years of experience. Duncanrig made this experience count and their better organisation allowed them to beat the Bellshill boys relatively comfortably. However, our boys got better and better as the game went on and their plucky performance saw them praised by their opponents and the referee. Their coach and teacher, Dougie Clark, said “People could barely believe that such an inexperienced team could play in such a spirited way. The boys team spirit was incredible and even when losing they kept trying, supported each other and won the admiration of the crowd.” To crown what has been a truly remarkable season, Lewis Donnelly was given the most valuable player of the tournament award. which, considering he had never touched a rugby ball before January, is probably the most extraordinary thing in what has been an extraordinary season for the Bellshill team.