Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition
The Bellshill Academy Silver Duke of Edinburgh group successfully completed their final expedition in Aberfoyle this week. The group battled heavy, persistent rain for most of their expedition and supported each other to stay motivated and to keep going. The group displayed real resilience and determination throughout their challenging three days and not once did any member of the team give up. Mr Snelling and Yvonne MacBean could not be prouder of all the pupils. The pupils included in this year’s team are Fraser Foye, David Galloway, Ryan McLean, Robert Craig, Chloe Watson and Rachel Muir. They have all achieved their Silver DofE Award and should be very proud of their achievements. Kimberly Crawford and Jack Ritchie could unfortunately not attend the final expedition and will hopefully be able to complete their award in the near future with another group – they were both missed by their teams mates during this week’s expedition.
Bellshill Academy Sports Competition
On Friday 2nd June, the PE department at Bellshill Academy held their annual Sport’s Day where pupils could win points for their houses. The Sport’s Day was made up of two sessions. The morning session was the Individual House Championships for S1-S3, where pupils were able to compete in various athletic challenges. The afternoon session involved two main team events, namely football and tug-of-war, which were well-attended by pupils in S1-S3. The day was a great success that pupils enjoyed greatly. Well done Mrs. Anderson and the PE department for organising the event. Continue reading
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
NLC Dance Championship 2017
Bellshill Academy had a triumphant success at this year’s NLC Dance Championships held at Greenfaulds High School, where we secured a total of three gold medals. The senior dancers, Luci Mitchell, Robyn Gowrie, Emma Rae, Lauren Gilmour, Ewan Ferguson, Sophie Kerr and Alana Hillcoat, won their 3rd consecutive gold medal with a dance dedicated to raising the awareness of breast cancer. The gold medal success did not stop there as our duo of Sophie Reid from S4 and Sophie Kerr, S3, gained their 2nd consecutive gold from this competition. Robyn Gowrie and Luci Jones both in S5 also won a gold medal with a very entertaining jazz duet. Bellshill Academy placed 2nd in the overall awards. This was a fantastic achievement as the competition was attended by many schools across the authority. We are very proud of all our dancers who performed and hope to continue our success in the future. Well done to all staff and pupils involved for their excellent achievements.
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Expedition
Bellshill Academy’s Duke of Edinburgh bronze group recently completed their expedition, assisted by Mr Snelling and Yvonne MacBean.The group went to Strathyre for their expedition. They started at Ben Ledi car park and walked into the centre of Strathyre along Loch Lubnaig. They then spent the night camping at Immervoulin campsite, roasting marshmallows over the fires. They even brought their books and did studying for their SQA exams, showing their dedication. The group then walked through the Strathyre forest to Balquhidder. They navigated their way through the forest using a compass and OS map. The group will complete their final expedition at the start of June. The group showed excellent team working skills and maturity during the expedition and a good time was had by all.
The Bellshill Barbarians led by Mr Clark and Mr Davidson managed to win the tier 3 competition at last week’s Dalziel School’s Rugby Competition. The team made up of pupils from Bellshill Academy, Coltness High School, Clyde Valley High School and Calderhead High School played emphatically at their first competition. The team that trained together at the start of the academic year sadly broke up after Christmas due to a lack of funding but on Friday the boys managed to overcome this set- back and breezed past Chryston High and Stonelaw High School to victory. Well done to all pupils and staff involved for their hard work and achievements.
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.
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
S4-6 Study Evenings
Staff at the Academy have been offering supported study events for our SQA candidates including a pizza and study night. S4/S5/S6 pupils have been accessing departments for extra tuition and support after school, ahead of their SQA exams. We are delighted to see such a positive response from our young people. These late night study sessions have also been effective for boosting moral and motivation at this time of pressure, as we approach final folio deadlines and assessments. Once again our young people have demonstrated their commitment to being successful learners and the study nights have been a great success.
Bellshill Academy P6/7 Sport Transition Event
Bellshill Academy invited P6/7’s from their local feeder primary schools to take part in a PE Transition event on Friday 17th of March. Active schools coupled, with the PE department and sports student from UWS, organised a number of different activities for the pupils to participate in. Pupils were able to take part in various sporting activities, including dance, football and netball. The day offered pupils from Lawmuir Primary School, Noble Primary School and Mossend Primary School the opportunity to mix with their future classmates, meet the PE department and the Sports Ambassadors at the Academy. The day could not have ran without the hard work of the Sports Ambassadors, who organised and co-ordinated the event, ensuring pupils and teachers all had a positive experience. The P6/7’s are all excited for starting at the Academy in the near future and the event was thoroughly enjoyable for all pupils and staff involved.
North Lanarkshire Schools Cross Country Championships
Bellshill Academy recently took 16 pupils to compete at the North Lanarkshire Schools Cross Country Championships. The competition was of a very high standard but Bellshill Academy managed to achieve good results. In the S1 girl’s competition, Jenna Cole managed 6th place out of 103, while Karla Hillcoat managed 8th place which were both fantastic achievements. This coupled with Sarah De Beer’s placing of 56th managed to propel the S1 girls’ team into 6th spot overall. This was a wonderful achievement for the girls. The S2 boys’ team managed to place 9th in the overall standings. Well done to Luke Ramsey, Kian Grierson and Josh Lindsay for their contributions. Kieran Hogg in S3 also managed an impressive 9th place in a very competitive S3 boy’s event. Well done to all involved in this competition. Continue reading