27th November 2014

S1 Parents’ Information Evening
On Wednesday parents and carers of S1 pupils had the opportunity to speak to their son/daughter’s teachers during our Parents’ Information Evening. The evening, which was organised by Mr John Johnston, DHT, was a great success with a fantastic turnout of parents and carers.

Throughout this week, pupils have participated in House Assemblies as part of Tutor Time. During the assemblies, Pupil Support staff have encouraged their students to achieve as many House points as possible. In the hotly contested Inter-House Competition, Arran are in the lead with 100 points, closely followed by Iona with 90 points and Lewis with 80 points.
Next week we are delighted that members of our extended Chaplaincy Team will lead our Year Group assemblies.

History Trip to New Lanark
A group of S3 History students were treated to a great ‘New Lanark Experience’ on Wednesday 26th November. The trip was organised by Mrs Fiona Higgins as part of the National 5 History course.

North Lanarkshire S1/S2 Dance show
We were delighted to host the North Lanarkshire S1/2 Dance Show in our Assembly Hall on Wednesday. The event was a great success thanks to the support of Mrs Caroline Anderson and her PE staff. Well done to Bellshill Academy students and to all of the students from the participating schools.

Preparing for Work
We are delighted that a group of potential school leavers have been given the opportunity to be out of class for the next 3 weeks on a Tuesday afternoon to take part in a “Routes to work” workshop. This will be great preparation to ensure that they are ready for the next step in moving into the workplace.

Senior Volunteers
A large number of senior students, with the support of our Partnership Officers, have done very well and embraced a number of opportunities to volunteer in a range of Leadership activities within the school and local community. Much of the work involves senior students supporting younger pupils as mentors. (Seniors working with pupils on a Health and Wellbeing project). Many are on track to complete up to 200 hours towards the prestigious Saltire Award.

Charities Committee
Last week senior students held a very successful cake sale in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice. The committee are currently collecting food parcels to be delivered to members of our community.

Fire Reach Project
Twelve S4 pupils have been selected to take part in the Fire Reach project which will begin on Monday 1st December.

Christmas Concert
Our annual Christmas Concert will take place on 10th December. We hope that as many members of our community as possible will come along to support our young people.