We are delighted to hear that Jamie Rankin has been selected to be a Queen’s Baton Carrier for the Commonwealth Games.
Jamie is a very proactive and hardworking pupil within the Academy. This year, Jamie has given up his own time to help with the S2 football team, taking training sessions and coaching games. He also competes with the School Rugby team and has captained the side on many occasions. For work experience Jamie chose to work with the local ASC. He carried out every task to the highest standard and even worked late on several nights to help coach primary children. A very deserving Baton Bearer as at a young age he has already given back so much to sport.
Four S2 pupils from Bellshill Academy took part in a 10 week science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experience. Pupils rose to the challenge of water conservation by proposing the installation of a rainwater harvesting system to save on water use within the school builidings. As part of this experience, the pupils gained from the Academy’s partnership with global oil and gas company Wood Group PSN. Pupils demonstrated an ability to work as a team, solve problems and presented their ideas confidently to the judging panel at the recent Lanarkshire go4SET celebration and assessment day. The pupils who participated were(left to right) Lauren Quinn, Ross Pender, Lindsey Burke, Jade Sommerville. Many congratulations to all involved and to Mr Greg Linning, teacher of Biology, who mentored the team.
Senior Student’s Residential Experience
The Summer School for new S1 pupils is a regular event within Bellshill Academy and over the years the contribution of senior pupils has been invaluable. Last year senior students who offered to support the Summer School took part in a residential training weekend and we are keen for this to take place again. The proposed date is Monday 23 June – Wednesday 25th June and the venue is likely to an outdoor centre near the Trossachs. Those seniors who wish to be volunteers in the summer school will be given priority, and should speak to June or Yvonne in the Partnership Office as soon as possible.
The Malawi Team have made excellent progress in preparing for their visit to the country to work with disabled pupils. So far they have personally hosted a number of events such as gala nights, ladies’ nights, raffles and discos as well as helping with school fund raisers. Many of the students have managed to exceed their personal fundraising target and are going to use the extra cash to support causes when they get there such as child sponsorship, schools, orphanages, feeding programmes and the education of girls.
Youth Link Scotland Awards, Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year
Alexander More, (pictured with Yvonne MacBean Partnership Officer) an S5 student at the Academy is a finalist in the Youth Link Scotland Awards, Volunteer Youth Worker of the Year in the category of Role Model. These awards are nationwide and Alexander has been successful in reaching the final 3. Alexander gives up his own time to volunteer with various youth groups across the community and in school. He is the ‘School Sports Ambassador’ and he is involved in the preparation for the Commonwealth Games as a ‘Youth Legacy Ambassador’. He is a fantastic role model and has a very positive impact on all youth groups and individual young people he works with. He has also completed a training course ‘First Steps to Youth Work’ in order to be qualified for this role. Alexander is a truly inspirational young person and we wish him every success in the fourth coming Award Ceremony. He was nominated by Yvonne MacBean, Partnership Officer at Bellshill Academy.