S1 trip to see ‘A Christmas Carol’

All of S1 went to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Citizens’ Theatre last week. It was a fabulous production and was hugely enjoyed by all.

In English pupils then made postcards, a selection of which were sent to the theatre to show our appreciation.

Here are some of their comments:

‘I enjoyed Christmas Day when Scrooge was really nice to everyone. I also liked how he went to his nephew’s house for Christmas.’

‘My favourite part was when Scrooge was flying on his bed and the moon was moving side to side in the sky.’

‘I enjoyed how close we were to the play. In a normal theatre it’s hard to hear and see.’


“On Tuesday 7th November, our senior public speaking team who competed in the Rotary Youth Speaks competition at Mearns Castle High School.  Kirsty gave an insightful speech on the male struggle and why men should not be left out of the gender equality conversation.  It was a hot topic this year, with both Mearns Castle High School and Williamwood High School delivering speeches that revolved around positive discrimination in the workplace and sexual harassment.  Our team performed exceptionally well – and came second! The judges commented that it was incredibly difficult to choose winners this year as the standard was so high.  There was only 15 points difference across the board.  Our team received much praise with regard to topic and delivery from the adjudicators (and many positive comments from audience members).  The night was a great success and an absolute credit to the team’s hard work and preparation.  Well done, seniors!”


Elaine Reid

English Teacher

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Public Speaking


On Wednesday 9th November, two teams from Barrhead High School competed in the Rotary Youth Speaks competition at St. Ninian’s High School – an annual event that sees pupils from across East Renfrewshire putting their public speaking skills to the test.  Our first team in the senior category impressed the judging panel by exploring whether age really does equal wisdom.  Taking a close look at ‘being female in today’s society’, was our second senior team’s topic.  Although both teams performed exceptionally well, we were sadly pipped to the post by Mearns Castle High School who convinced the audience that physically disciplining children should be stopped.  The judges commented that it was an incredibly close race and praised both Barrhead High School teams for their thoughtful, powerful speeches, and confident delivery.  Ken Macintosh, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, was also in attendance, and praised all speakers for their dedication and enthusiasm, commenting that it had given him great hope in the future of politics.  A huge congratulations to both senior teams – the night was a great success and a real credit to the pupils’ diligent efforts!


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