S5/6 Parents’ Evening – Thurs, 27th Oct

S5-6 Parents NightA reminder to all S5/S6 parents:

The S5/6 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday, 27th Oct from 4pm – 6.30pm.


Students are currently making appointments with their teachers and can do so up until 4pm on Thursday.

We look forward to welcoming you on the evening.

Fund Raising Cycle S1, S2 AND S3

On Thursday 13th October S1, S2 and S3 pupils were involved in an afternoon activity of either cycling or walking to raise money for School Funds – and have fun.  At this point in time:

  • S1 raised £996.90
  • S2 raised £694.00
  • S3 raised £477.80

The senior school (S4, S5 and S6) were given a non-uniform day raising £290.

A huge ‘thank you’ to all family and friends who donated.  A total of just over £2,500 has been raised so far.


S2 Geography – Model Volcanoes

S2 pupils have also been working hard to create DIY volcanoes.  This year saw some of our best ever entries; we had cakes, explosions and cross-sections!

All the volcanoes were of a very high standard and fitted the brief – to have the correct outer shape and colouring of a volcano, with some also showing the volcano’s inner structure. 

A big thanks to all the mums, dads, carers, grans and papas for all their support (and putting up with the mess!)

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S3 Geography – Model Towns

S3 pupils created model towns from Lego to show the growth and structure of cities – all demonstrated a very good understanding of the different land use zones within cities and how these are changing.

A reminder that all S1 and S2 pupils will rotate between History and Geography after the October break.

Can you help? If anyone is off on a break over the October week could you send us a postcard!

We use these to help decorate our large wall maps and with our Travel and Tourism classes.

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S1 – Geography Creativity

S1 pupils have been creating fabulous models as part of their first piece of homework.  They were given the brief to create a model of anything with a link to geography and with their name in it.  The imagination and hard work by all the pupils – and helpful mums, dads, carers, grans and papas was outstanding. We are looking forward to another set arriving in the second term when the pupils have rotated to their other social subject.

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ParentPay – Online School Payments

parentpayThe online school payment service is changing to ParentPay – a new online payment system.

The attached leaflet explains all of the changes and the dates by which ParentPay will be operational.



Please Note:

1. The current online school payment service will not be available from Friday, 7 October 2016 for the schools involved.

2. Revaluation machines in the Canteen can be used until the new on-line system is up and running.

3. Barrhead High – work will start on Wednesday, 12th October. All things going well the new online service is expected to be live for school meals only on the 14th October (In-Service day).

Barrhead comes to Old Trafford

img_1847Our first Premiership visit of the session saw a first visit to Old Trafford to see the mighty Manchester United take on Stoke City.

img_1819-2Although they looked the superior team on paper and had the home advantage – and much of the pressure and more of the chances! – they failed to capitalise on this and Stoke came away with a 1-1 draw.

img_1838Our seats gave a great view of the goal-mouth action.

The 45 pupils still had a great time and represented the school and themselves superbly. This contributed to making it a great experience for the 4 staff accompanying them.

Well done to all!

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Trampoline Club

The Trampoline club runs every Tuesday with the following year groups:

  1. S1 students attend every fortnight from Tuesday 4th Oct.
  2. S2-6 students attend every fortnight from Tuesday 11th Oct.

If you are unsure which week to attend, please see Miss Irvine in PE.


New National 5 & Higher Assessment dates

The S4 Assessment calendar: This calendar contains the dates of all National 5 class assessments for all subjects.

The S5 Assessment calendar: This calendar contains the dates of all National 5 & Higher class assessments for all subjects.

The S6 Assessment calendar: This calendar contains the dates of all National 5, Higher & Advanced Higher class assessments for all subjects.

All of these calendars have been updated today.

#StayOrganised #ClassAssessmentsDates

Assessment Calendar S4 Assessment Calendar S5 Assessment Calendar S6

Barrhead High School Careers Fair – Thursday 17th November 6.30-8.30 pm

careers-2Do you enjoy your job? Would you like to help advise and inspire our pupils in achieving their dream job or career?

If so, we would be delighted if you could be part of our Careers Fair.

We already have a number of representatives from Further and Higher Education attending, in addition to representatives from some national companies.

However, we would also love to have parents, carers or wider family members representing a variety of jobs on hand to answer questions from pupils.

If you would like to be part of this exciting event please contact Suzanne Wallace in the Pupil Support Department.


Barrhead Pupils on TV for Waterworks Award

Grow Wild won the Best Environmental Project award at the recent Big Lottery Awards. Some of our pupils were present on the day when the award was announced at the Waterworks in Barrhead and then featured in the video clip played at the awards ceremony with 2 of the girls speaking (unfortunately although the other 2 also spoke well, they suffered at the hands of the editors!).

The extract below is from the Awards ceremony on BBC on Sunday 11th September.

Big Lottery Awards – Grow Wild Waterworks Project

Pretty Muddy Stuff

A group of pupils and staff joined together on Saturday to take part in the Pretty Muddy Run.





The Barrhead High Team have already raised over £1500 for Cancer Research UK – I am sure any of the team would appreciate a contribution through the fund-raising page


Well done ladies – brilliant effort!

Merit List

A new school year and a new merit list. Congratulations to all those pupils on the September Merit List.

The merit team have been listening to pupil feedback. Merit Rewards will now be decided by the pupil councils. If you have any ideas please let your pupil council rep know or talk to your pastoral teacher.


The Merit Team

#pupilvoice #wedolisten

Meet the Head Boy & Head Girl

Barrhead High has a new Head Boy and Head Girl!

Head Boy Girl I am pleased to inform you that Emily Thompson and Adam Innes secured the most votes and are therefore elected as our new Head Girl and Head Boy. Both campaigned well, made excellent speeches and won the popular approval of both staff and pupils. Adam and Emily have grown in confidence and leadership throughout their time in Barrhead High School, and I am confident that they will make a great job of their new position within the school. Their photo would have been posted sooner but one of them wanted to wait until they were suitably prepared – not saying who!

 All of the other candidates who ran are now committed to being deputes and playing a full role in the senior student leadership of the school. They all deserve praise for the way they presented their speeches and their written submissions -their posters were pretty good as well! Thanks to them all for putting themselves forward.

Mr Sinclair

Edinburgh Book Festival

Edinburgh Book 2016S2 and S3 pupils visited the fabulous Edinburgh Book Festival to hear Keren David and Alex Wheatle talk about the characters in their books, how they became writers and what inspires them to create exciting stories.

Not only were the talks interesting, but the sun shone and the ice cream was delicious!Edinburgh Book 2016 2

Here are some views from our pupils:

‘I thought that the book festival was very good this year.’

Edinburgh Book 2016 3’I really liked Alex Wheatle. He gave us a lot of information about what his life has been like and what the book was about. He was quite funny.’

‘Can’t wait to come back next year.’

Dyslexia Scotland – Open Meeting, 12th September 2016

Dyslexia Scotland are holding an open meeting on Monday, 12th September 2016 from 7.15pm.

All students, their parents, and teachers are invited to attend.  The evening will focus on the use of ipads or iphones to support dyslexic students. You are encouraged to bring an ipad or iphone, if you can.

More details can be found here:  Open Meeting – Dyslexic Scotland Flyer

Contact details for the Glasgow East Ren Branch are:


or email: dyslexiascotland.er@gmail.com



Higher Education Information Evening – Tuesday, 30th August

Higher EducationA reminder to all senior students and their parents that our Higher Education Information Evening will take place tonight – Tuesday, 30th August – from 6.30pm.

If you have questions about entry requirements, course outlines or finance then come along to the Ralston house area where representatives from universities & colleges will be able to answer your questions.

We look forward to welcoming you later this evening.

Back in Style!

Collage 2 Aug 2016It was very encouraging to see almost every pupil turn up on the first day with full uniform – most of the ones who did not have a blazer are waiting for theirs to be braided. It was fantastic to see this and it gives us a very positive image in the community.

Thanks to all parents for their support, and to all pupils for helping us achieve this – even the ones who preferred to hide their faces!

PS The S1 have all gained an individual merit from me for every single one of them being in full uniform – white shirts, school ties, skirts or trousers, blazers and black shoes – at their assembly yesterday. Well done!


Celebrating outstanding success

On Tuesday evening, we held our SQA Awards Ceremony to recognise a number of individuals who had outstanding success in their SQA exams.

imageAs usual we recognised the pupils from S4 who had attained a National 5 award in 8 or 9 subjects. This year we had 21 of them including 2 who achieved 9 A passes – Ben Cross and Briony Giblin.

We also acknowledged the 27 pupils in S5 who achieved 4 or 5 Highers. 4 of these young people achieved all 5 awards at an A grade.

imageFor the first time this year we also identified and recognised the individual with the highest mark in each subject in the SQA exams.






Another new award this year has been to celebrate the Dux and Runner-Up – the S5 pupils who scored the highest levels across all their 5 subjects. This year Iain MacCuish was our Dux and Amie MacKenzie was Runner-Up.


Well done to all pupils whose achievements were recognised on the night. Well done to all the other pupils whose own achievements were also significant for them.

BLOOMING MARVELLOUS – Barrhead Waterworks

Barrhead Waterworks won a public vote in November 2013 and became Grow Wild’s flagship site in the UK. The original project was led by East Renfrewshire Council and Barrhead High pupils and staff played a key role in the setting up the project and in winning the competition at the time. Each new S1 yeargroup has returned to the site since then and helped maintain it alongside other community groups, making it a special place for the town.

DSC01634Some S4 pupils, who were the first pupils involved when they were in S1,  returned to visit the site to hear some great news. Grow Wild has today been named UK’s Best Environment project in this year’s National Lottery Awards, and it had been decided that the Barrhead Waterworks site was the most appropriate place to make the presentation.

TV presenter on BBC One’s Countryfile and star of Strictly Come Dancing, Anita Rani, was present to hand over the award and took time to talk to our pupils (Ailidh Hamilton, Cara Stevenson, Holly Campbell and Erin Brown) about the part they had played.




SQABy now all our S4, S5 &S6 should have received their SQA results and hopefully most will be happy with their achievements. We have seen some very good results.

However we know there will be some pupils who have not achieved what they hoped for. If you wish to discuss your results further, and particularly if you need to renegotiate your option choices for this session, Mrs Crawford (new S5) and Mr Beaton (new S6) will be available this Friday (12th Aug) to meet with you between 8.45 am and 10.20am or from 12.30pm to 1.30 pm.

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