Nostalgia is what it used to be … and more! Barrhead High Final Open Evening

Over 700 ex-pupils and staff booked up in advance to visit their old school for one last time on Thursday (22nd June) evening … and more turned up on the night.

It was great evening where people had the chance to tour the school, visit their old classrooms


meet up with some old classmates and see some old staff.








Some even managed to fake a sickie!





Others tripped the lights fantastic for one last time





Certainly a night to be remembered!

Jewellery Apprenticeship

Harkness Premier Jewellers, based in Glasgow City Centre are recruiting for an Apprentice Jeweller.

The successful candidate will learn the basics of jewellery and progress through each stage to become a qualified jeweller. The job is hands on from day one and all training will take place on the job.

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Nostalgia is just not what it used to be!

This Friday (23/6) will be the last day for pupils in the old Barrhead High School. A special day has been planned for them.

However this Thursday evening (22/6) will offer a last opportunity for former pupils, staff and community to visit the old building. The building will be open from 6 pm until 9 pm

Take your chance to meet old friends, possibly see a former teacher, sit in your desk in your old English classroom or walk through the staff corridor – even chap the Head Teacher’s door – but be ready to run!

We just ask you to phone or email in to let us know numbers – over 400 have already booked in – and we will email you tickets.

DOFE – Assessed Expedition

A reminder to our senior,  timetabled Bronze DOFE class: The bronze assessed expedition is on Tuesday, 20th and Wednesday, 21st June.

Can students please meet at the school for 8.45am on Tuesday morning. You will travel to Drumfrochar train station by minibus, before commencing your expedition.


Please arrive prepared for a full day of walking. Can I urge students to think about the amount of food/kit/clothes they brought on the practice expedition and to adjust according. Please also ensure all clothing, sleeping bag and roll mat are placed inside thick rubble bags.

The cost of this expedition is £20, which should be paid through parentpay as soon as possible.


Mr Boag

DOFE – Kit Return (New S4 students only)

Given that the recent DOFE expeditions experienced such wet weather, it has been agreed that all kit – for new S4 students only – should be returned to The Edge on Tuesday, 13th June between 5pm & 6pm.

Please DO NOT return kit to the Edge tonight (Thurs, 8th June).


Barrhead High School S6 Leavers’ Ceremony and Prom

All S6 pupils are required to be in school at 5.00 pm for this year’s Leavers’ Ceremony and Prom. Pupils should make their way to the Games Hall where they will be met by their pastoral teacher.

Parents and Carers should be seated in the school theatre for 5.25 pm for the start of the official ceremony at 5.30 pm.

There will be opportunities for pupils to have their photos taken with friends and family in the school quadrangle following the ceremony before leaving for the prom itself.

The bus taking pupils to the Sherbrooke Castle Hotel will leave Barrhead at 7.00pm and return pupils to Barrhead at approx 12.15pm.

I look forward to meeting you all on Wednesday for what promises to be an exciting and memorable evening for all.

Thank you:

Mr Beaton


Fond Farewells!

With the old school due to close this summer, we are having a couple of special events.

On what is now the last day for pupils,  Fri 23rd June , there will be a number of events for pupils throughout the day to celebrate the “End of an Era”. Some activities will involve reflection on the change and some will be activities like we have used before in our Summer Fayre Day.

On the evening of Thurs 22nd June, from 6pm – 9 pm, we are opening the school for former pupils, parents, staff etc to have a final look around – sit in their old classroom, maybe meet some old friends, or run down the staff corridor and chap the Head Teacher’s door!

You will require to contact the school in advance on either 0141 577 2100    or email Posters will be going up around the town (link below). I am sure some of you will want to pay your respects to what would have been an important part of your life history.

Mr Sinclair




Mrs Crawford will be available all morning on Friday 2 June to change new S6 timetables. She will also contact pupils who may have clashes in their timetables.  Timetables will be available Friday but can also be collected from her office before 0845 hours on Monday 5 June.

Ms Potter will be available all day Friday 2 June to change new S5 timetables.  Ms Potter will also contact pupils who may have clashes in their timetables.  Timetables will be available Firday but can also be collected from her office before 0845 hours on Monday 5 June.



Please ensure you bring your PE kit

DOFE – Kit Return

All S3 DOFE students: please be aware that your kit needs to be returned to The Edge on Thursday, 8th June between 5pm – 6pm.

Remember that in order to get your £50 deposit returned, all kit needs to be clean and dry.

Can I also remind students that tents should not be returned in parts. If you have split the tent from the poles and pegs, then it is your responsibility to ensure the entire tent is returned as one unit.

New Arrangements to Help Prepare for the Move to the New School

The letter attached below was issued to all S1-S3 pupils last week and will be issued to other yeargroups on their return from Study Leave next week.

East Renfrewshire were last week given permission for 3 exceptional closure days for pupils to allow staff to prepare for the move to the new building.

The school will now close for pupils on Friday 23rd June instead of Tuesday 27th June as originally planned. The new school will open to pupils after the holidays on Thursday 17th August, one day later than originally planned.

Teachers will be in school on these days and the time will be used on the June days to help pack up the items that require to move to the new school, and on the August day, to unpack at the other side.

I recognise this may cause inconvenience for some parents but I hope all parents will appreciate the scale of the task facing us at this time and the necessity for this additional time to ensure the new school is ready for pupils arriving in August.

The letter also draws attention to an opportunity to buy uniform from Mansworld in the school on Monday 12th June.

Mr Sinclair


Parents Letter 24.5.2017

Important DOFE Change!

Can all S3, S5 & S6 DOFE students please note the change of time below:



Kit Issued from The Edge on Tues, 30th May at 5pm.

I have only been made aware of this change this morning. Students cannot be in The Edge after 6pm on Tuesday due to another meeting being held at that time.

Can I ask all DOFE students to spread this news on their own social media networks.

All parents will have had a text today, too!

S1 Rapid Response Challenge

Our S1 students are taking part in the Rapid Response Challenge today.

Rapid Response is ideally suited to Curriculum for Excellence as an interdisciplinary project which challenges pupils to consider the importance of STEM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Students compete in groups of 6 completing a variety of problem-solving tasks including purifying water, building shelters and transporting water.

Here’s hoping the weather holds!





Incident in School Today – Tues 23rd May

As you will be aware , we received a malicious communication this morning. In line with our established procedures and in conjunction with ERC staff and Police Scotland, a thorough investigation was carried out throughout the building and the possibility of any threat was shown to be unfounded.  Within the hour, I  was able to speak to all staff and pupils and give them full reassurance that our investigation had demonstrated conclusively that there was no risk. A communication to that effect was sent both by ERC and the school.

Pupils returned to class and were dismissed for an early lunch to compensate for the lost morning interval. Pupils were in classes as normal in the afternoon.

I would like to congratulate all the pupils for responding so well to what they were being asked to do and remaining calm.  My thanks also to all the staff for their assistance in managing the situation efficiently.

The matter is now in the hands of the police and will be dealt with appropriately, both by Police Scotland and ourselves.

I appreciate the concern an incident like this raises in the minds of all and I would like to thank parents also for their patience, understanding and support in working with us for the good of all the young people.

Mr Sinclair

DOFE – Parents Night Information

A big thank you to the students and parents who attended the recent DOFE Parents Information evening.

For those students and parents that could not make it along on the night, please find the powerpoint presentation here.


  1. A £20 payment is now due, through ParentPay, to cover the cost of the practise expedition.
  2. Students must collect kit from The Edge on Tuesday, 30th May at  6pm. (The Edge is behind Fairweather Hall Barrhead Road, Newton Mearns G77 6BBA).  A £50 deposit must be paid at this time. This deposit will be returned when all kit is returned.
  3. Students  should meet in Strathaven on Monday, 5th June (Group 1) at 10am or Tuesday, 6th June (Group 2) at 10am. The meeting point in Starthaven is Lethame Road ML10 6DU.



Duke of Edinburgh – Parents Meeting

All Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students will soon be heading out on their practise expedition.

It is therefore important that as many students and their parents attend the upcoming DOFE Parents Information Evening on Wednesday, 17th May at 7pm in Ralston.

DOFE Groups that should attend this meeting are:

  1. All senior students that completed DOFE as part of their timetabled classes this year.
  2. All S3 Bronze DOFE students.


New School Blazers

If your are looking to buy a new Barrhead High School blazer, the costs are as follows:

A new braided blazer costs £49.

To have an existing blazer braided costs £19.


Equalities Forum – 11th May

The last parent equalities forum of this session takes place on Thursday, 11th May in Mearns Primary School at 7pm.

There will be a small showcase event with 4 of our schools presenting on the good practice which takes place around the important area of equalities.

All parents and carers are welcome to attend this session.


SQA Study days at Barrhead High

With SQA Examinations starting on Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 we have created a serious of study classes to support National 5, Higher & Adv. Higher students.

Students are welcome to attend the following Study Classes, which will run on the days prior to the SQA exam.

If students wish to clarify their understanding of a topic or have final questions for their teachers, then please come along to the study classes.

We wish all our S4, S5 and S6 students the very best of luck with their SQA exams.


S3 Exams Timetable

Next week sees the start of the S3 exams. Over the next fortnight our S3 will get their first experience of examinations. They will sit a selection of single period assessments in their subject at the level they are currently studying.

The exams will give the S3 an opportunity to practise their exam technique under timed conditions. Some of the exams will take place in the exam hall in Ralston currently being used for the ‘real’ SQA exams.

S3 Exams Timetable

Pupil Achievements

Here are some more achievements from our fabulous young people!

  • Carla (s3) has qualified through to the Scottish Cup final for Womens rugby at u18. Carla was recently brought up to u18, as well as playing with the u15 squad, as a result of her excellent performances.
  • Miriam was named pupil of the year for her Practical Cookery at West College.
  • Kerry was an exhibitor last month at an Art Exhibition at Strathclyde Uni as part of her Art Therapy group at the Royal Childrens’ Hospital.
  • Well done to Mrs Kirkpatrick’s S1 English class who performed the poems that they’d written using Scots language.  They read confidently and their poems were very much enjoyed by the class and two special guests.

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S3 DOFE group speak to the Education Committee

Well done to S3 pupils who spoke to the Education Committee this morning in East Renfrewshire’s Council Offices about their Duke of Edinburgh Award experiences and new opportunities.

The student are: Carla, Callum, Robyn, Hassan and Taylor.

They were a credit to themselves and to the school.


S1 English Achievements

Well done to Mrs Kirkpatrick’s S1 English class who performed the poems that they’d written using Scots language.  They read confidently and their poems were very much enjoyed by the class and two special guests.

Stay Safe Online – Training Courses

This free practical training is designed to increase parents’ and carers’ awareness of bullying and the other risks and challenges children and young people face online. It includes a practical, hands-on session on social media, looking at how to set and manage profiles and privacy settings, to help ensure that children and young people are safe online.


For further information and to book a place at our next event on 15 JUNE 2017,  please contact


Easter School Timetable

We are delighted to announce that our Easter School Program will run again this year.

Over the last few weeks the senior students have been signing-up for revision classes in a variety of subjects.  Each full morning session costs £3.25 and we ask that this is paid, in advance, online, using the ParentPay.

We hope that students make the most of this opportunity, and make great strides in their learning as they prepare for their SQA examinations.

Tenner Challenge 2017

 Congratulations to our teams still competing in the final week of the Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge.

Eilidh, Euan, Joel and Lisa have created a limited edition CD featuring 3 raps written and performed by Euan Gilmour (S3).

Euan gave two spell-binding performances to our S3 during assembly and to the staff Teaching and Learning Group on Wednesday.

The CD – History Has Its Eyes on You – is available at the bargain price of £3 and comes with a free bag of tablet.


Maria and Erin (both S2) are producing personalised art canvases and have been hard at work fulfilling their huge number of pre-orders.

These have proven to be popular Mother’s Day gifts and are available for £5 each.

If you are interested in purchasing either product, please contact Suzanne Wallace in the Pupil Support department.


Pupils Leading Learning – Developing the Young Workforce

Today, 3 fifth year pupils (Briony Giblin, Ben Reynolds & Emma Watson) delivered a fantastic lesson on My World of Work to primary seven pupils at Cross Arthurlie Primary.

In their role as My World of Work Ambassadors, they were teaching pupils about future career pathways and how to use

Teaching a class of 60 pupils is no mean feat and they did a brilliant job – well done!


S5-S6 Supported Study

SS 2016A number of supported sessions are running next week (commencing Monday, 13th March) including Higher Art, Physics, English and Maths.

We also have National 5 sessions on English, Maths and Graph Comm.

Please encourage your son/daughter to attend as many sessions as they can.

S5/6 Supported Study Timetable (March)

Only 7 weeks until the start of the SQA Exams.


Parent Council Quiz – Fri, 10th March

The Parent Council Quiz takes place this Friday, 10th March at the Barrhead Masonic Hall.

Quiz starts at 7pm and tickets are available at the door – a bargain at £5 each and big prizes to be won…

 A 22 inch TV/DVD player, Travellers rest voucher, a £25 voucher, Scentsy hamper and other smaller items.

Hope to see you all there!

On behalf of the Parent Council


The New School

A group of pupils went over to see the new school and to see how it is coming along and according to the group it looks great and they can’t wait until it is finished.


Our New School


The old school is coming to an end and we are getting new, modern improved facilities for pupils and teachers.

The new facilities include:

  • Dance studio
  • Viewing gallery
  • Bigger changing rooms in PE
  • Balcony area
  • Recording studio
  • I.T Wi-Fi throughout the whole school
  • Bright with lots of natural light

These are some of many new things that will be happening in the new school and I think everyone is very excited for it. Stay tuned for more news on the new school.

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