Burns Lunch

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The last Burns Lunch in the ‘old’ Barrhead High School!

Once again the pupils and staff of Barrhead came together to celebrate the bard’s birthday with our very own Burn’s lunch. The Burns’ lunch has become a yearly event in the Barrhead calendar where Barrhead pupils celebrate Burns’ birthday by singing, eating and making speeches in time honoured fashion.

This year the Burns’ lunch was extremely significant given that it is the last year in the, soon to be, old, Barrhead High School. We were lucky enough to welcome Charlie Newlands, a Burns’ enthusiast and, as it turns out, historian, performer and musician…among many other talents, to entertain the senior canteen with his wit and knowledge of the great man.

Charlie’s immortal memory was one to remember, as were the speeches by our very own Scott Robertson and Lauren Kelly who entertained the canteen with their comical observations of our own lads and lassies! Neither the pupils nor the teachers escaped their attention!

The whole event was a tribute to the pupils and staff of the school who ate and sang and enjoyed a rare moment in honour of one of our best. Thanks to all who took part and supported the event. I think that Burns himself would have approved.

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Inspiring Careers & Modern Apprenticeships Event Invitation

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BEMIS, Skills Development Scotland & Police Scotland

Monday 23rd January 2017 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
City Chambers, Glasgow

The event has been designed to encourage young people from ethnic and cultural minorities and their families to gain stronger insight and connections within the MA family, ensuring Scotland’s economic future.

Our events are all about building knowledge, confidence and connections for ethnic and cultural communities to enable them to be active citizens and gain access to meaningful opportunities. Employment is key in ensuring that all young people and communities thrive.

For more information please contact BEMIS by phone 0141 548 8047 or email ma@bemis.org.uk




Higher Art – Higher Computing – Nat 5 Computing – Higher French – Higher Physics


Higher Business Mgt – Higher Maths – Higher Music


Higher Biology – Higher English – Adv Higher English – Nat 5 Graph Com – Higher PE


Higher Drama – Nat 5 English


Higher Geography – Nat 5 Mod Studies

Homework Club

Homework club starts again at lunchtime on Wednesday, 11th January in Room 34.  Pupils can bring their lunch and complete homework tasks.

Thank you

Mrs Hunt

Parent Council Quiz

The parent Council are having a quiz night on 10th March in the Masonic Hall, Cochrane Street, Barrhead on 10th March. Tickets are £5 each to raise funds for the school.

We would greatly appreciate your support on the night. We are also looking for raffle prizes.

Tickets can be purchased via parent pay or pay at the door.

Thank you for your continued support.


Jean Hepburn


Social Media Awareness Evening



There will be a social media awareness and information evening for  parents on Tuesday 17/1/17 from 7-8pm. This will look at issues around social media use for young people, and how we can monitor and support this. All parents are welcome along.

S5/6 Supported Study Timetable

Supported StudyPlease find the Supported Study Timetable for January and February leading up to the senior school preliminary exams which start on the 6th of February.

As you prepare for the upcoming prelims we would strongly recommend that you attend all of the sessions that are relevant to you.

All of the sessions will start immediately at the end of the school day and last for one hour. For more information about the individual sessions please speak to your class teachers or the Principal teacher of the department in question.

Good luck and prepare to be successful.


Christmas Service and End of Term Arrangements

Christmas 1Tomorrow afternoon, we will have our annual Christmas Service. As usual the school community will walk to the St Andrew’s Church at the far end of the Main Street between 2.00 and 2.30 pm, supervised by teachers and police.

Our own young people will participate in various musical items alongside an input from the chaplains. As usual, the staff nativity will be a highlight.

The service always rounds off a busy term in an appropriate manner and sets the whole community up well for the Christmas season and activities.

Pupils will be dismissed from the church at 3.15 pm and are free to make their way home from there. There will be staff walking back to the school who will accompany any pupils requiring that.

School will close for the Christmas holidays at 2.30 pm on Wednesday (21st Dec) and will reopen at the usual time on Thursday 5th January 2017.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a good year ahead.

Mr Sinclair

Merit Cinema Trip Reminders



The Cinema Trip will go out on 19th Dec and is open to all pupils who are on the December Merit List – see the post below.

All pupils were reminded on Friday that to go on the trip, they must:

  • have paid the £4 contribution on line through ParentPay (link to ParentPay on this site – parents must first register using the codes posted home in October)
  • have returned the consent form (pupils cannot be taken out of school without this)
  • be in full school uniform, including blazers, as they will be representing the school in the community.

Payments and consent forms were due on Friday. We will accept online payments made over the weekend and consent forms returned by 8.30 am on Monday. As we will be leaving during Period 1, there will not be time to do anything further for pupils who have not met the 3 requirements above after that.

Mr Sinclair

Right’s Respecting Campaign Group

dsc03850Barrhead High School’s Rights Respecting Campaign Group would like to say a huge thank to staff and pupils for the foodbank donations received this morning. We have had a terrific response to our appeal. We are very proud of the contribution our school is making to support those in our community who find themselves facing difficult circumstances this Christmas.

rights-respecting-schoolsChildren’s Rights Charter Article 27
Young people have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have their basic needs met.

Christmas Merit List

Well done to all the pupils who have made it onto the Christmas Merit List. Mr Sinclair has been inspired by the festive season and has allowed us to arrange a trip to the cinema for those pupils.

On Monday morning approximately 450 young people will be heading to Silverburn to see a choice of Moana, Star Wars or Fantastic Beasts.

Remember that Santa gets a copy of the merit list!

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Merry Christmas from the Merit Team



The ARC in partnership with Young Enterprise Scotland are recruiting families to be part of this programme.  If you want to make health changes on how to shop, cook and eat as a family please contact Maxine McFarlane, YES Academy, Rouen Glen Park, Thornlibank, G46 7UG or email your details to maxine.mcfarlane@yes.org.uk

To apply you must:

• Be a local resident in G78
• Commit to a 10 week programme of activities beginning in January 2017

• Include all family members in making healthy changes

The benefits of the programme include:

• Accessing weekly online and face to face support sessions
• A range of incentives and practical resources including healthy recipes and meal ideas

• An opportunity for the family to cook with a community chef for six weeks
• Your family inspiring others to change their diets
• Learn all about growing your own fruit & Veg & reducing food waste


With the new building well on its way, this is possibly our last Christmas in this building.  Pupils and staff therefore have started decorating classrooms, games hall and today pupils started decorating the dining hall.  Christmas parties have been organised for S1, S2 and the seniors over the coming 2 weeks and all junior pupils have been learning traditional Scottish ceilidh dances.  Pupils have enjoyed the dancing so much that they even had a quick practice in the Dining Hall at lunchtime today.  Details of the parties will be on the website next week.


Diana Awards Recognise our Pupils

badgeTwo of our young people have had their initiative and involvement recognised at a high level when they received Diana Awards on Monday.


Our Head Boy, Adam Innes, was recognised for the work he has put in supporting other pupils in various sporting activities.  Adam has used his own skills – you may remember him as the pupil who somersaulted over my head at the PE Showcase event – to great effect. He is probably the opupilsnly pupil I would ever have trusted to make that manoeuvre!

His fellow sixth year pupil, Alana Bowden, was recognised for the work she has done in school supporting some of our younger pupils in the Support Base. Alana most recently has been very persuasive in encouraging me to part with money to help fund a lifeskills trip she has organised for some of the young people.

At an awards ceremony on Monday, co-hosted by broadcaster Bryan Burnett and our very own Tom Mackay, as part of the INSPIRE series, the two young people received their awards to recognise and reward the actions they have taken to make a difference.

Well done to both of them and a big well done to Tom who was a real hit with his relaxed style of compering.

Mr Sinclair

The link below will take you to the article in the Herald which features our pupils.



Tickets on sale in the Business Studies Department from 1245 hours every day.

Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December 2016 7pm start in theatre

Adults £5                                            aladdin-2

Concession/Pupils £3

Family (2 adults and 2 children) £12



The Rights Respecting School Committee hope everyone is able to support our Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 16 December.

They  are asking all pupils and staff to wear something Christmas themed (jumper/t-shirt/hat/earrings/tie).

 Pupils will be wearing this over their uniform.

The Rights Respecting School Committee are asking everyone to donate something to the food bank.


Healthcare Support Framework (Non Clinical) – Modern Apprentice Orthotics Technical Assistant

The following Modern Apprenticeship Vacancies will open for applications at Noon, Friday 2nd December.

Healthcare Support Framework (Non Clinical) – Modern Apprentice Orthotics Technical Assistant

 Please click this link for more details  http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/253934.aspx

What is Orthotics? The Orthotics Department provides body worn devices to patients to help with their mobility, improve function or reduce pain. An Orthotist is a registered healthcare professional who will assess a person’s needs and may provide an orthoses or body support such as leg and hand splints, spinal braces, knee braces and special footwear.  Orthoses enhance the quality of a patient life by improving walking, preventing deformities, reducing pain and risk of injury in patients with long and short term problems. We work with patients with a range of conditions including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, stroke and orthopaedic problems.

What education or qualifications do applicants need in order to apply?

At the time of submitting your application you must already hold a minimum of three National 4 qualifications, one of which must be in Maths or a Technical subject.

What other skills are needed? As well as meeting the educational requirements you will need to be good with your hands, enjoy fixing or creating new things and be neat and methodical in your work. Quality control is very important to us as our patients depend on these devices so they need to be as well made and high quality as we can deliver, so concentration and attention to detail are essential.

How do you apply for this vacancy?

This post will open for applications on Friday 2nd December at 12 Noon.

All vacancies will be posted as they go live on our main website www.nhsggc.org.uk/MA and you will be able to apply via the NHS Scotland on line application system –  click this link to find NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Vacancies https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/_results.aspx?catID=&regionID=9&orgID=&word=


P6 – S1 Showcase Evening

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A wonderful evening was had on Wednesday, 23rd Nov when students, parents and teachers took part in Barrhead High School’s Showcase Event.

Parents were given a welcoming presentation from Mr Sinclair before having the opportunity to visit each dept. The night was made complete with a number of students demonstrating their acrobatic abilities in the games hall.

Well done to all involved.

We hope that all the parents and students who attended had a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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There was a fantastic turnout at our Showcase Taster Evening for pupils and parents/carers of Primary 6, Primary 7 and our current S1.

After an inspiring musical start tours to 3 different teaching areas in the school commenced. 

The evening finished with displays in the Games Hall and an outstanding gymnastics performance by pupils from Barrhead High School.



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