S5 Mini Trials

On Saturday 28th November, ten pupils from S5 were selected to represent Barrhead High School in the East Renfrewshire ‘Mini Trials’ – an initiative created by Sandy Wylie QC & taken forward with the support and encouragement of the Faculty of Advocates.   

‘MiniTrials’ are simulated court cases where young people take part in  reconstructions of both criminal & civil jury trials. They convene the court, hear the evidence and return their own verdict – with the help of lawyer volunteers.   The  materials have been prepared by Scottish lawyers – and are based on what actually happens in a Scottish Sheriff Court. They are designed to help students learn about the Scottish legal system, courts and the people who appear in them in an interesting and enjoyable way.  In essence, the ultimate aim is to improve both understanding and discussion about our legal system.

Throughout the day, pupils took part in recreations of both Criminal & Civil jury trials – competing against Mearns Castle HS & St Ninian’s HS respectively. After a narrow defeat to Mearns Castle in the morning, the team were able to win their Civil case against St Ninian’s in the afternoon – successfully acting on behalf of the Defender in the world famous civil case of Donoghue v Stevenson 1932 S.C. (H.L.) 31 – the case of “The Paisley Snail”. 

Barrhead HS was represented by: Gemma Carse; Hayley Fox; Dani McArthur; Jillian Heron; Emma Alford; Richard Barr; Holly Cunningham; Ross McFarlane; Jamie MacKenzie & Andrew McDougall.  Ronnie Bain, one of the events organisers, e-mailed the school to pass on his congratulations, stating “Congratulations to you and your team – you are no doubt rightly proud of them”

Christmas Charity Appeal – Tins for the Community


Our traditional Christmas Charity Appeal will be held next Friday 16th December.  This appeal is for Tins of food, Toiletries, Sweets, Biscuits, Non-pershiable foods (pasta, rice, lentils) to be donated to Barrhead Social Work Department for distribution within our community over the Christmas period.  Pupils are asked to bring their donation into the school on Friday 16 December.  To remind them of this appeal Friday will be a ‘non-uniform day’ in exchange for a donation. 



This is a photograph from last Session’s Christmas appeal.

Fri 9th Dec – School Reopens

The latest advice from East Renfrewshire Council on Twitter is “We expect our schools, offices and services to reopen as usual tomorrow, but will tweet if there’s any change”.

We would expect therefore that Barrhead High School will be fully open to pupils and staff tomorrow (Friday).

Keep up to date with the latest information on the ERC Twitter site or check back here for any change.

Recycling – fundraising

Barrhead High School is very grateful to ReUse It on Muriel Street, Barrhead (near the train station) who have allowed us to place a clothes recycle bin on their grounds to help raise cash for our school funds – so far we have raised £110.

If you have any old clothes or brick-a-brack please take it along to the recycle bin or bring it into school and help raise even more money for our school fund.

S5/6 Parents’ Evening

Following on from receiving the Senior School Report Card there is a Parents’ Evening on Monday 5 December from 4pm until 6.30pm.  Pupils have appointment sheets and have been encouraged over the last week to make appointments with as many teachers as possible.  If you are unable to attend please contact Mrs Crawford (Depute Head) who will arrange a suitable time to discuss any concerns that you have.  Mr Sinclair will be available throughout the evening to meet and speak to Parents.

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