During the recent Ice Bucket Challenge craze, Mr McKenna, S6 Year Head, was challenged by his pupils to take part. Mr McKenna set a goal to raise £500 for MND Scotland, and within a week, over £550 was kindly donated. As Mr McKenna completed the challenge, in his suit and tie, in front of his year group, he nominated the Pupil Leadership Team and the Head Teacher, Mr Smith, to join in during charities week. They all took part and the pupils witnessed the hilarious soaking of Mr Smith.
On Monday 15/12/14, Ian McWhitter, Head of fundraising at MND Scotland, visited Mearns Castle to thank the pupils for their kind donation and picked up a cheque for £800! This money would fund the care of a patient living with Motor Neurone Disease for almost a year. A huge thanks goes to the pupils and staff at Mearns Castle who participated in the ice bucket challenge and donated to MND Scotland. A special mention should go to Hannah Dodds and Martin Lyttle S6 for organising the event.
A reminder that we have a signed Rangers FC football shirt and signed football to be used for Charities Week. A silent auction has been taking place. Pupils and parents have been writing down and submitting their bids. You can still make a bid, whether it is for yourself, your child, or as a gift for someone by sending it via your child, in a sealed envelope to Mrs Khan (F1) in the Mathematics department. Only a short time left! The closing date will be the end of the day on Wednesday 3rd December. Thereafter the highest bid will secure the framed signed Rangers shirt & signed football, and the donation made will all be given to charity, via our Charities Week total.
On Monday 16th December Mearns Castle High School will take part in its very own ‘Christmas Jumper Day’.
Staff and pupils are asked to make a £1 donation to wear their Christmas Jumper – you may even want to design your own. If you don’t fancy wearing a winter woolly you can accessorise yourself in a festive way for the same £1 donation.
Earn house points for the best Christmas Jumper when your class can vote in period 7.
A panel of judges will also vote for the BEST or WORST Christmas Jumper worn by a teacher.
S2 pupils are selling their homemade Christmas baking at interval and lunchtime; everyone can have Polaroid pictures taken with their mates in festive attire, and/or you can take part in Christmas Karaoke at lunchtime in the open area.
All money made will go to the Save the Children Philippines Typhoon Appeal. To book your bake sale table or if you have any questions please see Christmas Jumper Day organiser Kate Jarvie in S2.
The final part of Charities Week – Look Back in Laughter – takes place on the evenings of Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th November. These two evening shows will feature the pick of the acts from the lunchtime shows and you are asked to bring along your mum and dad, aunties, uncles, grannies, grandpas, big brothers and sisters, friends and neighbours to the shows so that can see and enjoy the wonderful talent that we had on display during Charities Week.
The shows last from 7.30pm until about 9.45pm each evening. The draw for the Charities Week raffles will take place on the second night of Look Back in Laughter.
Tickets are priced at £3 each and this includes tea, coffee, and biscuits during the interval – a real bargain.
Tickets are on sale from today in the open area at lunchtime and we will sell them every day at lunchtime for the rest of this week and all next week until they are sold out.
All members MUST attend a meeting on Tuesday 22 October at 12.30 in Miss Khan’s room (F10) to finalise arrangements for Charities Week. All posters/advertising should be emailed to Mrs Hamilton or Miss Khan prior to the meeting.