Parental Consultation on Tracking, Monitoring & Reporting @ Cumbernauld Academy

It is hoped the through completing the following  questionnaire, see link below,  parents will be allowed the opportunity to contribute to the formulation of a Cumbernauld Academy Monitoring, Tracking and Reporting policy.

Please answer all questions as honestly as possible. The responses given in this questionnaire are recorded anonymously.

Please click on the link below to begin the questionnaire.

Autism Awareness Week (27th March – 2nd April)

Dear All,

Under duress, Mr Brown and Mrs Rodgers, from the English Department, have agreed to change their habits of a lifetime and change the colour of the clothes they normally wear to school for Autism Awareness Week (27th March – 2nd April).  They are willing – sort of – to push themselves out of their comfort zones for a very good cause:  to make people think about differences, which is what Autism Awareness Week is all about – embracing and accepting difference.

Their ‘sacrifice’ is also a great way of raising much needed funds for the HOPE centre in Airdrie, which supports young people with an Autistic Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) and their families.

Both teachers have been given a challenge:

Mrs Rodgers has been challenged to come to school for the entire week in any colour as long as it is NOT PINK – her statement colour!

Mr Brown’s challenge is to wear a rather becoming colour of neck tie and belt instead of his signature BLACK – again for the entire week.

By sponsoring these lovely people or by making a donation – no matter how small – during Autism Awareness Week you are making a positive difference to a young person with Autism’s life.

Pupil members of the Autism Awareness Group will be coming around classes during period 6 on Monday and period 1 on Thursday to collect donations.  Staff can also Gift Aid their donations so that the HOPE Charity can claim back the tax already paid to the government – increasing the value of their donations significantly.

Another way you can help us is by wearing something pink, purple or blue (Autism Awareness colours) on Friday 31st March – it is after all a FREE non-uniform day for the Awards Event anyway!  Teachers will be challenged, also on the Friday, to come into school wearing clothes in either or all of the same three colours.

It would be fantastic if you could all donate your normal £1 donation to non-uniform day to the HOPE charity whose work support people in the North Lanarkshire Area and beyond.

Many thanks in advance for your help in this matter.


Mrs Myles and the Autism Awareness Group

(Beth Auld, Emily Boustead, Erin and Katie Grieve)

NLC Pathway to Employment for ASN Pupils

A mesage from Support for Learning  NLC

We would like to extend an invite to attend an event being organised for parents of young people with additional support needs. The purpose of the event is to allay parents’ fears and provide them with reassurance about their children leaving school and entering the world of work.

As things stand too few of our young people with additional support needs are entering employment at the point at which they leave school and we know that one of the biggest barriers to this is the fears and concerns that parents may have.

The event will take place in Buchanan High School on Tuesday 28 March from 6.15-7.30pm with a market place and refreshments arranged for 7.30pm.

The event is open to parents from all of our ASN establishments and to parents of young people within mainstream schools, with additional support needs, who may also have barriers to accessing employment.

Please click on the link below for Further details.

Agenda for Parent1 revised

Prudential 2017 Apprenticeship Programme

Prudential are currently offering apprentice placements across its offices in Scotland (Craigforth, near Stirling).  They are looking for enthusiastic, professional, hardworking individuals who are willing to learn and are determined to succeed.  The programme is aimed at school leavers  who have decided that at this time and moment, further education/university is not for them and that they would like to start their career in the financial services industry.

Apprentice roles range from Customer Service Executive, Financial Planning, Marketing Executive through to Sales Support Executive, Information Risk & Security  and Internal Audit apprentice (plus more).

Candidates must be 16 years or older with a minimum of  5 National qualifications  including Maths and English.  Apprentices will follow 15 months Advanced Apprenticeship framework/standards (Level 3) in IT , Business Administration and Accountancy.

If you think that you know anyone who has got what it takes then please get them to apply for one of the exciting opportunities via the links below. All roles are advertised on the prudential career site. Please click on the link below for further details.


Mathématiques sans Frontières at Cumbernauld Academy

On Tuesday 7th March S4, S5 and S6 pupils from Cumbernauld Academy took part in the ‘Mathématiques sans Frontières’ competition, organised by North Lanarkshire Council and Heriot Watt University, with schools across Scotland and Europe also taking part. It was a stimulating and light-hearted competition, combining Maths and Modern Languages, and pupils certainly seemed to enter into the spirit of it, with groups discussing possible solutions to the problems posed, and writing answers in the Modern Language they study for some of the questions.

Additionally, pupils had a huge picnic of various foods from across Europe – a wide variety of cheese, salami, croissants, grapes and suchlike – which they certainly seemed to enjoy!

The school will receive a certificate of participation, and in due course we will find out how we got on. Winners will be invited to Heriot Watt University for a prize-giving, and although we have participated on several occasions and done well, we haven’t yet had a prize – we will let you know if this is the year for it!

Thanks to the pupils for their hard work from the Modern Languages and Maths Departments. We enjoyed it too.”

Italy Trip 2018

A reminder to all S3 and S4 pupils who are interested in the Italy Trip 2018 – initial interest forms must be handed to Mr McCleary by this Wednesday 8th March 2017. Thanks

S2 Into S3 Option Information Evening

Cumbernauld Academy will be hosting an S2 into S3 Parents Option Information evening on Tuesday 7th March, starting at 7 pm.

This meeting will provide the opportunity for parents to gain a an understanding of the option process and how it provides pathways to certification for their children into the senior phase

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