Celebrating Success – Awards Ceremony 2019

Awards 2019
Awards 2019

We are very proud of all our pupils at Calderhead High School and were delighted to celebrate their successes at the annual awards ceremony on 19 June 2019. The ceremony was held at Calderhead Erskine Parish Church in Shotts and pupils, staff and proud family and friends attended.


The guest speaker was Kenneth Martin, an architect and former pupil, who gave an inspiring speech and presented the awards. The entertainment was provided by our talented pupils (with just a little help from our excellent music department).

The ceremony started a spirited rendition of ‘The Green hills of Tyrol’ by the Calderhead Pipe Band, followed by a beautiful rendition of ‘Only You’ by the vocal ensemble. Ellyn MacPhee and Jennifer Deighan performed ‘Caledonia’ before the presentation of the awards, which were followed by a performance of ‘Your Song’ by Jack Stewart and ‘Thank you for the Music’ by Emma Elliott. Mackenzie Forrest and Liam McElhinney performed ‘MSR’ and the pipe band ended the ceremony with a rousing ‘Scotland the Brave’. Special mention to Mr Arbuckle, Andrew Hayburn and Jordan Muir, who were our technical wizards on the day.

Congratulations to all our award winners – you can see a full list of the winners by clicking here.


Chemistry at Work at University of Strathclyde

Calderhead High School pupils and Mrs Crosbie recently participated in the ‘Chemistry at Work’ event at the University of Strathclyde. This is an annual event sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry which allows school pupils an opportunity to appreciate the place of chemistry in everyday life and the world of work. Pupils participated in presentations and workshops and got the chance to work in the university labs on projects such as colour changing ink. The pupils really enjoyed learning about Chemistry at Work!
We were also delighted to see that our former pupil and recent guest speaker, Dr Michell Carlin, was appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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School Uniforms

There will be an opportunity to buy school blazers and PE Technical T-Shirts in house colours from Academy Uniform. Items can be tried on and ordered at the school on

  • Monday 17th June 3:30- 5:00pm; and
  • Tuesday 18th June 6:00 – 7:30pm.

For more information about the Calderhead High School uniform, see https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/nl/calderhead/uniform/.

BlazersAll our blazers contain recycled plastic to reduce waste and make them hard wearing. We gratefully accept any blazers that have been outgrown, which enables us to ensure that all pupils can feel included as part of Calderhead High School.

Trip to Waterstones’ Book Store

Reward trip to WaterstonesWe are always keen to encourage reading for pleasure at Calderhead High School. As reward for their dedication and hard work throughout the year, pupils from Ms Faulds’ class and the Comic Book Club were treated to a reward trip to Waterstones in Glasgow.

After spending some time in the Harry Potter common room based in the store, the pupils enjoyed choosing a book to keep. This trip was part of North Lanarkshire Council’s ‘Read to Succeed’ initiative.

Comic Club runs in the library every Wednesday lunchtime from 12.45pm and everyone is welcome to join.

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Free School Meals and Clothing Grants

If your child attends a North Lanarkshire school and you are in receipt of benefits or other financial support, you may be entitled to free school meals and an essential clothing grant.

If you gave consent last year but do not currently receive these benefits, or if this is your first application, you will have to apply. Please collect an application form from the school or First Stop Shop. Simply complete the form and bring it, along with your proof of benefits, to your local First Stop Shop.

For more information, please see the NLC website.

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Author Visit – John Young

Award-winning author, John Young visited Calderhead High School on 30 May 2019. John’s first novel, Farewell Tour of a Terminal Optimist, won the Scottish Teenage Book Prize earlier this year.

This novel tells the story of Connor and Skeates who make their way across Scotland to visit Connor’s father in HMP Shotts. We successfully applied to the First Minister’s Reading Challenge for funding to hold creative workshops with our S3 pupils and were delighted that John agreed to come along to the school to speak to our S3 pupils about his book.

John also held a creative writing workshop with Mrs Galloway’s S3 English class and discussed the writing process and his inspirations with them. The class are currently enjoying reading the book and at least one pupil remarked that it was the best book they have ever read! Special mention to Megan who could not resist reading ahead to find out what happened next but has promised not to give any spoilers.

Thanks must go to the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and the Scottish Book Trust for funding these events and to author John Young for his excellent talks.

P7 Maths Challenge

Pupils from our cluster primary schools, Dykehead, Stane, Allanton, Alexander Peden and Kirk O’ Shotts Primary Schools, took part in the recent Maths Challenge at Calderhead High School. Well done to all the pupils who took part – we were impressed by their math skills. Competition was fierce and the winners were :

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This was Kirk O’Shotts first time participating in the Challenge so a special congratulations to them.

The Challenge had four rounds: the puzzle round, cross number, stations and relay. Thank you to the S4/5 pupils for helping on the day especially Emma Gilfillan who helped organise and run the event.

P7/S1 Transition Update

P7/S1 Transition Update – Lunchtime Arrangements and School Uniform

Calderhead High School’s uniform consists of black school blazer, black trousers/skirt, white shirt and school
tie.  Academy Uniforms, our provider of school blazers and house t-shirts, will be present in the school on

  • Monday 17 June from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm; and
  • Tuesday 18 June from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

For more information about school uniforms and lunchtime arrangements for the S1 pupils starting in August, please see the attached letter.

P7/S1 Transition

Modern Languages Awards

Modern Language Champions
1+2 Modern Language prizewinners

Schools from all over North Lanarkshire participated in the 1+ 2 Modern Languages Awards at Airdrie Stadium on 21 May 2019. Congratulations to our pupils who were awarded certificates: Mark, Brodie and Emma, who were awarded the Outstanding Language Learner prize for their respective year groups, and Jack, who was awarded Most Improved Language Learner.

The Modern Languages Department also celebrated success and presented certificates to the Modern Languages Champions in school. Well done everyone!

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