Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Mrs Hall’s DofE groups have got off to a busy start this year.

3.1 have started working on their Volunteering section by working to support local charity, Project Gambia, who support a Special Needs school in The Gambia, in North Africa. They will start work on their Physical section after the October holiday, beginning  a block of skiing at Snow Factor, Braehead.

3.2 have begun by working on their Physical section and are attending Ferri Fit gym in Motherwell to complete a block of coached activities in the gym.

S4 DofE have also begun on the Physical section and are completing a block of athletics with Pat Kelly, coach at Law and District Athletics club. Everyone is participating really well in the weekly sessions and having great fun along the way!

Photos have been posted on our school app, but here is a selection to show what the groups have been up to. Look out for more photos on our school app throughout this term.


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Firpark’s Got Talent 😍

We all enjoyed a fabulous afternoon of entertainment today, watching some of our amazingly talented and confident pupils perform in our talent show. We had a variety of acts, including dance, comedy and magic, as well as some brilliant singing and musical performances … we even had a guest appearance from Freddie Mercury! All year groups participated and our whole school audience were amazingly supportive and respectful.

Thanks to all involved for all of their hard work and to our guest compère, Mr Edward Reid, who was very happy to join us to support our day and entertain us 🎤

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Enjoy watching our grand finale here …




Forest School

The pupils in S2 have had an amazing time in Forest School this year! Mr MacRitchie and Miss Scott have taken groups out to Dalzell Estate every Friday along with Forest School Leader, Colin Dunlop.

Here are just some of the benefits of Forest School:

  • Developing a connection with nature
  • Building confidence
  • Learning to work together better
  • Problem solving
  • Improving physical and mental health
  • Exposure to manageable risk
  • Having fun

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We ended the year with an overnight camping trip at Colin’s farm. More to come next year … pupils are now asking for a 2 night camping trip!

Funding and support for our Forest School project comes from SLC Countryside and Greenspace / SLC Country Rangers / William Grant Foundation /Scottish Natural Heritage. With grateful thanks to all of our supporters.

Class Election Preparations

S1 are studying all about government and democracy this term, and we are busy getting ready to hold our class elections in a couple of weeks.

This week the S1 pupils  learnt about how to vote and we built our own polling booth with some pupils making colourful posters.  The polling booth will be a central part of our elections as pupils learn about the voting process and each pupil will take on a role of either a candidate or staff running the polling station.  But who will win??

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