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Head Teacher Blog: Welcome Back

It’s incredible to think that we are already close to our first mid-term break! Where does the time go? Already we have accomplished so much in the term and still have so much to achieve going forward. I am very much enjoying my new role in the school in the short term and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the messages of support from throughout the school community.  It comes as no surprise to me, but I have been very grateful of the support from parents, carers, pupils and of course my colleagues in the school. Mrs Park has been a great mentor and never too far away in terms of a phone call. I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on what has happened since the return to school in August and also highlight some of the events to look forward to. As well as information on the website, we also share communications through text, school app. Cumbernauld News and of course the various school twitter accounts.

R. Bowie

Acting Headteacher

Charity work
For those people who don’t follow Modern Studies on twitter here are some pictures from a recent visit to Strathcarron Hospice from Princess Anne.  Chloe and Elise got a chance to actually speak to her who asked them all about their fundraising activities.
 It is fantastic that the girls, 2 years own from their YPI project, are still working hard for their charity and are actually now the ‘poster girls’ for Strathcarron and can be seen in all their publicity.
 
WoSPEG update
Following on from the success reported in the September blog, Dylan Anderson, Jamie Buttenshaw and Michael Ward took part in the Semi Finals of the WoSPEG (West of Scotland Physics Education Group) Live Wire Competition at Glasgow Caledonian University. They performed outstandingly and secured a very strong position for the final which is on the 21st of November in Strathclyde University. The boys were a credit to the school and the department! The finalists for this years competition are Our Ladys (Motherwell), Glasgow Academy and Douglas Academy and of course Greenfaulds.
 Kings Theatre
We are looking forward to seeing Amy McPhie when she appears as part of the ensemble cast in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by the Pantheon Club from the 9th -13th October in the Kings Theatre. A great achievement by the young lady and hopefully an experience she will remember for a long time.
Làn Chomais

We were delighted to hear that our ‘resident’ Gaelic rock band, Làn Chomais have been nominated for this years Young Scot Awards in the creative Arts section. As you may remember, the group consisting of Emily Robertson, Eilidh Miller, Jessica Muir, Ava MacKinnon and Craig Yule, released a single at Christmas (still available for download on Spotify). Although Emily, Eilidh and Jessica left school in the summer, the group are still together and we wish them good luck at the awards ceremony. We will keep everyone informed on how they get on.

Rights Respecting Schools activity week

The week beginning 8th October will herald a busy time in the school. We departmental focused lessons regarding ‘rights’ but also a range of events throughout the week.

The focus of the week is to highlight current would issues and focus on children’s rights through a number of activities. Tuesday P5 – Talk from a group to S5 who are promoting young people being able to work abroad on the SDGS as a gap year. We also have our recycling focus.  There are pupils presenting lessons in PSHE based on some of the Sky Broadcaster’s campaign for the reduction of single use plastic containers.

Chris’ House (YPI winners) are coming in next Wednesday to work with MVP mentors to train them on their suicide awareness course to tie in with the SDG of better health.

Thursday we have Sides not Solutions coming in to work with 60 students on the issues in Israel/Palestine. Thursday P3/4 – S3/4 girls only question time event. Thursday lunchtime – Girls v Female teachers football match

There will be updates and I’m sure plenty of pictures throughout the week on various social media platforms

Dates for the diary

Friday 12 October                            school closes for October week 2.55 pm

Monday 22 October                        school re-opens 8.55 am

Monday 29 October                        S1 Halloween Disco 7-9.30 pm

 

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