Musical Showcase for Primary 7 Pupils

On Tuesday 21st May, all of our ‘soon to be first-years’ were treated to an afternoon of musical performances, showcasing the very best of what Greenfaulds Music Department has to offer them next session.

After a morning of sporting activity with the P.E. department, well over 200 P7 pupils then had a well-deserved rest, whilst also being an impeccably well-behaved audience for our performers.

The School Wind Band started the concert with an inspiring piece titled ‘Into the Clouds’, then a Dixieland version of the Disney classic ‘The Bare Necessities’. The Trad Band then took to the stage with the swashbuckling ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and a selection of jigs. Next, some of the lead characters from this year’s school show ‘Schools Will Rock You’ delighted everyone with their renditions of the Queen songs ‘No-One But You’ and ‘Headlong’ – hopefully some of the P7 pupils will be inspired to come and see the show (from 19th to 21st June, tickets only £5!!)

A highlight of the showcase was the debut performance of our new Samba group, comprised of a selection of enthusiastic current S1 pupils, who gave an impressive (and noisy) performance, joined by a few willing P7 volunteers!

The Trad band gave their final set, finishing with a singalong version of ‘A Million Dreams’, followed by the Wind Band who performed a medley of ‘Queen’ songs and another Greatest Showman classic ‘This Is Me’ – the P7 pupils joined in heartily in this final segment with singing, clapping and stomping along to ‘We Will Rock You’.

Well done to all the performers, staff, tutors and audience members and we will be doing more of the same next week at our Community Concert in Cornerstone Church in the town centre – Wednesday 29th May, 10.45am til 12.15pm. Open to all and an event not to be missed.


The S3 core Skills class visited Hamden for a tour and a visit of the Football museum last week. We have all learned a lot about Scottish (and worldwide) football.

The day concluded with a game of frisbee golf and our own football match.


The school have some tickets for the Scotland v’s Jamaica women’s football match on Tuesday evening (28th May). There are some tickets remaining if anyone would like to attend. Please contact E Macdonald in Support for Learning.


We are delighted that the efforts of some of our pupils studying a Modern Language have been recognised by North Lanarkshire Council. The pupils travelled to a special awards ceremony in Airdrie Stadium on Tuesday 21st May to join pupils from across the authority and received individual certificates to celebrate their hard work. The pupils have worked extremely hard throughout the year and were nominated by their teachers. We’d like to say a fantastic well done to all the pupils who work hard learning languages and a special well done to the following:

Outstanding Language Learner of the Year – S1
Shaqa Waqas
Ellie-Ann McPhee
Hannah Brodie

Outstanding Language Learner of the Year – S2
Chloe Newlands
Savayra Waqas
Keir Wright

Outstanding Language Learner of the Year – S3
Ava Duffy – German and Spanish
Jennifer Paterson – German and French
Lewis French – German and Spanish

Most improved Language Learner in S3
Tira Halcrow

Congratulations to all of our talented linguists!


This week is Nurture Week.  The theme this year is ‘Safe @ School’.  In PSE classes, pupils have been discussing what makes them feel safe in Greenfaulds and designing ‘love locks’ for a display to celebrate this. Teachers have also been taking part by displaying signs on their door to highlight what they do to try and make pupils feel safe in their classroom.


Bronze DofE pupils from S3 and S6 enjoyed their Practice Expedition in Strathyre on 9-10 May.  The 3 groups successfully navigated the route as a team and camped, showing resilience by overcoming freezing cold overnight temperatures. The groups are currently working on route cards for their Final Expedition and making some changes to their preparations for their Final based on their experiences. For updates on DofE, please see the department’s Twitter page: @GHSDofE


On Wednesday 14th May, six of our S1s Grace Brodie, Lisa Scott, Zach Pursley, Andrew Provan, Eva Ann Scott and Sian Sinclair all took part in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Challenge Day which was held at Kilsyth Academy. As a charity the IET are committed to the advancement of science, engineering and technology and to encouraging young people to study the STEM subjects and consider careers within the engineering and technology sectors. The Faraday Challenge Day give our student the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems.

All teams were given their brief in which they were asked to choose an area to work on the James Webb Space telescope. The teams were all given some ideas to help with their engineering mission such as working on the ways in which parts of the telescope are transported or focuses light or designing and making a prototype for equipment which may help with the launch of the telescope. Our team decided to design something that would allow the telescope to focus light by moving the hexagonal sections of the primary mirror. The brief itself was rather challenging but our team worked well together to overcome those challenges, they were all very creative, open minded and used their own problem-solving skills to explore their capabilities as engineers.

Although we didn’t walk away as winning team, we are very proud of the work and efforts that went into the Challenge. We certainly have some young engineers in the making here!! A big well done to you all!


Following the tremendous success of our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year (Greenfaulds classy, funny, energetic, magical Midsummer Night’s Dream”, we will be presenting Romeo and Juliet as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival later this year!

We are excited to announce that the performance will be staged at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.

Casting will begin soon – see Mr Gillespie for further information.


Wednesday 29 May 2019