Last week we welcomed our new S1 pupils to Kilsyth Academy for two days of lessons and activities in preparation for starting in August. It was great to see the enthusiasm of all our new S1 pupils who, worked hard, participated with energy and enthusiasm and left a smile on everyone’s face. They thoroughly enjoyed their time in school and we look forward to welcoming you all back in August.
North Lanarkshire Council – Languages Awards
At the recent NLC Languages awards held in the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie a number of our pupils were recognised for their progress and achievements in language learning this session. Pupils were recognised as being either an Outstanding Language Learner or the Most Improved Language Learner in French, German or Spanish over the course of this year based on performance and participation in class and performance in assessments. This is a great achievement for our pupils being awarded and we are very proud of their efforts. Pupils were presented with their certificates by Nathalie Kormaz from the Alliance Française, Dr. Sabine Schluter from the Goethe Institut, Xabier San Isidro from the Spanish Education Office in Edinburgh and Louise Glen from Education Scotland.
Our successful language learners recognised are as follows:
Outstanding Language Learner of the year S1.
Outstanding Language Learner of the year S2.
Outstanding Language Learner of the year S3.
Most improved Language Learner of the year S3.
North Lanarkshire School’s Athletics Championships
Over the last two weeks, pupils from Kilsyth Academy have been taking part in the annual county athletics championships at Wishaw Sports Centre. Our pupils were a credit to the school and our local community, competing fiercely but with dignity and sportsmanship and always giving 100% effort. The following are some of our notable successes but we’d like to extend our thanks and congratulations to all our pupils who participated.
Day 1 medalists: S2 Niamh McCann Gold in Discus, S2 Hannah Matthews Silver in Discus and S1 Alanna Kimmet silver in Triple Jump.
In addition to this some pupils qualified for finals but narrowly missed out on the medals. S3 Calum Smith 4th in 1500 meters, S3 Hamish McMillan 4th in Discus S2 Robyn Stark 6th in 70m Hurdles and S1 Gracie Currie 5th in Triple Jump
Day 2 of competition was very exciting with many of our pupils making finals in both track and field events.
Day 2 medalists and finalists are as follows:
Silver in Javelin Leah Pollock S2
Silver in 300m Alana Thomson S3
Bronze in Discus Scott Reid S5
4th places David Veitch in Long Jump
Sophie Bridges in High Jump
Senior Boys Relay squad lost out on bronze by 2/100’s of a second!
Blair Buchanan in Discus
5th place Regan Halliday in Discus
6th place Duncan Grant in Hurdles final
Sam Dunbar in 200m final
Christopher Gibb in Shot Putt.
As part of the 70th Birthday Patronage Celebrations for Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 our very own Luke Shearer was lucky to be invited to play with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland and also had the opportunity to meet the Prince of Wales. Our congratulations go to Luke for this amazing experience.
Hannah McFarlane, Carly McLaughlin and Zoe Rutherford (S5) our winning ‘Youth Philanthropy Initiative’ (YPI) group this session will be interviewed live on the STV2 programme Live at 5 on Friday 15 June 2018 and we hope as many of our school community as possible can tune in to watch and give the girls their support.
The three girls have been on an amazing journey this year winning The Wood Foundation’s YPI grant of £3000 for their chosen charity ‘Friends of Merkland School’. In addition to winning they providing a significant, moving and inspiring talk to delegates at this year’s ‘The Gathering 2018’ conference in Glasgow, the largest 3rd sector conference in Europe. They are following this up with their live TV duties about their experience of YPI and will round of the year next week by providing a final keynote speech to the annual YPI conference at the Perth concert hall immediately before Scottish music star Emilie Sandie takes the stage to close the conference. It’s been quite a year and our thanks go to the girls for their hard work and commitment in representing the school on the national stage.
Last week, pupils from across S3 and S4 studying Hospitality were lucky to have a lesson from BBC’s MasterChef the Professionals Champion 2016, Gary MacLean. Gary kindly gave up his time to spend a morning with us in which pupils learned cookery skills and techniques in addition to hearing about Gary’s experience on MasterChef and the opportunities it has provided him. This was a really engaging and exciting opportunity for our young people and our thanks go to Gary for his time and support of the school.
Last week senior pupils, together with staff, enjoyed their formal end of year dinner at the village hotel in Glasgow. This was a great night enjoyed by all and we wish all those leaving school our very best wishes for the future.
Junior and Senior Awards Ceremonies
This week sees both our junior and senior awards ceremonies. Our congratulations go to all pupils who received either a prize or award recognizing their efforts and achievements over the course of next session.
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Dates for you diary
School uniform sales will take place in the school café on Monday 18th June from 5.00 to 8.00pm.