Congratulations to Courtney Forsyth and Blair Anderson, who competed in the first round of the Donald Dewar debating competition, against Fernhill School. Kilsyth Academy hosted the event, which was very well attended. The Kilsyth team proposed the motion that ‘The internet does more harm than good’ and were successfully selected to proceed to the next round, together with St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School, who also proposed the motion in the second debate of the evening. Thanks to Miss Graham for organising the event, supporting the team and chairing the debate.
A big well done too, to Adam Boyd and Ross Chalmers, who participated in the Kirkintilloch Speakers’ Club annual competition for schools. Both boys spoke very well but were unplaced, on this occasion. Thanks to Mrs Burke for supporting the boys in preparing for the competition.
Tickets are now on sale for our annual Christmas Concert, on the evening of Thursday 17th December. The price is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, and can be purchased from the Music department.
Collections for the Kilsyth Foodbank have now started and we urge everyone to give generously. In particular, the Foodbank would welcome donations of mince pies, Christmas crackers, chocolates, tuna/salmon, shortbread, fruit juice/Shloer, tinned ham, crackers and cheese. Our last day of collecting will be Friday 11th December. This is also an inter-House competition, led by Chanelle Gallagher 6A.
The first of three S3 reports will be issued this week. This will be followed by a Parents’ Meeting on 12th January and further reports in March and June.
The annual Primary Maths challenge took place last week, for all primaries associated to Kilsyth Academy. The children had a great morning, solving puzzles and problems and taking part in the popular Maths relay race. The teams did very well indeed and Lennoxtown Primary were the overall winners. Many thanks to Miss Rae for organising the event and congratulations to Lennoxtown.
Preparations for Crazy Day are well underway and we look forward to a great day of fun and fundraising, on Monday 21st December. The Pupil Council met last week and decided that the charities to benefit from this year’s Crazy Day would be Strathcarron Hospice, SAMH and Mary’s Meals – a local, national and international charity respectively.
Congratulations to Mrs Stirling-Young who has been appointed to the post of Teacher of Biology, in the school. We are delighted that this post has now been made permanent.
The Parent Council will meet on Thursday 3rd December, at 7.00 p.m., in the school. New members welcome.