Kilsyth Academy News – 13/09/19

School Captains and House Captains
A number of our S6 pupils braved a very challenging selection process involving a panel interview and a presentation to pupils from across all year groups, to become our new school Captaincy team for the session.  This team is responsible for leading our wider team of prefects, and organising and supporting a number of school events throughout the year.  The successful candidates are:
School Captain 2019/20Hannah McFarlaneSchool

Vice-Captains 2019/20 Eilidh McDowall, Zoe Rutherford and Robert Beveridge

We are also delighted to announce our house captaincy teams for the coming session.  Thanks to all pupils who put themselves forward for the role of house captain and congratulations to our successful pupils who are:

Antonine House:
Rory McKenzie, Harry Thomson, Rhiannon Neill

Balmalloch House:
Olivia Elliot, Carly McLaughlin, Hamish McMillan

Colzium House:
Orla Duncan, Rachel Fountain, Craig McFarlane

Dumbreck House:
Holly Shaw, Amy Laggan, Cameron Gray

 Primary Open Evening
Our annual open information evening for pupils and parents in P5, 6 & 7 from our cluster primary schools will take place on Tuesday 1 October 2019 from 6.30pm.  This is a great opportunity for future pupils and parents to visit the school, find out more about us and explore our facilities, meeting teachers and current pupils.  This is a very popular event and we hope to see as many future Kilsyth Academy pupils as possible.  Further information will be available on our web-site and issued to parents by our cluster primary schools.

Library news
Our library is open to pupils at lunch-time from Monday to Wednesday for personal reading, writing, drawing, board games, homework, study and research.  On Thursday’s its book club so enjoy the peace and quiet, bring a book and get reading.  Pupils from S1 to S4 who intent to use the library should collect a pass from the librarian, Mrs Smith, in the morning before school or at morning interval.

Dates for your diary
Monday 23rd September – S5/6 UCAS information evening – 6.30pm
Tuesday 24th September – S1 Parents – Science information evening
Thursday 26th September – S1/2 tracking report 1 issued
Friday 27th and Monday 30th September – the school is closed for the September weekend holiday.

Kilsyth Academy News – 12/09/19


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Former Kilsyth Academy pupil, Amy Buck has embarked on an exciting journey of discovery taking the brave step to accept a one year scholarship to study Chinese at the University of Tianjin in China.  Amy, who left Kilsyth Academy in June of this year after 6 years, said of her first few days in China “it’s fantastic here, I’m loving literally every moment of it.”

Amy was lucky enough to have a two week experience in China last year through The Confucius Hub and was very excited about the opportunity to go back for a further year.  Talking about that initial opportunity Amy said, when my German teacher told me about an opportunity to learn Chinese at a two-week summer course in 2018, I assumed she meant a quick jaunt into Glasgow every day, and having a few hours of classes in one of the university buildings. Needless to say, when I found out that what she actually meant was a two week long immersion course in China, I was floored.

After a few months of suitcase-packing and anticipation, the 8th of July finally rolled around and I set off, with a group of ten others from Our Lady’s High School in Cumbernauld. The trip consisted of 10 days in the city of Tianjin with a few days in Beijing either side, and were full of sightseeing and cultural activities. While the trip was a fantastic window into the culture and daily life of China, I was sad when it was over, as I’d only had a glimpse of this country, and there was still so much of the real China to experience.”

Earlier this year the opportunity arose to apply for a one year scholarship in China with Amy saying, “So you can imagine how excited I was when, a few months later, our Head Teacher at Kilsyth Academy, Mr Orrock, announced a scholarship programme for a year’s study in a Tianjin university.”  

However, she had to successfully navigate a rigorous selection process with applicants from across the country, to secure a place on the scholarship programme together with 21 other young people from Scotland.

The Confucius Institute, based in Strathclyde University, facilitates the scholarship programme for Scotland’s Schools, taking 22 sixth year pupils from all over Scotland to China each year.   Amy said, “After discussing it with my family, I began the application process, which consisted of a written application, then a formal interview, and then, a few days later, an email telling me I had been accepted. At the time of writing this, there are just three days left before I leave Scotland for almost a year, and yet I’m not scared or worried at all – I’m just excited to start this new chapter of life, in a country half way around the world.”

“The purpose of this year abroad is, above all, to learn Chinese. Whilst my former school Kilsyth Academy doesn’t currently offer Chinese as a subject, my experience of languages at Kilsyth has no doubt fostered an interest and a passion that has eventually led me on this path abroad. Studying German from being an absolute beginner in first year up to achieving an ‘A’ in Advanced Higher this year, and crashing Higher French in which I managed to also achieve an ‘A’, has been one of the highlights of my time at school. There’s a certain magic about not just forming sentences in a foreign language, but being able to understand and think in the medium of a foreign language that I believe is unmatched by other subjects. You learn other subjects, but you live a language. Promoting bonds with other countries and peoples is vital; language study not only opens one up to other cultures, but it has also been proven time and time again to improve understanding of one’s own language as well as developing one’s brain and cognitive ability. There are so many benefits to language learning, and a scholarship like this is a fantastic opportunity for developing language skills as well as travelling and experiencing new things. So whatever this opportunity leads to in the future, I’m so glad to be part of it, and will do all I can to make the most of my time abroad.”

Claire McAdams, Principal Teacher of Modern Languages at Kilsyth Academy said “it was clear from early in her first year at Kilsyth Academy that Amy had and interest and aptitude for learning languages that quickly became a love of languages.”  Head Teacher, Gregg Orrock said “the school is very proud of Amy’s achievements and we are sure she will excel during her time in China.”

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