Super Scary Success!
Our first year pupils had a fabulous Fright – Filled Halloween. Following the ‘Ghoulish Ghost Walk‘, they did the ‘Monster Mash‘ at their fancy dress party. Fun & Fear was had by all.
On Wednesday 30th of October , the school will have it’s annual Ghost Walk and Halloween Party. This will involve a Ghost tour of the school and lots of fun and games. As you can see from the slideshow of last year’s Halloween party, there’s lots of fun to be had. This a free event and please come in your best costume as there will be a prize. The event will be held in the school. Please arrive at 5:15 for a 5:30 start, until 7:30. We hope to see you all there as it is a great experience for all first years.
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 2019/20 – Hannah 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:
Rory McKenzie, Harry Thomson, Rhiannon Neill
Olivia Elliot, Carly McLaughlin, Hamish McMillan
Orla Duncan, Rachel Fountain, Craig McFarlane
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.
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.
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.”
We were delighted to welcome our new S1 pupils to the Academy and wish them all every success in the years to come. They are all looking extremely smart and have made a very enthusiastic start to High School life. Well done to pupils from last session’s S4, S5 and S6 on their achievements in SQA examinations.
Last year’s leavers are now embarking on either new courses in Further or Higher Education, or on new careers and we wish them every success. We look forward to hearing about their continued achievements, in the years ahead. A number of former pupils also graduated over the summer and our warmest congratulations go to them.
We are pleased to welcome a number of new staff to the Academy: Mrs Fox – Depute Head Teacher, Mr McGinley – PT Pupil Support Dumbreck House and Miss O’Hare – Teacher of Chemistry. We hope that they will all greatly enjoy their time in Kilsyth Academy.
Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)
After another very successful year running the YPI programme our S4 pupils again participated in the launch of this year’s programme last Friday. They heard more about the YPI programme, considered philanthropy and specifically the important role of 3rd sector charity organisations in our community. Embarking upon this programme our S4 pupils will now investigate and identify a charity they want to champion for a grant of £3000. We look forward to our class and school finals later in the session.
Following their success in New York earlier in the year, Kilsyth Academy pupils Luke Shearer and Callum McGoldrick tasted success at the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green over the 16th and 17th August. Luke was a member of the Novice A band who crowned world champions in their section adding to their British and European titles. Callum, playing in his first world championships, performed with the Novice B band coming 3rd in their section. Former pupil
was also a member of the world championship winning band. Our congratulations go to all three on a really amazing achievement.
Dates for your diary
The first meeting of our Parent Council, our annual AGM, will take place on Monday 16th September, at 6.30 p.m., in the school hall. This is also a meeting of the parent forum where all parents are welcome to attend.
The Kilsyth Academy Leadership Academy had another successfully year at Kilbowie between 10th-13th of May. Twelve S3 leaders and Thirty S2 participants took part in a range of activities form climbing and orienteering to gorge walking and canoeing. As always the focus of the weekend was leadership, the S3 leaders were superb and really stepped up to ensure that the S2 pupils had a really enjoyable weekend.
We look forward to seeing what the future holds for our leaders and finding out who will be returning next year as the leaders in 2020.
Last weekend our dance crew, DejaVu competed in the UDO European Street Dance Championships in Amsterdam representing Scotland. Two teams from DejaVu attended ‘Vision’ and ‘Rhythmix’ both earned the title of European Champions.
Backstage, waiting for awards was nerve racking as the categories were extremely testing and the other teams were amazing. Hearing our names getting called out as being in 1st place was unbelievable; the best feeling ever. We are from Kilsyth Academy. Laura Wilson, who competed in ‘Vision’ Eilidh Brown and Robyn Stark from ‘Rhythmix’. We have been dancing with DejaVu for a very long time and this has to be one of our best achievements.
The Snug – Official Opening
Last week saw the official opening of our school nurture base “The Snug” by Provost Jean Jones. The school would like to extend thanks to everyone who attended.
End of term trips
Pupils in S1 to S3 again have the opportunity to go to either M&D’s or Blackpool Pleasure Beach at the end of term. This is a reminder that payment of the full balance is now due and should be handed in as soon as possible.
Rights Respecting Workshop
Earlier this week all S1 pupils participated in a Rights Respecting workshop focused on the UNCRC Rights of the child. This important strand of our work, to embed children’s rights into the fabric of our ethos and values, will support us to reach our next goal of achieving Silver status as a rights aware school.
Tinto Hill Climb
On Monday, 43 of our S1 pupils, supported by staff, got their walking boots on to raise money for St Andrew’s Hospice taking part in their annual climb of Tinto Hill. Pupils tackled this challenge with real enthusiasm, supporting the important work of St Andrew’s in the process. Well done to everyone taking part.
Leadership Academy – Kilbowie Outdoor Centre
Last weekend saw our S2 aspiring leaders participate in our annual Leadership Training Academy at Kilbowie in Oban. Led by our S3 Leaders, pupils participated in a range of challenging outdoor activities designed to challenge and stretch them to solve problems, communicate, work with others and ultimately take the lead.
European Parliamentary Elections
Further to the letter recently emailed to parents, a reminder that as Kilsyth Academy is used as an official polling station the school will be closed to all pupils, other than those sitting SQA exams on Thursday 23 May for the upcoming European election. Should these elections be cancelled school will open as normal.
The school will be closed to pupils on Friday 24th and Monday 27th May for the mid-term holiday. Pupils sitting SQA exams on either of those days should attend for their exam as normal at the time specified on their individual school exam timetable. Information has been provided to pupils with exams on these days.
Dates for you diary
Tuesday 28th May – School uniform sales will take place in the school café from 5.00 to 8.00pm.
Wednesday 29th May – Parent Council meeting – 7.00pm
Monday 3rd June – Pupils return from study leave. New timetable begins
On the 26th of March the Library held the 2019 K’Nex Challenge for multiple North Lanarkshire Primary schools. Four pupils from each primary participated in a competition to create a go-cart that could be manually steered. Each school had two teams of two and had an hour to complete the challenge. We helped to organise, run and judge the event, we also spent time helping and encouraging the teams as they worked and took pictures throughout the event. After a lot of judging and difficult decisions our winners were Fulton Henderson and Aaron Thomson from Banton Primary School, the runners up from Balmalloch Primary school were Callum Gordon and Reilly Mitchell. It was a day full of fun and enjoyment. We appreciated being able to talk with the pupils and develop our leadership and organisational skills. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for everyone.
By Sarah Bateman, Abbie Mewes, Callum McGoldrick & Josh Chambers.