The term rounded off with another successful Crazy Day, on Monday, with staff and pupils enjoying a wide range of fun activities in the morning, followed by the annual Crazy Day show in the afternoon. The show was judged by an X-Factor panel and two acts were selected to be finalists – ‘Get Hyper’ and ‘Haka Waka’. Following the customary audience vote, ‘Haka Waka’ were declared winners. The pupils made a donation to charity, to be involved in the day, and raised a total of £1500. This money will be split among three charities, yet to be decided by the Pupil Council.
On Tuesday morning, the pupils gathered together once again, to enjoy some carol singing, with all the Christmas favourites featuring. Congratulations to the many soloists and to everyone else who joined in at the appointed times.
Thanks are due to the staff who organised all aspects of these events, ensuring that the pupils enjoyed the last couple of days prior to Christmas.
Please note that the school will re-open on Monday 5th January, at the usual time.
Over the past few weeks, we have been collecting groceries, to make Christmas parcels for the Kilsyth community Food Bank. With some competitive spirit among the four Houses, a total of 800 items were collected, with Colzium House collecting the most. After being packaged up, the parcels were delivered to the ACE project, in the town.
S3 and S4 Tracking Reports have been issued and there will be an S3 Parents’ Meeting, on Thursday 15th January, from 4.15 – 6.45 p.m. S3 pupils received appointment sheets, attached to their Tracking Report.
Last week, we celebrated the successes and wider achievements of 155 pupils. Pupils were recognised for a range of successes, in sports, Heartstart, for gaining Merits, for representing the school at some events, for attainment and in the arts. Congratulations to all concerned.
The school Gymnastics Club Championships were held last Tuesday. Sixteen gymnasts performed a floor and apparatus routine marked out of thirty points. The event was judged by former pupil Gemma Butterly, who competes in World Championships for Cheerleading. Gemma was very impressed by the overall standard of the gymnasts. The Senior Champion was declared as Ann Paterson, runner up Katie Cooper and in 3rd place Mollie
The whole school community was deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of Mr Stuart Neilson, who was one of our Pupil Support teachers for eleven years. Mr Neilson had been ill for a very long time and he passed away peacefully, in hospital, on Monday 8th December. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Neilson’s family at this difficult time and Kilsyth Academy will be well represented at his funeral.
Over the past two weeks, the school has been represented by a number of musicians, in the North Lanarkshire Christmas Concerts. Both events were excellent and well supported by parents, friends and staff from across North Lanarkshire. The concerts were the culmination of the work done by the various music groups, over the past 5 – 6 weeks, resulting in very polished performances. Well done!
Our own Christmas Concert took place last week too. It was a fantastic celebration of Christmas with a wide variety of vocal and instrumental performances, singly and in groups. All the performers did a superb job and the packed audience was entertained throughout the evening. Special thanks go to the Expressive Arts faculty for all their hard work on putting the event together and to the many other staff who assisted.
The annual English Premier League trip took place on Saturday 6th December in Manchester. This year there was a visit to Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium for a tour, followed by the Manchester City v Everton game at the Eithad stadium. 44 Kilsyth Academy pupils were accompanied by Mr Urquhart, Mr Parker, Mr Sexton and Mr McAllister. Everyone had a great time and cheered on Manchester City to a 1-0 victory.
Crazy Day is almost upon us once again. It will take place on Monday 22nd December and will also be a non-uniform day. Pupils will participate in three or four activities in the morning and will attend the Crazy Day Show, in the afternoon. In return, everyone is asked to pay £3.00 which will go to the charities selected by the Pupil Council – a local, a national and an international charity. All money should now be paid.
Please note that the school will close on Tuesday 23rd December, at 2.30 p.m. and will re-open on Monday 5th January.
There are still some tickets available for our annual Christmas Concert, which will take place on Thursday 11th December, at 7.15 p.m. They can be purchased from the Music department or the School Office, priced £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. This includes tea or coffee and a mince pie. We hope that a large number of people will come along to support the pupils and to enjoy an evening of Christmas entertainment.
Collections of gifts for the Kilsyth Community Food Bank are also now well underway. In particular, we have been asked to collect: Salmon, Tuna, Shloer/Fruit Juice, Chocolates, Tinned Ham, UHT Milk, Puddings, Cheese, Crackers. Butter/margarine, Toiletries. Other acceptable items, however, include: Soup, pasta sauce, tinned stew/mince/ curry, smoked sausage, Frey Bentos pies, super noodles/pot noodles, pasta ‘n’ sauce, jam. Members of the Pupil Council are happy to collect the items, in the café, every morning interval until 15th December.
Supported Study for pupils in S4 – S6, continues to operate during lunchtimes and after school. This is a great opportunity to help pupils prepare for the forthcoming prelims, which will run from 19th to 30th January. Pupils sitting National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher will also be issued with homework to be completed over the Christmas holiday. This will help them with revision for these very important examinations.