S1 Halloween Party

There were spooky goings on when S1 enjoyed a Halloween party on Friday 30 October!

S6 pupils, along with members of the S4 Personal Development class helped with the organisation and running of the event. Around £200 was raised for school funds.

There were three prize winners – Owen McQuillan, Shannen Lofnes and Leah Rennie.

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Inclusive Education in Europe

Mark Stewart, an S4 pupil, recently travelled to Luxembourg to take part in a conference on “Inclusive Education in Europe”.  Mark was there as the Representative of the UK and met with other young people from countries across Europe to discuss their experiences of education meeting their needs and possible ways to ensure education is inclusive for all.

Mark gave a speech along with Norway’s representative about his experience of ways in which education has catered for his needs.

The young peoples’ recommendations from the conference will form a document to be sent to the European Parliament.

We are very proud of Mark!

Dragons’ Lair Enterprise Challenge

Well done to our fantastic team of S3 Business pupils who have reached the final of North Lanarkshire’s Dragons’ Lair competition with their innovative idea for headphones which automatically switch themselves off!

The successful team are Caitlin Cox, Cara Hirrel and Eva Wynn. Good luck in the final!

Football Fanatics

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A group of 22 pupils along with 4 members of staff enjoyed the recent Scotland matches – against World Champions Germany and most recently against Poland. Despite the results for Scotland, our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

The school has run trips to all the Scotland home qualifying matches, and as our pupils have told us how much they enjoyed this we will do the same again for the World Cup qualifying campaign next September.

A Postcard from China!

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A group of 45 S4 pupils have recently returned from a 7-day Social Subjects trip to China. The trip included visiting Beijing and Shanghai.

Pupils had the opportunity to visit Historical and Cultural sites  in Beijing related to China’s past and present. The sites visited included the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.

Shanghai is one of the most modern cities in the world with skyscrapers reaching heights of over 600m tall with plans for even taller buildings to come. In Shanghai pupils visited the Pearl TV Tower; had a spectacular night-time cruise along the Pudong River and attended a breath-taking Acrobat show.

This was a trip of a lifetime and it certainly lived up to pupils’ expectations!

Senior Awards Ceremony

The Senior Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday 23 September 2015 with guest speaker Isabelle Boyd CBE, Head of Service. S5 and S6 pupils were recognised for their outstanding performance in the recent SQA examinations and for wider achievement.

Special Awards were presented to Lewis Brown and Cameron Richardson for Sport, Rachael Brogan for Leadership and Political Literacy and Christopher McKerron received the Peter Rafferty Award for Drama. The Team of the Year was the Senior Football Team 2014/15 and the shield was collected on the night by Jonathan Aitken, Paul Archibald and Jack McKenna.

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Photo Workshop

Megan Bain, Lauren Clancy, Megan Haining and Louise Ridley attended a photo workshop at Summerlee on Sunday 13 September.

Pupils learned a wide range of lighting effects and studio photography. The girls worked through a theme of “Fashion through the Ages”. Models were organised so that a range of fashion shots could be taken. The girls mastered the techniques really well and managed to get fabulous photographs!

Advanced Higher Biology

Fouteen S6 pupils studying the new CfE Advanced Higher Biology course spent 2 days at Forth Valley College in Falkirk.

During their 2 days they covered practical work in Experimental Biology and had the opportunity to use specialist equiptment. They studied the Polymerase Chain Reaction, Enzyme -linked-immunosorbend assay and end product inhibition.

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Chinese Visitors

A group of 24 pupils and teachers from our partner school, Tianjin High School, paid a day’s visit to our school recently.

The Chinese pupils visited classes to get a flavour of the subjects we study in Scotland.  Our pupils were able to speak to them in Mandarin and even boost their own Chinese vocabulary!

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Art & Design News

Megan Bain and James Craig, both S6, recently attended the book launch for the Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures by writer Theresa Breslin and artist and illustrator Kate Leiper at Waterstones on Friday 21st August.

The audience received advice about how to achieve success as an artist and writer and listened to the author narrate one chapter of the book as the artist explained the creative illustrations which were used.

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