St Andrew's High School

Domine Dirige Nos

April 22, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 16th – 19th April

  • SQA Mass for S4 & S5 Students

Thank you to Fr James for celebrating our S4 and S5 SQA Mass and for organising our Lenten Confessions which were very busy.

  • S3 Focus Group Workshop

We would like to thank Dave Hook for a really engaging and exciting workshop with Mr Shaw’s S3 Focus Group this morning. This original workshop was using hip hop music to encourage resilience in our young people. All students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

  • Netball Success

Both our open netball teams faced each other in the Gold medal match in the NL Netball League final.  Congratulations go to our Diamonds team who were victorious in winning the league title with the Sapphires team finishing as silver medalists.  A great achievement for both teams.  Congratulations to Alana Carey who has won the player of the year for the Diamonds Team, and Mairi Brennan who has won the player of the year for the Sapphires Team.

It was also the last game for our S6 students Penny, Atlanta, Rebeckah, Marisa & Alanaand we thank them for the incredible dedication, attitude & effort they have given us over the last 6 years.

Congratulations also to the S3/4 Netball Team who were victorious in their Playoff Finals tonight, winning gold medal & the overall League Championship Trophy. All players have had a magnificent season & thoroughly deserve the Championship win.  Congratulations to Sophie Hamill who is the S3 player of the year and to Victoria Carey who is the S4 player of the year.

  • Subject Successes

Well done to this month’s Social Subjects Achievement Avenue winners – Rosie Hamill S1, Sophie McLaren S2 and Sophie Hamill S3.    The winners of our Mr Findlater’s top spellers were : 1st – Ellie Hill, 2nd – Luke Thomson, 3rd – Ben Emans.  Well done to Sophie Nelson who won Mr Revell’s S1 ‘Yer’ a Belter!’ competition.  Sophie like so many others has worked really well in Art and Design this year.

  • S6 Personal Development Duke of Edinburgh

Our S6 Personal Development Boys were away camping out all night as they completed their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

March 26, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 18th – 22nd March

  • S3 Business Management Choccy Challenge

S3 Business classes launched their artisan chocolate treats on Thursday during lunchtime.  Students and staff came along to buy some delicious handmade goodies made as part of the Choccy Challenge.  Well done to all students involved, the quality of the goodies was first class.

  • Pupil Successes

Congratulations to S6 student Marisa Valente who achieved the following results at the recent UDO British Championships 1st – duo over 18 intermediate 2nd – team over 18 intermediate 4th – solo over 18 novice.  Well done Marisa.

Congratulations also to Nadine Ward (S5) following her trampolining success at the weekend & her selection to represent Scotland at the regional finals in June down in Birmingham.  Well done Nadine.

Claire Connor of S5 also gained success with her drama group the Kirkintilloch Players who were crowned Western Division champions and will now compete in the Scottish Final.  Well done to Claire.

  • S2 RE Retreats

We were delighted to welcome back NET Ministries Scotland to deliver another excellent series of workshops for S2 Students.

  • BBC STEM Careers Event

Some of our S2 girls enjoyed a trip to the BBC Studios as part of the BBC STEM Careers Event.  The students took part in a number of STEM challenges as well as a weather workshop with BBC presenter Kirsteen MacDonald.

  • S1 Report Cards

S1 reports card were issued to students on Thursday the 21st March, any student in S1 who was absent or has not received their report should see Miss McNicol, Mrs Halavage or Mr Elder.

  • World Book Day 2019

To celebrate ‘World Book Day 2019’, the Library ran a competition called the ‘Books Quiz’. The winners were: Angel Renjith – 1C Abbie Madden – 1D.  They both chose books from a selection and also received an Easter Egg.

  • Munich Trip 2019

A reminder to all senior pupils going on the STEM Munich trip that their remaining balance is due before Friday 29th March. Students should also bring in their passports to be photocopied if they have not already done so.

  • Lion King 2020

The Performing Arts faculty are very excited to announce that they will be running a trip to see the Lion King on January 30th 2020 at the Edinburgh Playhouse. This will be open to all music & drama pupils who are studying either subject next year (S3-S6)… More details to follow.

March 21, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Easter School

Details of our Easter School programme are attached. Easter school will run from Monday the 1st to Wednesday the 3rd of April. Sessions begin at 09:00 and finish at 12:00. Lots of opportunities across many subjects for students and we encourage as many students in S4-6 to sign up.

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March 20, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 11th – 15th March

  • Coatbridge Hustings – MSYP 

The final hustings took place at St Ambrose High School.  Good luck to Mairi Brennan and Jordan Farrell as they seek election to the Scottish Youth Parliament.  Voting opens on Friday the 15th of March and closes on Friday the 29th of March.

Students require their Young Scot Card number and can vote at the following link

  • STEM London Trip

Letters are still available for S1/2 from Mr Armour or Miss McVake. Forms are due in for Friday 15th and the names will be announced on Monday 18th.


Good luck all our students involved with the Coatbridge Youth Work at the National Youth Work Awards. A great achievement being nominated as one of the finalists due to the great work they do for our local community & young people of Coatbridge.


Commiserations to the Open Diamonds netball team who were defeated in their Scottish Cup semi-final by Monifieth High School. All the girls played great in a competitive game. Player of the Match – Katie Hamill. We are incredibly proud of their efforts this year.


The S2 Gardening Group have been busy planting their seeds as part of their project.  everyone is really looking forward to them growing.

March 20, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 4th – 9th March

  • Netball

Well done to the Open Diamonds netball team who won their quarter final netball match against St Thomas Aquinas HS in the bronze section of the Scottish Cup. All players were outstanding and player of match was Penny Kelly.

Well done to the S4 Netball team after their victory over Airdrie Academy. A great performance from all the team. Well done to Jennifer Carey who was the player of the Match.

  • Para Sports Festival

A number of students attended the West of Scotland Para Sport Festival at Ravenscraig RSF.  It was another excellent opportunity for students to engage with the various para sports available to them.

  • Saturday School / Flash Cards

Another very successful Saturday School session this week.  Well done to all our wonderful pupils who have attended.   The use of our Flash Cards has been a resounding success throughout the year with a total of 100,000 now having been used to aid with studying.

  • S3 Parents Evening 

Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the S3 Parents Evening this week.

  • STEM

S2 students have been planning their design for the S2 Engineering Science – Truss Bridge task, and deciding whether to use new or recycled materials to keep within their given budget.

  • Pancake Tuesday 

Our S2 Cooking Group enjoyed a morning of making pancakes.  The quality of their efforts was very impressive.

March 20, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 25th Feb – 1st Mar

  • Tree of Knowledge

We welcomed back the Tree of Knowledge to the school to work with our S3 students.  Another excellent and worthwhile series of workshops to help pupils with their learning.

  • Charity Cycle

The S3 Girls Group completed a Virtual Cycling Charity Challenge.   They cycled a combined distance of 667 miles which is the distance from Coatbridge to Paris in aid of the Sisters of the Gospel of Life.  Thanks to the S3 girls group for organising & all the staff who helped them make the distance.

  • Eco Group

The S3 Eco Group started their wall art project.  We look forward to seeing the end product.

  • S3 Focus Group

We thank the SmartSTEM’s team for organising a great morning of workshops for the S3 Focus Group. Lots of team work, problem solving and creativity on show today with RAF Engagement, New College Lanarkshire and Glasgow Kelvin College.

  • Social Subjects

S2 Geography students enjoyed a trip to Dynamic Earth.  A Fabulous day of learning about 3D cinemas, icebergs and building earthquake proof buildings.

S1 students enjoyed a visit from Zoo Lab UK.  Everyone had a great time learning about animals from different biomes.

  • S4 Report Cards

S4 reports card were issued this week to students.  Any student who did not receive their report card should see Mr Healy or Miss Doyle.

  • Giant Heptathlon

Well done to our Heptathlon team who were bronze medal winners in the West Region Finals today. A fantastic performance from each of them.

February 26, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Saturday School – 2nd March

The Saturday School programme for this Saturday the 2nd of March is as follows.  Students should sign up with their teachers before the end of the week.

  • Engineering Science (Miss McVake)
    • National 5 & Higher
  • Biology/Chemistry/Physics (Mr Ward)
    • All levels
  • History (Mrs McKendrick)
    • National 5
  • Geography (Miss McDonald)
    • National 5
  • French/Spanish (Mrs Allison & Mr O’Donnell)
    • All levels
  • Business Studies (Miss MacAveety)
    • National 5 & Higher
  • Admin (Miss MacAveety)
    • National 5
  • Art (Mr Revell)
    • All levels

February 26, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 18th Feb – 22nd Feb

  • North Lanarkshire Giant Heptathlon

Our S1 and S2 Athletes were out competing at the North Lanarkshire Giant Heptathlon at Ravenscraig RSF.  Congratulations to the S1 team who won their competition & to the S2 team who were bronze medalists. Both performances were enough to give us the overall Championship win. Well done to all athletes for their great effort.

  • Netball

Well done to the S4 Netball team after their victory  over St Ambrose.  A great performance from the team. Well done to Erin Wilson who was the player of the Match.

  • STEM
    • Go4SET
    • S3 Robotics
  • Scottish Youth Parliament Hustings

The first husting of the Coatbridge and Chryston Candidates for election to the Scottish Parliament.   St Andrew’s HS has two candidates with Mairi Brennan (S5) and Jordan Farrell (S6) seeking election.   We wish them both luck.

More information about the elections & how students can vote will be released in the coming weeks.

  • North Lanarkshire Battle of the Bands

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