St Andrew's High School

Domine Dirige Nos

August 19, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 12th – 16th August

We are delighted to welcome back all pupils and staff for a new school year, we hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful summer break and are looking forward to the 2019/20 session.  It has already been a busy start with lots going on.

  • Values
    • S4 students from the Columba 1400 project were in school during the inservice day to introduce the new school values to staff. Developing the new school values was part of their Leadership project.  The values will become part of every day life here in St Andrew’s High School. They will be used in conversations in classes with staff & pupils. The overall school ethos will improve further as a result of the values being in place.  Our new school values are
      • Fun & Friendship
      • Achievement
      • Influential
      • Respect
      • Support
  • New Staff
    • We welcome several new members of the school
      • Mr McSherry (Maths), Luke Nuttal (Maths), Ms McDevitt (Modern Languages), Ms McQuade (Modern Studies), Ms Brown (Home Economics), Ms Reilly (Art), Ms Cullen (Technical), Ms Caldwell (PT Science), Ms Ritchie (Biology), Ms Bryce (Biology), Mr Gallagher (English)
  • Proceedures
    • During PSHE Students have been reminded of the various procedures that are in place in relation to absence from school, appointments, late coming, feeling unwell during the school day and uniform.  These procedures can be viewed here – SAHS procedures
  • Feast of the Assumption Mass
    • Thanks to Father James & Father Ghislain for celebrating the Feast of the Assumption Masses on Thursday.  We welcome Father Ghislain to our school as assistant chaplain to Father James.
  • Lockers
    • Lockers will be available for use from next week.  Students should listen out for the tannoy messages for more information.  Students who had lockers last year should report to the school office to confirm if they would like to keep that locker this year.

June 25, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Student Leadership Team 2019/20

Congratulations to the following students who have been appointed to our Student Leadership Team for 2019/20


  • Rosie Traynor & Euan Morell

Vice Captains

  • Hannah Grant & Lucy Carr

Year Group Leaders

  • S1 – Mairi Brennan & Orla Rose Costello
  • S2- Hannah Grant & Olivia Kerr
  • S3 – Lucy Carr & Laurie Leith
  • •S4 – Aidan Barlow & Olivia Lannigan
  • •S5/6 – Rosie Traynor & Euan Morell

The following students have been as Sports Captains for 2019/20

  • S5 – Katie Hamill & Kayleigh Mitchell
  • S6 – Melissa Kerr & Kelsey Foley

June 21, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 17th – 21st June

Another busy week in school and abroad with two groups of students being away on trips to Germany & Spain.

  • Munich Trip
    • New S5/6 students enjoyed a STEM trip to Munich in Germany.   The trip started with a trip to the Deutsches Museum where students were able to see the first ever calculators, logarithms and Möbius strips.  Mr Kirkwood also got to test the effects of circular motion.  Students attended an Astronomy Across the Spectrum workshop, an ESO exhibition and a Planetarium show.  Other tour highlights included visits to the Olympiaturm, the BMW Welt and the Allianz Arena home of Bayern Munich.   Thanks to Miss McVake, Mr Kirkwood, Mr Armour & Miss McNicol for organising the trip.  Photos & videos from the trip can be viewed on the STEMMathsScience twitter pages.
  • Madrid Trip
    • New S4 students enjoyed a trip to Spain run by the Modern Languages department.  Highlights of the trip were visits to the Palacio Real (Royal Palace of Madrid), a tour of the Bullring where students learned about the controversial significance of bullfighting in Spanish culture, the Templo de Debod, a tour of the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium home of Real Madrid and a visit to the Parque Warner theme park.  Thanks to Mr O’Donnell, Mr Curley, Miss Donnelly, Miss Wallace and Miss Banks for supervising the trip.  Photos & videos from the trip can be viewed on the Modern Languages Twitter page
  • Garden Party

Parents and staff joined the Gardening group for the Garden Party to celebrate the completion of their John Muir Award.  The students put on a group presentation to showcase their work over the year before taking the guests  to see the garden.  Well done to all those involved with the gardening project.   Photographs of the presentations and party can be seen on the Support for Learning & Wider Achievement twitter pages.

  • Music – National Play to Learn

Some of our pupils had the amazing opportunity to play alongside International classical violinist Nicola Benedetti and composer/conductor Sir James MacMillan at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the National Play to Learn day.  More than 1200 secondary school pupils from across Scotland performed in one of the largest orchestras assembled in Scotland.  A great experience for all those involved.

  • Bikeability 

The PE department enjoyed a day of cycle training with Ross Sweeney from Active Schools.  Staff are now qualified to deliver the Bikeability levels 1 & 2 in school and we look forward to rolling this programme out next year.

  • Caritas

S6 Caritas students were visited by Martin Mann from Missio Scotland.  Thanks to Martin for giving students an overview of the work of Missio Scotland and the opportunities that will be available to them throughout their Caritas  Award journey.

  • Flipout Reward Trip

New S4 students enjoyed a reward trip to Flipout in Glasgow following a very successful year as part of Mr Shaw’s Focus Group.  Well done to all those students who have benefited from being part of this and to Mr Shaw for all his work in leading this initiative.

  • Pupil Success

Congratulations to Skye Moore (new S3) who recently won Gold in the International Junior Dance Jazz category of the BCA Cheer & Dance Classic 2019. Skye is now looking forward to competing at the 2020 World Championships with her Firebird Dance Company team. Well done Skye.

Congratulations to all our students who picked up awards at the St Andrew’s Netball Club awards. 

  • Maria Chalmers – U13 Player of the Year
  • Kaitlyn Berry – U15 Player of the Year
  • Sophie Hamill & Erin Sludden – U15 Most Improved
  • Katie Hamill – U17 Player of the Year & Special Endeavour Award

June 17, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 10th – 14th June

  • Prom

The Class of 2019 celebrated the end of their time here in St Andrew’s High School with the annual Prom. Dalziel Park in Motherwell was the venue this year and it was a tremendous night for the departing year group, all of whom looked fantastic in their finery and a great time was had by all.

Many, many thanks to those members of staff who worked tirelessly in support of this years Prom and to all staff who came along to make sure that the evening was a total success.

Photographs from the night can be accessed below

Prom 2019 Photos

  • Music & Drama Summer Concert

Our Music & Performing Arts faculty once again put on a wonderful showcase of the range of talents our students have in Music & Drama.  Well done to all our students who performed on the evening and thanks to all those who attended.

Video of the Summer Concert performance can be viewed here

  • Social Subjects International Conference

Students from S4-6 took part in this years NLC International Conference.  The students acquitted themselves very well as they debated topics such as Climate Change and Terrorism against schools from across North Lanarkshire.

  • Pupil Successes

Congratulations to the following pupils who picked up awards at the St Andrew’s Netball Club awards night.

  • Maria Chalmers – U13 Player of the Year
  • Kaitlyn Berry – U15 Player of the Year
  • Sophie Hamill – U15 Most Improved Player
  • Erin Sludden – U15 Most Improved Player
  • Katie Hamill – U17 Player of the Year & Special Endeavour Award

Congratulations also to Claire Connor who won the Scottish Youth Drama Championships with her Kirkintilloch Players drama group.

June 11, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 3rd – 7th June

  • Social Subjects

Our new S2 students enjoyed a trip to the Kings Theatre to take in a performance of the Horrible Histories show.  Our S3 geographers were out enjoying some outdoor learning by conducting a traffic count (from the safety of the school grounds) of vehicles using the busy Old Monkland Road.

  • Gardening Group 

Our Gardening Group have been busy working on their vegetable plot ahead of their Garden Party on Thursday 20th June.   The Garden Party will give the boys a chance to show off their hard work as well as receiving their John Muir Award certificate too.

  • County Sports Day 2

Another amazing performance from our students with an incredible 53 medals over the 2 days of the NL Athletics Championships.  The students achieved a Championship winning performance points total of 149 from 

🥇 12 Gold Medals 🥈 24 Silver Medals 🥉 17 Bronze Medals

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June 11, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 27th – 31st May

  • Sports Day Prizegiving

It was a packed out Games Hall for the Sports Day Prizegiving.  Well done to all those who picked up medals following their successes on Sports Day.  Congratulations to classes 1B and 2E who were victorious in the Sports Day Class Championships after a very strong competition.

We had a magnificent competition In the 3rd Year Sports Championship with only a handful of points separating all the podium positions. Well done to Katie Coull & Roan Mina who were our Bronze medalists.  Silver Medalists were Michaela Currie & Patryk Dygulski/Aaron Condron.  
Congratulations to our new S3 Sports Champions – Carly Crooks & Liam Boyle.
  • Caritas Awards Ceremony 

Our S6 Caritas Award students  were invited to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow to receive their awards along with students from across Scotland .  Mr Elder had the privilege of welcoming the students onto the stage to collect their award.  Congratulations to all our Caritas Award winners.

  • BGE Awards Assemblies

Congratulations to all students in S1-S3 who won a merit award and badge at the BGE Awards Assemblies.  Thanks also to the S3 parents/carers who attended the S3 assembly in the afternoon.

A full list of award winners can be viewed here

  • County Sports Day 1
A great start by our athletes at the annual North Lanarkshire Athletics Championships.  Day 1 saw our athletes gain 6 Gold, 10 Silver and 6 Bronze Medals.

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June 11, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 20th – 24th May

  • S1 Tinto Hill Challenge

Around 100 S1 students tackled the Tinto Hill Challenge climb in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice.  It wasn’t a challenge for some students who were up and down the climb in no time at all.  Thanks to Miss Campbell in Social Subjects for organising the event.  All sponsor money should be returned to Miss Campbell as soon as possible.

  • Primary 7 Transition Days & Information Evening 

We welcomed the parents & carers of our new S1 students to the school on Monday evening for Transition Information Evening.  We hope they had an informative evening going round the various subjects they will be studying next year.  As always we are grateful to our wonderful student helpers for their input and support throughout the evening.

  • Achievement Avenue Reward Trip

Social Subject Students in S1-S3 enjoyed a trip to Holywood Bowl and Gavit-8 following their successes in the Achievement Avenue project.  All students and staff had a great day.

  • Duke of Edinburgh

Well done to all our students who completed their Bronze Qualifying Duke of Edinburgh Expedition in the Penthill Hills.   Brilliant effort by everyone over the two days of camping, walking and outdoor cooking.  Thanks to Mr Shaw in Social Subjects for leading our students this year.

  • Pupil Success

Congratulations to Joshua Burke (S6) who has signed a senior contract with Airdrieonians FC. We are delighted for Joshua who has shown through his time here in St Andrew’s HS  that he is an incredible young man, being both intermediate & senior Dux medalists as well as a really talented sportsman.

May 17, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 13th – 17th May

  • Sports Day 

Thank you to all our pupils in S1-3 who contributed to making this years Sports Day an absolute cracker. A great sporting competition across each year group. Medals will be presented at the Sports Prize-giving where we will announce the S1 & S2 class champions along with the S3 Sports Champions.  An extra special thanks is extended to the wonderful staff & senior pupils of our school who are always there to help us on Sports Day. Without their help & support to the PE department throughout the day we just couldn’t run an event of this size.

  • Netball  Success

Congratulations to our S1 Netball Team who were victorious in their Playoff Final against Caldervale HS, winning gold medal & the overall League Championship Trophy. All players have had a magnificent season & thoroughly deserve the Championship win after a hard fought game. Congratulations to Maria Chalmers who has won the S1 player of the year award.

Several of our students also picked up awards with the North Lanarkshire District squad.  Kaitlyn Berry won the Player of the Year Award for the U15 squad with Maria Chalmers winning the Most Improved Player Award.  In the U17 squad Victoria Carey picked up the Most Improved Player Award.

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