St Andrew's High School

Domine Dirige Nos

December 19, 2018
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 10th – 14th December

  • English Prize Winners

The English Department has been running a series of competitions for students in S1 and S2.  Well done to all the winners particularly to Sara Wisniewska who won the Most Books Read and to Leo Slavin who won the Best Written Review.

  • XL Christmas Parcels

Miss Trainer (Principal Teacher of Pupil Support) delivered a donation of Christmas presents to the Spirit of Christmas charity this week.  All the presents were funded by, chosen by and wrapped by the S4 XL pupils.

  • Christmas Jumper Day

The annual Christmas Jumper Day was held with all proceeds going towards the Malawi Project.

  • Manchester City v Everton 

Students enjoyed another trip to the English Premier League courtesy of PE5SportsTours.  This time they took in the Manchester City v Everton game which saw a 3-1 victory for the current English Premier League Champions.  Thanks to Mr Shaw for organising the trip again.

  • Upcoming Events

Monday 17th – S2 Dodgeball Tournament (periods 5-7)

Tuesday 18th – S1 Dodgeball Tournament (periods 5-7)

Wednesday 19th –  Christmas Concert (7pm)

Thursday 20th – S1/2 Christmas Disco (periods 5-6)

Thursday 20th – S5/6 Winter Wonderland Dance (7pm)

December 10, 2018
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 3rd – 7th December

  • S5 STEM/Careers Event

S5 students followed an alternate timetable of workshops & presentations on Wednesday as part of our Developing the Young Workforce initiative.  We thank all the presenters for giving up their time and the contribution they made towards helping our young people prepare for their futures.

  • S2 Tree of Knowledge

We were delighted to welcome back Tree of Knowledge to deliver another excellent series of workshops, this time to students in S2.

  • S4 Prelims

The S4 Prelim Exams started on Thursday the 6th of December and will run until Tuesday the 18th December.  A copy of the prelim timetable can be accessed here – S4PrelimTimetable

  • Mr Roy

We said farewell to Mr Roy from the Social Subjects faculty on Friday. After 8 magnificent years here in St Andrew’s he leaves to take up the post of Principal Teacher of Pupil Support in St Ambrose High School.  We thank Mr Roy for all he has contributed to our school community during his time with us and wish him good luck in his new post.

December 3, 2018
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 26th – 30th November

Patronal Feast Day

We we honoured to have Bishop Toal in to celebrate our Patronal Feast Mass on St Andrew’s Day with our S1 and S6 students.

We also had a fundraising Leg Waxing in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice.  Thank you to all the staff & senior pupils who took part, the pain they experienced was definitely worth it for such a good cause.

Strictly Come Dancing 

The sixth instalment of St Andrew’s does Strictly Come Dancing took place in aid of our Malawi project.  After 8 weeks of intense training it was another spectacular showcase of talent from both staff.  Well done to all our 12 couples for dancing so well and putting on such a great show. Well done to Penny Kelly & Mr Welsh for placing 3rd and to Tyler Quinn & Miss Clelland for finishing in 2nd position.  Huge congratulations to Dylan Quinn & Miss McNicol, our Strictly Come Dancing Champions 2018. What a performance they put on, full of energy, entertainment as well as real technical ability.

We thank everyone who came to support our dancers and our Malawi project. Thanks to our judges Mr Cassidy, Ms McDermott, Mr Cavanagh, Mrs Gray & Mr Roy and to our amazing presenters Mr Mullen & Mr Healy.

A final huge thanks go to the person responsible for putting the whole show together. Not just responsible for organising the event but the choreographer and support for all our “Diva Dancers”. So a special thanks to Miss Banks for putting together yet another spectacular show.

Eco Group

We we delighted to receive a cheque of  £500 from Taylor Wimpey as part of their ongoing commitment to working in partnership with local communities.  The funding provided by Taylor Wimpey will go towards materials and support for an environmental art project in school.

Around 16 S3 pupils are taking part in the project, which will see them create an awareness video of the devastating effects that plastic is having on the environment.  The pupils have been collecting plastic bottles, which they will then use to make large pieces of artwork to be displayed around their school.

We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey and we can’t thank them enough for their generous donation.  To find out more about the charities and organisations that Taylor Wimpey supports, please visit

Glasgow Caledonian School Connect

S5 students took part in a speed networking workshop with the School Connect team from GLasgow Caledonian University.  The aim of the session was to help pupils progress and transition to study during World Access to Higher Education Day.

December 3, 2018
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update 19th – 23rd November

  • Brian McBride Talk

We were delighted to welcome Brian McBride (Ex managing director of ASOS & Amazon) to speak to students in our S3 Focus Group, S5 mentor group & Business Studies class about the importance of hard work. Very inspirational & informative. Thanks to Brian and Speakrs4Schools.

  • Technical Equipment

We would like to thank Howden Electric Co. in Bellshill for supplying us with some new equipment for our workshops.  Students are very excited to use the new equipment.

  • STEM

Well done to Keira Devlin and Skye Mallinson in S2 who were both successful in their applications to the Weir Wise Programme at Strathclyde University.  We can’t wait to hear all about their experience in January.

  • Munich Trip 2019

A reminder that the next payment of £100 is due by Thursday, 6th December. Any problems please see Mr Kirkwood, Miss McVake or Mr Armour.

  • Social Subjects Primary Challenge

Well done to all those involved in this years Social Subjects Primary Challenge. Congratulations to this years winners – St Patrick’s Primary School.  A special thanks to all our senior students who helped on the day,

  • S3 RE Retreats

All S3 students took part in their R.E. retreat with NET Ministries Scotland once again were in to deliver a spiritual and fun filled activities day.  For more information on the work of NET Ministries Scotland please visit their website 

  • Higher French & Spanish Immersion Workshops

Students studying Higher French & Higher Spanish attended the first of their Immersion Workshops.  A very worthwhile & informative day for all students.

November 19, 2018
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 12th – 16th November

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2018

This years Strictly Come Dancing will be held on Wednesday the 28th of November. Tickets are on sale priced £5 for adults & £3 for children. Get your tickets early as this show has sold out every year.

  • S6 Caritas Retreat

S6 Caritas students enjoyed a weekend retreat to Gartmore House in Aberfoyle.  Thanks to Mr Cassidy and Mr Cluckie for supervising the retreat.

  • Primary Transition Sports Event

We hosted the first of our Primary Transition Sports events this week.  Thanks to Miss Barr along with the Sport Council and Sports Leaders for organising the very successful event.

  • Fulton MacGregor MSP Visit

Thanks to Fulton MacGregor MSP for coming in to discuss crime in Scotland with the Advanced Higher Modern Studies students.

  • Scholar On-Line Sessions
    • HIGHER PHYSICS The Standard Model Nov 19, 2018 6:00 PM
    • ADVANCED HIGHER CHEMISTRY Unit 1: Physical chemistry (Topics 5 – 7) Nov 20, 2018 6:00
    • PM HIGHER MATHS Polynomials and quadratics Nov 22, 2018 6:00 PM
  • Christmas Food Bank Appeal 

All RE classes are taking part in our Christmas Food Bank appeal. Any donations for food bank as well as baby and adult toiletries would be very appreciated.

  • Football Results

The u14 and u15 Football teams both enjoyed good victories this week.  The u14’s made it through to the 4th round of the Scottish Cup following a 7-2 victory over St Aidan’s High School, and the u15’s made it through to the next round of the Lanarkshire Cup following a 6-3 victory over St Andrew’s & St Brides High School.  Well done to both teams.

  • Madrid Trip

Letters have been sent home in the last week detailing the payment schedule and other important information. Any student who has not received a letter should see Mr O’Donnell.

  • NL Go4SET Launch Day

A group of S2 girls enjoyed their day at NL Go4SET launch day.  Go4Set links pupils with employers & universities to offer a 10 week STEM project and our S2 students enjoyed designing a rollercoaster, taking part in the Balloon Chair Challenge before planning their project.

November 12, 2018
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 5th – 9th November

  • Bridges to Schools Event

Primary 7’s from our associated primary schools took part in the Bridges to School Event run by Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) in conjunction with Network Rail. Pupils worked in teams and used their individual roles to successfully assemble a cable-stayed bridge securely. In order to be successful, pupils had to effectively communicate and problem solve together.

Thank you very much to Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) in conjunction with Network Rail who expertly delivered the event across the two day event.  Also, thank you to our wonderful S6 students and STEM Ambassadors who helped supervise and organise the day. A final thank you to all of our associated primary schools for their enthusiasm, effort and participation

  • S1 Tree of Knowledge

We were delighted to welcome back Tree of Knowledge to deliver another excellent series of workshops, this time to students in S1.

  • 100 years of Catholic Education – Civic Reception

A representation from the school attended a very uplifting Civic Reception in Motherwell Concert Hall on the evening of Thursday 8th November.

  • S1 Sports Challenges

The first of our Sports Challenges for S1 students took place throughout the week.  Well done to all those who took part.  Winners will be announced at the next S1 assembly.

  • Clyde FC School of Football

The school of football project with Clyde FC continues to grow in success.  This week they had a classroom session with the main topic on match commentary and getting used to express themselves through watching a match.  They also got to play against the Clyde United mental health team.

  • S4 Parents Evening

A reminder that the S4 Parents Evening takes place on Monday the 12th of November.  All students have been issued with appointment sheets.

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