St Andrew's High School

Domine Dirige Nos

December 11, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Read to Succeed Survey

As part of the Scottish Attainment Challenge North Lanarkshire Council asked parents, teachers and librarians to support the Read to Succeed pledge for new S1 pupils.  The aim of this project was to encourage children to read more by providing them with books they could read and books they wanted to read, as well as providing opportunities for this reading to take place and the author visits to S1 earlier in the year.

To help understand how this pledge and initiative has made pupils and parents feel about reading, you and your child are being asked to complete a short survey. This survey will ask what you/your child think about reading, how often you/your child read and the kinds of things you read. Data gathered from this survey will be kept confidential, held securely and be kept for no longer than necessary.

No parents/carers, children or schools will be identified in the research findings. The findings will be used in a report for the Scottish Attainment Challenge and summary information will be presented to schools and other establishments within North Lanarkshire.

Please click on the link below to access the survey.

Read to Succeed Smart Survey

December 11, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Upcoming Events

  • S5/6 Glitterball Dance
    • The annual Christmas Dance for senior students takes place on Wednesday the 19th of December from 7pm until 10pm.  Tickets cost £5.
  • S1/2 Christmas Disco
    • The S1/2 Christmas Disco will take place on Wednesday the 19th of December during periods 5 & 6.
  • Christmas Concert
    • The annual Christmas Concert takes place on Tuesday 17th of December at 7pm.
  • Non Uniform Day
    • We will be having a Non Uniform Day on Wednesday the 18th of December. Pupils can come to school in appropriate non uniform items of clothing. £1 donation is required with proceeds going towards our Christmas Charities & will be collected in the social area on entry on the 18th.
  • Bike Repair Day
    • On Monday the 16th of December we will be having a bike repair day. Any students/staff can bring their bike in to school to have repairs made free of charge. (This doesn’t apply to bikes that require a major repair). A great opportunity to get any minor faults fixed.
  • S1 & S2 Dodgeball Tournament
    • The S1 & S2 Dodgeball Tournament takes places on Monday the 16th (S2) and Tuesday the 17th (S1) during periods 5-7. Entry fee is £1 and anyone wishing to take part must have signed up & bought their ticket before Friday the 13th of December.

December 10, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 2nd – 6th December

  • S4 Prelims
    • The first week of S4 prelim examinations took place this week with students studying English, Admin & IT, History, Geography, Engineering Science, Physics, Music, Spanish & Modern Studies all being tested under SQA exam conditions.
    • The prelims continue next week with Maths, Design & Manufacture, Art & Design, Drama, Chemistry, PE, Computing Science, Woodwork and French prelims all taking place between the 9th and 13th of December.
  • Sporting Success
    • Well done to the Open Netball Team who won their Scottish Cup match  against Duncanrig. A great performance from each of the players with some outstanding passages of play.  Player Of The Match was Victoria Carey.
    • The U15 Football team defeated Our Lady’s HS (Motherwell) in the Lanarkshire League  3- 1, goals from Darren O’Donohue, Joshua Grace & Eamon Campbell.  Leo Slavin was Man of the Match.
    • Well done also to Kian McCann (S4) who signed a playing contract with Celtic FC this week.
  • s3 Retreats
    • Students in S3 were joined by NET Ministries this week for the next round of retreats in RE.  Once again a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging experience for all involved.
  • S6 Personal Development Group
    • The S6 Personal Development group have been busy preparing cakes for our senior citizens who are coming for tea, cakes & entertainment next week as part of their inter generation programme.

December 4, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Staying safe online

Staying Safe Online – new resources

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.  Within the website there is lots of information for pupils and parents based on being safe online, dealing with any incidents, and receiving help/support.

The second resource comes from Childline and is a link to download an app called Zipit.   Zipit helps young people to respond to unwanted chats & get out of awkward/pressured circumstances online with the power of GIFs.  Further information is available at the link below.

December 2, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

‘Stand out from the Crowd’ – Foundation Apprenticeship Information Session

Are you a local business?  Are you looking to develop your team and spot talent early? Are you looking to contribute to community benefits by supporting local pupils?

North Lanarkshire Council would like to invite you to ‘Stand out from the Crowd’ information session designed to inform local businesses on how you can get involved in Foundation Apprenticeships.  This programme is designed to allow local pupils the opportunity to gain an industry based qualification with you, a local based employer.  As the employer you will have the opportunity to support pupils and gain invaluable contributions to the workplace with no financial costs involved. To find out more about this new programme and how it can contribute to community benefits please register here to attend the session or contact the team directly on 01236 812257 or email

Apprenticeships are in the following industries: Accounts, Business Skills, Civil Engineering, Creative Digital Media, Food & Drink Technologies, Engineering, IT Software, IT Hardware & Scientific Technologies.

Date And Time: Mon, 9 December 2019, 10:00 – 12:00 

Location – Municipal Building, Kildonan Street, Coatbridge, ML5 3BT

December 2, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update 25th – 29th Nov

  • Patronal Feast Mass
    •  Thanks to Bishop Toal, Fr Ghislain, Fr Travers, Fr Campbell and Fr Lawrie who joined S1 and S6 students to celebrate Mass for the Feast of our Patron St Andrew on Friday.
  • S4 Prelims
    • The S4 Prelims begin next week.  Students have all been issued with personalised prelim timetables and should check the SQA noticeboards for full details of exam times and venues.
  • Strictly 2019
    • The annual Strictly Come Dancing event took place on Wednesday.  We thank everyone who came to support this worthy cause in aid of our Malawi Partnership which was a complete sell out again.  Thanks to all our dancers, the weeks of practice certainly paid off with the performance of their lives. Well done particularly to Euan Morell/Miss Campbell who placed 2nd & Ryan Paterson/Karen “The Dinner Lady” & Scott Minnis/Claire “The Technician” who were joint 3rd and Congratulations to our winners Kelsey Foley & Mr McSherry.
    • 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.
  • Foodbank Appeal 
    • We will be collecting for the Coatbridge Foodbank and People’s Pantry throughout Advent.  Toiletries are in short supply (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel, soap, deodorant etc) as well as tinned meat or fish, toilet roll, tea & coffee, long life milk, baby food and dog & cat food.  Students can drop off any items into the RE department.
  • S2 Forensics Trip
    • S2 students enjoyed a trip to Edinburgh College to learn about forensics and the process used in scientific tests in the detection of crime.  A thoroughly enjoyable day for all involved.
  • Bookweek Scotland
    • To celebrate ‘Book Week Scotland 2019’, the Library ran a competition called the ‘Scottish Quiz’. The winners were Grace Madden 1F and Laughlin Digan 2K. They each won a goody bag with a Scottish theme. Congratulations to them both.
  • Staffing
    • We said farewell on Friday to Miss Power from Support for Learning on Friday.  Miss Power leaves to take up a position as Principal Teacher of Support for Learning  in Glasgow.  We wish Miss Power every success in her new role and school.

November 8, 2019
by Mr McCrossan

S4 Reporting Evening

The S4 Reporting Evening takes place this Monday the 11th of November for parents & carers from 4.00pm until 6.30pm.  All S4 students have been issued with an appointment sheet and should get appointments for all National Qualification subjects.  Any parent or carer who cannot attend but would like an update on the progress of their child should contact Principal Teachers of Pupil Support – Ms Trainer & Mrs Halavage or Year Head Ms Morrison .

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