St Andrew's High School

Domine Dirige Nos

April 3, 2020
by Mr Cluckie

SQA Update

Please find attached the latest “Guidance for learners, parents, and carers” from the SQA


Our school will use SQA guidance on this matter to ensure the awards are fair and representative of all your child’s work this session. More information will be provided when we receive it from the SQA.

March 30, 2020
by Mr McCrossan

Face Shield

We are currently in the process of manufacturing face shields (as shown in photo below) to support our local critical workers.

If anyone in Coatbridge or the the surrounding area would benefit from these, please DM the @DAT_SAHS account on twitter or the Request link on the website with the quantity required.

We also looking for any assistance from local businesses who would be able to help with the supply of 3mm acrylic to meet the demand of requests from key frontline workers.  Anyone who can help can use the same links to register their assistance.  

March 21, 2020
by Mr McCrossan

School Closure – NLC Update


All North Lanarkshire schools will be open on Monday for the children of the following categories of key workers.  It is essential, to stop the spread of transmission of coronavirus, that people who can work from home do work from home. This is not business as usual and it is vital that this support being offered is only accessed by those who absolutely require it to enable NHS and other critical services to function.

If you’re a key worker who requires support, please take your child to your normal school on Monday. We will review these arrangements over the coming week and it is likely we will fully close some schools but we will inform you of this and the alternative provision we will put in place.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any child who has symptoms of coronavirus, or who lives in a household where someone has symptoms, present at school. The whole family must follow the self-isolation advice.
Key worker categories:

Category 1

·       Health and care workers directly supporting COVID-19 response and associated staff
·       Workers supporting life-threatening emergency work as well as critical primary and community care provision
·       Staff of energy suppliers
·       Staff, including teachers and early years workers, providing childcare and learning for other key workers and staff who support school buildings

Category 2

Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home

·       All other health and care workers including home support staff and care home staff
·       Emergency services staff, including police, fire and rescue, prison officers
·       Military personnel
·       Social workers

Those supporting critical national infrastructure including:

·       Staff keeping air, water, road and rail passenger transport operating
·       Oil, gas, electricity and water and sewerage workers
·       Logistics staff including drivers and transport workers
·       Food and other necessary goods staff including food production, processing, distribution, sale, delivery as well as those essential to the provision of hygienic and veterinary medicines
·       Staff in essential financial service provision including: banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure; IT and data infrastructure; postal services; civil nuclear, chemicals and telecommunications; payment providers; waste disposal.
·       Journalists and broadcasters

Category 3

Other council and associated staff in the following categories. Please note that the first presumption is that staff who can work from home will work from home

·       Strategic-level management and support staff
·       Waste services staff
·       Fleet services staff
·       Cemeteries staff
·       Property repairs and maintenance staff including frontline workers of Mears and Saltire
·       Roads and lighting maintenance staff including staff of Amey
·       Facility support services including cleaning, catering, school crossing patrollers and janitorial staff
·       Human resources staff including payroll and employee service centre
·       IT staff
·       Communications staff
·       Finance staff including welfare, revenue and benefits staff and municipal bank staff
·       Registration staff
·       Essential legal services
·       Psychological services staff

 Only the following pupils should attend at school:

·       Children of Category 1 key workers as detailed above.

March 19, 2020
by Mr McCrossan

Online Learning Platforms

Staff across the school have been busy making arrangements for students to have access to online resources for study & revision. Microsoft Teams, Show My Homework & Scholar are the main platforms that students can utilise. These can all be accessed with students GLOW accounts.

Students unfamiliar with how to access Microsoft Teams can follow this guide to add the app to their GLOW launch pad. The Teams app can also be downloaded onto phones & iPads & can be accessed via the App Store.

Scholar username & passwords have all been individually issued to students in S4-S6.

Students can access  their accounts at the following links

Any problems accessing your GLOW account please email Mr McCrossan –

March 17, 2020
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 9th – 13th March

  • Columba 1400
    • Our S3 Columba 1400 pupils spoke to our cluster headteachers about their project and their plans to work with our Primary Schools.  A very impressive presentation from the pupils with great feedback from the cluster headteachers. 
  • University Visit
    • S4 pupils enjoyed a very informative day visiting Strathclyde University to experience student life & learn skills for forthcoming exams. Thanks to Angie & all the fab mentors from Focus West who worked with pupils in their widening access programme.
  • World Book Day Competition
    • To celebrate ‘World Book Day 2020’, the Library ran a competition. The winners were Bradley Moore 1C and Aaron Spalding 1F.  Both selected a selection of books as their prizes plus an Easter Egg.
  • Sports Leadership Academy
    • A great start to the second block of primary placements for the NL Active Schools Sports Leadership Academy pupils.  Fundamentals & Multi Sports after schools clubs are being delivered for primary pupils by our senior pupils.
  • North Lanarkshire Cross Country
    • The North Lanarkshire Cross Country Championships was postponed this week because of weather conditions, it has been rescheduled for Wednesday the 18th March.

March 11, 2020
by Mr McCrossan

Saturday School 14th March

Saturday School Programme.  This Saturday (14th March) will be our final day of our Saturday School programme.  Students are reminded to notify staff of their intentions to attend each session.

March 11, 2020
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 2nd-6th March

  • World Book Day
    • As part of World Book Day staff across the school were promoting and celebrating the gift of reading with our students.   Staff shared the books they are currently reading and the reason why they read.    There are also a series of competitions running for staff & students as part of this years World Book Day.
      • Top 10 Benefits of Reading
        1. Keeps brain active
        2. Reduce stress levels
        3. Increase knowledge
        4. Expand vocabulary
        5. Improve memory
        6. Stronger thinking skills
        7. Improve focus & concentration
        8. Improve writing skills
        9. Tranquility
        10. Entertainment
  • S1 Focus Group
    • Half of our wonderful S1 focus group took part in an Escape Room activity to develop their problem solving skills and showcase their excellent teamwork and communication skills to beat the escape room. Teams had 45 minutes to compete the task and the winning team managed to complete the task in 43 minutes.
  • Construction & Engineering Apprenticeship Event
    • 40 students in S4-S6 attended a Construction and Engineering Apprenticeship event  at the Hamilton International Technology Park. It was a very beneficial & worthwhile experience for these students who are looking at gaining apprenticeships in these areas when they leave school.
  • Personal Development Staff Lunch
    • A BIG thank you to our S5/6 Personal Development group for organising a very successful staff lunch on Monday.  Thank you to all the staff who turned up to taste their culinary delights.
  • Sports Leadership Academy
    • Another fantastic night at the Active Schools Sports Leadership Academy.  This week students were going through Disability Awareness Training.    Students are now ready for their Primary placements.  

March 3, 2020
by Mr McCrossan

Weekly Update: 24th – 28th February

  • Lent 
    • Thanks to Fr Travers and Fr Ghislain for celebrating our Ash Wednesday services.  The following celebrations will take place throughout the period of Lent.
      • Mass on Tuesdays at 12.30pm
      • Rosary on Wednesdays at 8.45am
      • Food Bank Thursday collection
      • Mass on Friday at 8.35am
  • Shoot for Success
    • Week 2 of the Shoot for Success project  for S1 students covered healthy choices and being active.  The students also enjoyed a day of Cycling, tennis and fit-steps out at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld.
  • S5 & S6 Report Cards
    • S5 & S6 reports cards were issued this week, any student who has not received theirs should contact the school office.
  • Art & Design
    • Artist Ross Muir was in the school working with the S3 Art & Design pupils.  This proved to be another great experience for  them with lots of invaluable guidance and feedback.  
  • DYW & STEM
    • Well done to our fabulous S2 Go4Set team The Curious Creators who took part in  the Celebration and Assessment Day.  Excellent effort and teamwork displayed throughout the entire project from the team.  
  • Sports News
    • Well done to the S6 Netball team who defeated Airdrie Academy. Everyone in the team each put in a good performance with Player of the Match being Mari Brennan.
    • Congratulations to the Hollie & Ellis Angus (S2) who won the  U16 Scottish Basketball Championship with their Lady Rocks Basketball squad.

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