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Forthcoming Holiday Dates

The dates for the forthcoming Spring holidays are:

School closes: Friday 29th March 2019 at 2.30pm

School Re-opens: Monday 15th April 2019 at 8.55am

Easter Weekend Holiday

Good Friday: 19th April 2019, pupil holiday

Easter Monday: 22nd April 2019, pupil holiday

May Day Holiday

Monday 6th May, pupil holiday

In-service Day 5

Tuesday 7th May, pupil holiday


Virtual STEM Careers Fair 4th-8th March

STEM Learning are hosting a Virtual Careers Fair next week on 4th-8th March.

A number of large companies such as Cancer Research UK, SSE, Jaguar/Land Rover to name a few, will be broadcasting live to pupils across the country.

Each company’s broadcast will discuss jobs and apprenticeships, as well as the qualification requirements for each position.

A list of all the companies broadcasting, as well as how to register for each live-stream, can be found on the link below! Spaces are limited for each company so make sure you book your place soon!


Parents of students currently in Fourth and Fifth Year are invited to attend a meeting on Thursday 28th February 2019 from 7 – 8.30pm in the school theatre. At this meeting detailed information will be provided regarding students’ curriculum choices for session 2019-20.

This meeting will cover subjects at Advanced Higher Grade, Higher Grade, National 5 and National 4 and a final draft ‘Option Form’ will also be issued.

In addition, there will be a short presentation by a member of North Lanarkshire’s Foundation Apprenticeship Team about the increasing number of Foundation Apprenticeships which will be available to students from next session. This presentation will cover the detail of how this qualification can be achieved as it is a mix of classroom study and a placement in an industry relevant to the particular field covered by each Foundation Apprenticeship. These qualifications benefit from strong support from relevant industries as they were created in close partnership with them.

A key aspect of Foundation Apprenticeships is their equivalence to Higher Grades A-C. These have now been agreed with most Scottish Universities with many at A Grade equivalence and in certain cases, universities will count an appropriate Foundation Apprenticeship as equivalent to 2 B Grade Highers due to its relevance to the course being applied for.


February Holidays

A friendly reminder that the February School Holidays are Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th February next week for both staff and pupils.

Wednesday 13th February is In-service Day 4 and is also a pupil holiday.

School reopens as normal for pupils on Thursday 14th February 2019 at 8.55am – St. Valentine’s Day! 

Have a great Break!

S1 Parents’ Evening

A reminder that the First Year Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 7th February 2019 from 4.00 – 6.30pm.  All parents and guardians are invited to meet with their child’s teachers and obtain up-to-date information about their progress throughout the year.

S4 “Digging In” During WWI Trenches Trip

As part of the centenary commemorations of the First World War, S4 History pupils visited the ‘Digging In’ mock trench site at Pollok Park in Glasgow at the end of November.

They braved the wind and rain to get a real experience of life in the trenches, communicated via semaphore, tried on uniforms and gas masks, used periscopes, handled memorabilia and created advertising campaigns on behalf of the wartime British government to eat more home grown vegetables.

This was an excellent experience designed to consolidate their studies of Scotland and the Great War. Below are some more photos of the trip:


St. Andrew’s Hospice Cheque Presentation

Refently a cheque for £600 was handed over to a representative of St. Andrew’s Hospice to support the work of the Hospice.  These funds were raised by staff and pupils who took part in the annual St. Andrew’s Hospice Schools’ 6K event in Strathclyde Park in September of this year. Well done to all involved and many thanks to the staff of the hospice for the excellent work carried out by them day in and day out caring for members of our local communities.

Advent 2018

Pupils are busy with a variety of Advent activities. They are encouraged to attend Mass on Tuesday and Thursday at 8:40am. These masses are celebrated by Fr. Martin Delaney, school Chaplain, in our new Oratory.

In Religious Education classes, pupils are making donations to fill Christmas parcels for the needy. As well as this, they are being asked to donate socks, gloves and woolly hats to donate to charities which work with homeless people. Pupils are also encouraged to provide the names of senior citizens who would like to attend the school’s Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party, which takes place this year on Thursday 13th December at 2pm.