January 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,
Best wishes to all our pupils, staff and parents for 2019. My thanks to everyone who supported our Christmas celebrations, the Christmas Dances and Church Service.

  1. Staffing
    Mrs Craw, Physics Dept, has now left Dalziel after a number of years and we wish her every success in her new post.

    Mrs Watson, Hearing Impaired Dept and Mrs Jean Paterson, School Office, retired after outstanding service to our school and we wish them a long and happy retirement.

    Mrs Di Mambro, DHT S3/4, has taken a secondment as Acting HT at Coatbridge High School and we wish her every success.

    Congratulations go to Mr Masters, PE Dept, who has secured a teaching position in Biggar High School. Sadly, he will leave Dalziel on 21 January and we wish him all the best in his new post.

  2. Parents' Association Christmas Raffle
    Thank you for your support with the Christmas Raffle which raised £1359. The money will be spent to benefit our pupils. Prizewinners’ names are listed on our school website.

    Many thanks to all the local businesses who donated prizes.

  3. SQA Examination Prelims
    The S5/6 Prelims are currently taking place and will finish on Friday 18 January.

    This year the exams are taking place in class time and pupils are not on study leave. So far, the exams are progressing well.

  4. Burns Supper
    The Burns Supper takes place on Monday 28 January. All S5/6 pupils and staff are warmly welcomed to an excellent evening of Burns’ poetry and musical recitals celebrating the life and work of the great Bard. The evening kicks off at 6.30 pm in the Social Area and tickets are priced at £8.00, which includes dinner.

  5. Mobile Phones
    A reminder that mobile phones are banned in school. If pupils are in possession of a mobile phone and seen by a member of staff, the mobile phone will be confiscated and a punishment exercise will be issued. Thank you for your continued support.

  6. Mock Interviews
    Our annual timetable of Mock Interviews will take place from Tuesday 29 January to Thursday 31 January for S4 pupils. Many thanks to the volunteers from the local community and beyond who participate in this in order to help pupils build skills for use in the wider education and employment community.

  7. S1 Parents' Evening
    The S1 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 17 January from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Letters and appointment sheets have been issued to pupils.

  8. Personalisation and Choice
    The Personalisation and Choice (Option) booklets for S3 subject choices will be issued to S2 pupils on Tuesday 5 February.

    In order to support the Option process there will be a Careers Event on Thursday 7 February and also a presentation will be made to S2 parents at the S2 Parents Evening on Tuesday 19 February. S2 pupils will also receive an interview from their Pupil Support Tutor to support them through this process.

  9. Careers Convention
    The annual Dalziel Careers Convention will take place in the school Assembly Hall on Thursday 7 February from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm. This event is open to all S1-S6 pupils and parents and it is an excellent opportunity to meet with staff from various universities, colleges and prestigious employers such as Morgan Stanley, WorleyParsons and Police Scotland.

    This is an ideal opportunity for your child to gain an insight into various career progression pathways for their future and I look forward to welcoming you and your child to this wonderful event.

  10. Spring Concert
    The Spring Concert date has been changed to Tuesday 19 March and will take place in the Gymnasium. Tickets will go on sale in February.

  11. Dates For Your Diary
    • Thursday 17 January - S1 Parents’ Evening
    • Friday 18 January - S5/6 Prelims end
    • Thursday 24 January - S4 Tracking Report 3 Issued
    • Monday 28 January - Burns Supper
    • Tuesday 29 January - S4 Mock Interviews
    • Wednesday 30 January - S4 Mock Interviews
    • Thursday 31 January - S4 Mock Interviews
    • Tuesday 5 February - S2 Tracking Report 2 Issued
    • Tuesday 5 February - S2 Personalisation and Choice Booklet issued
    • Thursday 7 February - S1-S6 Careers Event
    • Monday 11 February - Holiday
    • Tuesday 12 February - Holiday
    • Wednesday 13 February - In-service Day
    • Friday 15 February - S5/6 Tracking Report 3 Issued
    • Tuesday 19 February - S2 Parents’ Evening
    • Wednesday 20 February - S3 Tracking Report 2 Issued
    • Friday 22 February - S2 Personalisation and Choice Form to be returned

    Yours faithfully

    ROBERT BIRCH
    Rector