February 2019 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

  1. Burns Supper
    Congratulations to all those who took part in the recent Burns Supper. It was a fantastic evening with great entertainment.

  2. Health Fayre
    Plans are underway for our annual Health Fayre. This year the theme of our Fayre is ‘Be Kind To Your Mind’ and will focus on finding a healthy mind and body and pupils and staff will be encouraged to participate in numerous activities and sample healthy snacks. A number of lunchtime events for staff and pupils have also been arranged throughout the week, including Beach Volleyball and the Staff v Pupils Rowing Challenge. Pupils will also have the opportunity to experience yoga and various events around mindfulness on the Friday. The Health Fayre takes place in the Assembly Hall from Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March.

  3. S2 Subject Choices
    All S2 pupils are currently involved in the Personalisation and Choice process for choosing their S3 subjects and this has been discussed with them at Assemblies.

    Throughout this process, pupils are encouraged to speak to subject teachers regarding further information on specific subjects. All Options forms should be returned to the School Office by Friday 22 February 2019.

  4. S5/6 Subject Choices
    All S4 and S5 pupils, who intend to return to school in August 2019, have been issued with a Personalisation and Choice Booklet this month at Assembly. Pupils can speak to their Pupil Support Tutor or Mr Monaghan for further advice and information.

    Option forms should be returned to the School Office by FRIDAY 1 MARCH 2019.

  5. Parent Council
    Members of the Parent Council have expressed their desire to see improvements made to the Science Labs at the school for a significant period of time. This has involved inviting our local Councillors to see the outdated facilities, gathering views of the school staff and holding meetings with North Lanarkshire Council. We are of the opinion that the quality of the surroundings for both pupils and staff needs to improve. Recently, representatives of North Lanarkshire Council informed us that Dalziel High School would be part of a review of facilities across the local authority. As a result of this review, the school will have all Science Labs refurbished during the next year. We are delighted with this result. Our thanks go to North Lanarkshire Council, Councillor Kelly, Councillor Gallacher and Councillor Valentine for their support during this process. We look forward to seeing the upgraded facilities for all the young people at the school in the near future.

  6. Spring Concert
    The Music Department Spring Concert takes place on Tuesday 19 March in the School Assembly Hall.

  7. Information SQA Exams 2019
    Study leave for pupils in S4, 5 and 6 will begin on Thursday 25 April. Pupils will return to school on Monday 3 June.

    During the study leave period, study facilities will be available in school. Pupils who wish to avail themselves of these facilities should advise subject teachers in advance and report to the School Office on the day or days in question to allow appropriate arrangements to be made. Pupils who are not sitting any exams during the 2019 SQA Exam Diet should be attending school as normal.

    Pupils will be issued with their exam timetable containing details of exam times week beginning 18 February. Can you please ensure your son/daughter checks this carefully and notifies Mrs Chalmers of any concerns or questions they may have?

    Return to School - S4 and S5 pupils will start their 2019/20 timetable in June. Pupils will return from study leave on Monday 3 June. S4 should arrive for an 8.55 am start, S5 will return for a 9.45 am start (not before this time). Both year groups should report to the Assembly Hall on arrival and will have an assembly during which they will be given details of their new timetables. Work on the new courses will begin immediately.

    Conduct in Examination Rooms - When sitting an exam, in fairness to other pupils in the same room, pupils should remain in the exam room for the duration of the exam and will not be allowed to leave early. If a pupil has prepared properly for the examination, he/she should be able to stay for the full examination time and make use of the time given to complete the paper to the best of their ability.

    School Uniform - Pupils are required to wear full school uniform when they are in school sitting exams and during any visit, however short, to the school.

    Illness - Pupil illness on the day of an exam, or any change in circumstance that may affect exam performance, should be reported to Mrs Chalmers as early as possible on the day of the exam. Senior staff in the school can then make appropriate arrangements for Exceptional Circumstances Consideration.

    Mobile Phones - Please note that mobile phones are NOT permitted in examination rooms. Any pupil found with a mobile phone in the examination room will be removed from the exam. This is in line with SQA policy and will be strictly adhered to.

    Exam Results - Pupils will receive their exam results by first class mail on Tuesday 6 August.

  8. Celebrating Success
    Congratulations again go to Callum Sergeant, Colin Gass and Cameron Gunn who won the coveted Teen Tech People’s Choice Award. They will be travelling down to Buckingham Palace on 26 February to receive their award from Prince Andrew. This is a fantastic opportunity for the pupils and we hope they enjoy the experience.

  9. Dates For Your Diary
    • Friday 22 February - S2 Personalisation and Choice Form to be returned
    • Friday 1 March - S5/6 Personalisation and Choice Form to be returned
    • Monday 4 March - Friday 8 March - Health Fayre
    • Tuesday 19 March - Spring Concert
    • Thursday 21 March - S4 Tracking Report 4 Issued
    • Friday 22 March - S5/6 Tracking Report 4 Issued
    • Friday 29 March - Games Morning / School Closes
    • Monday 15 April - School Re-opens / S3 Exams begin
    • Thursday 18 April - Church Service
    • Friday 19 April - Holiday
    • Monday 22 April - Holiday

    Yours faithfully

    ROBERT BIRCH
    Rector