March Newsletter 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian,

  1. Health Fayre

    This year, Dalziel celebrated its 25th Annual Health Fayre under the theme “Be Kind to Your Mind”.

    Every class in S1-S3 and all P7 pupils from our associated primaries visited the Health Fayre. Each group visited five main stalls and experienced First Aid Training, Apps on Mindfulness in our ‘Calm Area’, solved brain puzzles and received information on healthy eating. Pupils were also give the chance to experience some yoga and relaxation classes.

    As always, pupils competed in our sport events in House groups.

    At lunchtime every day, sporting events such as Beach Volleyball, Futsal and our very own ‘Bring It On’ dance completion took place. Once again, our Primary 7 pupils took part in a competition to design our programme front cover and also attended our annual Sports Hall event.

    Many thanks go to all staff, exhibitors and pupils involved in this year’s event and we hope our Health Fayre encouraged our pupils and staff to look at their life balance.

    Congratulations to all on a very successful week.

  2. SQA Exams
    The SQA exams for Dalziel High School pupils begin on Thursday 25 April. All pupils involved in the exams will receive an exam timetable and information from SQA during assemblies. Pupils with special arrangements will receive an alternative timetable.

  3. Spring Concert
    The Spring Concert, presented by the pupils of the Music Department was held on Tuesday 19 March in the Gymnasium. The evening was a great success with new items from the bagpipers and xylophone players and ‘Fluorescent Blue’, the school rock band, who performed their own song. The school choir performed very well and there was also a number of excellent individual performances.

  4. Games Morning
    The Games morning will take place on Friday 29 March at Ravenscraig Sports Facility. There will be numerous events taking place that pupils will participate in to compete for the Games Morning Shield. Pupils will be bused up to Ravenscraig and all pupils will be able to spectate at the event whilst supporting their House.

  5. Easter Service
    The Easter Service will take place on Thursday 18 April. The Service will take place in the afternoon starting at 1.40 pm.

  6. Choral Shield
    Colville House are currently looking for a sponsor to support their costs for costumes etc for this year’s Choral Shield. If you think you could help with this, please contact the school for more information.

  7. School Meals
    I am writing to inform you of price changes to the school meals service from 15th April 2019. The meal price will increase from:
    • Primary School. Currently £2.00 will change to £2.10 for 2 courses and a drink.
    • Secondary schools. Currently £2.05 will change to £2.15 for 2 courses and a drink.
    For the last 2 years the school meal price has been held at £2.00 and £2.05 respectively. In comparing prices across other local authorities based on 2018/19 figures North Lanarkshire Council were 5th cheapest for the cost of a primary school 2 course lunch with drink and 6th cheapest for a secondary school 2 course lunch with drink. In increasing the school meal price we will still remain within the average price brackets.

  8. Celebrating Success - Top Schools in Scotland
    We are delighted that the Herald newspaper has listed Dalziel High School as number 25 in the list of top schools in Scotland. This is a reflection of the great success achieved by our pupils in the SQA exams last year.

  9. Celebrating Success - TeenTech Buckingham Palace Visit/The Big Bang
    Three of our S4 pupils, Colin Gass, Cameron Gunn and Callum Sergeant, known as “C Cubed”, travelled to Buckingham Palace in February to receive their TeenTech Award from HRH Duke of York KG, Patron of TeenTech. Here they were able to showcase their idea of a “Cloud Data Storage System” to the Duke and explain how they worked through the process from the initial idea to functioning reality.

    To be invited to the Palace is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the boys loved every minute of the experience. It is an occasion that they will be able to look back on with fond memories and great pride.

    On Tuesday 12 March, C Cubed then headed south to the NEC in Birmingham to compete in the Big Bang Fair 2019 - a national science fayre competition with competitors from across the whole of the UK.

    Over two days they underwent several in-depth judging sessions, explaining their “Cloud Data Storage System” and were rewarded for all their hard work with the BAE Advancement in Technology Award - a great achievement.

    The boys clearly have a bright future no matter what route they choose to take and we hope that they continue to be innovative and work together to achieve great things.

    Well done and we look forward to see what exciting project you will be working on next!

  10. Dates For Your Diary
    • Friday 29 March - Games Morning / School Closes 2.30 pm
    • Monday 15 April - School Re-opens / S3 Exams begin
    • Thursday 18 April - Church Service
    • Friday 19 April - Holiday
    • Monday 22 April - Holiday
    • Thursday 25 April - SQA Exams begin
    • Friday 26 April - S3 Exams end
    • Monday 6 May - Holiday
    • Tuesday 7 May - Inset Day 5

    Yours faithfully

    ROBERT BIRCH
    Rector