February 2020 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 ‘On Your Marks, Get Set, Go’ and is based on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Health Fayre focuses 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. The Health Fayre takes place in the Assembly Hall from Tuesday 3 March to Thursday 5 March.

  3. S2 Subjects 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 21 February 2020.

  4. S5/6 Subject Choices
    All S4 and S5 pupils, who intend to return to school in August 2020, have been issued with a Personalisation and Choice form this month at Assembly. Pupils can speak to their Pupil Support Tutor or Mrs Martin for further advice and information. The Personalisation and Choice Booklet can be accessed on the school website.

    Option forms should be returned to the School Office by FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2020.

  5. Parents' Portal
    In support of North Lanarkshire Council’s ambition to continue improvement in parental communications, the Parent Portal was launched on Monday 17 February. Click the link below to access the Parent Portal Document.

  6. Spring Concert
    The Music Department Spring Concert takes place on Tuesday 31 March in the School Gym Hall.

  7. Parking
    Can I please remind all parents not to park on the yellow zig zag lines around the school. We are concerned that drivers parking in these areas mean young people leaving school can be crossing between parked cars.

    The safety of our pupils must be top priority and we would ask all drivers not to park in these areas.

  8. SQA Information-Exams 2020
    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 4 August.

  9. Dates For Your Diary
    • Friday 21 February - S2 Personalisation and Choice Form to be returned
    • Friday 28 February - S5/6 Personalisation and Choice Form to be returned
    • Tuesday 3 March - Thursday 5 March - Health Fayre
    • Thursday 12 March - S4 Tracking Report 3 Issued
    • Friday 20 March - S5/6 Tracking Report 4 Issued
    • Tuesday 31 March - Spring Concert
    • Thursday 2 April - Church Service
    • Friday 3 April - Games Morning
    • Friday 3 April - School Closes
    • Monday 20 April - School Re-Opens
    • Monday 20 April - S3 Exams begin
    • Monday 27 April - SQA Exams begin

    Yours faithfully

    ROBERT BIRCH
    Rector