On behalf of everyone at Dalziel I would like to wish you all a very ‘Happy New Year’ and hope that you all had a wonderful holiday. Fortunately, for the start of this term, so far, the snow has not been a problem and all staff and pupils have been able to get to school keen, enthusiastic and ready for the challenges facing us all over the next few months.
As you will be aware, this is the first time in 21 years that Mr Miller has not written the January Newsletter, but I am delighted to report that he has sent us all his best wishes for the coming year - from his sunbed in sunny Menorca, where he is just managing to cope with the rigours attached to being a newly retired Head Teacher.
For the next few weeks, I will be keeping you informed of all the activities and events taking place in the School and I would like to encourage you to contact me at the School, at any time, if you require information about the School and its activities, or indeed, about any school matter. I look forward to hearing from you.
I am sure that the question foremost in all your minds is who will be the new Rector of Dalziel and when will he/she start?
I am delighted to inform you that Mr Robert Birch was appointed Rector on Tuesday 11 January 2011 and will take up the post within the next few weeks.
Many of you will remember Mr Birch as he was PT of Mathematics and then DHT in the School before leaving us to become Rector of Queensferry High School. He knows the School well. He knows what it stands for and is keen to maintain the School’s traditions while taking it forward to new standards of excellence. I am sure you will join with me in congratulating him on his new appointment and extend him a warm welcome when he joins us.
Now to the events and activities associated with the School over the next few weeks:-
- The Memorial Trust
The first Memorial Trust Meeting for 2011, was held in the School on Monday 10 January. The next scheduled meeting is on Monday 7 February. Mr Ian Watson has kindly volunteered to stand in and chair the Trust meetings until June when the new Rector will take over the role.
- Burns Supper
This year’s Burns Supper will take place on Monday 17 January at 6.30 pm. The Captains are busy selling tickets for what is always a very enjoyable and entertaining event in the School calendar. This year’s speaker is Mr Jim Jamieson a well known and respected Burns expert and we are all looking forward to hearing from him. Please encourage your son/daughter to come along to join in the fun and support their peers as they perform a variety of different entertainments for them on the evening.
- Parent Council Meeting
The next meeting of the Parent Council will be held on Thursday 3 February at 7.00 pm in the School.
- S2 Parents' Evening
This will be held on Tuesday 1 February from 4.30 pm. Letters of appointment will be given out in the next few weeks.
- Parents’ Association
The next meeting is planned for Monday 7 February at 7.30 pm in the School.
- War Memorial Trust
The next meeting of the War Memorial Trust will take place, in the School, on Monday 10 January at 7.00 pm.
I am delighted to announce that Mr Ian Watson, our stalwart and ex-Treasurer, has agreed to act as Chairman of the Trust until the Summer break. I am sure that this will meet the approval of everyone.
- Parents’ Association Meeting
The next meeting of the Parents’ Association will be held, in the School, on Monday 7 February at 7.30 pm.
- February Mid-Term Break and In-Service Days
The timings for this year’s arrangements are as follows:-
- Friday 11 February - Staff In-Service Day - School closed to pupils
- Monday 14 February - Holiday
- Tuesday 15 February - Holiday
- Wednesday 16 February - Staff In-Service Day - School closed to pupils
All pupils are due back in School for 8.55 am on Thursday 17 February.
- Examination Preparation
This is the time of year where it is essential that all pupils put in their very best efforts in preparing for the SQA examinations beginning in early May. Members of staff will be working tirelessly to ensure that all pupils are prepared for the examinations but it is really up to the pupils themselves to make a consistent and conscientious effort to ensure their own success. Please encourage your child to concentrate on their studies and to seek help wherever and whenever needed. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, please contact his/her Pupil Support Teacher or the appropriate Depute Head Teacher.
We all need to work together to ensure that your son/daughter achieves the very best that they are capable of in the examinations.
ELIZABETH M KELLY