February 2011 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian

I am delighted to inform you that the new Rector of the School will be taking up post on Monday 28 February. This is a little earlier than we had anticipated but great news for staff and pupils alike. Mr Birch has already visited the School on a number of occasions to meet the Parent Council, the Memorial Trust Committee and the Parents’ Association and he will be meeting with the School Council and the House Officials next week. We look forward to his joining us at the end of the month.

As we are now well into the Spring term, here are the events associated with the School over the next few weeks:

  1. Mid-term Break
    The School will be closed as follows:-

    • Friday 11 February - In-Service Day - School closed to pupils
    • Monday 14 February - Mid-term Holiday - School closed to staff and pupils
    • Tuesday 15 February - Mid-term Holiday - School closed to staff and pupils
    • Wednesday 16 February - In-Service Day - School closed to pupils

  2. War Memorial Trust Meeting
    The next meeting of the War Memorial Trust will be held in School on Monday 7 March at 7.00 pm.

  3. Parent Council Meeting
    The next meeting of the Parent Council will be held, in the School, at 7.00 pm on Thursday 3 March.

  4. S5/6 Parents' Evening
    The S5/6 Parents’ Evening will be held on Wednesday 23 February. Letters of appointment will be issued after the Mid-term Break. I would like to encourage you all to come along as this is a very important meeting for children sitting their SQA examinations.

  5. The Talent Show
    It is that time of year again when we take the opportunity to highlight the talents of the pupils in Dalziel. This is always a very popular event so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. This year’s Show will be held on Thursday 3 March. I hope to see you there.

  6. Health Fayre Week
    This year’s Fayre will begin on Monday 7 March and run through to Friday 11 March. Another week of set activities has been planned and all pupils will be viewing and enjoying the exhibits on display and joining in a range of activities specially arranged for them throughout the week. If you can, please try to come in and see what is going on for yourself as good Health is very important to all of us.

  7. Blood Transfusion Service
    The Blood Transfusion Service will be visiting the School on Monday 7 March and will be in school all day. Giving blood is a truly life-preserving deed and I would encourage all of you to come along and join the staff and pupils who will be donating blood on the day. Please contact either Mr Stewart or Mr Fleming to book your appointment, which will only last about 15/20 minutes in total. Please try to make the effort to support this wonderful cause and save a life.

  8. Customer Service Excellence
    I am delighted to inform you that, after a recent Customer Service Excellence Review visit, Dalziel High School has been found to be continuing to meet the high standards demanded of this award, yet again, and has maintained the right to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence. Congratulations go to all the parents, pupils and staff who continue to support the School and enable it to maintain the high standards we have all come to expect.

  9. Easter Egg
    This year’s performances by the Dalziel High School Former Pupils’ Association Easter Egg Club, will be held in Clyde Valley High School Theatre and will run from Tuesday 19 April to Saturday 23 April inclusive. The theme is ‘Legends’ - a celebration of musical genius. Tickets are available from John Neilson on 01698 322867 or you can book online at www.nodatickets.co.uk.

  10. and finally,

    The Retirement Dinner for Mr Brian Miller was held on Friday 4 February, in the Alona Hotel, and the evening was a tremendous success with over two hundred and forty staff, pupils, parents and guests in attendance. It was a wonderful evening and a true celebration of Mr Miller and all that he has done for the School over the past twenty-one years. It was a truly memorable occasion and he had a great time. Thank you to everyone for making it a very special occasion for Brian and indeed for us all.

Yours faithfully

ELIZABETH M KELLY
Acting Rector