November 2011 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian

Many thanks to parents for your continued support with our dress code. We now have very few pupils who arrive at school in inappropriate clothing.

  1. Staffing
    We have now appointed an Acting Principal Teacher of Business Education. Mrs Morag Mollon will be joining us later this month to cover a maternity leave.

  2. School Show
    We were delighted with the wonderful performances of our School Show, ‘The Buddy Holly Story’. A number of photographs from the show are featured on our website at www.dalzielhigh.org.uk..

  3. S3 Parents' Evening
    We received very positive feedback from the Parent Questionnaires at the recent S3 Parents’ Evening and we will aim to further improve the organisation of these evenings.

  4. Remembrance Service
    There will be a Remembrance Service held in the Assembly Hall at 2.00 pm on Sunday 13 November.

  5. Parent Council / Parents' Association
    We are fortunate to have a very active Parent Council and Parents’ Association. The Parents’ Association is hoping to recruit new members so please come along and find out more about our school and how you can help provide the best opportunities for our pupils.
    At the next Parents’ Association meeting on Monday 21 November we will have a presentation on GLOW by Mr Farr. This is the web based system that provides a variety of learning materials and much more.
    Details of all meetings, dates and times are on the Community Section of our website: www.dalzielhigh.org.uk.

  6. Parents' Association Christmas Raffle
    The raffle tickets for our annual raffle will be issued soon and we ask you to support this. The Parents’ Association use this money to support our pupils and improve the facilities around the school. Last year the Parents’ Association provided new benches in the playground and supported the Choral Shield. The pupils were encouraged to make suggestions through the Pupil Council on how any money raised is spent.

  7. SQA Appeals
    Results for Standard Grade and Intermediate appeals are now with departments and Principal Teachers are in the process of informing pupils concerned of the outcome.

  8. SQA Examination Prelims

    The Dates for the Prelims are:

    • S3: Monday 28 November - Friday 9 December inclusive
    • S5/6: Monday 30 January - Wednesday 8 February inclusive
  9. Further information on the Prelims will be sent out to parents soon. Pupils will be given Study Leave for these dates, but may find one or two exams are held outwith this time to accommodate all subjects.

  10. UCAS (University and College Admissions Service
    Senior pupils who intend studying at University were recently provided with a pack on UCAS arrangements at Dalziel. These packs contained a comprehensive booklet providing a step-by-step guide on completing the form online. The pack also features a Parent Guide.

    Senior pupils who have indicated that they wish to make a UCAS application should have completed the form by our internal deadline: Friday 14 December 2011
  11. Please contact your child’s Pupil Support teacher if you have any queries about the process or, indeed, if you require further information on any aspect of your son/daughter’s application.


  12. Careers Education Information
    The Careers Adviser, Shona Thomas, is in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to hold Career Interview Sessions for pupils who have requested appointments. Careers Advisers can provide pupils with invaluable information on various University and College courses. They can also advise on the changing job market highlighting career areas which are more likely to allow pupils to gain employment given the current information available.

    Shona can be contacted either via the school’s website under the curriculum section or by contacting P Owens of the Pupil Support Department (01698 274900) who will help arrange an appointment for your child. The school welcomes parents who wish to attend the careers appointment with their son/daughter - just contact us at the school to say you intend to do so.

  13. Celebrating Success

  14. North Lanarkshire Volunteer Award

    S3 Pupil, Chloe Thomson, received a North Lanarkshire Young Volunteer Award at a ceremony on Thursday 3 November 2011 at the GLO Centre. The Award was presented, by Steve McKenna from Real Radio, for her outstanding volunteering work with the St Thomas AIMA group. Chloe supports the delivery of youth clubs to local people with disabilities aged 11-22 years.

    The school would like to send our congratulations to Chloe and her family.

    Badminton Quaich

    Dalziel High School entered the finals for the LASBA Junior and Senior Badminton Quaichs on Tuesday 1st November. Both teams played exceptionally well, winning both finals to secure a place representing Lanarkshire in the SSBU Junior and Senior Quaichs against the best schools in Scotland.

    The pupils who took part were Scott Jackson, Gary Jamieson, Kris Hawkins, Robert Dunn, Sophie Morrison, Hannah Morrison, Mashal Ahmed, Sarah Clelland, Carla Jackson, Heather McKune, Alex Dunn, Ross Dick, Ross Kinnaird, Adam Park, Olivia Quinn, Olivia Jackson, Taylor Hau, Aimma Ahmed, Alice Barr and Melissa Anderson. Well done!

    Badminton

    We are extremely pleased to congratulate S2 pupil, Alex Dunn, on winning the Under-15s Boys’ Single and Boys’ Double events at the Bank of Scotland National Badminton Competition. Alex is now the Under-15s Scottish National Champion. Congratulations go to him on his success.

  15. Dates for Your Diary
    • Public Speaking Competition - Tuesday 8 November
    • Remembrance Service - Sunday 13 November
    • In-Service Day - Monday 14 November
    • S4 Parents' Evening - Thursday 24 November
    • S5/6 Reports Issued - Friday 25 November
    • S3 Prelims Begin - Monday 28 November
    • S1 Christmas Dance - Monday 12 December
    • S2 Christmas Dance - Tuesday 13 December
    • S3 Christmas Dance - Wednesday 14 December
    • S4 Christmas Dance - Thursday 15 December
    • S5/6 Christmas Dance - Monday 19 December
    • Christmas Service - Tuesday 20 December
    • School Closes - Wednesday 21 December

Yours faithfully

ROBERT BIRCH
Rector