March 2015 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian

  1. Health Fayre
    This year Dalziel celebrated 21 years of its annual Health Fayre, with the theme being ‘Dalziel High School Health Fayre - the Key to a Healthy Lifestyle’.

    The Assembly Hall was, once again, transformed by Group members, Ann Walker and Catrina Allan, with posters celebrating 21 years of our Health Fayre, provided by the local feeder primaries, contributing to the decoration.

    Prizewinner of the front cover of the Health Fayre programme was Abbie McKellar of Knowetop Primary and she was presented with a token of thanks by Charlie Flynn, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist in Boxing.

    As always, the school is indebted to those organisations who provided exhibits and/or staff to man the stalls, each of which supplied a wealth of information on issues such as health care, first aid, healthy food and drink options, and health and fitness testing by New College Lanarkshire. Once again, the Health Fayre was a very successful event and much enjoyed by all who attended.

  2. SQA Exams
    The SQA exams for Dalziel High school pupils begin on Tuesday 28 April. All pupils involved in the exams will receive an exam timetable, information from SQA and a letter to parents giving details of study leave, during assemblies in the next couple of weeks.

  3. Staffing
    Our best wishes go to Mrs Wendy Walker who leaves Dalziel to take up the post of Principal Teacher of Science at St Ambrose High School.

  4. North Lanarkshire Learning Festival 2015
    The 2015 North Lanarkshire Parents' Conference will be held in Motherwell Theatre and Concert Hall from 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm on Thursday 26 March as part of the wider two day Learning Festival.

    There will be two keynote speakers – Mike Stevenson of Thinktastic and Graham Logan, Strategic Director of Education Scotland. There will also be seminars on a range of topics of interest to parents, who are also welcome to attend any seminars or talks by keynote speakers at the Learning Festival outwith the 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm time period.

    Parents should register online for the conference Here by Monday 23 March and full information on all the keynote speakers and the seminars can be found at www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk.

    Any parents unable to register online, can obtain booking forms, which must be returned by Monday 23 March, from the School Office.

  5. Spring Concert
    The Spring Concert, presented by the pupils of the Music Department, will be held on Monday 30 March in the Assembly Hall starting at 7.00 pm. Tickets will soon be available from the Music Department with a small number of seats available on the night.

  6. School Survey
    This year’s School Survey is focusing on ‘Learning and Teaching’ and ‘Support for Pupils’. Last session, the survey was available on the school website for parents to access. This year, in addition to making it available electronically, we will also be sending paper copies home to parents, in the hope that we receive a greater volume of returns. We would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to either complete the survey, which will be available from Monday 23 March until Thursday 2 April, via the school website or using the paper copy.

    To access it from the website (www. dalzielhigh.org.uk) click on the link ‘community’ and enter the password “dalziel15” when prompted. If you would prefer to complete the paper copy, simply ask your child to return the completed survey to the School Office.Pupils will have an opportunity to complete the survey in school.

  7. National Conference for Deaf Young People
    Four of our hearing impaired pupils attended the National Conference for Deaf Young People on Wednesday 25 February.

    This event is organised by Education Scotland and NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society). There, they were able to meet other deaf young people from all over Scotland and share their experiences of how they are supported at Dalziel.

  8. Easter Egg
    DHSFPA Easter Egg Club is performing “Lights, Camera, Musicals”. The performance runs from Tuesday 21 April - Saturday 25 April 2015.

    The show is a brand new musical revue featuring songs from hit West End and Broadway musicals, including “My Fair Lady”, “Billy Elliot”, “Jersey Boys”, “Mama Mia” and many more. A great night out for all the family.

    The venue is Motherwell Theatre and performances start at 7.30 pm each evening. For ticket sales please contact 01698 322867.

  9. Cyber-Bullying
    We are aware that the issue of cyber-bullying and the way that some young people can behave on-line can increasingly lead to difficult and hurtful situations.

    Sometimes people will behave in a way, or say things on-line, that they would not do or say in person. It may be the case that sometimes people are not aware of the upset caused by what they say on social media.

    We are organising a presentation on these issues open to all pupils and parents/guardians. The presentation will involve our Community Police Officer and will cover the legal implications of certain behaviours and offer advice on what steps you can take if you feel you are subject to any form of cyber-bullying.

    The presentation is open to everyone and will take place in Dalziel High School on Monday 11 May at 7.30 pm.

  10. Dates for your Diary:
    • Thursday 19 March - S1 Parents' Evening
    • Monday 30 March - Spring Concert - 7.00pm
    • Wednesday 1 April - Easter Church Service 2.00pm (pupils will be dismissed from church)
    • Thursday 2 April - Games Morning at Ravenscraig Sports Facility - all pupils attending - School Closes at 2.30pm for Easter Break
    • Monday 20 April - School Re-Opens
    • Monday 4 May - Holiday
    • Thursday 7 May - Inset Day

Yours faithfully

ROBERT BIRCH
Rector