December 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

  1. Christmas Dances
    Our Christmas dances take place on the following evenings:-

    • S1 Tuesday 13 December - 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm Ticket Price - £6.00
    • S2 Wednesday 14 December - 7.00 pm - 10.15 pm Ticket Price - £6.00
    • S3 Thursday 15 December - 7.00 pm - 10.30 pm Ticket Price - £6.00
    • S4 Monday 19 December - 7.00 pm - 10.45 pm Ticket Price - £6.00
    • S5/6 Tuesday 20 December - 6.00 pm - 11.00 pm Ticket Price - £10.00

    All pupils have been reminded of the dress code eg no jeans, no trainers.

  2. Customer Service Excellence Award
    The school will be visited by an inspector for the Customer Service Excellence Award on Friday 9 December. Many thanks in advance to all staff, and pupils who participate. The full report will be published on the School Website as soon as it is released. We hope to maintain the already high standard of award set last year

  3. Education Investor
    In November, our school won the Education Investor Award for Partnership in recognition of work done between our school and AMEC Foster Wheeler.

  4. Tracking & Monitoring
    All S3/S4/S5/S6 pupils are currently taking part in our Tracking and Monitoring system, aimed at supporting them in raising their attainment.

    This involves pupils engaging in discussions with each of their class teachers, jointly setting targets and discussing how to go about achieving these.

    S4 Tracking Reports will be issued to parents week beginning 9 January. This will include the current working levels of pupils and the target grades pupils should aim for. The working grades will be based on Prelim results and class/unit work. This is the first of three reports being issued in S4 (two tracking reports and one full report). This keeps parents informed of any possible change of levels within subjects. If a final change of level is suggested then a departmental consent letter will be sent home for parents to sign and return to school.

  5. S2 Learning Morning
    S2 pupils recently took part in a year-group event on learning skills. We looked at their perception of what makes someone successful; natural ability versus hard work and perseverance. We also discussed growth and fixed mindset along with how they respond when they don’t succeed straight away. This work will be followed through in Science and Health and Wellbeing classes.

  6. Monthly Maths Competition
    Mr Agnew of the Maths Department continues to run a monthly competition, with a question posted in each Maths room. The response to this has been fantastic, with hundreds of pupils having a go at this every month. Watch out for December’s question making its way to your home.

  7. S2 Careers Convention
    Following the success of last year’s S2 Careers Convention, we are currently planning a similar event for late February. Part of the convention involves representatives from a variety of professions and industries holding short workshops for groups of pupils, where they give some insight into their job and answer any questions the pupils may have. We had a good representation from a variety of occupations last year and would be delighted to add to this. If you would be interested in leading a workshop to tell pupils about your career (what it involves, qualifications and/or training required) please contact Mrs Donna McCann at the school on 01698 274900.

  8. School Uniform
    We are always happy to receive donations of blazers, ties etc that are no longer needed. Any items of uniform no longer needed can be handed in to the School Office.

  9. Christmas Service
    The Christmas Service will take place on Thursday 22 December at 11.00 am in St Mary’s Church. This service is always a joyful, well-attended occasion.

  10. Christmas Jumper Day
    As you may be aware, Friday 16 December is National Christmas Jumper Day. At the request of the Pupil Council, we will permit pupils to wear Christmas Jumpers on this day, along with their school uniforms. We would like to stress that this is not compulsory, but a pupil’s own choice. We will also have a collection bucket in the Social Area at morning break to support a charity chosen by the pupils, however, once again, this is not compulsory, but a donation.

  11. PTA Christmas Raffle
    A reminder that raffle tickets should be returned by 12 noon on Monday 12 December as the draw will take place in the afternoon.

  12. The Sunday Times Top 50 Schools
    The Sunday Times recently listed Dalziel High School as number 22 in the top 50 schools in Scotland.

  13. Dates for your Diary:

    • Friday 16 December 2016 - UCAS Deadline
    • Thursday 22 December 2016 - Christmas Service in St Mary’s Church - 11.00 am
    • Friday 23 December 2016 - School Closes 2.30pm
    • Monday 9 January 2017 - School Re-Opens
    • Monday 9 January 2017 - S5/6 Prelims Begin
    • Friday 20 January 2017 - Prelims End
    • Tuesday 24 January 2017 - Mock Interviews
    • Wednesday 25 January 2017 - Mock Interviews
    • Thursday 26 January 2017 - Mock Interviews
    • Monday 30 January 2017 - Burns Supper

Yours faithfully

ROBERT BIRCH
Rector