August 2017 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Can I offer a warm welcome back to school to all our pupils and to our new S1 pupils who join us this year. We look forward to another busy and successful session for our school.

      1. SQA Examination Results
        Congratulations to our pupils who have worked very hard to achieve outstanding examination results. The results for the school have improved on previous years.

        In S4, 65.1% of pupils achieved at least five National 5 Awards. This is our best ever performance in S4.

        In S5, 27.6% of pupils achieved five Higher Grade passes, again this is our best ever performance. A record number of 12 pupils achieved 5 ‘A’ grade passes.

        In S6, 44.6% of pupils achieved five Higher grade passes, this is an increase on the previous year and 25.4% of pupils achieved at least one Advanced Higher again this is our best ever performance.

        Overall the SQA results are excellent and are a testament to the hard work of our pupils and staff.

      2. School Uniform
        We enjoy good support from parents in maintaining our school dress code and we are determined not to let standards slip. We will continue to insist that pupils come to school properly dressed and we ask for your continued support with this.
        As a number of parents have generously handed in blazers to the school we may be able to provide blazers in some situations.

      3. Option Choices
        Pupils should have made final decisions by now about which courses they will study. If you have any concerns or questions about the subjects and levels your son or daughter is studying, please contact the school as soon as possible as the sooner we make any changes the better.

      4. Staffing
        We have a number of new staff joining us this session:-

        • Craig Gourlay - Art
        • Natalie Kerr - ASNA
        • Claire MacPhee - Business Studies
        • Hughina Naylor - Music
        • Danielle Phee - Modern Studies
        • Kirstin Wakefield - Geography

        Congratulations to our newly appointed Principal Teachers of Pupil Support, Mrs Louse Kerr, PT Barclay and Mrs Yvonne Savage, PT Greig.

      5. Parents' Association
        We have a very active Parents’ Association who meet each month and work to support the school. I would encourage parents and guardians to come along and find out more about our school.

        The Association meets at 7.30 pm on Mondays and the meeting dates for this session are:

        11 September, 13 November, 15 January, 12 March and 14 May.

        More information can be found on our website

      6. Choral Shield
        Well done to the cast of the Choral Shield for fantastic performances at the end of last term. Thank you to the audience who raised over £1,055.19 for St Andrew’s Hospice.

      7. Subscribe to Monthly Newsletter
        Please note that on our school website,, you can register to have the Rector’s Monthly Newsletter e-mailed to you.

      8. Bagpipe Lessons
        Mr Ross Cowan will be in school each Friday afternoon to offer bagpipe lessons to S1 pupils. S1 pupils who are interested should give their names to the Music department.

      9. PE Uniform
        The PE uniform was introduced 2 years ago and is worn by S1, S2 and S3 pupils. These are available from Le Mirage and PSL Sports at Motherwell Football Club. This will eventually be rolled out to all year groups. Full details are available from the PE Department.

      10. PE Policy
        The PE department continue to operate the “All Change” Policy which will increase teaching time, pupil engagement, involvement and learning. All pupils must bring their kit and get changed. There is no requirement for a parental excuse note. Full details of the new policy are available from the PE department.

      11. Annual Data Check Form & Messenger 5 Letter
        Data check forms and letters requesting parent/guardian e-mail addresses were issued to pupils yesterday and I would be grateful if these could be completed and returned to the School Office as soon as possible.

      12. Dates For Your Diary
        • Monday 4 September - War Memorial Trust Meeting – 7.00 pm
        • Thursday 7 September - Parent Council Meeting – 7.00 pm
        • Monday 11 September - Parents’ Association – 7.30 pm
        • Thursday 14 September - S5/6 Positive Destinations Evening
        • Friday 22 September - Holiday
        • Monday 25 September - Holiday

        Yours faithfully