March 2010 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian

As we are about to come out of the winter and enter spring, the latest news/events associated with the School are as follows:-

  1. Parents' Association
    The next meeting of the Parents' Association will be held on Monday 8 March at 7.30 pm in the School. At this meeting, entertainment will be provided by pupils studying Music in the School. I hope that many of you will come along and support the Parents' Association.
  2. Health Fayre
    Our Annual Health Fayre will be held during the week Monday 8 March to Friday 12 March. Every pupil will pass through the Fayre and update personal details, be exposed to health related matters and even try out a number of different types of healthy exercise. In addition, there will be a whole host of lunchtime activities, centred around the Health theme, in which pupils (and staff) can participate.
    I would invite all of you to come along, at any time, during the week and 'drop in' to the Assembly Hall and see the Fayre. I can guarantee that you will be impressed by the quality and number of activities on offer by our wonderful staff.
    In particular, I would draw your attention to Thursday 11 March when the Blood Transfusion Service will be visiting the School to take donations. Please give serious consideration to coming along - with staff and pupils - and donating a pint of blood. It's one of the best things that you can ever do and you will help save a life. The Service is open from 10.00 am - 12.00 pm and from 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm and I hope many of you will contact either Mr A Stewart or Mr M Fleming to make an appointment to donate.
  3. S1 Parents' Evening
    The S1 Parents' Evening will be held, in the School, on Tuesday 16 March from 4.30 pm - 6.30 pm. Letters of appointment will be issued in the next few days.
    I will be giving a brief presentation - beginning at 4.15 pm - on the Option Choice process. This is an important time in you child's life and I would ask that you come along to hear this presentation, listen to the teachers and, where required, consult the Careers Officer, who will be present in the library, before helping your son/daughter make his/her Option choices for next session and beyond.
  4. Spring Concert
    The Spring Concert will be held, in the School, on Thursday 25 March and tickets will be on sale in the near future.
    This is a wonderful evening when pupils - of all ages and abilities - come together and produce a musical evening that leaves you feeling proud and exhilarated with their talents.
    I look forward to seeing many of you there for what is, usually, a sell-out event.
  5. Easter Service
    The Easter Service will be held on Wednesday 30 March in St Mary's Church at 11.00 am and I would invite you to come along with us and enjoy this event which celebrates the meaning of Easter.
  6. Games Morning and Easter Break
    The Inter-House Games Morning will be held on Thursday 31 March at Wishaw Sports Centre. Pupils will be taken to Wishaw for this event and, thereafter, returned to School.
    School will dismiss at 2.30 pm for the Easter holiday on that day. We will re-open at 8.55 am on Monday 19 April.
  7. School Website
    I would also draw your attention to our School website:-

    This contains lots of information - and we are continually improving and expanding it.
    One of the features on it is "Rector's Monthly Newsletter" on the Home Page.
    If you click on this you will be taken to the page where you can subscribe to my newsletter. This is completely free and all you have to do is complete your details regarding name and e-mail address and the newsletter will automatically be forwarded to you each month.
    I trust that you find this very useful and that it helps to further improve your communication links between home and school.
  8. SQA Examinations
    A few days after we return from the Easter break - the SQA examinations begin. This is a vital time for your son/daughter and it is important that he/she is as best prepared as possible for these examinations.
    I would ask that you impress on him/her the importance of studying during the Easter holidays. It is only by doing so (and by being conscientious and disciplined about it) that we can achieve the goal to which we aspire - that your son/daughter perform to the maximum of their ability in the examinations and achieves the success they deserve.

Yours faithfully