December 2010 Newsletter

Dear Parent/Guardian

Here is the last newsletter before the Christmas break. Given the recent horrendous weather I thought that it might help if I also gave you full details of forthcoming events - including rescheduled dates of those events cancelled by the snow.

  1. S3 Prelim Examinations
    Thankfully, the vast majority of the prelim examinations had already taken place before we were hit with the horrendous weather.

    Those examinations cancelled have now been re-arranged and all pupils have been given a letter informing them of the new dates and times. Any pupil still unsure of any arrangement should speak to Mr Fleming, Depute Head Teacher as soon as possible.

  2. Christmas Dances
    We have had to re-schedule some Christmas Dances and these will now take place as follows:-

    • S1 - Monday 13th December from 7.00pm until 10.00pm
    • S2 - Monday 20th December from 7.00pm until 10.15pm
    • S3 - Tuesday 14th December from 7.00pm until 10.30pm
    • S4 - Wednesday 15th December from 7.00pm until 10.45pm
    • S5/6 - Thursday 16th December from 6.00pm until 11.00pm

    Tickets are £3.00 each (S1 to S4) and £6.00 (S5/6 - meal included) and pupils are asked to buy them as soon as possible so that we have an idea of numbers.

    As you can see from the above schedule of Dances, this is a huge commitment from the staff at Dalziel. For the staff to turn out on all these nights, for that amount of time - all VOLUNTARILY and UNPAID - speaks volumes for them and I hope that you are appreciative of their efforts and commitment as I am. We simply couldn’t do it without them.

  3. Christmas Service
    The Christmas Service will be held in St Mary’s Church at 10.45 am on Tuesday 21 December and I would extend a warm welcome to you all to join us on this occasion.

    School will be dismissed for lunch, from St Mary’s, and there will be an extended lunch break until 1.40 pm in order that staff can enjoy their Christmas lunch. Thereafter, we will work through with no afternoon interval and the School will close at 3.30 pm on that day.

  4. Christmas Break
    School will close, for the Christmas break, at 2.30 pm on Thursday 23 December.
    It will re-open, at the start of the new term, at 8.55 am on Wednesday 5 January.

  5. SQA Examination Performance in 2010
    You may well have noticed that, a few weeks ago, “The Sunday Times” published a list of the Top 50 Performing State Schools in Scotland. I am delighted to report that we were in that elite group at No 37 and I wish to record my congratulations to all the pupils - and staff - for their sterling efforts in this. It’s fantastic to see the hard work so well shown in this way.

  6. Parent Council
    The next meeting of the Parent Council will take place, in the School, on Thursday 13 January at 7.00 pm.

  7. War Memorial Trust
    The next meeting of the War Memorial Trust will take place, in the School, on Monday 10 January at 7.00 pm.

    I am delighted to announce that Mr Ian Watson, our stalwart and ex-Treasurer, has agreed to act as Chairman of the Trust until the Summer break. I am sure that this will meet the approval of everyone.

  8. Parents’ Association Meeting
    The next meeting of the Parents’ Association will be held, in the School, on Monday 7 February at 7.30 pm.

  9. River City
    I am delighted to let you know that the cast of our very own Easter Egg will be appearing in the Christmas Day edition of “River City” on television. From small beginning to national fame ……

  10. New Rector
    At this moment in time, regrettably, the interviews for the new Rector have had to be postponed due to the terrible weather.

    This will mean that, from the beginning of the new term in January, Mrs Elizabeth Kelly will assume the post of Acting Rector.

    As this is my final newsletter after almost 21 years in this position, I would like to conclude by thanking everyone involved - in any way - in the Dalziel community for all the support and encouragement given to me over the years. It has been a real privilege to have been trusted with this exalted position and on leaving, I believe that the School has never been stronger, the staff never been better and the education on offer to be the best that I have every known - in any school.

    Many, many thanks for thousands of happy memories. I’ll never forget you all.

    Dalziel High School ….. quite ….. ‘Simply the Best’.

Yours faithfully