December 2013 Newsletter


Dear Parent/Guardian

  1. Christmas Dances
    Our Christmas dances take place on the following evenings:-
    • S1 Tuesday 10 December - 7.00pm - 10.00pm
    • S2 Wednesday 11 December - 7.00pm - 10.15pm
    • S3 Thursday 12 December - 7.00pm - 10.30pm
    • S4 Tuesday 17 December - 7.00pm - 10.45pm
    • S5/6 Wednesday 18 December - 6.00pm - 11.00pm
  2. All pupils have been reminded of the dress code eg no jeans, no trainers.

  3. Customer Service Excellence Award
    The school will be visited by an inspector for the Customer Service Excellence Award on 16 December. We hope to retain the high standard of award set last year.

  4. Tracking and Monitoring
    All S4/S5/S6 pupils are currently taking part in our new 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.

  5. 33 Period Week
    As of August 2014 we will be changing the school day as we implement a new model of 33 periods per week.
    There will be full consultation with parents in January and our proposed new model will be on our school website: There will be more information on this in January.

  6. New SQA Results Service
    You may be aware that from April 2014, the SQA’s new Results Service will replace the Appeals Service for all National Courses where an exam or coursework contributes to a pupil’s final grade. There are quite significant changes and the school has a small supply of “Introducing Results Services” leaflets that outline the differences.
    Parents can contact D Farr, if they would like a copy of this publication, or can view the information outline at

  7. Celebrating Success

    National Science and Engineering Competition 2013

    Calum Friel, (S6), has managed to reach the final of the National Science and Engineering Competition, which takes place in March 2014 in Birmingham.
    His research project, on the development of a rapid method to isolate high density lipoproteins by ultracentrifugation, should revolutionise waiting times. Well done!

    Dragons Lair Competition 2013

    Higher Business Management pupils, Joanna Lilly and Chloe Anderson (S5), have beaten stiff competition to be selected as finalists for this year’s North Lanarkshire ‘Dragons Lair’ competition.

    The Dragons Lair initiative has been created to encourage young people to develop the best business ideas and identify the most enterprising individual(s) that can demonstrate a high degree of entrepreneurship and vision for the future.

    The next stage for the girls is facing a panel of judges, where they will present their product and business plan to the ‘Dragons’. We wish them both the very best of luck!!

    S1 Barclays Bank Challenge

    All of S1 pupils were involved in a Barclays Business Challenge. This was led by staff from the Barclays Bank alongside the Business Education Department. Pupils were able to relate their Business knowledge to a real life company and develop their problem solving skills. Challenges were set by the Barclays staff and pupils were competing against each other to strive to be the best entrepreneur.

    Well done to all S1 pupils for their creative ideas and a particular well done to the two teams who won the “Creating An Event” challenge.

    Micro-Tyco Challenge 2013 - Wildhearts Charity

    Micro-Tyco is an initiative that is designed to release entrepreneurial talent across all age groups. This is the second year that Dalziel has run the competition, last year raising a total of £1115.02. The challenge is to grow £1 seed capital into as much money as possible during the month of November.

    Dalziel has, once again, entered three teams consisting of the House officials from Barclay, Colville and Greig. The money that they raised was given to the charity, ‘Wildhearts’, and they will invest it in Micro-Finance in 24 countries around the globe, making Micro-Tyco participants dynamic wealth creators and global ethical investors.

    North Lanarkshire Gymnastics Competition

    On Friday 6 December, Olivia Allan, Montana Irwin and Abby Smith competed as a team in the Secondary Level 2 Competition winning 2nd place and qualifying for the Scottish Schools Competition next year.

    In addition to this, Abby Smith wowed the judges with her floor and vault performances and was awarded 1st place in the individual Level 2 Competition.

    Well done to all 3 girls!

    Senior Choir and Girls Ensemble

    Dalziel’s Senior Choir and Girls Ensemble performed at Princes Square on Saturday 30 November. This is a very successful annual tradition and many thanks go to the pupils who took part, the Music Department and the many parents who attended in support.

    Higher Photography

    A group of S5/6 Higher Photography pupils attended a workshop at New College Lanarkshire on Monday 25 November, delivered by Lewis Napier. This was an extremely successful event based on studio photography using a model.

    S1 Enterprise Challenge

    Congratulations to all of the S1 pupils who participated in the S1 Enterprise Challenge on 4 December. Their task was to design a T-shirt for a Commonwealth Country to wear when competing in the Games next summer. Particular congratulations to the winning group, Melanie MacMillan, Abbie Gillespie, Niamh Brown, Robbie Speirs, Leah Potts and Robbie Galloway who designed a shirt for South Africa.

  8. Dates for your Diary:
  9. 2013

    • Friday 13 December - UCAS Deadline
    • Thursday 19 December - Christmas Service in St Mary’s Church - 10.45am
    • Friday 20 December - School Closes - 2.30pm


    • Monday 6 January - School Re-Opens
    • Monday 20 January - Burns Supper
    • Tuesday 21 January - Mock Interviews
    • Wednesday 22 January - Mock Interviews
    • Thursday 23 January - Mock Interviews
    • Monday 27 January - S5/6 Prelims begin


Yours faithfully