August 2014 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
    The results achieved by our pupils last year set a new high standard for our school. The pupils performed very well with more pupils than ever passing more exams. In particular there was a big increase in the number of pupils passing Higher examinations. Well done.

  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. 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.

    Monday meeting dates for this session are 8 September, 10 November, 12 January, 9 March and 11 May. More information can be found on our website

  5. 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 £1078.61 for St Andrew’s Hospice.

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  7. Celebrating Success

    Space School

    Three of our pupils (James Swinburne, Chloe Murphy and Alison McNeil) took part in the residential week-long course (Scottish Space School) at Strathclyde University during June 2014. They took part in activities and lectures with NASA astronauts and engineers. We were extremely proud that Dalziel High School managed to have three pupils selected to take part. This is an incredible achievement as there were only 100 places for this activity.

    Further to their success, I am pleased to inform you that James and Alison have now been selected for the next stage and have won a place in the last 40. They will take part in a final activity this month in which 10 pupils will be selected from the 40 to take part in a 7-day Learning Journey to Johnson Space Centre in Houston in October 2014.

    We wish them both luck. This is a major achievement for them and the school.

    Weir Group/Scottish Engineering

    S2 pupils, Marc Cowan, Luke Cowie, Mark Hill, Morgan Joyce, Robert Kerr and Robbie Scott, entered the Weir Group/Scottish Engineering Competition and won 2nd place in the national competition from all high schools in Scotland. The final took place on 25 June 2014.

    The report and film they produced is outstanding. We should be very proud of our 6 “Engineers”.

    Commonwealth Festival

    After a series of auditions, S4 pupil, Rebeka O’Rorke, was selected to sing the Commonwealth Games song “Change the World” especially written for the Commonwealth Festival at Glasgow Green. Rebeka’s solo performance can be heard by downloading the song through itunes with proceeds going to charity. To access the song, type in ‘Rebeka O’Rorke, Change the World’. Congratulations, Rebeka, we are very proud of your success.

  8. Staffing
    We have a number of new staff joining us this session.

    • DHT - Jan Chalmers
    • Maths - Steve Agnew
    • RE - Justin Richards
    • HE - Anne Roulston
    • Music - Nicola Irvine
    • Geography - Steve Gray
    • Business Education - Michelle Scott
    • Art - Kevin Polin
    • Chemistry - Rhian Lafferty
    • Drama - Nikki McEwan
    • English - Rachel Carroll
    • French - Collette Fagan
    • Geography - Jane Donnelly
    • History - Laura Mackie

  9. Dates for your Diary:

    • Monday 1 September - War Memorial Trust Meeting - 7.00pm
    • Thursday 4 September - Parent Council Meeting - 7.00pm
    • Monday 8 September - Parents’ Association Meeting - 7.30pm
    • Friday 26 September - Holiday
    • Monday 29 September - Holiday

Yours faithfully