August 2016 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
    Well done to all our pupils who did well in their SQA examinations.

  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:-

    • Sharon McCully - Home Economics
    • Laura Rodgers - RME
    • Megan Lowry - Modern Studies
    • Dale McGarrity - Geography
    • Jonathan Cookman - PE
    • Mary Jo O’Donnell - Support for Learning
    • Jean Grassam - English
  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:
    • 12 September
    • 14 November
    • 16 January
    • 13 March
    • 08 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 £1154.97 for St Andrew’s Hospice.

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  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 new PE uniform has been introduced to our S1 and S2 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 have launched a new “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. Wishaw Disabled Games
    A special thanks goes to Orla Chambers, Jenna Clelland, Rebecca Hughes, Ruth Jessney, Orfhlaith King, Alex McKendrick, Lucy Milligan, Juliette Rae and Gillian Scott for their invaluable assistance at the Wishaw Disabled Games.

  12. Celebrating Success
    The Arkwright Scholarships Trust is a registered charity that administers the most prestigious scholarship scheme of its type in the UK. They identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering and Technical Design. They do this by awarding Arkwright Engineering Scholarships, through a rigorous selection process, to high calibre students in S4. These Engineering Scholarships support students through their Highers and encourage students to pursue Engineering or Technical Design at university or through a higher-level apprenticeship and to take up careers in the field.

    As a school we submitted several S4 pupils through the application process to be an Arkwright Scholar and four reached the final interview stage.

    Three pupils were successful in achieving an Arkwright Scholarship and therefore we would like to congratulate Hollie Bowes, Morgan Joyce and Robert Kerr.

  13. Dates for your Diary:

    • Thursday 1 September - Parent Council Meeting - 7.00pm
    • Monday 5 September - War Memorial Trust Meeting - 7.00pm
    • Monday 12 September - Parents' Association - 7.30pm
    • Thursday 15 September - S5/6 Positive Destinations Evening
    • Friday 23 September - Holiday
    • Monday 26 September - Holiday

Yours faithfully