School news

A round-up of news from our schools

OUTINGS for June are as follows: P1, P2, Safari Park, Tuesday, June 7; P6, Finlaystone Park, Tuesday, June 7; Nursery (pm), Safari Park, Friday, June 10; Nursery (am), Safari Park, Thursday, June 16; P3, Edinburgh Zoo, Thursday, June 16; P4, P5, Finlaystone Park, Wednesday, June 22; P7, Bowling/Cinema, Wednesday, June 22 (end of primary school treat).

The school is hosting a concert on Tuesday, June 14 entitled Musical Medley. Details of how to buy tickets were sent out by letter earlier this week. Please contact the school office if you would like more information.

There will be a meeting on Monday, June 20, at 7pm for parents of the children who will be attending Kilbowie Outdoor Centre from August 22-26. Children should also attend so that they can find out what will happen and ask any questions they may have.

Leavers assembly will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 9.30am. P7 will lead the service, sharing memories of their time in Baird Memorial. Presentations will be made to hard working pupils. The nursery will also graduate and receive a present from the school. We will repeat the nursery graduation at 2pm for the afternoon nursery group.

Cumbernauld Primary

SCHOOL Fete, organised by the Parent Council will be held in the school grounds, on Saturday, June 11, from 12noon till 3pm. All welcome.

THE P7 Leavers Ball will be held on Thursday, June 16 at Dullatur Golf Club.

Chapelgreen Primary

IF anyone still has Tesco vouchers, please hand them in to the school by Friday, June 10 so we can count and find our final total. Thank you to everyone who has helped us to collect.

Tickets are now on sale for our Summer Show on Thursday, June 16 at 9.30am and Monday, June 20 at 7pm. Ask at the school office.

Kildrum Primary

LAST Wednesday, every class took part in the Speedmark challenge. From each class there was a fastest boy and girl, but everyone got a certificate for taking part. Taylor from P6 took part in the Race For Life. Andrew from P7 went to a Scottish Championships and won a gold medal. Primary 3 are having a role playing wedding on June 22. Molly from P2/3 got a book and a badge from Girls Brigade. Also from P2/3, Chloe got a Girls Brigade Trophy for being the best explorer.

News compiled by Sophie Morrison and Emma Campbell, with trainees Ryan Duffy and Rachel McCrae.

Holy Cross Primary

A SUMMER Fayre will be held on June 12, from 12 noon till 3pm,at Holy Cross Primary and Nursery School, Constarry Road in Croy. Entrance is just £1 per adult and 50p per child and this includes tea/coffee/juice and biscuits. Many stalls available including tombolla, raffle, bottles, books, cakes, bouncy castles, ice cream/hot dogs etc.

St Mary’s Primary

A SUMMER Funday will be held in the school grounds, on Saturday, June 11, from 11.30am till 1.30pm. There will be a bouncy castle, face painting, disco, cheer leading and martial art displays, tombola and much more.

Abronhill High

WELL done to all pupils who have recently completed their SQA exams. We were very impressed with the hard work and dedication our pupils showed during this important time.

Last week was parents’ meeting for the new S1 pupils. The parents were shown round the school and got to meet some of the teachers and pupils. The primary seven pupils really enjoyed their tour of the school and are looking forward to coming to high school in August.

The primary seven two day visit was a big success and the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed meeting our new year group. The primary sevens followed a timetable and were introduced to new subjects that they perhaps had not studied before. Senior pupils did a really good job of taking and collecting the primary sevens from their classes. Thank you to them.

Our graduation ceremony took place last week and was a big success. Our pupils enjoyed celebrating their success and we will miss this fantastic year group.

The awards ceremony is on June 14 at 6.30pm. We are looking forward to this event as it is a great way to mark the success of our hardworking pupils.

The new timetable commences this week and pupils will now be following their timetable for next year.

Congratulations to Ms Steel who was recently appointed the post of principal teacher of PE. Ms McHugh in the English department has also recently been appointed the post of principal teacher.

Our two third year girls from the debate team are looking forward to the Glasgow Bar debate in the Sheriff Court next week. They are working really hard in preparation for such a prestigious competition.

Activities Day will take place on June 21. Pupils were given a choice of different fun activities and days out and a meeting will be held over the next week whereby pupils can make a payment for the trip and find out all the details needed.

Senior prom takes place on June 17. Our seniors have worked really hard this year and both pupils and staff are really looking forward to this event.

Cumbernauld High

AT the North Lanarkshire county sports, Cumbernauld High had their best day for years with lots of the athletes setting personal bests which either qualified them for a final or won the event. All pupils were a credit to the school and we had some fantastic performances. Eilidh Duncan, S1, won the girls shot putt, 8.07m and Hannah Young, S3, won the girls long jump, 3.97m. Qualifiers for next weeks finals are Eilidh Duncan S1 girls 200m, Kim Miller S1 girls 80m, Colin Kilgour S1 boys 800m, Ross Hamilton S1 boys 200m, Callum Ralston S1 boys 80m, Hannah Young S3 girls 100m, Adam Jaoui S3 boys 200m, Alex Robertson S3 boys 100m, Blair Malcolm S3 boys 800m, Zak Davies, Blair Malcolm, Alex Robertson, Adam Jaoui, S3 boys 4x100m relay.

The Japanese day run by the Japanese Club on Thursday afternoon was a great success. Events included Taiko drumming, origami lessons, manga drawing workshops and the biggest silent auction in living memory. Pupils (and staff) also had the chance to try on kimonos and have their photo taken. Everyone agreed it was a great afternoon, but it had a more serious side as all money raised will be sent to help rebuild villages in Japan which were devastated by the recent earthquake and tsunami. Final totals are not in yet, but it is hoped that over £500 has been raised for the Japanese Tsunami Appeal.

There are a limited number of places left on the reward trip to the cinema and bowling. The trip will include a film (to be confirmed the week before) and one game of ten pin bowling at the Showcase leisure park. Total cost is £10. Anyone interested should see Mrs Forrester with money as soon as possible to book a place.

Greenfaulds High

ON June 11 this year, Greenfaulds High School will be marking its 40th Anniversary (1971-2011). To commemorate this event, we will be holding an open day at the school from 11am until 2pm and would like to invite members of the public, parents, pupils, past and present and other significant others with links to the school to attend.

Our plans for the day include an open-air disco and barbecue, face painting, fire brigade exhibition, army assault course, beat the goalie, netball shoot, bouncy castles (for adults and kids), Sumo wrestlers, as well as pupil demonstrations, extracts from the school show, the school bands will be playing and guided tours of the school taking place. Bubbles the Clown will also be in attendance on the day. This is sure to be a great, fun filled day out for the family. We will also be running a car boot sale and invite anyone interested to take part in this to contact the school and speak to Mrs Beattie on 01236 727956. The price of a plot will be £5.

Senior Pupils will have been informed by letter if they are receiving an award at this year’s ceremony which will be held tonight (Wednesday). It is very important that pupils attend the rehearsal which will be held during Periods 3 and 4 today, June 8.

The Junior awards ceremony takes place on Friday, June 10.

Tickets now available for this year’s summer show, a modern version of the Wizard of Oz. Featuring songs, dance, film, crazy costumes, a huge cast and lots more, it’s going to be an amazing night’s entertainment. The show runs Wednesday to Friday, June 15-17. Tickets are £5. Interest is expected to be high this year so get your tickets while you can. Tickets available from the school office.

In the run up to the summer holidays a number of pupils at Greenfaulds are participating in a variety of school trips that will not only visit various tourist attractions throughout the UK including M&D’s and Alton Towers but will also visit different parts of Europe. These trips include a dual centre tour to the South of France carrying out water sport activities and a music tour by our school bands to Normandy and the North of France.

Our Lady’s High

WELL done to St Thenew’s House who were the overall winners of the House Sports Day held last week. St Margaret’s House came second and St Columba’s House third. Despite the poor weather, participation was excellent and the pupils had a fun experience.

The results of the recent Junior Maths Challenge are:

Junior Gold + Best in School, James Craig (S1); Silver-Emily MacLean, (S2) Maria McAveety, (S1) David Cassidy (S1)

Bronze - Nathan Moretti, Alan Moran, Jack McKenna, Michael Tominey, Rachael Brogan and Conor Straub, all S1.

Congratulations to them and well done to all the S1/2 pupils who took part in the Challenge.

This year’s magical School Show, The Wizard of Oz, will be on for three nights, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 14-16 at 7.30pm. Follow the adventures of Dorothy and her friends as they travel along the Yellow Brick Road. Tickets priced £5 are now on sale in the school. They always go quickly so make sure you get yours. Any inquiries please phone: 01236 757688.

The SQA diet of exams is now over and we hope all our pupils sitting them did well. Results will be sent out on August 3. Senior pupils should now have returned to school from exam leave to begin their new S5/6 timetables.

St Maurice’s High

ON Friday, June 3, St Maurice’s said a big Hello to our new S1 pupils. Nearly 200 P7 pupils from our associated primaries came up for their orientation day. Split into classes as they will in August, they were toured round the school by S3 pupils and took part in a number of different subjects. These taster sessions introduced them to Science, Art, Home Economics, Technology and PE. As part of a healthy eating project S3 pupils also gave the P7s the opportunity to buy popcorn. The pupils had a wonderful day and we all look forward to meeting them properly in August.

The unveiling of the art project in the Craiglinn underpass took place last Tuesday. The unveiling was the culmination of a year long project for pupils from our Art department who worked with designers from Bigg Design and Zero Waste to brighten up the underpass. The pupils Ciaran Scott, Declyn Emslie, Kaitlyn Doherty, Kyle Toye and Anthony Mackenzie, spent half a year planning the design before sending it to the Council. The project then moved into the second stage where the design was made reality and painted on to the walls and the lightening was installed. The lightening has been designed to reflect the times of day, with lights changing through a series of colours from dusk till dawn. Councillors Bob Chadha and Barry McCulloch, as well as members of staff from North Lanarkshire Council, joined the pupils, head teacher Mr Byrne, Hamish Bigg of Bigg Designs and Roy Shearer from Zero Waste for the opening ceremony.

Congratulations to S2 pupils Antonia Dick and Sarah Frobisher who achieved Bronze in this year’s Maths Challenge. The pupils were invited to a prize giving ceremony at Glasgow University to collect their certificates.

Tickets are still available for this year’s school show, Hairspray, tonight (Wednesday) and the final showing tomorrow (Thursday). Tickets are priced at £6 each. If you wish to purchase tickets, please ask your child to contact Ms Gardner or Ms Leech, alternatively you can call the school on 01236 794845.

Kilsyth Academy

THE new timetable is now up and running and all pupils returning for session 2011/12 should now be back at school, following the recent SQA examinations.

Plans are all in place for Award Ceremonies, later this week. The Senior Awards Ceremony, will take place on the evening of Thursday, June 9, when we will recognise the many achievements of our pupils, in S4, S5 and S6. Entry is by ticket only and parents of award recipients should already have received invitations. Junior Awards will be presented at a series of special assemblies, on Friday, June 10.

School uniforms will be on sale again this week and next week, on Wednesdays, June 8 and 15, from 5 until 8 pm and we hope that most parents will take advantage of this opportunity, to purchase items for next session. The Parents’ Evening for Primary 7 also takes place on Wednesday, June 15, at 7.30pm and this will be an opportunity for parents of the new first year to meet with the senior staff of the school and with the Pupil Support team. There will also be opportunities to tour the school during that evening. We look forward to welcoming Primary 7 pupils for a two day visit, on June 13 and 14.

Tickets for the school show, Back to the Eighties, are now on sale, priced £4 for adults and £3 for concessions. The show is shaping up really well and looks to be very entertaining. It will run on Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17, starting at 7.30pm each evening. Tickets are likely to go fast, so please contact the school as soon as possible, to secure seats.

Linguists of the Month, for May, have been announced. They are, for French, Blair Anderson 1S, Sydney Dunn 1Y, Mairi McLean 1HL, Fiona Miller 2T, Kerri Stevenson 2S, Helen Marie Dick 2K, Connor Clarke 2S, Sean McBride 3TY, Kirsten Beveridge 3H and Laura Donaldson 3TY. For German, the recipients are: Heather Graham 1Y, Hannah Temple 1Y, Rachel Hogg 1HL, Rebecca Frew 2H, Robyn Culley 2T, Renice Langley 2H, Jonathan Friel 3K, Jenny Brownlie 3S and Briony Carr 3TY. Congratulations to all concerned.