Clyde Valley High back Fairtrade

TASTY TREATS . . . members of the third year hospitality class at Clyde Valley High prepare for the staff Fairtrade coffee morning.
TASTY TREATS . . . members of the third year hospitality class at Clyde Valley High prepare for the staff Fairtrade coffee morning.

PUPILS from Clyde Valley actively supported the recent Fairtrade Fortnight with a number of subject departments studying the impact of Fairtrade activity in combatting Third World poverty.

The library hosted a colourful display of work from these departments and third year pupils Claire Megahy and Leah Grant, members of the school’s Fairtrade committee, spoke to each morning assembly to ensure all pupils understood the concept of Fairtrade and inform pupils of some of the ways in which Clyde Valley supports this commitment.

The committee also teamed up with the S3 hospitality class to run a highly successful Fairtrade staff coffee morning.

Staff generously supported the event and as a consequence the Fairtrade group will be making a presentation to the Maggie’s Meals organisation which works to ensure countries facing poverty benefit from the work of the school.

Braidhurst High

HIGHER history pupils Lauren Richmond, Megan Rooney and Kayleigh Carr attended the Aiming High in Higher Scottish History Conference at the University of Glasgow.

The pupils had the opportunity to expand their knowledge on their studies of ‘Migration and Empire’ with an insightful lecture delivered by historian Professor Ted Cowan.

This was followed by a presentation from the SQA Principal Assessor of History, Simon Wood on how to tackle Paper 2 questions in the final examination.

The event was an excellent opportunity to hear from experts in their chosen field and to help pupils to gain confidence in key skills required in the forthcoming examination.

Cardinal Newman High

S3 pupils took part in the nationwide Vive La Francophonie competition last week.

The modern languages department and the S3 Connect programme organisers entered the pupils into the national online competition which they took part in during classes and their lunch break.

In the annual competition about the French speaking world, run by the Institut Francais d’Ecosse, pupils learn skills for life through teamwork, use of ICT and a foreign language.

The aim of the contest is for each team to find out the right answer as quickly as possible through online research with extra points given for answering in French.

Dalziel High

PUPILS from Dalziel competed in the final round of the S3/4 badminton league at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Complex against Coltness, St Andrew’s and Clyde Valley.

Dalziel played very well and the results were such that the number of games won was tied with the points of each game taken into consideration to determine the winner.

Unfortunately Dalziel came third overall but the pupils enjoyed their time there and are looking forward to next year.

Dalziel also competed against St Andrew’s in the S1/2 league at Dalziel with several of the S1 pupils playing in the league for the first time.

In the S1 competition St Andrew’s won 32 games compared to Dalziel’s 21 and for the S2 competition they won 31 to Dalziel’s 24.

Our Lady’s High

A GROUP of 39 students from second and third year of Our Lady’s High travelled to the picturesque ski resort of Pila in the Aosta Valley, Italy, earlier this month.

Most of the group were beginners but by the end of the week all had achieved their Bronze Award from the ski school and some students had achieved a silver award - a great achievement for five days’ tuition.

Parents and friends had the opportunity to follow the group’s progress on the school website blog which had 1230 viewings over the week.

The students all had a fantastic time learning to ski and enjoying the fabulous Italian food and ice cream.

Taylor High

PUPILS enjoyed a range of activities, organised by Taylor’s English department to celebrate World Book Day.

Every pupil in the school was issued with a £1 book voucher and pupils in first and second year took part in a wide range of book-related activities, including quizzes, speed-dating and blogging.

There was also a very successful book drop which gave pupils the opportunity to pick a book from the box in return for an old book which they had read.

In addition pupils enjoyed finding out about their teacher’s favourite character in a book via a PowerPoint presentation on the large screens around the school.

Bellshill Academy

THE school was delighted at the overwhelming support given by parents and carers of second year pupils at last week’s S2 parents’ evening.

During the evening depute headteacher Jodie McGraw delivered a detailed presentation on the transition programme for S2 pupils.

Brannock High

The school recently welcomed Lorraine Higgins and Andrew Wood from Scotia Aid UK who provided an update on their work in supporting schools in Sierra Leone.

Andrew had just returned from a visit to Freetown where he spent some time within the Holy Family School, with which Brannock is twinned.

Plans are currently being developed between the school and Scotia Aid to further enhance educational programmes, including charitable support, for young people within the Freetown area and Holy Family school community.

Brannock and its associated primary schools will commit to a cluster project in June which will include the design and making of personalised pencil cases to be forwarded to pupils in Sierra Leone.

St Aidan’s High

THE annual P6 co-operative learning challenge and creative writing workshop took place last week.

The learning challenge was held in the science department and was based on a ‘Rescue’ theme as five groups of children from St Aidan’s partner primary schools competed against each other to construct a lighthouse with a working light, erect a bridge which would support a toy car and build a raft able to carry a toy figure and float on water.

The groups, comprising a mix of students from the different schools, worked very well together to complete the tasks.

Winner for the most innovative ideas was Dawid Graczyk from St Ignatius, the prize for excellent teamwork was Jodie McDonald from St Brigid’s and the overall winning team was ‘The Hay Family’ consisting of Lauren Lynch (St Brigid’s), Chantelle O’Donnell (St Aidan’s), Taylor Jamieson (St Mary’s) and Kara McNeill (St Patrick’s).

For a full round-up of news from the area’s schools see this week’s Motherwell Times or Bellshill Speaker.