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Clyde Valley High School European Languages Day coffee morning -  S4 pupils and S1 get ready to serve staff an appetising fayre and speak in various European languages, during the school's European Day of Languages Coffee Morning.
Clyde Valley High School European Languages Day coffee morning - S4 pupils and S1 get ready to serve staff an appetising fayre and speak in various European languages, during the school's European Day of Languages Coffee Morning.


Coffee morning

On the last day of term, staff and pupils of the modern languages department hosted a special staff coffee morning to celebrate the European Day of Languages.

Pupils from S1 and S4 hosted and provided a fine cake and coffee treat for staff as well as demonstrating their language skills by addressing the gathered throng in a variety of European languages that included French, German, Russian, Gaelic and Italian.

A thoroughly enjoyable morning raised an impressive £256 which the pupils will be donating to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Pupils of the Month

The following pupils have been named as the modern languages department’s first ‘Pupils of the Month’ for this session. French:

S1 merit - 1C1 Kali Hands, 1C2 Iona Orr, 1H1 Cara Sinnett, 1S1 David Kennedy.

S1 endeavour - 1C1 Caitlyn Jeffrey, 1C2 Abby Cockburn, 1H1 Billy Moncrieff, 1S1 Dominic Devine.

S2 merit - 2C1 Lisa Megahy, 2H2 Ross Hayhoe, 2S1, 2S2 Euan Bradshaw.

S2 endeavour - 2C1 Daniel McMillan, Aleksandra Komarek, 2S2 Ethan Somerville.


S2 merit: 2C1 Lisa Conlon

S2 endeavour: 2C1 Bobbi Kennedy.

All are congratulated for their outstanding performance throughout September.

Theatre and Learning

During the last week of term pupils in S1 and S5/S6 enjoyed dramatic presentations from the visiting Theatre and Learning group.

The actors delivered fun-packed, but hard-hitting messages about road safety and car safety and pupils took part enthusiastically in a way that added to the impact of the performance.

The performances were part of the school’s Personal Social and Health Education programme.


S1 Healthy Heart Day

S1 pupils arrived at St Aidan’s full of anticipation just before the October holiday for a day off timetable to take part in the school’s annual Healthy Heart Day.

The event is organised by Elaine Shuel, principal teacher of biology and health education, and the day is filled with physical activities and workshops focusing on health issues.

There were a host of presenters to take the pupils through fun but often exhausting sessions. This year this included rugby, judo, karate, dance, handball and parkour.

Slightly less exhausting, but every bit as interesting, was the Heart Start workshop which gave the pupils the knowledge of CPR and provided them with the practical experience of giving CPR using mannequins.

There was also a healthy eating workshop where each pupil made a fruit salad and took part in a discussion on the relationship between food and health.

The school would like to thank to all the presenters who really inspired the pupils and provided them with lots of information about the local sports clubs and Mrs Shuel for all her organisation.


Roman holiday

A group of 30 pupils accompanied by Martin McMahon, principal teacher of religious education, Frances Seggie, depute headteacher, and Suzanne Evans, assistant principal teacher of pupil support, recently took part in a very successful pilgrimage to Rome.

A packed five-day itinerary began with attending a Lazio v Fiorentina football match on the Sunday.

The Monday morning began early with mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St Peter’s followed by the long climb up the dome of the basilica to enjoy fantastic views over Rome.

In the afternoon the group visited the Colosseum and the Roman Forum and the day was rounded off with a visit to the Trevi Fountain.

Tuesday began with the sound of thunder but ended with thunderous applause.

Visits to St Mary Major’s and St John Lateran were followed by a visit to the catacombs, but the highlight of the day was the group singing on the Spanish Steps which attracted loud applause and the participation of visiting students from Germany, with one or two new friendships were forged.

The Wednesday gave the group the chance to attend the Papal Audience with Pope Francis and the trip was rounded off with some shopping and an evening in Piazza Navona.

All pupils were a credit to the school with their good behaviour being commented upon on the flight home by a church group from Milngavie.

Art showcase

Every year the Scottish Qualifications Authority organises an exhibition of the best Advanced Higher Art and Design folios, to showcase the talents and achievements of pupils across Scotland.

This year the exhibition was hosted by the University of Strathclyde in the Collins Building.

The fashion and costume design folios of four students from Taylor High - Stephanie Caldow, Marie Foy, Megan Sweeney and Seanna Collins - were selected for the exhibition.

The girls designed and produced costumes using a wide range of techniques, including machine embroidery, applique, laser cutting and origami. Their designs were inspired by nature, industrial machinery and Japanese culture.

Seanna helped mount the exhibition with Mrs Broughan and over two days 3,000 visitors attended the prestigious event.

This session’s Advanced Higher pupils went along too and were inspired and impressed with the excellent standard.

Currently, Seanna is studying fashion at Cardonald College and Megan and Marie are studying fashion and textiles at Glasgow School of Art.

In December their costumes can be seen on the catwalk at the North Lanarkshire Council fashion show. Congratulations and well done to them all.

House championships

Lower school pupils at Taylor recently competed in the annual house championships with classes from first through to third year taking part in a number of events, including athletics, basketball and football.

The pupils had a fantastic tournament, displaying great sportsmanship and teamwork.

After the results were 1.1 were the winning class from first year, the second year winners were 2.2 and third year winners were 3.4.

Thanks go to the physical education department for organising the event.

River Clyde Championships

Three Taylor High students recently returned from competing in The River Clyde Championships which took place at Denny High School, Falkirk.

Over 200 travellers attended the Feis which saw dancers competing in Irish dancing which consisted of light and heavy shoes events.

Roisin McLaughlin and Declan McLaughlin of third year and Sophie Daly of fifth year all put in outstanding performances with Declan placing second in the under-14s category and Sophie achieving first place in the NCH under-15s.

Supported study

A very substantial programme of study support is ongoing throughout the year at Taylor.

Since the beginning of the session a wide range of subjects have been offering a variety of options at lunchtime and after school, including English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, geography, history, modern studies, ICT and art and design.

These classes mainly target students in fourth to sixth year preparing for external exams next May and June.

In addition a homework club open to all students operates in the school library at lunchtime.

Thanks go to all staff who run these additional classes.


Coffee morning

Staff and S6 pupils at Bellshill Academy got together just before their October break - to have some tea, coffee and cake and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This year’s coffee morning took place on the Friday during morning interval and, as always, was a great success.