Head Teacher's Message

Mrs O'Neill

Dear Parents, Carers, Pupils, Staff and Friends of Coatbridge High,

This month’s newsletter is once again full of news about the school and the many achievements of our young people, not to mention the numerous events which are about to take place during this very busy time in the school year.

Just before the October break we hosted our second annual Literacy festival which has been so successful that we have seen a number of other schools embrace the benefits of such an event. The front page of the newsletter tells you about one of the many excellent activities which took place.

On Wednesday 8th November the Coatbridge/Airdrie Rotary Young Musician of the Year Competition took place in 101 Park Street New College Lanarkshire where a number of our pupils competed. We are delighted that Eve Cameron S3 won the Young Musician of the Year in the piano category and was also overall runner up. As a school we had the second highest number of entrants which shows that our music department continues to go from strength to strength. Mrs Burton and I were really impressed with the performance of all our pupils. Thank you to all the pupils who performed and to their teachers for helping them prepare and to Mr McMahon who accompanied the pupils on the night.

The week before the October break we enjoyed an action packed week as we raised funds for Malawi during our annual Malawi week. We had staff v pupils basketball, volleyball and the famous staff v pupils tug of war. We also raised funds through pupils doing a sponsored walk round Dunbeth Park. The final event for Malawi was our fourth annual Dance and Gymnastics Extravaganza which took place in the school at 7pm on Thursday 16th November and there will be more about this fantastic event in the next newsletter.

We took part in Anti Bullying week from 13th to 17th November and were part of the respectme.org campaign where we asked pupils and staff were asked what respect means to them. We had lot of good feedback with one of the catchier messages from our S3 boys ‘Don’t be a Bully be a Cooly!’ perhaps summing up our feeling that bullying in any shape or form will not be tolerated in the school and we do need the support of parents and carers to tackle this issue together. As stated in the letter sent out w/b 13.11.17 please contact your child’s pupil support teacher in the first instance if you have any concerns about bullying.

We will welcome P7 pupils from our 10 associated primaries on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 29th November for the Citizenship Days and the P7s will have a tour of the school and got to meet staff and pupils. This is always a very popular day with the primary 7 pupils.

As you can see from the newsletter on Saturday 9th December we will be holding our annual Christmas Fayre between 10am and 1pm. I hope you will be able to come along as it is going to be fantastic with lots of community support including the famous Christmas sleigh which will be arriving at the school with Santa in the morning. Don’t miss it! Entry is free but get here early to get the best bargains.

On Monday 4th December at 4pm we have the S4 parents’ evening and appointment sheets will be issued soon, please come along to support your child as they negotiate their way through this very important year. On Wednesday 13th December at 7pm it is our annual Christmas Celebration and again I hope you will be able to come along and support our young people and the P7s from our partner primaries will also be performing. Tickets are available through the school office.

On Thursday 14th December we will once again be hosting the Senior Citizens’ Annual Christmas Party where our school will host a fabulous afternoon for our local Senior Citizens. This is the fifth year we have organised this and it is another wonderful community event which includes Christmas Dinner and musical entertainment all organised and provided by the school, with the pupils serving and entertaining our guests.

We also have a number of incentive events planned during the month of December with a Christmas Panto planned for the S1 on Friday 15th December as well as the famous Winter Wonderland Ball for S5/6 pupils. This is always a great evening and helps support the cost of the Yearbook for the Senior School.

The school show June 2018 has now been revealed and we are delighted to tell you it is Calamity Jane. We have had well over 100 pupils sign up for the show and auditions will begin soon. We look forward to another fantastic production. Watch this space.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support with uniform, attendance and latecoming and to ask you to continue to remind and reinforce with your children the high expectations of the school. We speak to pupils on a very regular basis to remind them of our dress code and I would greatly appreciate it if all parents and carers could support the school by reinforcing this message at home. As a reminder the dress code is as follows: school trousers or skirt (not black jeans), white shirt or blouse, school tie, black jumper cardigan or fleece, no hooded tops, blazer, black footwear. Pupils can of course wear a warm outdoor jacket to school (over their blazers) but jackets should be removed in classes. If there is any reason why your child is unable to wear uniform please contact their Pupil Support teacher in the first instance.

A number of study support and masterclasses are now running to support the S4-S6 pupils as we approach the Prelims in January. We are even running a masterclass for English on a Saturday morning. The Prelims are scheduled to begin for S4, S5 and S6 pupils sitting National 5 and Higher and Advanced Higher exams on Monday 15th January and will last until Friday 26th January. Mrs Burton our SQA co-ordinator will be passing information out to pupils with details of the dates of specific exams before the Christmas break.

As a final point please can parents/carers ensure that the visitors’ car park (drop off point) and not the staff car park is used for dropping off and picking up pupils. Your support in this matter is appreciated.

Thank you for your continued support.

Janie O'Neill
Head Teacher
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