Head Teacher's Message

Mrs O'Neill

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

As we return from the October holiday it would be fair to say that we have had a very positive start to the session. There has been so much going on in our school over and above the delivery of the curriculum and preparing pupils for the prelim examinations. As you will see from the front of the newsletter we celebrated pupil success on the 20th September at our Annual Prizegiving. We had a wonderful evening and were joined not only by Councillor Frank McNally who is the Education Convener but also by Mrs Isabelle Boyd, Assistant Chief Executive for Education, Youth and Communities and Mr Tim Sharpe Education Officer. In addition we were delighted that Councillors McVey, Stubbs and Carragher could attend and our local MSP Fulton MacGregor. We were also joined by the Chair of the Parent Council Margaret McEwan and Vice Chair Janice Watt as well as some of our primary head teachers. Of course our VIPs are the young people and their families and it was great to see our pupils recognised for their amazing achievements. We are all very proud of them. The music department did themselves proud once again with the entertainment which was enjoyed by all our guests.

The school has also been participating in charity fundraising by raising money for St Andrew’s Hospice at the annual schools 6k at Strathclyde Park. A large number of S4, 5 and 6 pupils participated. Our Malawi week took place just prior to the October holiday where pupils once again had a number of opportunities to become involved in activities such as basketball, volleyball and the Inter House Day on Friday 13th October.

Pupils have also enjoyed a number of trips recently as you will see from the newsletter and of course we had our Literacy Festival from the 2nd to the 6th October where we were joined by authors including Christopher Brookmyre. The event was a huge success and there will be more information on this in the next newsletter.

The police have been keeping an eye on the traffic situation around the school recently. As you know it is very busy with parking and the volume of traffic. It is particularly bad at peak times of the day with our own school, a primary school and the college all very close to each other. Can I respectfully remind parents that pupils should be dropped off at the designated drop off area at the front of the main entrance and not outside at the gates on Park Street or in the staff car park. Thank you for your support with this.

Please remember to keep checking the website and twitter for regular updates on the life of the school.

Thank you for your continued support.

Janie O'Neill
Head Teacher
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