Head Teacher's Message

Mrs O'Neill

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

Exam Time
The SQA exam schedule is now underway and for those of you with children sitting exams, I hope things haven’t been too stressful! I was delighted so many pupils took the opportunity to come in to our Easter School this year where we had classes running during the holidays to support the pupils. I am sure all the additional efforts from pupils and staff will be worth it. We look forward to seeing the results of all their hard work in August when the results are out.

The summer term is one of our busiest terms and on Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th May we will be welcoming our P7 to the school for their ‘taster days’. We will also have a P7 Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 24th May at 7pm where there will be an opportunity for parents to meet with the Senior Team and Pupil Support staff. Academy Uniforms will also be in attendance from 6pm for all parents who wish to purchase any items of uniform. We enjoyed a very successful ‘Leavers’ Day’ with our S6 on Friday 28th April, their conduct was excellent, we are very proud of them all and look forward to saying our very final ‘goodbye’ to them on Thursday 8th June at the Bothwell Bridge Hotel where we will enjoy a fantastic Senior Prom.

The new S5/6 return to school after their exam leave on Monday 5th June and we are looking forward to welcoming them back. There will be an S5 Induction Day on the afternoon of Thursday 8th and the S6 Induction Day is the morning of Friday 9th June. I am sure they are keen to make a start on their new courses. It is vital that pupils attend from the 5th June so that they do not miss out on important course work. We will also be interviewing for School and House Captains and electing prefects during the month of June. Full uniform including blazer to be worn at all times is an expectation of all S5/6 pupils.

New Timetable
Please be aware that for the first time every pupil in Coatbridge High will start their new timetable and move into their new year group on Monday 5th June.

Pupil attendance has been improving over recent years and parental support in ensuring your child attends school, on time, makes a huge difference. Please continue to encourage your child to attend school and let us know if any problems arise that we can help you with, we are here to provide support to our families.

You will be aware from my recent letter sent home to all parents and carers that a high standard of uniform is very important for a whole range of reasons including school identity, health and wellbeing, helping young people prepare for the world of work and very importantly for security reasons. I would ask once again for your support in ensuring that hooded tops, tracksuit tops, jeans, denim and leather jackets are kept for the weekends or after school.

Some feedback from parents recently suggested that parents thought these items of clothing were allowed as their child had told them this, please be assured that this is not the case and pupils will be asked to remove these items in school. There is a standard of dress expected of all pupils in schools across North Lanarkshire and in Coatbridge High we also expect pupils to wear a blazer. As mentioned above, Academy uniforms will be in school on the evening of Wednesday 24th May and they will have blazers available to buy. As always, the school will support any families where the purchase of uniform is an issue. Pupil Support and SMT will be spot checking classes and contacting home if there is an ongoing issue with your child’s uniform which we are unable to resolve. Please note uniform is taken into account when attending the extracurricular trips mentioned below and for participation in the school show, school prom etc.

S1- S3 Awards Ceremony (Broad General Education)
This year we will be holding an awards ceremony for S1, S2 and S3 pupils on the afternoon of Thursday 15th June. These awards will recognise academic achievement and endeavour. The Senior Phase Prizegiving will take place in September as normal, date still to be confirmed.

School Show
We are approaching a very special time of year, School Show time! Over the last 6 years Coatbridge High has built up an excellent reputation of producing excellent shows, 2011 ‘Back to the 80’s’, 2012 ‘We Will Rock You’, 2013 ‘Oliver’, 2014 ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, 2015 ‘Wizard of Oz, 2016 ‘Grease’ and now 2017 ‘Beauty and the Beast’ which promises to be absolutely wonderful.

To meet the high levels of demand for tickets which always sell out fast, the show will once again run over 3 nights - Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd June at 7pm. This is the biggest cast we have had and if the rehearsals are anything to go by, you are in for a great night’s entertainment. Tickets will be on sale soon from the school office, so please support the young people and come along.

End of Term
The incentives trips to Blackpool and Alton Towers this year take place Monday 26th June and we are hoping for a bright, sunny day for everyone to enjoy. Although we have a number of weeks still to go the recent warm weather has made everyone think about the holidays. Please note school does not finish until Wednesday 28th June at 1pm.

School Success
I hope you enjoy reading all about our recent successes in this newsletter, the pupils as always are doing so well and we are proud of each and every one of them. We are lucky to have such a great staff too as you will see from the success of out first ever Pi Day which the S3 pupils enjoyed immensely. Thanks to all the Maths department for organising this and in particular Mrs Mullen, Mrs McCann and Mrs Kydd.

I was also delighted that the hard work and staff and pupils was recognised at a recent North Lanarkshire Awards Ceremony where the school received an Excellence and Equity Award in the category of Big Challenges – Effective Solutions for the Literacy Festival. Well done to Mr Morrison, Mr Scott and Mrs Costello and all staff and pupils involved.

Thank you for your support in helping make Coatbridge High an award winning school.

Janie O'Neill
Head Teacher
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