Head Teacher's Message

Mrs O'Neill

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

Prelims

January passed relatively quickly and the focus was very much on the Prelim examinations for our S4/S5 and S6 pupils. They have now received their marks and will be fully aware of what needs to be done between now and the final examinations in May. In Coatbridge High School many staff give up their own time at lunchtime and after school to support our young people with study support and masterclasses and working in partnership with parents and carers we hope to see all our young people achieve their full potential. Naturally the pupils themselves must also be working hard and making a consistent effort if they wish to do well in their final exams. We appreciate the support of parents in ensuring that all our young people are working hard at school in their classes.

Pupil Achievement – lots of good news!

Once again this newsletter is jam packed with the fantastic achievements of our young people. We had a great evening at the Burns Celebration earlier this month and it was wonderful to be joined by all 10 of our partner primaries. All the pupils performed brilliantly and well done to Mrs McTier and the English department for organising this event.

There is also information in this newsletter about winners of competitions, including a recent prestigious hairdressing competition run with New College Lanarkshire where 2 of our S5 pupils achieved medals, Clare Brady achieved a Bronze and Lisa Meechan a Gold! Well done to both of them and they will now represent Scotland at national level at the British finals in Blackpool in March. What a fantastic achievement and good luck!

We also had 2 senior pupils represent us at ‘Junk Kouture’ again this year where the final was held at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow with the X Factor’s Louis Walsh as one of the judges. As you will see from the pictures in the newsletter the girls’ designs were excellent and they thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

Battle of the Bands – for the first time we entered a band into this competition which was held in Motherwell Concert Hall on the 18th January. Our band ‘The Dented Velveteens’ were superb and Brooke McFadyen, lead vocalist won the Best Solo Performance prize which was very well deserved.

Uniform

I am asking once again for your support with uniform. Please insist that your child follows the school dress code. Jeans of any sort are not part of this dress code, nor are hoodies, denim jackets or footwear which isn’t black.

Blazers should be worn. Skirts or trousers, not shorts or dungarees. Shirts should be white and the school tie must be worn at all times. There are very good reasons why all secondary schools in North Lanarkshire operate a uniform policy and I am happy to discuss these with parents and carers if required. There will be a letter coming home to all parents and carers in the next few weeks about uniform, please look out for it. Remember the school will provide uniform and this can be arranged through Pupil Support or the appropriate Year Head.

As a school we offer the young people numerous extra-curricular opportunities, school show, football trips, residential trips, talent shows, senior prom, cinema trips to name a few. If pupils are persistently not following the school dress code, despite repeated requests to do so and contact with parents, they will risk missing out on the many additional opportunities on offer here.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if needed.

Community Behaviour

As you are aware we are situated very close to the town centre in a residential area. Many of our pupils go into the town centre at lunchtime or to McDonalds and KFC. We would prefer that our young people stay in school to eat a healthy meal, however we do understand the attraction of the town centre. Unfortunately we have had some complaints recently about behaviour of pupils on their way to and from the town centre and the dropping of litter around Muiryhall Street. There was also some recent concern about road safety as pupils run across roads in front of cars, endangering themselves and the driver. You will appreciate that it is not possible for staff to supervise the town centre and I would ask that you stress to your child the importance of their good behaviour and keeping themselves safe. Any pupil caught misbehaving at lunchtime may lose this privilege.

We will also be raising these matters once again with pupils at assemblies.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Please support us as we continue to aim for excellence in Coatbridge High.

Janie O'Neill
Head Teacher
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