Head Teacher's Message

Mrs O'Neill

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

The Easter holidays are almost here and whilst the pupils are looking forward to their holidays it is always a time of mixed feelings for teaching staff, especially this year where time has been lost due to the snow. Teachers are of course also looking forward to their break, however there is always so much to do in the run up to the SQA exams which begin on the 30th April. Exam leave begins on Friday 27th April for S4-6 pupils who are sitting N5, Higher or Advanced Highers and pupils return to start their new timetable on the 4th of June. Easter School is running once again this year on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (3rd, 4th, and 5th) of the first week of the holidays and timetables will be issued this week with details placed on the school website and school app.

I sent a letter home last week to S4-S5/6 parents and carers and if you are the parent of a S4, S5 or S6 pupil who is sitting exams please encourage them to attend Easter School. I know many of the S6 in particular have part time jobs but the exams should be their main priority at this time. Last year over 300 pupils came along and we hope to see the same kind of uptake this year. Thank you to the many staff who are providing study classes during their own holidays so that we can provide an Easter school.

As you will see form the content of this newsletter there has been lots happening in the school. If you follow us on Twitter @CoatbridgeHigh you will see regular updates and we also have lots of information on the school website www.coatbridgehigh.org.uk. We have seen a few changes with staffing with Ms Allan of the English department leaving at the February weekend to enjoy a well deserved retirement. Ms Allan had worked in CHS for 19 years and will be greatly missed having made a great contribution to the English department and the wider life of the school.

Mr O’Donnell of the Computing department also leaves us at Easter to take up a new post in another authority. Mr O’Donnell will also be a great loss to the school having been with us since 2008. He has not only been a stalwart of the BE-IT faculty but has also contributed a huge amount as a previous Principal Teacher. We wish Ms Allan and Mr O’Donnell all the very best.

We have a new addition to the school as well. PC Scott Douglas is our new School Community Police Officer and we are delighted to have him here with us in the school. We are certain that PC Douglas will make a great contribution to the school community in the months and years to come.

Our S6 pupils are now in the final weeks of their school careers as they do not return after exam leave, they do come back for their Prom of course and we look forward to seeing them all then for their final farewell. It is important that they finish off on a positive note and I would like to thank all the S6 for their contribution to Coatbridge High over the last six years. You have worked hard and helped bring about many improvements in the school. As you may know all pupils, staff and parents were given the opportunity to vote for the new school motto/vision statement and the overwhelming choice was ‘Dare to Dream, Aim to Achieve’. It sums up our belief that our young people can go on and be anything they want to be, but also hard work is required to get there. When you visit the school over the next few months you will see these words dotted around the school as a visual reminder for us all to aim high.

I hope everyone has a Happy Easter and a good Spring Break.

Thank you for your continued support.

Janie O'Neill
Head Teacher
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