Bulletin No 23


11th– 12th Feb 2019 Holiday  
13th Feb 2019 In Service Day – No pupils  
14th Feb 2019 H/Nat 5 PE Practical Exams – Assessment 2  


27th Feb 2019 S2 Report cards issued  
28th Feb 2019 S3 Interhouse PE Event  

P          S2 Parents’ Night and course choice forms for S3

Thank you to all parents, carers and students who attended our rescheduled Parents’ Meeting on Tuesday, 5th February 2019. It was lovely to see so many parents and carers attending.  Thank you also to our senior students who organised refreshments and sought feedback from parents on our curriculum consultation.  Course choice forms for S3 should be returned by Friday, 15th February 2019.

B Lee

P          Senior Phase reports and course choice forms for new S5 and S6

Senior phase reports were issued on Thursday, 7th February to all S4, S5 and S6 students. Letters and course choice forms explaining the options available for new S5 and S6 students and the supports available for school leavers were issued with the reports.    Course choice forms should be returned to Pupil Support teachers by Friday, 8th March 2019.

B Lee

P          February Weekend

Please remember that Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th February are school holidays and Wednesday 13th February is an in-service day.  School will close at 1.10 pm on Friday, 8th February and reopens for pupils on Thursday, 14th February at 8.45 am.  We hope you have a lovely February break.

B Lee

P          SCQF Ambassador Training

Students will have the opportunity to become ‘SCQF Ambassadors’ after the February break.  The main role of our SCQF ambassadors is to raise awareness of the many courses available to students at school, Further and Higher Education.  We hope that our SCQF ambassadors will share their knowledge in school, at home and in the community and that this will encourage everyone to be life-long learners. Training will be offered to Youth Achievement Award pupils on Monday, 18th February and to other groups later in the week.

B Lee

P          S3 Parliament Trip

S3 students visited the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, 7th February and had the opportunity to attend ‘First Minister’s Questions’ and to meet with our MSP, Aileen Campbell.  We hope that everyone enjoyed the visit. 

B Lee

P          Raising Attainment Evening – Tuesday, 26th February 2019

Students in S3-S6 and their parents/carers are invited to attend our Raising Attainment evening on Tuesday, 26th February in the Street area between 6 pm and 7. 30 pm.  Advice about study techniques, current courses and courses for next year will be available. Representatives from SQA, Scholar and Skills Development Scotland will also be available to answer questions.  Parents of S4 students are invited to attend a course choice presentation at 6.15 pm and parents of S5 students are invited to attend a course choice presentation at 6.45 pm.  We hope that you are able to join us.

B Lee

P          Spring Break Study School – 1st-3rd April 2019

We plan to offer Senior Phase students who are studying for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams the opportunity to attend ‘Spring Break Study School’ on Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd April 2019.  The timetable for supported and supervised study was issued at assembly on Monday, 4th February.  Students will be invited to sign up for classes later this month.  We encourage all students to attend as many of these revision or study sessions as possible.

B Lee

P          Lesmahagow High School’s Medics Society

We are starting a new lunch-time or after school group for students who are interested in a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. The group will meet to share careers information and will benefit from advice from experts in their field in conjunction with ‘Medic Mentor’ (https://medicmentor.co.uk/).  If you are interested in joining the group or finding out more information please speak to Kirsty Traynor (S5), Miss Lee or your Pupil Support Teacher, or check out the Twitter feed for Medic Mentor at https://twitter.com/MedicMentor1

B Lee

P          S4 ‘Reach’ and ‘Access to a Career’ Programmes

Glasgow University organise programmes to support students in S4-S6 who are interested in studying medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, accounting, law, engineering or teaching when they leave school. In S4, students are provided with careers information and advice, in S5 students have the opportunity to spend time at the university after completing a written task and in S6 interview advice is provided.  If you are interested in applying for any of the careers listed above, please give your name to your Pupil Support Teacher or Miss Lee by Friday, 8th February 2019.  Further information, please see: https://www.gla.ac.uk/study/wideningparticipation

B Lee

P          Dental Insight course

Dundee University is offering a 3-day programme (3rd -5th June) to S5 school pupils who are interested in a career in dentistry.  Students would spend time in the dental hospital, gain hands on experience in the labs and receive talks about the application process.  For further information on courses in dentistry at Dundee University, please see: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/ug/dentistry/#info-entry-requirements  For further information on the Dental Insight course, please see Miss Lee.

B Lee

P          Clinical Skills Day

Kirklands Hospital is offering a clinical skills day to S3 and S4 students who are interested in a career in health care.  The training takes place on 11th March 2019, with morning and afternoon workshops.  Students can participate in A&E workshops, venepuncture and cannulation workshops, plastering and x-ray workshops and suturing workshops.  Please let Miss Lee know as soon as possible if you are interested in attending this fantastic opportunity. 

B Lee

P          Additional Learning Opportunities

A list of the many additional learning opportunities and extra-curricular activities can be found on the school website.  We encourage all students to take part in these activities.

B Lee

P          Printing

Please remember that students can request to print an essay/assignment in B208.

B Lee

P          Blazer Exchange

We would love to receive donations of any unwanted items of school uniform, particularly school blazers, so that we can provide a ‘blazer exchange’. When we have sufficient stock, we hope to offer students the opportunity to exchange their blazer for a new size.  If we don’t have your size available, a token would be given meantime.  Please note: It would be helpful if blazers were washed before they are donated so that we can arrange the exchange quickly.

B Lee

P          EMA – S5/6

EMA application forms can be collected from the School Office or downloaded from the South Lanarkshire Council website. On the Council website, click on ‘Education and Learning’, then ‘Secondary School Information’, then ‘Education Maintenance Allowance’.  If you need any help with this, please see Mr Gray or your Pupil Support Teacher.

It is your responsibility to complete and send the application form.

When you receive an award letter with your EMA number on it, bring this to Miss Lee who will then issue a copy of the Learning Agreement to be signed by your teachers and Parent/Guardian.  You should then return the completed Learning Agreement to Miss Lee and the school office will then process your EMA. 

Only when you have completed all of the above will the payment process begin.  Please see Mr Gray if you have any questions about EMA.

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