Bulletin NO 24

P          Senior Phase Options – new S5 and S6

Course choice forms were issued at assembly on Thursday, 22nd February to current S4 and S5 students.  Forms should be returned after your interview with your Pupil Support teacher, and by Friday, 16th March 2018 at the latest.

B Lee

P          Senior Phase Reports

Senior Phase reports will be issued on Wednesday, 28th February 2018.  Please ensure that you read the advice from your teachers carefully.  There are lots of SQA deadlines over the next few weeks for folios, assignments, practical exams, etc.  It is really important that you work hard between now and the final exams to ensure you fulfil your potential.  The SQA exams start on Monday, 30th April and finish for Lesmahagow High School students on 1st June 2018.  Please speak to your teachers if you have any questions about your report, coursework or exams.

B Lee

P          Additional Learning Opportunities

Please take advantage of the many additional learning opportunities provided by your teachers to help you to succeed in your SQA coursework and exams.  A list of the supported study classes offered is on the school website and can also be collected from the school office.  Please ask your teachers for further information.

B Lee

P          Job Vacancy – Production Assistant, OPG Ltd, Lesmahagow

We have been advised of a fantastic opportunity for someone who is interested in: producing vinyl graphics, banners and signage; despatching products; and working as part of a team.  Please speak to your Pupil Support Teacher/ Miss Young/SMT/Careers Advisor for further information. CVs should be sent to paula.johnston@sds.co.uk as soon as possible.


B Lee


P          South Lanarkshire College – Information Sessions

A number of information sessions will be taking place at South Lanarkshire College, East Kilbride, during Apprenticeship week (5-9th March).  If you are interested in studying a Foundation or Modern Apprenticeship course at South Lanarkshire College, you might be  interested in attending these:

  • 5.3.18 – 2pm and 3pm – Modern Apprenticeship in Hairdressing
  • 6.3.18 – 1.30-3.30 pm – Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services: Children and Young People/ Social Services and Health Care/ Modern Apprenticeship in Health Care Support.

To book your places, please contact: lisa.brown@slc.ac.uk

B Lee

P          University of Edinburgh Summer School

If you are currently in S5 and are thinking about applying to University, you may wish to   consider applying to join the Sutton Trust Summer School, which allows you to study two    subjects for a week (1st – 6th July 2018) at the University of Edinburgh.   Application deadline:  Thursday 8th March.  For further information, please see Miss Lee, or look at the following link: www.summerschools.suttontrust.com

B Lee


P          Accelerate Programme- Strathclyde University (new S5 or new S6)

Strathclyde University offers a one-week programme during the summer holidays for  students at the beginning of S5 or S6, which gives an opportunity to see what studying   at university would be like.  There are nine different Accelerate programmes to choose  from:  Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Education, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Languages, Law, Physics and Product Design.  The cost of attending the programme is £125 and courses run either week beginning 25th June or 2nd July 2018.  For further information, please see: www.strath.ac.uk/sees/wideningaccess

B Lee



P         Scholar for Senior Phase students

There are lots of great resources available on ‘Scholar’ for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths,  English, Computing and French, which will help with revision for National, Higher and Advanced  Higher courses.  If you are unsure of your username and password, please see your teacher or Miss Lee.

B Lee

P          Foundation Apprenticeship

An opportunity has arisen for a limited number of pupils entering S5 in June to attend an event during apprenticeship week. The main focus of this year’s event is to stimulate interest in our forthcoming ‘Foundation Apprenticeship’ programme. The pupils should be considering a career in engineering/manufacturing.

They are keen to attract female pupils or those from an ethnic minority, as these tend to be             underrepresented in the Engineering Industry.

The event will take the form of a taster day.  They tend to make it as practical and as interactive as possible.

They have allocated slots for Lesmahagow on the 8th of March.

Any S4 pupil going into S5 this year who is interested please give your name to Miss Young. There are a limited number of places.

S Young

P          Apprenticeships

There are a number of new vacancies for apprenticeships, which have just been released. These are from companies like BT, Scottish Water, Arnold Clark as well as some other Lanarkshire/Glasgow based ones. South Lanarkshire Council have also released a number of vacancies.

These are up in the Careers Info Board. Many of these are for an August start. If you are leaving or thinking of leaving school this year and are considering an apprenticeship, please keep an eye on the board.

S Young

P          S4 Duke of Edinburgh Pupils

There is another session today (Friday 23rd February) after school in preparation for the   expedition. Remember failure to attend these will result in you not participating in the expedition in April and June. It starts at 13.30 and finishes at 3 pm. Meet in the street.

S Young

P          Medical Skills Day                                                                                                                            There is an opportunity for three S3/4 pupils to attend a Medical Skills Day on the 6th March. This is for any pupil who has considered a career in the medical industry. The event will consist of a variety of workshops looking at different medical techniques, for example:


  • A&E Simulation
  • Venapuncture & Cannulation
  • Plastering & X rays
  • Suturing Workshop


As we only have 3 places, it is important that you pass your name to me ASAP. Depending on numbers, names might have to be drawn from a hat.

S Young

P          EMA – S5/6

EMA application forms can be collected from Miss Lee 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 Miss Lee.

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 Miss Lee if you have any questions about EMA.

B Lee

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