S1 Lochgoilhead Trip Meeting
There will be Lochgoilhead meeting on Tuesday 25 February in Miss Moore’s class ELG06 at 1.30pm. All S1 pupils going on this trip must attend. There are also a few places still available on this trip, if you are interested, please come and see Ms McFarlane. Ms McFarlane
Following our recent lost property campaign, all unclaimed items are now being donated to charity. School Office
Library Upcoming Events
Friday 6 March – The Great Biggar Book Bake Off – can you bake a book-themed cake for World Book Day?
Monday 9 March – International Women’s Day Tea Talk – share the story of your inspirational woman.
Please speak to Miss Horan if interested in participating in either of these events. Miss Horan
South Lanarkshire Schools’ Cross Country
There will be a meeting for all Cross Country Team members at 11.25 on Friday 28th February. Please check the notice boards in PE to find out if you have made the team. Mr Robertson
S3/4/5 Parent Information Evening – Options took place on Tuesday 4th February, please click the link below to view the slides.
In a bid to raise school funds, teach pupils the importance of recycling, offset the environmental cost of ‘Fast Fashion’ and make everyone look FABULOUS for a minuscule cost, we ask for donations of unwanted or outgrown clothing in very good condition. Please, please donate any garments you/your teenage child no longer wear/ don’t suit/ have buyer’s regret over but no receipt…by February 24th.
Great chance to clear out the clutter, reduce landfill and textile pollution and do some fun thrift shopping!
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|February break||Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February 2020|
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Changing Faces Assemblies
Changing Faces is a charity which works to support people with a visible difference to their face and / or body, whatever the cause. It campaigns to change public opinion and combat discrimination. More details here https://www.changingfaces.org.uk/.
Luisa from Changing Faces will be coming in to talk to all year groups as follows:
Monday 3rd February: period 3 S1, period 4 Senior Phase (LG floor except Chemistry), period 5 Senior Phase (G floor plus Chemistry). Ms Clingan
This week we are celebrating Harry Potter Book Night with a quiz on Monday and “design a dragon” competition on Tuesday. From 1.30pm. All welcome. Miss Horan
Music Practice Room
With the music practical exams fast approaching can I remind senior pupils that practice rooms are now open at lunchtimes. Please ensure you sign in using the normal procedure.
Junior pupils (and any pupils not studying music) should not be in the practise rooms at any point out with class time. I’m sure you will understand that priority goes to our pupils with exams next month. Mrs Shaw
Paris Trip 2020
There will be a very short meeting for everyone going on the Paris trip on Monday 3rd February in DLG03. The Parent Information Evening has been rescheduled, therefore anyone who has not been issued with an updated letter should collect one from Miss Reid as soon as possible. There will also be a final opportunity to order hoodies which must be paid in full by Wednesday 5th February. Merci!
Get your Dancing Shoes on: S1-S3 Valentine’s Disco and Ceilidh
Tuesday 18th February, 7.00-9.30pm in the Street. Tickets are £6.50 each; this includes pizza, fries, drinks and use of the photo booth. Tickets are now available on ParentPay. Dress code smart casual (denim allowed). Tickets are going quickly. Get movin’ if you want to get groovin’!
Thank you for your ongoing support! Malawi Partnership Group
Eco Committee Meeting
There is an Eco Committee meeting today (Monday the 3rd of February) at 1:25 in D005.
Everyone is welcome to attend. Anna McDiarmid
S5/6 Personal Achievement
Paperwork for Personal Achievement is due to Miss Reid by Friday 13th March. During the month of February I will offer help sessions for anyone who is struggling to complete their paperwork.
By Thursday 13th February I will require an update from everyone with regard to progress in both volunteering and SQA paperwork. Failure to report to me will be reflected in your report and will specify that you are unlikely to achieve this award.
Please note that I will be available at the following times ONLY. Please make sure you come to see me at these times and do not interrupt me while I am teaching.
Tuesdays Periods 6&7 in DLG03
Thursdays Periods 2&3 in DLG03 or Modern Languages base
THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILTY! Thank you. Miss Reid
Get your Dancing Shoes on: S1-S3 Valentine’s Disco and Ceilidh
Tuesday 18th February, 7.00-9.30pm in the Street. Tickets are £6.50 each; this includes pizza, fries, drinks and use of the photo booth. Tickets are available on Parent Pay from Today (Monday 27th January) until the Saturday 15th February. Dress code smart casual (denim allowed).
Tickets are on a first come first served basis. Get movin’ if you want to get groovin’! Thank you for your ongoing support. Malawi Partnership Group
Biggar Music presents Trio Zadig
Trio Zadig are performing at the Municipal Hall, Biggar on the evening of Thursday 6th February 2020 at 8.00pm. Tickets are available at the door, £14.00 per adult ticket, students and pupils are free. For further information, please visit www.biggarmusic.org.uk Mr Stewart
S4-6 Senior/Staff Netball
Netball will start back at 1.30 in the Hall on Tuesday 28th of January. If you wish this activity to continue, we require 10 people minimum attending each week. So pack your kit and come along. Miss Moore
DYW News – Army Foundation College
If you are interested in a career in the army the following open day may be of interest to you:
The Army Foundation College is for individuals looking to join the Army between the age of 16 to 17 years old. This is an excellent opportunity to see the facilities on offer, find out more about Army life, what training and opportunities are available and meet serving junior soldiers. The open days have been very well received in the past and the feedback from attendees has been excellent!
We will be running a bus from the Army Careers Office in Glasgow to Harrogate in Yorkshire and are keen to have as many of our applicants and potential applicants attend as possible – they can also bring a parent or guardian with them. The bus will leave at 6.15am prompt, returning to Glasgow the same day, around 8.30pm in the evening. See Mr Good for further details.
DYW News – SKY
Last week there was information about apprenticeships at SKY in the newsletter. Below is an invitation from our SKY connection to an open evening for further information about working and training for SKY. Please see Mr Good if you require any assistance getting registered.
Hi, just to follow up on the information I sent on to you about apprenticeships, we have an insight evening on Tuesday 11th Feb where potential applicants can come in, talk to current apprentices, learn about the application process and meet our electronic buddies Marty and Micro. You must register to attend this evening on https://careers.sky.com/earlycareers/insightdays/#toggle-id-6 Mr Good
We have accumulated a large amount of lost property, this includes many jackets, sweatshirts, cardigans, wallets, pencil cases, spectacles, watches, shoes, keys and various other items. Pupils are encouraged to come to the office during interval or lunch break to claim their belongings. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity on Friday 31st January 2020. School Office
The new library opening times are as follows:
- Mondays and Tuesdays 8.30am-4pm
- Wednesdays 8.45am-3.15pm
- Thursdays Closed
- Fridays 8.30am-1.30pm
- On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays it will open for lunch 1.30pm-2pm.
Our S1-S3 reading group meets on a Tuesday. What groups or clubs would you like to see run on a Monday? Please let Miss Horan (librarian) know your suggestions.
Fridays: Join our Winter Warmer at break – relax and enjoy a hot drink while listening to a short story or poem. School Librarian
Calling all reading enthusiasts!
We are meeting each Tuesday lunchtime in the library – 1.15 – 1.45.
We would love for you to join us. Bring a packed lunch and come along to join in the fun. Dr Burton and Miss Horan
S1-S3 Career Advice Evening (Medicine Only)
Are you considering a career in Medicine? NEXTGEN are running a careers advice session on 30th January 2020 at the Medical Education & Training Centre, Kirkland’s Hospital, Fallside Road, Bothwell, G71 8BB (north car park), from 6pm – 7pm.
There will be a short presentation then time for Q&A – finish time depends on interaction from the pupils. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet real life doctors, find out what life is like as a medic, get advice and find out what subjects and grades you will need.
If you are interested, or require further information, please contact Mr Stewart. Mr Stewart
Education Maintenance Allowance
Applications are now open again for this allowance.
- If you are 16 years of age between 1st October 2019 and 28th February 2020, you may be eligible for EMA from January 2020
- You must submit your application by 28th February 2020 in order to receive payments from the beginning of the January term.
- Applications received after this date will be only be considered from the week that their completed application is received.
- No applications will be accepted after 31st March 2020.
- Apply online on SLC website www.southlanarkshire.go.uk.
If you have questions / need any help, please see Ms Clingan.
DYW News: THINK THAT WORKING WITH CARS IS JUST FOR BOYS? THINK AGAIN.
Arnold Clark are looking for talented and motivated people just like you to join our Girls with Skills apprenticeship programme and help change the industry in the future.
There are loads of exciting career opportunities to choose from, so whether you fancy a job in the workshop or you’d like to become an automotive business leader one day, our fast-track programme to an apprenticeship can get you on the road to career success.
- Age 16 or over
- Keen to learn
- Must have achieved or be working towards National 4 in Maths and English
See Mr Good or Phyllis for more details.
Pass Plus Course for Newly Qualified Drivers
South Lanarkshire Council offer newly qualified drivers (who have passed within the last 12 months and are residents of South Lanarkshire Council) a subsidy of £100 towards the cost of the Pass Plus course.
Pass Plus lets new drivers build on existing skills and knowledge, gain valuable driving experiences and reduces the risk of road traffic accidents. It helps to increase driving competency.
For further information and details on how to apply please visit: https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/200231/road_safety/359/pass_plus_grant_for_newly_qualified_drivers Mr Stewart
S5 Pupils Sutton Trust Summer School
The Sutton Trust Summer School at the University of St Andrews is held each year in order to give pupils in S5 the chance to experience a week in the life of a university student. It has been proven that this experience, aimed at pupils who fulfil most of the criteria set out in the information material, is of great benefit when applying to competitive universities.
If you are interested please see Mrs Epton asap!
Church – Friday 20th December
Our annual Christmas Service will be held in Biggar Kirk during periods 4 and 5. Any pupil who does not wish to participate must bring written confirmation from their parent/carer to the School Office by Thursday 19th December 2019. Thank you. Ms Clingan
PE Lost Property
Any lost property left in PE will be taken to charity on Thursday 19th December. Pupils are invited to please come and look through the box before this date. PE Department
Little Princess Trust
Huge well done to Chloe McKinlay for donating her hair to support and raise awareness of the Little Princess Trust. Mr Stewart