The school’s English department organised and ran, with the help of some senior pupils, their first ever primary transition cinema night. Around 70 primary 7 pupils from the school’s partnership primaries. Pupils enjoyed hot chocolate, popcorn, and soft drinks as they gathered on bean bags in the school’s Assembly Hall and watched popular Christmas movie, ‘Deck the Halls’. The group, adorned in Christmas jumpers and onesies, played pass the parcel to finish the night. The English department would like to thank the primary schools for their assistance, all CVHS pupils who helped out on the night and of course, the primary 7 pupils who took part.
Houldsworth House triumphed in both the Intermediate and Senior Inter House Public Speaking Competitions. The Houldsworth Intermediate trio of Alexandra Smith, Chloe Lawson and Stuart Coombes all produced strong speeches to edge the Curran group of Alishba Ahmed, Sarah Chance and James Kilpatrick.
The senior event proved to be a titanic struggle between Clyde Valley’s public-speaking ‘big-hitters’. Gemma Muir, Cara Sinnett and Kira Melville were Houldsworth’s winning trio, finishing ahead of Abby Cockburn, Nicole Rogan and Stuart Murphy, a formidable Curran team.
Stuart Coombes was crowned this year’s Intermediate with an often amusing speech entitled ‘The Human Touch’. Kira Melville delivered an emotional yet poised performance with ‘Fighting for Freedom Within’.
Mrs Jill Woodward, Orchard Primary School’s Head Teacher, was joined at the judges table by Miss Rachel Carroll, English department, and Mr Andrew Keating, APT Support for Learning and Inclusion. In her summing up, Mrs Woodward recorded the unanimous view of the judges that the standard this year had been quite outstanding.
Mr John Ferrie, PT Pupil Support, gathered with some members of the pupil council to present a cheque for £150 to Barnardo’s. Mr Ferrie collects donations from one year to the next and was delighted to be handing over the much-needed cheque to the charity. Over the past 5 years, Mr Ferrie has passed over in the region of £500 to the charity.
Mr Ferrie was also instrumental in leading the school’s first ever ‘Reverse Advent’ event. Pupils learned about food shelters, where they are, who uses them and what type of items were needed, during house time. Pupils were then encouraged to bring in whatever items they could for the local food bank in Wishaw, in the spirit of giving at Christmas time. Pupils, parents and staff combined managed to fill over 20 boxes that were passed on to Mr David Shaw, from the food bank, last week. Mr Ferrie would like to thank everyone for their efforts.
Dear Parents and Carers,
North Lanarkshire Council are consulting on their proposals to change the qualifying distance for free mainstream school transport from two miles to three miles from the school, with some defined exceptions.
Your Parent Council are writing to urge you to take part in the consultation process and express your opinions on the proposed changes.
It is very important that your Local Authority are made aware of your views regarding this important change so please make sure you complete and return the form at the back of the consultation pack to arrive before 9th January 2018.
More details are on the council website, here: https://www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=33419
You can also access a copy of the documents at your local library. The documents include FAQ's and, in particular, the Council have published initial assessments of which areas are likely to keep or lose entitlement.
The Council have held a series of public meetings that were announced in the consultation letters, including one at Clyde Valley High School. At the meeting in Clyde Valley High School, the audience included local councillors, teachers, representatives of school bus operators as well as parents from affected schools in the area. Council officers (but not local Councillors) formed the panel at the meeting to answer public queries regarding the proposed changes. However, as council officials they aren't permitted to address any points regarded as party political.
Please take some time to read the information, including the FAQ's and consultation documents and do make your views known by responding in writing to the consultation at the addresses given in the Council's consultation documents
Note that writing to your Councillor, MSP and / or MP will not count as a response to the consultation, so it's important that you write to the consultation address first.
Clyde Valley High School Parent Council