***COVID-19 Update*** SQA Recent Update
We hope you and your family are well and staying safe.
Please click here for the recent update from the SQA.
We recognise the unprecedented challenge Covid-19 (coronavirus) is presenting to our communities and in light of this will be continuing to offer support to families from our hub over the planned Easter holidays, Friday, April 3 to Friday, April 17, inclusive.
During this time we will continue to provide emergency childcare for the children of key workers.
Key workers should liaise directly with the Headteacher at the Hub they are using to confirm the access required.
In addition, families entitle to free school meals can continue to access provision during the Easter break. Packed lunches will be supplied by one of our partner organisations as part of our SHINE holiday hunger provision and can be collected as normal from Hubs between noon and 2pm.
Toilet Roll Challenge
Barcelona's Riqui Puig appears to have started a social media craze people are calling the '10-touch toilet paper challenge'. The rules are simple. A footballer, or anyone for that matter, simply juggles a roll of toilet paper like a soccer ball, trying to get 10 touches in a row before the roll hits the ground.
Check out our PE department having a try at the challenge.
We hope that everyone is keeping safe and keeping well. While doing so, can I ask that our S2 pupils log into their options form and submit their subject choices for S3, which can be accessed here. Note that pupils should login using their school ourcloud account and this works best on a device that is not connected to any other gmail accounts. If you wish to view a paper copy of this it can be found here.
Can returns please be submitted by Friday 3rd April. You can contact your pastoral care teacher to discuss any options you are unsure of and if you have any trouble completing the form please email your pastoral care teacher, Mrs Rooney or Mr Hand.
Monday 9th March was Commonwealth Day and eight senior pupils from Clydebank High School were invited to the official Commonwealth Day service which was held at Westminster Abbey. The service was attended by heads of government and representatives of the 54 countries and 2.4 billion citizens of the Commonwealth as well as Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex”. The event was streamed live on BBC One and BBC World Service.
Whilst in London, the pupils were also invited to the Houses of Parliament by Martin Docherty-Hughes MP, whilst there they were able to tour both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Paul Hamilton (History Teacher) who accompanied the pupils said that “the day was a remarkable one which the young people will not forget – I am incredibly proud that Clydebank High School was invited to such a prestigious event where our young people were able to celebrate the rich diversity, talent and potential which exists throughout the entire Commonwealth”.
S4 and S5 Personalisation
It was a busy morning today sharing our wide array of pathways with young people supporting their attainment and achievement through WDC schools, college and SDS partnerships. We have a range of new courses being offered reflecting our local context and the projected workforce market, pupils are encouraged to speak with departments and discuss these options before selecting. The presentation of course information and choice is available here. (S4/S5 Coursing)
Our process has also changed this year, moving to an on-line system. Pupils can still refer to a paper based copy for discussion however will submit their final choices via a Google forum. We have removed the column structure previously framing our personalisation to enable pupils a free choice which we will structure once data is all collected. While it will not guarantee 100% satisfaction we expect the rate to be very high. Any pupil not returning should submit this in their form and ensure they have notified their pastoral care teacher to enable appropriate supports being offered.
S2 Curriculum personalisation
At our recent S2 parents evening we presented our proposal to introduce personalisation for S2 pupils leading to a two year pathway completing Broad general Education and moving smoothly into Senior phase and SQA presentation. The structure will be based around the eight main curriculum areas and will include core Religious and Moral Education, Health and Wellbeing and PE commitment. The presentation can be found here for you to see. Personalisation forms are expected to be available from 24th March.
As you are aware we are currently a challenge authority and as such WDC were awarded a large sum of money to invest in lots of different projects that would target ways in which we could narrow the poverty related attainment gap. CHS and VOLA were designated to be Multi Agency Hubs.
We have seen this program evolve over the last 2 years and now entering year 3 we can report lots if success and impact. I thought that this would be a really good time to show case all the work that we do here with a brochure highlighting all the various aspects to our Multi Agency Hub.
This project is quite unique for a school in the secondary sector and other establishments around the country have been contacting us to request visits to see what we do and how it all started.
Please take time to ready through our brochure and see just how much extra support we offer pupils, their families, our staff and local community.
Cyber Live Lesson 2020
Pupils from Cyber Security, Games Design and Computing Science took part in the Skills Development Scotland’s third Live Cyber Lesson on Tuesday 18 February.
During the live lesson, pupils stepped into the shoes of a cyber security consultant and helped a national pizza restaurant test their website's security. Pupils worked extremely hard to detect and analyse real-life security issues, and understand how these could be exploited by cyber criminals.
This practical, hands-on lesson provided our young people with the digital skills and allowed pupils to ask the experts how it’s really done. The event showcased the world of careers in the rapidly growing cyber security and cyber resilience industries.
The event gave our pupils an insight into one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. Many of the jobs they could do when they leave school haven’t even been invented yet.
Seasons for Growth
Pupils were celebrating completing the ‘Seasons for Growth’ programme with a small celebratory afternoon with parents and carers.
Seasons for Growth is a children and young people’s programme designed to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people who have experienced significant change and loss in their lives. The program provides a safe learning environment for children and young people where they can give voice to their experiences, understand and befriend their feelings, learn skills then adapt, develop friendships
Pupils celebrated Robert Burns day in style at Clydebank High School. Thanks to the wonderful hard work from Home Economic, Art and English departments. Pupils enjoyed a traditional feast of haggis, followed by poetry and wonderful art work. The event came to an end with some traditional music played by our very own piper.
Languages Careers Event
Foreign languages provide a competitive edge in career choices! Pupils from S3 took part in a Languages careers event on Tuesday 18 February. Pupils received talks from the RAF, Hay’s Recruitment agency, Glasgow University and many more.
Nelson Mandela said; 'If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language that goes to his heart.' This is a powerful reminder that we can’t just rely on English when wanting to build relationships and trust with people from other countries.
On Wednesday 5 February 2020 parents/carers can now book and pay securely online for a range of items using a debit/credit card or through paypoint. Paying online gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your money reaches the school safely. Parents/carers will receive an individual activation email mid-January together with simple instructions on how to create your account. For further information on ParentPay please visit Parentpay.
Clydebank High hosted the first ever West Dunbartonshire Learning Festival at the school last Friday.
Teachers and HSCP staff from across the area attended the full day session which included workshops, stalls and talks focused on ‘Nurturing Positive Relationships’ and ‘Building Resilient Communities’.
Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, a research specialist who focuses on the science of human connection spoke at the event and gave insight into the importance of developing a strong relationship with children at any age as well as suggesting different methods teachers and support staff can use.
A huge congratulation to the girls football team who were crowned winners of the Spar Future Stars first qualifying round on Thursday 30th January.
The SPAR Future Stars Football Cup is a nationwide Girls Football competition stretching across all six Scottish FA Regions. Girls aged 12-16 years can participate in a competitive, fun and inclusive competition for their school.
The girls played a fantastic game in awful weather conditions with many great goals scored by a variety of players.
The team will now compete in the regional round which will take place Thursday 27 February. Good luck girls!
Lego Coding Club
The second block of the Lego Programming Club has started and will run every Wednesday from 12.45pm-1.15pm in E106 Computing Science.
The hands-on learning approach is about providing pupils with opportunities to experiment with their surroundings as a form of problem solving through coding. It is about creativity and collaboration, motivation and self-direction. It is about improvisation and discovery, and playful learning experiences with real-world relevance.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2020
During the 27th January, senior pupils Lisa Alexander and Jack Doherty led a special assembly for S3 pupils to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2020. In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, both Lisa and Jack discussed their experiences of travelling to Poland with the Holocaust Educational Trust during November 2019. This was an experience which both pupils found deeply moving, particularly when they were able to visit what remains of the concentration camp at Auschwitz and to better understand the scale of the atrocities carried out by the Nazi regime during the early 1940s.
The following day on the 28th January, the CHS Heritage Ambassadors represented West Dunbartonshire at a Holocaust Memorial Event hosted by Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire Council at the Eastwood Theatre, Giffnock. The event featured guest speakers, including survivors of subsequent genocides which have happened since the Holocaust – including Srebrenica and Darfur. The event was eye-opening and a reminder for pupils of the importance of opposing all forms of discrimination and the importance of standing together in the face of injustice.
Live Cyber Lesson 2019
Pupils from our Cyber Security class and Games Design took part in the second live lesson from Skills Development Scotland. Pupils took on the role of a digital detective and seen how they can use their digital skills to solve a crime. Pupils started the investigation by collecting, identifying and validating the digital evidence and seeing if they could catch the criminal. This live lesson gave our learners the experience of working as a digital forensic specialist and gave them an insight into a career in Cyber.
Visit to Scottish Parliament
On the 15th November, pupils from the CHS Law & Debating Society were invited to attend a ‘Language in Parliament’ event at the Scottish Parliament. The day consisted of various workshops and a tour of the parliament building. Pupils learned about the processes which allow the Scottish Parliament to function and met with a range of staff from government advisors to speech-writers.
Both Mr Hamilton (History Dept) and Mrs Ryan (English Dept) who accompanied the pupils commented that attending the ‘Language in Parliament’ event was “very worthwhile” with “pupils representing Clydebank High School wonderfully”.
More information about the CHS Law & Debating Society is also available on Twitter (@CHS_LDSociety).
Digital Day 2019
S3 pupils from Computing Science and Games Design took part in BIMA Digital Day on Tuesday 12 November 2019. Clydebank High teamed up with Screenmedia to tackle the digital challenges set out for the day. It was a great event which really helped our young people to collaborate, innovate and work with local companies who are able to open their eyes to the flexible and dynamic careers in the industry.
Free Breakfast CHS are committed to ensuring that every pupil gets the best start to their day. We are offering every pupil a free breakfast every day from 8.15am. Pupils are enjoying bagels, butter, jam, yoghurt, variety of fresh fruit and fresh fruit juice. It is so important that all pupils are ready to learn at the start of the school day. We hope that this will improve learning and a better classroom experience for all. Read more informationi here.
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