February Newsletter

Strathcarron Group
Bannockburn High School pupils have been 'Making Every Moment Count' by working hard to raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice. Last term we raised an impressive £470 with a coffee morning, raffling a Christmas hamper and guessing the teddy's birthday - thank you to everyone who participated in any of these events. We also sold £193 worth of Christmas cards and badges. This term we will be continuing our fundraising and awareness raising activities to support the hospice. We are particularly fortunate this session to be working alongside the hospice's new schools' coordinator, Helen Bruce, who is providing our pupils with interesting and valuable information and advice.

Social Subjects Café
To mark Holocaust Memorial day (27th Jan), Carly and Gabrielle will be hosting a Social Subjects Cafe which will raise awareness for the Holocaust and celebrate Jewish culture and traditions. This will be part of their follow up task for the Lessons from Auschwitz programme as they have to teach others about what they have learned. There will be lots of activities. The girls are also hoping to raise money to buy a memorial plaque for the school.

GO-9 Young Enterprise Group
The team had their last Trade Fayre on Saturday 29 January in the Thistle Centre, Stirling. They sold and showcased their final set of products based on the theme of Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. They are now working on their interview skills, Company Report and their Company Presentation which they will be judged on at the Forth Valley Finals Day in March.

Right of the Month
Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that:
“Secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s human dignity.”
Last term the school introduced a new policy on Positive Relationships & Behaviour to encourage respect for one another whilst working together to achieve excellent results in school.
The Global Partnership for Education states that education (worldwide) improves health, reduces poverty, increases income, saves children’s lives and promotes gender equality amongst many other facts.
Are you making the most of your education?

Skate to Success

20 of our S1-3 pupils took part in the first of four sessions of roller skating last week. The key purpose of the sessions is to build confidence and resilience in the young people as well as developing their team building skills.


Museum of Scotland Trip
As part of our expanding programme to build on careers development pupils attended a day of workshops at the Museum of Scotland. Pupils were given the opportunity to take part in workshops with designers and photographers, based in Scotland. They learned skills in fashion drawing, photography and modelling, design development and techniques for textile printmaking. Highlights were working with Rhys McKenna, a designer working in London, who we look forward to doing further design workshops in the future. The end of the day was a swift Q and A session where pupils grilled them on their career choices and career routes.

Senior Football
The Senior Boys Football Team completed their league season undefeated against Wallace, Dunblane, St Modans, McLaren, Balfron, Stirling and Lornshill. As a result they have qualified for the Forth Valley league playoffs and face a difficult trip away to Graeme High School in the quarter finals.

Immunisation Programmes
All S3 pupils will receive their booster for Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio & Men ACWY on Friday 23 February. All S1 and S2 girls will receive the HPV vaccine on Thursday 1 March.

Absence
If a young person is absent from school for any reason, notification can be made to the school in any of the following ways:
By telephone: 01786 813519
By text :07860049626
By email: bannockburnhs@stirling.gov.uk
By letter:to Form Teacher

Data Update Forms
Thank you to our parents who have returned the updated forms posted home week beginning Monday 15 January. As it is important we have up to date contact details for our young people in case of an emergency, please can we ask that all remaining update forms are returned to the school office as soon as possible.

Groupcall Xpressions App
The Groupcall Xpressions App provides faster, easier and more effective communication between school and parents using push notifications, in place of a text message. Further developments of the app are in the pipeline to include attendance and reporting information. If you would like to use the app which is totally free of charge to both parents and the school, please contact the school office or check out our website for downloading instructions.

Show My Homework
The virtual homework planner for pupils and parents which notifies parents when homework is issued via a message at 5 p.m. The system allows parents to monitor deadlines and the progress made with homework. If you wish a copy of the required pin number (all pupils and parents are automatically enrolled) please contact the school office.
Contact Details:
Tel: 01786 813519
Email:
bannockburnhs@stirling.gov.uk
Website:
www.bannockburnhigh.org.uk
Twitter: @BannockburnHigh

Parent-pay
Bannockburn High accepts on-line payments for items such as lunch money, school trips and school uniform via a secure website called parent-pay. An activation letter is required, please contact the school office for a copy.

Staffing News
This term we are delighted to welcome Mrs Santolin to English, Mr Patterson to Physical Education and Mrs Swain to Home Economics. The junior school are now enjoying weekly Home Economics lessons and we intend to offer National Courses next session.

Snow Rules
During periods of heavy snow, to minimize disruption and the risk to safety, no pupil will be allowed to leave the school building at interval. Pupils may leave at lunchtime but will only be permitted to re-enter the building through the doors closest to the Social. Parental support and reminders of this rule at home is appreciated. Thank you to all pupils for their cooperation with these new rules.

Supported Study
A reminder that all pupils who use school transport can obtain a voucher from the school office to use on the later bus following their attendance at Supported Study after school. For a list of Supported Study on offer, please see our school website.

Senior School Prelims
Thank you to all senior students for their excellent conduct throughout the prelim examination diet. Thank you also to parents and students for their understanding and forbearance during the adverse weather which resulted in some examinations being moved.


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