May Newsletter

Dynamic Earth

Another successful trip to Dynamic Earth with S3 learning about our origins, the diversity of life on earth, super volcanoes and urban effects of earthquakes. An excellent mixture of active learning and 4D experiential learning.

Right of the Month
Pennies for PLUS
The Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 23, states that:
“A child with a disability has the right to a full and decent life in conditions that promote dignity, independence and an active role in the community.”
The Rights Respecting Group would, again this year, like to help our local charity, PLUS, who offer support to children and young people (and their families) living with a disability. All Form classes will receive a PLUS donation box this term – please contribute any spare change to the box.

Music Tuition 2018/19
Applications for Music tuition within the Stirling Council Scheme are now available on the Stirling Council Website at
As last year, application forms are online which we hope will make the process easier and we have extended the application period. Applications should be submitted by 10 August 2018.Tuition is available in Strings, Piano, Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Bagpipes, Chanter, Pipe Band Drumming, Percussion (from S1) and Voice (from S1).Applicants will be assessed during the first two weeks of term in August and places allocated thereafter. Please note, pupils currently receiving music tuition do NOT need to re-apply, but should complete the annual update form which will be issued shortly. Any queries should be directed to

SQA Examinations
We wish our senior students every success in this year’s SQA Examinations. This is the time of year when attendance at Supported Study and more recently our Saturday and Easter Holiday Masterclasses really pays off. Well done to all our young people for their hard work all year. Good luck in all of your examinations!

There are plans to introduce a new Bannockburn High School jumper/cardigan for session 2018-19. This has been agreed with both the Pupil and Parent Councils. Further details to follow on what is required for the new uniform and how to order.

Breakfast at School
All Bannockburn High School pupils can buy breakfast in the school canteen from 8.30am onwards. From now on any young person who accesses free school meals can also get their breakfast in school free of charge. Pupils should use their card as normal to access this service. If you think you may qualify for Free School Meals, a form will be included with the June newsletter. If you have any questions about any aspect of the form please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Youngwummin Project
Five youth projects across Scotland, including 10 young women from Bannockburn High School have been researching the role Scottish women helped played during the First World War, paving the way for women’s right to equality. Young women from Bannockburn High have been working alongside the Stirling Youth Team researching a range of themes such as gender inequality that still resonate with today and how the role of women during WW1 changed and helped shape the role of women in today’s society. As part of Year of Young People 2018 and the centenary of World War One, Youngwummin is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) in Scotland. This project has provided young people with an opportunity to explore women’s history and support them to conduct research on the impact of the war on young women in Scotland. This project will culminate with a launch night at the National Library of Scotland where members of public can view all of the research and findings produced by the young people.

A team of female members of staff have entered this year’s 5k Race for Life, to be held at Stirling University on Sunday 13th May 2018. We will be running/walking in memory of loved ones who have lost their lives, are survivors of, or are currently fighting cancer head on. Please support our efforts by contributing a small donation or coming along to the event to cheer us on.

S1 Race for the Line Regionals
This competition is intended to inspire tomorrow's engineers and scientists with a national rocket car racing competition involving around 70,000 Year 7 / S1 students in England, Scotland and Wales.

Visiting Rocketeer teams from the competition's Navy, Army, RAF and Academic partners visited schools to facilitate an at-school race day to identify the team/s for the Regional Finals that are held at 35 Forces bases around the country. A number of S1 pupils represented the school at the regional event in Glasgow. This is a UK wide event this year and is linked to the Bloodhound rocket car. Glasgow City College kindly hosted the event and facilitated the day.
S2 Reports to Parents
Friday 4 May
May Holiday
School closes: Friday 4 May, 3.05pm
School reopens: Tuesday 8 May, 9am

S1 Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 9 May, 3.15pm

S3 Parents’ Evening
Thursday 17 May, 3.15pm

Contact Details:
Tel: 01786 813519
Twitter: @BannockburnHigh

Groupcall Xpressions App Reminder
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.

Staffing News
This term we say goodbye to Mrs Janice Stirling our Pool Attendant and wish her well for her forthcoming maternity leave.

Farewell to Senior Students
Last week we said goodbye to an outstanding group of S6 students. They enjoyed an afternoon of activities and a farewell lunch. This year’s S6 are a credit to their families and the school and we wish them every success in the future. We also wish any S5 leavers the very best of luck and thank them for the contributions they have made to Bannockburn High School.

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