SLC/NHS Update

Please note an update from South Lanarkshire Council this morning regarding health and safety for pupils and staff.

The council continues to liaise with NHS Public Health on advice re any concerns about the Coronavirus.

NHS Public Health advised that they are assessing each day the position and the advice being given by the WHO.   Yesterday they were looking at the impact of the virus in Italy but no cases have been diagnosed in Scotland in this regard.

The current advice for schools is to adopt good hygiene – washing hands and those with colds to do the right thing – catch it/bin it.

So far we have not been asked officially to self isolate and people who have visited Italy and who may feel ill are asked to contact their GP. 

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Working in Scotland’s Screen Industry

If interested in a Career within Scotland’s Screen Industry- see the details below about an event that may be of interest to you.

Friday, 6th of March 10.00 am to 11.30 am

Robbie Burns Suite, Doubletree Hilton Hotel

36 Cambridge St, Glasgow G2 3HN


As part of the Glasgow Film Festival Industry Focus and Scottish Apprenticeship Week, this free event will outline the range of in-demand jobs in the sector, bring insights, tips and experiences from leading industry practitioners on what they’re looking for. Learn about recruitment processes and tips for applying for jobs.

Hear from young people reflecting on their experiences of finding work in the industry. Hear about Foundation Apprenticeships in Creative Digital Media and how work-based learning in Scotland is bringing a wider, more diverse range of people into the industry.

Discover what it’s like to work in Scotland’s screen industry: working hours, conditions, pay, contracting, freelancing and progression.


This is for you if you are:

  • 14 years or over and interested in working in film & television
  • a parent or guardian with a child interested in working in film & television
  • a secondary teacher involved in teaching film & television and want to refresh your knowledge on industry careers and work routes.

There are only a 100 places for this event, so register your Eventbrite place at:



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NHS Opportunities…

We have received information on the following opportunities which will be advertised soon with the NHS….

  • Life Sciences – Modern Apprentice Biomedical Support Workers (Medical Laboratory Assistants)


  • Engineering  (Electronic Engineering) – Modern Apprentice Clinical Technologists (Medical and Clinical Physics)


  • Procurement – Modern Apprentice Procurement Assistants (Commodities)


  • Pharmacy Services – Modern Apprentice Pharmacy Technicians


  • Dental Nursing – Modern Apprentice Trainee Dental Nurses


  • Business Administration – Modern Apprentice Administrative Assistants and Clerical Officers


This list is not yet complete and other opportunities may be added as the year progresses.

In addition they will also be working with a number of partners to deliver pre employment training programmes for Health Care Support Workers (Nursing Assistant/Auxiliary Nurses) and Support Services (Domestic Staff) in various locations.

All of these opportunities will  go live and will be advertised on their Webpages –


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S5/6? Interested in a Career in Engineering?

South Lanarkshire Council are looking to recruit 2 Graduate Apprentice Civil Engineers. This is an incredible opportunity for a young person due to be leaving school in May 2020. This could be an alternative option for a student who has already applied to University for an Engineering discipline or for a capable student who is more interested in work based learning.


The Graduate Apprenticeship is a 4 year blended learning opportunity. During this time the students will be working for South Lanarkshire Council’s Roads and Transportation Resource getting hands on, practical work experience. They will study at Glasgow Caledonian University to gain a BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering (Environmental Civil Engineering) and after graduation they will be able to gain the qualification of IEng with an industry professional body. The starting salary for this position is £20,876 per year.

There is a minimum entry requirement for candidates interested in this role.

  • 4 SQA Highers (ABBB) –

Maths (Essential)

Physics, Technological Studies or Engineering Studies (One of these)

2 other Highers (one of which could be a Foundation Apprenticeship).

1 of the Highers above should be at A

A Foundation Apprenticeship is accepted as equivalent to one higher as part of the overall grade profile of Highers required for entry.  Any essential subjects at Higher should still be achieved in addition to the Foundation Apprenticeship

If you meet the entry requirements and would like to apply, please register your interest along with your name, school and contact telephone number to Gail Russell no later than Wednesday 26th February at

You will then be invited to an information session and provided with instructions on how to apply.

Once we have all expressions of interest we will host an information evening for students and their parents/carers.

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Opportunities in the Navy!

Clyde Marine Training are a Merchant Navy Training provider offering a variety of opportunities to train either a Deck, Engine or Electro Technical officer. There is some information about these opportunities below.

Deck Officer Info Engineer Info ETO Info

Engineer Info ETO Info

Engineer Info


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S4 Pupils Volunteering

Since late October, a group of 10 pupils in S4 have been developing their employability skills through volunteering at Lornebank Nursing home every Thursday. Accompanied by Miss Kelly, these pupils have been building positive relationships with the staff and residents. These pupils will continue their placements until exam leave. This has been a fantastic opportunity and has allowed the school to develop new, meaningful links within the community.                                                           

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Morgan Stanley – Technology Apprentice Open Evening

Morgan Stanley are hosting an open evening at their office in Glasgow on Wednesday 19th February for pupils who may be interested in our Technology Graduate Apprenticeship, there is a  flyer with additional details and the link to register which is also below:



Their Operations, Technology and Finance Programmes are still accepting applications and there is some additional information below:


Morgan Stanley Glasgow: Technology Apprenticeship Programme 2020


  • 4 year Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Development BSc (Hons) delivered in partnership with Strathclyde University
  • 4 Higher Grades at BBBB, 1 of either Maths or Computing or Physics plus Nat 5 English
  • Open for applications, deadline 1st March 2020


Application Link:



Morgan Stanley Glasgow: Finance Apprenticeship Programme 2020  


  • 3 year programme taken in line with study for the ACCA Foundation Diploma
  • Expectation to progress onto Analyst Level and complete ACCA Professional Qualification
  • 4 Higher Grades at BBBC (1 sitting) or 4 Higher Grades at BBBB (2 sittings) or equivalent including Maths and English
  • Open for applications, deadline 1st March 2020


Application Link:


Morgan Stanley Glasgow: Operations Apprenticeship Programme 2020 *NEW*


  • 4 year Graduate Apprenticeship in  BA (Hons) Business Management in partnership with Strathclyde University
  • 4 Higher Grades at BBBB, including English and Maths
  • Open for applications, deadline 1st March 2020


Application Link:



All programmes start September 2020 and are based at our Glasgow Office, 122 Waterloo Street.


Any further questions, see Miss Horn!

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Fair Start Jobs Event- Wednesday 5th February

There will be a Jobs Fair being held on Wednesday 5th February at Cadzow Parish Church in Hamilton. It will be open from 10am to 12pm.

This is a Fair Start event and we will be looking to offer a Fair Start to everyone coming through the door and will are open to everyone to come along.

Pop along if you feel this may be of use to you!

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Twitter Accounts

Our official twitter account for information is @OfficialHGS.

We also have twitter accounts from a range of faculties and initiatives across the school. These accounts provide regular updates and opportunities within specific faculties.

We would appreciate your support in following these accounts.

@TripHGS – The official account for trip updates.

@hgs_dyw – Sharing opportunities for developing our young workforce.

@hgs_study – Study tips and techniques.

@performartsHGS – All things Performing Arts.

@maths_hgs – Updates from our Maths faculty.

@STEM_hgs – Updates from all STEM subjects.

@ScienceHGS – Updates from our Science faculty.

@hgs_art – All things Art & Design faculty.

@socsubsHGS – Updates from our Social Subjects faculty.

@homeechgs – Updates from our Home Economics department.

@hgs_ict – All updates from the ICT faculty.

@PEHGS – Updates from our PE department.

@MVPHGS – Updates from our MVP team.

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S3 Parents’ Evening

Thank you to all our parents and pupils who attended our S3 Parents’ Evening last night. It was great to see and have the chance to discuss progress with so many of you. Furthermore. it was especially nice to receive so many positive comments about the staff and the school during the evening. Rest assured we will continue to work in partnership with you to try and achieve the best posible outcomes for our youngsters.

Similarly, if you raised any concerns then these will be passed on and shared with the relevant colleagues this morning and you should hear back from us in due course. 

In the meantime, we would appreciate it if you could take the time to complete our S3 Parental Questionnaire:

S3 Parental Questionaire

Please remember the that pupils will have an options interview with their Pupil Support Teacher next week who will discuss their option choices for next year and either enter them into the system or advise the pupil to come home to discuss their options further at home.  All forms should be returned to the school by Friday 24th January to allow them to be included in the timetabling process.  Any late options increase the risk of the school being unable to fulfil pupil option requests.

Colin MacLeod
Depute Head Teacher
S3 Year Head

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