Les Hoey MBE Dreammaker Foundation

As part of our ongoing commitment to helping our community, Hamilton Grammar School is delighted to announce a partnership with Les Hoey MBE Dreammaker Foundation.

Over the coming years we will work closely with this local charity to raise funds and provide volunteers to fulfil the dreams of children with life-limiting conditions.

On Friday 26th October we held a launch event in the school which was attended by representatives of the charity and invited guests. This event was huge success and gave our S6 and S3 volunteers the opportunity to discuss our plans for the future.

Look out of fundraising events taking place through the year!

 

Pink Day 2018

This Friday (12th) the school will be celebrating Pink Day in aid of Breast Cancer UK. Mr Sives has very kindly given us permission to have a non-uniform day. However, you must make an effort to wear something (or everything) pink (or red). You will also be asked to make a donation of at least £1 although you can donate more if you wish.

You should give your donation to your Period 1 teacher on Friday.

EMA Payment Schedule 2018-2019

The payment schedule shows the dates that EMA payments should reach pupils’ bank accounts and which weeks are covered by those payments. The full schedule can be downloaded by clicking here.

Please note;

  • Pupils will not start to receive payments until their application has been processed and they have received an acceptance letter from South Lanarkshire Council. (Application forms are available in the school office)
  • All S5/6 pupils should have completed a learning contract the induction days in May/June, which also acts as their EMA learning agreement.
  • Please note that pupils will not receive an EMA payment for a week in which they have an unexplained absence or an unacceptable number of lates. If a pupil is absent for more than a week please submit a medical certificate or doctor’s letter to their Pupil Support teacher.
  • If there is an issue with any EMA payments, pupils have been asked to speak their Pupil Support teacher in the first instance, who will check attendance for the relevant weeks.

Outdoor Gym

Over the summer we had a 2 great new additions to our PE facilities, a dance studio and an outdoor gym. We understand that it’s important for pupils to know how to use the outdoor equipment correctly, so we’ve put together a playlist of instructional videos explaining how to use each piece of equipment. Pupils will also be shown this as part of their PE lessons over the coming weeks.

Pupils applying for higher education

Parents of pupils who are applying to higher education this year, for entry in 2019, are cordially invited to a special UCAS evening for parents, and if possible pupils, where there will be a full explanation of the procedure along with the opportunity to ask questions.

The meeting will be held in the Social Area at the school, at 7pm on Wednesday 29th August.

Ms. McKenzie from the Pupil Support team will deliver a presentation on the following;

  • The UCAS form and how to complete it;
  • The crucial deadline dates which have to be met on the way;
  • The need to investigate the most appropriate courses and universities;
  • The costs incurred with different options;
  • The importance of the student’s personal statement and how this can influence a university’s decision;
  • How to prepare your son or daughter for interview.

Financial help for pupils in S5 and S6

Pupils who have reached school leaving age may be entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance – EMA.  Applications for EMA can now be made online via the link on the South Lanarkshire Council website.  This is the preferred route for applications.  The link is https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/200188/secondary_school_information/158/education_maintenance_allowance_-_financial_help_for_senior_pupils

This link also allows you to print out a copy of the application form and guidance notes.  There is a small number of forms available in the school office for applicants who are unable to complete the form online or print it out.

EMA payments depend on pupils maintaining good attendance and timekeeping as well as abiding by the conditions in their learning contract.