Apprenticeship Showcase at South Lanarkshire College

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week (6th to 10th March) some of our S3 and S4 pupils attended South Lanarkshire College’s Apprenticeship Showcase. This was an opportunity for pupils to meet with training providers and try their hands at various different trades. This included pupils gaining experience of brick laying, carpentry, hair dressing, painting and decorating to name a few. Feedback from pupils was extremely positive and this event has encouraged pupils to pursue careers within these industries

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Business Breakfast Success

At the end of February, Hamilton Grammar School hosted a Business Breakfast. This was an opportunity for the school to celebrate the links they already have with employers and create and nurture new ones. The event was also a chance for employers to come into the school and speak with young people and share their experiences of education and their personal journey to their chosen occupation. Feedback from the event was extremely positive, with employers committing to getting involved in various other activities such as mock interviews, providing work experience placements and an apprenticeship event. Pupils enjoyed sharing their experiences with employers and gained worthwhile advice on how to successfully achieve their career goals. A massive thanks to the 28 businesses that attended the event, including New Age Fitness, Colonel Mustard In The Courthouse, Elspeth Hamilton Perfumery (representing Hamilton BID), George Taylor & Co, BCF Technology, Aldi,  theSKYLAB and Slater, Hogg and Howison – to name a few.

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Friday Study School

As part of a focussed approach to enhance the learning opportunities of our pupils, we will be launching a Friday Study School Programme to support our young people beyond their timetabled learning. All pupils in S4, 5 & 6 are invited to enrol in the programme and participate on Friday afternoons in subjects of their choosing.

A letter explaining the full process was issued to pupils and a copy is available here.

The sign up links for week 1 subjects are now live. Please note the subject focus may not be available yet, please see subject teachers if this is the case.

Polli-nation

We need your help!

HGS is involved in an exciting project called Polli-nation which is tasked with adapting our school space to encourage wildlife.

We are looking for helpers during the construction phase over the next two terms. We plan to construct bug hotels and green walls filling them with plants. If you feel like you can help us please contact Mrs Michelle Colbourne at the school.

Parents’ Evening Booking System

Parents’ Evening bookings are now completed electronically; a letter explaining the booking process was handed out to all S3 pupils last week.

Booking for is open for all remaining evenings as detailed below:

 Year Group  Booking Window Parents’ Evening
 S3 23/1 6pm – 5/2 10pm  7th February
 S4 6/2 6pm –  20/2 10pm  23rd February
 S5/6  6/2 6pm – 24/2 10pm  1st March

You can make your appointments online at https://www.parents-booking.co.uk/hamiltongrammar.

Only the main emergency contact’s name will be accepted; Mr Richardson, Ms McCabe, Mrs Jones etc. If you are having difficulties please try known emergency contacts. If you are still having difficulties then please contact the school office.

A full set of instructions were also handed out and is available here.

Once you have logged in, we suggest you use the ‘Automated Booking’ wizard to make your appointments. There is a help-sheet attached or you can watch the tutorial video on the automated wizard below.

Business Breakfast

Hamilton Grammar- Open for Business!

Hamilton Grammar is hosting its’ very own Business Breakfast on Tuesday 21st February from 8:30am until 9:30am.

Why?

Addressing the action points highlighted from the Wood Report which has led to The Developing Young Workforce initiative, we are currently looking to strengthen existing links with our current business partners as well as expanding and nurturing new links. This is an exciting opportunity for local businesses to engage with the young people of Hamilton Grammar School and encourage them to pursue a career within your industry.

We realise that your time is precious and as such there is a leaflet attached which highlights various ways in which employers can enhance the experiences of our pupils as well as the benefits to yourselves.

Attending our business breakfast will be an opportunity for you to find out more and to share your ideas as to how we can continue to establish and build on our existing employer partnerships.

If you are interested in attending our event then please contact:

Miss Monica Horn via the school office.
Developing Young Workforce Lead

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