This years’ HPV vaccinations will take place on Thursday 30th January. This year the vaccination is being given to all pupils (girls and boys) in S1. Girls in S2 will receive their second dose of the vaccine. S1 pupils have been issued with their consent forms and should return these to the school office as soon as possible.
We have been told that there will be a catch-up session later this year for girls in other year groups who have missed the vaccination and for anyone who misses the vaccination on the 30th.
More information on the HPV vaccination programme can be found at the following link;
This week marks the start of the S3 into S4 options process where pupils will receive their options forms during their PSE class. The form will be taken home to parents/carers for discussion and completion. To assist in this process pupils will have received their latest tracking report prior to the holidays and the S3 Parent’s Evening will be held on Wednesday 15th January. The Parent’s Evening obviously provides an opportunity for you to discuss any course choice options with the teachers or pupil support teacher.
As further support, each pupil will meet with their Pupil Support Teacher for an interview to discuss their options during the week commencing Monday 20th January with all options interviews and the deadline for the return of all forms no later than Friday 24th January.
Each year there are particular combinations of subjects that are not viable on an options form. Where applicable, you are encouraged to use the space provided on the options form and we will endeavour to fulfil these choices too.
Any late submission of options forms may affect the availability of certain subjects so please consider carefully your choices and ensure that you return the form on time.
A downloadable version of the form and the National 4 and National 5 course descriptor booklets are available from the Learner Pathways Information page of this website.
New for this year is the Applications of Mathematics National 4 and 5 course aimed at Pupils who want a National 4/5 Mathematics qualification but who will not require a knowledge Quadratics or Algrebra as well as a National 4 and 5 course in the Health Sector that will be offered by the science faculty. Please check with the Mathematics Department or Science Faculty on the suitability of these courses for your child’s progression pathway before selecting these.
A great opportunity with Specsavers has been sent in….
The Modern Apprenticeship in Optical Practice Support is suitable for those working in an optical
assistant role. Candidates will work towards gaining a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at SCQF Level 5.
The qualification is work based, allowing candidates to develop new skills and accredit their experience with a nationally recognised qualification. The Modern Apprenticeship/SVQ will also provide candidates with the opportunity to build a career with a range of future opportunities.
Establish and maintain working relationships in an optical practice
Provide optical information and advice
Maintain records in an optical practice
Sell optical products
Provide optical services
Contribute to health and safety in an optical practice
Candidates will work towards building their e-portfolio with full support being provided by
Rewards Training throughout their Modern Apprenticeship.
The e-portfolio allows candidates to easily submit work and communicate with their assessor. Assessor contact will rotate between remote and face to face visits to support the work-based learning and assignments. Progress will be reviewed at visits and we will seek the managers’ input and feedback as part of this.
This qualification takes 12 – 18 months to complete depending on experience.
Over the last couple of weeks, 20 pupils from S6 have formed a cluster group with pupils from St John Ogilvie HS to work with tutors from Glasgow University on the Widening Participation Top- Up Program. This will allow them to complete an academic study program over 5 sessions and a campus day early next year. Pupils have been working hard during these sessions and are looking forward to completing this program next year.
Over the last month, 35 S3 pupils have worked with the S5 My World of Work Ambassadors. They have explored career aspirations, options choices and career pathways upon leaving Hamilton Grammar. This will allow these pupils to make better choices during the options process and have developed their confidence in their career goals!
In the ESU Senior Public Speaking Competition at the High School of Glasgow, Rebecca Grainger dusted down her Morrison Cup-winning speech from June and produced another great performance to reach the 2nd round ahead of pupils from Wellington School, Bearsden Academy and HSOG. A big thank you to Mrs Mackenzie for her help with preparation and planning.
Meanwhile over at Uddingston Grammar, S4 pupils Laura Ford and Faith Downie were the youngest competitiors and had to speak twice (when one team pulled out) but produced an impressive set of performances to storm into the 2nd round of the prestigious Donald Dewar Debating Competition.
Our S2 Parents’ Evening takes place on Wednesday 4th December.
Parents’ Evening bookings are now completed electronically; a letter explaining the booking process was handed out to S2 pupils on Friday. The booking system opens at 6pm on Friday 22nd November and all appointments must be booked by 8pm on Tuesday 3rd December at the latest. We recommend you book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
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.