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S3 Work Experience

Last month S3 pupils went out on Work Experience to gain an insight into the World of Work. During this week, many pupils attended placements they found themselves and were able to develop their employability skills. A variety of local employers assisted with this initiative, as well as parents and other partners with the school. All pupils and staff appreciate the effort which goes in to making these placements worthwhile and meaningful for the young people involved. Below we have some of our pupils on location and on placement.

Top: Umar Hussain at Liberty Steel

Middle: Arron Findlay  at George Taylor & Co.

Bottom: Courtney Paton at New Age Fitness (Hamilton)

                                                              

Product Design Success

During this session, pupils from the Higher Design and Manufacture class were tasked with designing a new clock for the Head Teacher. This followed on from the success of last year’s competition, the standard was extremely high. After much deliberation, Mr Sives decided on Bethany Lloyd’s idea. Due to the size of Bethany’s design, The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre kindly lent a hand in the manufacturing of the final product. Pictured here is Bethany presenting the finished product to Mr Sives. On a side note, given Bethany’s creativity and talent, it will come as no surprise that she has been offered an unconditional offer to the prestigious, Glasgow School of Art to study Product Design in September! Very well done to Bethany, on both counts.

Young Enterprise Success

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“Connect” and “Survivalists,” two teams from Hamilton Grammar School recently battled it out at the Young Enterprise Lanarkshire finals

In the end the Survivalists were successful attaining the ‘Product Innovation’ award and the ‘Christmas Trade Stand’ award at the Lanarkshire finals. Receiving these awards has further enhanced the experience for the team of youngsters.

Connect also had great success this year, selling their personalised Jigsaws not only making great profit but more importantly using their product in local care homes to connect Alzheimer’s and Dementia sufferers with their families.

The initiative from Young Enterprise allows youngsters the opportunity to set up and run their own business gaining entrepreneurial experience thanks to the Company Programme.

Directors Lucy Grenfell & Matthew Miller, said “Young Enterprise was so much more successful than any of us had anticipated it would be. It gave us an opportunity to innovate and put many of our own business ideas into practice and gave us an insight into how businesses trade and challenged us to solve problems together as a team. I would recommend future pupils to get involved!”

Success at Apprenticeship Showcase!

During Scottish Apprenticeship Week a group of pupils from Hamilton Grammar School attended the annual Apprenticeship Showcase at South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride. The group took part in a number of tasks such as painting and decorating, bricklaying and joinery with students getting a feel for what some of these college courses would be like if they chose to pursue an apprenticeship upon leaving school. During the event there was a challenge to successful insert screws in the quickest time. There was a £50 i- tunes vouchers up for grabs and with the fastest time of the day, Kai De Souza of S3 took home the prize. This is the second consecutive year that Hamilton Grammar have scooped this prize. This challenge was sponsored by Thronbridge Sawmills and pictured is Kai receiving his voucher from Margaret Evans from CiTB. Congratulations, Kai!