Skylab Aeronautics Workshop

Earlier on in the session, The Skylab worked with nearly 200 pupils across S2 and S3. The purpose of this workshop was to demonstrate the “Science of Flight” to pupils and allow them to make their own model planes. They were given tutorials in how to fly these planes and learned some of the facts surrounding the science which makes flight possible. This was also beneficial in raising the profile of STEM based careers within the school. Representatives from The Skylab commented on the level of engagement from pupils involved and as seen in the pictures, pupils seemed to enjoy flying their planes.

                                                                                                                              

 

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Business Breakfast 2018

Another successful networking opportunity was held within the school at the beginning of September. Much like previous year, the Business Breakfast was supported by a range of partners. This provided pupils with an opportunity to develop their communication skills and also learn more about their desired occupations. Employers were impressed by the high quality conversations and the overall confidence of the senior pupils involved. Special thanks again to the many employers for volunteering their valuable time to supporting our event. New Age Fitness, Asda, Aldi, Tiger Ltd and EkGTA, just some of those who were able to attend.

                                                    

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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.

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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.
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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.

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S1 & S2 Numeracy Group

Our brand new Count On Me after school numeracy group is starting  on Tuesday 18th September for S1, and Thursday 27th September for S2.

If you need a bit of extra support with your numeracy then please come along.

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Eco Flag Success

Hamilton Grammar School are delighted to announce that they have been awarded Eco School status for another two years. This is the school’s 7th Green Flag award which is a first for secondary schools in South Lanarkshire Council and only one of four secondary schools in the whole of Scotland to reach this achievement.

The award would not be possible without the hard work of the Eco Club, Community Committee and our parent partners as well as the continued effort of the pupils and staff.

Well done to everyone involved!

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NHS Lanarkshire NEXTGEN Careers Information Event

For S2-6 pupils

 

If you are interested in any NHS careers see the event below. These are drop in sessions that you can head along to. See Miss Aitken (science) or Miss Horn (tech) if  you need any more information.

 

Title –                          NHS Lanarkshire NEXTGEN Careers Information Event – South and North Lanarkshire Schools

Date –                          Thursday 6th September 2018

Start/finish time –      Drop in session from 4.30pm to 7.00pm

Location –                   Medical Education Training Centre, Kirklands, Fallside Road, Bothwell, G71 8BB – Tel: 01698 855610

 

NHS NEXTGEN CAREERS Flyer from DYW

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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.
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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.

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