News from the schools

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Balfron High

Comenius Project - two teachers’ trip to Belgium marks the end of a two year multi-partnership Comenius project.

Douglas Bell and Corinne Anderson (below) from Balfron High School met their colleagues from other EU schools (based in Poland, Germany, France, Italy and Belgium) in the Lycée Technique Saint Joseph in Comines in Belgium last week.

The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate and report on the work undertaken by the students of their school on a two year project: ‘Tourism and Trade in Europe, Let’s Go Sustainable’.

Balfron High pupils started work on the project in the autumn of 2010. Some 23 pupils researched the topic, compared and exchanged information with their European partners.

They used Skype, e-mails and eTwinning to communicate and met during international meetings in Challans (France), Balfron (Scotland), Naples (Italy), Gniezno (Poland) and Diez (Germany). They also involved the whole school and the community with their work.

On February 29 Balfron High Comenius students organised a local trade day when the school opened its doors to local business and the local community.

More can be found on the Comenius project on the Balfron High school website:

S3 mathematics excursion to Blackpool Pleasure Beach - a large number of S3 pupils went to Blackpool Pleasure Beach last week to see how their classroom mathematics studies can be applied to the design and workings of the rides.

Pupils had to sample the amusements and then record the relevant mathematical details and calculations. A good day was had by all.

Linguascope Linguatrivia modern language quiz - this year S1 pupils (above) took part for the first time in the annual Linguascope Linguatrivia modern language quiz, competing against fellow students from across the UK.

The quiz involved answering 50 challenging multiple choice questions, all in French, on topics such as vocabulary, grammar, geography, history and culture and everyone who took part put in a good performance, showing off a wide range of knowledge and skills. Each pupil received a certificate and a range of fun prizes.

Here’s what Emily Watson and Liam Cassidy of 1L2 had to say about the event: “Linguatrivia was a really good experience for us to learn things that we wouldn’t know have known.

“If we didn’t know a question, we might see a word that we knew and could work out the sentence from there.”

Kelvinside Academy

ALL are invited to go along to the school’s open day on Friday, June 8 from 3pm to 6pm.

Junior One went to visit Kelburn Country Park recently. Their topic this term is ‘Fairyland’ and they had great fun exploring the secret forest.The children enjoyed looking for the houses in the woods and deciding which fairytale characters lived there. It was a busy day filled with exercise, fresh air and fun together.

Congratulations to Mackenzie Brown (S3) and Heather Louden (S3) who have been selected for the West District Under 15 Hockey Team. They will represent West at the inter-district tournament on Sunday at Peffermill, Edinburgh.

School Diary: Friday – half term.

Wednesday – cricket, 1st XI v XL club at home. Glasgow Academy SP cricket tournament is from 9.30am to 5pm.

Thursday – J5 visit Arthur’s Seat and the Scottish Parliament.

THE High School of Glasgow Junior School class diary:

The school is on holiday Monday and Tuesday for half-term and the Queen’s Jubilee.

Wednesday - Gayle Clark will visit Kindergarten in the morning for storytelling. Junior 6 pupils will spend the morning at the Senior School for their Transitus induction. At lunchtime Junior 1 pupils will be joined by their parents for a ‘Come and Try’ lunch.

Thursday - there are instrumental mini concerts all day.

Friday - the monthly drop-in coffee day will be from 8.30am to 10am, 11.30am to 12.30pm and 2.15pm to 3pm. Junior 2 pupils visit Muirshiel Country Park and Junior 6 pupils give a drama presentation to their parents.

Saturday - Junior 6 cricket (A&B) are away in the morning to George Watston’s College.

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THE High School of Glasgow class diary:

Saturday - the Scottish Schools’ Relay and Pentathlon Championships are going to be held in Grangemouth.

Monday - holiday

Tuesday - holiday

Wednesday - S5 return to school. Junior Sports day semi-finals. Junior 6 and New Transitus Pupils Visit School in the morning. In the afternoon, senior house cricket and netball competitions take place.

Thursday - S6 leavers’ course begins. Transitus Sports Day semi-finals and Glasgow Academy Cricket 6’s competition. Team and group photographs are going to be taken from 11.45am until 3pm. There is an U13 Boys, U15 boys & girls tennis fixture v Hutchesons’ Grammar (A) in the afternoon.

Friday - Scottish Schools’ track & field athletics championships, Grangemouth Dof Edinburgh Award Silver Qualifying Venture, Mull, departs (until June 11).