Number 65 June 2012
THE GLASGOW ACADEMY Founded 1845
newslines Most Innovative Company
In the recent Glasgow Area Young Enterprise Awards, The Academy’s Young Enterprise Company ‘APPtitude’ was presented with the award for The Most Innovative Company. The Sixth Year company came up with the idea for a Glasgow Academy ‘App’ to allow parents and pupils to access information about the school through their smartphones. Special congratulations to Douglas Sinclair (S6) who was awarded a distinction in Young Enterprise after his outstanding performance in the Young Enterprise exam. Photograph: (l to r) Thomas Berger, Douglas Sinclair,Tim McAlpine-Scott and Andrew Morris with the trophy for Most Innovative Company, 2012
New climbing wall… for children who want to reach higher!
Below: A couple of happy pupils try out the new climbing wall
We are delighted with the new traverse wall in the Prep playground – a great asset to our Outdoor Education facilities. The pupils who tried it shortly after it was finished certainly gave it the thumbs up. Congratulations to Timothy Miller (S4), Melissa Sleigh (S3) and Andrew Halliday (S3) on being selected for the Glasgow Youth Climbing Team. Timmy’s age category was hotly contested and he did excellently to be amongst the best new comers; meanwhile Melissa and Andrew were probably the most relaxed in their approach and were delighted to be offered places. All three attend weekly training sessions and are progressing well. They will now have the opportunity of entering some of the many youth competitions in Scotland. 1
Four have fun in Madrid On Thursday 9 February, four students and two teachers set off to Madrid for five nights. The flight landed late at night but – despite the late hour and the lastminute change of accommodation – the sights and atmosphere still captured our attention. Attending the school ‘Colegio Virgen de Atocha’ on the Friday and Monday gave us a first-hand insight into some of the Spanish language and culture that we experienced throughout the trip and we were able to get to know our Spanish buddies – Ainara, Lydia, Ana and Cristina – who acted as excellent tour guides, allowing us to experience the dynamic city from a native’s point of view. During the trip we also visited many interesting sites including the Reina Sofia, Thyssen Bornemisza and Prado galleries, the Museo Americano, Rastro market, Palacio Real and the Retiro Park – and, of course, you cannot visit Madrid without a trip to the new Abercrombie! The experience was unlike any other and one which we will never forget. Fue la leche! Hannah Hood, Brodie Hunter, Kate Jackson and Heather McKimmie
February in Marseille
During the February half-term break 15 Glasgow Academy S3 and S4 pupils participated in the first leg of an exchange with Ecole de Provence in Marseille. The pupils were hosted in the homes of their exchange partners and were able to experience French school life as well as enjoying a variety of cultural trips and activities. As Katie Snedden of S3 says: ‘I enjoyed Marseille when I went there in the February week. My correspondent,Victoria, was really nice and we got on well and I enjoyed staying with her family because I got to experience the French way of life... I had a really good time there and I am excited about Victoria coming here in June.’ We look forward to welcoming two girls from St Margaret’s School in Chile in September. The girls will be hosted by Advanced Higher students Heather McKimmie and Kate Jackson who will then have the opportunity to spend a month at St Margaret’s School in Chile in the summer of 2013. One of the cultural activities that everyone particularly enjoyed was making French chocolates!
Lily’s Great TGA Bake-off Like many of our pupils, Sixth Year pupil Lily Mortimer (left) is planning to use her gap year between school and university doing something useful. In her case, she’s going to get involved in a teaching project in Rwanda with an organisation called Project Trust working, volunteering and living as a member of the local community. To raise some much-needed funds, she had the inspired idea of challenging her teachers and fellow pupils to a charity bake-off - raising £150 in the process. As Lily said: ‘The project carries an element, at the very least, of teaching local pupils, which is particularly significant as education is a crucial area for attention in Rwanda’s development. I am thoroughly looking forward to taking on the voluntary work, and to experiencing a new way of life in a new country.’ Stop Press: We have just heard that Lily has been awarded a prestigious Bulkley-Evans HMC Scholarship of £400 towards the cost of her trip - a thoroughly well-deserved award.
The Hunger Games On Friday 30 March, five members of staff, ninetyeight excited S2 and S3s and one very excited Mrs Adams attended The Grosvenor Cinema for a private screening of The Hunger Games, the hotly-anticipated film of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel. Two hours and twenty minutes later, we emerged into bright Glasgow sunshine, some wiping away tears, all with hearts racing. The walk back to school was spent discussing our tactics for surviving in the arena. If there were any pupils or staff who hadn’t read the books, they will now! The English Department is already planning the trip to see the next film in the trilogy, even though it hasn’t yet been made!
Chemistry pupils promote The Academy
The pupils did an outstanding job of promoting projects with which they have been associated.
Rebecca Sowden, of the Chemistry Department, has become a Royal Academy of Engineering Teacher Coordinator and over the next three years will be establishing a Teacher Network in Glasgow. In particular, this will target schools in less affluent areas. The aim is to promote the excellent practice of The Glasgow Academy’s Chemistry Club, Thales Engineering Club and innovative collapsed timetable days, alongside materials developed by the Royal Academy of Engineering and other teachers in the network. The first meeting was held at The Glasgow Academy on Monday 23 April and was well attended. The pupils invited did an outstanding job of promoting their projects including Young Engineers and Science Clubs, Science Connects and STEM Ambassadors.
The ‘Gruffalo’ lady At the end of April we were delighted to welcome to the Prep School Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo. After an extremely energetic assembly in which she enlisted staff help for a reenactment of The Gruffalo, Julia then gave P3 writing workshops and visited her many fans in Kindergarten. After lunch with the staff, she spent the afternoon signing her books for older pupils. Mrs Donaldson has generously lent her name to the Julia Donaldson Vase, a creative writing prize for Prep School pupils.
Readathon 2012 Pupils in S1 English classes have recently taken part in our annual Readathon, a sponsored read in aid of two children’s charities: Sargent Cancer Care for Children and The Roald Dahl Foundation. Both charities help children in Scotland who are ill with cancer, leukaemia and other blood disorders, epilepsy or acquired brain injury. Our pupils have raised the fantastic sum of £2,155.91 and are to be congratulated on their brilliant effort. Well done, everyone! Atholl P3 pupils reclining to eat their lunch Roman-style as part of their project on the Romans.
Going the extra mile at Dairsie At the end of the Spring Term Dairsie supported Sport Relief. After measuring the ‘long run’ in the playground, Dairsie Enterprise group worked out that 17 laps made a mile. Each class from Nursery to P4 agreed to ‘Run a Class Mile’ – in other words the children ran laps relay style. All staff joined in too! In the words of Mrs McKnight, ‘It was a great morning. All classes joined in with gusto and – though rather chilly – we soon warmed up! Everyone paid £1 and the twist was we all had to wear pyjamas! In total, we ran seven miles and raised £115 for Sport Relief.’
The sunny late March weather was reflected inside the Cargill Hall towards the end of the Easter Term. This year’s Prep School show, entitled Ye-Ha, was a re-telling of any John Wayne western you care to recall – with the addition of catchy songs, devilish one-liners and an array of the usual characters one would expect to find in a Wild West town. The early spring warmth radiated from two full houses of appreciative guests, family members and friends and the colour was provided by the staging and, especially, the costumes. Once again, the team work of the Prep School – of staff and pupils working in harmony – was evident for all to see.
Signing off with a win! Many congratulations to the girls of the 1st XI who pulled off a famous victory in the West District Hockey Sevens Championships on 21 March. Having come through the group stages convincingly, the girls beat Hutchesons’ Grammar in the semi-final before dispatching High School of Glasgow 2-0 in the final. Team captain, Karin Belch, commented: ‘This was Mrs Crawford’s last tournament in charge of us before she retires this summer and we were keen to win it for her. We’re so glad we did. She’s been wonderful!’ West Hockey winners
Jillian’s our Olympic girl! Sixth Year pupil Jillian Hamilton has been chosen to carry the Olympic torch for part of its journey across Scotland. Jillian, who is planning to study medicine next year, was nominated in recognition of all the hard work she does at weekends in a care home. She will be carrying the torch in Bridge of Allan on Wednesday 13 June.
The Hockey and the Glory! This year’s Craigholme Hockey Festival saw the two P6 teams from Glasgow Academy steal the show. Both teams won all of their matches and there was only one goal scored against them making them truly worthy champions. What a super gift to present to Mrs Crawford in this her retirement year. Mrs Crawford told the girls that she had not had such a good P6 team since the year Laura Bartlett was in P6. We shall watch this space!
Tennis girls’ winning ways… For the sixth time in seven years, Glasgow Academy’s tennis girls have won the High School of Glasgow’s Tennis Tournament. Pitted against against teams from High School, St Columba’s, Wellington, Hutchesons’, Lomond, Jordanhill and Craigholme, The Academy girls played a total of 21 matches in an action-packed morning. They won no fewer than 17 matches and lost only two – a remarkable performance by any standard! Congratulations to all of them on an another excellent result. Abigail Stevenson (S5) and Bethany Gallagher (S4) – Over 15 couple; Rosa Spinney (S3) and Alex Mennie (S3) – Under 15 couple; and Morna Sinclair (S1) and Emma Forrest (P6) – Under 13 couple.
Prizewinners For two Academy boys, the weekend of 12/13 May was a special one as each won major championships in different sports. Iain Fletcher (P7) won gold medal in the 100m butterfly at the West of Scotland championships in Dumfries. That – and six silver medals in the same championship – helped him reach the Scotland number 1 ranking for 100m and 200m butterfly for boys aged 11. Meanwhile in Glasgow, Colin Taylor (P6) – pictured above with his trophy – won the Scottish Under 11 badminton doubles championship. Many congratulations to both boys.
Lyle starts the season in style! Congratulations to Lyle Hill (S5) who scored a magnificent 179 runs in the first cricket match of the season for The Academy’s 1st XI. The innings by last year’s Scotland Under-17 captain lit up New Anniesland and helped The Academy to a 213-run victory over Lomond School from Helensburgh. Lyle scored the runs off just 80 balls, hitting nine fours and an amazing 17 sixes as he dominated during his side’s innings of 258 all out. Some of the sixes he hit were so big that the ball smashed off the clubhouse roof a couple of times and even dislodged a slate. In reply, The Academy fielded well to bowl Lomond out for 45. Master in charge of cricket, Gregor Wood, said: ‘It was a brilliant innings by a talented young cricketer. Hopefully Lyle can continue in that form. The way that he was hitting the ball he must have been seeing it in slow motion and the guys are all looking forward to the rest of the season now. They are working hard and have great heart.’
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A fine finale! Congratulations to the boys of P7 who won the St Columba’s Prep 7 Rugby Tournam ent in March. It mad ea fitting conclusi on to what has been an excellent season .
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Migration and Empire Mr Simon Wood, Head of History and Modern Studies, has just published another book. This time it’s a textbook for Higher History.
24 Hour Sports 2011/12 Danae Constantine, Suhaib Siddiqui and Pamela Sandford – all S6 – presenting a cheque for £2277.55 to a representative from Hope and Homes for Children. Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s 24 Hour Sports event and raised this magnificent sum.
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