Five Sisters Zoo Visit
On Friday 24 th January, Five Sisters Zoo visited the school to provide an animal handling session for the school pupils. They brought a variety of animals including a python, an albino hedgehog, a gecko, cockroaches, and a tortoise. Later on in the afternoon residents from Heatherfield Nursing Home and members of Armadale Over 50's club also visited and took part in the handling session. The higher leadership class provided games of bingo and tea and coffee for the members of these groups.
All students have been issued with a letter for parents/carers outlining opportunities and expectations that will support success in examinations. The letter can be accessed here. Key features include the programme of Study Support classes, expectations around study at home, opportunities for after school library access and Parents' Evening and Reporting dates.
Armadale Academy 24hr Event
On the 14 th -15 th November, Armadale Academy Leadership class held a 24hr event, where over 200 students stayed in school overnight and did activities for 24 hours. This event takes place every year and is always used to raise money for charity. This year we raised £1,500 for Children in Need and £300 for Help for Heroes.
Everyone had loads of fun, staff and students and even those who came in from other clubs to help.
A special thank you goes out to Robin Blair from Pro-Edge Martial Arts in Bathgate, Murray Elliot (With helpers Karen Jamieson and Gilbert Jamieson ) from Balbardie Archers for helping take sessions and Coias Chip Shop, Almos and the Oriental star for providing the food for the evening.
Lastly, a massive thank you to everyone who took part and donated to the event as well as all the staff who helped to keep the night running smoothly.
Higher Leadership Class
SCOTLAND CHINA EDUCATION NETWORK (SCEN) – Youth summit, gleneagles – Wednesday 27 th november 2013
Four S6 students, accompanied by Head Teacher Campbell Hornell and Principal Teacher Curriculum (Social Studies) Jennifer Young attended the second SCEN Youth Summit at Gleneagles Hotel. SCEN exists to promote the learning of China in Scottish schools. Over 70 high schools, youth groups and organisations from across Scotland attended the summit. In addition there were also several business leaders, Mr Zhang Huazhong , the Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China, Rt. Hon. Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, President of SCEN and Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Languages. Niall Nicholson, Emma Rickis, Melissa Sneddon and Colin Waddell gave a presentation on ‘Building a Partnership – Our Story' which gave a brief account of the partnership between Armadale Academy and our partner school TEDA No 1 Middle School in Tianjin, China. All four students visited China in October and spoke firsthand about their experiences of life in China.
Free wheelin' is a leadership project taken on by myself, Scott Low, as part of my Higher Leadership course.
A group of pupils are working on old donated bikes and are repairing them. The reconditioned bikes will be given away to the Council as part of the West Lothian Appeal at Christmas.
I contacted Nick McQue, from Hooked on Cycling ( http://www.shop-hookedoncycling.co.uk/ ), the main bike store in Bathgate, who came along to the school and led a group of 8 people, showing them around the bikes and their main components.
After Nick's instruction we have already taken apart 1 bike and checked the condition of the tyres, wheels and frame. The bike has also been cleaned and is awaiting a new tyre. The group meets on Mondays.