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BELLAHOUSTON ACADEMY
Parent/Carer Newsletter
June 2014
Our Careers Advisor, Alison Phillips is in school
throughout the holidays. Please email her in
advance if you would like an appointment through
the holidays. Alison.phillips_at_sds.co.uk Alison
can help with applications, college information,
careers advice, interview preparations etc.
Remember to also access http//www.myworldofwork.c
o.uk
Thumbs up from the Heedie
Theres certainly plenty of news to report this
month as we moved towards the end of term. The
SQA exams ran very smoothly, the Chief
Invigilator commenting upon the exemplary
behaviour and attitude of all pupils. Successful
trips returned from Paris, the Belgian
battlefields of World War One and Iona, the
latter now in its 26th year. Our New Intake
pupils enjoyed a full day in school at the end of
May, as did current P6 pupils. At the start of
June, we began our new timetable and all of the
complicated arrangements came together very
effectively. Our day-long Sports and Health Day
took place in glorious sunshine on the 18th of
June, with the whole school coming together for a
day of activities. Finally, our new Captaincy
Team of Zahrah Khan and Sean Neil as Girls and
Boys Captains, with Rebecca McIlroy and Ami
Sheridan, as Vice-Captains and Nathan Kevan as
Lead Prefect was appointed and I have high
expectations of them. SCHOOL RETURNS AT 8.50
a.m. ON WEDNESDAY 13TH AUGUST I hope that all
parents and carers have a relaxing summer holiday.
A number of Bellahouston pupils took part in the
Respectme Anti-Bullying focus group meeting this
week. Pupils were asked about a number of
scenarios and highlighted the excellent work the
ABC committee have been doing this year to tackle
bullying related issues in Bella. Well done to
Craig Stewart  2H Sukhmani Kaur  2H Chivonne
Davidson  2E Rokas Venskus 2E Megan Pennie
3A Louise Bain 3H Taylor McVicor 4D Sueryia Aziz
4D Zoya Khan 4H Rebecca McIlroy 6H Nathan Kevan 6D
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
concerned citizens can change world Margaret
Mead
www.respectme.org.uk
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Seniors complete Brookfield Project
A group of our senior pupils took part in the
Brookfield Project that was set up by Brookfield
Multiplex. Brookfield are responsible for the
design and construction of the New South Glasgow
Hospital. Our pupils were given the task of
comparing Brookfield Multiplex, who managed to
save 20 million in building the new Southern
General Hospital, with other construction
companies across the globe. The group carried out
their research and worked closely with different
members of staff within Brookfield Multiplex and
then presented their findings to a panel of
judges at Pollok Country House. They were
fortunate enough to visit the site of the New
Hospital before its grand opening in 2015 and
have learned lots about the projects. The group
gave an excellent presentation and represented
the school exceptionally well. We are very
proud of each of them for taking advantage of
this opportunity and giving it their best.
Pictured with one of the judges Gordon Strachan
are Abdul Rafiq, Victoria Cruickshank, Sheroz
Mahmood, Khalil Khan, Fatima Aftab, Zubda Asif
and Gbemisola Adesanya pictured with judge,
Gordon Strachan.
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On Thursday 27th March pupils in the S4 Media
class were among 30,000 across the UK who took
part in the BBC News School Report day. The
Commonwealth Games, exam stress and the school
prom were just some of the stories they tackled
as part of their TV news round up. Some of the
pupils also worked with the BBC L.A.B. project to
create a sports bulletin about the Glasgow School
of Sport which is available online and also
featured on the BBC News School Report TV channel
on the day itself.   In addition to this, some of
the pupils worked with L.A.B. Scotland to make an
audio slideshow about the Commonwealth Games
venues while others interviewed organisers of the
Commonwealth Games. Well done to all the pupils
in the S4 Media class! For more information
check out   http//www.bbc.co.uk/schoolreport/244
59723 
Media Madness in the Literacy Communication
Faculty!
This summer Bellahouston Academy pupils Saffron
Dickson, Shawnie Wright, Gary Hannah and Morgan
McKinnon will be taking part in Glasgow Lifes
Future News project.   Following their
participation in a conference at the Mitchell
Library in April students are being prepared to
help take on a number of reporting opportunities,
many of which will focus on this years
Commonwealth Games.   Glasgow Lifes Gary Condie
has provided many fantastic opportunities for our
young people which they have been keen to take
up.   The Radio Clyde Determined to Report
project gave Morgan McKinnon, Rahma Mohammed,
Liam Dixon, Shannon Moore and Shawnie Wright the
chance to work with journalists, presenters and
producers. The feedback we received suggested
that they had greatly impressed all those they
had encountered.   Miss Douglas class efforts
on this years BBC School Report can be seen on
our school websites News and Events
section.   We hope Bellahouston Academy pupils
are as keen in this coming year to grab these
opportunities when they become available.   With
so many Media production companies in our local
area this is a great way of gaining experience
that will help with future job applications.
https//www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid11
157 for more details.
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Faculty of Health Wellbeing
Sports Leaders have been busy this year with
weekly placements at our local Primary schools.
The group worked hard all year learning how to
deliver PE lessons to the various year groups
they were working with and had a great
experience. In June, the Primary 6 and 7 pupils
then visited Bellahouston Academy for their
transition visits. In the afternoon, they had a
chance to put their training to the test in the
Commonwealth Challenge. Well done to our winners
pictured with their new year group Head, Mr
Keatings, and their Pastoral Care teacher Ms
Anderson. Many thanks to all who were involved
in making this a success!.
Nothing great was ever achieved without
enthusiasm Ralph
Waldo Emerson
It has been a jam packed year for the S3 Duke of
Edinburgh class filled with new skills to learn
and tough challenges to overcome. The Duke of
Edinburgh Award is not fornthe faint hearted. As
well as fundraising and beginning their physical
and volunteering sections the class have spent
their year learning about campcraft, firstaid and
survival skills. All of these things meant that
the pupils were finally ready for the daunting
challenge of their practice expedition just a few
weeks ago. The pupils successfully overcame a
tough hike in the forests and hills near
Aberfoyle. They completed their overnight camp nd
awoke to another hike n the second day while all
the time carrying a rucksack nearly the same size
as themselves. Through wind and rain they powered
on keeping a positive attitude from beginning to
end. An amazing end to a successful year for the
S3 Bronze DofE class. Well done to all!
Duke of Edinburgh
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BellaFIT
At the beginning of the year, the PE department
restructured the PE course in an attempt to make
a bigger impact on the Health and Fitness of all
the pupils in the school.
  • In the new structure, each pupil still received 3
    periods of PE a week but the focus of the lessons
    varied one period would focus on fitness for
    the entire year and the other two would be
    activity based. Pupils have tried new fitness
    activities such
  • as FitHooping and Metafit style interval
    training and gave them a big
  • Every pupil carried out fitness testing at the
    beginning of the year. The aspects of fitness
    tested were
  • Cardio Respiratory Endurance
  • Agility
  • Strength
  • Power
  • Muscular Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Having just carried out our end of year fitness
    testing we can report that the majority of pupils
    in the school have improved in at least four
    aspects of fitness with some making significant
    improvements.
  • Well done to all the pupils who worked hard
    throughout the year!

Cake, Bake Decorate!
Mrs McErlean has helped pupils develop their
skills in cake decorating this year. Pupils put
their creative hats on at the after school club
and worked over 6 weeks to create a range of cake
designs from handbags to animals, to pieces of
fruit. This club has been a great success.
Pupils have had so much fun designing the cakes
that the Faculty of HWB are now looking at the
possibility of teaching Cake Decorating in the
curriculum Keep your eyes peeled for more info!
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Faculty of Modern Languages
Paris 2014

In April, 24 S3-S6 pupils and 4 members of staff
spent 4 days in Paris. During the trip the pupils
took part in many different educational and
cultural activities. On the first day they
visited a school in the 8th district of Paris and
had the opportunity to speak to students of their
own age in French as well as attend a class given
in French. Despite the pupils being initially a
little nervous about meeting the French students,
everyone got involved and really enjoyed the
whole experience. Many friendships were made and
many of the pupils are still in contact with the
French students.
The pupils and staff also visited the Sacré Cœur
and Montmartre and despite the climb up to the
top everyone agreed that the view was worthwhile.
On the 2nd day Gillian Edgar, a former pupil of
Bellahouston Academy, who is living and working
in France, joined us all for the day. The pupils
and staff visited a chocolate museum and factory,
where they watched a demonstration in French
about how different types of chocolate are made
and were given samples of the chocolates to try.
They then visited Notre Dame and went to the
Latin Quarter.
Many of the pupils also bought love padlocks to
put on the bridge and threw their keys into
Seine, in the hope of finding eternal love. Our
route then took us from the Louvre, through the
Jardin des Tuilières and along to Place de la
Concorde.
After dinner, the staff had booked a bowling
night for the pupils in the 11th district of
Paris. Again everyone joined in and a great night
was had by all.
Au revoir
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Faculty of Modern Languages
On the final day the pupils and staff enjoyed a
river boat cruise on the Seine. The weather was
beautiful and everyone had the opportunity to
take many photos of the famous sights in Paris.
After the boat trip the pupils visited the Eiffel
Tower and many decided to go to the top from
which they had a magnificent view of the whole
city. The pupils and staff then walked from there
to the Arc de Triomphe and then down the Champs
Elysées where they were able to buy presents for
family and friends.

In the evening the staff put on a wee soirée
with a power point presentation of some of the
photos which had been taken during the trip and
each pupil was presented with a souvenir to
remind them of their time in Paris. Harry Speake
was given a special mention for his expert
navigating skills and helping the staff to get
everyone around Paris by metro.
All the pupils were fantastique, full of
enthusiasm and fun. They all embraced the
culture with open arms and many used their French
in the shops, cafes and at the school. The trip
was a great success mainly because of the
impeccable behaviour and mature attitude from all
24 pupils. The teachers too had a fantastic time
and will certainly continue with annual trips
abroad. Merci à tous et vivement notre prochain
voyage scolaire.

Au revoir
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CREDIT UNION Bellas Credit Union is now up and
running and it encourages all our young people to
be Future Savers.   The Next Collection Date is
Friday 15th August.   Pupils can still join by
collecting a form from Ms McLaughlin in room Bus
Ed 1.
THUMBS UP FOR THE BREAKFAST CLUB   Our ICT
Breakfast Club has been running for just over 2
years and provides the opportunity for pupils to
access computers every morning to complete
homework, print off assignments, read the
newspapers online and have the time to socialise
with friends.   Pupils are also provided with a
Healthy Breakfast in order to help them get a
good start to the day, and aid concentration in
class.   The club has been supervised by
Technologies/ Mathematics/Science staff. Senior
Prefects have had a great part to play in the
organisation too.
DEVELOPING COMPUTATIONAL THINKING SKILLS IN
BELLAHOUSTON ACADEMY PUPILS
RETIRAL IN BUSINESS EDUCATION   Mrs Mackenzie
from Business Education is leaving Bellahouston
Academys Technologies Faculty at the summer
holidays.   I am sure all pupils, staff and
parents will appreciate the many years of service
that she has given to the Bellahouston Academy
community, and the hard work and effort that Mrs
Mackenzie has put in over the years. We wish her
a very happy retirement!
Bellahouston Academy has been awarded the
Prestigious Title of Lead School of Computing
Science in a nationwide initiative called Plan C.
With the government placing increasing emphasis
on Scotlands Digital Future, Plan C has been put
in place to encourage our young people to become
Digital Creators.
Please look out for the certificate awarded to
the school to mark this achievement, on display
at Bellahouston Academys Reception area.
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Really SmallScience Project
Jewellery
A small reminder to advise parents/carers that
the summer break is the ideal time for pupils to
have personal jewellery piercings. This break can
allow wounds to heal which then allows the
jewellery to be removed for activities such as
physical education or play.  http//www.goglasgow.
org.uk/content/UserGenerated/file/GO20Health20Sa
fety/PE_Safety_File_LR-2013.pdfgt   'Personal
effects (e.g. jewellery, body piercings, items of
religious significance, watches, hair slides and
belts constitute a hazard and may cause injury if
worn whist participating in Physical Education
and must be removed.'
10 of our S4 pupils recently took part in the
Really Small Science Project with students from
Strathclyde University. Strathclyde and
Bellahouston have been working together through
the MUSE project and this was another opportunity
for our pupils to work on school-university
projects. http//www.strath.ac.uk/publicengagemen
t/muse/ If you would like to find out more.
Thank you for your support!
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Commonwealth Games Spotlight
As a school we are very proud and lucky indeed to
have Ms Logan in our PE department and as part of
our Pastoral Care team. Ms Logan has been
involved in sport for many years and is one of
the main voices in the world for Netball
development. She has played and umpired at the
highest levels and is now involved in the
training of world class coaches and umpires.
Ms Logan is taking part in this years
Commonwealth Games, but what is it shes actually
doing? As part of the Glasgow Commonwealth
Games, I will be working as a member of the
International Umpire Appointments Panel for
netball. This involves me selecting umpires for
all international matches throughout the
tournament. Ill watch their performances every
day, score, rank and allocate them future games,
based on their skills. I will be working with
another 2 panellists, one from Jamaica and the
other from New Zealand, all the way through the
tournament. To prepare for the Games, I will go
down to Newcastle for a 5 day camp,
pre-Commonwealth Games. We will prepare the
umpires on how to deal with pressures of umpiring
at this elite level, the psychology of umpiring,
the mental and physical fitness expectations and
rules interpretation. All umpires will have to
complete fitness-testing throughout their time in
the camp. What does this tremendous opportunity
mean to you? As a former international umpire,
its a great opportunity for me to stay involved
as I understand the pressures of umpiring at this
level, its a great privilege to be asked to do
this. I will be coaching umpires from Australia,
Jamaica, South Africa, Trinidad and all around
the world, which is really interesting. The buzz
will be absolutely electrifying and the support
too. Are you involved in any other sporting
events within the Games? Due to my involvement,
(umpired in 4 world tournaments, 2 commonwealth
games, coaching, tutoring and developing umpiring
in Scotland and Europe), I was nominated to be a
baton bearer, and Im delighted to say I will be
carrying the baton on Tuesday 22nd July at
Bellahouston Park at 1240. Its a great award
for all of the volunteering Ive done in the
past. Ive already got my uniform. Im really
looking forward to seeing Scotland playing. It
will be my third Commonwealth Games attendance.
Im also looking forward to seeing other events
being played, I know a couple of our former
pupils (Michael Jamieson and Kirsty Gilmour) will
be competing in the Games.
By Cole Stewart S4
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Record Number of Glasgow School of Sport Pupils
to Represent Team Scotland Glasgow School of
Sport at Bellahouston Academy has announced its
largest ever representation for Team Scotland at
the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Eight women
and four men will represent the host nation in
badminton, gymnastics, hockey, swimming and
triathlon. Returning competitors, including
swimmer Michael Jamieson, badminton player Kirsty
Gilmour, gymnast Amy Regan and hockey players
Kenny Bain, Amy Gibson and William Marshall will
be aiming for further commonwealth success. While
Gymnasts Cara Kennedy and Carly Smith, badminton
players Caitlin Pringle and Rebekka Findlay,
triathlete David McNamee and hockey player Susan
McGilveray are all making their Commonwealth
Games debut. This is the largest and strongest
representation from Glasgow School of Sport and
the school is very proud of its pupils. Angela
Porter, Director of Glasgow School of Sport,
said Were delighted to have played a part in
the journey of these twelve young people to the
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. They have
worked tirelessly to achieve their success. All
are committed and determined to make Scotland
proud. I am thrilled for them." Ian Anderson,
Head Teacher at Glasgow School of Sport, said
Their selection is a tribute to not only the
athletes themselves but to the coaches and staff
at the Glasgow School of Sport and Bellahouston
Academy. Leading achievements of graduates
include Michael Jamieson Olympic and Commonwealth
silver medalist, Kirsty Gilmour the No.1 British
Womens Singles player ranked 18th in the world,
hockey players William Marshall with over 100
caps for his country and prolific goal scorer
Kenny Bain. Gymnasts Cara Kennedy and Carly
Smith are in their final year at school and faced
the challenges of competing with each other for a
place in the team. Gymnast Cara Kennedy,
said Thankfully, weve both been selected. Its
been tough but the School of Sport has supported
us well. Ive been able to balance my school-work
with all the extra training and preparation. The
School of Sport coach, Sandra Walsh, has been
with us every step of the way, and thats a huge
help."  Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life and
Executive Committee Member for the Commonwealth
Games, said This National Centre of Excellence
has helped develop and nurture some of Scotland's
top young athletes and sports stars, such as
Michael Jamieson. We wish all 12 athletes every
success at the Games. They will be an inspiration
to the next generation of young sporting stars as
they have shown that with a lot of hard work and
determination you can achieve your sporting
aspirations. Team Scotlands Chef de Mission,
Jon Doig, congratulated the 12 pupils and
graduates, saying "The school of sport has been
supporting young talented athletes since 1999 and
the record number representing Team Scotland in
the XX Commonwealth Games really shows the value
of these types of programmes.  A significant
number of the Glasgow School of Sport pupils have
competed at Commonwealth Youth level. Seven of
the school's athletes debuted in the full
Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010 and the
experience they have gained since then bodes well
for Glasgow 2014. They will be joined by a
further six athletes from the school making their
debut on home soil.
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BELLAS SPORT AND HEALTH DAY!
Sports Day A big well done to all pupils and
staff for their enthusiasm and participation in
the Sport and Health Day yesterday. All photos
will soon be up in the school website under the
Gallery section.
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