Write stuff at Coltness High
Award- winning author Cathy MacPhail visited the school on October 30.
Cathy, author of more than 45 children and teen fiction novels, met third year pupils and gave an interesting talk about where ideas for her work come from.
One of the third year classes had read Cathy’s most recent book entitled “Mosi’s War” about a refugee living in Glasgow.
Cathy said “I like writing about reallife themes. I always say that for me the real magic is where the idea comes from.”
Visit to Auschwitz
Two Coltness High School pupils visited Auschwitz- Bi rkenaue concentration camp to learn more about those who lost their lives in the Holocaust.
The students learned about their stories and brought humanity to the otherwise barbaric and atrocious acts which were committed.
They also heard from a survivor named Janine who shared her experiences from her time in the camp.
The first Dullatur Cup Golf Competition for secondary schools took place last week.
This is an initiative started by the North Lanarkshire Council’s Active Schools team to promote the benefits of golf in the schools of NLC.
Coltness High School were represented by three keen young golfers.
S3 Cameron Hogg, came first in his year group and S1 Gregor Cameron and S2 Euan McNicoll both came second in their groups.
The results were calculated, taking a mean average of all the cards completed by each school and the overall winners were St Ambrose High School.
All the individual winners will receive a well-deserved medal.
North Lanarkshire Schools Swimming Championships
Three Coltness pupils bagged themselves medals at the annual North Lanarkshire Swimming Championships.
Craig McRoberts medalled in all three of his events, winning two silvers in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Freestyle and bronze in the 100m Backcrawl.
Mia Rae and Kerry Thorburn both produced personal bests.
Times will be sent forward in the hope that they qualify for the Scottish Schools Championships in January.
Coltness Scottish Cup
Coltness Under 15s are through to the next round of the Scottish Cup after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over St Modens.
Coltness conceded early, but equalised with a wonderful free kick from Ciaran McKenna.
Jon McGhie scored to put Coltness in the lead and the boys held on for a great victory.
Fifty Word Story competition winner
Congratulations to Coltness High’s Kirsty from class 1A2 for winning the fifty word scary Hallowe’en story competition.
The second prize winner was Reece from 1S2 and third prize winner was Zoe from 1S1. Their winning stories are displayed in the library where everyone can read them.
ASDAN pupil’s choose name for guide dog puppy
Coltness High School’s ASDAN pupils were given the honour of putting forward a name for a new guide dog puppy that was born in June.
The new puppy was named “BARRA” and she paid the school a visit yesterday with Puppy Walkers Ann and Margaret who accepted a beautiful blanket on Barra’s behalf.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Chatelherault Cohort of puppy walkers chose the name which the group put forward.
In the past year, school technician Joan Creelman has knitted countless blankets for Guide Dog puppies, as have other school staff and pupils over the years.
Due to the ASDAN pupils fundraising efforts over the last five years, the group has raised over £2500 for Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Leadership For Life Award
Selected S6 pupils from each of the high schools in the Wishaw area attended a five day course run by the expert instructors of Outward Bound Metro at The Trust’s Loch Eil Centre in September. The event was part of The Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award.
It focuseed on leadership and team building skills.
Coltness High School pupils presented their proposed community project to fellow Mark Scott Leadership for Life Award participants.
The Presentations took place at Renfield St Stephens Church in Glasgow on Tuesday evening, 7th November.
Coltness hosted a festival of badminton, inviting two local schools, St Aidans and Calderhead, for a friendly but competitive series of matches for S1-S4.
They were split then into three groups, S1, S2 and S3/4, where each pupil competed with the others from their age groups.
Both attending schools reported that the pupils had a great deal of fun and that future matches are planned.
Leadership Emily McCool, second from left, along with Clyde Valley High’s Erin Nelson, Joanne Merrilees, St Aidan’s High School, and Naricsse Wylie, also St Aidan’s High
Progress Coltness Under 15s through to the next round of the Scottish Cup
Ruff and ready Pupils named the new guide dog puppy Barra
Special visit Two pupils who attended Auschwitz
Write stuff Author Cathy MacPhail with Coltness pupils