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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.

Golf com­pe­ti­tion

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.

Bad­minton fes­ti­val

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

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