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Sporting Success

The school year ended on a high note with an afternoon of sports. Students from each of the three houses took part in a relay, tug-of-war and mile race, and those not competing had the afternoon out of lessons to enjoy the sunshine and cheer on their friends. The Nith team won both S2 relays as well as the relays for S3 boys, S4 boys and senior boys. The Scaur team won the S4 girls’ relay. The Cairn team were victorious in the S3 girls’ and senior girls’ relay. The Nith team scraped a close victory in the tug-of-war. Finally, Finlay Bainbridge won the boys’ mile race and Nicole McGeoch won the girls’ mile race. A great time was had by all, especially Scaur pupils, who won the House trophy fo

Charities

For our last day of term, a non-uniform day was organised to raise money and awareness for two charities. The first charity is Breast Cancer UK, the only UK charity focused on the prevention of breast cancer by campaigning to reduce the risk of this potentially fatal condition. In the UK over 13,000 breast cancer cases could be prevented per year and Breast Cancer UK makes it their mission to attempt to prevent breast cancer through scientific research, collaboration, education and policy change. The second charity is First Base Dumfries, a small independent charity which delivers food parcels to those in need within the local area. They deliver an average of 4000 food parcels annually and n

Logo competition

Congratulations to Bethany Platt for being selected as the winner of the Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra Logo Competition out of over 300 entries. Well done Bethany.

Rotary Young Photographer

Two Wallace Hall Academy pupils were delighted to be presented with framed pictures of their winning entries in the Rotary Young Photographer competition. Gregor Black and Iona Menzies were chosen as the top two photographers earlier this year in the Thornhill and District heat of the Rotary Young Photographer. It was a lovely surprise when Rotarian Keith Shedden dropped into school recently to present them with their prize. Iona said: “I am very happy to have won the Intermediate section of the Thornhill heat of the Rotary Young Photographer and I am thrilled to be given the framed photo as my prize. This will encourage me to try other artistic projects in the future.” Gregor, winner of

Reading Award Scheme

As part of their English course, S1 and S2 pupils take part in a reading award scheme. The scheme provides an opportunity for students to build up their reading skills. Accompanied by their English teacher, each student is invited to work their way through a series of reading challenges which will take them through four stages – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Photograph shows Dr Fulton presenting certificates to the latest group of pupils who have completed the challenges at either bronze or silver level.

P7 Induction Days

Staff and pupils at Wallace Hall Academy were pleased to welcome new S1 pupils and their parents during the three induction days recently. These days built on the success of the transition work that has been taking place throughout the year and pupils were excited to meet their new classmates and teachers. Our S2 buddies did a fantastic job of showing pupils around and our senior mentors and sports leaders kept pupils busy at lunchtimes with sports events and socialising in the HUB. The three days were rounded off with a lovely afternoon of house events and new pupils really got into the spirit of earning points for Scaur, Nith and Cairn. Thank you to all pupils, staff, parents and partners

‘Lest we Forget’

Our Head Boy, Head Girl and representatives from our House Captains paid a visit to the War Memorial in Thornhill recently to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landing and pay their respects to the fallen. 'Lest we Forget'.

P6 pupils visit Rockcliffe

The weather was very kind to P6 on their recent coastal trip to Rockcliffe with the Nithsdale Fisheries Trust. An excellent day was had by all. Not only did the class learn about the coastal ecosystem: with a beach scavenger hunt and rockpool investigations, but they also learned how to paddle safely and how to extricate themselves from the very gloopy muddy sand! A huge thank you goes out from P6 to Debbie, Jim and Davey for all their help this year.

Wallace Hall Academy Golf Competition

On Friday 21st June 2019, several pupils took part in the Wallace Hall golf competition kindly hosted by Thornhill Golf Club. It was a warm but cloudy day and conditions were good. At the end of 18 holes Ted Bowie was delighted to win both the Stableford Trophy and the W.A.B. Wilson Trophy for the best net score. Ted said: “I really enjoyed my game and the course played very well.” After a blistering round Lewis Cheetham posted a terrific score, winning the scratch trophy. Lewis said: “We would like to thank Thornhill Golf Club for hosting the competition. We were given a very warm welcome and a delicious lunch.” Alexa Howat, winner of the girls’ trophy added: “I really enjoyed the day.

RLSS Water Safety Presentation

We were delighted to welcome Ailsa Morton into school recently to deliver a Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) water safety presentation to all our pupils from P1 – S6. Ailsa, a former pupil of Wallace Hall and a Coach and Youth Officer with Nithsdale Life Savers, is the first student in Scotland to achieve the new RLSS Survive and Save Distinction and was the West of Scotland Young Lifesaver of the Year for 2018. In her presentation, Alisa highlighted the number of water-related tragedies every year and the precautions that can be taken to keep safe. She said: “I would encourage everyone to learn how to swim and undertake basic survival training. It could save your life!” Steven Rae, Acting P

House Points

Over the last academic year staff have been awarding House points to S1 – S3 pupils for achievement in subjects as well as for wider achievement across the school. Points were totalled last night and vouchers were presented at an assembly today to the S1 and S2 pupils who had the most House points. Congratulations to Angus MacCormick and Iona Miggin (joint S1 winners) and to Moya Flanagan (S2 winner). Tilly Wilson-Machin was announced as the S3 winner but was unfortunately out of school today. Tilly will receive her voucher at a later date. Well done all.

Saltire Success

We are keen to encourage Wallace Hall pupils to work towards Saltire Awards which celebrate, recognise and reward their commitment to volunteering. Photos show Dr Fulton and Mr Blair presenting Saltire Awards to our latest group of award winners and Mr Lees working with Edward, Callum and John on their on-line award portfolio. Well done all.

Experiencing Erasmus

The future of the Erasmus programme at Wallace Hall is looking bright. Plans are already in place for over 40 pupils to be involved in Erasmus exchange visits this new academic session. Photo shows Mr Harley with some of this year's Erasmus students.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award encourages pupils to take on new challenges and be the very best they can be. Some of our DofE pupils have recently completed their Bronze Awards and have been presented with their certificates. Photo shows Mr McKenna, teacher in charge of DofE, and Dr Fulton, Acting Head Teacher, presenting Hannah, Luke, Ella John and Mia with their certificates for completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Arkwright Scholarship

T wo Wallace Hall Academy pupils have each been awarded a prestigious scholarship following a nation-wide search for pupils with outstanding aptitude in engineering. Brothers John and Luke McKay applied to the Arkwright Foundation, which exists to promote study in engineering and develop pupils with the potential to be industry leaders, by supporting them through their final two years at school. The Foundation is sponsored by a wide range of Universities, professional institutions and companies and organisations working in the field of engineering. Only pupils pre-selected by their school can apply and the process involved a detailed application, a two-hour aptitude exam, and a formal interv

Activities for All

Activities Week always provides opportunities for our students to step outside their normal learning environment, and this year was no exception. Mr Corrigan, Principal Teacher of Design & Technology who organised the three days of events, explained how he tries to achieve a balance that is accessible to everyone: “Activities Week has provided a stimulating end to our annual timetable, where we all see ourselves in a different setting. We, as staff, get a chance to see talents of the young people we work with which we may otherwise be unaware of. “Forty-two events were offered over the three days, with a mixture of familiar and new activities. For the first time in many years we had to cope

ERASMUS Exchange – June 2019

During the first week of June Wallace Hall Erasmus group were hosts to our exchange partners from Urspringschule, Germany, and Xántus János, Hungary. During the visit the students took part in European project work and many other activities and visits. The work we did on the first day of the exchange related to the European Union’s “There is No Planet B” project, and involved research into sustainable tourism and the design of a “school of the future” that would be equally modern, convenient and eco-friendly. Other activities organised for the visitors included a day trip to Edinburgh during which students were given the opportunity to visit tourist sites such as the National Museum of Scotl

A taste of coffee

On Monday 17th June, a group of our pupils were visited by Lorna McDonald from Miko Coffee in East Kilbride. She provided initial training for our budding Baristas on how to use our coffee machine to make an array of different beverages as part of our new and exciting Barista Project. With funding from the Prince’s Trust, Holywood Trust and DYW, our Barista group will aim to set up and run a successful coffee shop within the school. They will also undergo formal training later in the year on site at the East Kilbride branch of Miko Coffee where they will hopefully gain a City & Guilds qualification in Barista skills. The aim of the project is to provide those pupils with invaluable employab

Celebrating Success at Wallace Hall

It was great to see so many pupils and parents at our Junior Celebration of Success last night. Certificates were presented for excellent attainment and endeavour as well as for wider achievement and representative honours. The show opened with a rousing performance from our 'School of Rock' cast. The cast are working hard to put on the full show which will take place in the Bailey Hall at Wallace Hall on 9th, 10th and 11th of October. Tickets for this will be available from our school office early next term. Our compere for the night was Mr Arrowsmith, Acting DHT, and he welcomed Dr Fulton, our Acting Head Teacher, on stage to present his review of the past year. First year pupils were t

P6 Go Fishing

Although the weather was slightly wet, P6 pupils had a thoroughly enjoyable day on their fishing trip to Farthingbank Loch at Drumlanrig recently. The children's enthusiasm wasn't dampened by the weather and all managed to catch a rainbow trout to take home for their tea. The pupils had the chance to try three fishing techniques: worming, spinning and fly fishing. Not only did they catch fish, but they were also shown how to prepare their hard earned catch and cook it on the BBQ. Everyone tried some with the verdict - delicious! Well done P6! Many thanks to Debbie Parke, Nithsdale Fisheries Trust, and all her angling experts from Borderlines for making this such an enjoyable day.

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