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Top Achievement for Alexander

Congratulations to Alexander Bettaney who was presented with an Outstanding Citizenship Youth Award at the Dumfries and Galloway Youth Awards dinner held in the Easterbrook Hall on Thursday 21st November. Barry Graham, Head Teacher, said: We nominated Alexander for this award in recognition of the effort he put into his SQA examinations and his subsequent success in achieving three Band A passes (Physics, Administration and Engineering Science) and two at Band B (English and Mathematics) at National 5 level. He also achieved unit passes in Graphic Communication at National 5. This is an unprecedented achievement and testimony to the fortitude, resilience and sheer spirit that Alexander de

Top of the Bench

The annual Glasgow and West of Scotland region Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench competition was held on the evening of Tuesday 12th November at the Ayr Campus of the University of the West of Scotland. The competition was held simultaneously, through a live video link, with schools from Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde. We arrived to a very welcome array of drinks and snacks which were much enjoyed by all. A total of 30 schools took part across the two venues. Four of our top performing Chemists from S2-S4 represented Wallace Hall: Matthew Johnstone (S4), Priya Rome, Gracie Rae (both S3) and Andrew Hastings (S2). The competition consisted of two rounds, each testing differ

Stepping up to Secondary

The step from Primary 7 into First Year can be a daunting one but last week Wallace Hall staff and senior pupils went that extra mile to ensure that our prospective new S1 pupils would get a flavour of what new pupils can expect when they choose Wallace Hall. To get the evening started, the primary pupils registered in the primary gym. Every pupil was given a name badge and put in a group before setting off to their respective classes. Pupils’ timetables covered a wide range of subject areas including activities in Art & Design, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, Home Economics, ICT, Maths, Modern Studies, PE and Science. At the same time, parents and carers were guided to th

Engineering Excellence

Following a nation-wide search for young people with outstanding aptitude in engineering, two Wallace Hall Academy pupils received their prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Awards at a grand ceremony in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last week, hosted by The Smallpeice Trust. 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 pupil

To Estonia and Back Again

Five of us from Wallace Hall Academy, Scotland, travelled to Estonia, Tartu (‘city of good thoughts’) at the end of September. After a brief flight we arrived on the Sunday, spending a couple of hours with our host families before coming together and socialising with the whole group. We had the chance to enjoy a sauna, a very common Estonian tradition, and we enjoyed getting to know everyone as a group. On Monday we started school at 9.30am and the Estonians took us on a tour of their school, which included a sauna, Petanque courts and a school museum. After that we took part in a ‘warm up’ run by a member of the school’s Pupil Council. We were then put into groups for our project work about

Money Monsters welcomes new staff

Money Monsters Saving Scheme, in conjunction with the Solway Credit Union, has started two new teams of Primary 6 pupils to their staff. After an application and interview process 10 pupils were selected to be the staff of the 2019/2020 Money Monsters. The teams received training from Mrs McDiarmid and were ready and well prepared for their first customers. Donald from the Solway Credit Unit said 'What a lovely group of pupils who are very keen and show maturity and respect for their positions'. The savings scheme runs in the school library every second Thursday from 11am-11.30am and we have ever increasing numbers of pupils joining us. Mrs McDiarmid, Depute Head Teacher says, 'The pupils w

Children In Need 2019 at WHP

On Thursday 14th November our pupils and staff enjoyed raising funds for the annual Children In Need Appeal. The House Captains organised a book and toy bring and buy sale, with items from 50p-£1.50 which was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated all their pre-loved books and toys. They have all found new homes and other children to enjoy them. Two parent helpers along with some P7 pupils painted faces all day and their talent was much appreciated by all the pupils. We really are very fortunate to have such supportive families, pupils and staff. Mrs McDiarmid, Depute Head Teacher said 'I am so proud of all of our students for their generosity and enthusiasm, especially the Hou

Wallace Hall Delivers Another Rock Solid Production

This year’s school show, School of Rock, has been another great success. The long rehearsals and hard work put in by all those involved paid off as students gave stellar performances, welcoming sold out audiences on the second and third nights. Most importantly, a fantastic time was had by all, with the show allowing students of different ages who may not otherwise have mixed the chance to work together, support each other and make friends. School of Rock is an ambitious production of which acting and singing is only a part. As such, preparation for the show saw students take responsibility for every aspect of theatre production, including creating the set, performing in the live band, takin

Diaries of Distinction

To celebrate Maths Week at Wallace Hall (30th September to 6th October) we set our S1 pupils the challenge of keeping a diary detailing all the times that they used Maths during the week. In other words, not just during Maths lessons, but all other lessons as well. We also wanted entries for before school, break, lunchtime and after school. As if that was not enough, they also had a section to fill in for the weekend too! We were delighted with the response back from our pupils and we had some excellent diaries handed back in to us. Certificates were awarded for those diaries that we judged to be particularly well done in terms of effort, detail and presentation. The prize-winners are pictur

Spooky goings on in WHP

On Friday 1st November the first of our Parent Council events of the year took place in the form of The Annual Family Halloween Disco. All pupils from ELC-P7 and their families were invited to attend and they didn't disappoint accompanied by many of the Primary staff. This is the most popular event of the year in the Primary and the costumes and pumpkins keep getting better and better. Mr Graham has the difficult task of picking a winner of the fancy dress from each class and the best 3 pumpkins of the night. The Primary Fundraising Sub Group of the Parent Council run this event and rely on the help of many of our parents. Events like this just couldn't happen without the support of the w

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