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Visit to James Jones & Son

A group of Senior pupils who are currently studying Engineering Science at WHA visited James Jones & Sons at their Lockerbie site recently. The focus of the visit was to explore the daily role of an engineer on site and explore how important engineering is within the forestry industry. The pupils were given a tour of Mills 1,2 and 3 and were shown how crucial it is that the engineers keep the whole mill operating at full capacity. They were interested to hear about the cost implications and impact of any downtime due to mechanical or electrical breakdown. The pupils were able to see first-hand how crucial the James Jones Engineers are to the efficient running of the whole site. It was good t

Dancing the Night Away

Our Christmas dances are always eagerly anticipated social events for both pupils and staff. Pupils spend the weeks leading up to the dances practising the dances and learning the intricate steps of favourites such as The Flying Scotsman, The Eightsome Reel, The Dashing White Seargent and The Square Tango. Our band, led by former pupil David Kennedy, provided the music for all three nights and our PE staff who traditionally call the dances ensured the floor was packed full for every set. In the lead up to the dances, class representatives and S6 Social Committee members help out with the organisation by designing posters, selling tickets, booking the band and ensuring the Bailey Hall is dec

Success in Northern Ireland Accordion Championships

A group of nine musicians from Wallace Hall recently braved Storm Ellen and travelled to County Antrim, N. Ireland to perform at the 23rd Northern Ireland Open Accordion Championships held in the Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus. The festival, which attracted over 200 entries mainly from N. Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, was held on Saturday 22nd February and featured Accordion Solo, Duet and Group sections. The young musicians competed in 18 different categories and were delighted to be awarded numerous prizes (details below). The Wallace Hall Accordion Group and the Wallace Hall Junior Accordion Group, which are both provided at Wallace Hall by the Youth Music Initiative, were invi

Life Skills in Primary

During the Winter term every other Monday Primary 1- Primary 3 students take part in Life Skills groups. These are: Going to the shops/road safety Cooking Sewing Typing Shoe laces, knot tying, fine motor skills Gardening Craft The students have been thoroughly enjoying their sessions and learning many new skills!

P4-7 Action Groups/Pupil Voice

Every second Thursday during the Winter Term the P4-P7 Action Groups/Pupil Voice groups meet. These are Gardening Green Fingers They hope to help make our school gardens grow! They will be digging and preparing the ground, planning what to plant and where, planting seeds, nurturing the plants and harvesting the produce. Community Crew Make a difference to our community by improving the community environment, supporting people in our community and raising money for local charities. They will be visiting people in the community, working to improve the environment and fundraising for local charities. Playground Developers This group hope to enhance our outdoor space by looking at the existing

RSPB Big Schools’ Bird Watch

Wallace Hall Academy Eco elective and the Wallace Hall Primary Eco reps worked together to complete the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch recently. They were identifying and counting the number of 20 different species of bird and have uploaded their results to the RSPB website.

Wee Sleep Out at Wallace Hall Academy

Last term, over 100 S1-3 pupils and 12 members of staff at Wallace Hall Academy participated in Social Bite’s “Wee Sleep Out” where they “slept rough” for the night. Social Bite is a Scottish charity which raises awareness and money, with the aim of eliminating homelessness in Scotland. Alice Thompson, co-founder of Social Bite, visited the school a week before the event to deliver a workshop on homelessness in Scotland. Alice spoke very informatively, highlighting the various different reasons why people end up homeless. She said how important it is to reduce the stigma associated with homelessness and how essential it is that everyone has a safe place to call home. Her message was powerfu

A Monster Task

S1 French pupils used a sentence builder worksheet to help them improve their writing skills. They used the sentences to design their imaginary monster, including body parts, numbers, adjectives, name, where they live etc. Once they had their text, they drew it and copied the text onto a piece of paper, then worked on their origami skills to create a 3D portrait.

Primary Girls Football

CONGRATULATIONS to our p4-7 girls who participated in the football festival run by Nithsdale Active Schools. This was their first outing as a team and with only a couple of lunchtime training sessions did themselves and school very proud. Thank you to the parents who attended, supported and supervised teams on the night we really do appreciate your support. Onwards and upwards for girls football at WHP!

Employablity Fortnight

At Wallace Hall Primary we are busy with Employablity fortnight. On Friday we hosted a primary employability skills morning to allow pupils to understand more about key employability skills for different career areas. We had 4 special visitors in school for the morning who talked about their jobs and the key skills required; Ross Mawdsley from TFW - Rosfit, Lynn Ross from Keir Garage, Nigel Wilson from NHS (Nursing) and Sarah Fretwell from Nithsdale Vets spoke to all of our primary pupils about their jobs during assembly and then they visited the Primary 4 - 7 classes to give more in-depth presentations. The pupils showed their enthusiasm by asking lots of good questions. The presenters e

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