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Thank you from Greyfriars Medical Centre

To date, over 1500 visors have been completed and sent out to the NHS through DGRI, Thornhill Hospital, all of our Community Nurses, and a number of GP surgeries. Wallace Hall have also supplied a few hundred to nursing and residential homes across the region. We were delighted to receive a message of thanks and this great photo from clinical and administrative staff at Greyfriars Medical Centre. We are delighted to have been able to help our fantastic NHS service and care providers.

Wallace Hall Academy Manufactures Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for NHS in Dumfries and Gallow

The staff of Wallace Hall Academy in Thornhill have been working together to help support frontline workers across Dumfries and Galloway. Teaching and support staff from across the 2-18 school have been working on a rota basis, manufacturing full face visors for use by frontline workers tackling the Covid19 outbreak. The idea was initiated by Neil Corrigan, Principal Teacher of Design & Technology at Wallace Hall Academy, who had read about another Scottish school’s CDT department producing similar items. Neil realised that the technology to manufacture PPE equipment lay within his department, so designed a new lock-together acrylic visor that could be sterilised for re-use. After a few prot

Wallace Hall Staff Volunteers Support Our Community

Staff volunteers from Wallace Hall have being busy providing free school meals (FSM), food boxes and study packs for pupils and their families. Since the schools closed on Friday 20th March, teaching and support staff from Wallace Hall have given up their time willingly to ensure free school meals were readily available for eligible families. Guided by Alison Kennedy and her catering team, the first week of the lockdown saw meals being prepared, cooked and served in our school kitchen for the pupils to come in and enjoy, collect or be delivered to families who were either self-isolating or did not have access to transport. As the lockdown guidelines got stricter, the FSM service was changed

The Enchanted Land

In November 2019, I started volunteering at the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust - a children’s (and adults) Literature Centre in Dumfries. I volunteered to get more experience in a professional environment and before I started I had to fill out a form and attend an interview. Two weeks after the interview I was delighted to be invited to join the volunteer team. My first day volunteering at Moat Brae felt surreal, I did not feel like I was in rainy Dumfries and Galloway, I truly felt like I had stepped into the pages of Peter Pan. I began as a steward in the house, this entails giving advice and information, showing visitors around the house and helping ensure Moat Brae is an enchanting place to v

Expressive Arts - Supporting our Students

On 25th February, this year’s art students studying National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher along with Higher Photography pupils were given the opportunity to take part in an extended study support session to get ahead with work and folios. Throughout the session, both Mrs Simpson and Mrs Black were on hand to help all pupils with their design, expressive or photography folios. Extended study support is a great opportunity as we get four, uninterrupted hours of time to really focus on getting our folios as good as they can be as we near the SQA deadlines. Mrs Simpson and Mrs Black kindly provided delicious pizzas and chips from Drumlanrig Café which we all thoroughly enjoyed. Overall the nigh

Thanking Our Partners

WHA has delivered Rural Skills: Agriculture over a number of years and work closely with twelve partner farmers who provide practical experiences for the students on their farms. The class are studying Agriculture at National Progression Award level. This involves practical lessons which take place once a week on the farms and theory in the classroom. To say thank you, the WHA Agriculture class enjoyed preparing lunch for partner farmers and staff under the supervision of chef Tom Kirkpatrick from Kirkcudbright. They were given lessons on food preparation and cooked the meal entirely by themselves. Neil Miller, teacher in charge of Rural Skills, said: “Agriculture is an important industry in

Lantra Award

Wallace Hall Academy was recently shortlisted for a LANTRA Secondary School Award for 2020. Mr Graham attended the awards ceremony at Dunblane Hydro on Thursday 5th March. The evening was a fantastic opportunity to recognise and celebrate the success of learners from across Scotland’s landbased industries. For the third time in recent years, Wallace Hall Academy was chosen as the winning school for this prestigious award. At the ceremony, Mr Graham was delighted to be presented with a beautiful glass trophy along with an award of £250 which will be used to support rural opportunities in Mid-Nithsdale. Mr Graham said: “Given that nearly 300 years ago the school was running agricultural course

Celebrating with Crêpes

Pupils in S1 enjoyed celebrating "La chandeleur" and "Mardi Gras" by tossing crêpes and doing a bit of fortune telling. About the crêpes: Jasmine said "they were very good" and Paige said they were "tout simplement délicieux". Simeon commented that it was "the best French lesson so far" and Dylan said it was "génial". Mika's advice is "Don't each too much chocolate spread!"

Dumfries and District Music Festival

Wallace Hall pupils were very successful at the recent Speech Section of the Dumfries and District Music Festival Association achieving the following results: World War 1 Poetry - Joint winners Ailsa Black and John McKay; Scots Verse S1 to S3 - 3rd Leon Clow; Scots Verse S4 to S6 - =2nd Bailie Paterson and Ailsa Black; Bible Reading S1 to S3 - 1st Angus MacCormick; Bible Reading S4 to S6 - 1st John McKay, 2nd Hannah Kate Fisher; Poetry S1 to S3 - 2nd Angus MacCormick; Poetry S4 to S6 - 1st Luke McKay; Prose S1 to S3 - 1st Muirinn White; Prose S4 to S6 -1st Luke McKay, 2nd Hannah Kate Fisher; Sight Reading S1 to S3 - Muirinn White, 2nd Angus MacCormick; Sight Reading S4 to S6 - 1st Luke McKa

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