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November 2013

Welcome to the November edition of the Hyndland News giving highlights of some of the events which took place over the past month in Hyndland Secondary School and giving details of some of our forthcoming Christmas activities.


Congratulation to our girls’ rugby team – they were well deserved winners of the Glasgow and West of Scotland schools winter 7’s Competition.  Well done!!  Our Bar Mock pupils put on a sterling performance in the High Court on Saturday, 16th November 2013 but unfortunately never made it through to the final this year.  They should still be very proud of their efforts and most of all for their team spirit and support of each other. 


S5-6 Parents’ Evening was very well supported.  The S4 Assessment Period begins on Thursday, 5th December 2013 and pupils have full details for their exams.  Information for parents’ / carers’ is available on the website. 


As Christmas approaches we have a number of musical events arranged.  The Christmas Concert takes place in Hyndland Parish Church on Tuesday 10th December 2013 at 7.00pm and on Wednesday 11th December at 7.30pm we have Carols by Candlelight also in Hyndland Parish Church.  Our Christmas Service will take place on Thursday 19th December 2013 in Hyndland Parish Church at 2.00pm.  S6 pupils are also organising a Christmas Ceilidh for S5-6 pupils on the 5th December 2013 and our annual Christmas Talent show is taking place on Wednesday, 18th December 2013 at 7.00pm in the Airlie Theatre – always a very entertaining evening!


We also have our annual appeal for non-perishable foodstuffs which is to be donated to the White Inch Food bank.  Donations can be placed in the box at the school entrance and we ask that you support this appeal.  If all pupils donate even one can of food then we could make a large difference to our community.  Please donate if you are able. 


We hope that you join us over the coming weeks at one of the many events organised. 


Maura McNeil





The Christmas food collection this year is for Whiteinch Foodbank.  There will be a box outside the janitors office for all food collections.





Pantomime Theatre News



All S1 tickets to see ‘Aladdin’ at the Kings’ Theatre on Thursday 12th December have been sold, in fact we over-sold, but  managed to secure ten more last minute tickets. I’m afraid however that there are now no more tickets available, although  we do have 130 pupils booked to go who can all look forward to some panto season fun, along with a free ice cream!


S2 panto tickets for the Tron Theatre’s ‘Peterpan and Stinkerbell’, on the morning of Tuesday 17th December, are about to go on sale at a cost of £10 per ticket. Consent forms and letters will be issued very soon - oh yes they will!

The English Department



“It’s A Wonderful Life” at the GFT




Date and time: Tuesday, December 17th, 17:00-20:00

Cost: £5.00


On Tuesday, December 17th, we are going to the GFT to see an evening screening of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. All S5 and S6 pupils are invited to attend, but there are limited spaces.


Please note: this is a change of date. We were originally planning to attend on Wednesday the 18th, but the booking has been brought forward to accommodate our school talent show on Wednesday the 18th.


If you are happy for your child to come see this Christmas classic, please encourage them to collect a permission form from Mr Johnston as soon as possible



   The Lion King

Forty S3 and S4 students travelled through to Edinburgh on Wednesday 27th November to enjoy a performance of Disney’s The Lion King. It was a great afternoon and staff and student alike had a ‘roaring’ good time.


Eco School News     

The Eco Schools group have achieved our bronze award and are now just awaiting the arrival of our certificate to make it official. The group has been working hard on designing plans for a garden in the playground and representatives will be meeting with the head teacher and Amey manager Martin Whyte to discuss how these plans can be put into action. The group will also present these plans to the Parent Council on the 5th December to gain their support.

The Eco Schools group is also excited to be involved in helping with the development of Old Station Park through planting an orchard and bulbs for Spring.

There was a full committee meeting on the 26th of November at 2:20pm in the library to discuss waste management, the garden, fundraising and community links.


The Eco Group will also  be organising a litter pick-up week from Wednesday 11th – Tuesday 17th of December.  This will be an opportunity for the Houses to earn a significant number of points.  House Captains to give more detail. 


The group also will be collecting old tinsel, unwanted Christmas decorations and wire hangers, and will be running a ‘Christmas Craft Club’ in the last two weeks of school.  Please send any donations to Hyndland Secondary room A102.  All funds raised will go towards the development of the school garden 






Children in need


A MASSIVE thank-you to everyone who contributed and helped to make Friday 22ND November a wonderful day.


There are too many people to thank individually, but the House Captains did an exceptional job as did Mr Higgins arranging the Battle of the Houses, also the home baking and raffle prizes were awesome! Thanks for your contribution


Well done to everyone who took part in Staff Vs Pupil football (even if the Ref was a little one-sided!)


The events on the day went without a hitch and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, which was exactly what we were hoping for.


Through all the enjoyment, it’s important to remember the cause we were raising money for children in need, Hyndland is over the moon to let you all know we raised a grand total of  









Rugby Success.


U18 Stags have secured for the second year in a row Victory at the Glasgow and West of Scotland schools winter 7’s comp.

The Girls won 6 game from 6 beating teams such as Ayr, Carrick, Duncanrigg, and Wallace Hall, and Oban. One game resulted in a match winning try on the final whistle.

The day was a monstrous success for the school and the girls who have worked so hard in the last 3 years.

The U15 girls combined into a Barbarians team and played 5 games. Won 2 Lost 2 drew 1



Mairi McDonald

Caitlin Cunningham

Emma Jean Edwards

Emma Thomson

Elspeth Bell

Grace Thornhill

Rebecca Schaschke

Charlie (Grange)

Vicky (Hillhead)



Ailean Howorth

Ashley Murdoch




Dance success


The success of the senior dance team, Fierce Fusion and S2 cheerleaders at Glasgow’s Got Moves on 28th November.

Fierce Fusion competed against 8 street dance teams in the Glasgow North West category and were absolutely amazing. They have yet to find out if they have made the finals but they did extremely well. The cheerleaders showcased their performance on the night and were the only cheerleading team on the night. Feedback they received from other schools was great and they should be very proud.





Duke of Edinburgh’s Award


Enrolments for the  DofE Award 2014 are currently taking place.


Forms can be picked up from the office or from Ms Watt, by pupils whose parents/carers were not able to attend the Information Meeting on 21st November.

The enrolment fee for Bronze and Silver level is £15.00 and for Gold level, £22.00. Cheques must be submitted with enrolment forms.

The return date for S3 pupils wishing to undertake Bronze DofE is 6th December 2013.



For S4 & S5 pupils wishing to go on to Silver or Gold DofE , the Agreement must be returned by the 6th  and enrolment forms by the 13th December 2013.

Pupils wishing to proceed to  Silver or Gold levels must have no outstanding payments and must show on their edofe account that they are making good progress in all activities of their current level.




Photographs of the Award Ceremony held in Glasgow City Chambers can be viewed by pupils in ‘Our School > Duke of Edinburgh’ folder. Keep an eye on the website for photos posted there.


Senior Maths Challenges – 2013


Maths Challenge


Well done to Scott Maxwell, Miriam Akram, Leon Kidd and Hamish Geddes came in 11th at the UKMT Senior team Maths challenge regional finals in the University of the West of Scotland.


Congratuations to all of the S5/6 who achieved award in the Senior UK Mathematical challenge last month, we had a record number of pupils taking part this year.








Aaron Malcolm


Adam Gruber


Kenan Bastekin

Medhi Ebrahimi


Jowad Farooq


Dani Tihanyi

Scott Maxwell


Brad Robertson


Brinley Terrell


Allan Hamilton


Erin Kemsley


Antony Pentleton


Alasdair MacDonald


Kindred Willow


Ridwan Pfluger


Khadijah Anwar


Lewis Lappin


Chris Cochrane


Daniel Crains


Calum Morely


Adam Merrliees


Julia Murray


Craig Conlan


Hamish Evans


Hamish Geddes


Leon Kidd


Zurah Anwar


Andrew Mclean


Callum Abbott


Qasim Ali


Keir Caldwell


Eva Ross


Elspeth Bell


Cameron Richardson


Farhan Zubair


Louis Mitchell


Rhianna Queen




A big thank you to all of the pupils who took part.



Public Speaking Success


Congratulations to Hamish Geddes in S5 who recently competed in the 1st round of the Glasgow Speakers Club Schools Competition with a speech entitled “The Dawkins Delusion”.  He confidently went through to the final which will be held in Glasgow City Chambers on the 2nd of November. 

He was coached to within an inch of his life by a team of his peers who also deserve a wee mention for giving up quite a few lunchtimes to hear him prepare. They are: 

  • Callum Abbot
  • Catherine Clements.
  • Amy Rollo
  • Qasim Ali
  • Flora Makin


Advanced Higher French pupils


A group of S6 Advanced Higher pupils participated in EUROSCOLA. The pupils visited the European Parliament in Strasbourg where they were given the opportunity to experience the culture and tourism of this dynamic and traditional French town.  Students from all the member state counties of the European Union were represented. Pupils were given a unique opportunity to experience EU decision making in the form of a multilingual European Youth Parliament.

Hyndland Secondary’s Advanced Higher French pupils participated in debates, (speaking only in French!), as well as voting and adopting resolutions on real European issues.

Christmas Show!!

Look out for tickets for the Christmas Variety show which will feature pupils and staff performances. This year we will be raising money for the Philippines Disaster fund. Prices are : £2 for children/concessions / £2.50 for adults. There will be raffles, and maybe a surprise visit from Santa! This show is normally a sell out- tickets will be on sale w/b 25/11/13 available from sixth years. 

A warm welcome is extended to family and friends of Hyndland Secondary to our Christmas concert on Tuesday 10th December.

This will take place in Hyndland Parish Church at 7pm.


 Tickets will be on sale from the music department for pupils. Should any parents wish      to purchase tickets independently they can be purchased from the main office.

£3 adults (£1 concession) we look forward to seeing as many of our community supporting our young musicians.



 (Including holiday and in-service dates for Session 2013/2014)

Thursday 5 December 2013

S5/6 Ceilidh 7.00 pm

Thursday 5 December 2013

Parent Council Meeting 7.00 pm

Friday 6 December 2013

Clothes Show Live - Birmingham

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Christmas Concert 7.00 pm

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Carols by Candlelight 7.30 pm

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Christmas Variety Show 7.00 pm

Thursday 19 December 2013

Christmas Service 2.00 pm

Monday 23 December 2013 – Friday 3 January 2014


Thursday 15 January 2014

DTP Teenage Booster

Thursday 23 January 2014

Parent Council Meeting 7.00 pm

Thursday 30 January 2014

S4 Parents Information Evening 7.00 pm

Thursday 6 February 2014

S1 Parents Evening 4.00 pm

Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 February 2014


Wednesday 12 February 2014


Thursday 27 February 2014

HPV/MMR Immunisation

Thursday 27 February 2014

S2 Parents Information Evening 7.00 pm

Thursday 6 March 2014

S5-6 Parents Evening Targeted  4.00 pm

Thursday 13 March 2014

P7 Parents Information Evening 7.00 pm

Thursday 20 March 2014

Parent Council Meeting 7.00 pm

Monday 7 April  to Friday 18 April 2014


Monday 21 April 2014


Thursday 1 May 2014

S2 Parents Evening 4.00 pm

Monday 5 May 2014


Thursday 15 May 2014

Parent Council Meeting 7.00 pm

Friday 23 – Monday 26 May 2014


Wednesday 28 May 2014

P7 Visit

Thursday 29th May 2014

P7 Visit

Thursday 29th May 2014

P7 Information Evening 7.00 pm

Sun 8 June – Friday 13 June 2014

History Trip to Battlefields

Wednesday 25 June 2014

School Close








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