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Did you know our school was founded in 1792 and that Mr Engstrand is our 23rd Rector? Did you know that we have memorial boards in our theatre to commemorate ex-pupils and staff who died in both World Wars, a mural on the second floor with photos of pupils and staff of previous buildings and a very old school bell by our main entrance?
These were all questions in our recent ‘History of Our School House Group Quiz’.
Results are as follows:
1st – Wyvis
2nd – Glamaig
3rd – Nevis
4th – Slioch
5th – Lomond
Well done to all that took part. There will be more challenges in the coming weeks.
The House Group Competitions are about to start with a multiple choice quiz taking place this coming Thursday during registration. You will need to be on your House group Classroom to take part – make sure you are signed up.
There will be a number or competitions run over the coming weeks/ months for you to take part in.
Each completion results in the House groups being placed 1,2,3,4,and 5.
Any ideas for competitions should be given to your House group captains that have been introducing themselves to all classes both in person and on the Google Classroom pages.
Good luck on Thursday morning as the first completion ‘kicks off’ this years challenges – a multiple choice quiz about The History of our School. Thanks to Emma King (S6) for her work on preparing the quiz.

BBC Young Reporter are holding a series of online events on Tuesday 24th November for pupils aged 16-18 who may be interested in learning more about digital careers or a career with the BBC. Before you can join any of these sessions you must register with BBC Young Reporter via this link:


Digital Cities Virtual

Aimed at 16 – 18s, visit the Digital Cities Website for more information:


Here is a list of the online events:

Creating A Sociable Gaming Environment with Claire Lim 10:00am – 10:45am

BBC’s ‘The Social’ presenter and Twitch Partner, Claire Lim, shares her ideas about creating a sociable gaming environment and how publishers can create unique, interactive environments for gamers that not only connect but also entertain.

Lunch time chat – Working in the Gaming Industry 12:15pm – 1.00pm

If you want to know more about the range of jobs and how to get into the industry, this session is for you. The panel will be answering your questions and share their insider knowledge. We’ll have guests coming from a variety of backgrounds and doing very different roles, taking your questions.

Video games creation with Aardman Animations 2.00pm – 2.45pm

From pre-production to release, join Neil Pymer from Aardman Animations as he talks about the different stages of games creation. Plus, he shows you how you can get started and create your own games at home.
Aardman Animations is the home of Wallace and Gromit and creators of various games including BBC iReporter and Dr Who Don’t Blink.

Career Talks with the BBC

There will also be an opportunity to join one of two Zoom webinars, each with different BBC colleagues, who will be able to answer any of your questions. They will be held on Mon 30th Nov, 10.15 – 11.00 and Wed 9th Dec, 2.00 – 2.45.

If you are interested in attending any of these events please email youngreporter@bbc.co.uk indicating which session you would like to join.

We are a team of 8 who interviewed this time last year to go to Romania and help underprivileged children, and what a year it’s been. We were tasked to fundraise £9000 as a group, so we came up with fundraisers to help our cause. We held raffles; organised soup and pudding days; kept a stall at the school’s Christmas Fayre; hosted bake sale after bake sale and, our final event, hosted our curry and auction night. We had reached our target and more when we heard the news that we would not be able to visit the children due to Covid-19.

However, we still wanted the kids at the camp, Talita Kum, to get something from us, so we put all our efforts into the Blythswood Shoebox Appeal. We received donations from pupils S1-6, wrapping and organising the boxes on a tight schedule. 40 boxes were sent away from the school to Romania on Friday last week full of toiletries, clothes, toys, sweets, and stationery.
We would like to thank everyone who gave us a donation, came to our fundraisers, and helped us out. We would also like to thank Mrs Kish and Miss Bruce, the teachers who led our team through it all. Although we never ended up going to Romania, the experience we did have was something eye-opening, challenging and rewarding for all of us.

Visit the Blythswood website here for more information: https://blythswood.org/shoeboxappeal/

All bus pupils are being asked to fill out a google form, naming up to four pupils who regularly sit nearest to them. This is an attempt to track and trace pupils in the unlikely event of one of them testing positive. We appreciate that this system may not be fool proof but after speaking to pupils we reckon this is worth trying and it is hoped that the pupils will support us by keeping to their bus ‘bubbles’. This will be intimated to pupils at next weeks’ assemblies.

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