Mr Adair's Summer Message
Dear Parent / Carer
I am very pleased to be writing to you once again – there is much to look back on and to celebrate, as well as exciting opportunities to come in the new session.
We have just had our very successful Positive Rewards days, with students choosing whether to go climbing in Glasgow, or to head to the theme parks of either Alton Towers or Blackpool. As I write, we are in the middle of our final week, with the three days of Activities Week in full flow. Students are taking part in music, ceramic and stone-painting workshops, gardening, adding to our art mural, playing dodgeball, going on a trip to Nethy Bridge, cycling in Cumbrae, go-karting – and many more besides. We will bring you a report and pictures soon!
In the last few weeks alone: we have hosted our new S1s during Transition Week; we ran a brilliant S6 Employability/Interview workshop; the school has finished in its second highest ever position (sixth) in the West Lothian Sports League; we have sent a group of students to Tanzania (with Mrs Rhind – they are still there!); we have hosted another wonderful Prizegiving evening; and we have launched our new timetable, with all students “moving up” a year for these 3-4 weeks in June. There is so much more to tell you about, which you can read about, both on the website and in the Summer Newsletter.
As we bid a fond farewell to session 2016-17, I would like to wish a particularly warm goodbye to students and staff who are leaving us: we wish you much luck as you embark on the next stage of your life journey. To our staff – to Mr Campbell, Ms Malarkey, Ms Peebles, Ms Kirton and Mr Scobie – we thank you all for your dedication and hard work during your time at Whitburn Academy, and we wish you well with your future endeavours.
I hope you will enjoy reading our Summer Newsletter and web pages. My appreciation goes to Mr Hawthorn for all the work he puts in to the Newsletter and for ensuring that our school website is always kept right up to date. If you have any questions or comments about the Newsletter, the website, the events mentioned, or about the school generally, please visit our homepage: www.whitburnacademy.org and send us an email via the address provided.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our staff, our young people and our partners, for all their efforts during this session. What began with Whitburn Academy’s best-ever examination results in Summer 2015, I hope will end with similar success this time round in 2016. Good luck to everyone who is waiting for exam news in August.
I would also like to thank you as parents/carers for your continued support of your children and of the school. I wish everyone a very happy, hopefully very warm, and relaxing summer holidays.
Kindest regards and best wishes
Rector, Whitburn Academy