Mrs Porteous's December Message
This is my final message to you as Acting Head Teacher at Whitburn Academy. As I write to you, at the end of a very busy term, the young people at Whitburn are continuing to work hard as the festive season commences.
The Newsletter highlights many of the successes and achievements of the young people this term. Please enjoy reading about our victories in basketball and Under 13’s football as well the success of the Debating Team, the first ever S1 Open Evening and the annual school Art Exhibition. I would like to give a special mention to Taylor Heggie. Taylor’s hard work and commitment to her studies has resulted in her outstanding academic success and made her a worthy recipient of the Professor George Salmond Dux Award. Well done!
Help Week gets underway today with the Christmas Fair. Here Personal Development students organise a variety of activities, such as Tombola, ‘Guess the Birthday of the Bear’…..or…. ‘Teacher!, ‘Estimate the Number of Sweets in the Jar’ as well as selling tasty delights such as chocolate covered strawberries, hot dogs and pizza. Following this there will be two further fundraising days, with events organised by S4and S5 pupils, all designed to raise money for worthy causes. This year the Charity Committee have selected Jack’s Den, UNICEF and the Whitburn Food Bank to be the benefit from funds raised through the dedication, creativity and team work of the young people at Whitburn Academy.
Another highlight of this final week is the annual Christmas Concert which takes place later this evening. In recent weeks the young people and staff have been rehearsing extensively in preparation for this event. I am looking forward to experiencing the results of their hard work; there cannot be a more fitting prelude to the festive season.
All of these exciting events occur alongside our core business of teaching and learning and staff and pupils continue to focus on work that has to be completed this term such as class assessments, NABs and project deadlines. In particular the S4-6 pupils are preparing for the prelims which take place early in January. I would like to take this opportunity to wish them the very best of luck.
Please enjoy reading our December Newsletter, which is available to download from the Newsletters page. I would like to give special thanks to Mr Hawthorn for all of the hard work he has put into this edition of the Newsletter and for continuing to ensure that our school website is always kept right up to date.
Finally, a word of farewell from myself. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time a Whitburn Academy and I continue to be impressed by the hard work and dedication of both the staff and pupils. The school certainly lives up to its values of Responsibility, Ambition, Compassion, Honesty, Confidence and Hard Work; I am proud to have been part of such an inspiring establishment.
With best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year
Acting Head Teacher, Whitburn Academy