A group of S6 Advanced Higher pupils from a variety of subjects visited Glasgow University Library yesterday, accompanied by Mrs Macfadyen and Mrs Millar. After a quick guide to facilities on offer students were let loose to explore this fantastic resource area for themselves. Some opted to rummage around on the History floor, others bathed in the beauty of Shakespeare on the English floor, others found out about resources for studying music, politics and even Italian.
Pupils were impressed not just by the quantity of books available for perusal, but also by the various study and relaxation facilities on offer, and left the Library with lists of books that they wanted to investigate further.
These S6 students now have reference access to the university library for the rest of the academic year – we hope the surroundings will make their studying more enjoyable!
Our thanks to the staff at the Glasgow University Library for making their facilities available to our pupils.
On Tuesday 4th October, 40 S6 pupils accompanied by their Guidance teachers, spent a day dedicated to the UCAS process at the NLC Computer Centre based in Caldervale High School.
After discussing applications, interview techniques, courses and personal statements, participants used the computer suites to work undisturbed on their applications. Pupil feedback was very positive, particularly about the opportunity to spend a whole day concentrating on their own University applications without the interruptions of lessons!
Four of our senior Art and Design pupils have been studying Fashion Brand Retailing at Glasgow Caledonian University over this past year. The awards ceremony for the course was held on Wednesday 27th May at the University.
The four pupils, Charlaye Hobson, Stephanie Alexander, Heather Baird and Cerys Law, all achieved distinctions intheir studies.
In addition, Cerys was awarded a special award for Outstanding Creativity, achieving the highest grades in Theme 1 and 2 assignments.
The Advanced Higher Chemistry pupils from Our Lady’s High School and St. Aidan’s attended the Joseph Black Building of the Chemistry department at Glasgow University on Thursday the 5th of February. This was to enable pupils understanding of the practical implications of the chemistry and techniques they are learning in the classroom. It also allowed them to analyse products they had made for their investigation, which is externally assessed by the SQA and worth 20% of their overall grade.
The pupils were also given a tour of the building by Dr. Beth Paschke and some information on attending the university. A great day was had by all!!
Congratulations and good wishes to Aidan Coates from Our Lady’s High as he begins final preparations for his trip to CERN. As a winner of the Ogden Trust/Glasgow University,“Elementary”, competition earlier this year he will be fortunate enough to gain experience of areas less accessible to the general public. Trip leader and particle Physics expert, Dr Aidan Robson from Glasgow University will lead the successful students and 2 accompanying teachers (including this extremely happy and grinning educator) on a journey of discovery in the scientific wonder lab that smashes subatomic particles together at speeds approaching the speed of light. Discovering why the universe works the way it does is of course not the only benefit of such scientific endeavours. CERN was also the birthplace of the world wide web … and so our use of the Internet.
A very early start from Glasgow University leads to Edinburgh Airport and a flight to Geneva in Switzerland. A possible bus and tram journey later will help students experience public transport in another country before arrival at the world renowned home of the Large Hadron Collider and its 27-kilometre ring of superconducting magnets. Accommodation at CERN and eating at the same cafeteria as the cream of the scientific particle physics community should certainly offer opportunities for plenty of questions. An itinerary that also includes visiting some experiments, particle accelerators and exhibitions as well as meeting up with postgraduate students from Glasgow and other British Universities should provide plenty of scope for career related inquiries as well as helping develop an understanding of quantum physics. A possible trip into Geneva will perhaps be the icing on the cake.
So thanks again for the sponsorship and an experience that may very well influence the career choices of our current crop of science students. There appears to be an increasing number of opportunities nowadays for those interested in STEM subjects to gain an understanding of how these subjects are used in the world outside school.
Fifth & Sixth Year pupils aiming for a university course should sign up for an Open Day of their choice.
UCAS applications began today in the Library with Andrew House. Columba pupils will register tomorrow (Thursday), Margaret on Friday, and Sinclair on Monday. There will be a chance for anyone who missed out first time around to come along on Tuesday. The UCAS application form is very detailed and takes several hours to complete, so the earlier pupils make a start, the better.
Our Careers Advisor, Ruth Robertson, will also be available on Mondays and Fridays in the Library at lunchtime for anyone who wants advice or even just a guide to their options after school.