Word Wizard Champion 2018

Congratulations to Rachel Agnew of S1 who recently took part in the national finals of The Word Wizard Competition at The Scottish Parliament – and was placed First, in the Beginners French Competition for the whole of Scotland!

The competition provides a perfect opportunity for language teachers to address The Attainment Challenge by allowing pupils of all levels the chance to excel in language learning. Word Wizard develops skills in acquisition of vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, recall and public speaking; not to mention the many literacy outcomes it addresses. This hugely motivating competition encourages links with other curricular areas and with health and wellbeing, culminating in a high profile celebration of language learning.

Rachel had to learn 225 French words and know how to spell every one of them in French! She has been working on this with Mr Robertson since November last year.

Over 190 pupils participated in the semi-finals which took place in March and 48 qualified for the final which makes Rachel’s victory even more impressive.

Huge thanks also to Mrs Hinchliffe who accompanied Rachel to the final at the Scottish Parliament.

Royal Scottish Academy Scottish Schools Award 2018

Barbara Jarzabek and Sophia Allen, both of S3, , had their artistic talents recognised at the Royal Scottish Schools Arts Award ceremony in Edinburgh.

Sophia and Barbara won the West Region Junior and Intermediate awards respectively.

This was an outstanding achievement as there were 600 entries into this year’s competition, and Holy Cross was the only school to be presented with two awards.

Sophia and Barbara each received a certificate and a prize of £150. The pupils were also able to view their work hanging in the Gallery, and which will remain in exhibition until the end of May.