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Activities & Trips


Success for Pupils in Fashion Competition
Congratulations go out to two teams chosen for the Grand Final of the recycled fashion competition Junk Kouture. The event takes place at the Clyde Auditorium, SECC on Thursday 9th February. The prestigious show will feature 80 chosen designs from schools all over Scotland and among the judges are Louis Walsh (X Factor) and Una Healy (The Saturdays). Over 350 outfits were submitted so it is a tremendous achievement for the two teams chosen.

S2 pupils Craig P, Ryan M and Sean C designed and made an outfit based on recycled computer components called Technically Technical and S1 pupils Melissa M, Lauren A and Mackenzie B designed a 60’s inspired ensemble using recycled fabrics and plastic bags. Called Bright Future.

To support the pupils, we would urge everyone to vote via the Junk Kouture Facebook page for our two winners. The online voting takes place from Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd February. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets to see the show can do so from Ticketmaster.

Junk Kouture Voting Information

SLC Advanced Higher Art and Design Exhibition
The SLC Advanced Higher Art and Design Exhibition is scheduled for the new year in Chatelherault. This showcase of excellence will include work by Hannah P and Cameron A - two former Strathaven Academy students. Well worth a look….

AH Art and Design exhibition poster

Christmas Hamper Donations
All Christmas hamper donations must be handed in to registration teachers by Friday the 16th of December. This is a fantastic opportunity to donate to charity, benefitting vulnerable people in our own community. Suggested donations according to house group are as follows:

Avondale- tinned foods

Dungavel- biscuits/ shortbread/ crackers

Kype- teabags, jars of coffee, hot chocolate

Lethame- selection boxes, box of chocolates

Loudoun- jams, marmalades and chutneys

Any small toys suitable for children under age 10 or a book or magazine suitable for Senior Citizens would also be greatly appreciated.


Fun Run for St. Andrews Hospice
S6 pupils of Strathaven Academy have started to promote a 6km St Andrews Fun Run for both teachers and pupils, in order to raise funds for St Andrews Hospice. Currently we have got 30 pupils and teachers taking part. The event takes place at Strathclyde Park and you should meet as a group at 9:45am behind the boathouse where you will be greeted by Miss Robson and given your official running number. Anyone still wishing to take place should either contact Miss Robson or any member of the St Andrews Hospice elective.

Reading Week
The 5th-9th marked Strathaven Academy’s September reading week, playing host to a range of activities throughout departments in the school, in addition to a wide variety of extracurricular activities including a Harry Potter drawing class, selfie booth, book-swap in the Library, and literary themed cupcake sale. The week climaxed with Friday’s Reading Hour and Cosplay Day, with teachers and pupils dressing up as their favourite literary or film characters, including Lady Macbeth, Professor McGonagall, the illuminati, Captain Jack Sparrow, Fantastic Mr Fox, Dracula, Mr Spock and Captain Kirk.

Advanced Higher Excursion
On  Friday 7th of October Mr McNair and Mrs Bradshaw will be taking their Advanced Higher pupils to the Mitchell and Glasgow University Libraries.

Pupils will use this opportunity to research information for their dissertations which are due after the Spring break. We look forward to hearing about their excursion in our next edition!

Lessons for Auschwitz Project
S6 pupils Kyra and Kerri will represent Strathaven Academy on this year’s Lessons for Auschwitz Project.  This involves a 1-day visit to both Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps.  We will hear about their experience in the next edition of the newsletter.

Young Ambassadors
On 13th September pupils will be travelling to Hampden and on 22nd September they will be travelling to Hamilton.

On 22nd September there is a trip to Calender.

Careers and Skills Event
On 26th October pupils will travel to the SECC, Glasgow for a Careers and Skills Event.

World Challenge Costa Rica
Over the summer, 12 S6 Strathaven Academy students, Mrs Martis and Mr Greenberg travelled to Costa Rica. The team trekked across the Osa peninsula- the most biodiverse area in the planet, volunteered in a small community for 5 days and enjoyed many other unforgettable experiences from sea kayaking to navigating the busy streets of San José. More details to follow in the next edition of the newsletter.

various images from costa rica