Tuesday, 29 August 2017

2017 - S2 Outward Bound Trip to The Lake District

2017 - S2 Outward Bound Trip to The Lake District
Last Friday saw the return of 43 of our S2 pupils and teachers Mr King, Ms Boyd, Mrs Corsar and myself from a highly successful and enjoyable five-day outdoor activity programme at Outward Bound’s Howtown Centre on the shores of Ullswater Lake in The English Lake District.

During their trip pupils learnt a great deal about both themselves in terms of rising to a challenge, being resilient and not giving up as well as problem solving, taking responsibility and developing the skills necessary to work most effectively as a team. Their Outward Bound course challenged pupils to ‘step out of their comfort zones’ whilst participate in number of activities including rock scrambling, jumping from a high ledge into the lake, open water canoeing, rowing, gorge walking and caving in an artificial cave system. For many the biggest challenge came in the form of an arduous 48-hour expedition which involved trekking into the hills with backpacks and then wild camping or bivouacking under tarpaulin sheets.  

Pupils also participated in a range of activities which allowed them to appreciate the natural environment they were visiting and engage in some conservation work which involved digging, sowing seeds and erecting a fence to create a wild flower meadow. Resulting from this all pupils have been rewarded for their efforts by successfully achieving the John Muir Discovery Award. Plans are now underway for the next Outward Bound trip in August 2018 which will be open to all current S1’s. Further details will follow shortly.


Sunday, 27 August 2017

STEM Course for Female Students

Stemettes are award winning not-for- profit enterprise who inspire girls into STEM education and careers

Friday 6th October
Heriot Watt University Riccarton

For girls in S4, S5 and S5
For young women at college or university
  • 9 - 10am : Registration & Check-in
  • 10 - 11am : Inspirational Keynote
  • 11am - 12.20pm : Workshops & Networking
  • 12.20 - 1.20pm : Lunch
  • 1.20 - 2.20pm : Inspirational Keynote
  • 2.20 - 3.20pm: Workshops & Networking
  • 3.20 - 4pm : Panel, Prizes, Plenary
  • 4pm : CLOSE
  • Interview Practice - A chance to get comfortable with speaking to employers about yourself, and asking the right questions.
  • Inspirational talks - Hear from people who have been there, done that, got the t-shirt and come back to help you do the same.
  • Meet the Industry - Hear about their ups and downs and build your network.
  • Career Workshops - Gain important skills for your future STEM career. A helping hand for your upcoming work experience, internships or full-time roles.

In partnership with Monster.  See Ms Purdie in Maths if you are interesting in going.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sport Facility Bookings

The City of Edinburgh Council have recently asked Edinburgh Leisure to process block bookings for sports clubs at all High Schools.  This is a separate piece of work to the ongoing conversations about ‘operational transfer’ of High School sports facilities to Edinburgh Leisure to operate community time (after 6.00pm weekdays, weekends and holiday periods).

Accordingly, if you are a sports club, group or organisation and wish to make a block booking of a high school sport facility, please contact:

schoolbookings@edinburghleisure.co.uk or call 0131 458 2212.
Website link: https://www.edinburghleisure.co.uk/venues/schools