S4-S6 Modern Languages Trip to Strasbourg

The Modern Languages Department is organising a trip to Strasbourg for S4 to S6 pupils in February.  This trip will provide you with an opportunity to widen your knowledge of French culture and improve your listening and speaking skills in French. The language content of the visits means that this trip is more suited to S4 pupils intending to study French at Higher next year.

We would visit Strasbourg from Sunday 17 February to Wednesday 20 February 2013 and will travel with easyjet from Edinburgh to Basle.  We intend to stay in the Strasbourg CIARUS Centre, a residence with restaurant for evening meals located in town.  We will have a packed programme of sightseeing and visits; we are currently devising an itinerary which, whilst it includes touristic staples such as Strasbourg old town and a river boat trip in La Petite France, will also offer visits of cultural interest – the European parliament, a visit to a French High School after a pen friend exchange,  the tour of a gingerbread factory, a visit to the cinema, etc..

If you are interested in taking part in the visit see Madame Naddell

London 2013

After a highly successful London Theatre trip in June this year, Miss Borland is now in a position to offer a London Theatre Trip for June 2013. The trip will be packed full of London tourist activities as well as two West End Performances of Musicals.

Initially this trip is open to pupils in S4-S6 who are on colour.  If you are interested please collect an information letter from Miss Borland in the music department ASAP.  Places are limited to 40 so you must hurry!

S2 ECO Event Thursday 11th October

The S2 Eco Event is fast approaching!  In order for the event to be a success we rely on pupils to collect recyclable materials which will be used on the day.

Could pupils start to bring in recyclable materials to Mr Wyroslawski in D18.  There are points available for the houses that bring in the most stuff!

The more unusual the better but please ensure all plastics are washed first. ANYTHING THAT COULD BE RECYCLED IS ACCEPTED.

When you contribute you will be awarded with a tally mark on the Snow Leopard Salvage Screen… the house with the most tally marks may even be rewarded with a baby snow leopard.

Charities Week

Charities Week is just 3 school weeks away !! Time to get cracking if you want to be involved !!

If you would like to mount an activity such as Cake Baking, Henna Painting, Mastermind, X-Box workshop . . .  anything which would make some money for Charities week  –  go to see Ms Hamilton (Business Studies) or Miss Khan (Maths) and get an application form from them.  If you just want to discuss your ideas with them then go to see them this week.

If you want to perform in one of the lunchtime shows, go to see Mr O’Donnell (Maths).  He will give you an application form.

This week is the time to do this – don’t leave it until it is too late.  Get your application forms, fill them out and return them as soon as possible.

Senior Award Ceremony

Mearns Castle’s Senior Award ceremony took place last night.   We shared in the many successes of our pupils in academic, sporting, enterprise, community and creative fields.

David McCrae - former Paralympic Board Member addressing the students
Mearns Castle's Head Girl and Head Boy Carly Ducket and Aidan O'Rourke giving the vote of thanks at the close of the awards ceremony

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Eco-Schools Scotland 1,500 Green Flag Award

Today Mearns Castle was awarded the 1,500th Scottish Eco-Schools Green Flag.

The flag was raised today by Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP.

Derek A. Robertson, Keep Scotland Beautiful Chief Executive and members of Mearns Castle's Eco committee.

Mr Smith said at the ceremony  ‘We are very proud to receive our green flag and in particular to be the recipient of 1,500th in Scotland.  Our school and the schools who have received flags before us have shown commitment and determination in being more environmentally friendly in our actions.

‘The Green Flag and Eco-Schools initiative and the great deal of work carried out in schools are helping to change attitudes towards the environment and you can see new generations coming through who care more and do more for their local and global environment. I’m very proud of Mearns Castle’s achievements and of the pupils and staff who have worked so hard to gain our school the 1,500th Green Flag’.

Scottish Government Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, Dr Alasdair Allan MSP speaking at the ceremony.

Members of the Eco committee saluting the Eco flag

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