Our intergenerational project ‘T in The Street’ is in full swing, and we are now at our halfway stage.  The nine different groups are each working on their individual projects, ranging from memory boxes and scrap books to board games and musical experiences.  Our partner in this initiative, The Richmond fellowship Scotland Dementia Services, have recently undergone their annual Care Inspectorate inspection, from which they retained their ‘Excellent’ grade 6 levels.  This project was highlighted as excellent practice, and a hugely positive experience for all of the older people involved.  We look forward to sharing our next update and plans for the celebration event at the end of November.  Well done to all involved.

Outdoor Learning Trip

sam_0001On Thursday 13 October, pupils and staff from our CSS department visited Comrie Croft as part of an outdoor learning trip.  They were given the opportunity to take part in various activities, such as den building, a nature walk and campfire cooking.  All those involved had a great time, got very muddy in the process and were also able to experience some new skills. Photographs from the day can be viewed here.



Congratulations to all our pupils who competed in the Scottish Schools Road Race Championships.  All of our athletes performed very well and our S3/S4 girls team finished 2nd overall which is a huge achievement.  The S3/S4 girls team was made up of Lynne McKenna, Charlotte McKenna, Emma Chambers, Orla Lang, Zoe Coyne and Grace Allan.  Here are the individual results for those who finished in the top 50.


pa050120Almost 180 pupils across S4, S5 and S6 enjoyed our first health careers day last week.  Pupils gained hands-on experience with an array of healthcare related equipment and materials,  linked to 50 different fields found within the health care service.  Pupils found the day extremely interesting and enjoyable, evidenced by many of them wishing the workshop lasted longer.  Many thanks to Medical Mavericks for delivering this stimulating and inspiring workshop.  Should any pupil wish to find out about any health care related career they can visit https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles.  For further support please see Miss Mortimer.  Fantastic photos from the day can be viewed here.



dementia-friends-icon-2All of the S5 pupils involved in our  intergenerational project, ‘T in The Street’, are now officially Dementia Friends.  Alzheimer  Scotland delivered thought provoking training  in school, which aims to help people recognise and support members of the community who might be suffering from any form of dementia. Pupils found this session very informative and useful, especially in helping them support the older members of the T in The Street project.  Anyone can find out more, and complete similar training online, by visiting http://www.dementiafriendsscotland.org/.


Ski Team Success

ski-team-successCongratulations to our school ski team who finished third place at the Scottish Schools qualifying event which took place at Midlothian Ski Centre on Sunday 9 October.  Ross (S3), Tom (S3), Kieran (S5) and Kyle (S6) made up the team.

Cycling Success

Congratulations to Georgia (S4) who has an exceptionally successful 2016 season.  After only 18 months of serious cycling, she has celebrated several cycling-1wins in road events and has participated in several high profile events across the UK.

Recently she won the Scottish Youth Time Trial Championships in Renfrewshire, however, the undisputed highlight of her season has been being chosen for the Olympic Development Apprentice programme by British Cycling. This programme was the means by which such top riders as Laura Trott and Mark Cavendish started their professional careers. This means that Georgia will receive coaching and training from the country’s top coaches and will get the opportunity to race at the highest level in the country and abroad.  Some other pictures are available here.


Congratulations to Hannah Grant (S6) and Rebecca Metcalfe (S6) who were part of the Scotland U21 squad who took part in the Netball World Youth Cup Qualifiers in Cardiff, Wales last week.  Scotland won the silver medal following victories over both Wales and Northern Ireland. England finished in the gold medal position.  The Scotland squad have now qualified for the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana in July 2017.  Well done!


Good luck to Hannah Grant (S6) and Rebecca Metcalfe (S6) who left today for The Netball World Youth Cup 2017 European Qualifiers in Cardiff.  The squad are looking to qualify for a place in next summer’s Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone, Botswana.  Scotland face games against England, Northern Ireland and Wales across 3 days of competition.  Good luck to Hannah and Rebecca!


Congratulations to our S2 Netball team who made a fantastic start to their Scottish Schools’ Cup competition with a convincing 21 – 4 victory against Duncanrig Secondary.  Well done to Kirsty Robertson on her ‘MVP’ award!

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