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SCHOOL NEWS

MEXICO 2021

The Biology Department are in the process of finalising a trip to Mexico in 2021 to take part in various conservation projects in the Rainforest. Anyone interested should contact the deparment for more details.

SCREEN WRITING/ACTING DRAMA CLUB

There is a Screen Writing/Acting Drama Club starting next Wednesday (27th of Nov) at lunchtime. All S1-S2 pupils are welcome. Any pupils that are interested should see Ms MacAngus in the Drama department.

ROMEO AND JULIET BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Come and see Greenfaulds High School on Tuesday 3rd December in  Romeo and Juliet at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.

Performed as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, tickets are on sale via…

https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/shakespeare-schools-festival/theatre-royal-glasgow/

Don’t miss it! Come along, be entertained, and support our pupils!

“Beautiful.. sharp and subtle… funny, classy and energetic ”

(A Midsummer Nights Dream, Greenfaulds High School, Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018)

SCHOOL NEWS

NLC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

A number of pupils took part in the NLC Swimming Championships. All performed well with some winning medals and most achieving new Personal Bests. Well done!

Jake Lindsay Silver 100m Butterfly/ Silver 200m Freestyle

Emily Milne Bronze 100m Freestyle

Cameron Neilson Gold 200m Breaststroke/2nd 200m Individual Medley

Seth Knox Silver 200m Freestyle/ Bronze 100m Butterfly

Jonathon Timmons Bronze 100m Breaststroke

Darby Patmore Bronze 50m Butterfly

Ellie Cooper 2 new PB’s

ART AND DESIGN DEPARTMENT

Twenty S1 pupils really enjoyed a special illustration talk and workshop on the theme of ‘How to draw a Dragon’ with Scottish illustrator and artist Kate Leiper on the 29th October. Kate showed the pupils lots of examples of her published work and gave them tips for illustrating children’s book characters. Pupils spent time creating their own dragon character and said that they found the event fun, interesting and inspirational. This event was part-sponsored by the Scottish Book Trust with their live literature funding. Check out the event on twitter @GHSArtdept

SCHOOL NEWS

DRAMA

The cast of Romeo and Juliet, which we will perform in the Theatre Royal Glasgow in December, take part in a Shakespeare Drama Workshop at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow. Tickets are now on sale for the performance on December 3rd, as part of the Shakespeare School Festival.

 

SCHOOL NEWS

DRAMA

The cast of Romeo and Juliet, which we will perform in the Theatre Royal Glasgow in December, take part in a Shakespeare Drama Workshop at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow. Tickets are now on sale for the performance on December 3rd, as part of the Shakespeare School Festival.

 

DRAGON’S LAIR

GHS have two teams representing competing at the North Lanarkshire Dragon’s Lair business event 2019. This competition requires a lot of hard work, determination and a flair for entrepreneurship and we wish our S3 pupils Paige McCartney, Jack Smyth, Mia Orr, Lucy Cowan and Celina McKay the very best of luck with the submission of their business plans! Watch this space…

MODERN LANGUAGES

The Modern Languages Department are really pleased to welcome our new German assistant, Theresa Ebeling. She is 21 years old and comes from Leipzig, Germany. She studies at Uni in Leipzig where she is training to become a teacher of German and English. This year, she will work alongside class teachers and with small groups to help pupils improve German speaking and to educate us all on German culture. She will be with us in Greenfaulds on Mondays- Wednesdays and in Cumbernauld Academy on Thursdays and Fridays. We are really lucky to have her here and the pupils and teachers are excited to be working with her. Wilkommen, Theresa!

READ TO SUCCEED

Read to Succeed is an initiative of North Lanarkshire Council with the aim of encouraging and promoting reading and creative writing.  Greenfaulds was delighted to welcome author Martin Steward who gave an inspirational talk about his writing to all of S1.

S3 ACHIEVE GROUP

Congratulations to the S3 Achieve group at Greenfaulds High School, who planned, organised and hosted this years MacMillan Coffee Morning.  The group raised a fantastic £440 for the charity with their amazing cake sale, raffle prizes and games!

SCHOOL NEWS

MODERN LANGUAGES

The Modern Languages Department are really pleased to welcome our new German assistant, Theresa Ebeling. She is 21 years old and comes from Leipzig, Germany. She studies at Uni in Leipzig where she is training to become a teacher of German and English. This year, she will work alongside class teachers and with small groups to help pupils improve German speaking and to educate us all on German culture. She will be with us in Greenfaulds on Mondays- Wednesdays and in Cumbernauld Academy on Thursdays and Fridays. We are really lucky to have her here and the pupils and teachers are excited to be working with her. Wilkommen, Theresa!

READ TO SUCCEED

Read to Succeed is an initiative of North Lanarkshire Council with the aim of encouraging and promoting reading and creative writing.  Greenfaulds was delighted to welcome author Martin Steward who gave an inspirational talk about his writing to all of S1.

S3 ACHIEVE GROUP

Congratulations to the S3 Achieve group at Greenfaulds High School, who planned, organised and hosted this years MacMillan Coffee Morning.  The group raised a fantastic £440 for the charity with their amazing cake sale, raffle prizes and games!

SCHOOL NEWS

GREENFAULDS HIGH SCHOOL SHOW 2019

SCHOOLS WILL ROCK YOU!

Greenfaulds HS is incredibly excited to be performing our show, ‘Schools Will Rock You’ on the 19th, 20th and 21st of June. Our pupils have been rehearsing diligently every week to ensure the show will be one of a kind.

‘Taking place in the distant future, Earth has become a world where everyone thinks the same thoughts and wears the same clothes. Worst of all – musical instruments and composers are forbidden and rock music has almost been forgotten! Thankfully, a small group of bohemians are attempting to restore freedom of thought, fashion and live music. Along their journey, they have to be careful not to fall in to the hands of the all-knowing Killer Queen (she’s dynamite with a laser beam!)’

The show will cover Queen’s greatest hits so you know you’re gonna have yourself ‘a real good time!’.  Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from any member of the Music Dept. If you want to reserve tickets then please email: kduncan@greenfaulds.n-lanark.sch.uk.

STIRLING UNIVERSITY LANGUAGES OPEN DAY – TUESDAY 11TH JUNE 2019

Some Higher and Advanced Higher French pupils attended Stirling University Languages Open Day this week, where they mixed with other language students from all over Scotland.  They experienced what life would be like at Uni and attended mini lectures and tutorials. Pupils were encouraged to participate in French in group sessions and all involved thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We had the opportunity to listen to some current students, all of whom had taken part in an Erasmus programme, working or studying whilst living abroad. Hearing such exciting stories has really helped our pupils to see the benefits of language learning and encouraged them to consider a year abroad and a future using languages. This could open so many doors for them no matter what career they choose to pursue!

 BADMINTON LEAGUE

A number of pupils were successful recently in the final North Lanarkshire badminton league match.

S1

Zack Pursley- Gold Medal in his League Group

Adam Saleem- Silver Medallist in his badminton group

Katie Evans and Rachel Scott both winning Silver medals in their leagues as well.

SCOTTISH SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHAMPIONS

National Combined Events: Amy Kennedy Bronze Medal, Hannah Wallace 5th Place – both will be invited to the National Team Development Camp in the Autumn.

Hammer: Hana Gay Silver Medal, is now one of the top Hammer Throwers for her age in Scotland.

1500m Steeplechase: Calum Little Bronze Medal, currently being considered for a discretionary place for the National Team for this years SIAB in Swansea.

400m: Emily Miller Gold Medal, is one of the top 400m Athletes in Scotland and is currently part of the UK Athletics Development Program in Loughborough.

100m: Grace Young Silver Medal + National Standard, after a strong indoor season has continued being one of the top sprinters in Scotland in her current age group this year.

80m Hurdles: Euan Wallace Bronze Medal.

300m: Calum MacKenzie – Silver Medal + National Standard – this was Calum’s first National competition and his performance puts him in the top 2 in Scotland, special thanks to Mr Neil for all his help with Calum’s event registration.

On top of the above medal winning and performances, there were a number of other great performances by the following athletes:

Amy Kennedy: reached the finals of Shot Put (4th), Discus and 300m Hurdles;

Hannah Wallace: reached the finals in the 80m Hurdles and Long Jump (4th);

Kaela Senior: reached the finals of the 70m Hurdles;

Jack Breakell: 70m Hurdles.

Alasdair McMonagle ran a personal best of 2.02 in the 800m

COUNTY SPORTS MEDAL WINNERS

Below is the list of Greenfaulds High School County Sports Medal Winners. Greenfaulds are very proud to have come in 2nd place within North Lanarkshire overall.

 GOLD

Hannah Wallace  S4   Hurdles & Long Jump – setting new country records in both

Amy Kennedy S3 Hurdles & Shot Putt (New Record)

Hana Gay S1 Shot Putt (New Record)

Grace Young S1 in 80m (New Record)

Carter Smith S3 Discus

Declan O’Connor S2 400m

Adam Atkinson S2 100m

Ethan Cunning Ham S2 Hurdles

Iona Davidson S2 High Jump

Euan Wallace S2 High Jump

S1 boys relay team – Hayden Robertson, Oliver Whyte, Ethan Price & Jack Breakell

S2 Boys relay team – Euan Wallace, Boyd McQuade, Declan McQuade & Adam Atkinson

S3 Girls Relay Team – Alex Walker, Leona Jaap, Hayley Ogden & Amy Kennedy

SILVER

Chloe Newlands S2 Discus

Leona Jaap S3 1500m

Stewart Kennedy S3 1500m

Jack Breakall S1 Long Jump

Boyd McQuade S2 100m

Calum Little Senior 1500m

Iona Davidson S2 800m

Senior Girls Relay Alyesha Akhtar, Liusaidh McCulloch, Kim McLaughlin & Hannah Wallace

BRONZE

Liusaidh McCulloch Senior 200m

Hayden Robertson S1 200m

Emma Bonner S2 200m

Euan Wallace S2 Hurdles

Calum MacKenzie S3 200m

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL NEWS

OPERATION WALLACEA

On Tuesday 11 June 8 pupils and 2 members of staff from Greenfaulds are travelling to Indonesia to take part in several ecology studies. They are travelling with Operation Wallacea and will help research scientists with on-going conservation projects.

These projects are situated in the remote Buton Rainforest on Sulewesi. After this the group will move to the island of Hoga in the Coral Sea, where they will help with data gathering at a variety of Marine Conservation sites. The data gathered will be used to inform conservation agencies and the local government on the best options for reducing environmental damage in a very vulnerable area.

GREENFAULDS HIGH SCHOOL SHOW 2019

SCHOOLS WILL ROCK YOU!

Greenfaulds HS is incredibly excited to be performing our show, ‘Schools Will Rock You’ on the 19th, 20th and 21st of June. Our pupils have been rehearsing diligently every week to ensure the show will be one of a kind.

‘Taking place in the distant future, Earth has become a world where everyone thinks the same thoughts and wears the same clothes. Worst of all – musical instruments and composers are forbidden and rock music has almost been forgotten! Thankfully, a small group of bohemians are attempting to restore freedom of thought, fashion and live music. Along their journey, they have to be careful not to fall in to the hands of the all-knowing Killer Queen (she’s dynamite with a laser beam!)’

The show will cover Queen’s greatest hits so you know you’re gonna have yourself ‘a real good time!’.  Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from any member of the Music Dept. If you want to reserve tickets then please email: kduncan@greenfaulds.n-lanark.sch.uk.

SUPPORT FOR LEARNING

Greenfaulds High School’s Support for Learning Department took advantage of an offer of free tickets to the Scotland v’s Jamaica football game, and 4 pupils came along to support Scotland (as well as some staff and their families). We integrated this with the opportunity to develop Independent Living Skills, where the pupils travelled by public transport to and from the game from Cumbernauld. It was a great game.

The S3 Achieve class are working towards their John Muir Award, and Accredited certificate to develop skills Outdoors. As a part of this, the pupils have been doing conservation work at Ravenswood Nature Reserve, Exploring new places, and recently we climbed a hill in the Trossachs- Ben A’an.

CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY CONCERT

On Wednesday 29th May, we held our inaugural Community Concert in Cornerstone Church in the heart of the town centre.  An enthusiastic audience, ranging roughly from age 2 to age 92 were treated to a showcase of the very best of what Greenfaulds Music Department has to offer and our pupils did not disappoint!

Mr Rodgers kick-started the event with a fabulous display of piping, before the Trad Band took to the stage with the swashbuckling ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and a selection of jigs. Next followed a lovely Clarsach solo from Caitlyn Yule, then the Trad band gave their final set, finishing with a singalong version of ‘A Million Dreams.’ This was a particular favourite of our audience members from Glencryan School.

Next, some of the lead characters from this year’s school show ‘Schools Will Rock You’ delighted everyone with their renditions of the Queen songs ‘No-One But You’ and ‘Headlong’. Lots of the audience were clearly impressed, as they immediately enquired about where they could purchase show tickets–from the music department, shows from 19th to 21st June, tickets only £5!!

A highlight of the showcase was the 2nd performance ever of our new Samba group, comprised of a selection of enthusiastic S1 pupils, who gave an impressive (and noisy) performance, joined by a few willing volunteers from our community. This ended with spontaneous cheering – clearly a hit!

Throughout the concert we also featured a number of soloists – namely from Caitlyn Andrew, Ava MacKinnon and Amy McPhee, 3 of our beautiful vocalists.

The School Wind Band gave the final set of the concert with an inspiring piece titled ‘Into the Clouds’, then a Dixieland version of the Disney classic ‘The Bare Necessities’. Next, the ever-popular medley of ‘Queen’ songs and another Greatest Showman classic ‘This Is Me’ – audience members joined in heartily in this final segment with singing, clapping and stomping along to ‘We Will Rock You’.

Well done to all the performers, staff, tutors and a big THANK YOU to the ever-helpful staff of Cornerstone and, of course, the appreciative audience – dancing, clapping, singing and certainly lots of smiling. We hope that this inaugural event will become an ANNUAL event, bringing so many members of our community together.

SCHOOL NEWS

Musical Showcase for Primary 7 Pupils

On Tuesday 21st May, all of our ‘soon to be first-years’ were treated to an afternoon of musical performances, showcasing the very best of what Greenfaulds Music Department has to offer them next session.

After a morning of sporting activity with the P.E. department, well over 200 P7 pupils then had a well-deserved rest, whilst also being an impeccably well-behaved audience for our performers.

The School Wind Band started the concert with an inspiring piece titled ‘Into the Clouds’, then a Dixieland version of the Disney classic ‘The Bare Necessities’. The Trad Band then took to the stage with the swashbuckling ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and a selection of jigs. Next, some of the lead characters from this year’s school show ‘Schools Will Rock You’ delighted everyone with their renditions of the Queen songs ‘No-One But You’ and ‘Headlong’ – hopefully some of the P7 pupils will be inspired to come and see the show (from 19th to 21st June, tickets only £5!!)

A highlight of the showcase was the debut performance of our new Samba group, comprised of a selection of enthusiastic current S1 pupils, who gave an impressive (and noisy) performance, joined by a few willing P7 volunteers!

The Trad band gave their final set, finishing with a singalong version of ‘A Million Dreams’, followed by the Wind Band who performed a medley of ‘Queen’ songs and another Greatest Showman classic ‘This Is Me’ – the P7 pupils joined in heartily in this final segment with singing, clapping and stomping along to ‘We Will Rock You’.

Well done to all the performers, staff, tutors and audience members and we will be doing more of the same next week at our Community Concert in Cornerstone Church in the town centre – Wednesday 29th May, 10.45am til 12.15pm. Open to all and an event not to be missed.

S3 CORE SKILLS

The S3 core Skills class visited Hamden for a tour and a visit of the Football museum last week. We have all learned a lot about Scottish (and worldwide) football.

The day concluded with a game of frisbee golf and our own football match.

SCOTLAND V’S JAMAICA

The school have some tickets for the Scotland v’s Jamaica women’s football match on Tuesday evening (28th May). There are some tickets remaining if anyone would like to attend. Please contact E Macdonald in Support for Learning.

MODERN LANGUAGES

We are delighted that the efforts of some of our pupils studying a Modern Language have been recognised by North Lanarkshire Council. The pupils travelled to a special awards ceremony in Airdrie Stadium on Tuesday 21st May to join pupils from across the authority and received individual certificates to celebrate their hard work. The pupils have worked extremely hard throughout the year and were nominated by their teachers. We’d like to say a fantastic well done to all the pupils who work hard learning languages and a special well done to the following:

Outstanding Language Learner of the Year – S1
Shaqa Waqas
Ellie-Ann McPhee
Hannah Brodie

Outstanding Language Learner of the Year – S2
Chloe Newlands
Savayra Waqas
Keir Wright

Outstanding Language Learner of the Year – S3
Ava Duffy – German and Spanish
Jennifer Paterson – German and French
Lewis French – German and Spanish

Most improved Language Learner in S3
Tira Halcrow

Congratulations to all of our talented linguists!

NURTURE WEEK

This week is Nurture Week.  The theme this year is ‘Safe @ School’.  In PSE classes, pupils have been discussing what makes them feel safe in Greenfaulds and designing ‘love locks’ for a display to celebrate this. Teachers have also been taking part by displaying signs on their door to highlight what they do to try and make pupils feel safe in their classroom.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

Bronze DofE pupils from S3 and S6 enjoyed their Practice Expedition in Strathyre on 9-10 May.  The 3 groups successfully navigated the route as a team and camped, showing resilience by overcoming freezing cold overnight temperatures. The groups are currently working on route cards for their Final Expedition and making some changes to their preparations for their Final based on their experiences. For updates on DofE, please see the department’s Twitter page: @GHSDofE

THE INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERING FARADAY CHALLENGE

On Wednesday 14th May, six of our S1s Grace Brodie, Lisa Scott, Zach Pursley, Andrew Provan, Eva Ann Scott and Sian Sinclair all took part in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Challenge Day which was held at Kilsyth Academy. As a charity the IET are committed to the advancement of science, engineering and technology and to encouraging young people to study the STEM subjects and consider careers within the engineering and technology sectors. The Faraday Challenge Day give our student the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems.

All teams were given their brief in which they were asked to choose an area to work on the James Webb Space telescope. The teams were all given some ideas to help with their engineering mission such as working on the ways in which parts of the telescope are transported or focuses light or designing and making a prototype for equipment which may help with the launch of the telescope. Our team decided to design something that would allow the telescope to focus light by moving the hexagonal sections of the primary mirror. The brief itself was rather challenging but our team worked well together to overcome those challenges, they were all very creative, open minded and used their own problem-solving skills to explore their capabilities as engineers.

Although we didn’t walk away as winning team, we are very proud of the work and efforts that went into the Challenge. We certainly have some young engineers in the making here!! A big well done to you all!

GREENFAULDS HIGH SCHOOL TO PERFORM ROMEO AND JULIET AT THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW

Following the tremendous success of our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year (Greenfaulds classy, funny, energetic, magical Midsummer Night’s Dream”, we will be presenting Romeo and Juliet as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival later this year!

We are excited to announce that the performance will be staged at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.

Casting will begin soon – see Mr Gillespie for further information.

GREENFAULDS HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONCERT

Wednesday 29 May 2019

SCHOOL NEWS

FAREWELL

This week we say farewell to Mr Kevin McBride in the PE Department.  He leaves Greenfaulds after 14 years service here to take up his new post as Principal Teacher of PE in St Andrew’s in Glasgow.  We wish him every success in his new role.

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

Bronze DofE pupils from S3 and S6 enjoyed their Practice Expedition in Strathyre on 9-10 May.  The 3 groups successfully navigated the route as a team and camped, showing resilience by overcoming freezing cold overnight temperatures. The groups are currently working on route cards for their Final Expedition and making some changes to their preparations for their Final based on their experiences. For updates on DofE, please see the department’s Twitter page: @GHSDofE

THE INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERING FARADAY CHALLENGE

On Wednesday 14th May, six of our S1s Grace Brodie, Lisa Scott, Zach Pursley, Andrew Provan, Eva Ann Scott and Sian Sinclair all took part in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Challenge Day which was held at Kilsyth Academy. As a charity the IET are committed to the advancement of science, engineering and technology and to encouraging young people to study the STEM subjects and consider careers within the engineering and technology sectors. The Faraday Challenge Day give our student the opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems.

All teams were given their brief in which they were asked to choose an area to work on the James Webb Space telescope. The teams were all given some ideas to help with their engineering mission such as working on the ways in which parts of the telescope are transported or focuses light or designing and making a prototype for equipment which may help with the launch of the telescope. Our team decided to design something that would allow the telescope to focus light by moving the hexagonal sections of the primary mirror. The brief itself was rather challenging but our team worked well together to overcome those challenges, they were all very creative, open minded and used their own problem-solving skills to explore their capabilities as engineers.

Although we didn’t walk away as winning team, we are very proud of the work and efforts that went into the Challenge. We certainly have some young engineers in the making here!! A big well done to you all!

S3 RMPS VISIT

Last week on Wednesday the 8th of May, the S3 RMPS options class with Ms Lundmark and Ms Stewart went into the West End of Glasgow and visited a Mandir (Hindu Temple) as they have been studying Hinduism. The pupils enjoyed exploring the Mandir, seeing images of different gods and goddesses that they recognised as well as shrines dedicated to them. All pupils were allowed to ring the bell, which is part of the worship ceremony, and received a blessed apple (prashad) as we left.

GREENFAULDS HIGH SCHOOL TO PERFORM ROMEO AND JULIET AT THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW

Following the tremendous success of our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last year (Greenfaulds classy, funny, energetic, magical Midsummer Night’s Dream”, we will be presenting Romeo and Juliet as part of the Shakespeare School’s Festival later this year!

We are excited to announce that the performance will be staged at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow.

Casting will begin soon – see Mr Gillespie for further information.

GREENFAULDS HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONCERT

Wednesday 29 May 2019

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SCHOOL NEWS

Maths Camp

On Friday 22nd March 2019 at 1800 hours thirty five intrepid Higher Maths candidates and Mrs Bonar, Mrs Gallagher, Miss Somerville, Ms Earl and Miss Docherty of the Mathematics Department headed off to Kilbowie Outdoor Centre for a weekend of Mathematics and outdoor activities.  The pupils opted into this Maths Camp to help improve their understanding of higher maths.  The pupils identified areas for development and activities were directed accordingly.  Pupils arrived at the centre about 9pm on Friday and we settled. The next morning the group started with tutorial sessions on circle, differentiation, quadratic theory, trigonometry and (for those at the top of their Maths game) A/B type exam questions.

In the afternoon all pupils took part in a water adventure. They were put into groups of 8 and had to work as a team to tie two canoes together and then they had to navigate a route around the water picking up markers along the way. They took this very seriously and they were even swimming through the freezing waters to beat their rivals.

In the evening after a hearty meal the pupils were split into groups of four and after some humorous team building they participated in a “mathiversity” challenge and a very heated and fast Maths relay quiz culminating in an overall winning team of Dylan Anderson, Joseph Lorimer, Christy Paterson and Mia Paterson.

All this hard work meant the pupils had worked up an appetite and they wolfed down some Chinese food before settling down to some music.

After a good night’s sleep the maths began again at 9am with a bout of speed dating with past paper questions and again we had a “best male date” Dylan Anderson & Ibrahim Iqbal and “best female date” Amy Ward and Sophie Carus.

The pupils and staff thoroughly enjoyed their time away and pupils feel they have a better idea of their strengths and weaknesses and know what to focus on to revise for their final exam in May.  The pupils were a credit to the school and were highly praised by the staff at the centre.  The maths department would like to express their thanks to the mathematical society of Edinburgh as their financial support meant that the cost to pupils was greatly reduced.