Monday, 20 February 2017

E-Newsletter for Monday, 20 February 2017

Assemblies for This Week

Order of Assembly:

Tuesday - Lewis

Wednesday – Skye

Thursday – Tiree

Values Focus Week
This week we will be focussing on Instilling Resilience - "We persevere when faced with challenge.  We know that when we make mistakes we are encouraged to learn from them.
Mr Hunter


Higher Drama Performance Exam
A SQA assessor will be in school on Wednesday 22nd February for the Higher Drama performance examinations.

Please could everyone ensure the areas close to the Drama Studio are quiet so that the performance exams are not interrupted.

Thank you!
Mrs Whyte


S5/S6 pupils

·         Would you like to find out what University life is like?  Applications for the Sutton Trust UK Summer Schools 2017 are now open. 

·         At the University of Edinburgh summer school students will be given the chance to explore what university life is really like. You will have the opportunity to attend academic lectures, live in halls of residence, make friends from across the UK and receive high-quality advice on how to navigate the UCAS application process.

·         All costs, including travel, accommodation, food and activities are covered by the Trust and our partners, which means it is completely free of charge for your students to attend.

·         All the information for applicants are available on :

·         Applications will close at 5pm on Thursday 2nd March 2017.

See Mrs O’Connell for further details.
Mrs O’Connell

S4 & S5 Pupils
Do you have interest in a career in Law?  Are you the first generation in your family to think about attending University?  If you have answered yes to both of these questions a Royal Bank of Scotland work experience week would be ideal for you!

For one week, the legal team at RBS are offering pupils the opportunity to experience life as a lawyer. Throughout the week pupils will get the opportunity to participate in lots of interactive workshops and experiences.  They will sit in on a real live court case, take part in a mock trial, take part in exercises to help increase presentation skills, public speaking, confidence and team-working, spend an afternoon in a large central Edinburgh law firm, and find out about career paths and routes into the profession.

When and where is it?

Monday 19 June to Friday 23 June 2017 - It is in term time, so permission to attend will be required from the school as well as a parent / guardian.

Location – RBS Gogarburn office (by the airport). Travel costs will be reimbursed and lunch provided daily.  Students will be required to make their own way to and from the venue.

See Mrs O’Connell if you would like to apply for this fantastic opportunity.
Mrs O’Connell


The Health Opportunities Team Gilmeron Health Drop In
The Health Opportunities Team Gilmerton health Drop-in is on every Wednesday evening between 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Gilmerton Community Centre. The Drop in is a free and confidential service, where young people aged 12-25 can access advice, support and information on all health issues, including sexual health.  Pop in to say hi, join in the activities or stay to get some 1 to 1 advice – it’s your choice.
Eilidh MacIver, Project Worker


S6 Pupils

LEAPS Summer School

For LEAPS-eligible students who are holding one or more UCAS offers and would like to strengthen their chances of university entry and experience university study.

Key Dates:

Summer School will run from Friday 2 June – Friday 21 July 2017 at various locations throughout Edinburgh.

Deadline for registering interest: 5pm Friday 17 March 2017

(Registering interest form open online now – students who register interest will be contacted when applications open online in mid-March.)

Deadline for completed applications: 5pm Friday 31 March 2017

(Full application form will open online in mid-March.)

Mrs O'Connell

S5 Pupils

LEAPS S5 Conference

For LEAPS-eligible S5 students who are aiming for university or college.

Wednesday 22 March 2017 5-8pm at the University of Edinburgh

Information is available online now and registration will open in mid-February.

If you any questions about either of these events please see Mrs O’Connell.
Mrs O'Connell

Careers Advisor
The Careers Adviser Kay Hannah will be available in the school library at lunch-time on Tuesdays - no appointment necessary. Kay can support you:

·         To work out which career is a good match for you

·         Support you with College and University applications

·         Support you to develop a high quality CV, job applications and interview skills

Kay Hannah


Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers
The PE department are collecting Active Kids Vouchers again this year.  Please encourage parents/carers to take these when offered if they shop at Sainsbury’s.  Vouchers can be handed to your registration or PE teacher.
Mr Gregor


Breakfast Club
Breakfast club is now up and running everyday, fuel your learning - come along to HFT fabric room from 8am. 
Mr Gregor


Medical Forms to be returned to Mrs Fraser
This is a reminder that any pupils still to hand in their Asthma Consent forms (and/or any Medication to be Replenished forms) should submit them to Mrs Fraser ASAP.
Mrs Fraser

Purple Friday
This Friday 24th February is Purple Friday.
This is NOT a Dress Down Day, but please feel free to wear purple accessories, make-up etc to show your support to the LGBT community. We will be inviting students and staff to be part of our #PurpleSelfie on Friday so the more purple the better!
See Mr Meyer (ML1) to get your Purple Friday ribbons (suggested donation £1 - fundraising goes to LGBT Youth Scotland charity).  A limited set of only 50 is available so be quick if you want one!
Mrs Whyte