The Lyceum Sharing Event

This week saw the culmination of this year's collaboration with The Lyceum, when invited guests joined us for our sharing event.  Guests were encouraged to walk through the “bizarre bazaar” pupils had created, which was intended to be a feast for the senses.  They could read and listen to the stories and scripts pupils had developed, inspired by the tales of The Arabian Nights....
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Ice Skating

An intrepid group of our pupils and staff set out after school one day this week to discover the joys of ice skating.  A blustery and damp Edinburgh winters' evening was not enough to put them off and much hilarity ensued as they set out onto the ice.   Undignified falls seems to be part of the skating experience for those new to it however, falls there may have been, but no su...
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The Lyceum Workshop

This week we were very lucky to have a school visit to The Lyceum's Scenic, Prop & Costume Workshop.  It was a great opportunity for our pupils to see the sort of work that goes on in the background in preparing for a Lyceum production.  The visit complements Project Genie, running in association with The Lyceum, were our pupils are exploring the many aspects critical to a ...
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The Arabian Nights

On Tuesday 28 November, 15 pupils and staff attended a performance of The Lyceum’s winter production of The Arabian Nights.  This fantastic opportunity to go to the theatre is part of our collaboration with The Lyceum. It was really interesting for those of us who are participating in Project Genie to see how a professional company would bring the stories which we are now fa...
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Edinburgh College Engineering

Four of our pupils have recently started an Engineering course at Edinburgh College.  Their course focuses on three National 5 units and are a practical introduction to machine shop skills including operating lathes and milling machines.  The course is hands-on and very quickly our pupils were using the machines to cut and face aluminium and mild steel to tolerances of 0.1mm.  ...
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Into Film Festival

On 14 November, staff and pupils enjoyed what has become an annual trip to the cinema as part of the nationwide Into Film Festival.   This festival aims to put film at the heart of children and young people's education, and gives access to over 100 films which are grouped by theme.  It is also a lovely opportunity for us to enjoy a trip out together! This year, we elected to...
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Children in Need

Children in Need is always a fun day at school for our pupils, if not for some of our staff!  This year pupils decided they would like the staff to be the coconuts in a coconut shy, though they did relent and use wet sponges rather than anything more substantial. As well, some of our pupils made a variety of baked goods in our kitchen, including Wheaten Bread, Ginger Bread a...
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Farm Visit

At the start of November our Geography and Home Economics pupils visited Samuelston South Mains Farm in East Lothian.  The farm primarily grows potatoes for the major supermarkets and it was a a great opportunity for our pupils to explore and understand where our food comes from and the evolving structures and economics of farming.  We are very grateful to James Logan for allow...
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Charity Coffee Morning

Another year, another successful charity coffee morning! This year the coffee morning took place on Friday 6th October.  The pupils decided to fundraise for the Salvation Army, with the aim to donate directly to local Salvation Army homeless shelters.   The pupils excelled themselves in preparing, planning and co-ordinating the coffee morning with precision.  There were 80 gues...
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Alpaca School Trip

On Thursday 21st September all pupils went on a school trip to the BobCat Alpaca Farm.  This was the second year running that we’ve visited the Alpacas and it was just as good as we remembered!  Bob lead us round his 12 acre holding, situated in Bonaly, and introduced us to his many Alpacas and their individual characters.   We learnt all about his extensive breeding programme,...
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