Climbing at EICA Ratho

We had a really good turnout of pupils and staff for our visit to the Edinburgh International Climbing Arena at Ratho.  The size of the Arena and the height of the climbing can be very daunting to a first timer but this did not hold our pupils back.  Great fun was had in both climbing and abseiling, as well as learning some rope management and belaying skills. ...
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Archery

A huge thank you to the folks from the Scottish Archery Centre for once again coming to school to teach our pupils Archery.  Pupil and staff alike get the opportunity to test their bowing mettle under expert guidance and it is always very rewarding to see how much everyone improves as the session progresses.    
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Leadership Day at Harlaw

Harlaw Reservoir in the Pentland Hills was the setting for our Leadership Day challenge. This challenge was an opportunity for pupils to be out of a school setting and work collaboratively to achieve team goals, in this case to gather the clues necessary to compute a combination allowing them to open a safe containing a team prize. Each team was issued with a 1:2...
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DoE practice expeditions

Recently some of our pupils have been out in the wilds of the Borders undertaking their practice Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions.  They have been very lucky with the weather with mostly sunny and dry (if not warm!) days.  Long distances and heavy rucksacs were borne with a good deal of stoicism though the finishing points of their expeditions where reached somewhat grateful...
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Jupiter Artland visit

Jupiter Artland has been on our horizon for some time and we were very pleased to have one of their staff come into school to examine with our pupils the concepts behind sculptural art forms.  This was then followed by a school visit to Jupiter Artland where, in conjunction with Jupiter Artland’s staff, pupils explored the thoughts, ideas and meanings behind many of the sculptu...
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5 Sisters Zoo Trip

On Thursday 8th February the whole school went on a trip to the Five Sisters Zoo in West Lothian. The zoo was an ideal location to build on the pupils’ experiences of biodiversity and adaptation, which is part of all the Biology courses they are studying. The pupils and staff really enjoyed this trip.  There were opportunities to walk around and see all the interesting anima...
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Zoolab Workshop

On Wednesday 31st January Zoolab visited the school for an animal handling session.  The Ranger, Ross, brought in a variety of interesting and exotic animals for pupils to handle and discuss.  Amongst the animals were: an Albino Corn Snake, Bearded Dragon, Giant African Snail, a Chilean Rose hair Tarantula and a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.  The pupils were given the opportuni...
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Drake Music Workshop

We are now half way through our Drake music workshop and those pupils taking part have had a fantastic opportunity to try a variety of instruments with an experienced musician on hand. Pupils are currently working on compiling their own song and have chosen to include drums, guitar and a keyboard in their composition.  We have a further five weeks to go and we hope to showcase ...
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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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