Multilingual Debate – Heriot Watt University

On Wednesday, 22nd March, a group of S5/6 pupils attended the fantastic Multilingual Debate at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Heriot-Watt is the only university in Scotland to offer an undergraduate degree in both interpreting and translation. The Multilingual Debate is held every year to give interpreting students an insight into how it feels to simultaneously interpret in a conference, and to allow pupils from visiting high schools the chance to experience how such debates run. Student interpreters work in and out of English, Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. This really is a fascinating event to behold, especially for all those curious about how debates like these are held within international bodies, such as the UN, the EU, and even sporting bodies like the Olympic Committee and FIFA.

In addition to the logistics of running a debate in several languages, it is also important for our pupils to witness and participate in a democratic debate. As the organisers were keen to emphasise, it is only through reasoned, open debate where all views are taken into account that a democracy can function in a healthy way.

For anyone not able to attend, you can now also watch the stream online by logging in to the site below. Have a look – it’s an eye-opener!  Multilingual Debate.

NBHS PTA Monthly Prize Draw

Congratulations to the February Prize Draw winner, Sandra Watson, who receives a cheque for £40. Thank you to all who already support this valuable fundraiser, which has raised £2,000 so far this year for the Library Project (purchase of new books and furniture). If you’d like to sign up please contact For an annual sub of just £18 your name gets entered into 12 monthly draws, each for £40.

Ernst & Young Edinburgh Apprenticeship Webinar

Ernst & Young Edinburgh Apprenticeship Webinar

Ernst & Young are conducting a webinar on Thursday 23 March from 5-6pm, aimed at young people who are interested in apprenticeship opportunities.

Ernst & Young is a global professional services firm offering apprenticeship opportunities to hundreds of young professionals across the UK.  E&Y offers solutions to businesses of all sizes and sectors over a wide range of problems and help them to comply with legislation.  It offers a solid career foundation complete with the Chartered Accountancy qualification and rounded professional training.

Tune in to the webinar to find out more about apprenticeship opportunities at Ernst & Young.  Find out what it is like to work in Edinburgh; current vacancies and learn about the application process to give you the best chance of success.

Please register here  if you would like to access the webinar.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards

NBHS will soon be launching the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Our aim is to offer the Bronze Award for a limited number of current S2 learners, for them to work through and complete all sections whilst in S3. There are 3 sections of The Award: Skills, Service and Physical Recreation, alongside the expedition section and all must be completed to gain the Bronze Award.

A full launch will happen during an S2 assembly before the Easter holidays, and letters will be coming home with further details after this. If we are oversubscribed then we will pull names out of a hat, and create a waiting list.

In future years, we aim to offer Silver and Gold levels but this will be dependent on learner uptake and support from the wider community. If you interested in getting involved with helping us run this award in any way, and particularly if you have any outdoor qualifications, please get in touch through the school office.

Watch this space for more information!

Dates for the diary: Practice Expedition on Friday 6th – Saturday 7th October

Assessed Expedition on Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd June