Fidra Fair

Fidra Fair is happening on Wednesday 26th November and we are having a Second Hand Book/DVD/CD stall and Baking stall.  This is to raise money for the whole school.  Any donations to either of these stalls would be very gratefully received.  Please give them to Mrs McCormack in Guidance.

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Fidra House Christmas Fair – PTA Hamper Raffle Donations Requested

The PTA will be holding a raffle at the Fidra House Christmas Fair on Wednesday 26 November, from 6.30 until 9.00 pm. There will be three wonderful hamper prizes, full of goodies: a chocolate hamper, a pamper hamper and a Christmas hamper. We would be very grateful to receive donations for any of these hampers, handed in to the School Office as soon as possible.



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Edinburgh and Lothians Construction & Built Environment Challenge 2014-15

The first heat of this session’s Construction Challenge was held at Edinburgh College’s Telford Campus on 22 October. A team of ten NBHS pupils from S2 competed against Trinity High School contestants. The competition consisted of a half-day filled with fun tasks and challenges such as laying roof tiles according to a design and laying a mono-block floor pattern. There was also a bridge construction challenge, the main focus being team work.

Well done to Ben Abbott 2C, Gordon Baptie 2F, David Bell 2L2, Francesca Coke 2L2, Sam Frost 2C, Roslyn Griffiths 2F, Romany Lang-Stephens 2L1, Alice McLaren 2G2, Sophie McAnespie 2L2 and Callum Paton 2C.

The team now go on to take part in the final at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh on 15 January 2014. We wish them luck!

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National Parent Forum of Scotland

Information received from Carol Snow, East Lothian Rep, NPFS for sharing with parent forum:

- NPFS Annual Conference Report
- Update from Scottish Government on taking forward the Wood Commission Recommendations

Here is a link to our new Pathways Nutshell which was launched on 31 October:
and the press release:

For primary Parent Councils -

Here is a link to the new guidance on determining primary school capacity -

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NBHS PTA 100 Club – October Winner

Congratulations to Ellen Austin whose number (63) was drawn for the October draw of our 100 Club.  A reminder that the prize is £40 for an annual subscription of £18. The November draw will be made soon.

Do join our club and give the school some much needed support and check out our activities on our Facebook page NBHS PTA.

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Scottish Junior Championships

Congratulations to Graeme and James Chalmers (5C1 and 4C respectively), William Ladbrooke (3L) and Calum Black (5C1) who won the keenly contested Scottish Junior Golf Championships at Kingsbarns, St Andrews.  The triumphant team, who are all members of the Gullane Junior Golf team, was captained by Oliver Ladbrooke (former NBHS pupil)

This has been a considerable achievement for this young team and due to their success the team will now take part in the Home Nations Championships to be held in Spain next March.

Well done on your achievement and wishing you good luck in Spain!

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NBHS Physics

Please note that there is an update to the Parent’s Page. 


A letter along with two short videos explaining the teaching and learning styles used in Higher/Advanced Higher Physics have been added.


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Prelims 2015

S4, S5 and S6 pupils will have prelims throughout the period of 14th January until 4th February inclusive. East Lothian Council secondary schools will not have study leave for prelims this year.  Pupils are expected to attend classes as normal other than when they are in an exam.  You can find the prelim timetable here.

Some National 5 subjects are taken by S4 pupils only.  These will take place from Wednesday 14th January until Friday 16th January.  S4 pupils will go on work experience from Monday 19th – Friday 23rd January inclusive.  A small number of National 5 prelims will then take place throughout the period of Wednesday 28th January until Wednesday 4th February – these subjects are taken by S5 and S6 pupils, as well as S4. Continue reading

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Laptops for Malawi!Malaptop

Malaptop is a charitable organisation in Scotland that collects used and now unwanted laptops and sends them to schools in Malawi. There are students at North Berwick High who are involved in the programme. They will be collecting the laptops from the public, installing a new opeating system and will also be the fundraising for the shipping of the laptops.

Once the laptops are collected the drives are wiped to a Department of Defence level by the Malaptop organisation and then we install Lubuntu a version of Linux’s Ubuntu. The laptops are then shipped to Malawi and hopefully some will end up with our partner school Katunguwiri Community Day Secondary School. Anyone who donates a laptop will be told which school in Malawi their laptop has gone to.

Laptops can be dropped off at North Berwick High School office or if the laptops need collected call Mr Roderick on 01620 894661.

For more information on the Mlaptop organisation visit their website at

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November and December Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 26 November            Fidra House Christmas Fair, 6.30 – 9.00 pm, Dining Hall
Thursday 27 November                Primary 7 Ceilidh, School Hall

Monday 8 December                    Christmas Concert
Tuesday 9 December                    Christmas Concert
Wednesday 10 December            S3/S4 dance
Thursday 11 December                 S5/S6 dance
Monday 15 December                   S2 dance
Tuesday 16 December                   S1 dance
Friday 19 December                      School closes at 12.00 pm

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NBHS Parent Council – Clerk

There is a vacancy for a Clerk to the Parent Council.  This is a remunerated post (£42.35 per meeting) and the Council usually meets around 6 times a year.  Duties of the Clerk are attached.

If you are interested in assisting the Parent Council in this capacity, please contact Laura Muir at East Lothian Council at Alternatively, you may email the Chair of the Parent Council at

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Online Shopping?

Raise funds for the school at the same time! We have signed up with so simply by shopping online you can help to raise funds for the school. There are over 2,700 retailers registered with easyfundraising. Go to and nominate the school to receive donations when you shop. This another easy but great way to help. Please tell your family and friends and share this page. Thanks!

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Horseriding Club – Training and Competition Dates

Training is to be held at Luffness Mains, Aberlady from 10am- 1pm approx.

14/12/14 – Christmas Competition

Thanks Miss Grant

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S1 Rugby winners

Well done to the S1 rugby team, who won the East Lothian S1 Rugby 10s Tournament, on Friday at Meadowmill. Click here for more details -

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Advanced Higher Music Visit to George IV Library, Monday 6th October

We departed on a music outing to the George IV Music Library in Edinburgh.  Here we were able to view books and CDs related to our individual dissertations needed for the Advanced Higher Music course.

This was beneficial for our independent learning, analysing our pieces in more depth, and also learning about the composers.

Upon arrival, we were delighted to realize the library staff had laid out a selection of relevant materials, having previously liaised with Ms Wilson the subjects of our dissertations. This saved us having to search around for what we needed, and meant we had more time to look at our scores. As we had around two hours, for some of the time we were able to browse the library and their various resources.

We all became members and took out all the appropriate books/scores/CDs as well as other CDs which interested us. The day allowed us to receive a huge amount of help for our dissertations and therefore was beneficial for everyone. We will all use this resource in the future as many of us would like a career in music.

Advanced Higher Music class

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Guide Leaders Needed

Have you ever thought on volunteering with the world’s largest all female organisation?  Many people do, however new leaders are always needed.

Lorraine Dickson has volunteered with a Guide unit for many years.  People often ask her why she does it.  The answer is simple: because she enjoys it.

“Every Wednesday night I load up her car with my Guide bag and any activity stuff I need to take to enable the girls to carry out that particular evenings tasks, sometimes it’s just pens and paper, sometimes it the smoothie maker.  Guides are encouraged to make their own plans and as a leader, along with my team, it’s our job to make sure that the programme is a balanced one and not all making sweets and eating chocolate (although that is a particular favourite). It is the leadership team that make the unit tick, it is because I have a team around me that we have a healthy happy group of girls who turn up every week.” Continue reading

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