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National Youth Orchestras of Scotland – Jazz Applications

The National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS) is delighted to announce that its Jazz Applications for 2018 are now open.

Applications are invited from vocalists and instrumentalists aged between 12 and 25 with an enthusiasm for jazz who would like to perform at the highest national level. We would be delighted if you could pass this information on to any interested parties and display the attached A4 leaflet in your music department or building.

Our guidelines for the appropriate standard are as follows:

NYOS Jazz Summer School (aged between 12 and 21): Vocalists and instrumentalists who are comfortable on their instrument and share an enthusiasm for jazz. We welcome all levels to this course, including young people with less experience but who are keen to learn more and develop.

NYOS Jazz Access (aged between 13 and 17): Proficient vocalists and instrumentalists with some experience of improvising.

NYOS Jazz Orchestra (aged between 14 and 25): Vocalists and instrumentalists at minimum ABRSM Grade 6 or equivalent and MUST be a competent/experienced improviser.

NB: Qualification is a guide only and not essential

Applicants need only complete one application form to be considered for all NYOS Jazz courses.  Following application, students will be invited to submit a recorded audition. If successful at the audition stage, applicants will be offered a place in a specific NYOS Jazz ensemble.

All information is available on our website. Students should submit their application by Friday 20 October to be considered for one of Scotland’s national youth jazz orchestras in 2018.

PTA Newsletter

Click here to view the PTA’s first newsletter.  We hope that you enjoy reading about the improvements all your fundraising efforts have made to the school’s Library Project.

Don’t forget that the PTA AGM takes place in the school library on Tuesday, 26 September at 7pm. Refreshments will be served at 6.45pm, with an opportunity to look at the library improvements. We look forward to seeing you there.

2017/18 East Lothian Secondary Schools Golf Order of Merit


East Lothian Secondary Schools Order of Merit Events

  1. Fri 22nd Sept 2017 @ Haddington GC, Times: 1330 – 1430
  2. Fri 6th Oct 2017 @ Winterfield GC, Times: 1328 – 1440
  3. Fri 16th March 2018 @ Criaigielaw GC, Times: 1330 – 1430
  4. Fri 23rd March 2018 @ Longniddry GC (TBC), Times: 1330 – 1430

Format: Stableford and counts towards handicap

Points awarded at each competition towards the East Lothian Order or merit

1st: 100, 2nd: 75, 3rd: 50, 4th: 25, 5th: 10, Attendance: 5

Entry: Free


East Lothian Scottish Schools Qualifier for Paul Lawrie Scottish Schools Championship

Date: Fri 27th April 2017 @ Gullane GC (TBC)

Times: 1330 – 1530

Format: Scratch strokeplay

Entry conditions: The qualifying event is open to all players with CONGU handicaps as it counts towards the East Lothian Secondary School Order of Merit.

The 2 lowest scratch scores on the day will qualify to represent East Lothian in the Scottish Schools.

To be eligible to enter the Scottish Schools players must be on the School Roll at 31st May 2017 and in possession of a CONGU Handicap, Boys Category 1 Handicap (5.4) and Girls Handicap of 20 or under.


Paul Lawrie Scottish Schools Championship : Mon 11th June @ Murrayshall, Perth

Additional places are also allocated by the organisers by ballot if players wish to enter directly:

To enter any of the above events email Kate Green (Golf Development Officer)

Or contact your Schools Sports Coordinator or School Golf Organiser.


East Lothian v Edinburgh Secondary Schools Ryder Cup

Venue: TBC

Date: TBC

Following our Order of Merit events the top 8 players in the scratch and top 8 players in the handicap order of merits qualify to represent East Lothian in this event.


Scottish Open and Seniors Pro Am

We have been lucky enough to be able to enter a team into each of these events in the past and we hope to offer something similar in 2017. This is likely to be the winners of the Scratch and Handicap divisions and possibly one other wild card place which will be played for at Gullane on the 27th @ Gullane as our final event.