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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

The Tour du Mont Blanc – A challenging opportunity for Geography and Modern Language Pupils in Summer 2017?

Passing through France, Italy and Switzerland The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a 170km trek around the Mont Blanc massif, with a total ascent of over 10,000m – that’s more than climbing Everest! The reward; stunning scenery, the chance to improve your foreign language skills, learn about the Geography of the areas – and meet other trekkers from all over the world while staying in mountain huts and refuges.

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The trip is organised by the ELC Outdoor Learning Service and led by our own qualified International Mountain Leaders.  It will take place in the last week of the 2017 Summer Term and the first week of the Summer holidays . The trip is open to any pupils across the current S3 – S6 years in an ELC school who are up for the challenge.

While this is an adventurous and challenging trek  in it’s own right with many benefits in terms of Health & Wellbeing and Personal & Social development, we are also very keen to include Geography and Modern Language outcomes in it’s objectives.

In brief …

  • Curricular focus: Human & Physical Geography and Modern Languages (French and Italian)
  • Open to:  Current S3 – S6 across all ELC schools
  • When: Last week of the Summer Term , first week of the Holidays – 14 nights, 13 days walking.
  • Group size : Min 8 – Max 12
  • Leaders; Andy Duff plus 1
  • Cost:  Dependent on numbers. Cost will be fully inclusive;  food, hut accommodation, flights and insurance.
  • Funding – Pupils will be strongly encouraged to organize fund-raising events and apply for sources of funding
  • DofE: This would qualify as a Gold DofE residential (but not exped)
  • The process  : Expression of interest (Dec) , Parents evening (Jan) ,  selection / training session (Feb), the trip (Jun/Jul)

If you have pupils in your school, especially those who can use this to improve their Geography and Modern Languages,  then please contact Andy Duff at the Outdoor Learning Service (aduff@elcschool.org.uk) and he can provide more information. Please could you also let Miss Ritchie know if you are interested in this opportunity.

The Spanish Exchange 2016 – Pupil Report

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The Spanish Exchange. These three little words bring back so many amazing and brilliant memories from pool parties to paintballing, from shopping to the culture that you so vividly experience when you stay in Spain. Although it was a nerve wracking experience having a stranger stay in your house – who you have never met in person before, and who you have only ever talked to over social media – those jittery ‘what if we don’t get on well’ nerves fall away the moment your partner walks into the languages classroom; you both awkwardly introduce yourselves, before laughing at how nervous you both are.

When our Spanish Partners first visited us in Scotland in June, the week was jam packed with so many different activities and outings – despite the weather being miserable for most of the week – typical Scotland, eh? Most of the week was spent as a group with the rest of the people on the Spanish Exchange, and we did things like watching the school production of ‘Grease’, climbing up the Law for a picnic, going to Foxlake and doing Foxfalls, and heading down to the beach every weeknight to play touch rugby and where everyone just chatted, and generally got to know each other better. It was great! Continue reading The Spanish Exchange 2016 – Pupil Report

S6 Mandarin Language Taster Sessions

Awesome upcoming opportunity for S6 to attend Mandarin language taster sessions here in school with a fully qualified teacher of Mandarin after the October holidays!!!  If you are free in Column A and would love to learn a new skill and have an experience of Mandarin, see Mrs Cairns to sign up!!  Sessions will run Tuesday period 1 and Wednesday period 5 in English Room 7.  A fantastic opportunity – go for it!