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Gardening Scotland Success

Gardening Scotland success

A group of North Berwick High School pupils have won a Silver Award at this year’s Gardening Scotland for designing and building a ‘Bee friendly’ show garden. This garden was part of a student competition run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to make a front garden for biodiversity. The garden was built by Cera Gemmell, JoJo Gormley, Chloe Harkness and Onno Sharp and was based on designs by Heather Fortune, Cera Gemmell and Chloe Harkness and a plant list by Ellen Clarke.  Many thanks to Nick Parker in CDT for turning unwanted pieces of wood into attractive planters and a fantastic bug hotel, Mrs Bloomfield for driving the minibus and helping us set up and our RHS skilled volunteer Rosie Oberlander for helping in our trial setting up of the garden.

The garden will be set up in the Canteen courtyard and will be available for viewing 6.30 -7pm on the day of the school WII Cabaret (Wednesday 14 June). Last year’s Gold Award-winning garden is now permanently planted in the Social Area courtyard – please contact Dr McKendrick if you would like to view this as well.

Our pupils are all in S2-4, so to win a silver award in a competition aimed at horticultural students, many of whom will be making a career of garden design, is a great achievement. It is a beautiful garden and the public response to it was very positive.  Well done to them all!

Dr McKendrick

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

French boy seeking host family

We are a French family and we are looking for a family to welcome our son Robin next year for the school year. I am Caroline, the mother of Robin. We wish that he will be able to spend time in a Scottish family for a school year in order to improve his English. We have chosen Scotland because we have already spent time there and loved it and we have got some family living in Edinburgh, so Robin will be able to spend some time, or weekends, with his family.

Robin Is 15. He is very sporty (he is practicing handball in a club, and likes to go biking, running and swimming). He loves spending time with his friends, going to the movies, listening music, watching tv… and he is also taking part in a drama class. Continue reading French boy seeking host family

German Pupil Looking for Host Family

German Pupil looking for host family for two months We have had a request from a German girl called Annika Schneider to visit North Berwick High School for two months in order to improve her English. Ideally, she would like to come to us in the summer term. Please see below her attached Letter of Introduction. If you feel that you would like to host Annika within your family, or to find out more, please contact her father, Roman Schneider, directly by email at:

Private exchanges can be a great way to learn about other countries, languages and customs and offer opportunities for personal growth. Please note, however, that such exchanges are entirely a private arrangement between the two participating families.


Miss Ritchie
PT Modern Languages

We Need Foster Carers Now

We urgently need new foster carers in East Lothian.  Fostering with East Lothian Council means great support, great training and a good financial package. More importantly, as part of our fostering team, you’ll be doing something fantastic, helping children and young people from East Lothian to stay in East Lothian, close to the people that are important to them – helping them to feel safe, loved and nurtured in your home.  Do this for East Lothian children in need. Foster East Lothian!

To find out more phone us on 01620 827 643 or visit East Lothian Council’s fostering web site at