We are very lucky to have a group of parents who organise and run our Saturday morning tuck shop, providing drinks and snacks for visiting schools who come to play hockey and rugby.
In order to make this happen, we are looking for more volunteers (any pupil in S1 and S2). It is not a big commitment, usually one or two Saturdays throughout the season. The more volunteers we have, the fewer mornings everyone has to do.
It is a great asset to the school, and helps to strengthen the school ethos. Many visiting schools comment on how lucky we are to have such a great set-up.
If you could help out, or would like more information, please contact Eileen Ramsay on firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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
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Following an initial consultation on how East Lothian should take forward anti-bullying, a draft East Lothian Anti-bullying Policy ‘Respect For All’ has been produced. We are now seeking parents’ views on the draft policy and would very much appreciate it if you shared your views before we finalise the policy. You can view and comment on the draft policy at
Anti-bullying Policy Working Group