S5 PUPILS: GEORGIA USA ROTARY STUDENT PROGRAMME

Georgia (USA) Rotary Student Programme (GRSP)

Applications for a placement commencing Autumn 2018 are now invited.

This is open to all young people who will be aged 18 (and no older than 25) by 1 August 2018 and are able to undertake a course of study at a University College in Georgia, US, commencing in Autumn 2018 running through to May 2019.

Further information can be found at the GRSP website here.

NBHS PTA Monthly Prize Draw

Congratulations to Jeanne Jardine, our March winner.  Jeanne receives a cheque for £40. Thank you to all who already support this valuable fundraiser, which has raised an amazing £5,500 for the Library Project (purchase of new books and furniture).  If you’d like to sign up please contact ptanbhs@gmail.com.  For an annual sub of just £18 your name gets entered into 12 monthly draws, each for £40.

SQA Exam Timetables

Senior students will receive their final exam timetables on the following days:

S6 Tuesday 25th April at registration.

S4-S5 Wednesday 26th April at registration.

Assemblies will be held with all senior students this week using the Powerpoint link below:

Your Exams

 

Study Leave

Study leave for Senior Phase pupils (S4, S5, S6) begins on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

Some pupils will be following a non-study leave programme of vocational activities and they will receive a letter explaining all of this shortly.  Details will also be put on the website.

Our new timetable will start on Monday 5th June 2017.  Pupils will move up a year group so we expect all of our pupils back at this stage, except our current S6 who will have officially left.

Multilingual Debate – Heriot Watt University

On Wednesday, 22nd March, a group of S5/6 pupils attended the fantastic Multilingual Debate at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

Heriot-Watt is the only university in Scotland to offer an undergraduate degree in both interpreting and translation. The Multilingual Debate is held every year to give interpreting students an insight into how it feels to simultaneously interpret in a conference, and to allow pupils from visiting high schools the chance to experience how such debates run. Student interpreters work in and out of English, Spanish, French, German, and Chinese. This really is a fascinating event to behold, especially for all those curious about how debates like these are held within international bodies, such as the UN, the EU, and even sporting bodies like the Olympic Committee and FIFA.

In addition to the logistics of running a debate in several languages, it is also important for our pupils to witness and participate in a democratic debate. As the organisers were keen to emphasise, it is only through reasoned, open debate where all views are taken into account that a democracy can function in a healthy way.

For anyone not able to attend, you can now also watch the stream online by logging in to the site below. Have a look – it’s an eye-opener!  Multilingual Debate.