Paris/Disneyland Paris 26-30 June 2016

The following trip is now back up and running and now includes 2 days in Disneyland Paris.  Five spaces are still available and those interested should contact Mr McNeil in the first instance.  The price has been reduced to £475 per person.  £100 deposits payable by 20 November – cheques payable to East Lothian Council or pay online via East Lothian Council ‘Pay for it’ facility.  disneyland_paris_1


epraise shop

All items ordered from the online shop should be collected from the library the following day. Opening times are

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.30am – 8.40am
Monday to Thursday 1.15pm – 1.40pm
Monday & Tuesday 3.45pm – 4.45pm

Torness Apprentice open day

Open dayTorness power station will be holding two information days about its very successful Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship scheme on Saturday  21 November and Saturday 5 December to let prospective recruits know more about it. The information day will prove invaluable to anyone considering a career in engineering maintenance.


Young Scot Competition

SCQF Partnership have teamed up with Young Scot to help learners (13-18 years) gain a better understanding of the SCQF and how it can benefit the learner journey.

Through Young Scot Activities card holders have the chance to earn points simply by watching a short video and answering 3 quick questions. Cardholders can then go on to Win An iPad Mini loaded with educational apps.

If you don’t yet hold a Young Scot Card the sign up process is quick and easy!   Click on the link below


Nuffield Placement Scheme 2016

Nuffield Placement Scheme 2016

Please see below for information and guidance notes on how to apply for the Nuffield Placement Scheme 2016.

I am happy to announce that the Online Applications for Nuffield Research Placements 2016 opened on 26th October 2015.

Below is a summary of the application process:

The Nuffield Research Placement Scheme is aimed at the current 5th year students who will be sitting their Highers in 2016 and who are studying any Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Maths (STEM) subjects at that level (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Geography, Computing, Home Economics/Food Technology, Psychology, Music Technology, Product Design, Technological Studies etc).

Students apply by completing an online application form which can be accessed on the Nuffield Research Placement webpage at

The application form has various sections – personal details, education, personal statement, teacher reference, parent consent, bursary application (if appropriate).

  • Once the students register, they insert an email address of the teacher who is to provide them with a reference.  This automatically initiates an email to that teacher and allows them to log on to the student application, where they can view the various sections and include their reference.
  • After the closing date (Feb 26th 2016), appropriate sections of the application will be forwarded to various supervisors for their consideration – this may then involve an informal interview.
  • If a student and/or teacher has contact details of anyone in local industries/organisations who could offer a placement, they can let us know and include their details on their application. We can then follow this up.
  • If successful, the student agrees start and finishing dates with their supervisor.  The placements normally take place at the end of June, July or early August.  The student will normally be working Mon-Fri (9am-5pm) for 4, 5 or 6 weeks. Students should therefore be made aware that is quite a big commitment.
  • Students will receive all their travel costs to and from their placement. If they fulfil the criteria as set out in the application form, they may also be eligible for an additional bursary.
  • Successful students are required to submit a report at the end of their placement and are also invited to display their work in poster form at a celebration event in the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh (as in a scientific conference). Next year’s event will be on Friday 2nd September 2016.

PLEASE note – there are a limited number of placements available and as such an application does NOT guarantee a Nuffield placement.

The placements help increase confidence and improve key skills including practical, communication, report-writing and presentation skills. It also provides students with excellent experiences & skills to include on CV’s and personal statements. By working with professional scientists and engineers in a real-life environment, the students gain an invaluable insight into a wide variety of careers.

More information on the Nuffield Research Placements scheme can be found at

October epraise Prize Draw Winners

Congratulations to the following who have won the epraise prize draws for October.

Dillon Blythe (4Se2):  6 Royal Blue DDH Tour Special Golf Balls (Please collect from Mr Lanyon)

dp09-ddhtour-topDylan Nevison (1Gr1): Dan Smiths latest book ‘My Brother’s Secret’ signed by the author. (Please collect from Mrs King in the Library)th



Launch of Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Who   :          Any S4/5/6 pupil!

Where:         Dr Robertson’s Lab in Science

When:           1.15pm on  Thursday 29th October

Come along to the meeting today to find out more information about the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, what’s involved and how to sign up.

The DofE Team

epraise Shop

Epraise Shop

The epraise shop is now open in the library at the following times:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.30am – 8.40am
Monday to Thursday 1.15pm – 1.40pm
Monday & Tuesday 3.45pm – 4.45pm

All orders should be placed online through the epraise shop and orders can be collected at the times shown above. A limited number of stationary items are also for sale such as pens, pencils, rulers etc. For more information about the shop please see Mrs King or Mr Lanyon.

Forgotten your login details? Please see Mr Lanyon to get them reset.

Dress UP day Friday 30 October

The S6 Charities Committee are organising a Halloween themed dress up day on Friday 30 October for staff and pupils with the usual £1 donation. The money raised will be going to the local Harlawhill Day Centre to help with their current fundraising drive. Every pupil who donates will also receive an epraise point for community.

If you have PE on Friday you MUST bring your PE kit.