School of Knox

Thanks to all the staff and pupils who helped with the great week on this varied  Outdoor Learning Programme. A fantastic finish to the week with some great conditions for coasteering. Pupils all worked hard on a physically demanding week to guarantee success and we hope to see you all again on future outdoor programmes. Great preperation for the transition to S4 and we wish you all good luck with that.

Slide show has a selection of pictures from the week – unfortunatley we were so busy -stand up paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking in the wind on Monday that no pictures of that – only memories- hopefully good ones!! Good luck with S4 next week.

NBHS S3 Highland Adventure

20 North Berwick S3 pupils are using their activity week to further explore their own country around Moidart and Lochaber.


They successfully travelled the length of Loch Shiel by canoe and foot- camping wild on the shores along the way.
Thursday was been spent up high on the flanks of Ben Nevis – viewing it from sides less explored. Still a considerable amount of snow on the tops in May.
Friday was an ace day with all adventuring on two wheels – some on Mountain Bikes and some on Segways. The afternoon was then spent in the very large fridage that is the ice climbing wall in Kinlochleven – with a little bit of high ropes thrown in for good measure.
Saturday was the return journey back down south and an afternoon spent swinging amongst the trees at GoApe in Peebles.

A cracking week (requiring hard physical effort; organisation; resilience; coping with fears and often enjoyable) – many thanks to Miss Ritchie and other staff from North Berwick High for the organisation. A really powerful week in lots of ways. As one pupil quoted during an end of week review and slideshow – “I chose this trip because I wanted an experience – not an holiday”. They certainly got what they wished for.


King’s of the River Tyne (and Queens)

A massive well done to all the P7 pupils( last group pictured – the entire year group took part!) from King’s Meadow Primary School, Haddington who achieved Paddlpower Start Level 1 over the last month on the River Tyne at West Mill in Haddington. This was a great opportunity for all the pupils to develop their paddling skills.

Of course it’s not all about paddling , we experienced all kinds of Scottish weather over the weeks and developed team skills through learning about paddling canoes and also developed some knowledge about  these amazing craft and the people that paddle them. We made  links to Scottish history (which linked with class topics), geography, our local environment and a few snoozes, duck catching (not real ones!!) and laughs on the way – we even managed to fit in a bit of healthy competition as well as ticking off all the paddlesport start skills.

All the P7 Pupils from King’s Meadow PS received a Paddlepower Start certificate for their achievements – as did Mr Smith (HT) congratulations to all & thanks to all the staff at school and those who got the pupils to venue, helped out with bank support( and more) – and made it all possible.

If you like to get your class to join these padddlesport achievers – why not sign up for the 2013 /14 Primary Outdoor Learning days – more details here.