Brightest Watts Summer Programme at Heriot-Watt University

Designed for those starting S5 in the summer the aim is to provide an insight into what going to university is like and to inspire pupils to think of university as an option for them when they leave school.

Due to the ongoing restrictions we are going online again and have an all new two-week programme of events from Monday 26th July to Friday 6th August. It is based on our residential programme so all the favourites are there, including subject tasters and student life sessions. In addition new sessions will help pupils get a better feel for what university is like and to get them thinking about possible careers. The atmosphere as always will be friendly and supportive and the focus is on meeting new people, including our amazing Brightest Watts student ambassadors, learning new skills and raising confidence levels.

We will provide materials and packs to support the programme. We can also provide laptop loans to anyone who does not have access to a laptop or computer. This would be preferable in most cases to the use of a phone or tablet to make sure they can get the most out of the programme.

In addition to the summer programme we will be running a series of masterclasses throughout the next two years to supplement their development and support them as they decide what to do when they leave school. We also hope to get them on campus when we can.

You can find out more, including how to apply, on our website – www.hw.ac.uk/summerschool. Places are limited and although we welcome all applications, we will prioritise pupils from widening participation backgrounds including priority postcodes (MD20), pupils with experience of care, young carers and those from schools with low progression rates to higher education. Applications should be submitted no later than Friday 30th April 2021.

If pupils, or parents and carers have any questions please let me know – just email  wp@hw.ac.uk.

 

Biology prelims

The Biology prelims will take place:

First set: 11-18 November

Biology: Year two of 2 year National 5, Year two of 2 year Higher

Second set: 20-31 January

Biology: National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher

 

Skills Scotland Event Morning Thursday 9 November

Students who intend on leaving school in 2018 (June or December) should attend this event to help plan their destination and/or back up plans B and C.

£4 is required to cover the cost of transport plus a completed consent form. Please return this to Mrs Wilson or Miss Patterson in the guidance office to secure a place.
(If you are over 16 you can complete the consent form yourself).

Website: http://www.skillsscotlandedinburgh.co.uk/site/23/Welcome.html

S@S Accelerate 2016

S@S Accelerate offer two summer programmes, which are held at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, for pupils at the end of S4, S5 and thinking about going to University. It aims to provide a targeted focus on the pupils’ chosen area of academic interest, giving them a head start on the road to their chosen career.

In 2016, there are ten areas pupils can choose from, depending on their career aspirations:

S@S Accelerate 1 (Monday 20th  – Friday 24th June 2016)

  • Mini Space Academy (Electronic & Electrical Engineering)
  • Psychology
  • Product Design
  • Sport

S@S Accelerate 2 (Monday 25th – Friday 29th July 2016)

  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Physics

The cost of S@S Accelerate is £125 and the programme it is non-residential.

Please visit our website for further information: http://www.strath.ac.uk/sees/wideningaccess/

New immunisation programme against meningitis

Consent packs for vaccinations from NHS Lothian were distributed to pupils in S3 to S6 on Tuesday 1 December.

Every year, pupils in S3 are offered the Teenage booster to complete their life long protection, through routine immunisations, against tetanus, diphtheria and polio.

In addition this year all S3 – S6 pupils are recommended a meningitis vaccine (ACWY). This is to protect against the W strain of meningitis which is on the increase across the UK.

Please read the letter, discuss the vaccinations and return completed and signed consent forms to school by Friday 11 December.injections

Exam Timetables

If you are in S4-6 and are due to be sitting SQA exams shortly and have NOT yet received your examination timetable, please contact the school office as a matter of urgency.  Many thanks.

Exam Leave 2015

Please see below letter that was recently distributed to all S4-6 students. Further copies can be obtained from the office or downloaded. The exam leave sheet should be returned to the school office no later than Tuesday 31 March.