Strathclyde’s Scottish Space School Applications Now Open

SCOTTISH SPACE SCHOOL @ STRATHCLYDE 2020

The 2020 Scottish Space School @ Strathclyde residential summer school will be held at the University of Strathclyde from 15-19 June 2020 and applications are now being invited via the online application system.

Now in its 17th year at the University, the Scottish Space School continues to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists and is aimed at S5 pupils in Scotland currently studying Maths and Science subjects at Higher level.

I would be grateful if you could please inform pupils in this year group at your school of the opportunity to apply for Space School.  Applications must be made online and further information and the online application form is available at:

http://www.strath.ac.uk/engineering/scottishspaceschool/

The closing date for applications is Sunday 19 January 2020.

If you would like further information or have any questions regarding the programme, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at: scottishspaceschool@strath.ac.uk

Yours sincerely

Professor S J MacGregor

Vice-Principal of the University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC015263

Family Hogmanay in the Honest Toun 2019

The Brunton in Musselburgh, is the place to be on Tuesday 31 December for a fun packed Family Hogmanay, part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals 2019-2020.

The Brunton has a well established track record in delivering Hogmanay celebrations in Musselburgh. The daylong event includes performances, workshops and events booked for in advance: two day time ceilidhs, lantern making, drumming workshops, storytelling and puppetry with It’s In The Bag and Clydebuilt Puppets. Additional art and craft activities, face painting and balloon modelling can be paid for on the day.

The day culminates in a stunning lantern parade and firework display lighting up the sky along the Musselburgh coastline. Then for those wishing to see in 2020, The Brunton hosts Hogmania! a family friendly party with live band, piper, Hogmanay snacks and more.

Ticketed activities and events run from 11am – 6.30pm. The FREE evening event starts at 6.30pm as people gather at The Brunton for the Lantern Parade which sets off at 7pm led by the Edinburgh Samba Band, Apus walkabout illuminated birds and Jacks of Frost. This leads to Fisherrow Links for a spectacular Scottish fireworks display from 7.30pm to 8pm.

Audience feedback from previous years:

“As always it’s brilliant and we love this being on our doorstep! Thanks!”

“Just to say thank you to all who organise this wonderful event for families. We love it and the atmosphere is always so nice. Will definitely be back.”

“Fantastic event. Amazing fireworks display.”

Hogmanay Celebrations in the Honest Toun are delivered by East Lothian Council and The Brunton and has received support as part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals.

Information and booking: www.thebrunton.co.uk / 0131 665 2240.

Teenage Booster and Meningitis ACWY Vaccinations

Consent packs for vaccinations from NHS Lothian are out now for pupils in S3 (and in S4 – S6 who have not yet received their vaccinations).

Every year, pupils in S3 are offered the Teenage Booster  to complete their life long protection, through routine immunisations, against tetanus, diphtheria and polio.   Any pupils in S4 – S6 who have not yet received this vaccination will also be offered this.

In addition to the Teenage Booster vaccination, all S3 pupils are recommended to have a meningitis vaccine (ACWY).  This protects against several strains of meningitis.   Any pupils in S4 – S6 who have not yet received this vaccination will also be offered this.

Please read the letter, discuss the vaccinations.  All forms should have been returned to school by now.  Any outstanding forms should be returned no later than Monday 16 December.

Foundation Apprenticeships

East Lothian Works’ Foundation Apprenticeship leaflet for 2020-2022 has been released! This leaflet displays the frameworks on offer for students, and identifies the pathways available for young Foundation Apprenticeship pupils. This year’s leaflet is particularly special as it features some of our current Foundation Apprenticeship students either at their workplace, or in the classroom. East Lothian Works would like to extend a huge thank you to these young people for being a part of this leaflet.

Foundation Apprenticeships are fantastic opportunities to gain knowledge in a certain subject while also gaining invaluable work experience. This provides students with a competitive edge when applying for jobs, Modern/Graduate Apprenticeships, Universities, and/or Colleges. They also boost confidence, self-esteem, and can provide pupils with a clear sense of direction once they leave school.

Foundation Apprenticeships are available to Senior Phase students. If you are interested in doing a Foundation Apprenticeship please speak to your Guidance Teacher.

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