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Heriot Watt university: Design Smash ’14

IMG_0395Congratulations to Team geography who represented us at the Heriot Watt University Design Smash. The team led by Rory Fairgrieve as captain were tasked with redesigning West Register Street, Edinburgh as part of the St James Centre redevelopment project. It was a no rules design project – where the team were asked to think about how the site might be used in the city in the future, thinking about what might the city look like in 20 or 50 years time.

The exercise encouraged them to look at the built environment – to ‘read’ it and think about how it has been shaped, as well as the challenges which we face now (e.g. climate change, the low-carbon economy and so on), and to use their imagination about how places might be used and how they might look in the future. The task mimicked some elements of the design process, e.g. analysing a space; gathering and refining ideas; presenting a design/vision.

Although they did not win they came up with some fantastic design concepts that focused on bringing light, greener areas, an aquarium, water features and designed spaces for all ages and user groups.

Well  done to everyone. Rory Fairgrieve, Craig Russell, Emma McDonald, Cameron Sharp & Jamie Ferrier.

Heriot Watt University Design Smash

The annual Heriot Watt University Design Smash took place on Friday 15th November and was attended by a team from the Higher Geography class. David Singer, Kyle Sandilands, Mathew Douglas and Ryan Baillie were challenged with redesigning Leith Walk. As we were last years winners we had a lot to live up to and the team did an excellent job. However they were narrowly beaten by Wallace High School, Stirling. Congratulations to the boys for an excellent display of team work and application of geographical knowledge.

USA ’13

After a long day on Thursday and a chance to recharge the batteries yesterday saw us take in a tour of San Francisco and the California Academy of Science.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of fine Arts, Lombard Street, China Town, Haight Street and finishing with a stunning view of the City at Twin Peaks.

CAS also delivered with earthquake simulations, albino alligators, penguins and an amazing rainforest with numerous birds, exotic butterflies and an aquarium.

The day was finished off with dinner at Bubba Gumps and some shopping at Pier 39 before taking a tram back to Union Square and a short walk to the hotel.

USA ’13 Pupil Meeting

After negotiating with the travel company we now have an altered itinerary for our trip leaving on Thursday. All trip participants MUST attend a meeting in Ms Millers room (Geography) at the beginning of period 1 on Wednesday 9th October to receive information on the changes.

Activities Week June 2013


Pupils will need their edubuzz email and password to log on. If they do not know it please see Mr Stewart or Mr Lanyon.

You can view the Activities Week booklet outlining all activities on offer and instructions on how to use the online booking system below.

Pupils have been given the following letter regarding Activities Week via their register teachers. A copy can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: letter to parents

USA Trip Information Evening

For all those who have signed up for the USA trip in October 2013 and anyone who would like some more information before paying their deposit, there will be an information evening on Wednesday 22nd August from 6pm-7pm. We will give an overview of the trip including staffing, a breakdown of the itinerary, costs and payments plans and answer any of your questions.