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Edinburgh Book Festival Trip in August

Edinburgh Book Festival

The Summer holidays may approaching, but we are already organising an exciting trip for the new session!

We are delighted have secured 30 tickets to two fantastic author events at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wednesday 26 August. Places are being offered to National 5 pupils at a cost of £10.

The first event is ‘From Page to Stage with Keith Gray & Carl Miller’. Keith Gray’s Ostrich Boys is an extraordinary award-winning novel about friendship, loss and suicide. It’s recently been adapted for theatre by acclaimed playwright Carl Miller and the play has been performed to sell-out audiences in both the UK and South Korea. Keith and Carl will talk about the pleasures, pitfalls, responsibilities and rewards of adapting a book for the stage.

This will be followed by ‘Patrick Ness: The Rest of Us Just Live Here’. Not everyone gets to be the Chosen One who will save the day. Most of us are like Mikey, just living our lives the best way we can. Award-winning author Patrick Ness’ bold and irreverent new novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, powerfully reminds us that there are many different ways to be remarkable. This will be a chance to listen to one of the finest authors writing books for young people today.

To secure a place, please ask your teacher, Mr MacLean or Mrs Lumsden for a parental consent form and return this, along with the payment, ASAP.

Easter Study Support

There will be Easter study support sessions for both National 5 and Higher English.

Tuesday 7 April – 9:00-12:45
Higher Close Reading with Mr MacLean

Wednesday 8 April – 9:00-10:45
National 5 Close Reading with Miss Bradley

Wednesday 8 April – 11:00-12:45
National 5 ‘Tally’s Blood’ with Miss Bradley

You must register to attend these sessions so please return your forms to the office by Monday 30 March.

Please collect materials from Mr MacLean/Miss Bradley in the last week of term.


100 million words read!


Ellie Bissett, 2W2, and Annie Bowman, 2S2, have taken Ross High over the 100,000,000 million mark for words read through Accelerated Reader! Congratulations to all our pupils on this fantastic achievement!

Thank you to all parents and staff who have promoted and encouraged personal reading this year. Pupils are evidently reading more regularly and we want to keep pushing this and aim high once again next session.

We have also beaten our target for books read, which now stands at 2027.

World Book Day 2014

Staff across Ross High School have celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as famous characters from the world of literature. Can you guess who’s who?

As well as this, staff have been sharing details of their favourite genres/books with pupils. Mrs Lumsden has organised a ‘Get Caught in Reading’ display for World Book Day in the school foyer.

S1 pupils have also been issued with a World Book Day token which can be used at bookshops during the month of March.

Click here to see the photos


February 2014 Update

It has been a very busy term so far for pupils and staff with S4/5/6 pupils completing their prelims prior to the February break. The results of these will be confirmed shortly and we will be reporting to parents in the coming weeks in order to confirm final levels of study.

To further support our senior pupils, we are also starting after school study support sessions for Higher, Intermediate 2 and National 5 pupils from Monday 24 February. Please encourage pupils to attend these sessions as they prepare for their final exams in May/April.

Our S1-3 pupils have also had a particularly successful start to 2014. They have read 1262 books and a whopping 61 million words in Accelerated Reader. We’ve also challenged Knox Academy to beat our totals and are now competing to see which school can reach the 100 million word mark first. It is great to see so many of our young people are becoming more engaged with reading. Last year, Ross High pupils read just 40 million words across the whole school years, so we are delighted at this progress. Please look at our ‘Reading for Gold’ parent guide for further information on our reading scheme.

Mr Foley and Ms Barry also joined the department shortly before Christmas and they have been busy involving themselves in a number of new extra-curricular activities.

Wednesday lunchtimes are all about the Media Club with pupils currently exploring journalism and working towards BBC School Report news day on Thursday 27 March. Keep an eye on our website for their news reports in the coming weeks. Several staff have also been trained in the use of green screen technology, with further training in video editing planned for next term. We are excited about sharing this new technology with pupils and enhancing the learning experience through this.

Miss Bradley’s classroom is also a hive of activity on Tuesday lunchtimes with Debating Club. Pupils are currently preparing for a debate with a number of Edinburgh secondary schools in March. This will shortly be followed by the inaugural East Lothian Schools Debating Competition which Ross High will be hosting on Friday 28 March.

Please continue to keep up to date with news from the English department via our website. You can also follow our Twitter feed @rosshighenglish where we will continue to communicate with parents and pupils.