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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.

Holocaust Memorial Presentation


On 26th May, Mr Reynolds, Mr MacLean and Mrs Barbour were guests of honour at the presentation of an art work commemorating the Jewish children who were victims of the Holocaust during the 2nd World War. The colourful canvas was the result of a collaboration by Mrs Gollan’s English class 1Y1 after being inspired by reading The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and hearing about her visit to Auschwitz in September 2014.

You can watch the full presentation here:


Below is an extract from the script of the presentation, delivered by volunteers from the class.

The Holocaust is a contemporary issue. It cannot, and should not, be thought of only as history. It is therefore important to remember the Holocaust now because it is an example of how prejudices can evolve into something far more threatening.

Six million Jewish people lost their lives in the Holocaust. And these people were real: they were mothers, fathers, sisters, grandparents, babies and children – just like us. What is important is that we do not reduce these people to mere numbers. It was the Nazis’ mission to dehumanise and eliminate the Jewish people, so in this art work – in a small way – we have tried to counteract that plan and commemorate the children who died in the Holocaust.

In this year of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, we chose the theme of Remembering the Children. They were the inspiration for the brightly coloured children’s handprints. The names of some of the one million child victims are written in the precious metal colours of silver and gold to pay tribute to all those who were murdered in the Holocaust. The title of the work – Every One Has A Name – is meant to capture the individuality of the victims and is an allusion to the poem by the Jewish poet, Zelda, which is called Everyone Has A Name.

It is thanks to the Holocaust Education Trust, The Lessons from Auschwitz programme and Ross High School Funds that we are able to present this canvas to Mr Reynolds as Ross High School’s permanent memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.

Everyone present was very moved and grateful for the chance to reflect on issues relating to the Holocaust and Mr Reynolds thanked the class for all their hard work, respect and commitment to the project.

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.


Coming up next on Sky… Ross High

Thirty S2 students were this week given a sneak peak at the new Sky Academy Skills Studios in Livingston, West Lothian.


IMG_4530Sky Academy Skills Studios is an interactive learning experience that takes schools behind the scenes at Sky. Students build life skills by using Sky’s state-of-the-art technology to make a TV news report on subjects being studied through the curriculum.

The students had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at Sky, seeing the Contact Centre, learning about different job roles and discussing the skills they require to work there.

Click here to see more photos from the trip.

IMG_4494Students then worked in teams to produce segments of a news bulletin taking on roles such as director, presenter, editor, scriptwriter and camera operator.

Have a look at the students’ impressive bulletin all produced within a few hours:


London-Paris Day 7 – Thursday

IMG_6253As our last day began, we all took our time getting packed and ready for the journey home.

For our final visit, we rushed to the Louvre to see, amongst the other art, the Mona Lisa.


We sped through the Channel Tunnel on the Eurostar and with a quick change of trains in London before catching the train to Glasgow.


After one last dash with our luggage to Glasgow Queen Street we’ll be on our final train and back in Edinburgh with an ETA of 23:20.

London-Paris Day 6 – Wednesday

IMG_6253We got up early to get the metro and the RER to Disneyland. This was a double-decker train. The train took 45 minutes and on the way we were getting hyped up for our day ahead, whilst some people had a nap!

Eventually everybody was pumped up for a day of excitement at Disneyland and were all jumping and buzzing.

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Once we were in the park everyone flew off to different corners onto different rides. We went to the Indiana Jones Temples of Doom ride. It was cool and it had a loop-the-loop. Next we used our Fast Track passes to go on Thunder Mountain with Mr Craik-Collins. It was an amazing ride and only the bravest kept their hands up for the whole ride – not Mr C-C!


We also went on the trap, known as the Finding Nemo ride, thinking it would be a tranquil, relaxing walk in the park. However, we were flung around in upside down tortoise shells in darkness and flashing lights! We failed to tell Mr “gullible” Morrison of this fact. He was already traumatised from the Tower of Terror and was once again slam dunked into a hairy few moments.

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We also met the Normandy crew who tagged along on our amazing Disney adventure!

After spending the full day at Disney, we proceeded to have another sleepy few train journeys to the River Seine boat cruise. This was an amazing experience as was the commentary! We got great views of the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay and the love lock bridge. The sunset was also spectacular.

After another busy day, we meandered back through various metro stations and got to our beds after midnight.

London-Paris Day 5 – Tuesday

IMG_6253After a rather late start, we travelled to the Gard du l’Est and journeyed on the metro to Citè station. After a short walk we reached Notre Dame. The looming structure was magnificent and was carved completely by hand, intricately designed and produced to have an amazing effect. The rose window was beautiful, vibrant and worth the 700 years to took to complete the Notre Dame. In the surrounding vicinity there were many quaint and traditional cafés and bistros selling delicious macarons and crêpes. The streets were lined with small souvenir shops, packed to the brim with everything a tourist would want to remember their trip to Paris, including the Eiffel Tower printed onto some very fetching boxer shorts.

After a stop and run lunch (which we all desperately needed by this point!), we trekked along to the Musèe D’Orsay. After what felt like hours queuing we finally were able to enter the wonderful building that previously had been a train station. After we went through security and stood for ten minutes to work out if we needed tickets to get in, we finally reach the entrance to the galleries. Paintings lined every wall and the sight was spectacular. The gallery was split into different sections. On the impressionist floor, which I might add was 5 flights of stairs up (as we never noticed the escalator!) there were works by Monet, Degas and Manet. The art work was unbelievable and you could easily spend hours in there. Unfortunately we only had a few hours, so before we knew it we were again embarking on the life threatening challenge of navigating the metro.

After a short journey we finally reached one of the most famous landmarks in France: the Eiffel Tower. The tower just looms over in a magnificent but imposing way. The impressive structure was amazing, I am extremely glad we managed to fit it in. We were not able to climb the Eiffel Tower at that point as it would have taken hours to queue and none of us were willing to missing our dinner. We agreed to return later when we would be able to climb up the Eiffel tower while it was dark.

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After a quick run to the restaurant Chartier, we were finally able to rest properly for the first time all day. We were served an amazing salad to start followed on quickly by chicken on the bone served with chips. For most we were able to have our first taste of snails. Many people didn’t try them but most people who did found they were surprisingly nice.

After, we journey back to the Eiffel Tower. One short queue later we were ascending the tower. For only €8 we were able to take the escalator up to the second floor. The sight was breathtaking. The lights from below looked so insignificant from up there and the buildings that looked grand and important from the ground looked tiny and were barely recognisable. While we were on the Eiffel Tower it began to sparkle. It was amazing. The flickering lights were beautiful to watch and completely breath taking. We all could have stayed there for hours more. Unfortunately we were not able to but watching the lights sparkling against the night sky was brilliant.


After our long day of walking we were all completely knackered so when we reached the hotel at 2am we all fell asleep very quickly!