The S2 John Muir group went out on their first big expedition on Wednesday 28th September. The group of 11 students and 2 teachers (Mrs Falconer and Mr Saddler from Geography and Biology Departments) walked from Aberlady to Gullane along the coastal path in East Lothian. The weather was perfect and the young people learnt so much on their journey.
S3 Standard Grade Geography classes spent all their lessons last week outside in the sunshine!
Pupils were involved in finding out about their local area, tackling some simple gathering techniques in the field. Pupils completed a traffic and pedestrian count, a land use survey from the school to the beach and a shopping survey in the High Street. Pupils will also be completing a fieldsketch and environmental quality survey in their home area as a homework exercise.
This will help support our young people with the enquiry skills aspect of the course, which is worth 60% of their grade in the Standard Grade exam. We had perfect weather and pupils behaviour was excellent – well done everyone!
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This Friday, 14 October, is “Dress as your Favourite Cartoon Character” Day in aid of Orcadia which is located in Portobello and “provides person centred education by nurturing the personal development potential of all our students through participation in Communication Arts Programmes.” House points will be awarded to the tutor group which has the most people dressed up. Please either dress up as a cartoon character or come in school uniform. Remember that Friday is a school day and all school equipment will be needed. As ever, usual donations apply. Thanks in advance for giving to this worthy cause.
On a bright and sunny afternoon at the end of September, twenty senior pupils and our school Ceilidh band ‘The Spurtle’ supported a Community Tea Dance in Portobello Town Hall, sponsored by Standard Life.
Waltzes, Quicksteps, Cha Cha slides and the Slosh were order of the day and all members of the group embraced the event wholeheartedly, having much fun with older members of the Community.