The Edinburgh Mini Trials

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Congratulations to Senior Modern Studies Pupils who took part in the Edinburgh MiniTrials at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on the 3rd October 2015. MiniTrials are based on what actually happens at the Sheriff Court and pupils take part in the reconstruction of two criminal jury trial. The morning trial involved an “assault to severe injury” and the afternoon trial involved” possession of drugs with intent to supply”. The pupils assumed the roles of major participants-lawyers, court officials, witnesses and jurors. The pupils had the assistance of lawyers from the Faculty of Advocates, and the Procurator Fiscal Service. The trials were presided over by senior lawyers or QC’s who acts in the role of “Sheriff”. The teams gave a very convincing performance with the organiser of the event commenting that the event was one of the highest standards she had ever seen. Well done to all the pupils who took part.20151003_101620
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Senior Debating Club news

Senior debating team.Congratulations to our Senior Debating team who took part in the Debating Matters competition against Madras College and Portabello High School.

The teams were competing in a national competition for the first time at the National Library of Scotland on Monday 27th September 2015.

One half of the team had the task of arguing for the motion that “We should permit the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport”. The other half had an equally difficult task of arguing against the motion that “Western museums should agree to repatriate cultural artefacts”

Each debater had to give a three minute speech and answer challenging questions from a panel of experts including a Professor of Physiology and the Head of Communications for the Church of Scotland.There were also questions from the audience and from the school they were debating against, and they had

 

to give closing summary statements. Boroughmuir won  their debate against Madras College. However they were narrowly beaten by Portabello High School however the judges did acknowledge that they had the more difficult task of arguing for the motion. Well done for giving a strong performance.

The next debating competition will be the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating tournament held in November. Once again Bouroughmuir will field a strong team. The debating club is open to S4 – S6 pupils who enjoy debating current issues.

 

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Open Doors: Boroughmuir High School 26th and 27th September 2015

    

IMG_1857Although founded in 1904, Boroughmuir moved to 26 Viewforth in 1913 and this great building has served the school community superbly during this time educating, at a conservative estimate, some 20,000 people in this time.

On 26th and 27th September 2015, Boroughmuir High School took part in the Doors Open Weekend, supported by the Cockburn Society.  As this was the last time the building would likely be open to members of the public, the school was inundated with some 2500 visitors.  Pupils from decades ago visited the classrooms and corridors, reflecting on school days of the past.  A self guided tour, Former Pupil Association presence, musical entertained by current and past pupils and staff and a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief all helped ensure a positive nostalgic occasion.

 

 

 

 

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S1 Welcome Evening Feedback

Last Thursday night over 100 S1 parents attended our S1 Welcome Evening. The evening was hosted by the Parent Council, PTA and pupils from S1 and S6.
Parents were welcomed by Mr Dempster and Miss Presly. Jacqueline and Christina from our Parent Council shared information about getting involved with the Parent Council and upcoming events organised by our PTA.
Our audience then broke out into groups facilitated by pupils and members of PTA. They shared “What is going well in S1?” and “Even better if?”
The consensus from our parents:
Going Well? – 3 Day visits, range of clubs, role of S6 mentors, homework diaries and pupils have settled well and feel happy.
Even Better If? The bulletin was on Twitter, the cafeteria prices were on the website, clubs did not overlap and more information about homework.

 

Thank you to everyone involved for making the evening such a success and offering us valuable feedback. A special mention must go to our fabulous S1 pupils who spoke so confidently and honestly about their experiences of Boroughmuir so far.

Thank you.

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South Edinburgh Consultation Correction

In accordance with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 as amended by the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 I am writing to advise you of a non material omission which we have identified in the statutory consultation paper ‘Options to Address Primary School Capacity and Accommodation Pressures in South Edinburgh’ which was published on 24 August 2015.

Following the public meeting at Bruntsfield Primary School on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 which was held as part of the statutory consultation, the Council has determined that some relevant information had not been included in the statutory consultation paper. The statutory consultation paper includes a number of maps in Appendices 2, 5 and 9 which show the existing Bruntsfield Primary School catchment. Whilst these maps are accurate and correctly show the current Bruntsfield Primary School catchment, the statutory consultation paper did not identify a future change which will be made to this catchment which the Council has already approved.

On 28 June 2012, as part of the approval for the location for the new Boroughmuir High School, the Council approved minor revisions to the catchment areas of Boroughmuir and Tynecastle High Schools and Bruntsfield and Dalry Primary Schools. These changes, which will bring the site of the new Boroughmuir High School and the immediate surrounding area into the catchment for both Boroughmuir High School and Bruntsfield Primary School, are to be implemented from the academic year within which the new Boroughmuir High School will open and will therefore apply from the start of the 2016/17 academic year in August 2016. A copy of the report to Council on 28 June 2012 can be found on the Council website. The details of this previously approved catchment change should have been reflected in the maps in Appendices 2, 5 and 9 of the ‘Options to Address Primary School Capacity in South Edinburgh’ statutory consultation paper. Updated maps are now available on the statutory consultation website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/southedinburghschools. Part of the area which will transfer into the catchment for both Boroughmuir High School and Bruntsfield Primary School known as Fountainbridge South, has been granted planning permission in principle for a mixed use development. The estimated future pupil generation from this development has been taken into account in the roll projections included in the statutory consultation paper.

This omission is considered to be non material due to the minor nature of the future catchment change which will occur and the fact that this area is not affected by any of the options which are set out in the statutory consultation paper for consideration. It is therefore not considered necessary to issue a revised statutory consultation paper or extend the consultation period. As required by legislation this notice is being sent to all relevant consultees and Education Scotland and details of the omission and actions taken in respect of the correcting the omission will be included in the final consultation report submitted to Council for consideration. The omission will also be noted on the consultation website.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

As a reminder the consultation period will be coming to a close fairly soon. Respondents are encouraged to use the response questionnaire which has been produced which can be completed online at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/southedinburghschools. Responses can also be made by e-mail to the following address cf.propertyreview@edinburgh.gov.uk. All responses, whether by letter, e-mail or using the online questionnaire should be received by no later than close of business on Tuesday, 6 October 2015.

Regards

Crawford McGhie
In accordance with the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010 as amended by the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 I am writing to advise you of a non material omission which we have identified in the statutory consultation paper ‘Options to Address Primary School Capacity and Accommodation Pressures in South Edinburgh’ which was published on 24 August 2015.

Following the public meeting at Bruntsfield Primary School on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 which was held as part of the statutory consultation, the Council has determined that some relevant information had not been included in the statutory consultation paper. The statutory consultation paper includes a number of maps in Appendices 2, 5 and 9 which show the existing Bruntsfield Primary School catchment. Whilst these maps are accurate and correctly show the current Bruntsfield Primary School catchment, the statutory consultation paper did not identify a future change which will be made to this catchment which the Council has already approved.

On 28 June 2012, as part of the approval for the location for the new Boroughmuir High School, the Council approved minor revisions to the catchment areas of Boroughmuir and Tynecastle High Schools and Bruntsfield and Dalry Primary Schools. These changes, which will bring the site of the new Boroughmuir High School and the immediate surrounding area into the catchment for both Boroughmuir High School and Bruntsfield Primary School, are to be implemented from the academic year within which the new Boroughmuir High School will open and will therefore apply from the start of the 2016/17 academic year in August 2016. A copy of the report to Council on 28 June 2012 can be found on the Council website. The details of this previously approved catchment change should have been reflected in the maps in Appendices 2, 5 and 9 of the ‘Options to Address Primary School Capacity in South Edinburgh’ statutory consultation paper. Updated maps are now available on the statutory consultation website www.edinburgh.gov.uk/southedinburghschools. Part of the area which will transfer into the catchment for both Boroughmuir High School and Bruntsfield Primary School known as Fountainbridge South, has been granted planning permission in principle for a mixed use development. The estimated future pupil generation from this development has been taken into account in the roll projections included in the statutory consultation paper.

This omission is considered to be non material due to the minor nature of the future catchment change which will occur and the fact that this area is not affected by any of the options which are set out in the statutory consultation paper for consideration. It is therefore not considered necessary to issue a revised statutory consultation paper or extend the consultation period. As required by legislation this notice is being sent to all relevant consultees and Education Scotland and details of the omission and actions taken in respect of the correcting the omission will be included in the final consultation report submitted to Council for consideration. The omission will also be noted on the consultation website.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.

As a reminder the consultation period will be coming to a close fairly soon. Respondents are encouraged to use the response questionnaire which has been produced which can be completed online at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/southedinburghschools. Responses can also be made by e-mail to the following address cf.propertyreview@edinburgh.gov.uk. All responses, whether by letter, e-mail or using the online questionnaire should be received by no later than close of business on Tuesday, 6 October 2015.

Regards

Crawford McGhie

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