Our P7 Open Afternoon will take place this Friday 23rd October from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Letters have been issued to all our P7s via their primary schools before the holiday. We look forward to meeting with you all and offering you a tour of the school and an opportunity to meet with Boroughmuir staff and ask any questions you may have. Apologies for any confusion over the date. Ms J Presly DHT S1/2
The S4 prelim exams will take place from 9-17 November, you can see the full timetable here.
And this booklet provides useful information regarding prelims.
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.
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.
Although 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.