Sorley MacLean Remembered at Boroughmuir

DSCF5690 On Tuesday 24th November 2015 Historic Scotland in conjunction with the Scottish Government bestowed a commemorative plaque to the Scottish poet Sorley MacLean to recognise the national and international importance of his work and life.


Sorley MacLean taught at Boroughmuir from 1939 – 1940. He then enlisted to the army but was injured in 1942 and returned to teach at Boroughmuir from 1943 – 1956.

He was promoted to Principal Teacher of English in 1947.

He left Boroughmuir in 1956 to become Head Teacher at Plockton High school, a post which he held until his retirement in 1972.

Sorley died in 1996 aged 86.


DSCF5698We held a wonderful  ceremony at the front door of the school for the unveiling of the plaque by 2 of our pupils, Iona  and Amy.

Members of Sorley’s family, members of the Sorley MacLean trust, Gaelic Scholars as well as friends, local councillors, FPs, members of the parent council, PTA and our own pupil council were all in attendance.

Pupils from the Advanced Higher Drama class read extracts from Sorley’s poem ‘Hallaig’,(in English!) and 2 of our pipers, Callum Downie and Lewis McLellan assisted in the ceremony by playing some rousing tunes!


The plaque is available for all to see just to the left of the front door of the school.

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swimming team success

Well done to the school swimming team of 2015 –Sophie, Jess, Stuart, Anna, Jenny, Rebecca, Alexandra, Mia, Isabella and Ellen. The swimmers competed against the very best swimmers from all schools in Edinburgh and did the school and themselves proud with a fantastic medal haul and relay result!   (Apologies if any results missed as some of the results have not uploaded yet on the swimming website and it was a very busy day with a  lot of swimmers!)

20151122_160942_resizedWell done to everyone and special mention to medal winners – 9 individual medals and 4 Relay team medals from a team of 10 !

Ellen winning Silver in 100 Backstroke for 12-13years and Bronze in 12-13 200 Backstroke

Jenny  winning Bronze in 200 Breastroke 12-13 years and 4th place in 100 Breastroke 12-13 yrs.

Mia  gaining 4th in 200 IM 14-15 yrs. Relay Silver

Sophie  winning Gold in 200 Freestyle and Bronze in 100 Breastroke  14- 15 years , Relay Silver

Jess  winning Bronze in 100 Butterfly and Bronze in 200 Butterfly , Relay Silver

Anna  coming 5th in 200 backstroke 14-15 years ,Relay Silver

Stuart   winning Silver in 200 Backstroke and Bronze in 100 Backstroke in 16-18 yrs.

Alexandra coming  4th in 100 Freetsyle and 5th in 200 Backstroke in 12-13 yrs.


And special congratulations to the fantastic 14-15 years Girls relay team- Jess , Mia , Anna  and Sophie  winning a Silver medal in the Relay competition beating Watsons and St George’s and narrowly missing Gold to Mary Erskine by 3 seconds!  Jess  had a great 1st leg with team fighting for medal place throughout with a great finish leg by Sophie coming in Silver position !  Well done to the whole team .

The 12-13 relay Girls team- Alexandra, Jenny, Ellen and    Isabella also swim exceptionally well coming in  5th place


The team were a credit to the school


F. Damen

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Senior Debating Club News

Jess McGhee. Donald Dewar Memorial DebateCongratulations to Jess  and Alisa Alisa Matyunina  Donald Dewar Memorial Debatewho took part in the first round of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating tournament on Thursday 19th November at Clifton Hall School. The girls gave a very strong performance and were successful in winning the debate against Clifton Hall. They will now progress to the second round of the tournament which will be held in the New Year.

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John Byrne Award 2015

JB Award 2015 lightCongratulations to: Annie, Verity, Jordan, Sarah and Nerida  for their recent success at the John Byrne award. This year’s theme was Alienation and the pupils produced some fantastic pieces to make the final.The Award allows pupils to engage in contemporary art practice beyond the confines of the SQA. The picture shows Sarah, Annie, Verity and Jordan at the awards ceremony at the Playfair Library infront of their Artwork a visual art and Sound piece. Well done to all.

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