Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) update

From January 2016, the income thresholds for Education Maintenance Allowances are increasing for those students born before 1 March 2000  and this means more students may qualify to receive weekly payments of £30 per week.   The income threshold for families with one dependent child will increase from £20,351 to £24, 421 and for those with more than one dependent child will increase from £22,403 to £26,884.  If you believe your son or daughter will now qualify for an EMA you can find out more at     Applications can be submitted from 26 October 2015

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P7 Open Afternoon – Friday 23rd October 1.30-3.30pm

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

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The Edinburgh Mini Trials

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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