The Balerno Fairtrade Village Group: They are appealing for any old spectacles you have lying around to decorate their Christmas Tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival.  After the festival is over they will be donating the spectacles to Specsavers Vision Aid Overseas where they are recycled to raise money to help people in developing countries have access to eye care.

This is a great cause and a fantastic reason to rake through your old cupboards and drawers to look for glasses you have kept for years “just in case”.

All donations should be handed in to the reception desk at the main school entrance by Friday 2nd December.

Overseas Work Opportunity: The LIFE Foundation work closely with partner organisations in Oltenia, Romania, and Varanasi, India, sending volunteers to assist in care homes for children and adults with a range of moderate to profound learning and/or physical disabilities. The aim of the projects is to work with the children and adults in a way which provides them with some much needed stimulation and at the same time aids their development. The people we work with all have some form of developmental delay, physical disability and/or learning disability and many display institutionalised behaviours due to spending many years in state care.

We are looking for volunteers who can spare 2-3 weeks of their summer holiday to assist with one of these projects. The Romanian project is particularly appropriate for S5/6 age students who are interested in a career in medicine or its allied professions such as nursing, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, psychology or social care, or in special educational needs education.

After applying via our website and undergoing a successful interview we provide training for all of our volunteers, and support them with fundraising prior to their trips. Volunteers are required to fund their own flights, a minimum donation that covers project expenses; as a Charity we ensure the costs involved are kept to a minimum.

Volunteers benefit from the projects in a number of ways. They are given the opportunity to experience different cultures, meet people from very different backgrounds and gain valuable work experience in educational and social care environments. Each project is unique, challenging and extremely rewarding, and is a fantastic learning experience. We have volunteers who return year on year as they enjoy the trips so much and form real bonds with the children and adults we work with, as well as with local volunteers and staff. Volunteer feedback has stated that the experience on the project helped them develop personal skills and many consider their experience with us valuable when applying for jobs or University courses.

It would be fantastic if you could pass this on either to students who may be interested, or to colleagues within the School that could promote these opportunities. We welcome interested individuals to apply to volunteer on our website For more information please visit our website or contact me on


Scottish Space School @Strathclyde 2017:   The 2017 Scottish Space School @ Strathclyde residential summer school will be held at the University of Strathclyde from 11-16 June 2017 and applications are now being invited via the online application system.

Now in its 14th year at the University, the Scottish Space School continues to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists and is aimed at S5 pupils currently studying Maths and Science subjects at Higher level.

I would be grateful if you could please inform pupils in this year group at your school of the opportunity to apply for Space School.  Applications must be made online and further information and the online application form is available at: Space School How to Apply – University of Strathclyde

A trip of a lifetime Every year 10 of the students who attend the Scottish Space School are chosen to go on the Learning Journey trip to Houston, Texas.

Jak’s Den Christmas Advent: Hi all, hope you’re all excited for Christmas and are looking forward to a well deserved break. This year we are looking to support Jack’s Den by giving back any spare change every day for the month of December starting this Thursday the 1st of December. S6 Pupils will be standing at every entrance to the school from 8:15 am till first period and at lunch times with buckets for your money. Every day we will put the daily total of what we have raised on the Christmas Advent Tree down in the reception area. We hope you all give a small donation each day for the entire month to support Jak’s Den- a little means a lot! Many Thanks.

1st Year Classes: On Friday 2nd and Friday 9th December 1C1 will be going round all 1st year classes in period 1 to collect books for the Hungry for Books Project. 1 in 5 children in poverty leave school not knowing how to read. Please can you give some fairly new books in as a Christmas present for one of these children. Thank you.

Chemistry Study Support: On Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes in the GFB. All Higher chemists welcome. Thursday’s focus will be Molar Volume Calculations.

Art & Design National 5: Miss Simpson is offering support for all N5 pupils who feel they would like additional help and practice for the critical aspect of the subject. This will be on MONDAY LUNCHTIMES starting next week – 5th December. A reminder too that all lunchtimes can be used to work on practical pieces.

Currie Rugby Club Tickets: If you would like a free ticket for the Currie v Melrose game at Malleny on Saturday 3rd December please collect from Mr May in the PE base.

Scottish Schools Indoor Athletic Championships: If you would like to run, jump or throw at the Emirates Arena in February at the Scottish Schools Indoor athletics championships, can you please give your name to Mr McKenna in the PE department by Friday the 2nd of December. 

Christmas Jumper Day: On the 2nd December Cockburn House team are holding a Christmas Jumper day in aid of Jaks Den. Please make a small donation . The money will be collected on the day in first period by your class teacher. Any donations will be very much appreciated. Many thanks.