If you are interested in competing for the school at next year’s Giant Heptathlon give your names to Mr McKenna in the PE department by Friday the 1st of December. This event involves a range of athletics-based activities that encompass sprinting, hurdling, endurance, long jump, triple jump, step up and chest push. 7 boys and 7 girls make up a team and if there are too many entered, names will be drawn.

UCAS – A reminder to all pupils that the deadline for applications to be sent to your Personal Support Leader is 27th November. Please also pick up a predicted grade form from the LRC and bring back the filled form to your PSL as soon as possible. We will then be able to write your reference.
Thanks for hitting the deadlines!

All Pupils – With now one in 4 children in Scotland living in poverty, for many families Christmas this year is a luxury they cannot afford. We have pledged to help those living in poverty in our communities by becoming a drop off point for Cash For Kids’ Mission Christmas initiative. If you can, please drop off at the downstairs Reception a new gift, unwrapped, for a boy or girl from 0-18. Please do not include food items.
Together we can make a difference to children living in poverty.

S1 & S2 Readers’ Group – Could all pupils involved please remember to bring their novels – Tuesday 28th November for S1; Thursday 30th November for S2.

Planning on finding a job as soon as you leave school? -If you are thinking about leaving school to find employment, or you would like to get a job as soon as you leave school next year, Skills Development Scotland is planning an event to help you with searching and applying for jobs. Should you be interested/ require further info, please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base.

School Show Audition – There will be auditions held in the SMALL GYM from 1pm on Tuesday 28th November for S1 & S2 pupils for next year’s production of “Annie”. Singers, actors and dancers of all standards very welcome.

The ‘Phoenix’ Table Tennis Club (S1 – 6 Monday Lunch) – Just to reiterate that this is a table tennis club so no other games / sports should be happening in the games hall when the club is on: Balls and bats are being broken when playing ‘squash’ against walls.
Also, pupils are continuing to wear outdoor shoes in the hall (honest guv, they’re my indoor ones!). This will not be allowed going forward!
I will check that you have TWO PAIRS of shoes when you come along (one outdoor pair and one indoor pair to change into). I will ask to see BOTH before you can play.
Any seniors willing to help run this revived club please come and see Mr Hamilton in F47. It could add to your CV.

Girls in Engineering – Calling all S3 girls! You could be the engineers of the future. Strathclyde University is offering a week’s programme in June all about engineering. If you are interested, please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base.

Naples, Italy trip: Could any pupil who is interested in going on the Naples trip, please return their permission slip ASAP to Mrs O’Donnell. . ParentPay is now up and running for deposits to be made.

Type ‘Onesie’ Day- Friday 24th November – Today will be a wear your onesie to school in support of Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition which causes people to not be able to regulate their blood sugar levels. More fundraising will allow advances in technology to support people with this condition. At Balerno we have young people who manage their Type 1 diabetes on a daily basis. Please support by wearing your onesie or dressing down, for a suggested donation of a £1. Thanks.

U16 and U18 Rugby
There are training sessions planned on the following dates on the 3G for the U16 and U18 cluster squads before we play our next games:
Tuesday 21st November U16 training from 3.30 – 4.30pm
Tuesday 28th November U18 training from 3.30 – 4.30pm
Tuesday 12th December U16 training from 3.30 – 4.30pm
Any questions please speak to Mr May

Book Week Scotland – Classroom Door Challenge – The class with the best decorated door, inspired by their chosen book, by Friday 1st December will win a trip out of school before Christmas! There will also be a quiz based on questions about the books which will be part of every door design – details coming soon.
Happy decorating!

Wednesday Lunchtime Biology Study Drop In
Any biology students who want to attend a revision drop in session can come along to GFB from 1.15pm on Wednesday.