Eco Project – Todays class for litter picking is STEAM with R Muir

Last Meeting for S1 Theatre Trip – Can all of those coming please meet quickly in room F33  today, Wednesday 28th, from 13.25.  We need to go over a few final details for the trip.

Forth 1 Mission Christmas Appeal 2018 – We’re collecting gifts again this year. Please bring in new toys/gifts for children of all ages and leave at the box at Reception.  Gifts should be unwrapped.

Last day for bringing in gifts is now on Friday 7th December as Forth 1 will be collecting our gifts on Monday 10th.  Thank you for supporting this fantastic charity.

S1 PUPILS ONLY:  SKI TRIP JANUARY 2020 – If you are keen to go on a school ski trip to France or Italy in January 2020 please collect an information letter from Mr Cheyne (G11). Attached to the letter is a return slip which must be returned to the school office by Wednesday 28th November if you wish to go on this trip.

S6 – There will be an opportunity to sign up to donate to the Anthony Nolan Trust on Thursday – there is a sign up sheet to book a slot in the S6 area.  On Thursday they will take a swab of your mouth at the front of the LRC – this only takes five minutes.  We will also be around KAT on Wednesday to sign up

S4 Assessments: S4 Assessments will be taking place in the Drama Studio, Meeting Rooms and F29 from 26th November until 5th December.  Please show your respect by being especially quiet when you are near these areas.  Many thanks

S4 Pupils: Please arrive to your exams 5 minutes before they start time so you can check your seat number on the lists outside the Drama Studio.  Remember if the exam finishes 10 minutes or more before the end of a period you should return to class.  Good luck!

Hockey club – The hockey club are organising a trip this Friday 30th Nov to Glasgow. We are going to watch two international hockey matches at the National Hockey Centre. We are going to support a former and current pupil at Balerno! We are leaving by bus at 4pm on Friday evening and will return around 10pm. We have booked a 70 seater bus and only have 13 spaces left. If you would like to book a seat or want more details please see Mrs Duncan in the PE base by Wed 28th.

Any pupils attending the Hockey Super Series on Friday evening in Glasgow. Please come to a meeting on Thu at break in the Games Hall.


Ski Competition – Any pupils keen on participating in the Boyd Anderson Ski competition on Wednesday 12th December should speak to Mr May. Names in by Friday 30th November please! Thanks

The Trading Standards Office are looking  for volunteers 15-16 years to trains as Test Purchase Assistants with a view to offering paid work when they are 16 years old. This would not be a regular weekly commitment, which means you could more easily fit it in around all the other things you already do. If you are interested, please write your name on the list on the Pupil Support Leader door.  Thanks


Many job and apprenticeship opportunities have been advertised this week. Please see the Edinburgh Guarantee bulletin on the notice board outside the Guidance Base, visit the Edinburgh Guarantee website or see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base.

Engineering at Strathclyde University – Are you applying/ thinking about applying to study Engineering at Strathclyde University? If so, please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base for further information on scholarships, the Academy and routes in.

School Leavers – Looking for a job/ apprenticeship? Thinking of leaving school? There is an upcoming event featuring many employers and training providers to help secure that job you are looking for.  For further information and to register, please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base.

Work Experience Opportunity – Balfour Beatty have been contracted to deliver the refurbishment of North Bridge in Central Edinburgh.  As the lead contractor, they have identified an opportunity for a young person who is either Under 16 or still in FT Education.  Due to the nature of the work and the phases they need to undertake to refurbish the bridge, unfortunately opportunities on the actual site are limited however there is a wide range of opportunity in the back office working alongside the architect’s team, civil engineers and administration. Balfour Beatty are particularly keen to recruit someone with an interest in Engineering or looking at Engineering as a career path following school.  This opportunity is for 1 week and timing is flexible.  If you are interested, please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base.


Calling All S3 Girls – If you are an S3 girl and are considering a career in Engineering, there is a fantastic opportunity for you. Please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base for more information.


Apprenticeship Opportunity – A fantastic apprenticeship opportunity has been advertised with KPMG. They are seeking a number of applicants for their 2019 intake after completing S6. This is a very highly sought after post which is also well paid in comparison to other entry-level apprenticeships.

At KPMG you’ll join a talented team of inspiring colleagues who bring new ideas and a natural curiosity to the work they do each day. Right from the start, you’ll experience working with a variety of interesting projects and client organisations, whilst receiving the support you need to thrive. Our KPMG360° Apprenticeship programmes offer a practical way to build an exciting career, earn a salary, gain valuable work experience and be supported to achieve a professional qualification – providing the opportunity to not only build skills and confidence, but an exceptional future too.

The Programme is ideal if you’re not quite sure which area is right for you and gives you the opportunity to rotate around different business areas, offering you a broad insight into the firm before you choose to specialise. There’ll be lots of opportunities to learn, meet new people and develop, with the chance to gain

Professional Qualifications, following the study pathway that’s right for you and your career ambitions. The programme will last three or six years depending on the career path you decide to take.

Responsibilities and tasks

You’ll gain an overview of the huge variety of projects we undertake at KPMG. As you complete placements across Audit, Tax, Pensions and Legal Consulting, and Deal Advisory, there’ll be no such thing as a typical day, but each will include:

– Becoming an integral part of the team, developing relationships internally and with key members of our client teams.

– Developing commercial awareness, communication, team-work, and technical skills as you undertake structured placements across Audit, Tax, Consulting and Deal Advisory.

– Getting involved in a wide range of projects, embracing new ideas and approaches, and seeking out new responsibilities.

– Gaining an understanding of KPMG’s values and demonstrating behaviours that inspire the trust and confidence of team members.

– You will take on tasks that directly add value to our clients and our business. The specific work you do will vary from placement to placement, but could include:

– Working as part of an audit team and completing tasks such as controls testing, bank reconciliations and checking the accuracy of financial statements. Working with our tax, pensions and legal teams and completing tasks such as liaising with HMRC, drafting correspondence to clients and completing tax returns.

– Providing valuable support to client facing teams in advisory helping clients to enhance their business performance – projects are varied and could include anything from supporting clients to manage risk to helping to develop their people strategy.

– Research tasks and contributing to business development activity.

– General support to project teams, including taking minutes at meetings, preparing engagement letters and billing.


If you are interested, or would like more information, please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base.