Reverse Advent Basics Bank

House Teams are organising the collection of non-perishable donations for the Edinburgh City Mission’s Reverse Advent Basics Bank this Christmas.

We will start collecting donations as from Monday 25th November, drop off any items at reception at the start of the school day and donations can also be made on the evening of the Christmas Concert.

Yes please:Sorry, but no thanks:
Tinned meat, fish and vegDried pasta, rice, cerealTea, coffee, sugar, biscuitsFruit juice, diluting juiceJam, crisps, sweetsFestive goodiesDeodorant, toilet rolls, shampoo, toothbrush  Home-made itemsOpened or out-of-date itemsPerishable itemsAlcoholMedicinesSecond-hand items

S5 Pupils: Can the following S5 pupils please come to a meeting today at break time in the PE department. It will take 10min max. This is in relation to your role as a prefect and a potential leadership opportunity you may wish to be part of. If you are unable to make the meeting please come see me to let me know.

HWB Newsletter TeamRight Respecting School and HWB pupil leads
Zara Dalton 5C1 Rebecca Martin 5C1 Lucy Haran 5C2 Eve Laurieston 5C2 Kieran Smith 5M2 Douglas Bryce 5M2 Maisie Walker 5B1  Jack Armsworth 5C1 Ross Houliston 5M2 Ceinlys Williams 5M2 Charlotte Railton 5M1 Louisa Murray 5B1 Michelle De San Cristobal 5C2 Naomi Collins 5B1  

Nat 5/Nat 4 Biology Pupils: A reminder for those going on tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Zoo Trip – Meet in the concourse at the end of Period 1 – do not be late! Also, dress code is compulsory!


All S1 Pupils: Please remember to get your permission slips back to Mr Hamilton in F47 and ensure that your £4 is paid via ParentPay asap.


If you need a new permission slip and information letter, please come and get one from me. Thank you.

LRC Reading Competition: Top Reader prizes for last month have been awarded to the following pupils:

Leah Schmidt 1B1

Ruari Bruce 1C1

Jakub Burda 1C2

Kayla Trench 1C2

Emily Telford 3C1

Please collect your prize from the LRC.

These pupils have shown commitment to reading over the last few weeks, not just in the number of books borrowed from the LRC. Emily and Ruari have read a huge amount of fiction while Kayla has been reading all the Manga books and given me a shopping list to buy more! Leah has read a pile of non-fiction, and Jakub has shown so much enthusiasm that I have had to ask colleagues in other schools to post books here for him. Well done to these pupils and to all other pupils who are reading on a regular basis. Keep it up in the new year and let me know which books you would like to see in the LRC.  Please also remember to return any books you have at home.

Netball Club: Training will not be on Tuesday or Thursday this week due to it being the last week of term. Have a lovely break!

Pupil’s Christmas Lunch: Christmas lunch will be served on Tuesday, 17 December.  Tickets are available in the canteen until Monday, 16 December. Tickets are £3.20 for 2 courses with a drink of your choice included.

Christmas Concert: The Balerno High School Christmas Concert will take place on Monday 16th December at 7pm.  Tickets will go on sale on Monday 9th December – Monday 16th December from the school reception.  All tickets are priced £5.00.  All performers should be in school by 6.30pm at the latest on the evening of the 16th in full school uniform. 

S5/S6 Pupils: The Sutton Trust have opened applications for USA Study for 2020. Any S5 or S6 students who would like the opportunity to apply to study at one of the USA’s top universities then please see Mr Jack in F44. Application deadline is 19th January 2020.

New Developing the Young Workforce Twitter Page: Balerno has a new Twitter page dedicated to job opportunities, volunteering, modern apprenticeships, college courses and uni advice.

Please follow https://twitter.com/BalernoDYW

Lost Property: There are many items in lost property in the Print Room including jackets. All jackets and blazers are hanging on a rail in the print room.  Please come along before Wednesday 18 December to check if you think anything may be yours.  Any items left after this date will be recycled.