Learning and Teaching Reminder: All mobile phones should be on silent and away when in class, unless the teacher gives you permission to use it to support your learning.

Visiting the Shops at Lunchtime: Please remember, that you must wear a face covering (unless medically exempt) and distance from members of the public when in the shops at lunchtime. Please remember there are a number of senior citizens that may still be apprehensive about Covid.

Eco Project: Todays class for litter picking is 1M1 English with E Brown.

S1 Woodwind Pupils: Could all S1 pupils who had a woodwind trial please come to F09 at break on Monday

Ceilidh Band: Miss Brownhill is starting her ceilidh band again and is looking forward to learning some new pieces with you.  If you play the fiddle (violin), flute, drum kit, bass guitar, guitar or accordion then please come along to F8 on Monday lunchtime at 1.20pm.  It’s good fun!

Senior Boys Hockey Plate Match: Please meet Miss Duncan in the games hall at Wednesday break time. The plate match is against Loretto on Wednesday 24th November at 5pm. 

Anti-Bullying Week – One Kind Word: Monday 15th – Friday 19th November is Anti-Bullying Week!

Please check out the noticeboards outside the LRC and our Instagram for more details and how to get involved or check out respectme’s website at respectme | Scotland’s anti-bullying servicerespectme

One way to get involved is to join in the One Kind Word challenge by committing to (at least!) one kind action each day.

The challenge aims to start a chain reaction of kind words and kind acts that can share the message of hope and positivity. By spreading kindness, we champion how kindness can halt hurtful behaviour in its tracks.

Need some inspiration? Here are some examples that came from a group of young people involved with Young Scot’s #YSHealth Panel:

• Donate to a foodbank

• Start a conversation with someone new

• Tell someone they are doing a good job

• Hold a door open.

• Ask someone if they are okay

S May on behalf of the Balerno HS Health & Wellbeing Team

Climate Action Scavenger Hunt: Congratulations to Naomi Barrass (1M2) and Destiny Pacitti (2M1) for winning the climate action Scavenger Hunt.

Please come to see Mrs. Harvey-Jamieson (F50) or Miss Templeton (F45) to collect your prizes. The following pupils can also come and collect their runners up prizes:

Holly Thomson (1M2)

Aimee Robertson (2M1)

Lexi Henderson (1M2)

Mila Fitzpatrick (1M2)

Abigail Longdon (1M2)

Xander Laidlaw (1C1)

Well done to everyone who took part. There is still time to sign the UNICEF petition to protect children’s rights which at risk from climate change – scan the QR code in F45.

Book Week Scotland 15 – 21 November: Next week is Book Week, which means there will lots of challenges and activities across the school, celebrating books, reading, and the pleasure they bring.

DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)

  • All pupils should bring in personal reading books every day next week, and be prepared to drop whatever you’re doing and read something you genuinely enjoy
  • This will be taking place in tutor time and at the start of class.

Book Cover Door Challenge

  • Back by popular demand is our Book Cover Door competition! As part of our celebration of our love of reading, and the chance to win huge prizes, your KAT class can decorate your teacher’s classroom door with a book cover of your choice – the more extravagant and imaginative, the better.
  • The winning class will get a trip to the cinema, and the winning teacher will have an afternoon off for Christmas shopping.
  • Paper, etc. can be collected from the print room, but only Sellotape or Blu-Tack should be used on doors – no staples, please!
  • Judging will take place on Friday 26th November.

S1 & S2 Manga Drawing Competition Draw your ownManga character, orgo further andcreate your own Manga story, with an Amazon/book voucher as the prize! Hand entries to Mrs Timoney by Friday 26th November.

Scottish Teenage Book Prize

Visit Mrs Timoney in the LRC to read the shortlisted books and vote for your favourite.

Creative Writing competition

Miss Brown (F32) will be running a creative writing competition on this year’s Book Week theme of ‘Celebration’ – entries will have the chance to be published in our own collection.

Tutor Time Quizzes

Look out for Mr Macdonald’s quiz later in the week – prizes for the winners in each year!

New Books

New books have arrived in the LRC! If you would like a sneak preview, come to the LRC on Tuesday lunchtime and help with labelling them.  

Book Selection Committee

What books would you like to see in the LRC? Mrs Timoney will give a budget to a small group of pupils to allow them to select new titles for the school library. You will have the opportunity to look at websites and catalogues before making your choices. If you would like to be part of this group, speak to Mrs Timoney during Book Week.

Craft Club

S1/S2 This week during Craft Club you will have the opportunity to make your own Scratch Art bookmarks. Bring your lunch to F29 on Wednesday and get creative.

Make sure you get involved!

Kids Love Clothes: Particularly in the run up to Christmas it’s important to remember those less fortunate than ourselves.  Kids Love Clothes is an Edinburgh based charity who need your help to spread the magic of Christmas.  By donating new or nearly new toys, games or books you can help a child from Edinburgh and the Lothians have a very Merry Christmas. Please leave any donations in the box in the LRC. If you would like more information on what we do/don’t accept or are curious to find out more about Kids Love Clothes please scan the QR code or visit http://www.kidsloveclothes.co.uk

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Riverside Canteen: From today a selection of hot food items, along with drinks. Fruit and home bakes will be available for individual purchase in the Riverside Canteen between 1.15 and 1.45pm.