Eco Project – Todays class for litter picking is STEAM with R Muir
S3 Trip – Could all S3 pupils attending the STEAM Careers Hive trip on Thursday 28th please check which group they will be in for the trip on the school notice board at break and lunch today as we will ask you to organise yourself into these groups before getting on the bus. Any pupils who have not yet payed for the trip should bring in £3 in cash by tomorrow as the parent pay system has now been closed for this event. Pupils should bring a packed lunch to eat with them on the bus, any pupil who is entitled to free school meals will have a packed lunch provided for them. We will be leaving the school at 12 noon, midway through p4. We will finish at the museum at 4pm, the bus should return to Balerno High School at 4.45pm, Kirknewton primary at 5.05pm and Ratho Primary at 5.25pm.
Very important! Those pupils with assessment arrangements eg using ICT, sitting in F29 etc must come to F29 P2 on Thursday to sign the agreement form. If you cannot attend, please see Mrs Kujawa in F41 asap. Thank – you.
Bake Club – is cancelled this week but will resume next week.
GSA – Gender Sexuality Alliance – would like to invite you all to come along on Monday 4th March at lunchtime in F42 for the first meeting and every Monday lunchtime thereafter. This will be a safe space to meet new people and to learn about LGBT, and to discuss and try to deal with any LGBT issues that may arise.
Physics Supported Study – Tuesday lunchtime’s (1.15pm) in G29.
Positive Destinations National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ)
The RLSS National Pool Lifeguarding Qualification (NPLQ) is a fully funded opportunity that provides a combination of swim based activities and tailored employment support for young people not currently engaged in education, employment or training. We are looking to recruit motivated, enthusiastic and reliable young people 16 – 24 years who can swim and are motivated in gaining a career in the Sport and Leisure industry.
The NPLQ covers all elements of Pool Rescue Techniques, Lifeguarding Theory, First Aid and CPR. The course is physically demanding and will include swimming to set times, lifting casualties and diving to the deepest part of the swimming pool. Training and assessment for the NPLQ is in three sections and all must be successfully passed to attain the qualification. Please see link for further information on the course. https://www.rlss.org.uk/national-pool-lifeguard-qualification
The course will be delivered during the Easter Holidays, Monday 8th to Friday 12th April at Portobello Swim Centre, 57 The Promenade, Edinburgh, EH15 2BS. Each day will start at 8am and finish no later than 5pm. Each participant will have to attend the full week of the course initially then will be invited to future workshops that are designed to put their new qualification into practice and best support gaining new skills and build their confidence.
If you are interested, please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base.
I would like to extend the invitation to our Ferrari Apprentice Day being held at our Showroom on the 2nd of March.
The Ferrari North Europe Apprentice programme is ideal for those who have achieved at least 5 GCSEs and are interested in working at an Official Ferrari Dealer in one of the following Apprenticeship roles:
- Service Technician – 3 year apprenticeship
- Service Advisor – 2 year apprenticeship
- Parts Advisor – 2 year apprenticeship
Each of these roles includes full-time employment at an official Ferrari dealership, with on-the-job training carried out under the watchful eye of Ferrari Master Technicians. Ferrari North Europe also provides additional classroom, theory and practical training at the company’s Training Centre in Berkshire.
Subject to satisfactory completion of the training programme, Apprentices are offered full-time roles with their local Ferrari dealership. In fact, the Ferrari North Europe Apprenticeship programme has become the de facto route into the brand, with many employees starting out as an Apprentice subsequently moving into other roles in the business, such as Workshop Manager, Service Manager, or even Sales Executive.
We will be holding the event at Graypaul Ferrari Edinburgh, 8 Whitehill Road, Fort Kinnaird, EH153HR from 10am till 2pm.
Throughout the day we will be giving information on how to apply and what it takes to be a part of the Ferrari technician team, demonstrating on some of the vehicles and general Q&A throughout the day.
If you are interested, please see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base ASAP.
Opportunity in Stonemasonry.
Skills Development Scotland, Developing Young Workforce and St Mary’s Cathedral would like to invite interested individuals to join a Stonemasonry taster day, with St Mary’s Cathedral, on the 7th March 2019.
The workshop is open to 12 individuals, aged 16+. We are consciously targeting candidates who are currently under-represented in the Stonemasonry industry, as St Mary’s Cathedral are advocates for equality and Diversity and are seeking to develop a diverse workforce. Suitable candidates should identify as one or more of the below characteristics;
* Have an additional support need or disability
* From a care experienced background
* A young carer
* Black, minority ethnic
* A refugee
As well as identifying as one or more of the above, the candidate should meet the following criteria;
* Enjoy physical activities and/or a physical working environment
* Willing to stand for long periods of time
* Good concentration skills
* Able to work at heights
* Maths and English at National 5 minimum (or equivalent)
* IT skills
St Marys Cathedral will be advertising apprenticeship vacancies during the summer of 2019. This taster day both allows the candidate to decide if this is an industry they would be interested to work in, but also would allow St Marys Cathedral to observe individual skills and give any interested candidates an option to interview when their apprenticeship vacancies open. Candidates may also learn about the industry and gain experience that they can add to their CV if they would like to apply for Stonemasonry positions with other companies.
If you are interested, see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base.
University Summer School
The University of Glasgow is running a new free one-week Summer School this year, in partnership with the Sutton Trust. It will run from Sunday 7 – Friday 12 July 2019 and is open to pupils who have just completed S5 and are continuing on to S6. It is a residential Summer School, with pupils living in University accommodation for the week. All meals will be provided and taken in University refectories and the Students’ Unions.
There are 100 places across four broad subject streams:
- Medical Sciences including Life Sciences; Medicine; Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine.
- Engineering: Aeronautical; Civil; Electronics & Electrical; Mechanical; Biomedical, and Product Design.
- Social Sciences: Politics; Business & Management; Accounting & Finance, and Economics.
- Arts & Humanities: English Language and Linguistics, Archaeology, History of Art, Beginners German and Music.
Pupils will meet existing undergraduate and postgraduate students and academic staff within their areas of interest, and attend workshops on: subject choice; applying to university; the UCAS system; student finance; student welfare and support, and academic and study skills. Evening activities will be organised such as: cinema evening; sporting and student club evenings; tours of Glasgow and the University campus.
Pupils will also have the opportunity to complete our online Academic Skills module. Successful completion of the Sutton Trust Summer School and Academic Skills Module could lead to an adjusted offer of entry being made if a pupil subsequently applies to the University of Glasgow, as part of our contextualised admissions system of adjusted offers of entry for applicants from widening participation backgrounds.
If you are interested, you must see Mr Ferguson in the Guidance Base by Wednesday 27th February at the latest as the deadline for applications is Thursday.