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Shop online and help our Polar Academy!

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If you shop online you could help Broughton High School’s Polar Expedition!

It’s true!  Real explorer Craig Mathieson’s role-model outreach programme is inviting young people to take part in an upcoming arctic trip!  On their return they’ll be ambassadors to other young people, peers who can talk to them about raising their life expectations and rising to their potential.

The Broughton team is ready to go.  But they need money.  To this end they’ve registered with ‘Easy Fundraising’.

If you register on this, many of your online purchases trigger small donations from your retailers!

It’s quick and simple, and all you do is click here and get started.

It’s an earner for our Explorers that won’t cost you a penny!

Read all about the Polar Academy here, then sign up and help our Broughton team launch!

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Volunteers needed

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Ella Duffy, 6th year, is fundraising for a charity called Project Trust, with whom she will be volunteering in her gap year in Guyana. She needs volunteer supervisors for an event she is organizing for 13 December (Friday). This is a Christmas ‘Jingle Ball’, with live music from a few bands from within and outside school, and tickets will be sold to S4-S6 students from Broughton and other schools. She is required to have a 1:10 adult-to-young-person ratio. She currently has 15 teachers to help; she anticipates needing 15 more adult volunteers.

Would you would be willing to supervise from the balcony in the Hub, from 6:15pm (the event starts at 6:30) until 9:30pm? Please drop us an ‘intouch’ e-mail if you can, and we’ll let Ella know she has more help.

Science Success at STEM Faraday Challenge Day

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We are delighted to report that the six pupils who participated in the Faraday Challenge at Trinity Academy this week have won the trophy on behalf of our school.

The Faraday Challenge Days are cross-curricular activity sessions sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, pursuant to the national initiative to prepare young people for ‘STEM’ careers, which is to say, jobs in Science, Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These are held at schools and colleges around the UK and have proved to be enormously popular.

Our science heroes are Robbie Ashdown-Adams (1A3), Neela Hossain (1R1), Lily Intihar (1R3), Jasmine Millington (1R3), John Swanson (1N2), and Alan Widurski (1R2). Please congratulate them (and indeed Fiona Borth who accompanied the students) if you see them!

Broughton Seniors on the BBC!

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Two senior pupils, Daniel McIvor and Tom Bagshaw, inspired by the recent ‘Question Time’ style event run by the school, are now to appear on the real BBC show itself this Thursday. They were selected for questions they submitted about the referendum for Scottish independence. Read the whole exciting account in the Edinburgh Reporter!

The show screens this Thursday at 10.35 p.m. on BBC1, featuring a special audience of mostly young people.

More pupil triumphs!

david handWhat a month!  Our young people are doing us very proud.

Last week Broughton S1 students won a prize for creativity in writing and performing a play entirely in French.  This was part of Recontres Theatrales,  an event organised by the French Institute.

In sporting news, five S2 boys have been chosen for the SFA’s Southeast Scotland Regional Selection Camp later in the month.  No other school in the area has more than one representative.  And David Hand has been selected by GB Tae Kwon Do for the second of three selection phases for the next Olympics!

Triumph of a different sort comes with Isla Ratcliff, who has been longlisted in Amnesty International’s Protest Song Competition.  Over 744 people from across the country took part in this competition, and Isla’s entry has made the top 12 in both the Performance Category and the Lyric Category.

And hot off the press, BHS won 1st prize at junior and senior level on Friday, at the Edinburgh Schools Dance Competition, held at Forrester High School.  Junior choreography was by Jenni Inglis; senior choreography was by Laura Proudfoot.

Three cheers from the Parent Council!

‘Tenner’ — another way for young people to get involved

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Here’s an exciting opportunity, much like our own Enterprise programme, for youngsters to try their hand at entrepreneurship.  The ‘Tenner Challenge’ is a national competition for young people and schools who want make a new business idea happen, using real money, taking real risks in the business field, and hopefully making a real profit – and making a difference in people’s lives, too.

Read about Tenner in detail here, and let us know if you’d like to explore the idea more!

S5 Broughton Student on BBC Radio 3

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During the Christmas Break S5 Music School student Oscar Gormley was employed to record music for ‘The Physicists,’ a radio drama which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on  20 January.

Oscar and his recorder teacher Susan Fuchs laid down tracks for the chamber music score in a single take — and were described as ‘superb’ by the show’s producer.

Very impressive, Oscar and Susan!

 

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