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Shop online and help our Polar Academy!


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!



WANTED; Broughton High School Teacher to help get school newspaper ready for Septemberfest 2016

Attention, Broughton teachers! We need someone willing to be the contact point for the Parent Council’s annual newspaper project.

At the moment, we’re trying to find a parent volunteer who will do the actual layout and editing, mostly of material collected from the School and PC blogs from last year.

Alternatively, instead of involving a parent volunteer, could this not be a super senior pupil portfolio project? Maybe you have a sixth-year team who could put this together!  It would teach them InDesign and Scribus template software – no bad thing for entering the work world.

We’re ready to brief you on what needs to be done. Please help make our newspaper happen!

Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership — an invitation

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Can you spare a couple of hours to help our local young people influence local services? Inverleith Youth Talk is your chance to chat to young people about your services, to network with other service providers and to explore potentials for new collaborative working with young people at the heart of this.

The Inverleith NP has been working with the Inverleith Young People’s Forum and local services aimed at young people to gather views and opinions of local young people. This has already involved young people from local schools, youth work centres and open air clubs, through an initial flash poll and ongoing mapping facilities and activities.

The next stage of the process is the Inverleith Youth Talk event, bringing together young people and key adults to understand the outcomes to date and help shape any future actions for improving Inverleith area for our young people. The YouthTalk event will take place on Friday 11th March from 12.30 til 3pm in Saint Stephen’s Stockbridge, and it would be great if you can sign up to come along. The event programme will be circulated nearer the time.

We have approximately 100 places and we aim for this to be 50/50 young people and key organisations / decision makers and we hope that you can attend.

Also, we’d like to showcase some of the fabulous services available to our young people, so please let us know if you are able to bring along a small display with you, so that participants can browse this over lunch. We are very fortunate to have secured the Saint Stephen’s Stockbridge venue for this event and excellent display space is available.

Elaine Lennon

On Behalf of Councillor Gavin Barrie, Champion of the Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership’s Young People’s Action Group

Take a Heriot-Watt survey on Inverleith Pond

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Joy Jarvie, a third-year PhD student at Heriot-Watt University, has approached us for help with her ecology-based field work on the pond in Inverleith Park.  She is asking local residents if they’d fill in a survey on how they see the benefits of this pond.

To take her survey, click this online survey link.

Her e-mail address, for any questions you may have, is


Music opportunities at Canongate Youth

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Here are some wonderful music opportunities for young people, thanks to the good people at Canongate Youth, in the South Bridge Resource Centre on Infirmary Street.

A Music Café runs on Friday afternoon and allows young people access to musical tuition, rehearsal space, studio recording facilities and live performance opportunities. All 12-17 year olds are welcome, access is free and a light lunch is provided.

And the Tuesday Sessions offer young people the opportunity to take part in song writing, recording and vocal coaching workshops with experienced song writers and musicians. All 12-17 year olds are welcome, access is free and travel expenses can be reimbursed.

Have a look at their brochure, and get in touch with Clare Jamieson, at or 0131 556 9389/9719.

The National Anti-Bullying Approach: a public forum

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Parents, would you like the opportunity to share your thoughts on the refresh of the national anti-bullying approach? NPFS is holding a consultation event which will provide parents with an opportunity to give feedback to the Scottish Government on the proposals.

When? Wednesday 27th January, 6:30pm-8:30pm – refreshments available from 6pm

Where?  National Parent Forum of Scotland offices in Edinburgh (Children in Scotland, First Floor, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ)

Who is it for? Any parent with a child of school age and an interest in this topic.

Who is running the event? The event is being hosted by NPFS and the discussions will be facilitated by the Scottish Government, with input from respectme, the national anti-bullying service.

To register interest in attending, or for more information, please contact Gillian Myers at or 0131 313 8842.

For full details visit 

Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions from Edinburgh Council

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Following a successful initial session last term, we’re happy to announce a new round of Parent and Carer Support and Information Sessions on Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health issues.  Click here to learn more.  These session have been planned with the support of CAHMS and other relevant organisations.

The sessions will each have a different topic focus. There will also be an opportunity for parents who wish more information or are concerned about their teenager’s emotional wellbeing or mental health to meet other parents and supportive professionals in a safe relaxed environment. Parents and carers of 11-18 year olds from across the city are welcome to attend any of the sessions.

Please e-mail if you wish to come along.

Here’s the schedule of times, places, and topics:

Wednesday 9th September 2015, Leith Academy, 6.30-8.30pm

-Self Harm

Thursday 1st October 2015, Drumbrae Library, 6.30-8.30pm

-Anxiety and Depression

Thursday 29th October 2015, Tollcross Community Centre, 6.30-8.30pm

-Stress and the Teenage Brain

Thursday 3rd December 2015, Gate 55, 6.30-8.30pm

-Self Harm

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