The News Sheet [Spring Term 2018/19 No 21, 13 March 2019]


A little change, but perhaps also well overdue. The decision to move our News Sheet entries to a centrally stored platform on Firefly and the EA website may seem small but it is part of the process of trying to streamline the messaging coming from the school, which at times can seem a little overwhelming – and speaking as a dad of a Geit and a P4, I receive both Junior and Senior School communication and at times, such as now when a holiday or end of term approaches, it can be easy to miss a message. Our new school website is nearing completion and should be finally up and running after the Spring Break and the News Sheet will sit there, as well as on Firefly, as an item that reflects what is happening in the school. The move to Firefly and SOCS has also been achieved with a great deal of success and I hope that now with the added sports’ Twitter feed ( @EdAcadSport ) it should mean that information and updates are much more readily available than before and parents can be more selective in their choice of information source. It is certainly needed at a time like this – with final school games and competitions happening, we move quickly into Division competitions and these always seem to ratchet up the level of competitiveness between friends who suddenly wear blue, red, yellow or green, rather than the school colours. Recent school successes in hockey, fives and rugby will be reported on later in this edition but it has been wonderful to award the trophies to our winning teams in Assemblies recently and congratulate the Games’ Programme in general on their successes. The school choir represented themselves superbly down in Bolton last weekend and all the reports I have received spoke of their determination, passion and talent, especially in overcoming broken arms, collar bones and singing through tonsillitis! We really are blessed to have such a great bunch of students who always go the extra mile (or 200 miles as in the case of Bolton). Our next public musical performance is now the Spring Concert on Wednesday 27th March in Greyfriars Kirk.

Messaging will be coming out from the school shortly about the SQA exam process, exam leave and the post- exam period. This last part is particularly important as the 5ths and 6ths will be returning to school to begin their new Highers/Advanced Highers on Thursday 30th May. This is earlier than usual, simply because of the earlier SQA dates but important teaching is done in June in order to start these Highers and Advanced Higher courses. Our 6ths will also receive instructions this week detailing out the Ephor selection process for next year. Hopefully the introduction of some clear guidelines will help this process unfold smoothly over the course of next term.

Our Eco Group has been presenting in Assembly this week, following my messaging to Senior School parents last week, and in the run up to the Climate Protest on Friday. Our Eco Group have planned a series of activities this week in tandem with the Edinburgh Climate Protest, which a small number of our students have chosen to attend. Those who are in school and interested in supporting this action will have plenty of opportunity to do so. Good luck also to the Girls’ 1st XI hockey team on Friday as they head over to Glasgow for the Scottish Schools Plate Final.

Kind Regards,

Barry Welsh

The word ‘idle’ is not one that I would associate with the pupils and staff on either side of the Water of Leith. This has certainly proved to be the case this week and it was a pleasure to watch our P6 girls hockey team finish their home season so enthusiastically against Dollar on Saturday.

Many of those girls also showed their considerable musical talent, along with the others in the Choral Club, in retaining the Edinburgh School Choral Cup on Friday morning. The choir sang ‘Peaceful’ and ‘I Feel the Spirit’ beautifully, displaying real technicality for a choir of this age, singing in three parts. My highlight of the morning was the rendition of ‘O Gin I Were Where the Gadie Rins’ in the Scots Song Competition. This was an amazing sound. Having also watched our Senior School Chamber Choir perform confidently in Bolton on Sunday served to remind me just how special the music is at the Edinburgh Academy. Huge appreciation is due to Mrs Penman, Miss O’Rourke and Mrs Htet-Khin in the Junior School and to Mr Tully and his Senior School colleagues.

Our staff are also far from idle at the moment with the report writing season fully upon us. This did not stop Mrs Hogg, ably assisted by Mrs Htet-Khin, from giving a really informative and passionate talk to a good turnout of parents about our Health and Wellbeing programme on Thursday last week. As Mrs Hogg noted, sometimes it is not just pupils who are out of their comfort zone talking to an audience but you would never have guessed it. Thank you to all who attended and presented.

And finally, to end on a negative about the word ‘idle’. In between Brexit excitement at Westminster there was a debate on Monday trying to make it illegal for cars to keep their engines on ‘idling’ around schools and this will soon be legislated for in England. I have noticed recently that several cars are doing just this at our school gates and at New Field and have also received a letter from a local resident noting the same. I would politely request that this is not done for the good of all our health.

Kind Regards,

Gavin Calder

This Weekend:

Full sports fixture details can be found on SOCS – please check the website.

Sat 16/03/19


08:30        Boys U13A v George Heriot’s School (h)
08:30        Girls 2nds A & B v St George’s School for Girls (h) 
09:00            Boys 1st XI v The Glasgow Academy (a)
09:00             Girls Geits A v St George’s School for Girls
09:30          Girls 1st XI v Goldenacre 7s (a)

09:30             Girls 3rds v St George’s School for Girls (h) 09:30         Girls P6A v Compass School Tournament (a) 09:45     Girls Geits B v St George’s School for Girls (h)
10:30       Girls 2nd XI v Trinity Academy (h)

10:30         Girls 4ths v St George’s School for Girls (h)


09:30          Under 16A v George Heriot’s School (a)
09:30          Under 15A / Under 14A / Under 13A v EA 7’s (h)
09:50          1st XV George Heriot’s School (a)

Sun 17/03/19

Looking Ahead: 18 - 23 March 2019

Fixtures may be subject to change – please check the website.

Mon 18/03/19

All day       Junior Division Cross Country
08:00-15:00    ABRSM Exams, Junior School
09:15-12:00      P2 to Blackness Park

Tue 19/03/19

All day        Senior Division Cross Country

Wed 20/03/19

All day         Middle Division Cross Country
12:40-14:00  Geits – 4ths Sports Team Photographs
13:00-15:00      P5-6 Swimming Gala

Thur 21/03/19

12:30                Football P6/Geits v Ashbridge Primary (tbc) 14:00        Hockey Boys 1st XI v Caritas 7s (a)
14:00                Hockey Girls 1st XI v Caritas 7s (a) 15:00-17:30            Senior Division Boys Fives
16:15-17:15      Junior Division Squash Competition 18:00-18:30            P5 Camp Parents Evening
18:30-19:30      P5 Jacobite Show

Frid 22/03/19

10:30-13:00      P5L trip to National Portrait Gallery

Sat 23/03/19

19:00-00:00      Pipe Band Dinner, The Balmoral

School Notices

Absence Procedure Reminder

Leave of absence from school will only be granted for exceptional reasons. Early request must be made in writing to the Head Teacher at the Junior School or Rector at the Senior School, by parent or guardian. Class teachers should be made aware of expected absences in advance. If a pupil is absent unexpectedly, parents are requested to contact reception as detailed below:

Junior School
Senior School

Please note, if your child experiences any diarrhoea/vomiting please keep them off school until 48hrs post symptoms.

Outdoor Education

Please note the information for outdoor trips are available on Firefly via Resources/Information and Guidance/Trips. You can find consent forms and also specific trip letters and information.

Jenny Isherwood

Equality Group

As part of International Women’s Day, the Equality Group are collecting donations of the items below for Edinburgh Women’s Aid. Edinburgh Women’s Aid helps women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

They provide refuge and support for women and children whose homes are no longer safe to be in. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. Pupils can hand these items into Miss Welsh in Room 4. Please note the deadline for donations is Friday 15th March.

  • shampoo/conditioner
  • deodorant
  • shower gel
  • sanitary products
  • face wash/wipes
  • toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • lip balm
Easter Holiday Club for 3 years to P2

Holiday club will run from Monday 1st to Friday 12th April with full and part days available. Please see the information boards for further details - they are located inside Denham Green entrance and at the top of the ASC stairs where you will find spare booking forms and a black secure post box to leave your form in for processing.

Exam Preparation Courses Easter 2019: 1–5th & 8th–12th April

› Open to all school pupils

› Quality teaching in 1–7 ratio classes

› Range of National 5 & Higher Subjects

› 6 hours per day per subject

› Breakfast, Lunch & Afternoon Tea

› Exam well-being sessions

› Supervised revision option

› One hour 1–1 options

Our aim is to help students to enter into their exams feeling that they are Good to Go. They will leave our courses feeling prepared not only in subject knowledge but also confident to cope with the stress and workload that preparing for exams comes with. Classes are small (1–7) and they are led by experienced teachers to help with individual needs with plenty of 1–1 attention. Exams are not all about subject knowledge though and we will be doing our best to help with some of the wider concerns pupils and parents have in the run up to this potentially difficult time. To find out more, head to .


EA Indoor Cricket Nets Spring Term

Year Groups: 2nds – 7ths (all welcome / no registration required)
Every Monday thereafter until the Easter holidays
Junior School Sports Hall       4.45 – 6pm

International Parents Group

We are a group of multi-national parents meeting on a regular basis to support and aid families into the Edinburgh Academy along with Scottish cultural, lifestyle and Edinburgh living. We meet on a monthly basis at the Raeburn Hotel in Stockbridge between 8:30–10:30am. Our meetings for the rest of the school year are as follows:

Friday 29 March
Friday 26 April
Friday 31 May

Friday 28 June

For more information please contact IPG coordinator, Dagmar Gillespie at:

Pipe Band Events for 2019 The Annual Pipe Band Dinner

Saturday 23 March 2019 at the Balmoral Hotel

The Pipe Band Committee is delighted to announce further details of this popular fundraising event.

Date: Saturday 23 March 2019 Venue: The Balmoral Hotel Time: 7pm - midnight
Dress code: Black tie
Price: £60 per person to include sparkling reception, 3 course gourmet dinner, coffee & petit fours. Plus - Auction, Raffle and entertainment from members of the Senior Pipe Band.
Booking: Please email Gina Cunningham on to book a table. This event is likely to sell out fast so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tables of 10, (however groups of 8, 9, 10 or 11 can be accommodated). We can also arrange for smaller groups to be joined together to make one table.

This is the main fundraising event for the pipe band and your support will be warmly welcomed.

If you would consider donating a raffle or auction prize, please contact us on:

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Friday 31st May 2019 - Pipe Band Summer Family Ceilidh (Members of the Junior Band perform at this concert)

If you require any further information about these Pipe Band events please contact:

Rugby Coaching

EA Easter Rugby Skills Camp, 2019

Further develop your son/daughter’s Rugby skills in this intense 3-day course.

Dates: Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April, 2019
Time: 9:00am-15:30pm
Venue: New Field Playing Fields Cost: £90 for all 3 days

Open to all Edinburgh Academy's P5’s through to current Fourths. To book a place, please contact

Hockey Coaching

EA Easter Hockey Skills Camp, 2019

Further develop your son/daughter’s Hockey skills in this intense 3-day course.

Dates: Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd April, 2019
Time: 9:00am-15:30pm
Venue: New Field, Astros Cost: £90 for all 3 days

Open to all Edinburgh Academy's P3’s through to current Fourths. To book a place, please contact

Review of the Week

Review of the Week

Senior Boys Scottish Schools Doubles

The third instalment of the Scottish Schools’ Competitions saw two E.A. pairs take on opposition from Merchiston, Loretto and Fettes. E.A. I consisted of Thomas Peel and Liam Hoyne who impressively beat Fettes 1st pair in their group to set up a ‘de facto’ semi-final against Merchiston II. A slow start saw E.A. 14-8 down in the first to fifteen encounter but some superb serving and great winners saw the E.A. pair save ten match points in a heated encounter. Unfortunately, they fell just short, eventually losing 15-13 in the match of the tournament. In the other group E.A. II, consisting of Daniel Troup and Callum Clark lost to the eventual winners, Merchiston I but qualified for the plate final by convincingly beating their opposite pair from Fettes. This set up an all E.A. plate final where the stronger hitting and greater consistency from Peel and Hoyne saw them take home the silverware (see below).

Hector McFarlane
Fives Coach

U14 Boys vs Merchiston (h) 88 - 7 (Win)


The second week of the National 7s Series was hosted by George Watson’s College and Stewart’s Melville College respectively. The School was sitting in equal first position after round one and there was much hope of further good performances. The Under 13 team won their group, remaining undefeated against the High School of Dundee, Stewart’s Melville and George Heriot’s. They lost to George Watson’s in the semi-final, but were very satisfied with their morning’s work. The Under 14s went through the group as runners up playing Dollar Academy in the semi-final. They lost an unbelievable game by 1 point, dropping a scoring pass on the last play to win. This shows excellent progress from last weekend. The Under 15s failed to qualify from their group after 1 win, 1 loss and 1 draw – going out on points scored which was exactly the same story for the Under 18 team. The Under 16 team maintained their 100% winning record in taking their second title in 2 weeks. They played Dollar in the semi-final after winning their group comfortably and defeated a strong George Watson’s team 21-5 in the final. The stand out players of the tournament were David Macrae, Cameron Campbell, Ben Murray and Dylan Edwin had an amazing final in attack and defence. These results leave us in 2nd position overall, just 6 points behind George Watson’s with one week to go. This Saturday we host the Under 15, Under 14 and Under 13 version of the Series with the Under 16s and Under 18s at Goldenacre.

Mark Appleson
Director of Rugby


Girls 1st XI v Dollar

Scottish Cup finalists Dollar have emerged as the team to beat in Scottish Schoolgirls hockey over the past 5 years and their team, littered with youth internationalists, play a hugely impressive and aggressive style. The 1st XI look ahead to this Friday's Scottish Schools Plate Final & were in buoyant mood to be playing threw countries top team as their last preparation game.

Dollar flew out of the traps, at a pace the 1st XI had never before experienced and took a quick fire two goal lead, with two lethal counter attacks leaving the defensive line helpless. EA regrouped, with Captain Amandine Holden once again a shining light in the middle of the defence, marshalling her troops with a composure befitting of a player double her age. EA began to click and created some goal scoring opportunities, before another deadly counter attack made it 3-0 at half time. Unphased, the team began to debrief their performance and discussed the need to 'go forward' and 'believe in themselves' which they then took to the pitch. The second half saw a different EA side face up to Dollar's might. Erin O'Neill, Flora Millar and Freya Scott in deep midfield began to create holes in the Dollar defence, which gave Nisha Haydock, Belle Osler, Caitlin Street and rampant Charlie Macphail the opportunity to run at the Dollar defence & create more opportunities. The work from the forward line, led by tireless Maeve Gorman, carved out a penalty corner, which Caitlin Street hammered into the bottom right corner to make the score 3-1. EA kept trying to add to the tally but couldn't quite connect in front of goal. An exceptional second half performance left the final score 3-1 to Dollar, but with EA believing that they can compete with the top sides in the country, which is a positive leading into this Friday's Schools Plate Final with Hutchesons.

Chris Duncan
Hockey Coach


Uniform Exchange

The Exchange is situated in the grounds of the Junior School to the rear of the Dining Hall. Normal term-time opening times are:

3.00-4.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month 9.00-10.30am on the first Saturday of every month

CONTACT: Gill Peters on 07769902027 or

Breakfast Services Available at both Junior and Senior Schools:

Junior School:            Hot rolls – bacon, scrambled egg, link sausage - served on a rotational basis. Porridge with toppings,
Open 07:45 - 8:30      toast and croissants with butter and jam, tea, coffee and milk

Senior School:             Hots rolls, porridge with toppings, continental pastries (e.g. croissants) occasionally, hot chocolate, tea and coffee
Open 08:00 – 8:30

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