RECTOR AND HEADTEACHER’S NOTES
As Colin Powell is well known for saying “leadership involves responsibility to the welfare of the group, which means that some people will get angry at your actions and decisions”. It’s a saying that I have been reminded of a lot in my role and it is one that we will be teaching our new student leaders, when selected, next term. The decision to allow students to attend the Climate Protest, should they get parental consent, was certainly one such decision in provoking that type of response. If I was to do it all again, I would make the same decision. Education occurs in a wide range of formats, be they simple experiences, conversations, formal lectures and lessons or chance meetings with inspirational individuals. The possibility of a small number of our students attending the Protest, therefore, seemed a good decision to make, and not simply because I am a Geographer by training! Education never stops and so I do hope that those who chose to learn a little more about this important issue by attending the Protest last Friday can take that learning on and help others look at the world in a different way. While on the subject of education, a reminder about our Good to Go courses over the coming holidays is probably well timed. Pease do visit our website Here for more information on these preparation courses, as they might provide valuable extra support and guidance in the last few weeks before the SQA exams begin.
The end of term is looming ahead and we have some big events before we break up on Friday 29th April, possibly the only ‘exit’ due to happen on the 29th that I can say with certainty will actually take place. Thank you to all those parents who have followed our term dates and arranged holidays for after we break up. Our term dates up until August 2021 are now available on Firefly for all parents and I would encourage everyone to use those dates when considering holidays as early departures and late arrivals are always disruptive for everyone involved. Many thanks indeed to the Pipe Band Committee for all their hard work in organising the Pipe Band Dinner on Saturday at the Balmoral Hotel. I am sure it will be a wonderful event. A reminder also about the Spring Concert at Greyfriars Kirk on Wednesday 27th.
I have recently been in conversation with some of the residents in Glenogle Road and Ettrickdale Place, who have become increasingly concerned about the parking and traffic at drop off and pick up times from the Senior School. Given we have the large yards on Henderson Row, could I encourage all parents to be very conscious of the residential parking at the rear of our site and avoid blocking people in or using private car parking spaces. Please do not spend time waiting with engines idling and always use Henderson Row should a delay be likely and waiting be necessary. We try to maintain good relationships with all our neighbours and your help in this matter would be very well received.
I spent some time yesterday with Mr Enos going over the programme for the P5 and 6 swimming gala. This takes him a long time to produce and he tries very hard to ensure that our best swimmers are given the chance to demonstrate their talent, and as a swimming coach I know just how much hard work goes into honing that natural talent, whilst also giving all of the children time in the pool. This is a huge task and I am grateful to him for taking it on.
I also spent time yesterday proof reading the programme for next Thursday’s Spring Concert. With a ‘bluesy’ theme running through several of the pieces this will be a nice entry into the long hot summer months (in my head at least).
Of course a highlight of the Summer Term to many children is their trip away and I know that Mrs Htet-Khin is looking forward to discussing the Jacobite Camp with P5 parents and children on Thursday evening. I am also looking forward to the P5 Jacobite Show. The rehearsals are reportedly going well.
And finally, it was a real pleasure to be at the P2 trip to Blackness Castle on Monday morning. The genuine enthusiasm of children of that age is infectious and it is great to see them engaging so well with the past through the use of artefacts and spending time in the castle.
Full sports fixture details can be found on SOCS – please check the website.
10:30 Rugby 2nd XV v St Leonard School (a)
10:30 Rugby U14A / U13B v St Leonard School (h)
Looking Ahead: 25 - 30 March 2019
Fixtures may be subject to change – please check the website.
All day Geits/2nds Boys Division Football
All day Geits/2nds Girls Division Hockey
All day No 3rds Team Practice
11:00 Mixed U12A / U11A v EPSSSA P6/7 Cross Country (a)
19:00-20:00 P5-6 RSHP Parents Evening
All day Senior Boys Division Football
All day Senior Girls Division Football
All day Senior Boys Division Hockey
12:40-14:00 5ths-7ths Sports Team Photographs
13:45-14:45 P4 Egyptian Afternoon
15:30-16:30 Senior Division Squash
16:15 Squash Boys U16 v Watsons (a)
17:00 Fives Colts v Merchiston Castle School (tbc)
All day Middle Boys Division Football
All day Middle Girls Division Hockey
All day Higher Drama Examinations
13:00-15:00 P5-6 Cross Country
15:00-16:00 Middle Division Squash
19:00-21:00 Senior Spring Term Concert, Greyfriars Kirk
All day Beating Retreat Rehearsal – Mini CCF Band
All day National 5 Drama Examinations
15:00-17:30 Senior Division Girls Fives
18:00-21:00 Ceilidh for 2nds / 3rds
19:00-20:00 Junior School Spring Concert
All day Term Ends (last day of school)
13:30-15:30 P6 VE Day Celebrations
All day Easter holidays
All day Army Easter Camp (CCF)
All day Boys National Fives Championships
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:
either phone Reception on 0131 552 3690 by 9.00
or e-mail Reception at firstname.lastname@example.org
either phone Reception on 0131 556 4603 by 9.30
or e-mail Reception at email@example.com
Please note, if your child experiences any diarrhoea/vomiting please keep them off school until 48hrs post symptoms.
North Berwick Evening Bus - Week 25th March 2019
The North Berwick evening bus will run as normal as activities and games are still running at both the Junior School and Senior School.
Props Request – Senior School
The Props team are seeking WOOLLY TIGHTS, patterned or plain in Autumn colours: reds, browns, burgundies, yellows, oranges. It doesn’t matter about quality and with or without holes/tears also fine!
If you have any COLOURED PLASTIC STRAWS hiding at the back of your cupboards, shed the guilt and hand them in to be creatively recycled/reused! All colours welcome. COLOURED PLASTIC PEGS would also be appreciated.
Pupils can hand these items to Ms Mackinlay or drop off in her studio on the ground floor in Donaldson’s.
Holiday Camps 2019
The Edinburgh Academy is hosting a number of camps across the School, offering an exciting mix of activities to keep young minds and bodies stimulated and active during the holiday period. Camps are run in conjunction with a number of partner providers to provide the best experience possible. You can find more information at: https://www.edinburghacademy.org.uk/EA-Camps and https://www.edinburghacademy.org.uk/MainFolder/EA-Trading/EATrading_Camps19.pdf.
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 edinburghacademy.org.uk/good-to-go.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Review of the Week
U16 Boys Scottish Schools Doubles
Due to a clash with oral exams the next day E.A. had four young representatives in the this competition who all gained invaluable inexperience against older opposition.
E.A. I consisted of U13 pair Hugo Rintoul and Calum Swanson who both performed excellently. The boys had an epic first round game against Fettes II which went right to wire, with the E.A. pair using great angles to make up for what they gave away in power, with Hugo’s left hand defence being particularly impressive. They went down 16-14 which saw them enter the Plate where they faced Loretto II. They raced into a 9-6 lead but tiredness started to creep in, eventually losing 15- 10.
E.A. II of Will Hodgson and Archie Miller had a tough draw against the hard hitting Loretto I pair and they never really settled being blown off the court without troubling the scoreboard. They found their composure in the Plate and played much better than the 15-4 scoreline suggested as they were knocked out by Fettes I.
This was a real step up in opposition compared to the previous week’s comprehensive victory over Merchiston but all four boys played well and have a number of years left in this age category to improve further.
Director of Fives
Wednesday 13th March
P5/6 Division Rugby
Carmichael 5 Cockburn 2
Carmichael 2 Dundas 2
Carmichael 2 Kinross 3
Cockburn 1 Dundas 4
Kinross 3 Dundas 2
Cockburn 0 Kinross 4
Overall: Kinross 1st, Carmichael 2nd, Dundas 3rd, Cockburn 4th
Saturday 16th March
What a shame the final weekend of the 7s series was wiped out - as was the Merchiston 7s on Sunday by the way. Next season we are looking to extend this tournament and have a 'Caledonia' leg hosted by Dollar and HS of Dundee so obviously the feedback on the series has been very positive.
This weekend we have 3 fixtures only against St Leonards School - the weather looks fine so they should all be on - details have been updated on SOCS.
Director of Rugby
Girls 1st XI – Scottish Schools’ Plate Final vs Hutchesons Grammar School
The girls 1st team journeyed to Glasgow Green full of optimism as they prepared for their first National final. In their way was a highly regarded Hutchesons Grammar School, who possess a 17 year old goalkeeping starlet who is in the Scotland Women’s National Squad. EA started fast and dominated the opening exchanges, creating two good opportunities and winning an early penalty corner which was swatted away by the Hutchesons goalkeeper. Then Niamh Edgar tore down the
right hand side and fed the ball to Nisha Haydock who left two defenders in her wake before fizzing the ball across goal which was narrowly missed at the back post. Undeterred, EA flew forward again and off their next penalty corner, Amandine Holden picked up a rebound and sent the ball goal ward, drawing a simply outstanding save once again from the Hutchesons keeper. Hutchesons were panicking and EA dictating the pace of the game, but were undone when not being 5 metres from a free hit inside our own 25 led to a Hutchesons penalty corner. Completely against the run of play, Hutchesons nudged home a rebound to take a 1-0 lead into half time.
The 1st team were calm and composed as they discussed the route forward at half time and agreed that they had to take more risks in the second half to create opportunities to score, and they did.
Amandine Holden marshalled her team from the back line with consummate calm and allowed ferocious Erin O’Neill and Freya Scott in deep midfield to pull the strings and move the ball into space, as the attacking flair of Haydock, Edgar, Charlie Macphail, Belle Osler and Caitlin Street began to dominate proceedings and pepper the Hutchesons circle with passes and deliveries. But, heartbreak struck again. A free hit awarded by the umpire was taken from the wrong location, catching EA off guard as Hutchesons, on their second foray into the EA circle in the game, slammed a reverse stick shot Into the bottom corner to take a 2-0 lead, again against the run of play.
Despite the setback, the 1st XI remained intent on getting on the scoresheet and with 7 minutes remaining withdrew their goalkeeper in favour of an extra outfield player. The extra pressure told and EA again created chance after chance, only to be repelled by the magnificent display of the Hutchesons goalkeeper.
The end result of 2-0 doesn’t reflect the standard of play from the 1st XI, or deliver them the result they may have deserved based on performance, but it teaches a valuable lesson that in sport and life, that you don’t always get the result you deserve and sometimes must be proud of the journey without achieving the end goal. A sensational effort from every player who should be rightly proud of themselves.
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 email@example.com.
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