The Snow Queen 2014 in pictures

Last night saw the final performance of this year’s spectacular panto The Snow Queen. Over two days and three shows the students and staff entertained a combined total of more than 700 people! You can see our official photographs below, including some behind the scenes images.

NSPCC NumberDay Fun!

NumberDayPhotoThank you to all staff and students for taking part in the NSPCC Number Day Step Up Challenge on Friday the 5th of December. Thanks to your generous donations, so far we have raised £418.88 for the NSPCC. We will find out the winning house this Friday when students will complete the follow up Numeracy activity in Tutor Group to find out how high they climbed!

To find out more about the work of NSPCC please see their website here

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NSPCC Number Day Step Up Challenge

Tynecastle students set to take on NSPCC Number Day Step Up Challenge

NSPCC Number Day

On Friday 5th December all staff and students will take part in a fun filled Tutor Time activity to raise funds for the NSPCC and Childline. As part of the annual NSPCC Number Day event students will come to school wearing a number. They will then take part in a high energy Step Up Challenge and compete to be the winning house! In the following weeks students will complete numeracy tasks in class to find out how far they climbed whilst learning more about how he NSPCC benefit from all of the funds generously donated by the Tynecastle High School community.

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The Snow Queen – Panto 2014

Snow Queen Poster

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Tynecastle High School proudly presents ‘The Snow Queen’, written and directed by Fiona McPhee

› Performances: 16th & 17th of December, 7pm
› Prices: Adults £4.50, Child (*3-18) £2.50
› Christmas Fayre including raffle and stocking fillers from 6pm to 6.45pm on performance nights
› *No under 3s
› Warning – Strobe Lighting used!

Tickets available from Tynecastle High School Office from Monday 1st December

New WWI drama previewed at Tynecastle

When the War Came Home poster

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Last week the Citadel Arts Group visited Tynecastle to perform a scene from their WWI play ‘When the War Came Home’, trying out parts of the play from their developing show with inter-generational audiences. They presented the Zeppelin Raid scene for a group of older people from Oaklands Day Centre alongside two classes of students, some of whom had recently visited the battlefields. The feedback was totally positive: “The play made it realistic. . .I didn’t know this area had been bombed” – pupils’ comments; “I was a reservist so can relate to the storyline” – older audience member. All are looking forward to seeing the complete play in the New Year.  The group will present the McCrae’s Batallion scenes in Balgreen and Stenhouse Primary Schools in December. The project is a great example of inter-generational working.

‘When the War Came Home’ is scripted by 7 members of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) Playwrights Workshop and performed by the Citadel Arts Group. The script explores the impact of World War I on ordinary and some well-known Edinburgh people.

National Poetry Day 2014

For National Poetry Day this year, the 2nd of October, all Tynecastle High School students were given the opportunity to view a presentation on the life and work of the World War I poet Wilfred Owen. They were then invited to take part in a poetry competition on the theme of ‘Remembrance’. There were an impressive 58 entries and the standard was so high it made deciding on the winners a very difficult task indeed.

Eva in 2B1 was the outright winner for her outstanding poem. Raymond in 1B2 and Robyn in 2B2 were bothNational Poetry Day Winners highly commended.

War Poems 2014War Poems outside library

A display of student entries can be viewed on the noticeboard immediately outside the library. Well done to all of our students who took part!

C. Kerr

Achievement Award Success

We are so proud of our students and staff represented at the annual City of Edinburgh Council Achievement Awards ceremony which took place on Thursday 11 September in the Assembly Rooms in George Street, hosted by Grant Stott. The awards provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work of individuals, teams and establishments. The official photographs have now been delivered for you to see!

Winner! Promoting Mental and Emotional Wellbeing through the Growing Confidence Programme
We were joint winners along with Wester Hailes Education Centre in the Getting it Right for Every Child category for our work on promoting emotional and mental wellbeing through our Growing Confidence programme of training for staff, students and parents. This is a prestigious award to win and we are very proud of all those who have taken part in the training and this has been used to further support our students.

Winners – Getting it right for every child category

Highly Commended! Wilfred Owen, World War 1 Poet, Historic Scotland Commemorative Plaque
Wilfred Owen Plaque
Our School Library Resource Centre Coordinator Mrs Carolyn Kerr received a highly commended award in the improving literacy outcomes category for her collaborative work with the Wilfred Owen Association, Historic Scotland, The Scottish Poetry library and other external agencies which resulted in a successful application to Historic Scotland for a  plaque commemorating the World War I poet Wilfred Owen’s time spent teaching at Tynecastle High School in September 1917. Mrs Kerr was nominated by her School Library Service colleagues.

Highly Commended – Improving Literacy Outcomes

Nominated! Meaningful May
Our brand new Meaningful May programme – an inclusive programme for non-exam leave S4 students designed to identify and acquire skills for learning, life, and work – was nominated for an award this year. Students and staff were delighted to have their work showcased on the evening – there were huge cheers all round for each nomination!

You can read more about these awards, and all of the other award winners and nominees in the official Achievements Award 2014 Brochure – tap here to view the brochure