Duke of Edinburgh Gold Expedition to Mull

In September our Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition group of five senior students returned from a tough 4 day loop around the island of Mull. They had to endure some very tough terrain, some wild weather on Saturday on the West coast and some tricky mountain passes!

DofE Gold Sept 2015 Pic 1

The route took them from the ferry down to Lochbuie in the south then a scenic campsite next to Moy castle and the sea. Day 2 they headed over a sunny pass towards Benmore with more tough navigation and tricky terrain to keep them busy. The wild weather on Saturday meant the longer lower west coast route was a sensible choice for Day 3. On the final day they enjoyed more sunshine and a nice pass over to Salen to get the bus back to the ferry.

The group showed their exceptional skills of teamwork, navigation and stamina to complete their expedition – a great achievement! (And the staff made it back in one piece too!)

Part of their assessment was to create a presentation about their trip, and so we’re looking forward to the video they made being shown in school today!

DofE Gold Sept 2015 Pic 2

Educational Maintenance Allowance Update

From January 2016, the income thresholds for the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) are increasing for students born before 1 March 2000. This means more students may qualify to receive weekly payments of £30 per week. The income threshold for families with one dependent child will increase from £20,351 to £24,421 and for those with more than one dependent child will increase from £22,403 to £26,884.

If you believe your son or daughter will now qualify for an EMA you can find out more at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/ema Applications can be submitted from 26 October 2015