In October a group of 10 Tynecastle High School and 10 Castlebrae High School Mandarin learners had the amazing experience of visiting Beijing to experience Chinese culture and put their language skills into practice. We are very grateful to the Swire Chinese Language Foundation for funding this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Students visited famous sites such as the Forbidden City, The Great Wall of China, the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square, as well as experiencing calligraphy and Kung Fu lessons and using their best Mandarin to haggle in various markets.
We hope you enjoy this short film of the trip made by the students and Mandarin teacher Miss Walker, as much as the students enjoyed their time in Beijing.
Welcome to the September 2018 edition of Tynecastle News. Tap or click here to read our September 2018 edition
Head Teacher’s update:
I am delighted to share with you our first newsletter of the session. Already we have had so many positives – from appointing new staff to starting new clubs to welcoming so many new students. As we head towards the holiday weekend we are busy preparing for the Battlefields trip and our Open Evening amongst other events. I am very much looking forward to welcoming even more families to this very popular Open Evening as well as allowing our staff and students to share all the good work of which they are so proud. I hope that you and your family have had a positive start to the school session too and I look forward to seeing many of you at our next Parent Council meeting when I can share more detailed news and updates. Hazel Kinnear, Head Teacher
I hope that you and your family have had a lovely summer but that like us you are now ready for the new school session. We were delighted to see all our students for the start of a new and exciting year. As you know, we are growing school and we were very pleased to see not only our largest cohort begin in S1, but a waiting list now for S2 and S3.
We were very pleased to see our examination results continue to improve, with many of these increases leading to our best results ever. This is down to a lot of hard work on the part of both our students and staff and I welcomed the opportunity to congratulate them all this week. I would also like to thank you for all the encouragement and support you provide for your child, their learning, and our school, which is essential for their success.
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