Apple Distinguished Programme News!

We are delighted to announce that our digital learning programme for students in S3-S6 has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished Programme for 2016-2018, recognising our innovative use of technology to improve, transform and enhance the learning experience of our students.

At an awards ceremony in London in November, three members of staff, our head teacher Hazel Kinnear, Sam Clarke and Jenni Robertson, were extremely happy and proud to represent the school, take part in activities with other recognised schools and collect our amazing plaque!

Apple Distinguished Programme Award
(L-R) Sam Clarke, Jenni Robertson, Hazel Kinnear

The Apple Distinguished Programme designation is reserved for programmes that meet the criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

Equipping all of our students in S3-S6 with an iPad enables us to achieve our vision of embedding technology across the curriculum to ensure that all students have equal access to a relevant and applied curriculum and are able to make use of world-class digital resources, wherever they are. You can read more about our journey to transform learning and teaching with technologies in our very own iBook, freely available to download in the iBookstore.

Our digital learning programme at Tynecastle High School is supported by a strong team of experienced staff led by our Director of Digital Learning, Jenni Robertson, and delivered through excellent learning and teaching. Staff and students from Tynecastle High School, including our brilliant team of student digital leaders, regularly present at local and national events, sharing the great practice that is demonstrated daily in our digital learning programme.

Our plague is on display in the school foyer.

International Year of Light

Screen Shot 2015-11-26 at 11.51.50To celebrate the UN’s International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, students and staff at Tynecastle High School have been working with students and staff from Heriot Watt University designing and building lanterns which they will then display at Heriot Watt University on 2nd December alongside a professionally designed outdoor light show by Malcolm Innes – lead artist of the Botanical Garden Lights. This show is the Scottish Closing Ceremony of the International Year of Light called ‘IllumiNations‘.

Last week some of our S1 and S2 students worked in school with students from Heriot Watt to design, decorate and construct lanterns and then programme the LED lights that will go inside their lanterns.

On the 2nd of December the same students will be spending the day at Heriot Watt University where they will hang their lanterns to be displayed in the ‘IllumiNations’ event. They will then visit the science department for some workshops, visit some Year of Illuminations exhibitions and participate in a talk by Jim Alkhalili OBE, who is a British scientist, author, broadcaster and professor of Physics at the University of Surrey.

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The light event and lecture will then be repeated in the evening for adult audiences and families with children aged 9+. Our students lanterns will be displayed in prominent position and will be best visible in the evening. Unfortunately tickets for the event have already sold out, but you can still watch the event online and join viewers from across the globe by logging on to

Please do join the live broadcast and see what our students have been working on – it really is fantastic!

Ms Louise Moyes
Science Faculty