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Summer School Applications now open!

For LEAPS-eligible students who are holding one or more UCAS offers and would like to strengthen their chances of university entry and experience university study.

More details:www.leapsonline.org/summerschool

Deadline for completed applications: Monday 2 April 2018

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If you have any queries, please contact the LEAPS team on 0131 650 4676 or at leaps@ed.ac.uk

S6 Session – what to expect from university level study: a chance to try it out for real

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Scottish Concert Band Festival 2018

Huge congratulations to the pupils and staff involved in all the hard work and preparation of our wind band who successfully competed at the Scottish Finals in Perth this weekend we couldn’t have asked for more from them on Saturday and it was a really terrific performance.  They secured a well deserved Gold Plus Award.

Some of our musicians were extra busy at the weekend, also performing with the West Lothian Schools ensembles in the Developing and Advanced Youth Band categories.

Gavish (S2) was the ...

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Schuh Competition

Congratulations to everyone involved in taking part in this year’s Schuh competition. Our amazing art staff inspired our pupils to come out on top with designs such as light up heels, working waterfall functions and a blossoming Japanese theme. Once again, we are proud of the work of our staff and pupils contribute to this event.

All this year’s designs are on display in the Art Department.

Well done everyone !

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Tackling Period Poverty

JYHS is part of a pilot scheme that has been launched across all West Lothian schools to help tackle the issue of ‘period poverty’.

It is widely recognised that ‘period poverty’ is a growing issue in Scotland whereby some girls are struggling to afford sanitary products.

In James Young free sanitary products are available for pupils in need and our pupil council decided the location would be  in the girls’ toilet beside Modern Languages and also in Pupil Support.

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West Lothian Young Hero Award

Jemma McKay recently received the West Lothian Young Hero Award    for her outstanding fundraising effort over the past couple of years.  The award was presented by The Centre, Livingston and the West Lothian Courier

Over the past number of years Jemma has raised the following funds for various charities which is fantastic achievement, well done Jemma

Poppy Scotland £250

Hounds for Heroes £150

CHAS £150

Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Challenge £60

Alzheimer’s Scotland £410

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Girls Basketball Team

A huge well done to our Girls Basketball Team who came 2nd place in the WL Schools Competition. They were great and narrowly missed out winning with a 10-9 defeat in the last game. They came away with the honour of sport award for their respect and sportsmanship towards others. Good work girls

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LGBT History Month

February is LGBT history month and the theme this year is #WhenWeWereYoung  – LGBT Youth Scotland are asking us to indulge in a little nostalgia, celebrate how far we have come, and imagine a bold vision of the future for LGBTI people.

As a school we wanted to show our LGBTI young people that we are allies and will always support them. In order to do this the LGBT+ group have asked staff to sign a rainbow flag ...

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Business Education does Money Month

On Friday 23 February 2018 the Business Education Department had the pleasure of introducing Alex Reynolds from the Lloyds Banking Group to 5 S2 practical sets as part of the S2 Money Month programme.
The classes learnt about the different kind of bank notes available, including the million pound note, along with the different banking facilities available and the importance of budgeting using practical activities. Continue Reading →