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Firrhill Heights Summer 2017 Produced by the Parent Council Firrhill Heights Firrhill Heights is produced by the Parent Council and consists mostly of excerpts from previous issues of Firrhill News and showcases some of Firrhill’s exceptionally talented pupils, special events and success stories. Read Firrhill News on the school website. For more information, contact the Parent Council firrhillpc@gmail.com Sports Day Follow on Twitter @FirrhillPE Sports Day was organised in three zones: the “Tough Mudder”; the “Energy Zone”, which comprised various “potted” sports events, face painting, sponge throwing and sumo wrestling suits; and the “Athletics and Fun Races”, which included all of our traditional competitive events plus some fun events – such as the egg and spoon race and the three-legged race. This was the school’s first opportunity to run a competition including all four houses and Caerketton ended up as Firrhill’s first ever Sports Day House Champions. Thanks to Miss Carmichael CL Health and well-being, and S2 Netball to all the Firrhill staff who arranged and ran sports day. On Monday 27 February, the S2 netball team, coached by Mrs Harkness and Miss McCaig, played Lathallen, Dundee in an exciting quarter-final match. The teams were well matched and both played very well throughout, but Firrhill had the upper hand and finally won 31-26 this fast-paced, exciting silver cup match. The S2 team played in the Scottish Schools Cup Finals at Ravenscraig, but lost the Silver Final 23-18 to Balwearie High. Well done to all who took part – great team work! Fanfare Concert Many Firrhill musicians took part in the annual Fanfare Concert at Central Hall Tollcross on 25 November (and also in the December Childline Concert). The Edinburgh Secondary Schools Wind Ensemble, conducted by Graeme Hodge, played “Mr Blue Sky” and “the Olympic Fanfare”. Groups performing included: Edinburgh Secondary Schools Orchestra; Edinburgh Secondary Schools Rock Ensemble; Secondary Schools Choir and “Piping Hot”, Edinburgh Schools Performance Pipe Band. Follow on Twitter @FirrhillMusic Follow on Twitter @FirrhillPE Sports Information Evening Volunteer awards were On Wednesday 12 October the Health and Wellbeing Faculty held a sports information evening. Miss Carmichael CL introduced the school’s sports presented to parent volunteers: ethos and outlined how to join the sports membership scheme for £22 per W. Kenyon (Sunday league year. This was followed by our Young Sports Ambassadors Lisa Irvine and netball) and M. Hifnawy Susan Rome interviewing Ieuan James S6 (kayaking) and Lucia Rizza S2 (U14 football); teacher award: (tennis) .Josef Pechar introduced films about Keanna MacInnes and Lexi K. Harkness (netball coach) and Waller (S4 swimmers). These talented pupils are all aspiring Olympians. pupil volunteer awards to E .Baxter and M. McLean Lorna Norman, Active Schools, gave a (netball). Well done everyone! presentation on Positive Coaching Scotland. Market stalls in the concourse included shinty, Boroughmuir Thistle Girls Football Club, Kingsknowe Golf Club, Edinburgh Leisure and Community Hub. Taster sessions were available for fencing, squash, golf and shinty. Young Sports Ambassadors Follow on twitter @FirrhillPE The school has four YSAs: Susan Rome, Lisa Irvine, Josef Pechar and Heather Tring. There are also three Tennis Ambassadors: Calum Young, Calum MacKerron and Lucia Rizza. These pupils along with Lexi Waller, Keanna MacInnes and Amy Lickley had the amazing opportunity to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Olympian and Paralympian winners at the Oriam, the new sports performance centre at Heriot-Watt University. School of Tennis In March 2016 the Tennis Foundation launched a School of Tennis programme. Twenty-one secondary schools across Great Britain have been established as “Schools of Tennis”– the aim is to create 150 by 2018. In Edinburgh James Gillespie’s, Firrhill and Liberton High Schools are taking part in the pilot scheme, and will each receive around £5,000 worth of support for the pilot. They will work across key themes: Teaching and Learning; Student Leadership; Facilities and Equipment; and Community Links. A training day was held at Loughborough University for teachers, coaches and students from the 2

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