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Student Newsletter 12/1/23

Junior Basketball Team


Forrester’s Junior Basketball team (S1-3) are playing a home match against Castlebrae High School next Tuesday after school (tip-off around 4pm). If anyone would like to come and show your support, there will be a small amount of benches around the court to do so. It should be a hard fought match with two teams that are close in ability. Come on you Forries!

Mr McDonald

Girls’ fitness


This club resumes Thursday 3:40-4:30pm. New members welcome.


SQA Prelim Examinations


S4-6 students will undertake important prelim examinations starting on Monday 16th January and lasting for just short of 3 weeks. It’s really important that you respect these examinations and be extra quiet when moving around the school, particularly when near the main assembly hall. Exams will mostly be in the assembly hall but some will happen in different parts of the school. Remember, at some point in your school journey, you will be in there sitting exams, and you will want the best possible chance to do well in these. You will also notice some tables being moved away from the hall during lunchtimes – this is to help keep things quiet for the exams. Thanks.

Mr Ennis

Digital Education – Heart of Midlothian PLC


The Innovation Centre provides a unique range of Digital Education programmes

that inspires young people to develop vital digital skills for the future whilst using technology creatively for a purpose. Working in partnership with delivery partners, schools, and leaders in industry, we use the power and reach of football to attract and engage learners.


Click here to watch a promotional video to see our S1-S6 clubs in action.


We currently have three clubs available for S1-S6 students: Inventing for Good – Girls Edition, Digital Athletes, Digital Champions.


Go to to register to them!


Inventing for Good – Girls Edition:

8 Weeks ; Tuesdays; 4:30-6:00pm

31st January – 28th March

Information: Inventing for Good (S1-S3) – Girls Edition – Events – Universe

Go through all the stages of creating a prototype of an invention – research, planning, and building – with technology experts inspiring and helping you along the way.


The Digital Athletes S1-S3:

10 Weeks ; Fridays ; 3:15-4:30pm

20th January – 31st March

Information: Digital Athletes (S1-S3) – Events – Universe

Digital Athletes is less of a club, and more of a supportive space for you to drop-in and work on developing your own tech projects.


The Digital Champions S4-S6:

10 Weeks; Friday 3:15-4:30pm

20th January – 31st March

Information: Digital Champions (S4-S6) – Events – Universe

Digital Champions is less of a club, and more of a supportive space for you to drop-in and work on developing your own tech projects.



Would you like help to sign up to receive your free bus pass?

We have representatives from the local library coming into school on 17th January from 4.30 – 5.30pm to our parent coffee evening.   We are aware that completing these applications is not always simple so we hope and this will be an effective way to ensure as many of our young people have access to free bus travel as possible.

Under 16s will need an adult with them and over 16s can apply themselves.  Applications will then be processed and passes posted out. Please bring a device that you can take a picture of yourself on (your phone or your parents’ phone will do) if you have one.  Ms McLaren



Scholar Programme Update:


Could the S3 students involved please see Miss McLaren period 2 on Friday in the SFL Department for important info regarding this programme.