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Issue 35 March 2010

Shetland Schools Art & Design Exhibition

These pictures are from a selection of AHS artworks that were on display recently in Da Gadderie, Shetland Museum, as part of the Shetland Schools Art & Design Exhibition. (See page 14)


Head Teacher’s Comments - Ms V Nicolson Since Christmas, the Scottish Government has been considering how and when to implement its proposals for “Curriculum for Excellence”, Shetland Islands Council has been consulting on the “Blueprint for Education” and we have been getting along with the learning and teaching highlighted in this newsletter as well as undertaking the senior prelim examinations. On top of it all, the weather has posed us one or two challenges at this very busy time. The Senior Beanfeast had to postponed until Friday 15th January 2010, but still proved to be a lovely occasion. The school community would be very proud to see nearly 300 fifth and sixth year pupils, in their finery, packing the dance floor for a Strip-the-Willow. Snow

closures immediately after the prelims, in late February, disrupted school life, but everyone is working hard to make the most of the rest of the term. I am pleased to let you know that we are going to have some more space in the centre of the school, including an additional dining room. The photographs below show three temporary units being lowered into the space outside the school hall and link. This will be a temporary social area for Class 3 and Class 4. This means that the school hall is free to become a second dining space, with room for an additional 80 seats. We are hoping the school hall will also become and an attractive study-café area for senior pupils and staff.

Pictures on front cover by: Top left: Rhea Watt, Sophie Henderson, Shannon Martin & Mark Rushby S1 Top Right: Bobby Lee and Shannon Martin S1 Bottom: Benji Sansom S5

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Term Dates for Session 2009-2010

Inside this issue: Parent Council

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“Ring Ring” Competition

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CDT Car Race

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Inspection Action Points

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Snow Closures

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AHS Library

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Darwin Week

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Pupil Support News

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Maths Challenges

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Dragon’s Den

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Poem by Daniel Lawson

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Art Exhibition

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ASN News

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Hand Massage

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Curriculum for Excellence

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Thank you so much to our school community for the fantastic support we experienced in the run up to Christmas 2009.

Young Enterprise

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SRC Update

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Between the Christmas Coffee Morning, on Saturday 5th December, and the Evening of Music on Tuesday 8th December, we raised a total of £2,737.

Iodine in Seaweed

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AH History Study Visit

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£2,037 has been donated to AHS School Fund and £700 to the pupils’ choice of charity, the Callum Younger Reach Fund.

AH Art & Design Trip

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Global Learning

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Modern Languages News

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Term 3

Wednesday 06 January 2010 - Friday 26 March 2010 inclusive Spring Holidays Monday 29 March 2010 - Friday 9 April 2010 inclusive (pupils resume on Tuesday 13th April 2010)

Term 4

Monday 12 April 2010 - Friday 02 July 2010 inclusive Summer Holidays Monday 05 July 2010 - Friday 13 August 2010 inclusive (pupils resume on Wednesday 18 August 2010)

In-Service Closure Tuesday 01 June 2010 Friday 18 June 2010 Monday 16 August 2010 Tuesday 17 August 2010

Occasional Holidays Monday 12 April 2010 Monday 31 May 2010

Fund Raising Christmas 2009 - AHS Fund Raising Committee

AHS feels the Earth Move! 30 Senior Beanfeast

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Up Helly Aa Party

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Youth Orchestra

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Scottish Schools Swimming

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AHS Netball Team

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Parent Council - Mr J Hutton, Chairperson Dear Parent / Guardian Your Parent Council continues to be very active, having met several times since last September. We have had joint meetings with Parent Councils from other schools in Lerwick which have also been attended by several Lerwick SIC Councillors. We have also been fully involved in the current SIC consultation process regarding the future provision of education in Shetland, with a “Blueprint for Education” consultation event being held at the school on 28th January. Your Parent Council will continue to ensure that you remain fully informed and involved throughout this ongoing process. Since the last School Newsletter we have welcomed several new Parent Representatives; Catriona Barr, Joyce Davies, Alex Fullerton, Clare McMillan and Sarah Taylor, as well as Kara Manson as Pupil Representative and Michael Spence as a Staff Representative. During the same time period Jackie Watt (Parent Representative) and Paul Regan (Staff Representative) have left the Parent Council. I would like to welcome all our new members and at the same time thank Jackie and Paul for their valued contributions to the Parent Council since its inception in July 2007. Also congratulations to our former Clerk, Emma Williamson, on the safe arrival of her son, Josie Edward, just in time for this year’s Lerwick Up Helly Aa!

Additional meetings will be called if necessary, with all meetings advertised in the “Public Notices” section of “The Shetland Times” published on the Friday prior to the meeting. May I wish all the very best to those pupils preparing to sit their Standard, Intermediate, Higher and Advanced Higher exams, and for those pupils leaving this year I wish them every success in their chosen career/further studies. . The members of your Parent Council are as follows:

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Catriona Barr Lisa Crooks Joyce Davies Alex Fullerton John Handley Steve Henry James Hutton Elaine Jamieson Clare McMillan Sandra Moar Lise Sinclair Sarah Taylor Michael Spence Caroline Watt George McGhee Kara Manson

Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative (Chair) Parent Representative (Vice Chair) Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Parent Representative Staff Representative Staff Representative Halls of Residence Representative Pupil Representative from SRC

As I have previously indicated, we continue to have several vacancies for Parent Representatives on your Parent Council. If you wish to become more actively involved in the school and the challenges that lie ahead then we would be pleased to welcome you onto the Parent Council. I’m sure that you will find your involvement to be an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Should you be interested in joining you simply require to be nominated by two other AHS parents. A copy of the nomination form is on the Parent Council section of the school website, or alternatively e-mail myself at admin@jrhutton.co.uk.

In addition, Valerie Nicolson, Head Teacher, and two local SIC Councillors, Cecil Smith and Johnathon Wills also attend Parent Council meetings in a non voting capacity.

You will recall that an early initiative of the Parent Council has been to improve drug and alcohol awareness; and to this end we will again be holding a Drug and Alcohol awareness/information evening this September. Many local agencies will be on hand to provide information and guidance on this very important topic. The exact date/timing of the event will be decided shortly and will be advertised in the local press nearer the time.

The Parent Council have our own section on the school’s website, where you will find useful information about our own and other associated activities.

Maria Irvine is Clerk to the Parent Council. Members of your Parent Council will be in attendance at all forthcoming school parent evenings; providing an opportunity for an informal chat whilst we dispense tea and coffee as sustenance during your trek from classroom to classroom!

Finally, please remember that the Parent Council are here to represent your views, so please feel free to contact any of us if required.

The dates of Parent Council meetings already scheduled for the 2009/2010 school year are detailed below. All parents are welcome to attend these meetings which are held in Room B1.1 in the school commencing at 19.00 hrs. TUESDAY WEDNESDAY TUESDAY

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Aidan’s a Winner in Bonhoga’s “Ring Ring” Competition Mr F Hogg, PT Art & Design Aidan Sim, 1P6/1F, was pleasantly surprised while working in the Art & Design Ceramics room recently, when Ms Nicolson arrived to announce to his classmates that he had won the senior age-group section of Bonhoga Gallery’s recent “Ring Ring” design a ring competition. This event was open to all Shetland Schools, and several S1 Art & Design groups within Anderson High School participated in the competition over the winter. Ms Nicolson came up to A3 to congratulate the whole of 1P6 for their efforts, and to present Aidan with his congratulatory letter and prize. All of the rings entered, by all schools, are currently on display at Bonhoga Gallery, in the glass case in the café area on the lower level.

CDT Car Race! - Shannon Kelly and Izzy Leask 1C All S1 classes had to make a car that was powered by a balloon. When it came to the racing day, it was all about the speed, distance and design. The winners that came first place was Under Dog 1P1 which include Drew Cooper, Ethan Bradley, Paul Bremner and Craig Lippet. Second place was the Smurf’s who included Izzy Leask, Shannon Kelly, Rory Johnston, Bradley Wood and Colin Derbyshire. The winners of this will be entered in the Toyota Challenge next year.

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How did the school get on with the Inspection Action Points? - Ms V Nicolson, Head Teacher You may remember that in September 2007 Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Education (HMIe) visited Anderson High School for two weeks. The school received a very good inspection report. The full report was published in January 2008, and is available at www.hmie.gov.uk. Paper copies are available at the School Office. The inspectors decided not to visit the school again, in relation to their inspection, as our report had been very good. Instead they asked Shetland Islands Council’s Schools Service staff to report on how the school had tackled the four action points identified by the inspectors in 2007. SIC Schools Service was asked to write this up-date report in January 2009. At the beginning of February 2010, all parents received a copy of the SIC Schools Service report. How did we get on with the action points?

HMIe Action Point 1: “Continue to develop quality assurance arrangements with a focus on improving the consistency and quality of pupils’ learning experiences”

HMIe Action Point 2: “Continue to improve attainment at all stages, particularly that of boys”

Anderson High School has made very good progress in this area. During the 2008-9 session, the school reviewed and updated its quality assurance policy. This means that:

Anderson High School has made good progress in this area. It is an area that all schools in Scotland are thinking about too, as nationally boys tend to achieve lower grades, on average, in examinations at the age of 16. Our work in this area has included:

• All teachers have meetings twice per year to talk about

All school departments placed attainment as a target on their plans for 2008-9;

All school departments thought about how boys could be supported;

A variety of learning and teaching strategies were implemented across the school with the aim of enhancing attainment for all pupils but with a particular focus on boys;

The school is pleased to note that school and Scottish comparisons for S4 pupils achieving credit level are now similar between boys and girls, and

The school continues to develop “assessment is for learning” ideas in our classrooms. This means we are thinking about each child’s progress and involving them in setting their own learning targets. Some teachers are using techniques in their classrooms to show them instantly how well everyone has picked up a new idea, eg traffic lights (green = I understand it, red = I need some more help).

their personal targets in relation to their teaching;

• All teachers work together in their classrooms with another teacher at some point in the year (for example a Teacher of Maths will teach alongside the Principal Teacher of Maths) talking about how to develop their classroom ideas;

• In line with SIC policy, all teaching and support staff in the school now have an annual review meeting;

• The AHS Staff Handbook has all these procedures clarified in a flow-chart for the year ahead, and

• The school’s Staff Development Committee reviews how we are getting on each year.

HMIe Action Point 3: “Increase provision of religious education in the core curriculum for pupils from S3 to S6” The school has made very good progress in this area, within the staff allocation we have. Core RMPS is now taught in S1, S2 and S3. Pupils are saying they are enjoying the courses. Although there is no core Religious Education in S4, S5 or S6, there are national qualification options available for all pupils to choose. Anderson High School and SIC Schools Service will continue to talk about how to develop religious education, in light of the changes ahead in Scottish education.

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HMIe Action Point 4: “Address the security issues identified during the inspection” Unlike most schools in Shetland, Anderson High School does not have a secure door entry system. A CCTV system has been installed which covers most possible access points to the school campus. It is monitored and recorded in the janitor’s office. Shetland Islands Council is continuing to examine the possibilities for controlled entry to our school.

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Snow Closures and Pupil Progress - Ms V Nicolson, Head Teacher A number of parents have spoken with school staff asking about how the snow closures might affect their child’s progress and, in particular, exam preparation. Please be assured that if pupils are working steadily throughout the year, the days lost through snow closures will be worked around by the subject teachers. In terms of SQA examination preparation, pupils in Class 4 received a letter home, immediately after their prelims, advising them of appropriate revision strategies and any additional support offered by departments.

teachers of the work available to them if the school is closed. It is important to remember that every subject department offers individual support to pupils if approached. Pupil Support teachers are available to provide advice and guidance on how to develop structured revision plans and schedules and how best to prepare and study at this time. If you have anything you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the Pupil Support Department.

Pupils in Class 5 and Class 6 have all been informed by

AHS Library - Ms K Brack, School Librarian Much more than just books . . . . It’s a typical Tuesday lunchtime in Anderson High School Library….. fun, exciting and very very noisy! Each Tuesday pupils enjoy Games Lunch where favourites include Rapidough, Articulate, The Spoon Game, The Dice Game and Giant Jenga. Everyone is welcome to come down to learn how to play, and luckily Louise Jamieson from Active Schools is on hand to teach us any new game! If you prefer a more traditional visit to the Library the newly designed fiction area has a huge selection of novels to browse and comfortable seats for reading.

With such a massive selection of books to choose from it can be tough finding the best one for you – Kat and Tanya are always there to suggest good books – or maybe you would prefer a recommendation from any of our brilliant S1 pupils who have been reading for the Library Reading Award! Since the start of the school year S1 pupils have been reading and reviewing books in their own time, completing Reading Diaries as they go. But the Library isn’t just about books; we also have loads of graphic novels, audio books, CD’s, DVDs: all of which can be borrowed for free. Also look out for Nintendo Wii events coming to AHS Library very soon!

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Darwin Week in AHS - Mrs C Reid, PT Biology

To mark the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the Publication of the book The Origin of Species, Anderson High School Biology Department decided to lead a Darwin Week starting on Monday 23rd November, involving all S1 pupils & S3-S6 Biologists. S1 pupils experienced Darwin Week lessons in Science, Social Subjects, RMPS and Art & Design. In Science pupils learned about Charles Darwin, Adaptation, Natural Selection and Evolution through a series of lessons involving powerpoints, whole class discussions, group work, problem solving and designing. In Art & Design, pupils were studying colour. They made the connections between colour and the camouflage adaptations that they had looked at during Science lessons. In addition, pupils developed their creative skills by drawing various birds and concentrating on the adaptations that each one had in order to survive.

In RMPS, S1 pupils watched the DVD on the Voyage that Shook the World. Through watching the film and class discussion pupils became aware of the controversy that Darwin caused during this era and also reinforced to pupils that our beliefs powerfully shape what we see, what we do, and what we think. In Biology, S2-S3 pupils participated in Adaptation, Natural Selection and Evolution lessons, whilst S5/S6 Higher pupils experienced practical work involving the Survival Rivals Kit on The X-Bacteria. The kits were provided to schools throughout the UK for free by the Wellcome Trust. The Science Technicians Service did a fantastic job preparing the practicals and the pupils really enjoyed a microbiology lab experience relating to the evolutionary work of Darwin. S6 Advanced Higher pupils received a presentation and workshop from Helen Moncrieff from the RSPB who discussed Shetland being the “Galapagos of the North”.

Magnus, Bethany, Hannah, Cheryl & Lindsey carrying out Survival Rivals Practical

Darwin Week in Art & Design

In the School Library, Darwin Quizzes were handed out daily. Some pupils participated in the quizzes at lunch-times whilst others participated during class time when their teachers had taken them down for a research period.

In Social Subjects, S1 pupils in History, Geography and Modern Studies made a Timeline through researching on the internet and in the Library. The timeline showed key events in Darwin’s life along with global events happening throughout the world e.g. inventions and firsts. Time was also spent plotting the map reference points of the Voyage of the Beagle.

Darwin Week in the Library

Darwin Week in Geography

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seven S1 classes. Advanced Higher pupils then assessed the 7 finalists and decided on a winner by looking to see who had met most success criteria. The week finished with an interactive assembly for all S1 pupils. The week was summarised, a question and answer session took place, and S6 Advanced Higher pupils led 7 groups of S1 pupils to different areas of the school to complete evaluation forms. Advanced Higher judges then kept S1 pupils in suspense by reading out key design features of the winning organism before Head Teacher Ms Nicolson finally read out their names and presented them with a Darwin goodie bag. The pupils really enjoyed the event and the atmosphere created a “Friday Feel Good Factor” time! Higher Pupils

Every lunch time, there was a different episode of BBC Life showing in the WOW room. This room is specially set up for interactive teaching and learning through video conference and it has a large cinema screen that made pupils feel they had escaped from school and were on a mission with David Attenborough.

Winners of the Knowledge Quiz were Abigail Barlow (5E), Ross Jamison (3D) and Blazej Delnicki (3C) Winner of the Photo Quiz was Emma Leask 5E Winners of the Design an Organism Competition were Jethro Smith, Ryan Nicol, Helen Bateson & Ellie Clubb (1P4)

Comments from pupil evaluations included:ed I lik s” d , an sse eek nt cla w the iffere yed it in d o j n did ly e eal y we r I “ wa th e “I learned a lot about Darwin’s personal life and his theories”

“I wish it could have been longer than a week”

“The a ssemb ly BBC Life getting shown in Wow Room

Daily on the school tannoy system, Advanced Higher Biologists ran a “Guess the Animal” Quiz by stating 3 key facts about a mysterious organism. Pupils had to listen carefully and enter in the prize draw. Around the school on the digital display screen, corridors and notice boards various Darwin Activities were represented. For instance, a Darwin Week Picture Quiz was set up around the school, whereby everyone had to look closely at the magnified sections of 12 different organisms to guess what they were. In addition, various quotes made by Darwin were placed in appropriate places for staff, pupils and visitors to contemplate. During the week, there was an S5/S6 parents night, and whilst parents were waiting to see teachers, some of them joined in the Darwin Picture Quiz in the hope to win one of the super prizes. The final task of the week, involved groups of S1 pupils in each class designing a newly discovered organism. The group were given an extreme environment and success criteria and they had to design an organism that was successfully adapted to survive there. Every class then peer assessed each design and decided on a wining design to go forward from each of the

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Comments from teacher evaluations included:“It was a really worthwhile, engaging and enjoyable experience. The cross-curricular aspect of the Darwin theme was very helpful in gaining a wider understanding of Darwin’s achievements and his actual life. It also helped classes to appreciate that Darwin lived in a period of massive Social, Technological and Scientific change!” “The pupils were really enthusiastic, there were lots of exce llent resources available to pick and chose from”

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Pupil Support News - Mr R Calder, PT Pupil Support Transition

• As Zoe Parry and commented;

This is a busy time for Pupil Support staff as we support, advise and assist pupils at different transition points within the school. Some of the activities and events that we are involved in during the Easter and Summer Terms are detailed below: Primary 7 to S1: •

Pupil Support Teachers will meet with all P7 pupils in our feeder primary schools after the Easter Holidays to provide information and advise on the move to secondary school.

We are involved in the two P7 Visit Days to the Anderson High School on the 24th and 25th June and we also meet parents of P7 pupils at the Information Evenings in June.

Next sessions S1 will be the first year group to have access to the Pupil Support Department’s new online E-portfolio, which will encourage pupils to reflect upon their progress in school and record and celebrate their achievements in and out of school.

S2 into S3: •

Our S2 pupils have now chosen their Standard Grade and Intermediate Subjects for their next two years of study in school. To assist with subject choices, we held another very well attended Information Evening for S2 pupils and their parents/carers in January. We really appreciated the input on the night from local colleges, who raised awareness of Vocational Pathways courses and staff from Skills Development Scotland.

S4 and S5: •

We are keen that S4 and S5 pupils have an understanding of all the different options available to them as they make important decisions about whether to return for another year at school, or to pursue an alternative, including local college courses, modern apprenticeship and skillseeker training programme as well as full-time employment.

We were delighted to welcome staff, students and trainees from the Shetland College, Train Shetland and the SIC into our S4 PSE classes in January and February. Our visitors were well received by the pupils.

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Petursdottir in

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“The students and apprentices spoke our language and told us what it was like when you leave school. They made it all sound more straightforward.” • Our third Local Opportunities Career Event took place on the 4th March, bringing together a number of local education, training and employment providers, including the Shetland College, the NAFC Marine Centre, NHS Shetland and Shetland Recreational Trust, to meet with S4, S5 and S6 pupils and their parents. S6 • We are also keen to support our S6 pupils as they prepare for leaving school and moving on to higher or further education, a gap year and/or full-time employment. With this in mind, we have organised a number of workshops at the Shetland Museum on 22nd March, including sessions on student finance and accommodation, student health and wellbeing and study skills. Again, we are really grateful for the support from external agencies on the day, including NHS Shetland and Skills Development Scotland. Vocational Pathways An increasing number of our S3 and S4 pupils are opting to do Vocational ‘Skills for Work’ Courses at Shetland College every second Friday. Currently, our pupils are involved in Construction, Early Education and Child Care, Hospitality, Sound Engineering and Hairdressing courses. Next session, we are offering the Engineering Skills for Work Course at the NAFC Marine Centre for the first time. These courses have a number of benefits to the pupils; they offer very real practical skills and experiences. Moreover, pupils are in a stronger position to apply to do training or further education programmes and courses at the end of S4. For example, a number of pupils who have completed the Vocational Pathways Construction course have gone into apprenticeships in the construction sector after S4.

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I asked Skills for Work pupils for their thoughts on the courses that they are doing: Name:

Stuart Sinclair

Name:

Calum Williamson

Year Group:

S3

Year Group:

S3

Vocational Pathways Course:

Construction

Vocational Pathways Course:

Construction

Why did you apply to the Course? “I wanted to keep my options open for when I leave school. I thought that if I did the Construction course I would have a better chance of getting into a trade in the future.”

Why did you apply to the Course? “I am really keen to be a plumber when I leave school.”

What do you enjoy most about the Course? “I really enjoy going to college and learning about construction. It is more of a challenge than school, which I like.”

How do you think the course will help you in the future? “I am improving my practical skills and getting a taste of all the trades.”

Name:

Samantha Keddie

Year Group:

S3

Vocational Pathways Course:

What do you enjoy most about the Course? “I really like the plumbing.”

Child Care

Why did you apply to the Course? “I am keen to be a teacher, social worker or work with children in some capacity.” What do you enjoy most about the Course? “It’s lots of fun and I have been able to meet people from across Shetland.” How do you think the course will help you in the future? “The course will give me the qualifications that will help me get a job in childcare.”

Mr Calder and S2 pupils on the scaffolding at the College

Vocational Pathways Construction Taster Day On Wednesday 17th February, 17 S2 pupils attended the Shetland College Construction Taster Day to gain an insight into the Vocational Pathways Construction course. Our pupils took part in a variety of practical workshops, including plumbing, scaffolding, joinery, brick building and driving a digger! Saul Swanson in 2A deserves a mention here as he managed to complete the joinery task involving screwing nails and sawing wood quicker than any other AHS pupil. Meanwhile, Sandra Jamieson from Additional Pupil Support certainly got the better of this particular Pupil Support Teacher in the practical challenges. Robbie Tait takes to the digger

Here are a couple of quotes from pupils involved:

“The day was awesome – the best day of my school life.” Robbie Tait 2B

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“Driving the digger was brilliant.” John Wright 2D

Shetland College and the NAFC Marine Centre will interview all pupils who have applied to a Vocational Pathways course after the Easter Holidays. Pupils who are successful will then start their courses after the Summer Holidays.

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UKMT Senior Team Challenge - Robert John Anderson 6E In November 2009, a team of four Anderson High School pupils travelled to Aberdeen for the North of Scotland regional finals of the UK Mathematics Trust Senior Team Challenge.

The final round is generally regarded as the most challenging: The Relay. The teams are handed the first set of questions, numbered one to four, and are split into pairs as The team (Chapman Cheng, Jack before. One pair is handed Henderson, Ryan Stevenson, and questions one and three, and Robert John Anderson) took part in the other pair two and four. The the half-day competition which tested L-R: Ryan Stevenson Robert John Anderson, first team try to solve question mathematical capabilities, speed, and Jack Henderson & Chapman Cheng at the one as quickly as possible while competition ability to work as a team. the second team prepare the even numbered questions. The The challenge took the form of three timed rounds. The relay can be completed faster if the general solution to first was the group round, in which ten question sheets the questions can be worked out in advance. The time are given to each team to be solved within 40 minutes. limit for the set is six minutes, and a maximum of 8 Team strategy is critical in this round; questions may be points can be awarded for completion of the set within attempted as a group, in pairs or individually, with each this time. As if time wasn’t tight enough, a bonus 2 points team member choosing questions according to their can be awarded for four correct answers before the four personal strengths. The questions are usually a mixture minute whistle. of geometry, algebra and number theory. The AHS team The second round is the Cross Number. In this round the finished second team is split into pairs, with our chosen split being one overall, narrowly sixth year and one fifth year per pair. The game works beaten by Robert similarly to a crossword where the letters are replaced Gordon College of with digits. One pair is given the across clues, the other A b e r d e e n , and is given the down clues and no discussion is allowed missing out on the between the pairs. The communication of clue solutions top spot and a place is done through the independent supervisor, a teacher in the London from another team. The clues often have multiple National Finals. possible answers, or the answer from another clue may Better luck next With certificates for being runners up be required before the question can definitely be year! answered. Due to this ambiguity, digits may need to be guessed in order to progress with the puzzle. If the If you’d like to see how you would do log on to the senior guess is wrong, the supervisor will correct it and award team challenge web site at http://www.ukmt.org.uk/ and no marks for that grid square; one point is awarded for follow the links to Team Challenges then Senior Team each correct digit. Challenge.

Senior Maths Challenge - Mr G Dorrat, PT Mathematics Also in November was the Senior Maths Challenge, which our Advanced Higher class sat. As is often the case our pupils did a little better than the national average with one gold, three silver and four bronze certificates being awarded out of the 14 pupils who sat. These questions can be found at http://www.ukmt.org.uk/ and follow the links to Individual Competitions then Senior Challenge.

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Dragon’s Den Sarah Irvine 2C First of all, we spent a fun morning inventing new and exciting products. Each group came up with loads of ideas but in the end, we were only allowed to pick our best idea. We thoroughly enjoyed designing everything but it was a tough choice choosing which idea to go with. During our CDT periods, we had to make a power point presentation to advertise our product. When we were finished the power points, a teacher from the CDT department came and judged each presentation. Only one or two groups were chosen from each class. On the Wednesday afternoon just before the holidays, we had the Dragon’s Den final! The whole of second year got together in the GP area, ready to watch the finalists’ presentations. Mrs Nicolson, Mr Palompo, Mr McKenzie and Mr McGee were the judges. After watching all of the presentations, they went away to decide on a winner.

I am Worth Enough – Daniel Lawson 6F “Lord, I am not worthy To receive you, But only say the word, And I shall be healed.” I recite this every Sunday, As I pray and kneel. Yet it is a priest I see before me, Receiving all my praise, Not the Lord that I am told exists, And whom I have been trained To love and worship no matter what, Through my grief’s and pains. Despite the fact he never helps, This love I must retain? What will it take for God to utter this ‘word’? And give me his approval? Or will I waste away here, Until he orders my ‘removal’? Many have lead good lives, Truthful, kind and moral. But these folk being declared ‘unworthy’, Makes me feel great sorrow. What’s the point in feeling sorry, For your sins, If you are always to be blamed? Is there a point in striving for heaven, When on earth, You receive only disdain? And so I wonder, Lord, if you exist That perhaps I am most worthy, And you should just be glad, That I still sit here in your company.

When they came back, they announced that the two winning ideas were the Jewellery Shaker Pod and the Personalised tattoos. The whole of 2nd year had great fun taking part in this event!!

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Whispering to the Walls, The Shetland Schools Art Exhibition - Mrs J Armstong, Art & Design Department Last November the Shetland Museum hosted an exhibition of art and design work produced by pupils across the isles. This was no small affair - to put on an exhibition of this size takes a great deal of organisation. Meetings were held, intense negotiations ensued amongst all the Art & Design teachers and finally a plan emerged. Each school was issued with a certain number of frames into which they could mount any work they deemed appropriate for the exhibition. As the largest school, Anderson High School was allocated 17 frames, with 2 more frames for the ASN department’s art work. Of course choosing work is the hard thing. Every Art & Design teacher had to wade through portfolios of pictures trying to select pieces that would represent the variety of art being produced by pupils across the isles. Not an easy task. So much excellent work had to be laid to one side as there simply was not room to hang it all.

The exhibition then was a display of that learning in progress. And the results were at times stunningly beautiful, poignant, humorous, skillful, brave, clever….It showed the unique signature of each student - like a fingerprint unrepeatable. Then it is up to you to look and though it may seem like a strange idea, we also have to learn to look. So you bring yourself to the picture and the picture meets you and in a funny kind of way it is like a conversation, you and the picture. And as we are all different, that is a lot of different conversations between all those pictures and all those people who come to look. If you missed the exhibition, you did miss something special. But if you have managed to read to the end of this piece, maybe you will now go away and consider visiting the next exhibition and the next. And maybe you will hang on to that idea of the conversation. But be careful! Don’t let anyone catch you whispering to the walls.

So what the public finally got to see was a snippet, a fraction of the huge volume of work produced by students. What the public got to see was the tip of a paper mountain….there was so much more. And what did we all get to see? We saw a process of learning at work, students learning how to show us what they observe and think of the world around them. We also saw experiments with media, quite simply learning how to manipulate media to get it to do what you want it to do. This is, of course, the tricky bit. This might have been through a drawing or painting or print of some sort, collage, a sculpture in clay or card or an animation. These different media are the “tools” we use to communicate or create with….and it can take a life time to get the hang of them.

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ASN Department News Comings and goings

Senior Beanfeast

With such a big Department there are always lots of comings and goings. We have said ‘goodbye’ to a number of staff including ASN auxiliaries Dot Bishop, Linda Polson and Carol Flaws and ‘hello’ to Kim Robertson and Shona Dawson. We have also had exciting ‘baby news’ this session as reported by Shannon Ratter (2C). New Arrival The youngest member of the ASN Department has come into the world. On 29th January 2010, ASN Class C teacher, Michelle Grant, gave birth to her baby boy Roderick “Roddy” Grant MacNeil. Best wishes to Michelle and Angus. By Shannon Ratter Environmental Awards 2010 On the 18th of November 2009, the Enviro Awards ceremony was held at the Shetland Museum. We were among nine who won this award from all over Shetland. We were very proud of all the recycling work we had done to achieve this award! All of the staff from the school were very proud of us too.

The Beanfeasts are always a big highlight in any pupil’s year at the Anderson High School. Class C asked Leanna Smith (6F) about her big night out: Class C: How was the Beanfeast, Leanna? Leanna: It was fantastic fun! I had a great time. Class C: We love your outfit, Leanna! Leanna: Me too! Kylie did my hair.

“We got awards and we hung it on the wall outside our office for everyone to see. We were very happy to get our award”, said Christopher.

Class C: What did you do at the Beanfeast? Leanna: I danced with my friends – lots of people. There was a good supper.

This award shows everyone just how much work we have put into our recycling project at school and beyond. We are recycling daily within the school, and now collect a huge variety of items. We have both taken part in the Voar Redd Up, and now have weekly work experience placements at Rova Head.

Class C: We heard there was a very special performance! Were you on stage?

Our project has taught us a lot about recycling, and we are very keen to learn more.

Class C: Did you get any special photographs taken?

We were excited to see that we got a mention in the Shetland Times, and our photos were in the paper too. There was also a write up about the awards on the Shetland News website, and there was a feature on Radio Shetland. Both of us were interviewed, and Christopher’s interview was broadcast. We feel like celebrities!

Leanna: Yes! The 6th Years did ‘Fairytale in New York’, and I played the tambourine and danced.

Leanna: Yes – all my friends from school are in it. It should be ready soon. Class C: Thank you for the interview, and for letting us see the photos, Leanna! By Class C/Leanna Smith

We are both leaving school in March and hope to work in recycling at Rova Head and COPE Ltd. By Neil Hamilton and Christopher Sinclair

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Up Helly Aa

Trips to Badaguish, Aviemore

There is always great excitement in the ASN Department as Up Helly Aa approaches. This year pupils visited the Galley shed, watched the procession and we had a visit from the Jarl Squad. A visit from Siguard ‘Snake Eye’ Ragnarsson Due to bad weather the Jarl Squad were not able to get to the ASN Department until Wednesday the 10 th of February. This year’s jarl Rae Simpson - also known as Sigurd Ragnarsson made his grand appearance to the delight of all the gathered pupils, parents and friends. When they came in they were singing the Up Helly Aa Song and everybody joined in. The principal teacher of ASN, Niki Thomson then proceeded to get the jarl squad to participate in one of the songs regularly sung at ASN assemblies. It was called the Wake up song and included lots of makaton signs. They performed with enthusiasm and, with a few more practices, should be as good as the pupils. Sean Robertson gave an excellent solo rendition of The Norseman’s Home on guitar. Siguard Ragnarsson then mentioned why the squad were looking considerably less hairy than on Up Helly Aa day – they had been shaved as a fund-raiser for various organisations. He then presented cheques to the AHS and Bells Brae ASN Departments. After a refreshing cup of tea their visit came to an end and they left us with many memories of a very enjoyable visit. Asa Tulloch (1B) was the main photographer on the occasion and as Asa said “Some of us had the honour of having our pictures taken holding the axes and shields”.

Up-Helly-Aa Disco On Monday 8th of February 2010 S1&S2 had their Up-Helly-Aa disco it was 7pm to 10pm.The Junior Jarl squad came. Bodvar Bjarki and his squad wore dark red velvet tunics with sheepskin cloaks and boots and metal plating. They sang clearly and loudly, the Up-Helly-Aa song. They were followed by the Jarl’s squad who also sang Up-HellyAa song. There were a few dances that both the junior and Jarl squad danced. What I like about it was the dancing and seeing my friends.

An important part of the ASN calendar each year are the residential trips to places far and wide. This year we have three trips going to Badaguish, an Outdoor Activity Centre in Aviemore. Many in the Department are busy preparing for this years trips We had a bag pack day at the co-op in February and we raised £306. We are planning a sponsored swim in March and another bag pack in April. Thank you to the Mum’s who came along to help and look forward to joining with you again in future events. The money raised goes towards the cost of all our exciting activities, such as archery, climbing, going to the top of the Cairngorms on the fenicular and many, many more things.

Bird Feeders “I expect you have noticed the cold wintry weather we’ve been having lately,” says Louise Jackson (1B). “It so happens I’ve been doing a bird project and finding out ways we can all help to feed the birds in snowy weather so they don’t starve.” Pupils in Hilary Conabeer’s team have found a ‘bird seed cake’ recipe and made up lots of hanging pots of these cakes. The pots are recycled yoghurt pots! They contain lard, birdseed and peanuts, sultanas and cheese! They have been so successful we are now going into production as a whole class and making these bird seed cakes to sell to our friends. It will help us raise funds for school trips and treats. And most of all, we’ll be helping the birds.

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ASN Department News (continued) Drumming Sessions This school year we have really enjoyed Friday afternoons. Not only is there the weekend to look forward too but lots of pupils in our department have African drumming sessions with Joy Duncan. “I love drumming”, says Piotr Wronecki (6D). It’s energetic work a lot of the time and sometimes we even get up and dance! You can hear our drumming from a long way away when we all play together – the walls and floors seem to vibrate and your fingers tingle! “Here are some of my favourite photos”, Piotr Wronecki Class 6D

Winter Concert The ASN pupils took part in the Winter Concert, performing 2 songs - I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas and See Him Lying On A Bed Of Straw. They learned all the words and also used Makaton signs. We also had some of the students using handchimes, bongoes, maraca, wind chimes and guitar which all added to the overall effect. Unfortunately, some of the students were ill on the day and unable to attend but some of the other pupils stepped in at very short notice and took their place. They all did a fantastic job and we were really proud of them all! Joy Adamson Music Instructor (ASN)

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Hand Massages for S4 Pupils - Mrs C Simpson, Biology Department Given that prelims can be a very stressful time for pupils the Wellness Group decided to organise a session with massage therapist, Linda Wiseman.

The Wellness Group and pupils would like to thank Linda for this very relaxing and worthwhile session. Happy Hands, Happy Head!

Hand massage is a very soothing, relaxing experience which can relieve pain and stress, help blood circulation and reduce pressure in the neck area. Linda came into school on 10th November to teach S4 pupils how to do hand massages on each other. It only took 5-10mins to learn and the rest of the lunchtime session was spent practising on each other. This session was a huge success with over 20 pupils attending. The feedback was so positive that another session was organised for the following week. Word had spread and even more pupils attended the second session. As each session progressed the mood of the room quickly changed from giggly and excited to very relaxed and chilled out. Pupils got a lot from this activity with pupils commenting: “This was very relaxing, I really enjoyed it”, “It was greasy but good”, “Can we please do this again before the real exams in May?”

A Curriculum for Excellence - Mr J Cameron, Depute Head In line with the current timescale set out by the Scottish Government, Anderson High School will begin the implementation of the new curriculum in August 2010 with the new first year. It is envisaged that this will be the first year group to take the new national qualifications, currently being developed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, from session 2013-14 onwards. They would also be the first to be awarded new qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy from session 2012-2013 onwards. It should be noted, however, that the Government are reviewing this timescale and a delay of one year is possible – should this happen, pupils in S1 next session would be sitting Standard Grades at the end of their S4. The new curriculum will continue to be ‘rolled out’ for S1 and S2 (2011-12), S1,S2 and S3 (2012-13) and so on. Pupils in the new S1 next session will continue to follow a broad, general curriculum as at present, but with more opportunities for learning across related subject areas and developing and applying knowledge and skills in more varied and appropriate contexts.

Recognition of wider achievement will be given greater credence in the new curriculum as will individual personalisation and choice. From August, 2010 all S1 pupils at AHS will be able to maintain an electronic profile of their academic and vocational progress as well as all their wider achievements. This will continue to be maintained throughout their time at school and is easily transferable should a pupil move elsewhere. The curriculum will continue to be mostly based on traditional subject areas but with greater emphasis on skills development, assessment as part of learning and creating more appropriate contexts and experiences through which pupils can learn. If you would like more information about A Curriculum for Excellence, particularly in relation to the national context, the following websites may prove useful. www.parentzonescotland.gov.uk www.curriculumforexcellencescotland.gov.uk

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Calibre Young Enterprise Company - Robert John Anderson 6E As one of the three AHS companies involved in Young Enterprise Scotland, Calibre has been hard at work developing its products and raising public awareness of them. We became established in August 2009 and since then have been producing a range of gardening and horticultural products; with the company philosophy of making the initial steps towards self sufficiency more accessible to our customers. We chose to go into this market because of the public’s growing awareness of where our food comes from. Also in a time of recession, people are beginning to look for ways of saving money on the food they buy. Our products are also especially relevant to children, and we have generated quite a lot of interest from schools and nurseries. We carried out a questionnaire to find out what Shetland schools thought of certain products in our range, and almost all returned favourable responses. One school is keen to integrate The Ti-pod as part of their Eco Schools programme. Our colourful and friendly company mascot, the Calibrepillar is a great way to get young children interested in gardening and growing their own produce. The first product we conceived was the Ti-pod: a steel framed, polythene covered propagator for outdoor use. The Ti-pod owes its name to the Native American tipi it was originally designed to resemble. Planning and development for the propagator was a long process, with cost and material considerations causing numerous difficulties. Many versions of the Ti-pod were drawn up by computer graphics software to save money on prototype materials, before a final full size prototype was built.

In November, Calibre attended the Clickimin Craft fair to exhibit the Ti-pod and gauge public interest in the product and the company. We were overwhelmed by the support we received, and were pleased to get the chance to advertise the company name and message. After the craft fair we began to consider other products, and further devised a range of products or “steps” in tune with our company purpose. Step one consists of a range of herbs (basil, coriander, parsley and thyme depending on the pack), which are supplied with pots and compost for growing in windowsills and conservatories. “The Herb Kit” retails at £7.99. Calibre held a launch for the Herb Kit at the Shetland Museum and Archives on Thursday 4th February. The event was a success, with the first batch of kits selling out on the night. Presentations on the products and company ethos were given to an audience of teachers, shareholders. YES Board Members and friends and family. Step two is of the same format as step one, the only difference being larger pots with the capacity to grow larger pepper plants, and has hence been named simply “The Pepper Kit”, which is on sale for £9.99. The Ti-pod completes the line up as step three of the Calibre range, which will have a sale price of between £75 and £85. The Ti-pod will be individually handmade with the help of COPE Ltd, a social enterprise company who specialise in the support of adults with disabilities. COPE have already agreed to help fabricate the Ti-pod and fulfil outstanding and future orders. Anyone interested in our products or with queries regarding our business can visit: http://calibre-enterprises.co.uk or email: info@calibre-enterprises.co.uk.

The Ti-pod: Calibre’s flagship product.

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Windhouse Productions – Ross Henderson 6C Windhouse Productions is a Young Enterprise Company with an objective to promote Shetland heritage and young literacy. We have compiled a book, “Tales Through the Steekit Mist,” of nine distinct Shetland folklore and ghost stories. It fits in with our promotion of Shetland’s heritage, since the stories help increase the awareness of Shetland’s fascinating past. As we progressed with our story writing and discovered many fascinating, untold stories, we began to feel more that it was our duty to tell these untold stories. The company sought to promote young literacy by holding a Schools Competition. In this competition we asked Primary fives and sixes from many Shetland Primary Schools to create their own story set in Shetland based around the theme of Hallowe’en. We received many excellent entries, several of which were very entertaining. The winning entry was “The Secret Bunker,” by Peter Tomlinson. As a reward, the story was published as the tenth story in the book. Many people and organisations have helped us to compile the book. In particular we wish to thank Elma Johnson, the School Library, the Shetland Museum and Archives, Busta House Hotel and the Fetlar Interpretive Centre.

Since first attending the Craft Fair, where we sold pre-orders of the book, more than half of our published books have been sold. Fortunately for those who have not already purchased a copy, there are still copies available in most Shetland book shops, such as the Shetland Times Bookshop and Conochies. Alternatively you may buy it through our website listed below. Besides the book, the company intends to spread Shetland heritage through storytelling events, with contributions made by both Windhouse members and local storytellers. These events will begin with the launch of the book at the Shetland Library. At this event, the book will be officially launched, speeches given on the company’s progress and the evening will finish with some storytelling. There is no charge for this event, although a charity box will be available. The subsequent storytelling events will take place in the Shetland Böds. Further information of these events will appear in the Shetland Times and on our website. If you wish to find out more about the company feel free to log onto our website: www.windhouseproductions.co.uk

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SRC Update 2009-2010 - Kara Manson 6E Specific activities that pupils really seemed to like about the AHS included:-

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School Trips Lots of subject choice Beanfeasts Freedom at lunchtimes Friendly Good teachers Good Library AHS is good for meeting new people

The areas that pupils felt could be improved were

In September the members for the SRC of 2009-2010 were elected, and they participated in the AHS SRC Induction at Voxter House. The trip to Voxter which was introduced four years ago is a brilliant chance for all newly elected members of the SRC to get to know each other and the SRC Link Teachers – Mrs Reid, Miss Watt and Mr Redman. In doing various team building games – some odder than others – in teams made up of all year groups, we learned how to work effectively as a group and what everyone was like making it much easier for everyone to express their opinions at our first meeting. Mr Bill Manson and Ms Nicolson also attended the Induction and made us feel that our views were important in the running of a school.

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canteen opening times, prices and queues? cookies no longer available from the tuckshop? possibility of longer lunchtimes? year group areas? Clocks? Seating? more lunchtime activities for younger years? could toilets be re-decorated?

All of these points were put into action plans, discussed with Ms Nicolson and action taken e.g. toilets have be renovated, there is now a clock in areas, and time was spent discussing lunchtime activities with Active Schools Co-ordinator Louise Jamieson. Something started by a previous SRC was the idea of meeting with new teachers or members of staff to give them a round of quick fire questions to get to know them and then posting their answers on the SRC notice board since many students didn’t know them. This year Miss Brack (new Librarian), Miss Keith (new PE Teacher) and Miss Black (new HE teacher) came along to an SRC meeting and we grilled them with questions about themselves.

Miss Brack

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After our Induction Day, all SRC members held a surgery in their respective areas to gather pupil opinions on what they really like about the AHS and what they would like to change about the AHS. Miss Black

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This year to raise funds for Children in Need we organised an ‘It’s a Knockout’ Event involving teams from all years with a silver collection at the door. It was a really successful event, raising a lot of money for charity and everyone having a really good time.

In January SRC members and Register Representatives – one elected from each register class at the beginning of the school year - were involved in talks about the Blueprint for Education in Shetland with Hayfield Education Representatives including Mrs Helen Budge (Head of Schools) finding out our thoughts on the future of education in Shetland. This year’s SRC has been a great success so far. Other things we have been involved in include: • Introducing SRC suggestion boxes in the library, school office and pupil support. • Replacing clocks and lights in social areas. • The set up of an SRC webpage on the AHS webpage (Many thanks to Mr Thoresen). • Replacing Mirrors in B2 girls toilets after refurbishment. • Helping to choose new CDs for the Library. • Making a pupil responsibility questionnaire pupils to answer. • Revising the SRC constitution and contract. • Discussing whether to change the name of SRC to Pupil Council Being elected Chairperson of the SRC has been a great experience for me this year, one I have enjoyed greatly and am very proud of. This year’s SRC would not have been so effective had it not been for all its hard working members and of course Mrs Reid who keeps us all organised, so thank you all. Also, thank you to all pupils of the AHS who through surgeries and speaking to your reps have shared their thoughts on the AHS. As we always say to pupils of the AHS “The SRC is your voice – so use it!” Visit us at http://www.anderson.shetland.sch.uk/src/ Page 23

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Iodine in Seaweed…..40 years ago - Keir Johnson 6G, Adv Higher Chemistry What topic should I choose for my Advanced Higher Chemistry investigation? A difficult question for many 6th year students but not one which usually leads them to contacting an ex-pupil of the Anderson High School from 39 years ago. I had settled on the investigation: The extraction of iodine from seaweed, assuming it would be relatively easy enough to get my hands on some seaweed in Shetland. With the difficult part of choosing a topic behind me, I began researching into seaweeds and after digging through the extensive archive of old Sixth Year Studies Reports I discovered one almost 40 years old written by Neil Cadenhead. Once my eyes had adjusted to Neil’s particular style of handwriting I read his report and besides it being interesting from a chemistry point of view thought no more about what use it could be to my investigation.

Keir Johnson

Not even really expecting a reply I was very surprised a few days later when one appeared in my inbox, confirming that yes indeed he was the author of the Sixth Year Studies report all those years ago. The rest of the email explained how he had gone about carrying out the investigation and that, strangely enough; iodine was not gained in any form at the end of it. However on describing in the report exactly how he had carried out the investigation he was awarded with a grade ‘B’. He also felt that it may have been awarded somewhat out of sympathy for his lack of a product, but we most likely won’t ever find out the truth about that. He thanked me for getting in touch with him and said it brought back many fond memories of the Anderson High School. It certainly made one pupil reflect on how much easier it is to contact people nowadays compared to 39 years ago. Here’s hoping that in 39 years time I’m not receiving an email from a rather annoying 6th year student enquiring about seaweed.

That was until one of my numerous free periods spent in chemistry when I thought it would be a laugh to Google Neil Cadenhead. Within 0.3 seconds various sites appeared detailing Neil’s profession: Architectural director, at BDP, the largest disciplinary practice of architects, engineers, designers and urbanists in Europe. His job description followed and there was also an email address to contact him. In an attempt to discover if this was the same Neil Cadenhead that wrote the report I sent him an email asking this.

Neil Cadenhead

Advanced Higher History Study Visit to Cape Town Hannah Drakeford 6E During the October holidays the Advanced Higher History class travelled to Cape Town in South Africa as part of our course studies. This was an amazing opportunity for all and allowed us to gain an insight into a very different and varied culture to our own and which would prove unforgettable. Our initial reaction to South Africa as a country was both the very evident and visible barriers which existed between the richer and poorer sections of society. This could be seen as we travelled by bus from the airport to the host families we would be staying with for our time there. Many African townships stretched for miles across the landscape, these merely boxes made of corrugated iron; seeing this was more of an eye opener than anything else allowing us to witness the everlasting effects of the nature of the Apartheid system, which still remains twenty years after its demise.

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The group visited Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for life in 1964 for his resistance against the Apartheid regime. This was a short journey, only fifteen minutes or so from the mainland by Catamaran. We were taken around the island to see the various historical sites; these included the lime quarry where Mandela and his fellow inmates spent their time in hard labour and where the original cave that the inmates had dug out could be seen. Here they would take shelter from bad weather, hold political meetings and were educated by fellow inmates, some illiterate before they arrived on the island. The experience allowed us to put this historical event into perspective for ourselves and understand more the sacrifice of those who resisted Apartheid, in return for a life of imprisonment.

was a risk it could disappear. A particular highlight late in the day was a sighting of an ostrich and afterwards everyone enjoyed a camel ride. Each pupil was given the opportunity to be hosted by an South African family. The hosts were of a similar age to our own and so we attended their partner school, South Peninsula High with them every day. This in itself gave us an insight into the different cultures, traditions and education system of a modern South Africa but more crucially what it is like for young people of our age living in such a varied and unique society so different from our own. The highlight of the trip for many of us was undoubtedly climbing Table Mountain which was an amazing achievement for all and allowed us to see some spectacular views of Cape Town. This was the perfect end to such a rewarding and life changing experience for everyone involved.

An ex-prisoner of Robben Island relates his experiences while imprisoned here.

To help us with our studies we took a trip to Stellenbosch University where we attended a lecture by Professor Albert Grundlingh on the growth of Afrikaner Nationalism. We also spent two mornings of the week in the extensive National Library to find books and material that would help us with the writing of our dissertations. Along with this we visited the District Six Museum and the Slavery Museum in the centre of the town. The District Six Museum gave us in an insight into the treatment of Coloureds under Apartheid, while the Slavery Museum focused mainly on Steve Biko and his Black Consciousness movement and gave us the opportunity to learn more of the later, active black resistance to Apartheid. We were lucky enough to meet up with Denis Goldberg again at his home in Hout Bay. He was the only white man on trial alongside Mandela and seven others in 1963-4 for plotting against the Apartheid regime. We had first met Mr Goldberg in June of last year during the Global Classroom Conference where he recalled his incredible journey as part of Umkhonto we Sizwe (the armed wing of the African National Congress) and its vast struggle against Apartheid. Visiting him in South Africa gave us another opportunity to hear more of his first hand experiences and for him to help us learn more of South Africa's troubled past. On a less historical note the class drove up to Cape Point for one of the days. This is the Western most point in South Africa where we saw baboons which were running wild and if you didn't watch your lunch there Page 25

Delight at reaching the top of Table Mountain after a four and a half hour hike!

Saying farewell to Gavin “Vinny�, our bus driver, at the airport.

The Advanced Higher Class would like to thank the AHS School Fund and International Education for their contributions to travel costs, and also everyone who supported our fund raising events.

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Art & Design Advanced Higher Trip to the Clothes Show Live - Tiffany Bateson & Symone Duddy S6 Where to begin? The trip to Birmingham to see the live fashion show was amazing! What an inspiration. We are both taking Advanced Higher in Fashion & Fabric Design, and when the chance to visit ‘The Clothes Show – Live’ came up, we both thought it would be essential to our course, and set about convincing Mr Hogg to do some research. It was well worth the time we spent bag packing and baking for cake sales to raise the funding. We also held a blind auction for several of our own paintings within the school, and Mr Hogg donated 2 pieces of his work too. The trip itself proved to be tiring and difficult, with many hours spent travelling, although it gave us the chance to develop our observational skills while secretly drawing the other passengers on the trains. After arriving at our hotel in Birmingham we had to get something to eat so we decided to take a look around. After a short distance, we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves in a massive crowd surrounded by glittering lights strung around traditional European style hut-like stalls – and a fun fair! We had walked into Birmingham’s yearly Frankfurt market. And the smells were amazing! Hot chocolate, iced buns, frankfurters, incense, hot pretzels and mulled wine….. mmmm!. The next morning saw an early rise as we were determined to hit the shops of Birmingham before heading out to the National Exhibition Centre, where the Fashion show was to

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be staged. There were hundreds of stalls, Thousands of people and Millions of colours which mesmerised us into spending our money on essential new fashion items and clothes. Mr Hogg was not fooled though; he was wise and decided to read the “Financial Times” until the “Clothes Show Live’ stage show began. As the clock struck time to meet up for the show Mr Hogg asked us if we had collected our goody bags, which we hadn’t…. So we picked them up and rummaged through them as we were waiting to enter the auditorium. We sat down in our specially reserved front row seats to watch the show, which lead us into another amazing world of fashion and spectacle for an hour. The show wasn’t just a fashion parade; there were dancers and performers. It was awe-inspiring! The clothes and styling presented on the catwalk showed us how extravagant fashion can be and this has helped the two of us to think more broadly about fashion and textiles. Also on display at the exhibition were collections from Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano, Dolce and Gabanna and many more. As a whole, the trip was an unforgettable experience not to be missed by any budding ‘Fashionistas’ like us, and it has helped us to develop and improve our organisational and fund raising skills. The travel helped to broaden our horizons our inspire our imaginations for creating our own fashion designs. We would also like to thank everybody for all of their help and donations. Without them, our trip would have been impossible! ☺

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Global Learning at AHS - Mr S Hay, International Education Sharing learning with Global Classroom partners has taken many and varied forms during this school year. Four Advanced Higher Physics students and 13 Advanced Higher History students shared learning in partner schools in Ridgewood, New Jersey USA and Cape Town, South Africa. Adela and Lukas from Gymnasium Zlin in Czech Republic, Lukas from Graf Friedrich Schule in Germany have joined the school as extended exchange students. The annual Learning School visit of students from several partner schools researching the links between students’ personal and social development and learning took place during January and February. Third and fourth year Club XL students are preparing to share learning with partners in Sweden and New Jersey. These and many more programmes help Anderson High School make sense of the world.

were given the opportunity to share the work they’ve been doing with other students and staff at a national meeting.

Global Classroom Conference Around 90 staff and students representing eight schools around the world will meet to share learning and experiences at the Global Classroom Conference in June. This year’s conference will take place in Ridgewood, New Jersey – a town just 30 minutes from New York City. Eleven senior students from AHS will travel there to discuss and share work on this year’s themes of ‘Immigration and Migration’ and in the build up to this, will work on tasks varying from making a public information video on immigration, to creating their own podcast on a topic of their choice. The work will then be presented to all other schools and students attending the conference. The students will also get the chance to see some of New York itself with visits to the UN Headquarters and Ellis Island being planned.

Energy Project Shetland will host an Energy Conference this spring featuring schools from Sweden, USA and it is hoped South Africa and New Zealand. Participating students have been examining the future of energy both locally and internationally, looking at political, social and scientific ways of a smarter energy future. Work carried out by AHS students has so far involved working out average daily energy consumption and researching an energy resource to study further.

AHS students at the National Meeting at St Ninians High School, Kirkintilloch

Learnover Anderson High students got the chance to discuss international educational issues with students from all around the world last month in the first ever Learnover. Using the school’s video conferencing facilities the students linked up with partner schools in Germany, Czech Rep, South Africa, USA and Japan as well as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Graham Donaldson who launch HMIE’s new document, “Learning Together: International Education, Responsible Global Citizens” at the same time. Speaking about the event, Donaldson added that he “had seen a glimpse of what learning would be like in the future.”

Global Class Conference, June 2009

Global Ambition A group of sixth years have been coordinating a new programme with Shetland Primary schools that works on the theme of ‘identity’. In cooperation with teachers, the group plan and carry out activities for Primary pupils to learn about how they see themselves. The work done is then shared with schools around the country and around the world. The sixth years have already visited Primary schools in Scalloway, Bells Brae and Burravoe as well as two students visiting St Ninian’s High School in Kirkintilloch where they Page 27

Connecting Classrooms A project linking AHS, as well as Mid Yell JH and Baltasound JH with partners in Nairobi, Kenya and Kumasi, Ghana, is now in its third year and is now linked to a project with the BBC called School Report. This will encourage those involved in the project to create and share news and media broadcasts with their international partners on key international topics. Anderson High School


Modern Languages News - Mrs V Coyne, Languages Department This year, I set up several partnerships with my junior classes. Class 1F (French) has penfriends from the Collège de l’Hospital in the Auvergne region and from the Mayfield Middle School on the Isle of Wight. We have exchanged letters in French and in English on various topics and events throughout the year. Mr Davidson, who had spent some time in the Auvergne region over the summer, joined our French class after the October holidays. He has learnt to play French bagpipes, and this was too good an opportunity to miss. The class learnt a dance called L’engageante, which involved dancing in a circle with the boys inside and the girls outside facing the boys. Each couple holds hands and moves clockwise to a series of steps. The boys are supposed to kiss the girls and the girls are to respond by tapping the boys’ cheeks. The girls move one step clockwise, while the boys stay. The girls have a new partner and so the dance goes on. We tried the dance with Mr Davidson playing the bagpipe. The experience provoked mixed feelings. The idea of holding hands and kissing, even pretending, was beyond belief and created some interesting reactions. It will not be forgotten… To offer our French penpals the chance to learn about Shetland dancing, we also did a Strip the willow accompanied by a group of pupils from the Music Department. This was very enjoyable as the pupils knew the steps very well and had no kissing this time… Kayleigh and Abi: “We liked having penfriends because we got to see what they were doing in their country and got to speak to someone else.” Justine, Hannah and Bryoni: “It is good having French and Isle of White penpals because it was good to communicate with people our own age outside of the Shetland Islands’’

Class 1C (German) have exchanged letters with our penpals in Reinfeld, Germany. Our school will visit them in June this year. We also have links in the Czech Republic and exchanged cards at Christmas. Izzy, Kirsty and Eleanor: “Having penpals help with our language and it is exciting to get letters back.” Bradley, Colin and Ailsa: “We all agreed that the benefits of having a penpal is to have a real taste of German life and to make new friends.” Rory, Josh and Kate: “Penpals were fun because we get to talk to an actual German person in their own language.” Both classes were introduced to a session of handball during Health Week. All pupils got the chance to play it. The classes agreed generally it was a good sport, and it is also taught in German schools. Andrew and Gary: “Handball was fun because it was active and a good learning of a new sport.” Kyle, Osea, Liam and Connor: “Handball was a good French game to play and a good break from the French class!! We enjoyed listening to Mr Davidson playing his bagpipes”. Class 2 German have penfriends in the Czech Republic and in Saerbeck in Germany. We have exchanged letters in English and German. We also wrote the beginning of a story in German and sent them to Saerbeck; our German penpals will write the second part of the story in English. We look forward to reading it.

Half a year in the deep end!! - Lukas Ohnoutek 6D My name is Lukas and I come from the Czech Republic. I spent half a year studying at the Anderson High School. I took part in the Global Classroom Conference in June 2009 in Shetland. I really liked it and when I had the opportunity to study there I decided to do so. It was a great experience for me because it was very different from going to Czech school. The Scottish educational system is very different to the Czech one. In Scotland pupils in the 6th year have from 3 to 5 subjects. In the Czech Republic pupils specialize a bit later because there are 4 years of High school here. But the biggest difference for me was that I had to communicate in English all the time.

us to know foreign languages. But it’s not only important for people who live in a country where a not very common language is spoken. I think it’s important for everyone. I found out that it’s easier to get to know the culture of a different country when you understand the language spoken there. When you talk to people using their own language they are pleased and therefore much friendlier. It also makes travelling easier and when you want to work in a foreign country as I do it’s essential to speak the country’s language. I really enjoyed Shetland, I met a lot of new people and I hope I’ll come back soon.

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Exchange Student Experience - Adela Balacova, Exchange Student Adela attended the higher French class while studying here for 8 weeks. She also taught some Czech expressions to my second year pupils. (Mrs V Coyne) My name is Adela Balacova and I’m from the Czech Republic. I’ve been in Shetland Islands for eight weeks. I came to Anderson High School to learn more English and see a different school system. The first few days were quite difficult for me because everything was new and in a different language and also I didn’t know anybody here.

The school system here is totally different from the one in my country .I like on the Scottish system as in last two years of school you can choose only classes you really want to do. I also like the relationship between teachers and pupils which is much more informal and closer than in my school. However, I think that going to university when you are still under 8 is too early. That was the best experience I could ever have. The exchange programme is not for everyone because you miss home a lot and if given the opportunity again, I would do it!

School Trip to Berlin, October 2009 - Merran Nugent 6H Five pupils from S5 and S6 went on the study trip to Berlin. The main aim of the trip was to go to the “Prolog” language school for four days to improve our German for our S5/6 courses. The trip was full of activities and guided tours, all in German so that we could really get the most out it. Our host family could not speak any English but we were able to communicate well and had interesting conversations about them and Shetland. They were very welcoming and accommodating. On the Saturday we went on a tour to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. It was a fascinating insight into the horrors the prisoners had to go through. We also had a full-day tour to Potsdam and Sanssouci, a Unesco World Heritage site. This was an attention-grabbing tour, which allowed us to use our German as Germans do in everyday life, for example for buying food. That evening we went to see the Jewish memorial in the centre of Berlin. It was very thought-provoking, making you feel as if you were in the concentration/death camps.

our way to the circus. The circus was spectacular and enjoyed by everyone. On Wednesday after lessons we visited the “DDR Museum”. It was very small but packed with history and “hands-on experiences”. It gave a very good insight into the German Democratic Republic. On Thursday we had the opportunity to go to the “Reichstag” – the equivalent to Westminster here – and meet a member of parliament. The tour of the “Reichstag” was amazing and very informative. We had prepared questions for the MP beforehand and were able to ask them. The “Prolog” school was great. The teachers were fabulous, very enthusiastic, and made you feel very welcome and comfortable. Everything was in German, so at the beginning it was quite hard to understand but towards the end of the week your understanding grew. This was a great trip and anyone who gets the chance to go on it should. It really was a wonderful experience.

Monday was our first day of school. Lessons were from ten until quarter past one, with one break. They were all in German and you really benefited from that. In the afternoon we did a walking tour to part of the Berlin Wall. This was fascinating as Checkpoint Charlie was preserved as it would have been like when it was in use. In the evening we saw a German film in the cinem a, “D ie Pä ps tin” ; h avi ng everything in German was great as it really made you listen. On Tuesday after lessons we visited the STASI-jail. The STASI were the secret police in East Berlin. I found this tour the most interesting, as the tour guide was very enthusiastic and willing to answer any of our questions. That evening we got a taste of Currywurst on

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Anderson High Feels the Earth Move! - Mr K Turner, Geography Department Back in October, AHS was chosen to become part of the UK School Seismology Project. Mr Turner (Geography Department) was sent on a training day and came back with our very own seismometer, capable of detecting earthquakes occurring around the world.

The recordings from the seismometer will add a “real life” dimension to the teaching and learning of several Geography courses taught in the school. With the help of the library staff we have also set up an Earthquake Watch Club. Anyone interested should come along to the Library any Thursday from 1.25pm.

The next challenge was to find an appropriate place in the school and to set up the equipment linked via computer to the network. This was a bigger challenge than first thought but eventually we found a home in the C1 storeroom. After a few days of watching the equipment detect every school bell and the movement of workmen we were starting to think that perhaps it wasn’t working. Then, over the long weekend at the end of February, the news was full of the devastating earthquake that hit Chile – a massive 8.8 magnitude event, making it 50 times stronger than the Haiti earthquake in January. After a bit of help from the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh we managed to extract our data and we have some of the best recording of the event in the country! We are now on full earthquake alert. The equipment will detect any global event greater than approximately 6.4 magnitude, as well as smaller events that happen closer to home.

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Senior Beanfeast - 15th January 2010

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Junior Up-Helly-Aa Party - 1st February 2010

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland - Mr A Gifford, Music Instructor Each year the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland has a series of summer concerts which often include trips to Europe. Players come from all over the country and are selected by audition, but while the age range is 12 to 21, the vast majority of players are in the upper age range, many being music students from university. In the 2009 programme, amongst the 125 musicians and where they came from were two unusual 'towns', Fladdabister, and South Nesting. Although the names might fox most of the audience, the players themselves Maggie Adamson and Mary Rutherford - are no strangers to NYOS. In fact Maggie has been playing with the National Children's Orchestra since primary school and when she was 15 she was successful in becoming a member of the full Symphony Orchestra. For the 2009 tour, Maggie and Mary (who has now left AHS) attended intensive rehearsals at Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh under the baton of Japanese conductor Takuo Yuasa, preparing pieces by Dvorak, Lutoslawski and the well known Ein Heldenleben by Richard Strauss. They then took to the road, and after concerts in HM Theatre Aberdeen and The Sage, Gateshead, headed to the continent where they performed in Katowice and Krakow in Poland, finishing their tour in Apeldoorn in Holland.

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This year Maggie has just heard that her audition was successful, and she is looking forward to going west this year instead of east. After an opening concert in Dundee, the Orchestra will travel to Ireland for concerts in Limerick, Dublin, and Belfast, before returning for a final concert in Glasgow. Should you be in Dundee, Glasgow, or even Ireland at the end of July, go to one of the concerts and experience the amazing sound produced by the Youth Orchestra, many of whom like Maggie, will be making music their career . Maggie says she is looking forward to meeting up with musicians she has played with for many years, and to the challenges of the 2010 Orchestra.

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Scottish Schools Swimming – Megan Petursdottir 2B On Saturday 29th January four Anderson High School pupils competed in the Scottish Schools National Championships. Jake Swanson, Megan Nicolson, Megan Petursdottir and Sarah Williamson. The Scottish Schools Competition only selects the top 20 in the specific race so it is a great achievement to get chosen for this competition. Sarah Williamson was first to compete in her 200m breastroke swimming very well just outside her personal best. Later in the day Sarah also competed in a 100m breaststoke where she swam a 1.22 and in that time came out with a silver medal. Megan Petursdottir swam her 100m butterfly next and swam just outside her personal best, in her 200m IM she unfortunately had to pull out due to injury. Megan Nicolson also swam a 100m butterfly and swam a personal best whilst it was her first time swimming in a long course swimming pool. She also swam a 200m butterfly and swam just outside her personal best. Jake Swanson swam a 100m and a 200m breastoke, he swam very well in both these events getting personal bests in them both. We were all delighted to get picked for this competition, we all had a fantastic experience and a brilliant time.

Megan Nicolson, Sarah Williamson and Megan Petursdottir (Missing from photo is Jake Swanson)

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PE News - Mr K Smith, PT PE The P.E. department has had a busy term with various activities going on. The highlight of the year so far in terms of lunchtime activities has been dodgeball on a Thursday lunchtime. 16 teams of 6 pupils entered at the start of term after the October holidays. As the weeks went on, the number of spectators grew and grew with over 200 pupils attending most lunchtimes. Lively music helped to add to the atmosphere of excitement and tension as the games grew closer to the knockout stages. Two finals were played – one for the senior school and one for the junior school. In the junior final, the Jelly Babies were up against the Young Rebels Who Can’t Throw. After a close start, the Jelly Babies were victorious and crowned the 2010 junior champions. The senior final was a much closer affair with Regan’s Empire up against Wolverine. Wolverine were tipped as hot favourites following the group games. It was Regan’s Empire however, who took a 2-0 lead, which was then clawed back to 2-2. They then went into overtime which was eventually won by Wolverine – much to the delight of the young girls in the audience!

Photos of the winners……..

(L-R) Back Row: Karl Smiles, Robert Molloy, Robert Smith, Front Row: Grant Wood, Allan Johnston, Liam Nicol

(L-R) Back Row: Andrew Goodlad, Gary Sim, Luke Smith, John Allan Front Row: Charlie Unsworth, Rory Smith

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AHS Netball Team play Balerno - Megan Keppie 4B Quarter Finals are next step for AHS girls. The Anderson High School netball team had another excellent game despite the snowy weather conditions closing the school. Balerno, from Edinburgh, travelled up by plane in the morning to hit by the conditions that had overcome Shetland. There was a lot riding on this game for both teams as it would be the end of the road for the losing team and the quarter finals would be next for the winners. Both teams entered the game fully energised and not really knowing what to expect. With the ball going from end to end and strong play from both teams it looked like this was going to be an extremely close match until the AHS girls found their form. This didn’t hinder the Balerno team though as they fought hard for the ball with some great play from their goal keeper and goal defence. Both Inga Woods (centre) and Louise Jamieson (wing attack) worked tirelessly together to get the ball through the centre third into the shooting circle, getting it to the hands of shooters Chloe Miller and Debbie Smith who brought the score to 20-12 by the end of the first quarter.

In the final quarter Balerno continued to fight hard with their defence marking tightly, making it difficult for the AHS shooters. AHS kept fighting though and with strong defending from Katie Farnworth (wing defence), Emma and Sophie May, they ended the game with a positive score of 68-34. The Anderson High School girls have done very well to get this far in the competition. They have won their four games so far by quite comfortable margins and their hard work has paid off. Now they are on to play in the quarter finals and with the AHS team winning the competition two years ago and getting to the semi finals last year, there is a lot riding on these girls to do well. With their determination and standard of play, they should proceed to do well.

With all still to play for the second quarter started slower with both teams taking a couple of minutes to settle into play. Balerno’s centre and wing attack were working hard to get the ball to their shooters and bring the score back but were hindered by Sophie May Leyland (goal keep) and Emma Leask (goal defence) who were making it hard for them to get a hand on the ball. By half time the AHS had taken a strong lead of 37 to 18. AHS started the second half with two changes to the line up, Megan Keppie came on for Louise Birnie at wind defence and Allie Elphinstone came on for Louise Jamieson at wing attack. Both played well to keep up the lead of the first half. Allie played well with Inga and the shooters to get the ball into the circle. Balerno were still fighting hard and this was shown as their strongest quarter. Their wing defence, centre and wing attack worked well to get the ball through the centre court into the circle to their shooters. Unfortunately this wasn’t enough for the Edinburgh team as the quarter ended with the AHS still in the lead with a strong score of 53 to 26.

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Photos : Kevin Jones

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S1/S2 Beanfeast - 14th December 2009

S3/S4 Beanfeast - 17th December 2009


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