Foundation Apprenticeships

Current S4 Pupils
On Wednesday 20 February period 1 there will be an information meeting for all S4 pupils who might want to follow a Foundation Apprenticeship course next year.  Pupils must give their name to Miss Bones or the school office as soon as possible.

Dalkeith High School Food & Forest Co-op

Dalkeith High School launched its new social enterprise project, Food and Forest Co-op, today (Wednesday 30th January) to support its curriculum-led approach to Learning for Sustainability.

Supported by Forestry Commission Scotland, the Co-op aims to engage learners aged 14-18 currently undertaking a Sustainability course in practical outdoor learning and global citizenship to help prepare them for future work.

The School applied for funding through Forestry Commission Scotland’s Community Fund initiative, which aims to help groups facilitate greater use of woodlands, whether for education, community benefit, or to improve health and wellbeing.

As part of the Food and Forest Co-op, learners will put their greenwood working skills to practice in the School’s on campus Sustainability Hub, as well as manage the surrounding woodlands and community allotment. Trimmings from the woodlands will be used by the learners to create products such as garden lines, pegs and baskets to sell to the public and generate income for the Co-op.

Allyson Dobson, head teacher at Dalkeith High School, said: “The idea of the Food and Forest Co-op project emerged from the work we are doing at Dalkeith High School to establish progressive curriculum-led approaches to Learning for Sustainability. Introducing practical programmes will present learners with opportunities to experience the challenges of sustainability first-hand and teach them the basics of running a social enterprise, such as resource and funding allocation.”

Students partaking in the Food and Forest Co-op will be able to achieve various SQA qualifications through the project, including SCQF level 4, 5 and 6 across a range of forestry and horticulture accreditations.

Allyson added: “The woodland management element of the project will also benefit the local environment and give something back to the community.”

Hugh McNish, social programme manager at Forestry Commission Scotland, said: “The work of Dalkeith High School is exactly what the Community Fund embodies. It is there to support organisations looking to kick-start creative outdoor projects but are in need of some additional financial support. Through the fund, Forestry Commission Scotland aims to create opportunities for people to engage with Scotland’s green spaces to enhance education techniques, improve health and wellbeing, and generate wider community benefits.”

The School has partnered with Bowhill Estates to use the local woodland as a teaching resource, as well as BAM, which manages the woodland surrounding the campus, and Midlothian Council to operate the community allotment site.

Tymo selected for U13s Scottish Ice Hockey Squad!

Congratulations to Tymo Szewczyk who has been selected for the U13 Scottish Ice Hockey Conference squad for the 2018/19 season.
Tymo has been playing for 3 and a half years now, starting at the age of 9. He has started from basically learning to skate and then joined the Lanarkshire Lightening Team at Coatbridge.
During all this time he has been training 3 times per week and also has games during the weekends.
This is second time Tymo has been selected for the Scottish squad and is now getting ready for an International Tournament in Bratislava at Easter.
We are all very proud of you Tymo!

Dalkeith High School Rotary Shoebox Scheme

Pupils at Dalkeith High School are taking part in the Rotary Shoebox Scheme.

If you would like to get involved in this scheme, you can collect a box from Mr Duncan in Geography.

Anyone who has any small gifts that would be suitable for the boxes, can also hand them in to Mr Duncan.

More information on the scheme can be found below, along with a list of what can be included in the boxes.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Various organisations are looking for apprentices – you may find with companies like Leonardo that they open applications now but will not start the apprentice until July / August.
EDF Energy Torness Power Station – they tend to recruit every year – to see details, go to
Leonardo (they make the electronics for fighter jets / military planes) also recruit every year
Network Rail are looking for students to participate in their graduate and placement opportunities (tend to recruit on a regular basis also)
BBC also seem to be looking for production apprentices and trainees – have a look at and search for careers and then click on the tab “apprenticeships and traineeships.”
Barbara Moir Careers Adviser

Scottish Cabinet Question & Answer Session

15 Modern Studies Advanced Higher and Higher pupils were given a unique opportunity on the 5TH November to take part in the democratic process. The entire Scottish Cabinet were hosting a question and answer session in the Ladywood Centre, Penicuik. The discussion was very open, and we can verify that the Cabinet did not see the questions beforehand. The Question and Answer session lasted for 1 hour 30 minutes, and afterwards the Cabinet had tea with the audience. Many of our students took this opportunity to be photographed with Nicola Sturgeon, and to speak with Ministers. This was an amazing insight into the workings of Cabinet, and students very much enjoyed the experience.