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New Nation


Our nation system was introduced in 1912 by rector, Dr. William J. Watson and it has remained unchanged since… until today!  

On joining the school every pupil became a member one of four school houses, known as nations, named after the early peoples of the Scotland: Angles, Britons, Picts and Scots.  

Originally a character-building exercise, the annual games and nation teams were intended to foster a team spirit and encourage physical activity among all pupils. The nations originally competed against each other in athletics, cricket and rugby, the champion nation being awarded the school shield for the year.  

Today the nations compete for the Crichton Cup. This was first presented as a trophy for the inter-nation swimming race in 1914 by J. D. Crichton, whose sons were at the school. In 1920 it was transferred to the nation championship in scholarship and athletics combined. This has further evolved over time to include other extracurricular interests, such as drama and music, even Bee keeping. 

Today is a pretty momentous day. We are marking the start of a fifth nation- the Gaels. So what do we know about them, or even the existing nations and their Celtic origins? 

Angles – one of the main Germanic tribes to settle in Britain. Their lands stretched from East Anglia in the south, stretching as far north as Scotland, including the lands around Edinburgh and the Lothians.   

Nation colour – Green  

Britons– The earliest evidence of the Britons dates back to the Iron Age. During the Roman era the Britons lived throughout Britain and that included southern Scotland, bordering Pictland in the north. Much of their territory was gradually taken over by the Angles and the Gaels.  

Nation colour – Red 

Picts– the painted people. It is thought that they painted themselves before battle to appear more fearsome. The Romans never ruled over the Picts. Scotland was known as Pictland until it was invaded by another Celtic nation… the Scots. 

Nation colour – Yellow 

Scots– the Scots were an Irish tribe who brought both their name, and their religion to Scotland. The Scoti or Scots, crossed from Ireland to Argyll in Scotland in about the 5th Century AD and set up their own kingdom. 

Nation colour – Blue 

Gaels – the Gaels are said to have travelled across much of mainland Europe and sailed to Ireland then Scotland from Galicia in northern Spain. They are credited with the creation of the language which is used in Ireland and spread to Scotland- Gaelic. They had their own style of dress, which became the modern belted plaid, or kilt in Scotland. 

Nation Colour – TBC from competition 

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Tribute to Jock ‘Badger’ Dewar

FP Dinner 2019

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Jock ‘Badger’ Dewar and he will be very much missed in our community. Mr Tom Bacciarelli, former Head of English, gave a fitting tribute to Jock at his funeral service and this is attached to this post.

Viva Schola Regia!

Jock Dewar Tribute Jan 20

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2019 Leavers Photos

2019 Leavers Photos

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Death of David Sommerville

The RHS Club is sad to announce the death of David (Dave) Somerville.

Dave graced the High School History Department between 1960 and 1970, when he left to become Principal History teacher at Broughton.
Dave was also well known as Flight Lt. Somerville, leader of the RHS Air Training Corps (ATC). He was also part of the School Career Services team.
He was considered by many to be an inspirational teacher, and was also famous for his outstanding dress sense. He was sometimes described as suave Dave.
The two attached photographs show two years of ATC visits to RAF installations in England. Martin Bryden, who was a History teacher in the same era as Dave, and also a great friend asks anyone who recognises themselves in the photos to get in touch with us.

The Scotsman Obituary notice of Monday 11th March reads as follows.

SOMERVILLE David (New Town) Peacefully, at St Margaret’s Care Home on February 22, 2019, aged 89, will be sadly missed by all family and friends. Former history teacher at Broughton High School and Royal High and a member of the Royal Burgess Golf Club. A graveside service will be held at Piershill Cemetery on Friday, March 15, at 11 am, to which all are welcome. Flowers, if desired, to McKenzie & Millar, 83-89 Great Junction Street, EH6 5HZ.

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Operating Theatre Live Public Event

The Royal High School has been selected as one of the first venues in the UK to host the award-winning Operating Theatre Live Public Events.

Operating Theatre Live Tour are the UK’s only touring surgical experience offering academically rigorous educational experience matched to English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish exam specifications. Their events secure and challenge students to explore careers in medicine and healthcare in a mission to raise engagement in STEM subjects.

This incredible, immersive operating theatre experience will give your child the opportunity to dissect real specimens led by human anatomist Samuel Piri and his team of clinicians. Sponsors of the Royal Society of Medicine, Operating Theatre Live are the UK’s only approved license holders to use all class animal by-products for educational purposes and they are bringing their tour to Southlands High School on 6th October 2018 from 9am to 5pm for the main event with an optional workshop for an insight into Emergency Medicine from 5pm to 8pm. Please see below for prices:

Main Event Ticket £69.00 (9.00am – 5.00pm)

Includes scrub hire, stethoscope hire, full PPE, 7 workshops and lunch

Trauma Ticket £139.00 (9.00am – 8.00pm)

Includes scrub hire, stethoscope hire, full PPE, 8 workshops, lunch and hot evening meal

During this unique opportunity, your child will be taking on the role of a trauma doctor bringing the systems of the human body alive through dissections.

As quoted by Samuel Piri himself:

“I personally write the academic content and produce all of the activities myself. Me and my team guarantee you a breath-taking, unforgettable trip through the human body like never before. Each student will leave stretched and challenged having made measurable progress against the science specification, we’ve got them all covered. (GCSE, A Levels BTEC’s Scottish National 5 and Highers)”. Samuel Piri (Anatomist, Teacher and Programme Director)

Please book up as soon as possible as there are a very limited number of tickets for this exclusive event – and it is going to be opened to all schools within a 20 mile radius of Royal High School so demand will be exceptional.

For more information regarding the tour and to book your place, please click here.

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