Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championship results

Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championship Results


The Intermediate band competed for the very first time and what a grand job they did. By far the youngest and newest band in the section but what a start to the season for them! Now the first competition nerves are out of the way we’ll be working on building this and preparing for their first parade and Red Hot Chilli Piper gig. Unfortunately no prize this time but the prizes will come!

The Seniors picked up 3rd prize out of 21 bands in the Novice Juvenile B category, a fantastic achievement. Unfortunately we didn’t get a prize in the freestyle but everyone is buzzing about the performance – it was incredible! There are already thousands of views on Facebook and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers genuinely want to put it on their next album.

We also won the Endeavour prize which is a very special one and instructor Clare Millar admits that there was a wee tear in her eye when it was announced. Katie Napier very kindly submitted the application for this award and here was the criteria:
Endeavour Award
Winners of the Endeavour Award will demonstrate the positive ethos and attributes that pipe bands encourage, apart from excellence in performance. Awards will be made to pipe bands, not individuals. In selecting the winners of the Endeavour Award, judges will consider evidence of one or more of the following:
Community Contribution
For example, performances at community events, pupils’ participation in community bands and ensembles, participation in community achievement awards, voluntary activities.
Inclusion and Diversity
For example, positive efforts to unite young people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and religions; inclusion of pupils with differing abilities including those with special needs; removal of barriers such as financial hardship or transport issues.
Enthusiasm and Camaraderie
For example, evidence of enjoyment (on the day of the event) and transmitting that enjoyment to others; or evidence of individual band members’ support and friendship for one another.
For example, new ways of doing things whether it be in terms of playing the pipes and drums (e.g. in association with other instruments, storytelling, poetry, acting, dancing), raising funds, teaching and learning.
Perseverance and resilience
For example, activities that enable a band to flourish despite adverse circumstances such as illness or absence of instructors, or limited funding sources; or evidence of individual band members who persevere despite challenging circumstances.
Congratulations to everyone, you should all be very proud!

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Teenage Cancer Trust

A big Thank you as Royal High School presents a Cheque for Teenage Cancer Trust.


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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Auditions

Auditions for the Edinburgh Schools’ Production of ‘ A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

Over 30 pupils from S1-S3 auditioned and he thought they were all outstanding. We received this message from the director:

” I was genuinely impressed with the standard of all of you and dearly wish there were enough roles to cast you all. Everyone who auditioned is part of a special bunch within your school.”

Congratulations to the following 7 pupils who were selected, after much deliberation, as the cast for ‘ The Royal High School’ section of the play.

Charis 1S2
Holly 1S2
David 2S1
Rosie 3P1
Kenna 3A1
Zak 3S1

We are looking forward to seeing them in the two performances at ‘ The Kings’ Theatre at the end of June.

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RHS Debating Society

“On Wednesday evening the Royal High School debating society had a full night with three teams in action in two different locations. Two teams competed successfully in the procurator fiscal competition against two of Mary Erskine’s finest despite coming first and second in the competition only one of the Royal High teams could progress. However all four girls that competed did so for the first time they are: Jura Lewis (first place), Emma Shopland ( first place), Katie Kirstuck (second place) and Rae Ashcroft (second place).

The S4 team of Emma Walker and Angus Walker-Stewart unfortunately did not progress in the ESU second round Mace competition losing out to some extremely experienced competition from Portobello and Craigmount high school but none the less made sure that the Royal High School was very well represented!”


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See Me


See Me Launch
In PSE this week we are going to be launching the ‘See Me’ campaign to all year groups. ‘See Me’ is Scotland’s national programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. 120 staff/pupils in the school will be given ‘See Me’ pin badges this week which they will be asked to wear in school and in the community to raise awareness of mental health and also to show support in the campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

To keep the campaign ‘live’ the badges will be passed on amongst staff/ pupils every fortnight to help spread the message of the campaign across our whole school community.

The ‘See Me’ campaign sits within UNCRC Article 2 – You have the right to protection against discrimination. More information on the ‘See Me’ campaign can be found at

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