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Fettes College Academic Highlights - Week 5

Our College Students have shown incredible resilience, independence and maturity following the Fettes Learning from Home provision. Students are managing their time, embracing new styles of learning and continuing to provide an exceptional level of enthusiastic learning. All students have been working hard in the week before half-term, and below highlights some departmental successes:


Third Form pupils planted a bean seed in a jam jar at the beginning of the Spring term as part of their plant science project. Each week they watered and measured their plants before taking them home for Lockdown. A special needs to go to Ollie H for looking after his so well - we have a truly green-fingered Fettesian!

4th Form Rosie M and Chloe F both made excellent molecular models using materials at home. 

The College Chemistry Challenge was launched to Chemistry students in 5th Form and above last week; this is a series of five Chemistry related problem solving questions. Congratulations to this weeks winner Angel M! Angel provided a thorough breakdown of how she solved the problems and completed the challenge in just 24 hours!

Lower 6th Chemists are all working very hard and have really got to grips with Learning From Home and deserve a shout out for their hard work.


Catherine E made a really impressive and informative video on indirect and direct pronouns, while Ryan H taught us laughter techniques to help with grammar skills.  Marissa M also created a very thorough video on the future tense last week, which was very well received by all of us. Well done to everyone for your creativity!


History shout outs this week go to our 5th Formers who have impressed us in their first week of the Post GCSE course. Olivia N wrote an excellent piece on the extent to which the printing press was responsible for the rapid spread of the Reformation in Germany. Elliot W and Lochie N also impressed in their examination of the long term causes for the decline of Tsarism in Russia.

Computer Science

A well deserved shout-out to L6th Form student Max W. On top of the superb work he has been producing recently, he gave an informative talk about the IBM 360 Mainframe exhibit when the entire class virtually met to do a virtual tour of the Computing History Museum in San Francisco.


Lots of great work taking place with specific mention going to Clara J for her excellent presentation on Book 6 of Virgil’s Aeneid and Olivia N’s presentation on the Ramayana epic from India.


Our 5th Form students have been looking at Death of a Salesman as part of their pre-Sixth Form courses. This was a prediction exercise undertaken by the pre-IB pupils in their introductory lesson: they were looking closely at production posters and making detailed observations about their first impressions before starting work on the play.


We want to say a huge thank you and well done to our Lower 6th Form IB Psychologists for their amazing lessons on studying the brain and their general hard work. Likewise L6 A-Level students have been amazingly engaged in lessons and content.

5th Form Students studying Psychology is still very new, but we are so impressed with how motivated all the students have been with Ella W, Freya C, Hannah M, Phoebe MB, Isabella U and Bennie P impressing with their engagement and ideas already.


This week, the Geography Department had the privilege of interviewing Tim Marshall, author of Prisoners of Geography as part of our series of Lockdown Lectures

Prisoners of Geography is the focus of our pre-Sixth Form course and we are delighted that our 5th  Form were able to hear directly from the author and explore the impacts of Covid-19 on contemporary Geographies.

U6th students exploring Future Geographies as part of their pre-university course attended the United Kingdom Education & Sustainability Leadership Summit (UKESLS): Disrupting Education for a sustainable Future, conference this week. Hosted virtually by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership and Sustainability Education and Dollar Academy.

Students were, via Zoom, able to participate in the conferences lectures and discussions, which focused on Global Mega Trends, Climate C, Human Development and Covid-19 Impacts and The Role of Business in the Sustainability Crisis

It was an outstanding two days of challenging lectures, interesting debates and hope for the future.

Finally, contributing editor for the Geography Newsletter this week was Callum A.  The Newsletter highlights to pupils, across the Geography department, some of the top stories each week, with links to explore the issues in more detail. Well done Callum - superb work!

To read more about some our fantastic academic highlights over the past 5 weeks please click on the below links: 

Week 1: 

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Have a wonderful Half Term everyone!