Letter to Parents June 2014

Dear Parent, The School, in consultation with Staff, Pupil and Parent Council’s, has agreed the following changes for session 2014-15:  The Asymmetric Week – the new school day, School Uniform, and the More »

HHS School Information 2014/2015

For the latest up-to-date information on Hawick High School. Please see our Information sheet below. Includes new house structure and uniform information. Click here for download More »

Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership

The Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership are running a Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week beginning May 19th 2014 . The Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership would like to raise awareness of Modern Apprenticeship opportunities within More »

Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR)

Fantastic news – Head Girl Kristie Waugh is going to be a baton-bearer representing Hawick High School in Scottish Borders on the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. More »


Archaelogy Scotland

Last week all of S1 went to Stobs Camp to learn about the site, and the work of an archaeologist. They followed up this week with a group of reps from each class going up to the Museum to look at artefacts recovered from the site.

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New highers in a nutshell

The National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) has been developing resources to help parents understand what Curriculum for Excellence means for their child. We have been working with Scottish Government, SQA and Education Scotland to ensure that parents get the information they need and want, at the right time. We have created additional resources for the new Higher qualifications as part of our popular Nutshell series. The resources provide a summary of the qualifications, with the aim of helping parents and pupils understand more about what is involved. Highers in a Nutshell are clear, concise guides which summarise each subject, outlining the key skills learners can expect to gain and providing links to further information. To access the Highers in a Nutshell resources, please visit our website: here


Parent Forum of Scotland

This year’s Scottish Learning Festival will feature Parents Connect – its first ever stand dedicated to parents and parental involvement.

Organised by SPTC and the National Parent Forum of Scotland, Parents Connect has a programme of informal Speakeasy sessions, displays and lots more to interest parents and teachers.

  • NPFS Qualifications in a Nutshell
  • Supporting Literacy & Numeracy
  • Getting Parents Involved in Schools
  • What is a Parent Council?

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Hawick High School Prizegiving 2014


Hawick High News | June 2014

Hawick High News’s end of term episode.


Cornets Visit 2014
Scottish Independence Debate
House Changes explained
End of term message from Mr McClory


Hawick High Herald June

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Letter to Parents June 2014


Dear Parent,

The School, in consultation with Staff, Pupil and Parent Council’s, has agreed the following changes for session 2014-15:  The Asymmetric Week – the new school day, School Uniform, and the new Pupil Support Structure

Attached is further information on each of these topics.

If you have any questions regarding any of the changes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

Yours faithfully,





HHS School Information 2014/2015


For the latest up-to-date information on Hawick High School. Please see our Information sheet below.

Includes new house structure and uniform information.

Click here for download


Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership


The Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership are running a Scottish Modern Apprenticeship Week beginning May 19th 2014 .

The Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership would like to raise awareness of Modern Apprenticeship opportunities within HawickHigh school. Four textile companies in the Borders area have agreed to offer a factory tour to a group of up to 10 pupils who will be transported to the factory and back to school again via private bus. Ideally these pupils will be entering 3rd or 4th year and considering leaving school within the next couple of years.

The factory tour will be followed by an open evening on Wednesday 21st May involving a Q&A session with industry leaders and Modern Apprentices. Students, careers or guidance teachers and parents will be invited to attend alongside supporting government bodies such as Skills Development Scotland and local government officials. The event will be held in the Textile Towerhouse where there is currently an exhibition from 5th and 6th years at SelkirkHigh School.


John Edward Dodd (J.E.D) Murray


John Edward Dodd (J.E.D) Murray was born in the year 1858 at 57 Hawick High Street.

Background information

John Edward Dodd Murray had a wife called Margaret €œDaisy€ Young, who had been his Cornet’s Lass. They had one child called Melgund.

His photographic business

He left Hawick to pursue work at the chemists, grocery and insurance trades before returning to Hawick in 1886 to set up a photographic business. Jed’s first studios was where the Post Office was later built. He then moved to 43 Bridge Street in 1902 and his business became one of Hawick’s foremost photography businesses.


John Edward Dodd Murray was a writer with many talents. He wrote many Hawick songs  including: “The Wail of Flodden”, “The Mosstroopers Song” and “Clinty’s Song”.  As young as 14, J.E.D had written and published a poem called “Hornshole” which led on to more famous Hawick poems including “The Reeky Howe”. As a keen writer of songs and poems J.E.D published some comedic and musical plays with the help of Adam Grant. Only scripts for “The Gutterbludes” (1905) and “Kirsty o’ Cocklaw Castle” (1904) survive. “The Gutterbludes” was revived and performed twice by the Two Rivers Theatre Company in 2000 and 2005.  J.E.D was also a painter and a portrait of his favourite horse “Oakwood Daisy” is mounted up in the museum.

His Common-Riding spirit

J.E.D was Cornet in 1890 and Acting Father not once but four times in 1901, 1905, 1912 and 1925. During the First World War he personally rode the marches each Common Riding Day. He acted as a marshal at the Common-Riding for many years and ordered the curds and cream for almost half a century. He was a founder member of the Callants Club in 1904 and in 1920 he suggested the founding of the Mosstroopers’ Club, where his horse was the model for the badge.

Other interests

John Edward Dodd Murray was a keen walker and a lover of the outdoors. He published a book entitled “Over the Rolling Stones by One of Them.” He was involved with the local Amateur Operatic SocietY and he also became an honorary life member of the Golf Club after the success of “The Caddie’s Ghost” an 1894 fund-raiser.

His Death

J.E.D sadly passed away in 1936. He is buried in the Wellogate Cemetery. A trophy called the “J.E.D Murray Trophy” was first presented at the 1938 Common Riding race meeting in his honour. A plaque was unveiled at his home where he grew up at 57 High Streetin 2006 and the Mosstroopers’ Club held a celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of his birth.

J E D Murray was truly a man of many talents.

By Rachel Goldie

Jim Renwick


Jim Renwick is recognised as having been one of Scotland’s best ever rugby players.

Born in Hawick on 12th February 1952, he became a pupil of HawickHigh School after spending his primary years at Drumlanrig Primary School.

Jim was a successful junior swimmer, winning the Scottish under 14’s 100yards freestyle title in 1966.

He decided to focus on rugby and trained hard. His PE teacher was the late Bill McLaren who Jim feels had the greatest impact on him at school as a teacher.

“He was a great PE teacher I always enjoyed his lessons.” Jim Renwick 2012

Jim played stand-off for Hawick High, PSA and Hawick Harlequins gaining his first cap for Hawick age 17. He says his best achievement was playing for Hawick for 17 years.

Jim gained 52 caps for Scotlandas centre and became a British Lion.

His advice to young players is to work hard, maybe need some luck, but if you think you’re good, stick in.

by Ewan Chelley

Jean Wintrope


Jean Wintrope was born on Friday the 13th of May 1927. She was born in her house in Orchard Terrace and her brother Jim was born in 1925 and he still lives in the same house!  She was born Jane Maben Whillans but she has always been Jean. Jean’s mother was born into a family of nine and her name was Helen Millar Charters. Her father was born in Weens Lodge and his name was William James Whillans.  When Jean was a child, she thoroughly enjoyed making concerts and performing them – she even had a curtain!  Jean’s house had a massive garden and her family owned three allotments. In their garden they grew peas, potatoes, carrots, onions, rhubarb, gooseberries, raspberries and they also had  two apple trees – one with eating apples and the other with cooking ones. The garden was essential for putting food on the table. There was  a piano in the house and she learnt to read music.

A teacher named Miss Forsyth spotted Jean’s potential when she was just seven years old! A woman named Beatrice Miranda used to come every week from Edinburgh to produce opera and she saw true potential in Jean.  She used to have singing lessons on a Saturday at lunchtime in Edinburgh and she used to love it as she was able to go on the train!  She was chosen to go to the Scottish Touring Theatre. Jean was at Hawick High School between 1939 and 1943 and in this period of time, her friends were Madge Robson and Jean Dodds. She went to Guides and Singing Club with Madge. Her favourite subjects at school were Music and English. Jean’s favourite teacher at Hawick High School was Music teacher William R. Smith or ‘Smithy’.  Jean was never allowed to go to dances because she was a member of the Congregational Church and she was under very strict rules. She left school at the age of 16. When she was a teenager, Jean always wanted to pursue her dream of going to Drama school but her father wasn’t keen. Jean was 18 when she joined the Hawick Amatuer Operatic Society but before that she was part of the Junior Drama Club. The Opera had stopped in 1939 for the beginning of the war and in 1945 a meeting was held in the Farmer’s Room of the Crown Hotel to start the Opera up again. Jean can remember the song she sang at the audition. It was called ‘Pipes of Pan’. Jean got the part and went on to play the lead role of ‘Countrygirl’ in 1947. Costumes for the opera came from London and rehearsals were held in the Masonic Hall in Commercial Road.  Jean has participated in so many operas but her favourite is ‘My Fair Lady’ when she played the lead role, Eliza Doolittle.

by Connie Rafferty

David Chapman


David John Chapman was born on the 24th of March 1962.  He attended Drumlanrig  Primary School, and then went on to attend Hawick High School, from 1974 to 1979. His favourite teachers were Mr Lawrie (English), Mr Gordon (English), Mr Proudfoot (Technological Studies) and Mr Grieve (Physical Education). His favourite subjects were Technological Studies and Physical Education. David’s friends at school were David Barker, Neil Dalgetty, Kevin Campbell, Bruce Michie, Stephen Adams and Alan Rae. When he was at school he wanted to become a civil engineer when he left school, but instead went straight to Pringle of Scotland. He worked at Peter Scott’s for many years.  He is now European Sales Manager for Scott & Charters (Hawick) Ltd.

David has a keen interest in music, as well as Scotland, so formed a band with his friend Iain Scott to represent this, known as Scocha the name coming from their names “ Sco for Scott and Cha for Chapman. His favourite songs the band have produced are “Reivers Are Riding” and “Jumpers For Goalposts”, but he loves them all. Scocha have done many tours, but his favourite is the New York tour they did, but very close seconds are Canada and Germany. He also enjoys playing in Hawick, as you’re in front of your own friends and family. David has talent for music, and plays many instruments: accoustic/electric guitar, drums, bodhran, percussion and kazoo. David is a very busy man, but if he ever gets a spare bit of time he loves watching the rugby, especially international matches involving Scotland. He also listens to lots of music, and when he gets the chance, enjoys socializing over a pint or two of Guinness.

by Emily Lockie

Mark White


Mark started his broadcasting career with BBC Radio Scotland in 1987. When the tragic event of the Lockerbie air disaster occurred Mark was sent to cover it and he spent more than a year working in and around Lockerbie and reported on a five-month long Lockerbie Fatal Accident Inquiry in Dumfries.

Moving to television in 1991, Mark White joined Border Television to work on the nightly news programme “Lookaround.” In November 1992 he moved up North and became the main presenter and reporter for the Grampian Television (known now as the STV North) regional news programme North Tonight. Mark had to resign from that TV programme in November 1999 after an outburst of laughing whilst he was on air giving a serious news report. Later that month he joined Sky News, where he is now the channel’s Home Affairs Correspondent.

Mark White has reported many headlines in his career such as from Indonesia on the Boxing Day Tsunami, from the Old Bailey on the London nail-bombing trial, Abu Hamza’s incitement to murder trial, on numerous terrorist attacks and related stories, including the London bombings in 2005.

In February 2011, Mark helped the rest of the production team of Sky News win a Royal Television Society award for all its coverage of the student riots.

By Rachel Goldie

Gordon Muir


Gordon Muir attended Hawick High School from 1971 to 1977. He had many friends at school but his best friend were Paul Hogarth, Douglas Kernaghan and Michael Norris.

Gordon’s favourite teachers were Art teachers Rab Brown and Stuart Frame who inspired him and others for many years. However, Gordon didn’t enjoy Latin as much as his total combined score for his three exams didn’t even get a pass!

When Gordon was at school he didn’t have a dream job. All he knew was that he didn’t want to be a vet like his father. After  university his initial plan was to be a commercial graphic designer during the day and paint great master-pieces at night but that never really worked out.

Gordon is difficult to categorise job-wise.  It depends on which project he is working at the time – designer, artist, sculptor, Art Director, photographer, writer, music manager, music producer, props builder, van driver, lambing man, dry-stane dyker……!

His latest project was to design the memorial commemorating the men who lost their lives in the construction of the Forth railway bridge.

By Akiko