Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a programme of personal and social developments with 3 progressive levels; Bronze, Silver and Gold. It gives young people aged 14 - 24 the opportunity to gain recognition and accreditation for their achievements in 4 different sections; service, skills, physical recreation and expeditions. (A 5th section at Gold is residential.) Run by a small group of dedicated staff, the Award has operated in the school since 1992, with growing success. All levels meet on Monday from 3.45 - 5.00pm for expedition training.
At WCHS our Instrumental Music Programme involves approximately 110 students receiving tuition on brass, guitar, percussion, strings and woodwind. As a vibrant and busy department, we aim to provide as many varied opportunities that will allow our students to succeed, to be confident, to take responsibility for their own learning and to contribute to our school and the wider community.
Our wind band programme is regarded as one of the best in Scotland. Through hard work, commitment and teamwork our Junior and Senior Wind Bands aspire to achieve the highest musical standards possible. Both bands rehearse on a Thursday from 3.45 – 5.30pm and perform regularly throughout the year at local and national concerts and events.
To keep up to date with what our wind bands are doing, please search for ‘West Calder High School Wind Bands’ on Facebook and hit ‘Like’.
Our instrumental staff:
Brass: Mark Traynor (Monday, Tuesday & Friday)
Guitar: Paul Devery (Monday)
Percussion: Andy Farquhar (Wednesday)
Strings: Andrew Rodden (Thursday)
Woodwind: Camille Mason (Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)