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.


Activities

Wind Band

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)


Sports

Table Tennis Club
Thursday Lunchtime
S1-S4
Starts on the 10 September
Please see a member of the PE department for more details.
 
Handball Club
Friday afterschool
13:00-14:00
S1-S3
Starts on the 4 September
Please see a member of the PE department for more details.
 
Rugby
Monday afterschool
16:00-17:00
S1-S4
Starts on the 7 September
Please see a member of the PE department for more details.
 
GRC Tri (Triathlon)
Wednesday
18:00-19:00
S1-S6
Starts on the 26 August.
Please see Active Schools Coordinator for more details