Amnesty International

Student led group supporting the work of Amnesty International.
Monday Lunchtimes in S1 at Lauderdale.

Amnesty International Logo


Student led team currently chaired by Louisa Helfer on Tuesday lunchtime in W9.
James Gillespie’s student led fundraising group. Members select which charities to support each year.
Organises a variety of fun fundraising events throughout the year and also does a bucket-shake at parents’ evenings.


Creative Computing Club

Lunchtimes in Room S2  for S1/S2/S3 students.

Not a time to just sit and play games or browse the web, but you can do ANYTHING creative on the computers: write games, write web pages, learn to program in Scratch, Python, Java, LiveCode, work with graphics programs such as Photoshop, do video or sound editing, create music…

Creative Computing

Creative writing group

Thursday lunchtimes in W5.
Mrs Macsween
Pupil led writing group.


Debating Club

Monday after school in W6 for S1-S3.
Mr Roskilly
To develop debating and public speaking skills through engaging with contemporary issues. Developing the students’ ability to construct a reasonable argument and use persuasive techniques in speech. Possibility to enter National and Edinburgh wide competitions.


French Cinema Club,

Wednesday lunch time in W24.   All pupils welcome.
Mr O’Connor and Mr Ponte
The club gives students a chance to explore French language and culture through the medium of film. Everyone is welcome, no matter the language they study or level.


Gaelic Supported Study/Clas-taic Gaidhlig

Monday 3.40pm-4.45pm (drop-in) Darroch 2.5   All Gaelic pupils
Mr Charity


Geography Club

Thursday lunchtime in W9 for S1-S3.
Mr O’Dea
We look into all things geography that interest the students who go.  It’s just for fun.


Mandarin Club

Fridays 1:15 – 2:15 in W20
All Welcome.


Scripture Union

Student led, supported by Mr Carson.
S4-6 Tuesday Lunchtimes in Darroch 2.4
Lunch is provided – ALL students (new and returning) are welcome!
An opportunity to meet weekly to have lunch and find out more about Christianity.


The Spark Pupil Magazine

S1-S3 Tuesday lunchtime Lauderdale campus in W7
S4-S6 Wednesday after school Darroch campus in 1.8

Miss Kirkwood (seniors) and Miss Murray (juniors)

Students work collaboratively to produce the school magazine.  The magazine contains pupil-written articles (from current affairs and opinion articles to film and book reviews), original photography and original artwork and we are always looking for new contributors.  We also appoint a number of editors who work together to decide on content, proof-read articles and advise on layout.  Pupils need to be committed to this club as it involves working to deadlines and producing articles at home.  Everybody is welcome.


Extra Curricular Sports

A wide and varied selection of Sports Activities are on offer. Find out more via our Active Schools page (click the image below).



Extra Curricular Music and Choir

Opportunities for all pupils to take part in music groups and choirs.

Music Extra-Curricular Opportunities 2017 – 2018


Duke of Edinburgh Award

Bronze DofE  Lisa Gray       ( Science) meeting weekly on Tue after school
Silver DofE Ann Campbell  ( Support for Learning) meeting fortnightly on Tue Lauderdale and Thur Darroch
Gold DofE Ann Campbell    ( Support for Learning) meeting fortnightly on Tue Lauderdale and Thur Darroch

Bronze is open to S3 students
Silver is open to S4 students
Gold is open to S5&6 students

The school supports each student with their award but the emphasis for completing their Physical, Skill and Volunteering sections lies with the individual student.  The school will run a training programme for the expeditions at all levels and organise expeditions that the pupils can take part in for their award.
The Duke of Edinburgh award is very popular in JGHS and spaces are limited so it is important that students who wish to take part get their application form in promptly at the start of the academic year in order that they can be considered for a place.  Priority for applications for Silver and Gold levels will be given to students who have already fully completed all sections of the previous level.

Visit the JGHS Duke of Edinburgh Award Website >
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Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme


Epic Ventures Activities

Epic Ventures offer a wide variety of Outdoor Activities.  They have also helped JGHS in delivering our Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions.

Information about their activities on offer, including hoilday activities, can be found on their website and on the attached leaflet.

Epic Ventures is not part of the school, but is an approved activity provider for the City of Edinburgh Council.