Getting involved in the local community is important at Harmeny.
We offer young people opportunities to attend various clubs within the local community. These clubs include the Brownies, Scouts, football, gymnastics, rugby, dancing classes and swimming lessons, amongst others. We join in with the community through the local gala, creating our own float each year as part of the celebrations.
Older young people at Harmeny have the independence to spend time with their peers. Their involvement in the community is guided through this time, as we know how important it is for young people to feel a sense of responsibility as they get older. Whether that be socialising on our campus, playing football or heading into Edinburgh for the cinema or sights, we help them to make this possible.
The Community Garden also offers great opportunities for community involvement. We encourage children to participate in competitions, creating ‘pallet gardens’ for the annual Gardening Scotland event at Ingleston, as well as entering individual vegetables they have grown at the Currie Horticultural Show. Seeing the confidence and pride children have at these events, as they win awards and medals as individuals and in groups gives everyone at Harmeny a huge sense of pride and achievement.
Our outdoor learning team provides an exciting and enriching choice of adventurous and environmental activities.
Many of these activities are within the grounds of the school, allowing children the opportunity to learn new skills, build their motivation, improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, grow in confidence, problem solve, and increase their awareness of the environment around them. We give children the opportunity to learn something as simple as how to ride a bike.
Outside of Harmeny’s grounds, we offer activities that include climbing and abseiling, off-road cycling, hill walking, mountaineering, kayaking and canoeing, as well as tree climbing, indoor climbing, water play, bushcraft, camping and orienteering. Our outdoor service is regularly inspected by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA).