S5/6 Options Programme

Please click on the link below to access the booklet for upper school subjects.

2016 S5/6 Personalisation and Choice Booklet.

Options form March16



5th and 6th year pupils sitting Highers and Advanced Highers in a range of subjects received instruction regarding the Scholar programme today.

Scholar specialist, Harry Hughes, took groups through the Scholar website, showing them how get the best out of the facilities. Scholar was created by Heriot Watt University originally to assist with advanced work in  Science, Maths and Languages, but the range of subjects is gradually increasing, and now includes

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • French
  • Human Biology
  • Information Systems
  • Maths
  • Physics

with further courses in Economics, German, Psychology and Spanish forthcoming. The website takes the form of lessons, interactive tasks, animations and tests, all of which can be monitored by teaching staff.

All OLHS pupils sitting one of the relevant courses has access to these materials via a log-in and password. These can be retrieved from Mrs Macfadyen in the Library Resource Centre.

Ah! Physics!

6th years Mark Boules and David Dunbar visited Strathclyde University last week to perform experiments for their Advanced Higher Physics course, because they’re too scary for school – the experiments, not Mark and David.

Mark was focusing on recreating Millikan’s Oil Drop Experiment, trying to type results onto his computer while hanging on to an electric generator and peering through a telescope at atomised oil drops.


David’s was using Kater’s Pendulum to accurately determine the gravitational field strength of the Earth. Less acrobatics required apparently, but real skill for staring at a pendulum.

The follow up experiments will take place over the next few weeks to allow our physicists to type up their analyses before the end of March.