Penicuik High School welcomes you…
On behalf of the staff and students of Penicuik High School can I welcome you to the Penicuik High School website.
Penicuik High School is a co-educational, non-denominational high school serving Penicuik and the surrounding area. The magnificent school building has been on its present site since 1937 and since then has created a strong reputation for academic, creative and sporting excellence. Read more…
Amongst our famous alumni is Sir James Arnot Hamilton the designer of Concorde’s delta wings, Sir James was the first Dux of the school. Scotland Grand Slam captain Jim Aitken is counted amongst our distinguished former pupils as are Scotland football internationals Craig Paterson and former Dundee United legend Billy Kirkwood. Former Chief Executive of NHS Scotland Malcolm Wright, celebrity stylist to the stars and royalty Denise MacAdam, RVM, Rosemarie McIlwhan, Director of the Scottish Human Rights Centre and Andrew Murphy, Managing Director of John Lewis’ flagship store in London also attended Penicuik High School. We are equally proud of the many former pupils who have made such a valuable contribution to the lives of so many communities throughout Scotland and the rest of the world and brought such pride to the school.
As a school at the very heart of our community our aim is to provide the best education possible for all our young people, opening up to them a wide a range of opportunities. Our school record label, Burnt Out Records, provides a community vehicle for musical events and the development of young talented musicians and song writers.
The school has a well established partnership with Thyolo Secondary School in the Shire Highlands of Malawi, staff and students have been involved in exchange visits. Our pupils regularly take part in a wide range of visits overseas and at home to support their learning and development. The school has a thriving Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and a growing reputation in the Model United Nations. Our dynamic Parents’ Association support the school in so many ways throughout the year and is open to every parent.
We try to ensure that our school offers a realistic blend of the academic as well as cultural, creative and sporting opportunities young adults thrive on. We seek to inspire our young people to be eager participants of all that the school has to offer as well as being people who respect others and are prepared to help and support them to achieve what they want to do.
Student Newsletter 6 December 2013
S1 Enrichment period changes TODAY PERIOD 2 to the following.
1p3 to S McLennan
1p4 to C Chisholm
1p5 to P Beards
1p1 to D Coupar
1p2 to D Saffhill
N.B. Can period 1 staff please read out to students so they are aware where they should be going.
S4/5/6 PUPILS – OUR OWN CHRISTMAS LECTURE!
BIOCHEMICAL PHYSICS TALK – TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER
Come along at 4.00pm on Tuesday to hear some up-to-date science from Prof. Cait MacPhee, a Biochemist at the University of Edinburgh. There will be careers information and hand-outs from the Biochemistry Society and also….mince pies!
Any pupils in S3-S6 who may be interested in attending the Newcastle v Sunderland Premiership match on the first weekend in February should attend a meeting in the PE classroom at morning break on Monday 9 December.
REMINDER – S6 PHOTOS
S6 pupils should note that their photos (individual and group) will be taken in the Assembly Hall on the afternoon of Tuesday 10 December.
Apprenticeship Vacancies with Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland have just announced a number of apprenticeship opportunities (stonemason, gardener, electrician and joiner) suitable for school leavers.
Applications to be in by 6 December 2013.
P7 Pupil Visit, Open Evening for P7 Parents and Open Morning for All Parents
The first of a series of transition events for pupils and parents takes place on the morning of Wednesday 30 October 2013 when we welcome the Primary 7s from our associated primary schools to Penicuik High. It will be a busy morning for the pupils during which they will work with staff and senior students in three different subject areas. The pupils will be accompanied to and from the school by their P7 teacher with the session lasting from 9.30-12.00pm.
In the evening parents of P7 pupils considering Penicuik High as their secondary school for 2014 are welcome to join us for a tour of the school. We will visit a wide range of subjects where you will have the opportunity to find out more about learning and teaching in Penicuik High from teachers and students. The evening starts at 7.00pm in the Assembly Hall with refreshments in the Bite Site from 8.30pm.
Finally on the morning of Thursday 7 November 2013 all parents are invited to see what happens in the classrooms on a normal school day at Penicuik High. We will walk around the school and drop in on classes to see how curriculum for excellence is being delivered for our students and once again you will have the chance to ask students and teachers about the experience. If you are interested in coming along, the morning starts at 9.15am.
For more details about any of the events, please contact Mr MacDonald, DHT.
Malawi Partnership Visit
You can read more about the recent visit made by S6 students to our partner school in Thyolo, Malawi here.
Ireland trip to Dublin and Belfast
Our annual Higher study trip to Ireland to look at the origins of the ‘Troubles’ is leaving next week. More information can be found here.