MALAWI FACT OF THE DAY:
There are many languages spoken in Malawi. You may be surprised to learn that English is the official language of the country but the national language is actually Chichewa. At school up until around primary 4 level, all classes are taught in Chichewa but from Primary 5 onwards, all classes are then taught in English.
There will be three assemblies on Thursday morning 11 October.
S5/6 registration -8.55am
S3 and S4 -9am -9.15am
S1 and S2 9.20-9.40 am
SCHOLAR’s upcoming Online Tutor Sessions are:
For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR’s Online Tutor Sessions.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH
If you have not delivered a presentation on the aim of your expedition to will need to come and see to arrange a time so that you can get this section signed off. This can be as an individual if the rest of your group has already given theirs
If you wish to take part in your Bronze or Silver award this year you need to collect a form from me and return it with the £21 registration fee. If you are interested in the Gold award please come and discuss this with me.
The first meetings will be after the October holiday – watch this space for details.
S1/S2 PUSHKIN PRIZE FOR CREATIVE WRITING
The next meeting for the Pushkin Prize will take place in room 45 on Wednesday 31 October at 1.10pm. Please bring your next piece of writing with you.
S2 MIDLOTHIAN SCHOOLS’ SPELLING BEE
The next round for this year’s spelling competition takes place on Thursday 11 October at 1.05pm in room 45. Bring your lunch with you.
REMINDER – REPORT TO OFFICE
Can the named pupils please come to the school office at morning break. Thank you.
MALAWI PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATION DAY
On Friday 12 October we have a dress down day for our Malawi Partnership Celebration event. We want to try out a ‘Pay It Forward,’ approach where all students should bring in a minimum donation of £1 to dress down, but if you would like to contribute more than this to support our partnership with Namadzi it would be much appreciated. We are currently raising money which will allow staff and students from Namadzi to visit Penicuik next June, and also to help fund solar power for Namadzi as they often have no electricity. There will also be a bake sale as part of a celebration in the assembly hall at breaktime where a musician from Malawi will provide live music.
REMINDER – GIRLS’ FOOTBALL
Girls’ football will be back on as normal this Thursday 11 October.
URGENT REMINDER – S1 PHOTOS + NEC APPLICATIONS
Orders for S1 photos should be returned to the school office no later than this Friday 12 October. Please ensure your order is placed in the envelope provided, with full payment, and that your details are filled in on the front.
If you have not handed back your NEC application form then please do so now or you will not get your card. Thank you.
REMINDER – S2 EDINBURGH TRIP
S2 pupils are reminded that they should return their permission slips and the £10 payment to the office at BREAK or LUNCHTIMES by Friday 12 October.
REMINDER – LIBRARIES WEEK
Libraries Week takes place between 8–13 October to celebrate the nation’s much-loved libraries.
This year, with a focus on wellbeing, libraries across the country will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health. It’s not just public libraries – libraries of all kinds in schools, workplaces and universities have amazing services that improve our wellbeing.
To do our bit in PHS we have a display of leaflets which highlight the paths to help for a variety of things that can effect wellbeing such as Anger, Depression, Self Harm, Bereavement etc. In addition we also have information on “Healthy Reading Midlothian” which is a free and confidential service that provides people who are affected by mild to moderate mental health problems and their carers to access effective resources such as books, booklets, DVD’s.
Pupils and staff are welcome to pop along and have a look!
Mrs Ewart/Mr Smith