Student Newsletter Friday 11 October 2019


Good news we have just received our fifth Green Flag so it’s time to make up our new Eco-schools action plan for the next two years. Are you a Climate Change Activist or Extinction Rebel or would you simply like to have a say in how we can make Penicuik High School more eco-friendly? Come along to Room 53 (Mrs MacFadyen’s room) at 1.10pm on Monday 28 October for the first meeting of our new Eco-committee. All years welcome. See you there.

Eco-schools Captains



The first meeting for the Bronze award will be on Thursday 24 October (first Thursday back after the holiday).This will be at lunchtime in Mr Beards’ room – please bring your lunch and get there as soon as possible.

The first meeting for the Silver award will be on Wednesday 30 October at lunchtime and again in Mr Beards’ room.

If you wish to be a part of the DofE award but haven’t yet returned a form and the registration fee, please do so as soon as possible. If you haven’t got the letter and form or you have any questions, please see me.  If the cost is the only issue preventing you from signing up there may be funding available to help out.

Mr Merson



Could all S1 & S2 pupils please pay for the French play as soon as possible.  The cost is £2.50 and should be paid directly to the school office at lunch or break times.  Any questions or concerns please see Mrs McEvoy.  Thank you.

Mrs McEvoy



This arrangement is now in placeCompleted forms should be returned to Mrs Davidson in the office.  Students are reminded to sign out at the office for their free period, and sign back in on their return. NB – There is a separate sheet to sign out for these periods.  Thank you.

Mr Biddick



Ever wondered what it’s like to work in the creative industry?  Come along and hear about opportunities and career pathways in Art & Design.  You will be able to gain first-hand knowledge from a local artist and designer and ask questions about qualifications and courses.   Breakfast will also be provided!  If you would like to attend, please let your Guidance Teacher know or sign up on the sheet outside the Guidance Base.  If you would like further information, please see Mrs Brandie.

Mrs Brandie



Can the named pupil please come to the school office at breaktime today.

Mrs Davidson



3 sets of keys have been found.  Please see Mrs Razavi in the office if you think they may be yours.



On Friday 25 October there will be a whole school fancy dress/costume day. All students and teachers are welcome to dress up as best as they can, as there will be prizes for the best costumes, including a separate prize for the best teacher. The S6 Social Committee will judge all the best entries at break time in the assembly hall. If you want to take part in this day and dress up, you are required to bring in £1 which will be collected during registration.

S6 Social Committee                                                                                                                                                                         



On the whole behaviour this term has been respectful and constructive and many of you are keen to engage and learn. Thank you for you positive contributions to the ethos of the school.

Would students also please note the following:

  1. Punctuality to school still remains a problem for some and a small number of students are failing to complete the detentions given on a Friday for arriving late before school or after lunch. From return after the October break failure to do a late detention will result in it doubling for the next Friday. If that is not completed a SMT detention for an hour after school will be given and a letter will be sent home.
  2. Out of class: Students who are sent out of class must complete their detention on the Friday of that week unless they have a reasonable excuse and a confirmation from parents. From return after the October break, failure to complete the detention will see an SMT detention issued for one hour after school and a letter sent home.
  3. In any situation where a student fails to do a SMT detention given for failure to complete a normal Friday detention more serious sanctions may follow and will be discussed with Parents.
  4. Uniform – the vast majority of students are in correct uniform but a small minority of students are still wearing leggings or non-uniform items without bringing a note from home and obtaining a uniform note from the office. A few students have been excused for some items for specific health reasons.

There will be a uniform blitz after the October break and from then on students who fail to bring a note from home or obtain a uniform note from the office will receive a Friday detention for 15 minutes

Uniform issues are recorded by the office and continual disobedience over uniform will result in contact with parents.

Thanks you for your cooperation on these matters.

Mr Biddick



Senior students who go out volunteering to primaries, etc, must remember to complete the necessary form (available from school office).  This should then be returned to Mrs Davidson in the office.  Thank you.

Guidance Staff



Prom has been confirmed for 5 June 2020 at SKYBar Edinburgh, within the DoubleTree by Hilton. Deposits of £10 are required from S6 students by 1 November at the latest, and they should be handed into the office. Subsequent payments will be spread over the following few months. The total cost of the ticket will be £50 and you can pay fully if you would like instead of paying in instalments. The cost of the ticket includes a 3 course meal, DJ, red carpet, and a free mocktail. All teachers should have now received their invitations by email. Students who left at the end of S5 will be officially invited by the school, but people who have not attended the school are not allowed.

S6 Social Committe

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