Student Newsletter Monday 11 November 2019

REMEMBERANCE ASSEMBLY – TODAY

Please note that these will now occur as HOUSE Assemblies.

8:30 am – 9:00 am              Clerk Maxwell

9:00 am – 9:30 am               Liddell

This is a special assembly that requires respect and maturity. Please take the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifice made.

Mr Biddick

 

TO THE OFFICE

Can the named pupils please come to the office at breaktime today, thank you.

Mrs Davidson

 

VOCAL GROUP

Vocal group is cancelled this Monday. We will be back on Monday 18 November. Please make sure you have listened to the recordings and learnt your part.

Mrs McIntosh

 

 

CALLING ALL S1 – S3 PUPIL VOICE REPRESENTATIVES

We have our first meeting on Tuesday 12 November, at the start of period 2 in Room 26. This will last approximately 15 minutes to introduce ourselves and get to know you. Bring along some ideas of issues you would like to discuss. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Pupil Voice Captains

 

RIGHTS RESPECTING SCHOOL CLUBS FAIR

Many thanks to the student members of the RRSA group who helped to organise last Wednesday’s Clubs Fair and to all the student volunteers who promoted the various clubs with such enthusiasm. Thanks also to everyone who signed up.

Remember, the Clubs Fair was to promote Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that

“All children have the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities”

So get involved, learn something new and make new friends!

Mr MacAndrew

 

SKILLS SCOTLAND EVENT S4 – S6

The Skills Scotland event takes place on Thursday 14 November at the Royal Highland Centre.  This is for all students in S4 – S6 who are thinking of leaving school to go to college, enter employment or look for modern apprenticeships.  If you are interested in attending, please collect a permission form from The Guidance Base.

Mrs Brandie 

 

ALL  S4 PUPILS USING ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT ARRANGEMENTS OR  IT DURING PRELIM EXAMINATIONS

Your individual timetable will be ready for collection on TUESDAY.  Please ensure that you come into the SfL Department to collect it at break or lunchtime on this day. Thank you

Mrs Edge-Loake

 

MICRO-TYCO CHALLENGE

Mr Connolly’s S3 Business class are taking part in a national enterprise challenge throughout November.  Keep your eyes and ears open as a series of announcements are expected about sales of a wide range of products – some with a Christmas theme!  Stalls will appear in school at break and lunch times.

Mr Connolly

 

MISSING/TRUANTING

Over the last few days there have been a number of students leaving classes without permission and truanting. This shows a complete lack of self-respect and respect for staff and will be dealt with firmly by Senior management.  If you leave a class you must have permission and an out of class pass. Students found in corridors without a clear reason will be sent to Senior Management.  If you have a time out card and use it to leave a class you must report to the correct place and staff member at all times.

Mr Biddick

 

FRIENDS OF RSA SCHOOLS ART AWARD 2019 COMPETITION

The Schools’ Art Award competition organised by the RSA Friends (Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture) is now once again open. There is no theme and the emphasis is on skills of technique, observation and interpretation. In particular, the judges will award prizes for work that displays creativity and originality.

There are 3 categories: Junior (S1 & S2), Intermediate (S3 & S4), Senior (S5 & S6).

There are various prizes and certificates awarded.  If you wish to enter please see the Art Department for more information…closing date is the beginning of March 2020.

Many thanks

Ms J Dixon

 

MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS CAKE AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

OPEN TO S4-S6 AND STAFF

It will last about 4 weeks starting Tuesday 19/11/19 3.30pm (for about an hour)

week 1 make cake 19/11

week 2 feed cake (you can at lunch time or break for this week)

week 3 add marzipan to cake 3/12

Week 4 add white sugar paste and decorate 10/12

If interested come see Miss Gungui for more information at lunch time 1pm Tuesday 12/11/19 room 15

Ms Gungui

 

BARCELONA TRIP S4-S5

Calling all S4-S5 pupils! A trip will be running from 15-18 June 2020 to Barcelona.

The trip will be for 4 days and 3 nights and will be flying from Edinburgh to Barcelona.  We’ll be visiting the ancient Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and will have an opportunity to visit Las Ramblas and enjoy traditional Spanish tapas. We will be also have a guided tour of Camp Nou, visit Gaudi’s Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. To top off the trip, we will visit Port Adventura Water/Theme Park. The trip will cost £625 in total.  Letters will be handed out in registration so if you are interested, take a letter and have your deposit and permission form in by Wednesday 27 November. There are only 35 spaces available.

Miss Tavakoli

 

THE ROTARY CLUB OF PENICUIK- YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER COMPETITION

Would you like to take part in The Rotary Club of Penicuik photograph competition?

You need to produce a portfolio of 3 photographs (colour or black and white) based upon the theme “Through My Eyes”. Print should be submitted separately and each print (including any mount) should not be larger than A4 size – you don’t need to have a camera as mobile phones may be used.  Closing date is fast approaching – 28 November 2019– so get snapping those shots!  If interested please see the Art Department for more information…  Many thanks.

Ms Dixon

 

MIDLOTHIAN CAREERS EVENT

Young people in Midlothian and their families are being invited to a special event to find out more about opportunities in the construction and engineering industry.

The Midlothian Industry Insight Event is being held on Wednesday, November 20, at Newbattle Community Campus, 4.30-6.30pm. It is aimed at young people from S3 and above who have an interest in or want to find out more about construction and engineering.The event has been organised by Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and Midlothian Council, and is also open to parents and educational staff.

A whole range of occupations come under the term ‘construction and engineering’ including: engineer, joiner, electrician, stone mason, architect, CAD technician and plant operator.Cllr Jim Muirhead (Lab), cabinet member for education, said: “I would urge young people and their parents to come along to this event and find out more about the variety of jobs and careers that exist in construction and engineering.   “This is a growing sector in Scotland so it is crucial our young people are prepared to take advantage of this.”

Transport can be provided if required to and from the school the young person attends. Arrangements can also be made for their parents or carers to travel with them if desired.

For more information on this event, contact the regional DYW team by email at DYW@edinburghchamber.co.uk or by calling 0131 221 2999 (Option 9).

 

 

EDINBURGH COLLEGE OPEN EVENINGS FOR S3-6

There are three Edinburgh College Open Evenings coming up which you may be interested in attending. These are targeted at 3 distinct groups as follows:

  • S4-S6 Leavers who are interested in college either as a preferred destination or back up pathway to University and may wish to attend with parents/carers
  • S3/S4 pupils who may benefit from earlier engagement with college through their SCP (School College Partnership) Programme
  • S3-S5 pupils who want to explore SCP & FA (Foundation Apprenticeship) pathways.

These events are open to all pupils, parents & carers on the following dates:

  • Thursday 28/11/19 at Sighthill Campus from 4pm-6.30pm
  • Tuesday 03/12/19 at Granton Campus from 4pm-6.30pm
  • Thursday 30/01/20 at Milton Road Campus from 4pm-6.30pm

On the day you should expect tailored presentations from College staff on their curriculum & pathways as well as information sessions with curriculum and campus tours on request.  Current SCP/FA students should already be on campus on each of these dates and are welcome to attend the open evening events to explore options after their SCP course finishes (transport permitting).

NB Please let Ms McLennan know if you plan to stay on and therefore DO NOT wish to get your usual taxi back to Penicuik after your course finishes.  Please go along if you are interested in finding out more about college.

The Guidance Team

 

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