Distance Learning Updates

The first week of digital learning has proven to be a learning curve for both staff and students but it has been fantastic to see large numbers of our students log in and access their learning!  We have seen wonderful interactions in Google Classroom and, while both Glow and Google Classroom, have been temperamental at times, it feels like we are now settling into a more settled routine.

Feedback from families

Guidance and Support for Learning staff have been checking in with students and families and some of the feedback has shown that the shift to online learning has been challenging for some students and their families.  Staff are now working towards creating a schedule that will allow us to balance the work set online to be make it manageable for all our young people, particularly where devices are being shared within families.  Pupil Support staff will continue to make contact with families and we are in the process of widening the ways we can do this.  Please bear with us while we build up our methods of communication.

Free school Meals

School staff have been working with our colleagues in CLL this week to deliver free school meal packed lunches to our students who are entitled to them.  Midlothian Council have informed us that they are currently working on a system that will allow them to make direct payments to families who receive free school meals.  They hope that this will be in place in the next week and the packed lunch deliveries will continue until this is actioned. We will keep you informed of the progress with this.

Important things to remember

At this time of change we must remember that home learning is very different to learning in school where a lot of work takes place I groups and through discussion.  There is no expectation that students should to be following their normal school timetable at home and young people should work at a pace that suits them.  If you are struggling with work that has been set please ask your teacher for help!

The current situation has families adjusting to being in the same workspace over extended period. Below are some top tips for managing learning during this time. We are living in a time of information overload, particularly in relation to Covid-19; this can cause added anxiety and stress for some of our children and families, so remember: it is ok to stop and switch off.

Here are our recommendations;

  • Try to have a structure and a routine for the day
  • Pupils should work at a pace they and parents/carers feel comfortable with. Pupils should not feel they need to complete everything immediately
  • Due dates for assignments are set as a guide, if your son/daughter thinks they won’t complete the work by that date they can contact the teacher and let them know
  • Pupils can contact their teachers during ‘normal’ school times. They can do this privately by using the email facility in Microsoft teams or openly with all their peers in class on the general posts section for each of the class teams they are in
  • If you feel your son/daughter is not coping with the work it’s ok to reduce the amount of work they complete.
  • These are not normal circumstances and pupils should try to complete between 2 and 3 hours of work across the course of the day – again don’t panic if this is not possible
  • Learning can take many forms e.g. reading, cooking, exercise, listening to music etc. YouTube (if used well) is also a wonderful tool for learning!

Our lives just now are in a time of upheaval and spending family time together is important and reassuring. If your son/daughter is overwhelmed then take time out from their school work.

When we return to school, the staff will be working to make sure that the learning of all our young people are supported and will work closely with families to ensure this.

Senior Phase

Senior Phase students will be continuing with work normally completed in class on Google Classroom, Scholar or Microsoft Teams. We have shared with you already the most recent guidance issued by SQA and we are awaiting further clarification. This is a difficult time for students, particularly for those who have work in the school building that cannot be accessed by pupils or staff. We are currently gathering information from Principal Teachers to enable us to send you more information and clarify some of the frequently asked questions you are emailing us about. Please bear with us as this will inevitably change as time progresses.

There is also lots of information and learning activities on the BBC Bitesize website (link below) which senior phase students can also opt into.


Ongoing Communication

We will be regularly adding information to our school website, along with sending relevant information by email and text message.

If you have any questions or queries please contact us through the school email address penicuik_hs@midlothian.gov.uk and these will be directed to the most appropriate member of staff for a response.

We hope that all of our families can have a chance over the Easter break to relax and enjoy time together away from school work at a time when family is so important.


Student Newsletter 12 March 2020

MIDLOTHIAN’S YOUNG PEOPLE AWARD – see entrance TV for further details.



Any S4/5/6 pupil who still has difficulty accessing GLOW or Scholar, please come and get support TODAY, in room 38.  S4 period 5.  S5/6 period 6.  You need your GLOW password to access Google Classroom. Thank you.

Dr Alder 


S2 reports will be issued by Register Teachers tomorrow morning, Friday 13 March.

Mr Jamieson 


Activity booklets will be issued tomorrow morning at registration


Our annual Careers Convention will take place TONIGHT.  This is open to all S2 – S6 students along with their parents/carers.  Universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers, local employers and the armed forces will be attending.  This is a chance for you and your parents/carers to speak to representatives from various organisations about career pathways and future plans.  Tickets (free of charge) are now available from the Guidance Base.  One ticket per family.

Mrs Brandie


If for any reason you are waiting within the Guidance or Senior Management Offices you must follow all instructions from staff INCLUDING not using your mobile phone.

Failure to follow normal rules around phone use or to follow instructions will be dealt with firmly.

Thank you to the majority of students who continue to be respectful and follow the rules.

Mr Biddick



In order to protect all members of our school community could I respectfully ask that all students take note of the NHS advice on avoiding spread of any possible infection.

To protect yourself and others, it is best to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
  • Bin the tissue.
  • To kill germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel – 20 seconds/dry your hands
  • For the latest public information on coronavirus visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

PLEASE DO NOT share any food OR drink

Mr Biddick



A reminder to all teachers and students that this is the final week to bring in any new/ good quality used stationary to donate to Namadzi Community Day Secondary School. If you are unable to bring in any stationary please consider donating £1 to put towards posting the items to Malawi! Prince’s Trust students will be collecting registration classes donations Period 5 on Thursday. Thank you!

Miss Docherty













Day Date Time Subject Level
Thursday 12/03/2020 6pm Maths Higher

For more information on how to take part in upcoming sessions, please visit SCHOLAR’s Online Tutor SessionsPlease note that worksheets will be available and should be attempted before some sessions.  You can see regular updates via Twitter @SCHOLARuk and Facebook SCHOLARprogramme.

Dr Alder


Did you know that East Lothian and Midlothian High School pupils can enter the 2020 event for free?  MYPAS promotes the health and wellbeing of young people in East Lothian & Midlothian offering support to young people as they overcome Greater Challenges  – we recognise that young people running 5K or 10K is an Incredible Challenge so we want to help by making the event free to enter for them.

Young people can also compete for the 2020 school shields (Under 16 participation is the responsibility of the parent/carer signing consent).  To enter and for ‘conditions of entry’ please visit: www.Bluebelltrail.co.uk/schools PASSWORD: supportmypas

(Note: we will be checking with schools to ensure only school pupils are entitled to enter at no cost)

Ms Gungui




“Science Insights” is an exciting work experience programme from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Created for current S5 secondary school students (who are returning to school for S6), successful applicants will spend five days (Monday 27 to Friday 31 July inclusive) following a varied programme of activities on four different University of Edinburgh campuses, designed to give a real insight into research and work in biological, biomedical and animal sciences. To apply for a place, speak to Mr Saffhill.

Note that the closing date for applications is Monday 27 April and places will be assigned on the basis of the applications received as well as Widening Participation criteria – NOT on a “first come, first served” basis – by Friday 8 May.

Mr Saffhill




The School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh has an established annual ‘Planet Earth Distinguished Lecture Series’ where an internationally renowned scientist is invited to Edinburgh.  This year Prof Penny Holliday from the National Oceanography Centre will be delivering a public lecture on Wednesday 18

March 2020 at an evening reception at Dynamic Earth from 18:00 – 22:00.  The event will be of interest to pupils studying geography, computer science, biology, chemistry or physics.  To register, pupils should speak to Mr Saffhill. Please note that as this is an evening event, we recommend that younger pupils are accompanied by an adult.

Mr Saffhill



Student Newsletter – 18 September 2019


The Modern Languages Department is looking for all speakers of any other language apart from English.  If that is you then please come along to Mrs McEvoy’s room any lunchtime this week!


Young Adults Hurricane Book Club

Our school has been asked to be part of a trial of book club in Midlothian. It is open to S2 pupils and above. There are 2 books you would read – I Am Thunder By M Khan and Goodbye Perfect By S Bernard . You then review them. In addition, there would then be 2 after school meetings running 4pm to 5pm on the 5 November and the 21 November. So as well as reading the books there is a bit of extra commitment required because of the after school meetings. If anyone is interested please see Mr Smith in the Library. Thanks.


Our new Drama Club will start next Thursday, 19th September at 12.55 in the Old Gym. No experience necessary. All welcome. See Mr Laydon in Room 44 if you are interested.


Basketball Club for S3-S4 pupils will take place on a Thursday after school in the Games Hall (3:30-4:20) beginning again on Thursday 26 September.

Mr Hunter


Can all N5/ Higher pupils from last year please return any textbooks they may have at home ASAP. We are short of a number of resources and would appreciate these being returned.

Miss Docherty


Any keen dancers? Dance club will be starting Thursday 26 September after school in the old gym. Everyone is welcome, whether you are already a dancer or keen to start. S1 – S6 and boys and girls welcome! If you are interested, see Miss Tavakoli in Rm 26 this week.

Miss Tavakoli


The deadline for notifying the SQA of which pupils’ Art folios are to be returned is fast approaching (Wednesday 25 September). Could any pupils who wish their Art folio/s returned to them by the SQA please see Ms Dixon in the Art department for a letter. This letter and payment of £5 per folio should be returned to the Art department as soon as possible.  The last day payments will be accepted by the Art department is Friday 20 September.  Many thanks

Ms Dixon


Lockers are still available.  Please bring your signed slip + payment to the school office at breaktime.  Thank you.

Mrs Razavi



Penicuik High School is open today (Tuesday 6 March)

Penicuik High School is open to pupils and staff this morning.

All pupils who did not make it into school at 8:30am should report to their period 3 class at 11:00am. If you make it in before that, please make sure you sign in at the school office.

For more information, please visit Midlothian Council’s website.

School to re-open on Monday 5 March

Penicuik High School will re-open to pupils and staff on Monday 5 March.

S3 and S4 have an assembly on Monday morning, during registration, and should report to the hall at 8:30am.

Work is available for pupils by following the links in the menus above and is being updated on an ongoing basis, particularly with work for certificate classes.

Further details about the adverse weather can be found on the council’s twitter account and website.