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MESSAGE FOR OUR STUDENTS FROM MR BIDDICK
Please click on this link: Final Leaflet Summer 2
Have a happy summer break.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS DURING SUMMER PERIOD

Since 24 March children have been receiving a free school meal through the provision of direct payments, home deliveries and provision in educational or early year’s settings. Midlothian Council have agreed to continue to provide free school meal provision as a BACS payment over the summer to our  most vulnerable families due to the increased range of people facing new or continuing barriers to accessing food including due to reduced income. If you have been receiving a packed lunch delivery your school or nursery will contact you to make arrangements for payments. Parents currently receiving BACS will continue to do so and no action is required.

Payments will made 4 weekly, in advance from Friday 26.6.20.   This payment method will remain in place until national guidance on the reopening of schools and return to the new normal is confirmed.  Please email any enquiries to education-covid19@midlothian.gov.uk.

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer

Urgent Action: Parental Survey Required by Tuesday 23 June at 5pm

Midlothian Education Authority has asked us to urgently send out the following survey to all parents/carers in order to gain important information prior to the holiday break in relation to:

  • Key workers and status of parents and carers
  • Availability of devices
  • Experiences of home learning
  • School transport

I am aware that we have another survey out which may overlap in some theme areas but they are quite different in focus and the nature of the questions and I would respectfully ask all parents/carers to complete both Surveys.

Please note this brief survey closes on Tuesday 23 June at 5 pm

Here is the LINK – please copy and paste into toolbar:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/mc-parent-survey/

The survey sent out on Tuesday 16 June with a health and wellbeing/teaching and learning focus closes at midnight on Friday 3 July 2020.

Thank you again for your continued support in these matters.

Mr C Biddick

Acting Head Teacher

 

PARENT/CARER UPDATE 16 JUNE 2020

Please click on the following links:

Parents and Carers 160620

5 ways to well being adults

5 ways to well being young people

Thank you.

 

 

STUDENT COVID 19 SURVEY

Dear Student
We are carrying out a review to help us determine out the impact of the Covid 19 lockdown phase on students. The survey covers 2 aspects relating to how the current period of extended school closure has affected:
  • Your health and Wellbeing
  • Your learning
As you will know, Scottish Government has since announced that schools will reopen to learners in August. However, due to safety regulations, young people will continue to learn at home for part of the school week using digital learning technologies (blended learning).
The Covid 19 survey will help us understand what works well and also what we need to improve so that we can continue to support all students.
You can help us by completing an online survey that gives you the opportunity to share your views.   Use the web link below to complete the online survey.  At the end of the survey you will have the opportunity to leave comments.  All responses are anonymous.
The survey must be completed by Friday 3 July 2020
Please copy this link
Learner survey link: https://ask.hashtag-learning.co.uk/surveys/cv4030/
Thank you for your support
Mr C Biddick | Head Teacher (Acting) | Penicuik High School

 

 

PARENT COVID 19 SURVEY

Dear Parent/Carer

We are carrying out a review to help us determine out the impact of the Covid 19 lockdown phase on students. The survey covers 2 aspects relating to your child’s education during the period of extended school closure:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Learning

Since the start of April, teaching and learning has been delivered through a range of digital platforms and teachers have used various communication technologies to maintain contact with children.  Scottish Government has since announced that schools will reopen to learners in August. When children return, in accordance with safety protocols, a blended learning approach will be used to facilitate part-time attendance. This means that children and young people will continue to learn at home using digital learning technologies for part of the school week.

Our staff are responding to the challenge by preparing a program of resources and approaches that support blended learning. The Covid 19 survey will help us understand what works well and also what we need to improve. It will help us determine the best tools and resources to ensure that young people engage fully in learning during this period. It will also help us understand the impact on childrens’ health and wellbeing arising from extended absence from school and how we can continue to support all our students.

You can help us by completing an online survey that gives you the opportunity to share your views.   Use the web link below to complete the online survey.  At the end of the survey you will have the opportunity to leave comments.  All responses are anonymous.

PLEASE NOTE: A separate link for your student will be sent today as well with the same closing date. I would ask you to support them completing the student survey so we can capture the very important student voice

The survey must be completed by Friday 3 July.

Please copy this link

Parent/carer survey link: https://ask.hashtag-learning.co.uk/surveys/cv3030/

 

Thank you for your support

Mr C Biddick | Head Teacher (Acting) | Penicuik High School

LAW SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND – Virtual Summer School

The Law Society of Scotland is holding its first ever virtual summer school w/c 20 July 2020. The summer school will be a mixture of careers information, Street law lessons, activities and panel discussions.

This is a brilliant opportunity to find out more about a career in law, meet members of the legal profession and assist with university applications. Not to be missed!

To find out more about this opportunity click here.


PARENT/CARER UPDATE 11.06.20

Please click on this link for the latest update: Parent update 11-6-20

Thank you.

 

 

MIDLOTHIAN PROMISE

Please click on this link: MidlothianPromise

Mr Craig Biddick

Acting Head Teacher

RBS – Apprenticeship Opportunities/Social Mobility

Please click on links below  for more information.

RBS recruit in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Apprenticeship Opportunties 2020

Eligibility Criteria:

16-24 years old

Educated at a state school

  • You may have been entitled to Free School Meals or Pupil Premium at some point in your education (English schools)
  • For Customer Financial Services roles we are looking for young people with a passion for learning and helping customers have the best experience.  There is no minimum academic criteria although Maths and English GCSE in England and National 5 qualifications or Foundation Apprenticeships (not completed in 2020 due to Covid-19) in Scotland would be an advantage
  • For Software Developer and Data Analyst roles Level 4 in England and Level 6 in Scotland we are looking for young people who are passionate about digital, technology and innovation.  If you have experience of coding / programming this would be ideal for the software developer roles.  If you have an inquisitive mind and like to solve problems, investigate data / information, work with spreadsheets,  etc you would be ideally suited for the data analyst apprenticeship.  There is no minimum academic criteria for entry, however Level 3 qualifications (A level / BTEC) in England or Highers in Scotland would be an advantage.  
  • For Degree Apprenticeships the minimum academic criteria is 80 UCAS points (A levels or BTECs in England and Highers or equivalent in Scotland).

 

Attention new S5 and S6 students

Thinking of going to university?  You may be eligible to register with ACES and Reach.  Below is their eligibility criteria.

They will be holding our annual Parents & Carers Information sessions online during the week beginning 15 June, please click on link below for more details.

Parents information session flyer 2020

 

Eligibility criteria for Reach and ACES 

Pupils who meet one or more of the following criteria and attend a state secondary school are eiligible:

  • are care experienced; and/or
  • live in a postcode area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20) or 40% (SIMD40); and/or
  • are a young carer (by this we mean a young person who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support); and/or
  • are estranged from their family (estranged students are usually without the financial or emotional support of their family due to a breakdown in the relationship); and/or
  • are a refugee or asylum seeker; and/or
  • are entitled to or are in receipt of Free School Meals

If you have any questions on this, please speak to Mr Saffhill

 

NATIONAL PARENT FORUM OF SCOTLAND
Mr Biddick
Acting Head Teacher

 

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer

While we don’t endorse any company products, we are recommending students check out the following Scottish educational site ACHIEVE as an additional learning platform that may assist them at National 5 and Higher. It is currently free to register until December 2020

Regards
Craig Biddick
Head Teacher (Acting)
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Dear Student

ACHIEVE is a web-based service which supports students studying National 5 and Higher courses. We believe that this is a powerful tool to support your learning and will help you prepare for exams and other forms of assessment.

  • ACHIEVE breaks each N5 and Higher course down into topics.
  • Key concepts within each topic are explained & illustrated.
  • The program provides links to external websites for further study.
  • There are links to SQA past paper exam questions and solutions.

ACHIEVE also lets you carry out self-assessment to identify aspects of your course where you are confident and those where you need additional support.We recommend that students register for ACHIEVE by visiting:  https://letsachieve.co.uk/

N5 courses:  Chemistry, Physics, Biology, English, Maths, Business Management, Music, Computing Science, History, Geography, Modern Studies (Art and Design coming soon)

Higher courses:  Business Management, Computing Science, Music (coming soon English, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, Modern Studies)

 

 

 

 

Please click on link below for the latest update.  Thank you.

02 06 20 letter to parents

Mr C Biddick

Acting Head Teacher

 

UPDATE FOR PARENTS/CARERS – JUNE 2020

Please click on the link below for an update from Fiona Robertson Executive Director Children, Young People & Partnerships, for parents and carers.

Parents and Carers June 2020

Thank you.

Mr Biddick

Acting Head Teacher

 

 

P7 TRANSITION

Please click on the link below for a letter regarding our P7 transition.  Thank you.

P7 Transition Letter May 2020

Mrs Burgess

Depute Head Teacher

 

MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENTS
The staff of Penicuik High School have a message for our students.  Enjoy!
Please copy this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jk0J1LQkzo

 

HEAD TEACHER’S UPDATE – FRIDAY 15 MAY 2020
Please click on the link below for Mr Biddick’s latest update.  Thank you.
PARENT LETTER REGARDING SUMMER LEAVERS
Please click on the links below for information regarding summer leavers 2020.
Thank you.
Mr Biddick
Acting Head Teacher
HEAD TEACHER UPDATE
Please click on the link below for the latest update from Mr Biddick, Acting Head Teacher.  Thank you.
MIDLOTHIAN COUNCIL – COVID19 INFORMATION
Art and Design Estimates
As you will all be aware, for the Art Department, creating estimates at a distance for us is a challenging one, given that our evidence is 80% folio based.

In order to make the judging of estimates as accurate and fair as possible, Mr Biddick has agreed that your Art teachers will be able come into school to complete the estimates whilst actually looking at the folios.
So, in order to help us get the best possible idea of your estimate, it would be very helpful if you could return to school all folio work which you have at home.
It has been arranged that from 9am – 3pm during the week of 11-15 May only, you may bring work to the front door of the school main building (next to the Janitor’s office), ring the bell and leave, being clear about maintaining the social distancing guidelines.
Department staff will adhere to all current health and safety rules whilst in school.
Make sure all of your work is clearly named, and if possible in a folio.
Many thanks. 
Ms Dixon

 

S6 PROM NEWS

Please click on link below to see letter from Miss Lyon regarding the S6 Prom.  Thank you.

Prom New Date Letter

 

 

Recognising Pupils’ Examination Achievements

Midlothian Council’s response to SQA announcement April 2020

 

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has confirmed the process for determining 2020 results following the suspension of the normal examination diet due to COVID-19.

 

Senior pupils across Midlothian have been given assurances that fairness and integrity will be key when determining exam results this year.

 

The Scottish Qualifications Authority has this week issued guidelines and further details on the certification model for all pupils.

 

Underpinning the national approach will be three key principles.

 

These are:

  • Fairness to all learners
  • Safe and secure certification of our qualifications, while following the latest public health advice
  • Maintaining the integrity and credibility of the qualifications system, ensuring that standards are maintained over time, in the interests of learners.

 

The estimates from teachers or lecturers will be submitted to SQA by May 29.

 

Results are due to be issued on August 4.

 

After 4 August, a free appeals service will be available to schools and colleges, to allow them to request a review of the grade awarded for a learner or a group of learners

 

We appreciate your continued cooperation and support during these unprecedented times and ask that you do not contact your school regarding estimated grades. Parents and Pupils can find further details at https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/93920.html

 

The SQA have also outlined answers to a number of Frequently Asked Questions.

 

The SQA recommends that all learners sign-up to MySQA to receive their results by text and/or email. Any learner who has previously signed up to receive their results through MySQA will continue to do so, and the SQA are asking those learners to review their profile to make sure their contact details are up to date.

 

 

 

 

24/03/20 PARENTS AND STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE:

The School office is now CLOSED – Telephone calls to School may not always be answered.

For general queries and GLOW PASSWORD RESETS – Please Email:  penicuik_hs@midlothian.gov.uk

Craig Biddick

Head Teacher (Acting)

 

 

 

 

To all Penicuik  Students and Parents

We are carrying out a review of the curriculum at Penicuik to see how well it meets the needs of students.   We want to know if changes should be made to the subjects and courses which students study and the timetable followed by teachers and learners.

This review is very important for the school and we want to find out the views of students and parents before we make decisions.  You can share your own experience of the curriculum at Penicuik by completing an online survey.

Use the appropriate web link below to complete the online survey.  At the end of the survey you will have the chance to leave comments.  All responses are anonymous.  The survey must be completed by Friday 6th December.

Pupil survey

Parent survey

Thank you for your support.

C. Biddick

Headteacher

PenicuikHS_Review of 2016 (Movie)

PenicuikHS_Review of 2016

Midlothian Festival of Music Nov 2016