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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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:
STUDENT COVID 19 SURVEY
- Your health and Wellbeing
- Your learning
PARENT COVID 19 SURVEY
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
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
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.
Please click on this link for the latest update: Parent update 11-6-20
Please click on this link: MidlothianPromise
Mr Craig Biddick
Acting Head Teacher
Please click on links below for more information.
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Acting Head Teacher
Please click on the link below for a letter regarding our P7 transition. Thank you.
Depute Head Teacher
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.
S6 PROM NEWS
Please click on link below to see letter from Miss Lyon regarding the S6 Prom. Thank you.
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.
- 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.
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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.
Thank you for your support.
PenicuikHS_Review of 2016 (Movie)