Parents’ Association

************************************The next PA meeting****************************

The next PA meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday 5 December 2019 at the school (tea, coffee, chat available from 6.45 p.m.). All parents and carers are very welcome. The agenda will be posted here when it is available.

*****************************************2019 AGM**********************************

We had a successful AGM on 1st October at which Pauline Pender became the new Chair, Sharon Bravey the new Treasurer and Jill Doyle took over as 50:50 club organizer. No-one has yet volunteered to take over as Vice Chair so, if you think you could take this on, please email the PA at penicuikhspa@gmail.com. Thanks! More details of the meeting can be found in the Minutes.

************************************The last PA meeting*****************************

The last meeting of the PA was  on Thursday 5 September 2019. The meeting was well attended and was largely devoted to an update from Craig Biddick (Interim Acting Head Teacher) and a discussion of ways that parents can help with tackling issues that parents have raised  More details of the meeting can be found in the Minutes.

***********************************Future PA meetings******************************

Dates of the 2019/20 PA meetings are:

Thur 05 Dec
Wed 29 Jan
Wed 25 Mar
Thur 7 May

All meetings are held in the Head Teacher’s office at the school. Enter by the right-hand door (facing the school). Press the bell for the janitor if the door is closed. Turn right inside the school and the Head Teacher’s office is at the end of the corridor on the right. All meetings start at 7.00 p.m. with tea /coffee /chat available from 6.45 p.m.

************Connect workshopHelping to Support Your School’ ****************

Connect (the new name for the Scottish Parent Teacher Council) hosted a workshop at Penicuik High School on Wednesday 22nd May 2019 on ‘Helping to Support Your School’.  At the workshop it was highlighted that research has shown that children do better at schools where parents /carers are actively engaged in the life of the school. One of the most useful hand-outs provided at the event was a list of ways in which parents /carers can be actively involed and engaged with schools. We hope that the Parents’ Association and the school can implement some of the ideas on this list that are not already in place.

**************************************Parents’ Issues*******************************

In March /April 2019 parents were asked to raise issues that they would like to be addressed. Lots of issues were raised. Craig Biddick (Interim Acting Head Teacher) discussed these with parents at PA meetings and has produced written responses.

***********Could you help pupils improve students’ employability skills?*************

From Mrs Brandie, Principlal Teacher Guidance (m.brandie@mgfl.net) (17 January 2019)

‘As part of the employability work at the school we are looking for parents /carers who would be willing to act as Business Mentors to some of our senior students. This would involve meeting the student every 4 – 6 weeks and assisting with interview skills, applications etc.

We are also looking for parents/carers who would be willing to participate in our Business Breakfast programme where volunteers would speak to interested groups of students about their job /career area. If you are able to support us with either of these ventures or would like further information, please get in touch with me at the school.’

**************************Help needed for Duke of Edinburgh Award***************

Due to the funding cuts to the Outdoor Support from Midlothian Council, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme at the school desperately needs parental input if it is to continue.

We are looking for:

  • Adult volunteers who hold outdoor activity qualifications to help on trips.
  • Adult volunteers who are happy in an outdoor environment to help on trips to ensure that the young adult : adult ratio is met.
  • Parents who can source funding and /or essential equipment for DoE participants.

If you are able to help in any of these areas please contact Mr Merson (r.merson@mgfl.net)

****************************PA rep(s) needed on Eco-committee********************

If you have a bit of spare time during the day, and have an interest in the environment, then Penicuik High school could really do with your help.
The Eco-committee is made up of pupils and teachers and exists to promote environmental education and sustainability in the school. The areas they tackle include waste minimisation, litter, greening the school grounds, sustainable energy use, health & wellbeing, water use, biodiversity, transport, food & the environment and global citizenship. The Eco-committee is looking for one, or more, parents /carers /grand parents to represent the Parents Association on the committee. If you might be interested, please contact Alison MacFadyen (a.macfadyen@mgfl.net) to find out more about what is involved.

***************Curriculum /exam system /skills information ********************

Parents and carers were invited to an Information Evening on Tuesday 8 January 2019. Mr Jamieson (Deputy Head Teacher) provided a brief overview of the secondary curriculum and the place of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) exam system within it. More detailed information was provided by the PHS SQA link, and by colleagues from Skills Development Scotland and the Schools College Partnership to highlight the broadening range of pathways for pupils as they move through S4-6. Click on the links above to see the PowerPoint presentations.

Some useful websites:

www.myworldofwork.co.uk    www.edinburghcollege.ac.uk   www.ucas.com

     www.apprenticeships.scot        www.volunteermidlothian.org.uk

Also see the page on Careers information for parents on this website.

*************************************What we do*****************************************

The Parents’ Association exists to represent the parents and carers of pupils at Penicuik High School. Our aim is to support the work of the school to ensure that Penicuik High School can provide the best education possible for our children. We do this by encouraging parents to become involved in the life of the school, by Raising Funds to support school activities and by representing the views of parents.

There are lots of ways that parents, carers (or even grand parents) can get involved so please come along to a meeting, offer your support in any way you can and give us your ideas and feedback. You can do this at a meeting, via the school office, by joining the Penicuik High School Parents Association Facebook group or by emailing us at penicuikhspa@gmail.com.

Current office holders are: Helen Armstrong (Chair), Jenny Sprott (Vice Chair), Pauline Wighton Pender (Treasurer), Gillian Shepherd (50:50 club), Julie Begbie (Facebook group administrator) and Rowena Robbie (PA rep on Eco-committee).

To see our full remit and details of how we work see our constitution

Minutes of previous meetings

Financial reports

*****************************Membership of Connect***********************************

The Parents’ Association is a member of Connect (formerly the Scottish Parent Teacher Council). Connect is a national membership organisation and charity for parents and carers with children at school. Their remit is to support their members, gather parents’ views and experiences and encourage and shape high quality family engagement in childresn’s education. The Parents’ Association’s membership fee is paid annually by Midlothian Council. Midlothian Council also pays for the PA to be insured through Connect for a range of activities. Connect organizes a number of training courses and events that are open to all parents and carers of pupils at Scottish schools.

Connect PA insurance cover 19-20

Connect membership certificate 19-20

Connect about membership 19-20

Connect membership form 18-19