Parents’ Association

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

The next PA meeting is on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 7 p.m. in room 3 at the school.

***************Help urgently 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 (

******************************New Vice Chair needed for 2018/19*******************

Our Vice Chair, Jennifer Martin, is standing down at the end of this term. Please consider taking on this position. Jennifer will be happy to provide support as needed. Post holders will be appointed at the AGM on Tuesday 2nd October.

****************************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 ( to find out more about what is involved.

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

The last meeting of the PA was  on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. On the Agenda was a discussion of the future of the Duke of Edinburgh awards. More information is available  in the Minutes.

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

PA meetings in 2018/19 will be on:

Wed 5 Sep 2018
Tues 2 Oct (AGM) 2018
Tues 27 Nov 2018
Wed 30 Jan 2019
Tues 26 Mar 2019
Wed 1 May 2019

All meetings are held in room 3 at the school. Enter by the right-hand door (facing the school). Press the bell for the janitor if the door is closed. Room 3 is straight on, second door on the right. All meetings start at 7.00 p.m. with tea /coffee /chat available from 6.45 p.m.

*************************************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

Current office holders are: Helen Armstrong (Chair), Jennifer Martin (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