Parents’ Association

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

The next PA meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 27th November 2018 in room 3 at the school (tea, coffee, chat available from 6.45 p.m.). Here is the agenda. All parents and carers are very welcome.

**************************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 (

****************************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  the Annual General Meeting on 2nd October 2018.  Helen Armstrong, Pauline Pender and Gillian Shepherd were re-elected as Chair, Treasurer and 50/50 club co-ordinator respectively. Jenny Sprott was elected Vice Chair. Helen provided a summary of the year’s activities and outlined some issues to take forward into the next PA year. Pauline summarized the PA accounts. More information is available in the Minutes.

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

PA meetings in 2018/19 are 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), 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 18-19

Connect membership certificate 18-19

Connect about membership 18-19

Connect membership form 18-19