Parents’ Association

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

The next PA meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 26th March 2019 in room 3 at the school (tea, coffee, chat available from 6.45 p.m.). All parents and carers are very welcome.

****************************Helping to Improve Your School ***********************

Connect (the new name for the Scottish Parent Teacher Council) will be hosting a free seminar /discussion at Penicuik High School on Wednesday 22nd May from 7 – 9 p.m. in room 18. Refreshments will be available from 6.45 p.m. This event is open to parents /carers /teachers from all schools in Penicuik, both primary and secondary. More information about the event and how to book can be found here. Plesae do book your place and come along.

**********************Can you help on S2 trip to Careers hive?*********************

Can you help on an S2 trip to the Careers Hive at the National Museum of Scotland on Tuesday 26th February 2019? The school needs 8 teachers /parents /carers to accompany the S2 pupils but, especially since a few staff are off sick, it is hard for them to spare 8 teachers. If you would be able to help please email Ellie Campbell (e.campbell@mgfl.net).  It would be from 08.30 to 15.30. Thanks!

***********Could you help pupils improve their 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.’

***************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.

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

The last meeting of the PA was  on Wednesday 30th January 2019. Highlights were:
1. We will ask Connect (formerly the Scottish Parent Teacher Council) to run one of their evening (2 hour) training sessions on ‘Helping to Improve Your School’ in the summer term. This would be for Penicuik High parents /carers as well as parents /carers from feeder schools and possibly also other schools in Penicuik. It would be for between 10-20 people.
2. We had feedback on the information evening on ‘Pathways through School’.
3. We will be printing 1,000 leaflets decribing what the PA does and with 50/50 club forms on the back. This will be taken to school events involving parents.
4. We agreed to spend £142 to buy 25 Penicuik High School swimming caps for the swimming team. These should last several years.
5. We hope to help the school to buy new Chrome books. We requested an idea of needs and costs.
6. Four PA members volunteered to help with the recruitment of a new Head Teacher.

More details of the PA meeting can be found in the Minutes.

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

The last PA meeting in 2018/19 is on:
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.

**************************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.

*************************************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 18-19

Connect membership certificate 18-19

Connect about membership 18-19

Connect membership form 18-19