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Zoolab visited S2

Zoolab visited S2 classes studying the rainforest in Geography yesterday and today, using hands-on experiences with creatures to teach about complex rainforest ecosystems.

Casper the snake was a particular favourite, seen here getting up close and personal with some brave learners!

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Career Ready Programme – March 2016

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Congratulations to Stephanie McLaughlin (left in photo), Chloe McDowell (right in photo) and Aimee McCaldin who recently graduated from Career Ready programme. They have done amazingly well in this programme and have made links with people from the world of work, forging strong relationships with their mentors. They all had the opportunity to undertake a 4 week paid internship during last summer, Stephanie and Aimee at Scottish Government and Chloe at Standard Life. Unfortunately Aimee McCaldin was not able to attend the ceremony and she has been successful in taking up a Modern Apprenticeship in Scottish Government.

This programme is an amazing opportunity, putting students directly in touch with employers from all areas of work. Whatever you want to do with your life, Career Ready can give you the skills and experience you need to get the career you want.

Starting in S5 and continuing in to S6, we offer students a structured programme of masterclasses, workplace visits and mentoring that fit around your school studies, as well as a paid four week summer internship between S5 and S6. Forget traditional ‘work experience’, this is your chance to become a valued team member, put the skills you’re learning into practice and find out what work’s really all about.

If you are in S5 and are planning to stay on at school until the end of S6 and interested in coming on board go along and see Mrs Scott. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about this programme during the induction days.


Technical issue with a number of S3 Reports

There is a technical issue with a number of S3 reports affecting Design & Manufacture and Fashion and Textiles and a small number of Maths classes

We are waiting for a solution to this problem and will re-issue the affected reports as soon as possible with all the teacher comments included


Congratulations to the following girls who have all completed the Skills for Work Hairdressing : National 5.

  • Kasia Budoran
  • Melissa Caldwell
  • Louise Fairholm
  • Nicole Hewitt
  • Kirsten McCauley
  • Chloe Maley
  • Shannon Myers
  • Taylor Robertson




Battlefields Tour – 2017

The deadline for deposits for the Battlefields Tour has been extended to 27th June

A few days out of school for a life-changing experience…..

Open to ALL current S2 pupils

Subsidised spaces and alternative payments arrangements available – Contact Mrs Philp for details


The Southern France trip is back!

From Thursday 22nd June 2017 – Friday 30th June 2017 you have the opportunity to embark upon an exciting adventure where you will descend the beautiful Ardeche river in a canoe and windsurf, sail, swim and ride a banana boat in the warm waters of Mimosa beach!

If you’re interested in this trip then please see Mr Aitken (PE Department) and put your name down on the list. Due to the popularity of this trip there will be a random draw made to secure places as this is the fairest way. The cost of the trip is £675 and is paid up in monthly instalments.


Sports Personality of the Year Award

We had our first ever Sports Personality of the Year Award on 22nd April 2016.  We were blown away by the number and variety of achievements our pupils both in school and out in the wider community (and by community – in some instances, I mean World stage!).  All pupils made a real effort and certainly met the brief of ‘Smart / Awards Ceremony Dress’.

Thank you to all teachers and students involved on the night and to all the coaches / volunteers that commit to endless hours to give our pupils the opportunity to excel in their chosen sport / activity.

Meaningful May Programme – Shark Week


As part of Shark Week, students will be taking part in a trip to Deep Sea World.

Any student participating in this programme who has not received a form should see Miss Kaur in 507 as soon as possible. Forms should be returned by Wednesday, 11th May 2016.


PHS Celebration Weekend – 4th June 2016 – C of E Basketball Club event

City of Edinburgh Basketball Club have been based at Portobello High School for over 2 decades and will be taking part in the Farewell Celebration weekend.

On Saturday, 4th June they will be hosting a day of basketball in the Games Hall as players from past and present take part in a mixed team tournament.  There will be “I Played at Porty” t-shirts available to purchase on the day and the Club hopes you will join them for a day of basketball, fun and memories.

Entry is free and the first game will tip off at 10 a.m. with the final starting at 6 p.m.


S2 – Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • Up for a challenge?
  • Fancy an adventure?
  • Meet new people and learn new things?

Duke of Edinburgh might be for you!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Duke of Edinburgh award, come along to a meeting in room 219 at lunchtime on Thursday, 12th of May at 1:15.

See Miss Taylor in Languages or Miss Willis in Art if you are interested but can’t make the meeting and collect an application letter.