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S1 Homework Support Evening

S1 parents/carers are invited to a Homework Support Evening on Tuesday 22nd November. This will take place in the main hall at Portobello High School, starting at 7pm and finishing at approximately 8pm.

 

Click the link below to see the letter sent home with more details of this event.

 

S1 Homework Support Letter (PDF)

S2 Business Enterprise

On 25th October, a group of S2 pupils had a really interesting visit to State Street in Edinburgh who hosted an S2 business enterprise project for us.

 

The pupils were split into groups of 6-8. They were given limited materials to create towers. They had to first design a tower and make their towers using only what was on the table. They then took them through to another ‘buyers’ room who examined and offered them a price for their towers and paid them accordingly. They were then instructed to make more towers. They had to use the money they made to purchase more implements to build their towers, making sure they made a profit.

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Blood Donations

On 14th September 2011, S6 and staff had the opportunity to visit the ‘blood mobile’, parked in the school grounds.

 

23 new donors were amongst the 45 people who attended and 35 successful donations were given. A return visit will take place on Wednesday 14th March when all staff and S6 pupils over 17 years of age will be invited along.

John Muir Award Expedition

The S2 John Muir group went out on their first big expedition on Wednesday 28th September.  The group of 11 students and 2 teachers (Mrs Falconer and Mr Saddler from Geography and Biology Departments) walked from Aberlady to Gullane along the coastal path in East Lothian.  The weather was perfect and the young people learnt so much on their journey.

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Local Fieldwork in Portobello

S3 Standard Grade Geography classes spent all their lessons last week outside in the sunshine!

 

Pupils were involved in finding out about their local area, tackling some simple gathering techniques in the field.  Pupils completed a traffic and pedestrian count, a land use survey from the school to the beach and a shopping survey in the High Street.  Pupils will also be completing a fieldsketch and environmental quality survey in their home area as a homework exercise.

 

This will help support our young people with the enquiry skills aspect of the course, which is worth 60% of their grade in the Standard Grade exam. We had perfect weather and pupils behaviour was excellent – well done everyone!