Each year in April/May the Advanced Higher Biology class is invited to The Roslin Institute for a Friday afternoon. The visit supports the Cell and Molecular Biology unit of the Advanced Higher Biology course. During the visit we meet research scientists for an informal chat and have a tour of some of the labs. The students find out about some of the research projects in those labs. and are encouraged to get a hands on experience and ask questions. For example the students gain an understanding of the use of modern DNA technology and microscopy in helping us understand more about the development of the embryo.
On Wednesday 1st June, S3 Standard Grade Geography pupils took part in the annual field trip to Stirling. Two buses of pupils and six staff participated in a number of activities throughout the day. The weather as always was a bit wet, but good fun was had by all.
Stirling and the surrounding area are a perfect location to bring to life many concepts studied in Standard Grade Geography. For example, the River Forth, industrial estates, the new farmers market and Stirling itself, as an example of a market town. This year, for the first time we had the opportunity to watch a live cattle auction, which the pupils really enjoyed!
On Monday evening, about 100 of Calum’s friends met outside the school and walked up to the Crags where he fell. We then sat there in complete silence for a good 3 hours, crying. Some sky lanterns were then lit in his honour. The 6th years are planning on buying a plaque for Calum for the school and for the family. Attached is a photo of us all at Salisbury Crags. We have asked that this photo to be posted on the school website so that Calum’s friends and family know that we are all there supporting each other.
Words can’t describe the feeling on Monday night when we were all up the hill, but it was quite specatacular to see everyone supporting each other and grieving for Calum together. He will be so badly missed.
This year, Primary 7 pupils will visit the High School on Wednesday 22nd June and Thursday 23rd June.
To help us settle them in, all pupils in S2 – S6 should report at 9.30am for registration on Wednesday 22nd June. Thank you for your cooperation.
The School community is shocked and saddened by the tragic and untimely death of one of our S6 pupils, Calum Veitch.
Calum was an able student and an extremely talented sportsman. He will be remembered for his kindness and his warm and open personality, which made him an extremely popular and respected young man here at Portobello High School.
The school and the local community have lost a very special person. We are deeply saddened by this loss. Our thoughts are with his family.