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Weekly Update, 24 March 2017

Inspection of Portobello High School
We would like to thank all those pupils, parents and partners who contributed to our inspection process this week. The team from Education Scotland enjoyed finding out about the work of the school and meeting our staff and young people. It is expected that their report will be published by the end of May and copies will be sent to all parents.

Spring Concert
Thursday evening saw our annual Spring Concert with a wide variety of very high quality performances from groups and soloists and some dodgy jokes from our guest compere! Once again, the talent of our young people and the standard of musical instruction in the school made for a very entertaining evening. Thanks to all performers and also to the Parent Council and FTT department for refreshments.

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Young Consumer of the Year Scottish Final Winners
It is with great pride that we announce Portobello High School as the winners of the Scottish Final of Young Consumers of the Year Competition.  The final was held in Scottish Parliament on Wednesday evening and was attended by representatives from Consumer groups, MSPs and supporters.  Against tough competition from Douglas Academy and Ayr Academy, our team made up of Pippa Watson, Roy Urquhart, Jessie Hardie and Alexander Fraser came from behind to have a staggering win. Well done to all involved!

Football Success
TeamsPorty have enjoyed further success this week after our Under 16 Boys Football team were announced as Lothian Schools League Champions. Congratulations to the boys, coaches and supporters.

Teacher Haircut
Well done to Mr Christie from our CDT department who raised around £200 for Comic Relief by selling raffle tickets to allow someone to cut his hair. Jenna McMahon of S5 was the Demon Barber of Portobello and styled Mr Christie’s locks into a fetching mullet with quiff!

Torness Power Station Visit
46 S3 pupils had a fascinating visit to Torness Power Station this week. This trip was organised by our Head Boy, Roy Urquhart, who is passionate about Science and was keen to share an experience he had enjoyed with others.

New Lanark Trip
Our New Lanark Trip for S3 also took place this week with more than thirty S3 History pupils enjoying the opportunity to see the Annie McLeod experience, the workings of a factory and the living conditions of people in the 19th Century. They also had the chance to look at education at that time and decided they preferred modern approaches to teaching and learning!

Spring Concert

The school’s Spring Concert is on Thursday 23rd March, in the school hall, starting at 7pm. Tickets cost £6 & £3 (concession). 

Participating Groups will include: Wind Band, String Orchestra, Ceilidh Band, Jazz Band, Samba Band, Vocal Ensembles, Small Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, ‘Cello Ensemble and various solo items.


This trip is open to all S3 History students. Find out what it was like to work in the mills of New Lanark in the 19th century. Take a trip on the Annie McLeod experience and discover what her life was like; explore the old school room; feast your eyes on the sweets and souvenirs in the original tuck shop.

When: Monday 20th March, all day.

How much: £9

Collect a letter and consent form from your history teacher. Forms should be returned with full payment to Mr Mackenzie by Monday 13th March. SPACES ARE LIMITED. If you are having difficulty meeting the cost of this trip please speak to your teacher ASAP.

History Department

Portobello HS Sports Personality of the Year 2017

After last year’s success we will be holding our SPOTY Awards night on Friday 21st April 2017. We are asking for the support of parents/guardians to ensure that all pupils’ successes can be recognised and ask that either you or your child does the following:

If you have competed in your sport regionally, nationally or internationally – or you have played sport for a professional club – in the last 12 months, we require one of the slips (below) completed and returned to the PE department so that your sporting achievements can be celebrated on the night. The deadline for this is Friday 10th March.

Sports Personality Achievement Slips

S2 Parents’ Consultation Evening, 28 February

Parents will have an opportunity to meet teachers of S2 pupils on Tuesday 28 February 2017 from 4.30 – 7.00pm to discuss progress at this stage of the school year. Please also note, we are introducing a new online booking system for this and all subsequent parents’ evenings.

Click HERE to read more information about the evening and the new booking system.