Looking forward to welcoming pupils back for new term on Thursday this week.
On the evening of Friday, 11th December 2015, the Assembly hall was transformed into a sparkling cabaret venue to showcase the contestants in our annual ‘Porty does Strictly’ competition. This was the finale from a term of interdisciplinary learning work where pupils in all years across the school worked together on the project covering a range of learning experiences including dance, research, costume design and manufacture, learning about dance music and performance, interviewing skills,programme design, technology in media work and stage production skills.
14 couples, made up of both staff and pupils, danced the night away showing their skills in sexy Sambas, sizzling Salsas, cheeky Cha Chas and the odd Charleston, Paso or Jive. The enthusiastic audience were entertained through a pupil led production and a great night was had by all. Although competition was high, the worthy winners of the glitter ball this year were Lois Forbes and Cameron Johnstone who delighted us all with an outstanding 1920s Charleston. Well done to all those involved whether in the limelight or behind the scenes.
Please see link to our 2015 Christmas Newsletter
Over the last two months many of our 4th Year pupils have been taking part in a range of practical activities for the SQA unit ‘Values in Action’, as part of the Religion, Belief and Values Award which all our core RME students have a chance to work towards over S3&S4.
This year, S4 pupils have been involved in choosing an activity either individually or as part of a group, to show how we can take our beliefs and opinions beyond the classroom and put them into practice.
There has been a most impressive range of activities taking place around and outside school by our S4 pupils taking the initiative to support various charities of their choice or to raise awareness about an issue they have felt strongly about.
Fund raising activities have ranged from cake bakes, sponsored silences, abseiling and cycle runs to counting sweeties in a jar and henna hand designing to name just a few. One group inspired by our last year’s Head Girl who is doing voluntary work for a charity supporting orphaned children in Africa this year, raised over £200 towards the charity, by organising a very successful cake bake.
Other pupils chose to raise awareness about issues that mattered to them from youth homelessness in Scotland to the treatment of animals. One group made a beautiful display in the library about the treatment of killer whales in marine parks like SeaWorld while others decided to make short presentations to S1 pupils about the issue after watching the documentary ‘Black Fish’.
Many pupils in their write up of the activity have expressed how much they have enjoyed doing something to help others and has inspired them to do more. It’s been quite heart-warming for us as a department to see pupils engage enthusiastically and generously in this way.
Overall, our S4 pupils have raised a considerable amount of money for a number of charities and shown how responsible they can be when committed to something they believe in.
Thanks to all the parents, teachers, janitors and office staff who have helped our pupils carry out these activities and put up with any inconvenience caused.
J Proctor – C Thornton – R Cavellini – (RME Department)
In November the school hosted the launch of a new Education Scotland teaching resource: “Remembering Srebrenica”. The resource is designed to enable young people to understand why genocide happens and how it can be prevented. The event was reported on BBC Scotland news which showed interviews with a number of our pupils who had participated in the launch. The resource has formed the basis of a series of ‘Citizenship’ inter-disciplinary learning lessons delivered to all S3 pupils in Social Studies.
The Young Consumer of the Year Edinburgh final took place in the Lothian Building, George IV Bridge on Wednesday, 16th December 2015. The team representing PHS this year was captained by Bella Baillie and included David Morley, Robyn Canning and Murray Watson. Stiff competition from both Boroughmuir High School and James Gillespies High made for an exciting final. Although Boroughmuir took the cup, our own team did very well and were close runners up. Well done team.
Our senior RMPS class were given a lecture on Evolution as part of their Origins of Life unit on their recent visit to Edinburgh Zoo.
All pupils thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to hear about the process of Natural Selection from our speaker and guide, but the highlight seemed to be meeting first hand a tenrec called George!