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SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2015 / 2016

See link to the PHS School Calendar for the School Session 2015 / 2016



To Parents / Carers of P7 Pupils of the Portobello Cluster Group Primaries


THURSDAY, 17th SEPTEMBER 2015 (6:30 – 8:50 p.m)

It may seem very early in the new session to be thinking about the Transition programme for 2015 / 2016. Nevertheless, we feel that it is important to make this contact with our prospective parents / carers and pupils before schooling decisions have to be taken by you. My colleagues and I would like to extend a warm invitation to you and to your daughter / son to an Open Evening in the High School on the evening of Thursday, 17th September 2015, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the School Hall.

Our evening will start with a short musical performance from some of our pupils, followed by a short introductory session which will describe the liaison programme that we have developed with our associated primaries. There will also be an opportunity for you to visit a selection of our departments and see some of our pupils at work with their teachers. You should receive a copy of our School Handbook in December which will be issued through the Primary Schools. The school now has its own website which can be accessed at This site contains a lot of information about the school and is updated regularly.

Another meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 8th June 2015, when we will take a more detailed look at what Portobello High School has to offer to you and your daughter / son. Prior to that meeting, staff from the High School will visit the primaries to talk to the Primary 7 classes. In addition there will be regular contact with the staff of our associated Primary Schools.

If you would like to visit the school during the working day, then I would encourage you to contact Mr K Walker here at the school, so that a mutually convenient time can be arranged.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are any questions that you would like answered concerning the school. I look forward to meeting you on 17th September 2015.

Kenny Walker, Acting Depute Head Teacher


On Friday the 14th of August staff at Portobello High School worked together looking at our ethos, culture and values. Staff working in groups debated and discussed what happens in a school where it is nurturing, encouraging, there is mutual respect and sense of belonging.

Please see attachment for further information.

Portobello High School -RA V2 Feedback

Alison Fotheringham, Acting Head Teacher



For the past 3 years, PHS has contributed to Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Clean Up Scotland initiative in collaboration with volunteers from the Seafield and Princes St McDonald’s restaurants. The initiative involves a litter pick, cleaning up Figgate Burn and tidying the garden in our local Figgate Park, with valuable support from the council ranger service and local councillors.
This year, the intiative, and the other work these McDonald’s restaurants do in Edinburgh, were rewarded with runner up in the ‘Love Where You Live’ award, introduced to recognise employees’ work towards Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Where You Live campaign. They beat over 1,200 other finalists from across the UK to the position – this photo shows crew member Katelyn Scott receiving the award.

The Figgate Park Clean Up involves S2 pupils and takes place in May – well done to those involved!


External Telephone Fault

We have an ongoing issue with our external telephone lines at the present moment.

Apologies for any inconvenience this is causing.

The Engineers have been called out to repair.


MONDAY, 17th August – 8:30 a.m. – KEY ADULT GROUP

The staff at Portobello High School are looking forward to welcoming back our pupils after the summer break. We hope you have had an enjoyable holiday and are feeling refreshed and relaxed for the start of the new term. On Monday the 17th of August all pupils from S2 – S6 should report to their Key Adult Group at 8.30am, as new timetables will be issued.

The following Key Adult Groups classroom have changed – please see below:

KAG       3D1        please report to room 107

KAG       4A1        please report to room 803

KAG       4D1        please report to room 214

Alison Fotheringham, Head Teacher (Acting)

Re-coursing of New S5 and S6 Pupils

Good luck to our senior pupils as they await the results for their SQA qualifications. Any pupils who require changes to their course options following the publication of the SQA exam results are invited to make an appointment to meet with Ms Hume prior to the start of the new term.

SQA results will be issued to pupils on Tuesday, 4th August 2015 and Ms Hume will be available in school on:

Tuesday, 11th August 2015

Wednesday, 12th August 2015

Appointments can be made by calling the school office (669 2324) from Tuesday, 4th August onwards.

Parents / carers are most welcome to accompany their son / daughter if required.

Course option sheets should be downloaded by following the link below and consideration should be given to the changes that will be requested prior to the appointment.

Please note that some classes may be full at this stage but following the publication of the results there may be some movement. In such cases, a waiting list system would operate.


M Hume, Depute Head Teacher (Acting)

15 S6 option sheet – AUG 15 Version

15 S5 option sheet – AUG 15 Version


Fundraising for the School Council

Summer is sort of here – but don’t forget about fundraising for the School Council the easy way while you shop!

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Happy fundraising – and thanks in advance from your Parent Council!

You can contact your Parent Council by email if you have any queries or want to keep in touch:

Donald McGregor – PHS Parent Council


Please see undernoted Summer Newsletter.

The staff would like to wish you all a very good summer holiday.

End of Term – SUMMER 2015


Please note that medication will not be carried by staff members in charge of or assisting with the Suspended Timetable events running from 23rd June to 25th June 2015.

If your child requires to take medication, this must be supplied by the parent / carer and carried by the pupil to self-administer.