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The City of Edinburgh Council, Sports and Outdoor Learning Unit

The City of Edinburgh Council, Sports and Outdoor Learning Unit are launching their Summer 2015 school holiday programme.  Five weeks of outdoor and adventurous activities are available to pupils P6 – S4.

All sessions start in Edinburgh and activities include –

  • Archery
  • Bushcraft
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Dragon Boating
  • Elie Chain Walk
  • Geocaching
  • Gorge Walking
  • Hill Walking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Multi Activity Days

Detailed session information and booking detail are online. I have attached an electronic flyer for information.

E-Flyer – Summer Outdoor Learning Programme 2015

Edinburgh City Libraries Online Membership

Edinburgh City Libraries Online Membership

Edinburgh City Libraries have launched a digital service called Library2go that offers members free e-books, e-magazines and e-resources.

We feel that Library2go could be of great benefit to our pupils but individuals must be a member of Edinburgh City Libraries to access the service.  S2 – S6 students have already been signed up and we would now like S1 students to join.  This will enable them to access resources which will support them in their studies. We would like to forward the names and date of births of all S1 students to Edinburgh City Libraries to clarify which students are already members. Those that are not members will then be signed up via the school Library.

If you do not want your youngster’s details passed on, please let the School Librarian, Miss Thow, know by Friday 8th May 2015


IMG_4050 (3)I’m devastated to pass on the sad news that Lynn Kerr our Administration Officer passed away following a sudden illness, on Sunday, 19th April 2015.

Lynn was an extremely popular colleague and news of her death has shocked the school community.

Our thoughts are with her extended family.

Peigi Macarthur, Head Teacher

National Parent Forum’s Revision in a Nutshell guides for the new Highers

Please find below materials which have been produced by the National Parent Forum which may be of help.

Below are the links to the National Parent Forum’s Revision in a Nutshell guides for the new Highers (20 subjects) and updated Revision guides for National 5s (20 subjects).

Tina Woolnough, the Edinburgh representative on the National Parent Forum of Scotland and co-creator of the Curriculum for Excellence in a Nutshell guides for parents, has asked us to highlight the new Nutshell guides.  The original ones were well received two years ago when the nationals were first being introduced and we hope you will find these equally helpful.

The revision guides contain direct links to SQA specimen question papers, exemplar question papers plus past question papers, where appropriate.  They are designed as digital resources and work well on IPads or other tablets.

The guides advise learners to check with their teachers to make sure that material is relevant.  They are primarily intended to provide the SQA direct links by subject in one place, and to give some additional revision opportunities (if relevant) including web-links to school pages or to the websites of subject-relevant organisations.
20 Revision Guides for the new Higher qualifications

20 Updated Revision Guides for the National 5 Qualifications

The following may also be of interest:

Assessment in the Senior Phase in a Nutshell
This is a summary of the types of assessment in the new National Qualifications

Learning Pathways in a Nutshell for the Senior Phase and beyond

The National Parent Forum of Scotland’s publications guide


Thank you from the parent council for supporting our fashion show and raffle.

150305-195944-223-Edit-LClick here to share in the fashion show fun and spot three brave  S4’s modelling outfits they’ve designed and made alongside S6s modelling their Higher Art creations. Work out the jobs our S6s do, the sports they enjoy and which decades they feature in their interpretation of fashion through the ages;  as well as the  prom  dresses from Pretty Woman and kilts from Top Hat they prefer and get a glimpse of  the Strictly Come Dancing finalists performing their winning dance.  It was a great night – and we raised £850 .

Thanks also for supporting our raffle which raised just over £700 – we will be identifying the items  most needed by teachers at the next parent council meeting.

From The PHS Parent Council

Mathematics Revision Materials for Pupils

Mathematics Revision Materials for Pupils 

The mathematics department has built up a large bank of revision resources for pupils, these can be assessed using Edmodo.

Pupils should be making use of these in the run up to examination diet in May.

National 5

For pupils sitting National 5 they have access to a range of revision materials including six practice papers, SQA past paper and specimen paper.


For pupils sitting Higher they have access to a range of revision material including SQA past papers, practice papers, multiple choice questions, mind maps and revision notes.

Advanced Higher

For pupils sitting Advanced Higher they have access to a range of revision including SQA past papers, summary notes and revision notes.

Pupils should also remember that the mathematics department runs after school revision classes, all pupils are welcome:


Room 107


Room 110


Room 102


Room 103


Please see attached the 2015 Easter Newsletter

Letter – APR 2015 – Easter Newsletter


There are a few Easter Revision classes running during the Easter Holidays – please see attached

Easter Revision Classes

Additional Revision class

Mr Saddler


4th Flr Room 403/404 Wednesday 08-Apr-15 10:00 15:30 S5 / S6 – Higher Biology

MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention)

Portobello High School pupils involved in MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) supported the launch of the Health Respect website. Healthy Respect works to improve young people’s sexual and well-being in Lothian. It supports them to enjoy healthy and respectful relationships. To quote one of our S5 pupils, Helen McBrierty (MVP Mentor) who was at the launch “MVP and Healthy Respect both promote respect no matter the race, the gender or the relationship. They also promote self-respect which is important in any relationship”.

Paul Saddler
Depute Head Teacher

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Eclipse at Portobello High School

Pupils at Portobello High School enjoyed the amazing spectacle of the eclipse last Friday.  Physics teachers  welcomed pupils into the department and gave them access to resources that allowed the eclipse to be viewed safely, as well as providing explanations of the phenomenon that they were viewing.  One of the Computing Science classes used their iPads to safely take photographs of the eclipse through shaded windows (see the first picture below). The other images were captured by Gonda Metzger, S4.



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