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The Use of IT to Support Learning

Please note below the lovely comments received from Development Officers working in the Digital Learning and Teaching Team of Education Scotland. They spent the day with us focussing on the use of technology to support learning.  They visited a range of classes, spoke to groups of pupils and members of staff.  They were most impressed by what they saw and heard !

We would like to pass on our thanks to everyone at Portobello High School for an absolutely wonderful visit!

As the day was very well organised this allowed us the opportunity to engage with both staff and learners which provided us with some very valuable insight, which we are keen to share nationally. It was fantastic to see how the technology was being used across the curriculum in a variety of ways which not only supported teachers but also motivated and engaged the learners. It was clear to see and hear in our conversations that the technology has and continues to have a positive impact on the learning experience and by capturing this through the photos and videos we collected allows us to share this with our curriculum teams as well as other schools across the country.

We greatly appreciate the effort that was taken to ensure this opportunity was possible and we would like to thank everyone for their commitment and participation in making this day happen.

If you are able to provide some of the video content of the lunch time conversations this would be welcomed and if members of staff are able to share some of their resources that they used from their lessons this would allow us to add further context to some of the learning which we captured throughout the day.

Finally, we would just like to re-iterate our thanks for the warm welcome that we received and we hope that you viewed this as an opportunity to share some of your excellent practice with us at Education Scotland.


Just wanted to write and say thank you to everyone who was involved in Comic Relief this year. We raised £1,060 which is the highest amount raised this year for any charity.

The winning selfie was taken by 1B2 – see picture

Their prize will be delivered at key adult registration on Tuesday. This was chosen by the co-chair people of the charities committee Ella Braidwood and Maryanne Murphy.  ?

Mr Christie raised well over £50 as well as a lovely new hair cut – see picture

The S1 nose competition was won by Alice Culbert 1B1 and her uninose design. In second place was Racheal Martin and Third was Alice Simpson. This was also chosen by the co-chair people of the charities committee Ella Braidwood and Maryanne Murphy. Her prize will also be handed out at Key Adult registration on Tuesday


The Charities Committee

S1 Comic Relief Noses 1B2 Mike's Hair

S4 Study Skills Session

The S4 spent a successful morning taking part in Study Skills sessions on Friday morning to help them reflect on how they learn best as well as to pass on revision and study techniques.

The materials from the S4 Study Skills session last week have now been posted in the Edmodo group, if you’re not sure of the code come and see Mrs Breingan or listen out for it in the notices this week.

SPRING CONCERT – 24th March 2015 @ 7 p.m.

Tickets for the Spring Concert are now available to purchase from the School Office.  They are priced at £5 Adults and £3 Concession/Child

Help us to support this event.  Tickets do sell fast, so be sure to purchase them sooner rather than later!

Mrs J Sumerling


The Parent Council has organised a Grand Raffle to raise funds for the school, to be drawn at the Spring Concert on March 24th. Books of tickets have been issued to pupils through Key Adult time.

It would be very much appreciated if you could support the Parent Council by promoting the sale of these tickets. The School Office has extra books, if you would like some more.

Many thanks, on behalf of the Parent Council.

S3 Profiles with Evernote

This year, S3 pupils will complete their S3 profile using Evernote.

Instructions as how to set up the S3 profile, along with a short video are here:

* Create a new notebook on Evernote with upr name and S3 Profile eg Jim Smith S3 Profile

* Create a new note for each subject called ‘Computing Review’ or ‘Biology Review’ etc.

* Make sure that the newly created note is in the S3 Profile notebook

* New notes should be tagged with the curriculum area, subject and profile eg Computing, Technologies, Profile

* You can also tag previously created notes that exist in other folders with the tag ‘profile’ to allow you to see all aspects of your learning related to your S3 profile.



Members of the Portobello community and friends are cordially invited to the Eco Committee’s annual School Grounds Saturday Surgery. This event encourages the community to get involved with sustainable education at Porty by helping us maintain our bio-diversity garden.

The garden, located by the CDT department, has been a great success and now has several flowerbeds, a sensory garden, picnic benches, rock and stone piles, bird feeder, composters and even some elder trees! Volunteers would help us clear up and maintain these areas, along with the garden fence, making it ready for spring re-growth.

Please bring your own tools and gardening gloves if possible. Hot drinks and bacon / vegetarian rolls will be provided for all volunteers!

Please notify us if you can come along by email at

We look forward to seeing you there.

PHS Eco Committee

Bio Garden After School Grounds Saturday Surgery April 14


Could all pupils who have still to return their Suspended Timetable activity choice forms make sure they are returned to the office by this Thursday (12th March).

Forms must be returned even if you are already booked onto an activity (such as a foreign trip) or are staying in school. If you have any questions about Suspended Timetable, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr S. Mackenzie

The Business Education S2 Enterprise Awards Ceremony Wednesday 4 March 2015

We were delighted to welcome back all S2 pupils to celebrate their achievements at the S2 Business Enterprise Event. We wanted to showcase all the pupils’ work from the event so we started the ceremony with a ten minute montage of all their hard work. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching clips of their team work and presentation skills!

Then it was time for the awards!! We would like to thank Mrs Williamson (Deputy Head) for attending the ceremony and presenting the awards to the pupils. After much deliberation we presented the following:

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The Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus rolls into Portobello High School for the week of the 9th March

We are excited to be able to host colleagues from across the City of Edinburgh Council to take part in specifically designed CPD sessions that involve practical cooking skills and curriculum development.  We are particularly excited about a highly anticipated visit from award winning TV Chef and Portobello High School parent Tony Singh!  As well as staff CPD there will be 6 students sessions with students being chosen from S1-S3 to take part in the exciting practical sessions.  Watch this space for more info and photos.

cooking bus

Z Sharp CL Health & Wellbeing