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iPad Letter

The under noted letter has been sent out to all parent / Carers of pupils in S3 – S6 and should be with you in the next couple of days:

As you are aware, it is the policy at Portobello HS to loan iPads to all pupils in S3 – S6.   The intended purpose of issuing iPads is so that they can be used as an educational tool in classrooms and at home. iPad use in classrooms is monitored regularly and it is obvious that they have become an integral tool for our learning and teaching.  Continue reading

Opening Launch for the Democracy Fortnight

S4 pupils had a great opening launch for the Democracy fortnight. We were very fortunate to have three party leaders. Kezia Dugdale, Ruth Davidson, Willie Rennie and also Edinburgh East SNP candidate Ash Denham and Green MSP Alison Johnston. There was a lively debate amongst them as they answered some interesting and controversial questions posed by the pupils! The pupils had an opportunity to vote for the party they liked the most. Result coming soon….



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Message from Ruth McKay, Head Teacher

I am delighted to introduce myself to you as the new Head Teacher of Portobello High School.

Previously, I have taught in a number of schools in both rural and urban settings and have also worked at both national and local authority level in education. Most recently, I was Head Teacher of Kelso High School in the Scottish Borders and prior to that I was a Depute Head Teacher in Dunbar Grammar School in East Lothian.

Since my appointment to Portobello High School in September, I have visited the school a number of times and have also had the opportunity to attend a meeting of the Parent Council. As I approach the end of my first week in post, I have confirmed my initial impressions of the school as a diverse and vibrant community with many strengths.  I have been impressed both by the commitment and professionalism of our staff and the confident, friendly manner of our young people.

With our new building now taking shape rapidly, it is an especially exciting time to lead the school. I extend my thanks to all those who have made me feel so welcome and look forward to working with you in order to ensure the best outcomes for all our learners.

Ruth McKay, Head Teacher

Senior Girls Basketball Team

Senior Girls Basketball Team – the girls train on Mondays after-school and have an upcoming fixture against Mary Erskine’s

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Reminder – World War One Commemoration Event

Reminder – World War One Commemoration Event

Pupils have been planning a remembrance event that will be held in the school hall on:

Wednesday, 11th November 2015

6.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.

The evening will include readings of creative writing inspired by World War One, public speeches clarifying the continued importance of remembrance, The Last Post and an exhibition and film documenting the school’s recent trip to the Gallipoli battlefields.

 If you would like to join us in our commemoration please r.s.v.p. to or telephone  (0131) 669 2324.