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S5/6 Prelims

S5/6 Prelims take place from Tuesday 15th until Friday 25th January inclusive. You do not need to attend classes or go to registration during exam leave.


Click HERE to download Prelim timetable and pupil notes.

Celebrating Kenyan Independence Day with our Link School

On 14th December, pupils at Portobello High School will join our link school in celebrating Jamhuri Day, or Kenyan Independence Day. On this Kenyan holiday, pupils at Kiurani Secondary School will make their way to their nearest District headquarters with their families and remember gaining their independence from Great Britain in 1963.


We plan to join our link school in their celebrations by making pupils aware of this holiday and its significance throughout the school. Pupils will be encouraged to come to school wearing the colours of the Kenyan flag; black, red and green. They will also learn facts about Kenya’s journey to independence and have the opportunity to help our link pupils fundraise to visit Portobello. Each £1 raised will cover 15 miles of a Kiurani pupil’s flight to Edinburgh!


We hope to celebrate Burns’ Night with the Kiurani community in the new year. In the meantime, as we approach the end of the winter term, we would like to wish Kiurani staff and pupils Kuwa na Krismasi njema! Please visit the International Links page for more information on our partnership.

Portobello Park Private Bill Consultation

I am sure you are all aware that the City of Edinburgh Council is carrying out a survey relating to a Private Bill being brought to the Scottish Parliament relating to a new Portobello High School in Portobello Park.


Should you wish to take part in the consultation, the information leaflet is available below as is the questionnaire. Alternatively, should you wish to complete the survey online, the URL is shown below. Leaflets and questionnaires are also available from the school.


Portobello Bill Information Leaflet (PDF)

Portobello Bill Questionnaire (PDF)



Christmas Concert

The school’s Christmas concert will be on Tuesday 11th December at 7pm. It will include performances by the Wind Band, the Spurtle Ceilidh Band, the Samba Band and much more.


Tickets are £5 for adults and £2 for concessions and can be obtained either in advance from the Music department or on the door.

Edinburgh Inter-Schools History Quiz

On Friday 30th November, St Andrew’s Day, the first ever Edinburgh Inter-Schools History Quiz – The Wee History Quiz – took place. Portobello High School was represented by two stellar teams: “Still Game” and “The Greek Dragon Hunters”. After weeks of preparation and dedication, both teams put in solid performances on the day, with “Still Game” battling gallantly to ultimately come out on top with a commanding lead.
As a result of their success, “Still Game” will be awarded with the William Morrison Trophy and Portobello High can bask in the glory of being the first ever school to have its name engraved on the trophy. Mr Mackenzie, who reassured the teams of certain success in their darkest of moments, would like to express his massive congratulations and feelings of pride to all six pupils who took part and who are an amazing asset to their school.


“Still Game” consisted of Paul Still, Tijkla Metzger and Alexander Fraser.
“The Greek Dragon Hunters” consisted of Callum Musselwhite, Jack Ferguson and Gonda Metzger.

Consulation on New Policy

The Ethos Working Group, since the summer, has worked on producing the Equalities and the Prevention and Response to Bullying Behaviour and Prejudice Policy. We want to consult with parents/carers, pupils and staff to ensure we have a policy that will work for everyone. Staff are currently being asked to comment on the policy and a focus group of pupils will be consulted. Once the policy is finalised the Ethos Working Group, along with pupils from all year groups, will work on highlighting the policy to the whole school.


It would be appreciated if you could click HERE to read the draft policy and return any comments you may have to, marked for the attention of the Ethos Working Group. Please send in any comments by Friday 30th November. Thank you in advance for your help at this very busy time of year.

S4 Prelims

S4 Prelims take place from Monday 26th November until Wednesday 5th December inclusive. Classes start again on Thursday 6th December.


Click HERE to download Prelim timetable and pupil notes.

Helping with Educational Visits/Excursions

At a recent meeting with staff and members of the Parent Council it was suggested that some parents/carers might be able to support staff taking pupils out of school on educational visits or excursions.


This would involve parents/carers providing adult supervision alongside teaching staff who would still hold ultimate responsibility for any group while they were out of school. The commitment would usually be for a half day or a full day at most.


If you are willing to consider helping with this, please click HERE for more information.

Cairngorms Outing 2012

The Geography department’s trip to the Cairngorms on Friday 2nd November was of huge benefit to all S5 and S6 pupils sitting the Higher course. The day allowed pupils to experience the area from their own perspective and consolidate what had been taught in class.


After an early start and a lengthy bus journey, the first stop was at Loch Morlich where pupils took field sketches and examined the effects created by the kettle hole on the surrounding area. It provided a great insight into the effect of tourism in the area as well as many stunning views.

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra Masterworks Project

In September, S4 and S5 students took part in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s Masterworks project. A viola concerto by Scottish composer Sally Beamish was the “masterwork” chosen by the SCO this year. After working in class on exercises to do with rhythms and creating melodies from a small number of notes, students took part in a workshop with two SCO players in school, focusing on techniques used by the composer Sally Beamish in her piece. The culmination of this project was an opportunity to visit the Queen’s Hall and, after an illustrated analysis by Paul Rissman, see and hear the orchestra playing the concerto. Continue reading