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The Southern France trip is back!

From Thursday 22nd June 2017 – Friday 30th June 2017 you have the opportunity to embark upon an exciting adventure where you will descend the beautiful Ardeche river in a canoe and windsurf, sail, swim and ride a banana boat in the warm waters of Mimosa beach!

If you’re interested in this trip then please see Mr Aitken (PE Department) and put your name down on the list. Due to the popularity of this trip there will be a random draw made to secure places as this is the fairest way. The cost of the trip is £675 and is paid up in monthly instalments.


Sports Personality of the Year Award

We had our first ever Sports Personality of the Year Award on 22nd April 2016.  We were blown away by the number and variety of achievements our pupils both in school and out in the wider community (and by community – in some instances, I mean World stage!).  All pupils made a real effort and certainly met the brief of ‘Smart / Awards Ceremony Dress’.

Thank you to all teachers and students involved on the night and to all the coaches / volunteers that commit to endless hours to give our pupils the opportunity to excel in their chosen sport / activity.

Meaningful May Programme – Shark Week


As part of Shark Week, students will be taking part in a trip to Deep Sea World.

Any student participating in this programme who has not received a form should see Miss Kaur in 507 as soon as possible. Forms should be returned by Wednesday, 11th May 2016.


PHS Celebration Weekend – 4th June 2016 – C of E Basketball Club event

City of Edinburgh Basketball Club have been based at Portobello High School for over 2 decades and will be taking part in the Farewell Celebration weekend.

On Saturday, 4th June they will be hosting a day of basketball in the Games Hall as players from past and present take part in a mixed team tournament.  There will be “I Played at Porty” t-shirts available to purchase on the day and the Club hopes you will join them for a day of basketball, fun and memories.

Entry is free and the first game will tip off at 10 a.m. with the final starting at 6 p.m.


S2 – Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

  • Up for a challenge?
  • Fancy an adventure?
  • Meet new people and learn new things?

Duke of Edinburgh might be for you!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Duke of Edinburgh award, come along to a meeting in room 219 at lunchtime on Thursday, 12th of May at 1:15.

See Miss Taylor in Languages or Miss Willis in Art if you are interested but can’t make the meeting and collect an application letter.

Free Workshop for Parents and Carers of Disabled Children and Children with Additional Support Needs.


The Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living are running a workshops for parents on accessing support. If you would like to attend please see the attached flyer.

Calling all Former PHS pupils (1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s)


If you were a pupil here at P.H.S. in the 60s / 70s/ 80s / 90s and you would like your name on the wall of past PHS students – please complete the attached template and return to





Congratulations to this year’s S5 and S6 pupils from the Retailing class. They organised a mini enterprise retail event on Friday, 26th February 2016 which raised a very impressive £405 for the Sick Kids’ Friends’ Foundation. They were responsible for creating and selling cones of brightly coloured sweets at a stall in the foyer during interval. The event proved extremely popular with staff and pupils and we had sold out entirely within the first 5 minutes!!

They also decided to host a ‘dress down’ day for the same morning where they invited pupils and staff to come to school wearing something bright and colourful. All profits raised from both events have gone to a very worthwhile charity.


Miss Skedd has details of a part-time vacancy with the Coffee Drive Thru on Duddingston Park South.

Also the following vacancies:

  • Halfords – Light Vehicle Technician
  • Barrat Homes – Trade Apprenticeship (Brick Laying, carpentry/ Joinery)
  • Peugeot Citroen retail Group –
    • Customer Adviser
    • Sales Administration
    • Finance (All Apprenticeships)


Board Games Wanted

The Library are looking for educational board games for students to use at lunchtime.  In particular we would love some more chess boards and trivia style games.

If you have any games you are no longer using please consider donating them to the Library.   Thanks