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Philip Caveney Author Visit

Author Philip Caveney visited the Library on Friday to speak to S1 and S2 students about his work. Philip recently won the Scottish Children’s Book Award with his novel The Piper, a ghostly tale written under the pen name Danny Weston.  His new book The Calling is set in Edinburgh on an evening when, once a year, all the city’s stautes come to life.  Philip challenged students to name the statues featured in the book before entertaining us with a reading.


Consultation on Changes to the School Day at Portobello HS

Please see attached documentation

Revision to school day Pupil_Parent Presentation

New Timetable from Aug 16

Consultation on Changes to the School Day at Portobello HS

If you wish to make any comment with regard to these proposals, please do so in writing to Ruth McKay, Head Teacher by 3 May 2016.   We would be particularly interested to know what you like about the proposal, any difficulties you foresee and suggestions you have for improvement.

If you would like to submit your views via email, please send them to:

National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland

Michael Watson, an S4 student, has been accepted into the prestigious National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland. It has just been announced that they will be appearing in the Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms season on Friday, 5th August.

If you are in London and would like to go along to hear the cream of Scottish jazz along with soloists like Iain Ballamy saxophone and Liane Carroll piano/vocals as well as our own Michael Watson, then please follow this link:


Our Liibrary will be open for private study as much as possible during the exam period – (between 8.30 a.m and 4.30 p.m)

There will be some occasions when it is not available because of classes or a lunch club (it is unavailable Monday & Wednesday lunch).

If anyone wants to check availability on certain days they should see Miss Thow

Once the Library is full additional students will need to go elsewhere.

  • If you have a break between exam papers please only come to the Library if you have revision to do.  It shouldn’t be used as a social space before your second paper.
  • If you are using the library during exams please ensure you have revision with you and you are mindful of other students using the space.

Any queries about using the library during exams see Miss Thow



Portobello Library is looking for volunteers in S5 to help out with their Summer Reading Challenge during the summer holidays.  The volunteer positions are flexible and can fit in with holidays and other commitments.  This is a nationally recognised scheme and would be fantastic for college, University and job applications.  Duties may include scheme administration, helping with drop-in activites and events, updating social media and visiting primary schools to launch the challenge.

For more information and to express interest please see Miss Thow (Library) before you go on exam leave


REMINDER – School is closed for Public Holiday on Monday, 18 April

International Science Festival Sci-Ku Competition


Ryan Gilhooly, is a winner in the Edinburgh International Science Festival Sci-Ku Competition!  Ryan’s Sci-Ku about space has won him third prize for his poem:

Hammer and feather

Deceives the wielder with touch

Both fall simultaneously

There was over 1,300 science haikus from all over Scotland. The judges from Edinburgh City Libraries, the City of Literature Trust, and climate scientist and poet Rachel McCarthy had a very difficult task in deciding the finalists and prize winners. One of the judges said:

One of the only haiku concerned with experimentation we’ve seen, and presents a complex thought in merely 3 lines”

Also awarded a prize was Alex Mclean. His vivid and imaginative poem was very highly commended by the judges:

Rotating planets

Jewellery of the galaxy

A chain of daisies


2016 / 2017 – City of Edinburgh Schools Sports Academy

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Please find attached brochure and application form for the 2016 / 2017 City of Edinburgh Schools Sports Academy intake.

As you will be aware the main target for entry to the Sports Academy are current Primary 7 and S1 pupils. The sports that shall feature in next academic year’s programme are Badminton, Cricket, Girls Football and Netball.

To keep costs to a minimum please either print off the above application form or request one through the highlighted e-mail address. Applications should be returned by e-mail to or by post to Lynne Crawford, Communities and Families, Sports & Outdoor Learning Unit, Waverley Court, Business Centre 1/2, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG before the closing date of Friday 29 April 2016.



2016 – Spring Newsletter

Letter – APR 2016 – Spring Newsletter RM


2016 – Easter Holiday Revision Classes

2016 – Easter Holiday Revision Classes