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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

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2016 – Easter Holiday Revision Classes

2016 – Easter Holiday Revision Classes


Eco Committee – School Grounds Saturday Surgery

Our Eco Team stalwarts have continued to work hard this term: as well as working on a project focused on transport issues around Portobello, they have run a Car Free / Car Share day, continued to offer a monthly fairtrade stall and enlisted the help of staff and parent / carers to do a makeover on our biodiversity garden on Saturday, 19th March.

These before and after photos show our spruced-up flowerbeds and paths – a big thank you to everyone who came along. We’re keen to have more volunteers to help pot some of our plants after summer in preparation for the move to the new building, so if you’re interested please check the website for updates.


West view before East view before






West view after East view after





PHS also hosted an Edinburgh Eco-Schools training session on Friday, 11th March, sharing good practice with other schools and nurseries looking to apply for Green Flag awards in the authority.


SPRING CONCERT – Thursday, 28th April 2016

As part of the “Farewell to Porty” celebrations our Spring concert will be held on Thursday, 28th April at 7 p.m.

Come and join in with our

  • Junior & Senior Wind Band
  • “Spurtle” Group
  • Samba Band
  • String Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • Ukelele Group
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Cello Ensemble
  • Junior Vocal Group
  • Soloists

Tickets will be on sale from the School Office, from Wednesday, 13th April £6 adult – £3 concession (OAP and children under 18).  Due to the high demand the tickets will not be reserved for collection on the night.



Revision classes for all National 5 History pupils are taking place every Tuesday after school until 4.30 p.m. in Room 8.05.

Focus will be exam technique. Come along to improve your grade!