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Primary 5 at The Royal High Primary School received this email to great excitement yesterday! We are the only school in Edinburgh to progress through to the online voting stage of this competition. As a class we would really appreciate if you could visit this site and read the wonderful article we entered. The prize is a 3 day visit to Orkney!

“I am very pleased to let you know that The Royal High Primary School’s entry into the Legion Scotland Stories Of the Sea Competition has made it into our final stages and is online for the public to vote for their favourite!

You can vote for your school or favourite entry on our website:

Please note each computer can only vote online once – to vote again on that computer an incognito tab must be opened. This is to try and make sure that the votes are fairly collected.

Voting closes on 21st March so please do spread the word and encourage as many votes for your school as possible!”

Thank you for taking the time to read and choose one you enjoyed.

Irene Clark and Primary 5, The Royal High Primary School

Delay to opening of the new Portobello High School

I am writing to advise you that unfortunately the opening of our new school will be delayed.

Our contractors, Balfour Beatty have informed us that they are unable to meet the planned completion date that would have allowed us to move in to our new school in August 2016.  This is mainly due to an issue with securing a drainage connection with Scottish Water.

Work is ongoing to resolve the issue, however in the meantime we are planning on the basis that we will move into the new school in January 2017.

There is still a chance that this issue can be resolved more quickly and if that is the case, we would move at the earliest school holiday period which would be the October 2016 break.  We are keen to achieve this if at all possible.

The later entry date will allow for orientation visits for both staff and pupils before the new school opens. It will also allow our new S1s (currently P7) to settle into the routine of secondary school before they have to get used to the new building and we will be developing specific plans to support the transition for them.

Our plans to commemorate our current building are not affected by this development, and I hope that many of you will take to opportunity to take part in the events planned for Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June 2016.  We will share further details on the school website in the coming weeks.

While any delay is disappointing, I am sure if you have passed the construction site recently you will see that work is progressing well. Having been inside our new building on several occasions now I am confident that it is going to provide a wonderful learning and teaching environment for our school community.

Ruth McKay, Head Teacher


Celebrations for closure of the current building


In preparation for our move to the new site we are responding to many requests for opportunities to remember the years we have spent as a school community in our current building, which opened on 1 December 1964.

An exciting programme of celebrations will be launched with a music concert on Thursday, 28 April.  The old school building will be open to the general public for guided tours on the afternoon of Friday, 3 June and from 10:00 to 16:00hrs on Saturday, 4 June.

Some classrooms will be fitted out with memorabilia from each decade of the life of the building, and visiting former pupils will be encouraged to share their memories and /or sign their names on displays.

A café and exhibition will be in place, where we hope to honour some of our former pupils who have excelled in their chosen fields.

Information and details will be updated on the school website as they happen



The senior Retailing class organised and implemented a chairty event and raised an impressive £405 for the Sick Kids Foundation charity!


Photos from our very successful Careers Convention which was held on 25th February.

Our thanks to all staff and contrbutors

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S5/6 Pathways

PathwaysS4/S5 pupils, click the link below to download the S5/6 Pathways Booklet for 2016/17:

S5/6 Pathways Booklet 2016/17 (PDF)

For more information, please see the presentation below or contact Mr Cotter, DHT.

S5/6 Course Choices Pupil Presentation Feb 2016 (PPT)

S2/S4/S5 Learning Pathways Information

Our second, fourth and fifth years are currently involved in choosing their subjects for next session and looking at career pathways. An Information evening was held on Thursday, 25th of February, where Martin Brynes, Careers Advisor with Skills Development Scotland gave a presentation. Please find below his Power Point presentation which gives useful information on career websites and university, college and modern apprenticeship websites.

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S2 Parent / Carer Night

To all S2 Pupils / Parents / Carers :

Parents night is Wednesday, 2 March 4.30 – 7.00 p.m.



Tuesday, 15th March 2016. Find out what it was like to work in the mills and factories of the C19th! Take a trip with Annie McLeod and hear about her life as a child worker.

WHEN:      Tuesday 15th March.

LEAVE SCHOOL:      9.00am

RETURN:      Approx. 3.30pm

COST: £9


Collect a letter and consent form from your History teacher. Forms should be returned with full payment to Mr Mackenzie in Room 8.05 by: Monday 7th March.


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!