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  • Mar 04 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Author visit



An S1 English class had the opportunity to hear an author speak about his writing this week. Ross MacKenzie, who has been short-listed for both the Scottish Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Award, talked to pupils about what inspired him to become a writer and read an extract from his book ‘The Nowhere Emporium’.  He also relived the day he was told his first book would be published.  The phone call was from the editor who has also worked on all the Harry Potter books.  Ross also gave pupils the chance to play a part in the sequel to the book, which he is now working on. He collected their suggestions in his ‘book of ideas’ so our pupils may see their ideas in print!

Ross MacKenzie



  • Mar 02 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Parking




Our school is a busy campus but on most days there is always sufficient parking to accommodate all staff and visitors.  Occasionally we receive complaints from parents or visitors about people parking in the drop off zones so I have reminded staff that they should not park in these areas.

A number of our senior pupils now drive to school and unfortunately some of them are continuing to park in these areas despite being asked not to do so.  I would ask that parents of these pupils support us in this request.  If pupils repeatedly ignore this request they will be advised that they must park outwith the school grounds.

  • Feb 26 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Girls’ football team



As well as several boys’ football teams we also have a girls’ football team which is overseen by Mrs Shearer of the PE Department.  This week the girls’ under 15s qualified for the next stage of the SFA Cashback 7s.  Well done girls!  Here’s hoping you get through to the next round and receive the free strips.

  • Feb 26 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – S4 work experience



All S4 pupils are expected to do one week’s work experience this session.  The date for this session is week beginning 20th June.  Last Thursday S4 pupils had an assembly with Mrs Crean (Acting DHT) which focused on the procedures for work experience. 

I would like to remind pupils of the following points –

You can now go ahead and organise your work experience. Please either pick from the workIT site or organise your own through a self found placement.

There is a leaflet in your pack to help you log on to workIT.

Please DO NOT fill out a self found form if you pick a placement from the WorkIT website (this will just cause confusion) .

If a placement is on the website you MUST apply via the website. DO NOT contact companies that are on the website regarding a self found placement.

Although a placement is showing on the website it is not guaranteed the company are now in the position to take pupils. DO NOT assume that because you asked for that place you will automatically get it.  

Self found forms MUST be filled out for ALL other placements even if you would like to go to the work place of your parents, a friend or anyone else you know. This is very important as it is imperative a health & safety check be carried out prior to your placement.

Ø        Pupils intending to find their own placement can do so from now until Friday 18 March 2016.

Ø        Pupils intending to choose from the WorkIT database can do so now.

Ø        All pupils (self found or picked from the database) should have made their choices by Friday 18 March 2016.

Ø        We will make decisions on pupils initial choices by the end of April 2016.

Ø        Pupils are advised to log on regularly during to review & update their choices.  

Ø        Mrs Hards is located in the school office and is your first point of contact.

Ø        Any pupil who would like to do their placement with the NHS, Arnold Clark,  Rashilea or Barsail Primary Schools must speak to Mrs Hards ASAP as the process for these placements is slightly different.  

  • Feb 23 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Coffee morning



Mr Duncan’s 4A9 RMPS class decided to organise a coffee morning to raise funds for SAMH (The Scottish Association for Mental Health). This was as part of the SQA awarded Religion Beliefs and Values course which is being piloted in the department.  It is an SQA awarded course recently developed for core RME.

The class learned about the issue of mental health and various ideas on how to benefit our local, national and international communities.  The class then decided that fundraising for a mental health charity was the best option on how to benefit – and put the class values into action.

Pupils sent out invitations to staff and made all the arrangements.  As part of the event which took place last Friday pupils also organised a raffle of a clown cake made by Miss Davidson in Home Economics and I was delighted to win this.  The picture below shows Caitlin Judd and Josh Doherty presenting me with the cake.

In total the class raised £94 for SAMH.  Well done to all those who were involved.


  • Feb 19 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Education Scotland visit




We had a field visit from Education Scotland today and a number of meetings took place.  Fiona Robertson from Education Scotland met with the Senior Management Team for two periods and we discussed aspects of information which I had submitted previously.  Ms Robertson later spent one period with staff from the English department to discuss self-evalution procedures within the school.  She also met with a group of young people and the focus of their meeting was leadership.  The group comprised of S5 and 6 pupils who are all Duke of Edinburgh Young Leaders.  Ms Robertson was particularly impressed with the pupils whom she met.

  • Feb 12 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Busy week in PMHS

It has been a really busy week in PMHS with a number of visitors coming in to work with pupils and also pupils out of school at events.

On Tuesday we had two visitors from HP who met with S3 pupils.  In each session they spoke to our pupils about the value of being able to speak another language and the opportunities this can open up in the workplace.  These visitors commented most favourably on the behaviour and attitude of our pupils during the sessions.

Also on Tuesday we had two chefs who came in to work with two S4 Hospitality classes.  They did some demonstrations of garnishing and knife skills and also set the pupils a number of tasks.  It was a really busy double period for all involved.

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On Wednesday members of the Scottish Youth Jazz Orchestra came in to hold the first of a series of workshops with our S3 Music pupils.  All the pupils really enjoyed the experience and seemed to learn a lot.

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I really welcome the opportunities for our pupils to work with outside visitors so I thank those who were in PMHS this week most warmly.

Also last Friday 6 S2 pupils attended the Junk Kouture semi finals rehearsals at the Glasgow Royal concert Hall where 2 of the pupils  modelled the 2 groups winning creations on the final catwalk. Pupils were ecstatic to have got through to the semi finals alongside 81 other groups from schools all over Scotland. Our two models rocked the catwalk showcasing all their hard work spent during their lunchtime over the past few months.

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  • Feb 09 / 2016
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Head Teachers’ Blog – Assemblies



This week the Depute Head Teachers are having assemblies with their year groups.  I have asked them to remind pupils of our expectations in a number of areas.

Time keeping – Pupils are expected to be at all their classes on time.  If we see a pattern of a pupil arriving late to class on many occasions, he/she will be placed on after school detention.

Dress code – Yet again the Year Heads are speaking mainly to our girls about dress code.  We have noticed that an increasing number of our girls are wearing leggings/jeggings to school and we do not consider this to be acceptable dress code.

The vast majority of our pupils never have to be spoken to about these issues and I thank them for complying with our expectations.  We also really value parental support on these matters.

  • Feb 05 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s blog – INSET day and long weekend




This is just reminder that pupils are not in school next Friday (12.2.16) as we have an in-service day for staff and the school is closed for the mid-term break on Monday (15.2.16) and Tuesday (16.2.16).  I hope all staff, pupils and their families enjoy their break.

  • Jan 29 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s blog – S5/6 prelim exams



This week saw the start of the S5/6 prelim diet for pupils being presented at National 5, 6 and 7 level.  So far the diet has run smoothly with pupils turning up on time and appearing well prepared for their examinations.  Pupils are reminded that when not in an exam they should attend classes as normal.