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  • Jan 22 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Communications with staff




I hope you are all aware that we encourage parents to communicate with key staff when they feel this is required.  I would always advise parents that if there is something on your mind and you are wondering whether to ‘phone us, then please do.  Even it turns out not to be a big issue it is better to talk things through with us.


Often your child’s Guidance teacher will be the first point of contact.  I would however remind you that all staff, except the Head Teacher post, have a teaching commitment and may not be available to take your call at the time.   For example our Guidance staff are in class for 13 periods a week and in addition to this they have a large caseload of around 325 pupils so are always dealing with many different issues so it may take some time for the member of staff to call you back.   Obviously if a matter is urgent our office staff will always endeavour to have someone take your call.

  • Jan 15 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s blog – S6 Geography students shaping the future of Erskine




Shaping the future of Erskine

Our National 7 (Advanced Higher) Geography students have been helping to design the future of the town centre and riverside area, as part of a Council-led plan to give the town a better centre.  Local town planner Nick Wright came into run a session in PMHS and was very impressed by our pupils.  Nick commented,  “Not only did the students demonstrate a great understanding of how the town centre is from a young person’s perspective, but they made a great start on a new plan for the centre and riverside! I’m hoping they’ll be able to bring their ideas to our public workshops in early February and get more involved in that.”

Our pupils’ ideas ​included making the town centre greener and more contemporary, getting another bar or restaurant to give more to do in the evening, better transport to Bishopton and Braehead, and creating a public square with more shops, activity and space to sit down by the river.

​T​hese ideas could really go somewhere.  A series of public workshops is being held in Erskine Sports Centre from Tuesday 2nd February to Saturday 6th February, where a team of planners and designers will be working with local residents and businesses to work out a plan that meets everyone’s needs, catches everyone’s imagination, yet is realistic and achievable.  Our students’ ideas will be as much a part of the plan as anybody else’s. Other ideas include a cultural/music hub, a new park and more affordable homes – and much more besides.

All parents or pupils are welcome to come to any of the events – full details at facebook.com/ErskineCharrette -and you can have your say ​on the
facebook page too​.

All pupils will also be issued with a paper copy of information leaflet below next week of the inform

It’s your opportunity to shape the future of Erskine!

A5 Erskine flyer final 3                                                            park mains AH geography

  • Jan 15 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Dancers’ success



In PMHS we have many very talented pupils who are involved in wide range of sports and activities.  Some pupils represent the school at local events while others compete at national or international level.  This week I was informed about some of our pupils who competed in a prestigious dancing competition called ‘That’s Showbiz’ which was held in the Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Rebecca Durnan, Jill Munro, Nicole Stevenson and Rachael McLachlan are all part of a Dance Troupe called ‘Dance Dreams’.  The girls came first out of 120 other entrants from across the UK.  This is a tremendous achievement.  Well done girls!

  • Jan 14 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Police links



At assemblies this week the Depute Head Teachers and I have been informing pupils of the following information about the school’s links with local police.


At a recent secondary Head Teachers’ meeting a local Police Inspector addressed the meeting exploring how schools and the Police can work together.  All Renfrewshire schools have a link officer whom the Depute Head Teachers and I contact when required.  We have a very good working relationship and we regularly share information.  Recently we have had discussions about such matters as pupils involved in antisocial behaviour outside of school and concern regarding pupil movement on the roads around the school at break times.  The Police try to drop in to school during the school day when possible.  There are also plans for the Police to bring a sniffer dog in to school some time in the future.

  • Jan 08 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Happy New Year


I hope all pupils and their families had an enjoyable break and I wish you all well for 2016.  As a school we have a busy term ahead of us and I look forward to informing you of school highlights through my blog.

  • Dec 22 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Various good news stories



It has been a really busy time over the last few weeks.  In addition to the on-going day to day work in classes the Christmas festivities have cranked up.

There have been some very positive events which have occurred over the last couple of weeks.  I would like to highlight some of them for you.


Laura Smith – S6 – Young Ambassador for Inclusion

Laura, who is visually impaired, has been chosen to be Renfrewshire’s Young Ambassador for Inclusion.  So far this has involved Laura meeting with other ambassadors and also speaking at an inclusion conference.  I was approached a couple of weeks ago and was asked for quotes from Laura and me to be included in an article to be published by Education Scotland.  The article is entitled “Inspiring pupil from Renfrewshire chosen as Young Ambassador for inclusion” and can be found by putting the article title in to your browser bar.


S1 and 2 reading challenges and Waterstone’s visit

Our school librarians are always keen to encourage our pupils to read more and also more widely.  Our S1 and 2 pupils have been given the opportunity to undertake different challenges this session.  S1 do the Read for Gold challenge where they have to read a total of 15 books and S2 undertake the genre challenge where they have to read 8 books of differing genres.  Between the two year groups, 30 pupils completed the challenge.  As a reward pupils went on a trip to Waterstones and had the chance to help choose new books for our library.  Many thanks to Mrs Gordon for  supporting our pupils and also for organising the trip.  A further ten pupils will visit Waterstones in the new year.

waterstones1       waterstone2     waterstones3

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

A few weeks ago I highlighted that we had held an awards ceremony for pupils who had successfully completed their Bronze or Silver Awards.  Last week I was asked to present six pupils with their certificates and badges as they have now successfully completed their awards.  The photo below shows Megan Douglas, Lucy Smith and Louisa Murray who all achieved Bronze and Craig Melrose, Eve Mitchell and Lewis Rodger who all gained Silver.  Congratulations to each of them for this excellent achievement.




Unfortunately we had to cancel our S3/4 dance due to poor ticket sales.  Our S1/2 dance took place last night and was a great success with some S3 and 4 pupils also attending.  The senior (S5/6) dance took place last Thursday in the Erskine Bridge Hotel.  The vast majority of our pupils behaved impeccably and had a great night.  Unfortunately though some pupils turned up at the dance having consumed some alcohol and had to be sent home.  This was most unfortunate and we are now considering the future of the senior dance.


And finally……Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Santa, the snowman and me!






  • Dec 15 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s blog – Maths! Maths! Maths!



Mr Campbell of our Mathematics department, who is also Project Leader for Numeracy, recently encouraged pupils to become involved in a number of Mathematics / numeracy events.

Senior Maths Challenge 2015:

Congratulations to Charlotte McCrone and Liam Oldrey who (voluntarily!) participated in the Senior Maths Challenge gaining very respectable Silver award.  This put them in the top 30% of the 82 000 pupils taking part this year across the UK.  This is an excellent achievement for both pupils.

Ada Lovelace Commemoration Event on Wednesday 16th December at the University of the West of Scotland.

This event is held to inspire young women to be motivated to consider a career in areas of technology and engineering.  A group of 13 PMHS pupils from across S1-S6 attended this year’s Christmas Lecture and workshops and were hopefully  inspired in the same way!

Sumdog – Renfrewshire Contest

Very well done to the 60 S1 participants in Park Mains High School’s first try of this online Maths and Numeracy resource.  Over the course of a week the pupils managed to answer over 25 000 questions!  Many great individual efforts saw some pupils answer over 1000 questions and as mainly time outwith school was used it is indeed an impressive effort!  Both classes involved finished in the top 10 in Renfrewshire with four of our pupils finishing in the top 50 out of over 1000 pupils participating.  Special congratulations in particular to John Davies who finished an incredible 14th overall and was our ‘Best in School’!

Thank you to Mr Campbell and all pupils who participated.


  • Dec 11 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s blog – Christmas concert


On Tuesday night we held our annual Christmas concert.  It was a fantastic night with over 130 pupils performing during the evening.  In my welcoming address I highlighted that in my view our concerts are really quite exceptional.  The talent, commitment and enthusiasm of our pupils is quite unique and the quality of the concerts they produce is of a very high standard.  During the evening we were entertained by a wide range of acts from individual performances to groups of pupils with the full range of traditional and modern items performed.  The evening ended with a finale where every single performer was on stage and we were entertained with a fantastic rendition of Highland Cathedral.


Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way – performers, stage crew, S1 pupils who designed the programmes,  Music and instrumental teachers, other staff who assisted behind the scenes and also Parent Council members who organised a raffle and provided refreshments at the interval.

  • Dec 10 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s blog – SCHOLAR



SCHOLAR is a website which provides access to learning materials covering Higher and /or Advanced Higher courses in Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computing Science, Business Management, Psychology, Art and Design (Textiles) and Modem Languages.   Maths and Modern Languages are also covered at National 5 level.  Many senior pupils who have used this online resource have found it to be of good use to them in their studies.  Last week Lynn Biagioni, a representative from SCHOLAR, led assemblies for both S5 and S6 pupils to outline how pupils could use SCHOLAR to assist with their revision/homework.

More information can be found in the SCHOLAR Parent Information Leaflet which is available through the link below or paper copies can be collected from the information leaflet stand near the entrance to the school.  Should parents require any further clarification, please contact Mrs. Mather (DHT S5&6).


Scholar Parent Info Sept 2015


  • Dec 04 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s blog – upcoming Christmas events


This week saw the S4 prelims finishing and they ran smoothly.  As we are well in to December the school and our pupils start to get busy with Christmas events.

On Thursday night (3rd) Mrs Nicholls and I had the pleasure of attending the  concert in Paisley Town Hall.  The various groups are made up of pupils from across Renfrewshire.  Many of our pupils were involved in this event and it was a very enjoyable evening.

During the remainder of the term there will be a lot of events taking place and I would want all families to feel their children can be included should they wish to be involved.  If any family is unable to make the cost of any of the key events noted below please contact your child’s Guidance teacher or Year Head and we will assist where possible.   The main events over the next couple of weeks are  –

Christmas concert (Tuesday 8th) This is always a high point of the school year when we have an opportunity to see some of many talented pupils performing.  On this evening our Parent Council will be providing refreshments at the interval and will also run a raffle.  Any donations for prizes would be most appreciated.  They can be handed in to the school office.

S1 pantomime visit  (Tuesday 15th)  – This annual event is organised by the English department and is always very well attended.  This year the chosen pantomime is “Santa Claus is coming to town” at the Pavilion Theatre.

Christmas dances –  There is a long tradition of well attended and very enjoyable dances in PMHS.  The dances are a mix of ceilidh band and disco time which is often the format adult functions.  Social dancing is taught in PE during this month and I’m sure all adults would agree that later in life it is useful to have these skills.  In PMHS we even have our own social dance which is performed to “Jingle Bells”.  Ask your children to demonstrate it for you!

Attendance at the dances is dependent on pupils having good records of attendance, timekeeping and behaviour.  At our dances pupils are expected to dress smartly and obviously behave well so that all present can enjoy themselves.

S3&4 – Wednesday 16th December (in PMHS)

S5&6 – Thursday 17th December  (at the Erskine Bridge Hotel)

S1&2 – Monday 21st December (in PMHS)

Talent Show – Tuesday 22nd December

Again this is a big tradition within PMHS and is always a fantastic event.  We have so many talented pupils who are willing to enter, that we actually have to hold auditions to finalise the acts who will perform in the show.  On the last day before the holiday it means we always end the term on a high point and I never cease to be amazed at the level of talent in our school.