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  • Jun 12 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Week beginning 8.6.15




Junior Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday of this week we held our annual Junior Awards Ceremony where we acknowledged some of the many achievements of our S1-3 pupils.  Over 190 awards were presented during the ceremony for a wide range of achievements.  Some pupils received academic awards while others received wider achievement awards recognising achievements in other areas such as sporting or musical success.  Presentations were also made to some pupils for achieving food hygiene certificates, John Muir Awards for forest learning and a number of trophies were awarded for mainly sporting successes.  During the afternoon staff, pupils, parents and guests were also entertained by some of our very talented musicians.


P7/S1 induction days

On Thursday and Friday of this week we welcomed the primary 7 pupils who will be our S1 pupils next session.  Around 230 pupils arrived on Thursday morning and following a brief assembly with Mr Gillen, who will be their Year Head next session, and me, they met their Guidance teacher  and then followed their timetables for the rest of the two days.  Senior pupils acted as guides to assist pupils in finding their way to classes and around the school in general.   On Thursday evening Mr Gillen and I held an information evening for P7 parents which was extremely well attended.  The P7 pupils seemed to really enjoy their days and our first impressions are that they are a really positive year group.

  • Jun 05 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Week beginning 1.6.15



40th anniversary staff dinner

On Friday 29th May a dinner was held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations and around 90 present and previous staff attended .  The evening was organised by Mrs McKeown (Principal Teacher of Modern Languages) and Miss Clark (former Principal Teacher of English) and was a most enjoyable evening.  Two PMHS pipers (Andrew Hutton and Scott Young) piped staff in to the function suite and then guitarist David Small entertained staff during dinner.

In its forty years PMHS has had 3 substantive Head Teachers – Mr David Smart, Mr Robert Fawkes and Mr Michael Dewar.  Each made a speech to staff focussing on their time in the school.  After the meal I delivered a vote of thanks.


Parent Council

The Parent Council held its last meeting this session on Monday evening.  We are very fortunate in PMHS that we have a group of very supportive parents who regularly attend these meetings and also support school functions.   We are always keen to welcome new members so if any parent would be interested in joining the Parent Council they should call the school or send an e mail through this website.

Our Parent Council will be in attendance at the Variety Show which will take place on 17th and 18th June and will provide refreshments at the interval.  They are also keen to organise a raffle/tombola so any donations for prizes would be most welcome.  Donations can be handed in to the school office.

  • May 29 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Week beginning 25.5.15



Higher Mathematics examination

Some parents have contacted us regarding the recent Higher Mathematics examination as it proved very challenging for many pupils.  I have looked in to this matter and would suggest concerned parents look at the SQA website which includes a statement regarding the examination and subsequent action.  The SQA has reassured pupils and parents that pupils will not be disadvantaged.

Interestingly on Thursday (28.5.15) I accompanied a group of S3 pupils on a visit to the Scottish Parliament and the opposition asked a question about this exam during First Minister’s Questions as a number of MSPs had been contacted by constituents raising concerns.  Nicola Sturgeon reiterated the assurances given by SQA.


Scottish National Qualifications – SCQF Levels and Timelines

An interesting table has been produced which charts current and previous qualifications outlining how qualifications correlate with previous awards.  You can access this under the Parents’ section of our website.


Blazer fittings – 4.6.15

All S5 and 6 pupils are expected to wear a blazer with the Park Mains High School badge and Schoolwear Made Easy (Paisley) provide us with a good service.  The company came into school just before the Easter break and fitted most of our current S4 pupils.  This will be followed up by a further fitting session on Thursday 4.6.15 for those who missed out.

Pupils in S1 to 4 may choose to wear a blazer if they wish.  Should parents wish any further information regarding blazers, they should contact their child’s Year Head.



  • May 21 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s Blog – week beginning 18.5.15

S2 Health Event

On Thursday 21 May our probationer teachers organised an interdisciplinary health event for our S2 pupils. During the morning pupils went to sessions in different areas around the school and explored various health related topics from learning how diseases were treated in the past to Vitamin C experiments in Science. The morning ran well and pupils seemed to really enjoy the sessions.

New timetable

We will be changing our timetable week beginning 1 June. S1 to 3 classes will move on on Monday 1 June and returning S5 and 6 pupils should return from study leave / enrichment programme on Wednesday 3 June. Pupils will receive further information regarding arrangements nearer the time.

  • May 15 / 2015
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Dress code

The vast majority of our pupils adhere to our dress code and I hope take pride in wearing the Park Mains High School uniform.   However some pupils do challenge the expectations and recently the main challenges have been –

  • Girls wearing legging/jeggings
  • Girls wearing very short fashion skirts and
  • Pupils wearing footwear which is not all black.

As our senior pupils are mostly on study leave at present the Depute Head Teachers are taking this time to remind S1-3 pupils of our expectations.   This will be followed up by letters being sent home if required.

I would welcome the support of all parents in this matter and ask that when purchasing new items of clothing or  footwear that they be appropriate for our dress code.  Should you have any questions regarding what is appropriate please call and speak to your child’s Year Head.


Pupil bags

I am concerned that many pupils routinely leave their school bags lying unattended around the building or grounds at lunchtime.  I would like to remind all pupils and parents that if any bags/items are lost/stolen when a bag is left unattended that the school is not liable and would urge pupils not to leave their valuable unattended at any times.

  • May 08 / 2015
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SQA examinations

This has been week two of the exam diet and arrangements are running well.  With only a few exceptions all pupils have turned up on time and well prepared for their exams and as is always the case our invigilators are full of praise for our pupils’ conduct.  If pupils have any queries regarding the times or allocated rooms for their exams they should see Mrs Taylor (Education Support Manager) well in advance of their exams.


S1 Health Event

On Tuesday 12th June S1 pupils will be off timetable for most of the morning to enable them to take part in a health event organised by Mrs Shearer (Project Leader – Health and Well Being).  Pupils will go to a series of workshops on such things as drugs education, sexual health, cyber safety, sun safety, CPR and impact of anti-social behaviour.


  • May 01 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s blog – Week beginning 27.4.15

SQA examination diet

All S4,6 and 6 pupils who are sitting National 5, Highers etc are now on study leave. The examination diet has started well. As intimated in the Easter newsletter, pupils are welcome  to come in to school to study or meet with staff for examination preparation. If doing so they are required to be in usual dress code.



The Parentzone website has been around for some time but has recently been upgraded and I think it is now much more user friendly. To access this go to the Education Scotland website and click on Parentzone or use this link – (http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/). When on this website you can look up any school including Park Mains High School and find a wealth of information on a wide range of issues including attainment, leavers’ destinations etc.


Enquire Conference

You may recall that our school hosted the Enquire annual conference in March.  This was a very successful event with delegates coming from all over Scotland.  I was delighted to be asked to host the event and it proved an ideal opportunity to showcase our school and pupils.  The school worked well as a venue and many of our pupils were involved in a variety of ways – performing musical items, presenting to delegates and recording the day’s events as a media team.   If you click below you will be able to watch a short film recording the events of the day.  I should also point out that all the film footage and interviews were done by our pupils.  A small group of interested pupils had a couple of training sessions with a professional media company and then on the day they had sole responsibility for capturing the day’s events.  I hope you enjoy the film and agree it shows our pupils and school in a wonderful light.

40th Anniversary Celebrations – Raffle prize appeal

I am sure you are all aware that this year marks the 4oth anniversary of Park Mains High School and there are a number of events scheduled to mark the occasion.  On 17th and 18th June a variety show will be put on in the school.  More information will be posted on the website nearer the time.  Our Parent Council has offered to run a raffle on these nights to raise funds and would therefore welcome any donations which could be used as raffle prizes.  If you would be able to donate a prize that would be most appreciated.   In the past we have received some fantastic prizes from food items (chocolates/biscuits) to vouchers for local businesses.  Any donations can be handed in to the school office.

  • Apr 24 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Week beginning 20.4.15

As I intimated in the newsletter which was issued prior to the Spring Break it is my intention to write a weekly blog which will give recent highlights and reminders. Please bear with me as I develop the process!

End of term attendance
You will be aware that our usual practice is to send out a ‘group call’ each morning to parents whose children are absent without explanation. This was done on Thursday 2nd April. Some pupils who were present in the morning were absent later in the day. If we received no explanation for this absence it will be recorded as ‘unathorised’. Should you wish to check your child’s attendance on that day, please call the school and the office staff or your child’s Guidance teacher will be able to advise you.

Dress Code
I also intimated in the recent newsletter that we would be very grateful for any items of dress code which are no longer required by your child/children. This means we can build up a stock of items to give to pupils who may be in need either for short or long term use. This plea applies particularly to ties and blazers.

S6 leavers
This week saw our S6 pupils complete their time in Park Mains High School. They have overall been an excellent year group and their last week saw them saying farewell to staff and pupils which included the traditional shirt signing on Thursday. The week ended with their Valedictory Ceremony which took place this afternoon. It was a most enjoyable occasion with speeches, an awe inspiring musical performance by David Small, the presentation of cheques to our chosen charities and pupils receiving their Year Books. The ceremony concluded with a wonderful video presentation which was produced by Robyn Johnstone and provides a fabulous record of the pupils’ year. An informal gathering for pupils, guests and staff took place after the event.