Due to the increase in roll this season we have appointed another English Teacher (Miss Dyer), a Maths Teacher (Mrs Flannigan) and a part-time Science Teacher (Mrs Metivier) on a temporary basis. Mr Campbell was successful in being appointed to Acting Principal Teacher of Maths at St. Benedict’s High School and we wish him well in his new post.
We will also welcome Ms McGuigan as a Classroom Assistant, Ms Kane as an Additional Support Needs Assistant and Ms. Eck in the office, in the New Year.
From the last newsletter it was proposed that a launch of PMHS Twitter and Facebook would occur sometime this term. Unfortunately, this has not been possible but we are hoping that a launch in early January will enable parents to access any updates to the website via these social media formats. Please continue to notify us of any of your child’s achievements through the school email address or a call to the school office.
On my return, I was keen to “take the temperature” of the school in terms of the views of pupils, parents and staff and I have recently held focus groups for parents and staff which have been informative in determining where we are as a school in terms of strengths, areas for development, the school aims and other issues. I intend to use the forthcoming parents’ nights in January and February to further canvass parental views through the use of questionnaires. Through tutor groups, all pupils have had the opportunity to engage in discussions in small groups on these matters and an action plan will be drawn up in response to the key points pupils have raised.
Mr. M Dewar
Information on how to download Office 365 through pupils’ glow accounts –
All pupils are able to download Office 365 (Microsoft Word, Excel etc) by logging onto their glow account.
Glow can be accessed through Park Mains’ website (http://parkmains.com) by clicking the pupils’ tab and then glow.
Sign into glow using your username and password. Any teacher can provide pupils with their username and reset the password if required.
Once logged onto glow, click onto App Library and then search the library using “Office 365” as the search term. An icon with Office 365 will appear.
Click on the icon and click on add to My Launch Pad.
Go to Launch Pad and click onto the Office Icon. Click on install to install Office 365 onto your computer.
There is continuing concern re pupils crossing at the large Centreholm roundabout to access the shopping centre particularly at lunchtime. This has been raised at the “Erskine & Inchinnan Community Safety Partnership” which is made of representatives from the local community: local councillors, police, Renfrewshire Community Safety Team, Community Council and other agencies. This issue has been raised with pupils at the Christmas Assemblies. There will be a concerted effort by the police, Community Safety Teams and the school early in the New Year to ensure pupils are using the safe routes provided. Please speak to your child re this and for their own health and safety, strongly encourage them to use the safe routes. This a very busy roundabout and it is dangerous for any child to be crossing over this roundabout to get to Bridgewater.
The vast majority of our pupils do wear appropriate dress code at all times but we would like to remind parents of the following expectations:
- All S5 and S6 pupils should wear a blazer
- Footwear should be all black (Converse shoes are not permitted)
- Girls should not wear leggings/jeggings
Your support in ensuring high standards of dress code is always appreciated.
The Parent Council met again in November and received a presentation on INSIGHT (new tool for tracking attainment and achievement), discussed the use of social media, the
anti bullying policy, activities week and fundraising. The Parent Council will continue to fundraise during the session and are always appreciative of any support. Raffle prizes or tombola items are always very welcome and can be handed in to the school office at any time. You can also help raise additional funds when shopping online with easyfundraising.org.uk and choosing PMHS as your chosen cause. Future agendas/minutes and any news items will be included in the section Parents – Parent Council on our school website.
The following publication has been received in schools and is available at the website address below:
“Empowering Teachers, Parents and Communities to Achieve Excellence and Equity – A Governance Review”. https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/empowering-schools/a-governance-review
Parents are encouraged to respond to this consultation by the deadline of 6th January 2017.