Several Park Mains pupils recently visited Bargarran Primary to read stories to Primary 1 pupils. Euan Rennie, Amie Orr, Lisa McPherson and Madeline Sutherland have been regular library users over the 2016/17 school year, with Euan and Lisa also helping out as volunteer library assistants. They didn’t disappoint on the day and were friendly, confident readers – the primary pupils had a great time! Well done to everyone involved.
The Smallpeice Trust is offering FREE places for female S4 students on CyberFirst Futures non-residential course at The University of Glasgow from 17 July – 21 July 2017.
This 4 day non-residential course offers students aged 15-16 (date of birth must be between 1 Sept 2000 and 31 August 2001) the opportunity to learn cyber security threats to devices, apps and software and to investigate different methods of protecting them. This will give students an excellent overview of the exciting challenges involved in a cyber security career.
In addition to first and foremost, being interactive, educational and fun, this Smallpeice course will enable students to:
1. participate in a university course with other students from around the UK,
2. gain real work experience that accelerates personal development and potential for greater academic achievement
3. acquire the confidence in their academic ability to believe they have the potential to flourish
4. begin to explore a range of possible STEM careers that are open to them
5. get a head start on enhancing future CVs and UCAS applications
The CyberFirst course is FREE and includes all course materials and supervised activities.
Students would have to make their own way to-and-from the course.
Details and applications for the course can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/cyberfirst-futures
Please note that students will have to complete an on-line assessment. All queries should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connor Wilson has been selected to represent team Scotland at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas where he will compete in the Judo event in July.
He has worked really hard in training for his club, Clyde Judo. Everyone at Park Mains High School wishes Connor every success at the games. Well done
Parent Council June 2017 : Russell Overend recently gave a talk about the Parent Council at the P7 Induction evening encouraging more parents/carers to become involved in the work of the Parent Council. Russell has been a member of the PC for a number of years and gave his view on his experience and the benefits of being involved.
All parents/carers are welcome to attend meetings (7 are held each year), if you can’t attend you can be added to our email distribution list or keep up with minutes via Facebook, Twitter and the school website.
This is my final year on the Parent Council and I have found it a great way of finding out more about the life of the school and being involved in discussions and consultations affecting the education of our children. I would recommend getting involved, meetings are held in the school and last about 90 minutes so not a huge commitment of time. Have a look at Russell’s update on the school website to find out more about the work of the PC.
The first meeting next year is Monday 21st August and the agenda will be issued via the school website.
Wishing you a Happy Summer from all on the Parent Council.
Chair of the PMHS Parent Council
PMHS Parent Council; talk to P7 parents, Russell Overend June 2017
I’d like to talk to you about the Parent Council. I joined the Parent Council when my son started in S1 and I have got a lot out of attending the Parent Council meetings. I’d like to try and persuade some of you to come along to future Parent Council Meetings or at least sign up to receive the e mails and minutes.
So what’s it all about? Many of you will be aware of PTA’s or Parent Partnerships in the primary schools. In my experience the Parent Council quite different to the primary school. It’s not all organising school discos and fundraising. Nor is it like a school board where it is policy, recruitment and financial planning.
As one of the best High Schools in Renfrewshire (if not the best) there is a lot going on in the school and a lot that your kids can participate in.
Subjects, subject choices, Duke of Edinburgh, sports teams and competitions, musical instruments, school concerts, dancing, work experience, school trips, activities weeks, workplace visits, charities,
Your teenagers probably won’t tell you about all these activities so the Parent Council is a good way to find out what was going on in the school. I attended the parent council initially just for information but found it useful for many other things. I would recommend it to you if you are new to the school and want to find out a lot more about the school.
The formal objectives of the parent council is to:
- Create an inclusive welcoming school
- Aid the communications between the school and parents.
- To consult on matters effecting the education and welfare of pupils
- To fundraise for additional activities and equipment for the pupils.
In practice the Parent Council has only 7 meeting a year – each lasting about 90 minutes.
We always have a talk by the Head Boy and Head Girl (from S6) – events, ideas for improvement, their work with charities, buddy system with the first years…
We always have a head teachers report – Mr Dewar will go over what has happened over the last month and what is happening over the next month. Mr Dewar will also cover any proposed changes, consult on policy coming from Renfrewshire Council, review educational performance, updates on staffing. Review new ideas – electronic homework diary, discuss new work experience ideas.
We often invite some guest speakers – careers and guidance staff, year heads etc.
We do a bit of fundraising and provide some additional resources for the school. This year we purchased a new laser cutter for the technology department with the aim of making the school the most technological advanced schools in Renfrewshire. We also sponsored some new junior awards for STEM subjects and the Arts. We have previously funded a new school mini bus and some recording equipment for music.
There is an opportunity to raise any concerns or suggest improvements.
So if you are interested please get in touch or check out the Parent Council section on the School Website.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award partnership between Park Mains High School and Kersland School, Paisley has won the Education Scotland Award in the category Partnership in Learning today at an award ceremony in Glasgow. Staff and pupils from both schools attended the award ceremony today and received the award as recognition for the fantastic partnership that has been established through the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.
Well done to all the staff and pupils from both Park Mains High School and Kersland School involved in this partnership, everyone at both schools are very proud of your achievement.