|We are delighted to inform you that Park Mains High School has been awarded a sportscotland Gold School Sport Award for 2018-2021.
The Gold School Sport Award is recognition of your school’s achievements in putting sport at the heart of your school’s planning, practice and ethos.
The Gold Award also highlights that your school has shown excellent practice across the core areas of the Award and demonstrated an on-going commitment to increase young people’s opportunities and engagement in physical education, school sport and leadership and provide clear pathways to life-long participation in sport.
Thanks to the PE staff who work tirelessly to provide a fantastic opportunity for our pupils in Health and Well-being and sport.
Our time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – by : Ayshan Esen, Maria Holton and Rachael Hepburn
Our trip started at 09.00 on Friday 14th September.
Most of the band turned up excluding a couple of trumpets and other students who were already at the conservatoire.
We had been invited to the Royal conservatoire to play for students in 5th and 6th year who were learning how to conduct and run a rehearsal and to give them the opportunity to take a rehearsal in the process to give them some experience.
Our excitement matched our nervousness, but luckily we had practised the piece until we were sick of hearing the repetitive melody stuck in our heads from rehearsals. We gained confidence as we knew that we knew the piece “backwards, forwards and inside out.”
The bus ride to the RCS was an interesting journey but we will leave those details out.
After arriving at the RCS, we were lead to a hall where the senior students were patiently waiting for us, sharing the same nervous look as we did.
We went through a series of warm up working on things like testing our rhythm, beat and time keeping skills.
After we made ourselves familiar with the setup, we were lead through breathing exercises to open our lungs as it was first thing in the morning. This was quite unusual as we never did this at band, but we found the exercises quite enjoyable.
Before starting, as there was not enough of us, we had to fill spaces in the brass and percussion sections. Mr Chinn gave us a short introduction into how to conduct different time signatures E.g 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4.
Then we finally got right into the piece, with our first trainee conductor taking the run through. Our nerves left us as we made it through the first proper run though since the previous Monday, although the same couldn’t be said for the trainee conductors. However, we do think they did a great job as it was their first time conducting a band.
After a couple of run-throughs we were allowed a short break. During this we discussed what we were going over and how we were feeling, now that our nerves had calmed.
After break we split into sectionals and practised for about 45 minutes with the senior students taking turns conducting us. This allowed the senior students to learn how to take a sectional. There were many senior students for the smaller sections such as percussion. Although the senior students got some input from teachers, they worked hard and used the given advice wisely. We then stopped a lunch break. The café was very good and had a wide selection of food and drink to choose from.
After lunch we had a couple more run-throughs of “Celtic Air and Dance” to work on dynamics and finish the piece nicely.
Lastly, we were given the challenge of speed reading the piece “Into the Artic”. To help us with the piece, the senior students joined us where possible, as Mr Chinn took over conducting. Running through the piece was nerve racking but we made it in the end; considering we gave it our best shot. Once we boarded the bus, everyone was feeling relaxed, having really enjoyed their time at the RCS
In the end, we thank the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for presenting us with the opportunity, and if given the chance we would all go back.
The club will take place on Thursdays at lunchtime starting Thursday 20th September (next Thursday) and, as mentioned on the poster, we will be learning some introductory Italian as well as about Italian culture, music and food. All welcome!
Week 1 will be greetings and a general knowledge quiz about Italy. Please speak to Mrs Thouard in Modern Languages if you would like more information.
At Park Mains High School this year, we would like to include people within the Erskine, Bishopton, Langbank and Inchinnan communities in our whole school Remembrance Service this November. Staff and pupils are creating a Wall of poppies within our Assembly Hall and we would like to encourage as many people as possible to become involved in making and creating poppies to fill up the wall.
Our new S1 pupils will be working with staff in Expressive Arts making poppies to display in the assembly hall and we thought it would be fantastic if people within the community were to contribute as well to make a whole wall of poppies. We are looking for parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and people residing within our communities to get involved to support our pupils to fill up the whole wall.
Who is this for?
Anyone in the community who would like to support our pupils.
What do you need to do?
Make as many or as few poppies as you like and bring them into the school to be included on the wall. We have included some sites with knitting ideas and craft suggestions but you can make it any way you like.
When is this for?
Our service is on the 9th November so ideally by the 8th so we can display everything properly.
Poppy Design Sites:
Any questions contact Miss Maynes in the Art department.
ECLIPSE BLINDS – Inchinnan Business Park
Customer Support Department have 3 vacancies for Customer Service Administrator Apprenticeships.
Successful applicants will be offered a 12 month Fixed Term Contract with the potential to become permanent members of the team. Apprentices will be supported through the SVQ Business and Administration Levels 2 with the potential to progress to Business and Administration Level 3 or the Customer Service Level 3.
For details, see Miss Anderson.
The school has explored prior to the summer holidays, developing and re-branding the current House System within Park Mains High School. For many years Park Mains had Pastoral Care groups named Cart, Calder, Leven and Kelvin.
The aspiration was to create four House groups and establish a whole school house system which every pupil and every member of staff is involved in.
House groups give pupils more of a sense of belonging, as well as creating more leadership opportunities which in turn will help develop self- esteem and support their well being. It also offers opportunities for house competitions and further celebrate the many successes of our pupils.
After a period of consultation with staff, parents and pupils the overwhelming majority voted to create four house groups named after Scottish Islands. The new House groups are Arran, Bute, Mull and Skye with their own logo, colour and motto. New S3 pupils worked with the English department, and the pastoral care staff plus SMT has agreed on the following mottos.
Arran – Stand together, soar together.
Bute- Be different, be brave, be Bute.
Mull- Don’t stop- exceed expectations!
Skye- Don’t just dream it- do it!
Staff and pupils have been allocated to a House group and wear a coloured badge to show which House they belong to. Pupils can also be rewarded by staff with Bronze, Silver or Gold tokens. The tokens will be counted at various stages in the school year and the House group with the most at that point will receive a House reward.
The logos were designed and illustrated by Miss Wylie, Art probationer and are now displayed in the Street Area and the stairwells within the school.
Each House has House Captains from every year group who will have some leadership responsibilities when there are House events taking place throughout the school year. Watch this space for more information on our House events.
Please see Paisley Daily Express today to read an article covering this story.
Engineer Linn Products Ltd
Linn Products are a specialist manufacturer of extraordinary music systems for over four decades. The company are looking to recruit Modern Apprentice Engineers for their manufacturing facility in Eaglesham near Glasgow.
As an engineering apprentice you will be expected to be adaptable to learning new skills and processes and play an active role in ensuring the manufacture and assembly of the company’s products.
What might a typical day in this job look like?
Candidates will work towards SVQ’s at levels 2 & 3.The will also be required to obtain a suitable academic qualification in an engineering discipline to at least National Certificate (NC) level. Candidates will receive comprehensive training at both East Kilbride Group Training Association and the company’s premises.
What will I learn?
Typically the apprentice will be working in the Manufacture of a variety of different types of hi end specialist sound equipment. You will be learning skills required to play an active role in the organisation. Full training will be given to the successful applicant throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.
£10,725 – £10,725 per year Waterfoot Full-time (37.5 Hours) East Kilbride Group Training Association 21/09/2018 SCQF level 6/7
More information available on :- www.apprenticeships.scot
Science Technician West College Scotland
Under the supervision of the Technician, you will be required to provide an efficient technical support service to the Science curricular area at West College Scotland’s Clydebank campus.
You will be expected to assist science technicians in supporting delivery of the curriculum. This will involve preparing teaching areas and equipment for student use, checking labs to ensure appropriate housekeeping standards are met, maintaining micro-organisms, preparing reagents, checking stock of chemicals / consumables / lab resources as requested by and under the supervision of the technician.
The successful candidate will have Science Higher (from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, MER or Biotechnology) with second science at Intermediate 2/Standard Grade Credit/National 5 or equivalent. He/she will be familiar with science lab operation. And be expected to complete an MA in Life Sciences over the course of their employment.
What qualification or qualities are required?
Science Higher (from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human Biology, MER or Biotechnology) with second science at Intermediate 2/Standard Grade Credit/National 5 or equivalent.
Working towards or have relevant HNC/D Science Qualification or equivalent
£7,644 – £14,250 per year Clydebank Full-time (35 Hours) West College Scotland 19/09/2018 SCQF level 6/7
More information available on :- www.apprenticeships.scot