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  • Feb 26 / 2018
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Land Rover 4×4 Schools Challenge – S6 Success

Over the passed academic year, six S6 pupils from Park Mains High School have worked hard to compete in the Land Rover 4×4 in schools Challenge Regional finals. The road to the competition for the group was bumpy to say the least; their Technical teacher taking charge of their group suffered a horrible hill walking accident, resulting in his long-term absence. The team have had to work themselves to build a radio controlled four-wheel drive (4×4) vehicle. They have designed and manufactured their vehicle altering the vehicle body, vehicle chassis and all the vehicle electrics themselves. They have developed their own brand identity, naming their team and car ‘Wild Alba’. They have also worked extensively to seek sponsorship for all their funding for their project from local businesses wishing to help on their endeavour.

Competition day was an exciting experience for the whole team. The Scottish Regional finals were held at Inveralmond Academy in Livingston on the 22nd of February 2018. Fourteen other schools from around Scotland had travelled to take part in this event. The team were put through a variety of challenges; from giving a presentation to a panel of 3 judges, having the car scrutinized by competition officials and then driving their car over the fantastic obstacle course. The team’s hard work, dedication and passion for engineering shined through to the judges who were very impressed and interested in their design and engineering ideas. Wild Alba are now through to the UK finals at Jaguar Land Rover HQ and they came 2nd overall in the competition. They also won the best Innovative Design in the Scottish heat.

The team and school are delighted with their achievements and are now working extensively to prepare for the National finals held on the 22nd and 23rd of March in the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, England. This will involve the pupils travelling down to Gaydon and staying in a hotel for the two days of the final stages. The pupils will have expenses for travel, accommodation and food costs for this. If anyone could assist in supporting the pupils with these costs with sponsorship or have contacts to subsidise the travel and accommodation, the pupils would very much appreciate the support. Please contact Miss Marshall or Miss Madigan if anyone can support the pupils with their costs.

Well done to all staff and pupils involved and good luck in the final.

  • Feb 23 / 2018
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Young Ambassadors – S3 Pupils

Young Ambassador Programme

Cathleen Watt and Marlyn Fulton from S3 volunteered for the role of Young Ambassador and attended a course to enable them to fulfil this role within Park Mains HS. The girls wanted to come and present what they learnt to the S1’s which we accommodated through Tutor groups in the assembly hall. yesterday, Thursday 22 February. They both produced the PowerPoint attached and delivered the lesson to all S1 pupils by themselves.

Well done to both these girls, their presentation was fantastic and they have both worked very hard to achieve the Young Ambassador status.


  • Feb 21 / 2018
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S3 and S4 NHS Careers Evening

S3 and S4 NHS Careers Event

28th February 2018


At The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Care Centre

If you are considering taking a STEM, Business,

Finance, IT, Computing, Technical or Administrative subject at National 5 have you considered a career in the NHS?


Book your place at our Careers Insight evening to find out about the wide range of careers available and the different ways to access them.

Please note that due to the size of our venue places are limited and interested parties must email me to book their place.

To book your place, email your name and the name of your school to


  • Feb 21 / 2018
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Clark Contracts – Careers Evening

Please find attached a flyer regarding our careers evenings which are taking place on 20th in Paisley and 22nd March in Edinburgh. We have also uploaded a press release with the details of the event to our website: https://clarkcontracts.com/article/careers-evenings-being-held-by-clark-contracts/

The event is for anyone interested in a trade apprenticeship, traineeship, graduate position or work experience in the construction industry.

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  • Feb 16 / 2018
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Big Band – Easter Holidays

Fantastic opportunity to join Renfrewshire Big Band after the Easter Holidays. See poster for details or speak to Miss Maynes in the Music Department.

  • Feb 16 / 2018
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S5/6 Pupils Interested in a Career in Care

Erskine is proposing to hold a breakfast event at the Erskine Home, Bishopton on Friday 9th March to introduce pupils to their organisation and advise them of Modern Apprentice opportunities this year. If you think that this is a career choice you would like to consider, and you would be able to attend such an event, please give your name to you Pastoral Care teacher by end of day Thursday 22nd February as we have to let Erskine know that you will attend.

The focus is on Care Assistant Modern Apprenticeships which would have a guarantee of employment at the end of the 2-year apprenticeship, but they are likely to take on another Business Admin Modern Apprentice.

The recruitment process includes a 2-hour workshop at Erskine to support the interview process. This proved very successful last year and they offered positions to more staff than intended.

More information about Erskine can be found on their website www.erskine.org.uk

  • Feb 16 / 2018
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Young Musician of the Year

Application forms are now available from the Music Department staff for this annual


Any pupil from S1-S6 can enter, regardless of whether they take Music as a subject or


Pupils entering this competition will initially perform in Preliminary rounds. Following

this, 6 junior & 6 senior pupils will be chosen to perform in the Final in March 2018.Poster 2018

Application forms should be returned to the Music Department by Wednesday 28th Feb.

  • Feb 08 / 2018
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Bavarian Brauhaus – S4, S5 and S6 German Pupils

On Wednesday 7th of February, S4, S5 and S6 German pupils went for lunch in the typical German restaurant “Bavarian Brauhaus” located in Glasgow. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere and were very happy with their trip.

Pupil feedback:

“My schnitzel burger was probably right up there with the best foreign food I’ve tried. It was fantastic.”, “Loved the Bratwurst and the restaurant itself was brilliant, would definitely go again.”, “Food was amazing, my Currywurst was delicious, would recommend to others.”, “Loved the food, would like to go back with friends and family.”, “***** Great food + Great atmosphere”, “The servers were really friendly and had cute outfits.”

  • Feb 08 / 2018
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Pupil Success – Music

Congratulations to Callum Barton S1 who has gained an NPA (National Progression Award) in Scottish Bagpipes at level 4. This means that despite only being in S1, Callum already has 18 points towards applying for university later in his school career! Well done, Callum.