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  • Apr 22 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Spring break

Having returned from the Spring break I am reflecting back on the very busy term before that.  Traditionally this is always the busiest term of the school year with our junior pupils continuing to work on their Broad General Education and our senior pupils working towards their SQA assessments and examinations.  At assemblies we reminded the senior pupils of the importance of taking an organised approach to their studying for examinations and I have highlighted to them that this is now the time to make some sacrifices which will benefit them in the long run. I have also mentioned to pupils the importance of a good life work balance.

To assist with revision we ran an Easter School for many subjects and I was pleased with the levels of attendance.  We are committed to continuing to fund these classes as I believe they are very useful to our pupils at this time of year.  Running the classes would not be possible without the commitment of our staff and I thank them for that.

  • Mar 24 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Advanced Higher pupils perform at the Royal Concert Hall

On Thursday (17.3.16) the Advanced Higher Music class performed in the Royal Concert Hall Music Café to an audience of around 80 people. On the programme was a variety of music which showcased the incredible talent of these musicians.

Meg Denholm – Vocal Soloist

Cal Sparks – Piano and Kit Soloist

Allan Petrie – Guitar Soloist

Scott McIldowie – Guitar and Bass Soloist

The audience was treated to 45 minutes of music which included solo items as listed above and also a Jazz Trio performance. After the performance we received a guided tour of the Royal Concert hall including the brand new auditorium used by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. This auditorium is now one of the best in Europe and our tour guide explained much about the complex acoustics involved in creating an auditorium of this standard.

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  • Mar 23 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Young Musician of the Year

On the evening of Monday 21 March the fourth annual Young Musician of the Year competition took place in the Assembly Hall.  The audience was entertained with the finalists of this year’s competition following auditions by many entrants.  It was a fantastic evening and the judges had a difficult time deciding on the winners.

Junior –

1st    Jane Jenkins  – Guitar

2nd  Eve Sutherland  – Guitar and voice

3rd   Isla Campbell  – Voice

Senior –

1st   Chloe Moore  – Voice

2nd Scott McIldowie  – Guitar

3rd  Allan Petrie  – Guitar

The photos below show all the finalists and the winners.

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While the judges were deliberating the audience was treated to some pieces performed by the three previous senior winners of the competition – David Small, Robyn McKay and Andrew Herrington (pictured below).

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  • Mar 22 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Sport Relief

 

 

Mr Allen of the PE department, ably assisted by Alana Steele and others, organised a large number of events last week to raise money for Sport Relief.  Most days after school there was an opportunity for pupils to try a new sport/activity.  Also on Friday throughout the whole day there was always at least one person bouncing on a space hopper in the street area.  Due to the fact that there was always someone moving all the photos I took were a bit out of focus!  Over £400 was raised so a big thanks to all those who took part or made a donation.

 

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  • Mar 18 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – S2 Parents’ Information and Careers Evening

 

 

 

Traditionally S2 parents are invited in for an information evening to explain the options process as their children are about to make their first option choices.  Following a suggestion from a parent we decided to expand the evening and include some careers information.  A number of our parents volunteered to give brief presentations to pupils about their line of work.  Other presenters were former pupils or from established business links.  I was delighted that the evening was very well attended and during the evening pupils and their parents were given a presentation in the Assembly Hall about the options process and they then had the opportunity to visit about six different presenters of their choosing as they moved around the street area in a ‘speed dating’ style.  A lot of positive feedback was received from pupils, parents and the presenters.

 

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  • Mar 15 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Defibrillator

 

 

Park Mains High School now has an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) which automatically diagnoses a patient’s need, issues verbal instructions to the user and independently delivers any shock required to restart the heart.  The machine will not deliver a shock if the patient does not need it.  The defibrillator was mainly funded by the British Heart Foundation but some of the school’s pupils who are part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme raised funds to upgrade to a model which is easier to use.

Although not mandatory before using the defibrillator, training can be offered and staff will be offered this opportunity.

The defibrillator will be housed just inside the main entrance of the school so can be easily access if required. In addition to this exciting development eight of our Duke of Edinburgh Young Leaders have been trained to Heartstart Instructor Level by the Trossachs Search and Rescue Team. These pupils will now assist with Heartstart training of all Duke of Edinburgh participants in the school.

Last week Stuart Ballantyne, Chairman of the Trossachs Search and Rescue Team, and Jamie Mitchell, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Communication Officer, visited Park Mains High School to meet some of the young people involved in this initiative.

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  • Mar 10 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Girls’ dress code

 

 

Recently parents of all our girls received a letter regarding dress code.

As a school we like to foster in our pupils a feeling of pride about the school  and one way of doing this is through pupils wearing appropriate dress code.  Over recent months an increasing number of girls have been challenging the dress code more and more – wearing footwear which is not all black, wearing  denim jackets etc but one aspect of their dress code is giving me the greatest concern.  Quite a number of our girls are choosing to wear leggings/jeggings to school and I do not feel these are appropriate for school.  My letter to our girls’ parents thanked those whose children wear appropriate clothing and sought the cooperation of others in the future.  I would welcome parental support on this matter.

  • Mar 04 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Calculators in Mathematics

 

 

 

All pupils are encouraged to have calculators for specific topics in Mathematics at all levels.  As pupils are not allowed to use mobile phones as calculators in SQA examinations they are not allowed to use them in class.  It is therefore important that pupils are confident in using calculators from S1 onwards and it is beneficial if they have their own where possible.

 

  • Mar 04 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Author visit

 

 

An S1 English class had the opportunity to hear an author speak about his writing this week. Ross MacKenzie, who has been short-listed for both the Scottish Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Award, talked to pupils about what inspired him to become a writer and read an extract from his book ‘The Nowhere Emporium’.  He also relived the day he was told his first book would be published.  The phone call was from the editor who has also worked on all the Harry Potter books.  Ross also gave pupils the chance to play a part in the sequel to the book, which he is now working on. He collected their suggestions in his ‘book of ideas’ so our pupils may see their ideas in print!

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  • Mar 02 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Parking

 

 

 

Our school is a busy campus but on most days there is always sufficient parking to accommodate all staff and visitors.  Occasionally we receive complaints from parents or visitors about people parking in the drop off zones so I have reminded staff that they should not park in these areas.

A number of our senior pupils now drive to school and unfortunately some of them are continuing to park in these areas despite being asked not to do so.  I would ask that parents of these pupils support us in this request.  If pupils repeatedly ignore this request they will be advised that they must park outwith the school grounds.