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  • Feb 12 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Busy week in PMHS

It has been a really busy week in PMHS with a number of visitors coming in to work with pupils and also pupils out of school at events.

On Tuesday we had two visitors from HP who met with S3 pupils.  In each session they spoke to our pupils about the value of being able to speak another language and the opportunities this can open up in the workplace.  These visitors commented most favourably on the behaviour and attitude of our pupils during the sessions.

Also on Tuesday we had two chefs who came in to work with two S4 Hospitality classes.  They did some demonstrations of garnishing and knife skills and also set the pupils a number of tasks.  It was a really busy double period for all involved.

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On Wednesday members of the Scottish Youth Jazz Orchestra came in to hold the first of a series of workshops with our S3 Music pupils.  All the pupils really enjoyed the experience and seemed to learn a lot.

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I really welcome the opportunities for our pupils to work with outside visitors so I thank those who were in PMHS this week most warmly.

Also last Friday 6 S2 pupils attended the Junk Kouture semi finals rehearsals at the Glasgow Royal concert Hall where 2 of the pupils  modelled the 2 groups winning creations on the final catwalk. Pupils were ecstatic to have got through to the semi finals alongside 81 other groups from schools all over Scotland. Our two models rocked the catwalk showcasing all their hard work spent during their lunchtime over the past few months.

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  • Feb 09 / 2016
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Head Teachers’ Blog – Assemblies

 

 

This week the Depute Head Teachers are having assemblies with their year groups.  I have asked them to remind pupils of our expectations in a number of areas.

Time keeping – Pupils are expected to be at all their classes on time.  If we see a pattern of a pupil arriving late to class on many occasions, he/she will be placed on after school detention.

Dress code – Yet again the Year Heads are speaking mainly to our girls about dress code.  We have noticed that an increasing number of our girls are wearing leggings/jeggings to school and we do not consider this to be acceptable dress code.

The vast majority of our pupils never have to be spoken to about these issues and I thank them for complying with our expectations.  We also really value parental support on these matters.

  • Feb 05 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s blog – INSET day and long weekend

 

 

 

This is just reminder that pupils are not in school next Friday (12.2.16) as we have an in-service day for staff and the school is closed for the mid-term break on Monday (15.2.16) and Tuesday (16.2.16).  I hope all staff, pupils and their families enjoy their break.

  • Jan 22 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Communications with staff

 

 

 

I hope you are all aware that we encourage parents to communicate with key staff when they feel this is required.  I would always advise parents that if there is something on your mind and you are wondering whether to ‘phone us, then please do.  Even it turns out not to be a big issue it is better to talk things through with us.

 

Often your child’s Guidance teacher will be the first point of contact.  I would however remind you that all staff, except the Head Teacher post, have a teaching commitment and may not be available to take your call at the time.   For example our Guidance staff are in class for 13 periods a week and in addition to this they have a large caseload of around 325 pupils so are always dealing with many different issues so it may take some time for the member of staff to call you back.   Obviously if a matter is urgent our office staff will always endeavour to have someone take your call.

  • Jan 15 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s blog – S6 Geography students shaping the future of Erskine

 

 

 

Shaping the future of Erskine

Our National 7 (Advanced Higher) Geography students have been helping to design the future of the town centre and riverside area, as part of a Council-led plan to give the town a better centre.  Local town planner Nick Wright came into run a session in PMHS and was very impressed by our pupils.  Nick commented,  “Not only did the students demonstrate a great understanding of how the town centre is from a young person’s perspective, but they made a great start on a new plan for the centre and riverside! I’m hoping they’ll be able to bring their ideas to our public workshops in early February and get more involved in that.”

Our pupils’ ideas ​included making the town centre greener and more contemporary, getting another bar or restaurant to give more to do in the evening, better transport to Bishopton and Braehead, and creating a public square with more shops, activity and space to sit down by the river.

​T​hese ideas could really go somewhere.  A series of public workshops is being held in Erskine Sports Centre from Tuesday 2nd February to Saturday 6th February, where a team of planners and designers will be working with local residents and businesses to work out a plan that meets everyone’s needs, catches everyone’s imagination, yet is realistic and achievable.  Our students’ ideas will be as much a part of the plan as anybody else’s. Other ideas include a cultural/music hub, a new park and more affordable homes – and much more besides.

All parents or pupils are welcome to come to any of the events – full details at facebook.com/ErskineCharrette -and you can have your say ​on the
facebook page too​.

All pupils will also be issued with a paper copy of information leaflet below next week of the inform

It’s your opportunity to shape the future of Erskine!

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  • Jan 15 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Dancers’ success

 

 

In PMHS we have many very talented pupils who are involved in wide range of sports and activities.  Some pupils represent the school at local events while others compete at national or international level.  This week I was informed about some of our pupils who competed in a prestigious dancing competition called ‘That’s Showbiz’ which was held in the Blackpool Winter Gardens.

Rebecca Durnan, Jill Munro, Nicole Stevenson and Rachael McLachlan are all part of a Dance Troupe called ‘Dance Dreams’.  The girls came first out of 120 other entrants from across the UK.  This is a tremendous achievement.  Well done girls!

  • Jan 14 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Police links

 

 

At assemblies this week the Depute Head Teachers and I have been informing pupils of the following information about the school’s links with local police.

 

At a recent secondary Head Teachers’ meeting a local Police Inspector addressed the meeting exploring how schools and the Police can work together.  All Renfrewshire schools have a link officer whom the Depute Head Teachers and I contact when required.  We have a very good working relationship and we regularly share information.  Recently we have had discussions about such matters as pupils involved in antisocial behaviour outside of school and concern regarding pupil movement on the roads around the school at break times.  The Police try to drop in to school during the school day when possible.  There are also plans for the Police to bring a sniffer dog in to school some time in the future.

  • Jan 08 / 2016
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Happy New Year

 

I hope all pupils and their families had an enjoyable break and I wish you all well for 2016.  As a school we have a busy term ahead of us and I look forward to informing you of school highlights through my blog.

  • Dec 22 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Various good news stories

 

 

It has been a really busy time over the last few weeks.  In addition to the on-going day to day work in classes the Christmas festivities have cranked up.

There have been some very positive events which have occurred over the last couple of weeks.  I would like to highlight some of them for you.

 

Laura Smith – S6 – Young Ambassador for Inclusion

Laura, who is visually impaired, has been chosen to be Renfrewshire’s Young Ambassador for Inclusion.  So far this has involved Laura meeting with other ambassadors and also speaking at an inclusion conference.  I was approached a couple of weeks ago and was asked for quotes from Laura and me to be included in an article to be published by Education Scotland.  The article is entitled “Inspiring pupil from Renfrewshire chosen as Young Ambassador for inclusion” and can be found by putting the article title in to your browser bar.

 

S1 and 2 reading challenges and Waterstone’s visit

Our school librarians are always keen to encourage our pupils to read more and also more widely.  Our S1 and 2 pupils have been given the opportunity to undertake different challenges this session.  S1 do the Read for Gold challenge where they have to read a total of 15 books and S2 undertake the genre challenge where they have to read 8 books of differing genres.  Between the two year groups, 30 pupils completed the challenge.  As a reward pupils went on a trip to Waterstones and had the chance to help choose new books for our library.  Many thanks to Mrs Gordon for  supporting our pupils and also for organising the trip.  A further ten pupils will visit Waterstones in the new year.

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Duke of Edinburgh Awards

A few weeks ago I highlighted that we had held an awards ceremony for pupils who had successfully completed their Bronze or Silver Awards.  Last week I was asked to present six pupils with their certificates and badges as they have now successfully completed their awards.  The photo below shows Megan Douglas, Lucy Smith and Louisa Murray who all achieved Bronze and Craig Melrose, Eve Mitchell and Lewis Rodger who all gained Silver.  Congratulations to each of them for this excellent achievement.

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Dances

Unfortunately we had to cancel our S3/4 dance due to poor ticket sales.  Our S1/2 dance took place last night and was a great success with some S3 and 4 pupils also attending.  The senior (S5/6) dance took place last Thursday in the Erskine Bridge Hotel.  The vast majority of our pupils behaved impeccably and had a great night.  Unfortunately though some pupils turned up at the dance having consumed some alcohol and had to be sent home.  This was most unfortunate and we are now considering the future of the senior dance.

 

And finally……Merry Christmas and happy holidays from Santa, the snowman and me!

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