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  • Jun 05 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Week beginning 1.6.15



40th anniversary staff dinner

On Friday 29th May a dinner was held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow as part of our 40th anniversary celebrations and around 90 present and previous staff attended .  The evening was organised by Mrs McKeown (Principal Teacher of Modern Languages) and Miss Clark (former Principal Teacher of English) and was a most enjoyable evening.  Two PMHS pipers (Andrew Hutton and Scott Young) piped staff in to the function suite and then guitarist David Small entertained staff during dinner.

In its forty years PMHS has had 3 substantive Head Teachers – Mr David Smart, Mr Robert Fawkes and Mr Michael Dewar.  Each made a speech to staff focussing on their time in the school.  After the meal I delivered a vote of thanks.


Parent Council

The Parent Council held its last meeting this session on Monday evening.  We are very fortunate in PMHS that we have a group of very supportive parents who regularly attend these meetings and also support school functions.   We are always keen to welcome new members so if any parent would be interested in joining the Parent Council they should call the school or send an e mail through this website.

Our Parent Council will be in attendance at the Variety Show which will take place on 17th and 18th June and will provide refreshments at the interval.  They are also keen to organise a raffle/tombola so any donations for prizes would be most welcome.  Donations can be handed in to the school office.

  • May 29 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s Blog – Week beginning 25.5.15



Higher Mathematics examination

Some parents have contacted us regarding the recent Higher Mathematics examination as it proved very challenging for many pupils.  I have looked in to this matter and would suggest concerned parents look at the SQA website which includes a statement regarding the examination and subsequent action.  The SQA has reassured pupils and parents that pupils will not be disadvantaged.

Interestingly on Thursday (28.5.15) I accompanied a group of S3 pupils on a visit to the Scottish Parliament and the opposition asked a question about this exam during First Minister’s Questions as a number of MSPs had been contacted by constituents raising concerns.  Nicola Sturgeon reiterated the assurances given by SQA.


Scottish National Qualifications – SCQF Levels and Timelines

An interesting table has been produced which charts current and previous qualifications outlining how qualifications correlate with previous awards.  You can access this under the Parents’ section of our website.


Blazer fittings – 4.6.15

All S5 and 6 pupils are expected to wear a blazer with the Park Mains High School badge and Schoolwear Made Easy (Paisley) provide us with a good service.  The company came into school just before the Easter break and fitted most of our current S4 pupils.  This will be followed up by a further fitting session on Thursday 4.6.15 for those who missed out.

Pupils in S1 to 4 may choose to wear a blazer if they wish.  Should parents wish any further information regarding blazers, they should contact their child’s Year Head.



  • May 15 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s blog – Week beginning 11.5.15




Dress code

The vast majority of our pupils adhere to our dress code and I hope take pride in wearing the Park Mains High School uniform.   However some pupils do challenge the expectations and recently the main challenges have been –

  • Girls wearing legging/jeggings
  • Girls wearing very short fashion skirts and
  • Pupils wearing footwear which is not all black.

As our senior pupils are mostly on study leave at present the Depute Head Teachers are taking this time to remind S1-3 pupils of our expectations.   This will be followed up by letters being sent home if required.

I would welcome the support of all parents in this matter and ask that when purchasing new items of clothing or  footwear that they be appropriate for our dress code.  Should you have any questions regarding what is appropriate please call and speak to your child’s Year Head.


Pupil bags

I am concerned that many pupils routinely leave their school bags lying unattended around the building or grounds at lunchtime.  I would like to remind all pupils and parents that if any bags/items are lost/stolen when a bag is left unattended that the school is not liable and would urge pupils not to leave their valuable unattended at any times.

  • May 08 / 2015
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Return of Locker Keys S1 – S3

All locker keys should be returned at the times indicated in the file below/shown on the posters within school. All lockers must be emptied by end of school day on Thursday 21st May.

S1_2_3 Locker Key Return2015

  • May 01 / 2015
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Head Teacher’s blog – Week beginning 27.4.15

SQA examination diet

All S4,6 and 6 pupils who are sitting National 5, Highers etc are now on study leave. The examination diet has started well. As intimated in the Easter newsletter, pupils are welcome  to come in to school to study or meet with staff for examination preparation. If doing so they are required to be in usual dress code.



The Parentzone website has been around for some time but has recently been upgraded and I think it is now much more user friendly. To access this go to the Education Scotland website and click on Parentzone or use this link – (http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/parentzone/). When on this website you can look up any school including Park Mains High School and find a wealth of information on a wide range of issues including attainment, leavers’ destinations etc.


Enquire Conference

You may recall that our school hosted the Enquire annual conference in March.  This was a very successful event with delegates coming from all over Scotland.  I was delighted to be asked to host the event and it proved an ideal opportunity to showcase our school and pupils.  The school worked well as a venue and many of our pupils were involved in a variety of ways – performing musical items, presenting to delegates and recording the day’s events as a media team.   If you click below you will be able to watch a short film recording the events of the day.  I should also point out that all the film footage and interviews were done by our pupils.  A small group of interested pupils had a couple of training sessions with a professional media company and then on the day they had sole responsibility for capturing the day’s events.  I hope you enjoy the film and agree it shows our pupils and school in a wonderful light.

40th Anniversary Celebrations – Raffle prize appeal

I am sure you are all aware that this year marks the 4oth anniversary of Park Mains High School and there are a number of events scheduled to mark the occasion.  On 17th and 18th June a variety show will be put on in the school.  More information will be posted on the website nearer the time.  Our Parent Council has offered to run a raffle on these nights to raise funds and would therefore welcome any donations which could be used as raffle prizes.  If you would be able to donate a prize that would be most appreciated.   In the past we have received some fantastic prizes from food items (chocolates/biscuits) to vouchers for local businesses.  Any donations can be handed in to the school office.

  • Apr 24 / 2015
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Bags for Life!

As this is the 40th anniversary year of Park Mains High School, we have designed a Bag4Life to commemorate the special year. We would like to encourage parents and pupils, past and present to buy a souvenir of our special year.

These bags are on sale from the school office for £2.50.

  • Apr 01 / 2015
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Young Musician of the Year 2015

2015 junior winners 2015 senior winners

On the evening of Monday 23rd March the school hosted its third Young Musician of the Year competition. During the evening 12 young people entertained the audience with fantastic individual musical performances. The visiting judges had a difficult job deciding on the winners, but in the end they decided on the following –

1st Bethany Watson (S3) Voice
2nd Mia Stevenson (S3) Violin
3rd Jade McCreadie (S2) Voice

1st David Small (S6) Guitar
2nd Scott Young (S6) Whistle
3rd Scott McIldowie (S5) Guitar

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to everyone who was involved in making this such a fantastic evening.
Mrs. V. McKay