We have had a hectic couple of weeks with lots going on both in school and out.
Last week we started our new timetable on Monday and we also on Thursday and Friday our new S1 pupils attended for their induction days. They are a big year group (272 pupils) so the school was very busy during these days. Arrangements went well and we look forward to welcoming the S1 back in August.
On Friday of last week I visited UWS to see some of our S3 pupils who were part of the Mission Discovery Project during all of last week. This involved pupils working with pupils from other schools in Renfrewshire and they had the opportunity to work with a former astronaut as well as other experts who have work in the space industry. The pupils were put into groups with a mixture of pupils from other schools and they had to devise an experiment which would be carried out in space. On the Friday afternoon the five groups who had proposed the best experiments earlier gave a presentation to a packed lecture theatre and also answered questions from the panel of experts. I was delighted that PMHS pupils were in both the winning team and the runners-up. Ethan Johnston (pictured in the white shirt below) was in the winning team and Jack Sanderson (pictured second from the left) was a runner up. The experiment devised by the winning team will be sent up into space and tested.
This has also been a very busy time with the Duke of Edinburgh award. Last weekend a number of our pupils were on their Gold expedition. They all passed this element of the award and arrived back on Monday tired but happy as can be seen from the picture below.
Also last night we had a celebration to mark the successful completion of the Gold award of a number of our pupils who left school this or last year. (See picture below.) It was a really enjoyable evening where we a number of pupils and Mrs Mather spoke about their D of E journey. I will look forward to seeing our Gold award winners next month when we will all attend the formal presentation at Holyrood.