For your diaries – 2019 / 2020 Parent Council dates

The Parent Council will meet at 7pm, in the meeting room of the New Sports Hall on the following dates:

Monday               2nd September 2019

Wednesday         23rd October 2019

Thursday             14th November 2019

Wednesday         11th December 2019

Tuesday               7th January 2020

Wednesday         11th March 2020

Tuesday               21st April 2020

Tuesday               9th June 2020 (AGM)

Charity Dance Show 4 Oct

On Thursday the 4th October the Dance Group are performing in their Charity Dance Show. The evening will begin at 7pm, with refreshments and raffle from 6.30pm.

Tickets are £3 for adults and £2 for School Pupils.

It would be great to see as many people as possible as the girls have put in so much work for this.

Tickets from the School Office or Mrs Hunter.

Literacy and Numeracy evening

Parents Tour (3.45pm – 5pm) then Literacy and Numeracy Information Evening (5pm –
6.30pm) – Tuesday 18th of September
You are cordially invited to join your son/daughter for a tour of their school. This evening is
designed to allow you access to your child’s daily experience. We believe that by gaining a
more complete understanding of their world you will be in a better place to understand and
support them in their education.

Download the full detail

Growing in Confidence

We enjoyed another Growing in Confidence session on Tuesday 13th March, thank you to all parents/carers who came along.  Our next session is on Monday 19th March 6pm-8pm in the assembly hall and, as communicated previously, the workshops are standalone so it does not matter if you haven’t managed to come to the first two, everyone is welcome to attend the third session.  We will explore the following:

  • The importance of parent child communication and how this changes in adolescence.
  • Research in the area of adolescent-parent communication.
  • Opportunity to develop and practise communication skills.

It is clear from the evaluations and the positive emails we have received that people enjoyed the sessions – we are delighted to hear that so many of you found it worthwhile. 


March 2018

ParentsE-Bulletin – March 2018

Welcome to our March parents’ e-bulletin.

Parent Group Updates

Parent Council

School Building Review

SBC are undertaking a review of our school buildings, along with 3 other SBC High Schools.  The Parent Council held a special meeting in January to discuss this subject.

SBC will be holding an Open Consultation Meeting on Monday 26th March when they will be asking parents, staff, pupils and the wider community the question:

 “What do we need to do to improve the learning environment for your school in the future?”.

Depending on the outcome of this meeting, SBC will then consider how best to invest in our school for the future.

We encourage everyone to come along to this Open Meeting between 2.15 and 8pm to find out about the options available to us and to give your feedback.

PC Meeting of 29th January

Our regular PC meeting on Monday 29th January focused on the topic of mental health.  Mrs Moretta and Mr McColm introduced the “Growing in Confidence” programme to the PC and talked about the series of workshops that will be taking place over the month of March.  You can see the minutes from this meeting here


The PTA have been asked to provide refreshments and a raffle at the Spring concert on March 22nd.  If you’d like to volunteer please contact  All help very gratefully received!.  If you are attending the concert please remember to dig deep down the back of the sofa for loose change. Teas and coffees £1, cans 50p. 

We have also been asked to provide refreshments on March 26th from 2.15pm – 8pm.  If you’re able to volunteer for an hour please contact Again all help very gratefully received.


Duke of Edinburgh

We have updated the school website following a consultation with parents who asked the PC for more information on the Duke of Edinburgh. Thanks to all parents who contributed to the Q&A and to Miss Marsden for answering them!  Look in the “pupil zone” section of the school website.  It was discussed at the PC meeting that it would be helpful to do a “user survey” of the DofE to analyse this huge effort by school and pupils as we do with other areas of the school. To be discussed further at the PC.

S3 subject choices

Thanks to Simon Fraser for all his help updating the site for the S3 subject choices. Mr Noon has done a ton of work to update this again and we hope that a file is saved on the school intranet now too!

Acoustic curtains

Acoustic curtains – unfortunately we were let down by a supplier but phs200 have offered to help find a new one – two options are available and one is hopefully going in to look at the school this week. Second one to agree an appointment with the school shortly.


PHS200 recently offered help to DYW Borders on how we ran our careers evening in order to help Galashiels organise their own event. The PHS Careers event is moving “in-house” to be administered by the school now, with Mr McLaren on board along with Ms Geddes, which makes a massive difference to resource in school. Thanks to everyone who helped with all the administration and running of the event for the last 5 years.  It was a huge undertaking when there had never been such an event in school before and long before DYW was born!. Note we will still need helpers on the night as usual though!!!

PHS Lottery (formerly PHS 200 Club)

With the reorganisation of the PHS Lottery well underway, we are looking forward to our March Draw with first prize £100, 2nd £50 and 3rd £25.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning in the June draw, please complete the mandate on the school website, under PHS Lottery, and return it by the beginning of May.


No update.

Rector’s Q & A

There were no new questions raised via the Parent Council for the Rector.  Please email Margaret at if you have any questions you would like answered.

Our Key Priorities within the School Improvement Plan (SIP)

Developing Scotlands Young Workforce (DYW) – follow us @PHS_DYW

The school continues to be involved in many exciting initiatives, each  seeking to contextualise how learning in the classroom directly affects the skills needed after school.  Staff have been involved in coordinating various events over the past three months, or are currently working on the following;

  • CITB Building futures event

Mr Whatley led fifteen S3 pupils to the CITB “Building futures” event at Borders College. For pupils interested in exploring careers in the trades, the event provided an opportunity to find out more about what is involved.

  • S6 Employability event

Pupils in S6 spent an afternoon in a range of workshops specifically chosen by them to develop skills in a range of areas including mock interviews and assessment centres, CV writing, personal finance, how to be your own boss and managing your online profile.

  • The Royal Marines Education Awareness team (RMET)

Fifty pupils in S4 attended workshops with Mike Beaton from the RMET. The event sought to highlight the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, a positive approach and strong work ethic for a range of careers post school.

  • Royal Highland Educational Trust (RHET) Food and Farming day

Mrs Gess led twenty five pupils from S2&S3 to the RHET Food and Farming day.  Pupils experienced an introduction to the wide variety of career opportunities within the food and farming sector.

  • STEM day

All pupils in S3 were involved in our STEM day. Working with partners EDT, PPMA best and local business Evolution – Bottling and Packaging solutions, careers across a broad range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths were highlighted and pupils undertook a range of challenging activities testing their STEM problem solving and creativity skills

  •  Resilient Communities day

Twenty one S3 pupils are working with Mrs Geddes to plan an event for all pupils in S3. To date, the planning group have visited “the Bunker” and Council HQ and are putting final touches to a day where pupils will learn about how emergency services and community groups work together, communicate and respond to a crisis.

  •  Apprenticeship week

Up to thirty pupils in S2 will have the opportunity to attend an event run during Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018.  It aims to raise general awareness of the ‘family’ of apprenticeships that Borders College are involved with and encourage the uptake by both students and employers.

  • RHET Food and Farming day

All pupils in S2 will attend an event run in school by the Royal Highland Educational trust.  Building on the event held earlier in the year, students will meet experts in the rural sector, and will have the opportunity to see how many different careers are involved in the production of our food. Fourteen different workshops will be delivered by experts in the rural sector and cover a wide range of industries involved in farming, food production, research and development.

  • S3 work experience

All pupils in S3 will seek to undertake work experience during the month of May. Pastoral staff are currently working with pupils in PSE to identify, arrange and plan for a week long work experience where pupils will have the chance to practise many of the skills and qualities developed in the many other events they have been involved in.

Improving Health and Wellbeing

Our January PC meeting focused on this subject. 

Donna Moretta began by explaining that the school will always provide the initial support needed by any distressed pupil.   Moving forward, they aim to help build resilience and teach about strategies which students can use to help them keep a ‘good mental health’.  Part of this will also be about educating pupils regarding what is a normal reality (eg busy times, sadness and stress) and what are more serious mental health issues.

Terry McColm introduced the new ‘Growing in Confidence Programme’. It has already been run in some Edinburgh schools for 10 years and looks at the challenges faced in teenage years along with the strategies to help young people through these challenges.  Of key importance is keeping busy, physically active and talking. 

S2 pupils will be the first to receive the full programme (starting Feb18) which will continue throughout their school life.

All staff have already received training sessions on the programme.  They are now offering this learning opportunity to parents with 4 sessions taking place on 7th, 13th, 19th and 27th March starting at 6pm

The PC encourage as many parents as possible to attend these sessions.

A number of other activities to improve mental health are also starting up within the school.  You can read about these and other matters relating to Mental Health and Well-Being in our January PC minutes here 

Pupil Equity Funding

All Scottish state schools have been allocated with a fund for each pupil in receipt of a free school meal in S1-S3 in order to raise attainment in literacy, numeracy and improve health and well-being.  Scottish Borders Council has instructed the school that this fund should also be used to support pupils who are in care.

This year a working group of parents, pupils and staff was formed to decide how best to support the PEF group. After a rigorous analysis of the groups needs, it was decided that the following actions should be taken

  • Targeted support in Success at Arithmetic programme. This will involve extraction of pupils from class four times per week. Three 15 minute sessions and one 30 minute session.
  • Targeted support in Reading Recovery Scheme. This would involve extraction of pupils from class one period per week.
  • Appointment of an Additional Needs Assistant with experience of supporting Maths.
  • Appointment of a Learning Support Teacher to deliver Reading Recovery Scheme
  • Purchase of software: Progress in Math’s, Progress in English and Pupil Attitude to School and Self program to establish baseline in literacy, numeracy and health and well-being and future evidence of progress.
  • Purchase of laptops to ensure equal access to Bring Your Own Device policy for PEF cohort.

PHS has now appointed Ms H Hayes to the position of ANA to support Numeracy.  Purchase of Laptops and software is almost completed, awaiting approval from HQ.

Learning and Teaching

Learning Passports Launched

The new term saw the introduction of the Learning Passport pilot project for all S1 and S5 learners. Developed by pupils, staff and parents, the project aims to help learners get more out of their Personal Support Learning Conversations by recording reflections on wider achievements, skills development and subject learning in their Learning Passports.  Personal Support Tutors have access to more information to support learners in identifying general and subject-specific learning strategies to set meaningful learning targets. 

Increasingly used in a wide range of careers, reflective learning logs have been shown to improve motivation,  improve self-organisation, improve relationships with teachers and increase achievement.

SQA Personal Development Award

As part of this year’s school improvement plan we are looking to improve the engagement and achievement for some of our young people in S3 who have been identified through our tracking and monitoring report as facing challenges with their effort, behaviour and progress. Between January and May this group of students will be taken off their timetables classes for one day a week and given the opportunity to complete the SQA Personal Development Award. This award is made up of 4 units each one will last 4 weeks and together they are the equivalent of a National 4 qualification.

The units are

  • Self-Awareness – planning an outdoor activity for Health week.
  • Self in Community – volunteering or supporting a local charity.
  • Self and work- placement for work experience.
  • Practical Abilities – how to service a car.

Have Your Say!

Please feel free to send us, as your parent representatives, any questions you would like raised with the school either at Parent Council meetings or via the Rector’s Q & A section and we will aim to get as many answers as possible to you.  Contact Margaret Hogg with your questions via email

We also encourage you to come along to all future Parent Council meetings to have your voice heard.

PHS Parent Council, PTA, PHS200, PHS Lottery and Learning Support PHS

(Mar 2018)




December 2017

ParentsE-Bulletin – December 2017

Welcome to our December parents’ e-bulletin.

Parent Group Updates

Parent Council

In our meeting of 24 October, we focused mainly on the departmental bids for the school.  £13450 was given by the PTA and PHS Lottery (formerly PHS 200club) to the school to buy much-needed equipment.  You can see our minutes here:

In our meeting of 6 December, the PC was given a presentation by SBC on the possibility of a new school building.  This is a huge subject and we will be holding a Workshop in February to give everyone the chance to find out about what may or may not be possible and to seek their views.  More information will follow.  In the meantime, you can look at the minutes of the meeting here:

Our next regular PC meeting is on Monday 29th January 2018 at 7pm in the Sports Centre meeting room.   Please look out for the agenda for this meeting on the PHS Parents Facebook page.


Huge thanks to all the volunteers who served refreshments at the school concert on Thursday 14 December and helped with the raffle.  Special thanks must go to Jenny Drinkell for speaking to local businesses and gathering donations for the raffle.  We raised a total of £434.20.

Thanks to Boots, Caledonia, Castle Warehouse, Cocoa Black, CRB Cunninghams, Eastgate Theatre, Francos, Head to Toe, La Boutique d’Elodie, parent contributions, Sainsburys, Tesco, The Retreat, Tontine and Whities for their donations to the raffle.  Their continued support is very much appreciated.


Careers Event

Our thanks to all parents, staff, students and delegates who worked so hard to make this a superb evening for students from S1-S6.  Students who get good advice about careers have been proven to earn more and be more content in their chosen course or career later in life.  So how did we do?

Delegates, pupils and parents were surveyed on the night and here are some key pieces of data. 

100% of delegates strongly agreed/agreed that the organisation in advance of the event was good

93% of delegates felt the interaction with students was worthwhile and useful.

94% of parents found it useful in considering after school options.

68% of parents & pupils found the pack provided was helpful.

Over 90 delegates attended and set up stands. This is our highest number of employers. More than 140 families attended the event, (NB they may have brought more than one child) and although we would love to see more families it was significantly better attended than an event held in another Borders School shortly afterwards.

6th Year- Employability skills day

As part of the Developing Young Workforce project, workshops were held on Monday 4th December for the 6th year pupils in conjunction with DYW Borders.  Advice was given across a range of topics including Finance, Interview technique, CVs and Social Media.  Pupils found this extremely useful.  PHS200 were invited to conduct mock interviews with students and Glenda had been very impressed by the 6th year pupils that participated.

Acoustics in dining hall

We have just been told that the company offering to hang these curtains are coming to the school soon at long last, but we hope to report installation in the New Year.  This is being funded by Tesco Bags of Hope.

PHS Lottery (formerly PHS 200 Club)

Recently, together with the PTA, we were able to donate £13450 to the school to buy new equipment for teachers and pupils to use. This equated to approximately £10 for each pupil. The teaching staff had provided us with a wish list, which was much longer than we could provide for.  With this in mind, the decision has been made that the

 PHS 200 Club is becoming PHS Lottery. 

The name is changing, but the way it works is not!

Since the original PHS 200 Club was set up in 1990, the ticket price has been £1. We really feel that the time has come to increase this and so we are inviting all parents, family and friends to join the lottery, for a minimum of £2 a month by standing order (£6 collected quarterly). Each £2 will give you one number in the draw which takes place every three months. 

Prizes are: 1st £100, 2nd £50 and 3rd £25. We will be reviewing the prize money in 2018 as the more people who take part, the higher the prize money can be!  This really is the easiest way to support the school with fundraising.  No baking, raffle donations or silly jumper days to buy for!  Just one form to fill in and we do all the rest. 

We currently have around 180 members in the PHS Lottery.  Just think what we could buy for the school if we doubled that.

You should be receiving a form home in your child’s school bag, before the end of term. Please consider filling it in. It can be returned to school and placed in the grey mailbox in the front hall. If you need any more forms, please go to 

The winners of December’s quarterly draw were:

1st £100 – Wendy Elder

2nd £50 -Seb Rose

3rd £25 – Richard Turton

Just a note – if you are currently a member of PHS 200 Club, we will shortly be contacting you to ask if you would kindly increase your payments to reflect the new ticket price. We would love it if you were still willing to support the school in this way and the pupils and staff are very grateful for all the support that the parents give to them.

Thank for your continued support 

Kirstin Worsley and Viv Leckie

PHS Lottery Administrators


The LSPHS Christmas Coffee morning at the beginning of December raised a fabulous £850 for the Additional Needs Department.  A massive thank you to everybody who has supported our fundraising efforts in the last 2 years – this has enabled the department to spend just over £5,000 in materials, subscriptions and events for the children.

We’re also looking for some new blood to support our fundraising going forward, so please get in touch with or if you can help.

Rector’s Q & A

There were no new questions raised via the Parent Council for the Rector.  Please email Margaret at if you have any questions you would like answered.

Our Key Priorities within the School Improvement Plan (SIP)

Developing Scotlands Young Workforce (DYW) – follow us @PHS_DYW

See PHS200

Improving Health and Wellbeing

We continue to support the school in this very important area and will be making this the focus of our meeting on 29th January.  We have also submitted a bid to the SBC Localities Fund for extra monetary support for the school’s Opportunities Pot which provides financial assistance to families in need for activities such as the S1 residential and S3 Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

Supporting Learning Conversations

The PC has been providing input on the design of the new Pupil Passports to be used during personal support learning conversations.  It is hoped that in time these can be linked in with the Tracking and Monitoring system.

Have Your Say!

Please feel free to send us, as your parent representatives, any questions you would like raised with the school either at Parent Council meetings or via the Rector’s Q & A section and we will aim to get as many answers as possible to you.  Contact Margaret Hogg with your questions via email

We also encourage you to come along to all future Parent Council meetings to have your voice heard.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Peebles High School Parent Groups

PHS Parent Council, PTA, PHS200, PHS Lottery and Learning Support PHS

(Dec 2017)