Parents’ E-Bulletin – December 2017
Welcome to our December parents’ e-bulletin.
Parent Group Updates
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: http://peebleshighschool.org.uk/parent-zone/parent-council/pc-minutes/
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: http://peebleshighschool.org.uk/parent-zone/parent-council/pc-minutes/
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.
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 http://peebleshighschool.org.uk/parent-zone/phs-lottery/
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.
Rector’s Q & A
There were no new questions raised via the Parent Council for the Rector. Please email Margaret at email@example.com if you have any questions you would like answered.
Our Key Priorities within the School Improvement Plan (SIP)
Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce (DYW) – follow us @PHS_DYW
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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