General Information 2-24
Curriculum, Assessment and Reports 24 - 27
Gaelic Medium Education 28 - 30
Departmental Information 31 - 33
Choice of Course 34 - 35
Examination Results 36 - 45
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GENERAL INFORMATION - SCHOOL DETAILS
Portree High School Tel: 01478 612030/01478 612973
Viewfield Road Fax: 01478 612154
PORTREE E-mail: John.Howieson@highland.gov.uk
Isle of Skye IV51 9ET
Senior Management Team
Head Teacher Mr John G Howieson
Depute Head Teacher Mrs Sheelagh J Candy
Assistant Head Teacher Mr Ian G Macdonald
Assistant Head Teacher Mrs Anne E Robertson
Teacher Member Mr A McMorrine
Teacher Member Mrs A Shipman
Chairman Mr P Slater (Portree)
Parent Member Mr P MacDonald (Portree)
Parent Member Rev I MacDonald (Staffin)
Parent Member Ms J McCrae (Broadford)
Parent Member Dr C Crichton (Portree)
Co-opted Member Mr N Lawton (Kensaleyre)
Co-opted Members Pupil Representatives
The School Board meets about five or six times per year to discuss educational issues
pertaining to the school. Its members include parents and teachers elected to serve on the
Board plus two additional members co-opted on to the Board. The members have a
responsibility to represent the views of parents at Board meetings and to communicate with
parents about the activities of the Board. Minutes of the Board's meetings are available to
parents in the Primary schools at Broadford, Dunvegan and Staffin, in the Portree Library and
in PHS itself.
Area Education Manager Tel: 01478 613697
Mr L Young Fax: 01478 613698
Area Education Office
Skye & Lochalsh
Isle of Skye IV51 9EE
Director of Education Tel: 01463 234121
Mr B Robertson
INVERNESS IV3 5NX
The school caters for pupils from S1 to S6. We have 16 associated primary schools, spread
across the island, plus Raasay, Soay and Eigg. At present we have 686 pupils on the roll and
60 teachers. We anticipate that next session there will be 123 pupils in first year. Our staying
on rate, shown on page 35, is well above regional and national averages.
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On page 8 there is a plan of the school as it is at the present time. There is a programme of
planned maintenance to ensure that the teaching environment is appropriate. In addition, the
full redevelopment of the High School features over the next few years in the Highland
Council Capital Plan, and in the Council‟s approach to the Scottish Executive for Public-
Private Partnership funding.
Each school day is divided into six periods (see the item entitled 'Daily Timetable' on page 6).
There are also opportunities for lunchtime and after school extra-curricular activities
(badminton, hockey, football, water sports, chess, Scripture Union etc).
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Portree High School aims to give your child an education of the highest quality by -
Ensuring equality of opportunity and provision for all pupils.
Ensuring that the range of courses offered is relevant and in tune with current developments.
Working in close liaison with our associated primary schools to ensure that continuous
progress is made by each pupil.
Charting pupil progress so that each individual's existing skills are enhanced and new skills
developed as necessary.
Maintaining a focus on educational attainment but also social and moral development.
Working in collaboration with parents, the hostel and the local communities.
Creating an ethos in which hard work is valued and self- discipline and respect for others are
Developing self-esteem, nurturing a sense of community responsibility and so creating a
concern for others.
Developing an awareness of real life issues.
At the end of your child's time in Portree High School, we will hope to have prepared him/her
well for the next steps whether employment, college or university, on or off the island.
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Who Are The Guidance Teachers In Portree High School
On enrolment, you child is allocated to one of six guidance teachers, each associated with
a House group of form classes (S1-S6). They will remain in that House, with the same
guidance teachers, throughout their time in secondary school.
HOUSE GROUP GUIDANCE TEACHER
Blaven Moira MacDonald
Glamaig Wilma MacRuary
Marsco David Pratt
Quiraing Murdina Stewart
Ramasaig Cathy Waddell
Tianavaig Dawn MacLeod
Brothers and sisters are normally in the same House, with the same guidance teacher.
WHAT DO GUIDANCE TEACHERS DO?
Your child’s guidance teacher is the member of staff within the school who:
gathers information about your child and passes it on, where appropriate, to their subject
regularly monitors your child‟s progress throughout their time in school.
keeps their school record up to date.
arranges for school work to be provided during long term absence.
helps them to make the nest possible choice of subjects for third and fourth year, and
again for fifth and sixth year.
helps them to arrive at a well informed choice of career, training scheme, or
university/college course before they leave school.
provides references or reports on your child for employers, college, university, or support
agencies (eg social work).
provides confidential support and advice when things go wrong.
Each pupil is assigned to a mixed form class. In 1st year these are B1, G1, M1, Q1, R1, T1,
(B = Blaven, G = Glamaig, M = Marsco, Q = Quiraing, R = Ramasaig, T = Tianavaig).
Pupils start the day in this Form Room with a twelve minute registration period. Pupils
normally remain with the same Form Teacher throughout their time at Portree High School.
Up to now, Gaelic medium pupils have all been allocated to Quiraing House with a Gaelic-
speaking Form Teacher. However, as numbers in Gaelic medium continue to grow, some
pupils may be placed in Glamaig House.
Pupils go to their Form Rooms for registration every morning at 8.55am. All pupils are
reminded that they must provide a note to cover all absences and that this note should be
given to the Form Teacher on the day the pupil returns to school. [This is essential to keep
the school's attendance records up to date.]
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ATTENDANCE and ABSENCE
If your children are to get the most out of their time in Portree High School, it is important
that they attend. You will be aware that attendance rates for schools are now published
nationally. The government has given schools guidelines on how absence should be recorded.
This is reflected in the advice given below.
If your child is absent through illness, a note must be sent to his/her form teacher
immediately on return to school. The note should give home address, the pupil's name and
form class, reason for absence, and be dated and signed. If the absence is liable to last for
some time, a note should be sent to the pupil's Guidance Teacher as soon as possible.
Arrangements will then be made to cover the absence period, including sending home work
which the pupil might attempt.
If you wish your child to be off for a special reason (eg to attend a wedding) a note seeking
permission should be sent to the Head Teacher. Parents should be aware that this kind of
absence is recorded differently on your child's attendance record. Likewise, holidays during
term time should be avoided: even if a pupil takes extra work home, the teaching which has
been missed cannot be made up.
A note must be supplied by parents/guardians to explain why a pupil is late. However, this
does not apply if buses are late.
The daily timetable is as follows. The rather odd period length allows us to have 6 equal
periods during the day.
Registration 8.55 - 9.07
Period 1 9.07 - 10.00
" 2 10.00 - 10.53
Interval 10.53 - 11.08
Period 3 11.08 - 12.01
" 4 12.01 - 12.54
Lunch 12.54 - 1.44
Period 5 1.44 - 2.37
" 6 2.37 - 3.30
A warning bell will ring three minutes before the start of the school in the morning and
afternoon. Pupils should proceed to class when it rings.
HOLIDAY DATES - 2002/2003
Session begins Monday 19 August 2002 (Staff only)
Tuesday 22 August 2002 (Pupils)
October 12 - 27 October 2001 (inclusive)
Inset Day 28 October 2002
Inset Day 18 November 2002
Christmas 21 December 2002 - 5 January 2003 (inclusive)
Inset Day 13 February 2003
Mid-term Friday 14 February - Monday 17 February 2003
Easter 5 April - 21 April 2003 (inclusive)
Inset Day 22 April 2003
May Holiday Monday 5 May 2003
Session ends 3 July 2003
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Should your child play truant, you will be informed.
All visitors to the school must report to the reception desk (see the plan on page 6). This area
is used to display pupils' work and activities.
In recent years pupils have had the opportunity to be involved in a range of educational
excursions. They include:
- Field Studies Biology and Geography.
- Art Appreciation Sketching at local sites. Visiting galleries and foreign visits (eg
- Modern Studies Visits to Poland, Germany, Hungary and Czech Republic in
1997 and Eastern Europe in 2000.
- History Barcelona 1999, World War 1 Battlefields 2001
- Geography Morocco 1996.
- Music London Theatre Trip.
- Gaelic Department Exchange visits with Cape Breton.
- Visits to the Theatre
- The National Mod
Similar visits are planned for the future.
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Senior Management Team Mr J G Howieson Head Teacher
Mrs S Candy Depute Head Teacher
Mr I G Macdonald Assistant Head Teacher
Mrs A Robertson Assistant Head Teacher
Art Mr A McMorrine Head of Department 61
Mr S Tinney 60
Mrs S MacInnes 52
Biology Mr R Forrest Head of Department 46
Mrs J Hendry 45
Business Studies Mr D Gabellone Head of Department 25
Mrs P Lamont 24
Chemistry Mr N Roberts Head of Department 8
Mr D Pratt 17
Mr M Beaton 16
Computing Studies Mr H Robertson Head of Department 62
Mrs E Hamilton 58
English Mr C Lindsay Head of Department 6
Mrs A Shipman 5
Mrs A Attridge 3
Miss R Ferguson 7
Mrs S MacKenzie 4
Gaelic Vacancy Head of Department 10
A J Macdhòmhnaill 37
M Stiùbhart 51
S Nic Carmaig 13
E Nic Gille Chrìosd
Geography Mrs C Walker Head of Department 20
Mr R Forsyth 27
History Mr N Anderson Head of Department 28
Mrs M MacDonald 18
Mrs M Robertson 18
Home Economics Mrs F Macinnes Head of Department 33
Mrs A Rankin
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Mathematics Miss G Dunan Head of Department 43
Mr H O’Neil 49
Mrs N Murray 43
Miss E Donald 42
Mrs C Tinney 44
Modern Languages Miss S Littlechild Head of Department 23
Mrs R Woodtli 21
Miss M MacFarlane 22
Modern Studies Mr C Baptie Head of Department 26
Mrs MSF MacDonald 38
Music Mr J Marshall Head of Department 31
Mrs D MacLeod 30
Physical Education Mr W Edgar Head of Department Gym
Mr D F MacDonald Gym
Mrs W MacRuary Gym
Mrs R Butler Gym
Physics Mr R Siwek Head of Department 15
Mrs C Ross 14
Religious Education Mr D Neally Head of Department 2
Support for Learning Mrs M Bodin Head of Department Support Base
Mrs M MacLeod Support Base
Mrs C Waddell Support Base
Mrs M Sutton Support Base
Mrs A Jarvis Support Base
Mrs A Oliphant Support Base
Technology Mr A Taylor Head of Department 1
Mr J Crossan 39
Miss E Martin 34
Technicians Mr S Munro Technology
Miss K Boyd Science
Librarian Mrs G Siwek
Janitor Mr N Cameron
Groundsman Mr K MacPherson
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Auxiliaries Mrs J Liddon Support for Learning
Mrs M Matheson Support for Learning
Mrs M Nicolson Support for Learning
Mrs I MacCuish
Mrs J Wright Gaelic Medium Support for Learning
Piping Instructor Mr R Monk
Strings Instructor Mrs C Martin
Office Staff Mrs A Boyd
Mrs I Stephen
Mrs I MacAskill
Mrs S MacLean
Mrs E Brown
Guidance Staff Mrs MSF MacDonald Blaven
Mrs W MacRuary Glamaig
Mr D Pratt Marsco
Miss M Stewart Quiraing
Mrs C Waddell Ramasaig
Mrs D MacLeod Tianavaig
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A programme of assemblies takes place throughout the school year. One cycle is in the form
of year group meetings led by the Head Teacher or the relevant member of the SMT.
Another is House groups led by the House Teacher(s) and a third cycle - in accordance with
national and Council guidelines - takes the form of Christian worship. If you do not wish
your child to participate in the worship assemblies, simply send a note to the Head Teacher
and alternative arrangements can be made.
DICTIONARIES, PENS AND PENCILS
Each pupil must have a dictionary, whether he/she works at home or in the hostel. Pupils are
responsible for ensuring they have sufficient pens, pencils, rubbers and rulers to do their
work. Spelling dictionaries are very useful.
We are increasingly trying to ensure that homework is creative, making full use of resources,
(including parents and television!), which are not so readily available in school. It will, at
times, involve exercises but also research and personal investigations. It will also include
revision and rote learning both of which should be an evident and ongoing part of your child's
learning routine. With that in mind, never believe that your child has no homework. There is
always work to be learned, books to be read and vocabulary to be learned. We will, generally,
give at least a week's notice for major pieces of homework. Parents are asked to check
Student Planner regularly and are welcome to write comments in the notes section. Periodic
checks will be made by the Head Teacher and other staff to monitor homework.
Pupils who live in the hostel have set study times. Other parents might want their child to
follow a similar routine.
RULES OF THE SCHOOL
It is expected that all pupils will maintain a high standard of behaviour in and out of school.
All aspects of discipline cannot be covered by rules, but the following instructions represent
the minimum necessary for the efficiency of the school and the safety of the pupils.
1. Pupils should take pride in their appearance and wear the school uniform.
2. Pupils should take pride in their campus and use the bins provided for litter.
3. Persistent latecomers, without reasonable excuse, will have their parents/guardians
notified by letter.
4. For reasons of safety, no pupil may leave the school grounds during school hours without
permission. The privilege of leaving the campus at lunchtime can be withdrawn.
5. Class movements between various rooms will be in an orderly fashion, keeping to the
LEFT. There will be no running or shouting in the school building.
6. Pupils will be held responsible for any damage to or loss of school property. Any wilful
damage caused by carelessness or misbehaviour must be made good. Any breakage of
windows or furniture must be reported at once to the classroom teacher.
7. The onus is on the individual to look after their own belongings and the school will not be
responsible for any items lost or stolen. Personal stereos and mobile phones should not
be used in school.
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8.(i) For your health and the health of others, smoking during school hours, on school buses
or while under school discipline, is forbidden. Parents will be informed if a pupil is
(ii) Chewing gum, Tippex and Tippex solvents are not allowed anywhere in the school
grounds or buildings.
(iii) In the event of any pupil being involved with illegal substances s/he will be formally
excluded. Parents and Police will be informed.
All Prefects carrying out their duties must be obeyed by pupils.
Wet Weather Rooms - Pupils will not interfere with any classroom equipment. Any
complaints about the use of wet weather rooms will result in the withdrawal of this privilege.
Fire drill practice for school and hostel is held at regular intervals. Instructions for vacating
the school buildings and moving to the muster stations are clearly displayed in every
classroom and teaching area. The signal is a long continuous blast of the siren. Similar
procedures will be implemented in the event of a major incident and there are arrangements
in place if evacuation of the school is necessary.
The school should be informed if a child is suffering from anything that may necessitate
special care being taken (eg avoiding strenuous exercise) or special provision being made (eg
sitting near the front of the classroom). This information is treated in the strictest confidence.
The school dentist has his clinic in the Technical Block opposite the gym.
We are fortunate enough to have a school nurse, Mrs M Gillies, who is in school most
Dr E Scott is the school doctor at present whose medical room is next door to the dental
clinic. Your child will meet her from time to time when periodic checks and treatments are
Hospital Appointments/Medical Care
Local and country pupils whose parents have arranged for them to visit the doctor should
report to the reception desk at the beginning of the day. A parental letter or appointment card
must be shown to confirm the appointment. Hostel pupils requiring to visit the doctor should
report to the Hostel Matron (unless an emergency arises in school).
Becoming ill during school hours
If a pupil becomes ill during school hours, the class teacher will arrange for him/her to
report to the reception desk.
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Pupils who require to bring these to school should hand them in at the reception desk at
9.00am and uplift them from there whenever necessary. It should be noted that the school
cannot dispense any form of medicine.
WET WEATHER ROOMS
As the school does not have sufficient pupil social areas, every effort is made to allow pupils
access to classrooms during wet weather. Only non-practical rooms are made available for
this purpose. If pupils are unable to respect the use of these rooms then, regrettably, this
privilege may be withdrawn. A list of Wet Weather rooms is displayed in each form class
and in Reception.
The school uniform, agreed in recent years, following consultation by the School Board with
pupils and parents, can be obtained from The Aros Experience, Viewfield Road, Portree,
telephone 01478 613649. The school is particularly keen that all pupils wear school uniform
and we welcome the support of parents in meeting this aim. The prices for uniform for 2001
are as follows:
White Polo Shirt with Badge £12.95
Navy Sweatshirt with Badge £13.95
Navy Acrylic V-neck Pullover with Badge £18.90
*Navy Lambswool V-neck Pullover with PHS Badge £35.90 *price may change
Navy 50% Lambswool/50% Acrylic Pullover with Badge £23.90
Navy Fleece Jacket without Badge £28.95
School Tie £4.99
Aros holds samples of the uniform for fitting and a small stock of all garments. However,
depending on demand and availability of stock some orders may have to be sent off to the
supplier. Aros staff request that once orders have arrived they be collected.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION KIT
Pupils require the following: shorts, t-shirt/polo shirt/football top, training shoes.
From October - April pupils may wear tracksuits for outdoor work. PE kit should not contain
advertising for alcohol or cigarettes and should be clearly marked with owner's name and
form class. PE kit should not be kept at the gym or cloakrooms.
The school is not insured for loss of valuables. Pupils should only bring necessary items to
school and these should NEVER be left in the cloakroom or changing rooms. They can be
(a) The PE teacher during gym time
(b) A Guidance teacher or form teacher.
(c) A secretary at the Reception Desk.
(d) A locker may be hired for the session at a cost of £5. Pupils supply their own padlocks.
Please try to see that your child's name is clearly marked on ALL property (coats, gym shoes,
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1. When walking to and from the village, pupils must remain on the pavement at all times.
2. All pupils who cross the main road in front of the school will use the patrolled
Road accidents pose the greatest single threat of death or injury facing children. The aim of
the school's Road Safety Policy is to reduce this risk.
Parents have the opportunity to influence their children's attitude and behaviour on journeys
to and from school, whether on foot, by bicycle, or by bus. Parents who drop their children
off by car have the responsibility of parking safely and appropriately in relation to the school
Pupils who live within the delineated area of the school and further than 3 miles from the
school are eligible for school transport free of charge.
Pupils who travel on school buses are asked to note the following:-
Pupils will walk to the bus stance and board the buses in an orderly manner.
Any pupils crossing the road in front of the school must use the patrolled crossing.
Pupils must make sure you catch the bus every day.
If the bus arrives late, you should sign in by writing your name and form class at the
You should walk quickly, in an orderly fashion, for your bus. A member of staff will be
Exemplary behaviour is expected on the buses. Each bus has one or more Travel Prefects.
Their role is to ensure the safety of everyone on the bus and to report any problems to
Mrs Robertson. Each pupil has been issued with simple written instructions which must
be followed. These are: You must not kneel, stand up or walk around; seatbelts must be
worn (if provided); objects must not be thrown; foul language must not be used; there
must be no fighting or bullying; smoking is forbidden. Any breaches of discipline will be
dealt with in accordance with normal school disciplinary procedures.
Any pupil who misses the bus at 3.30pm must report to reception immediately.
Pupils wishing to bring a car or motor cycle to school must seek permission from the Head
MOBILE PHONES/PERSONAL STEREOS
The onus is on the individual to look after their own belongings and the school will not be
responsible for any items lost or stolen. Personal stereos and mobile phones should not be
used in school.
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1. A cash cafeteria self-service system offers pupils a wide choice of standard school
lunches or snacks. It now has a successful take-away and healthy food options are
2. Any pupil who wishes one will be issued with a smart card which entitles them to a meal
to the value of the current price.
3. Snacks are also provided by the canteen staff during the morning interval. Milk, fruit
drinks, filled rolls, crisps, etc. are on offer at reasonable prices. Hot drinks and toasties
are available between 8.30am and 8.55am for those travelling some distance.
4. Packed lunches may be eaten in the canteen.
Free School Lunches
When parents are in receipt of Income Support their children are eligible for free school
lunches. An application form for free meals (Form FM1) is available on request from the
reception desk. This should be completed by the parents and sent to: The Regional Client
Officer, Dalneigh Primary School, Limetree Avenue, INVERNESS - along with letter from
the department of Health and Social Security confirming that the family is in receipt of
Families in receipt of Family Income Supplement are not entitled to free meals.
1. Higher School Bursaries:
Any pupils in 4, 5 and 6 who will be attending school for the whole of the school year are
eligible to apply provided that their standards of academic progress, attendance and
behaviour are satisfactory.
(a) Pupils already of school leaving age qualify for a bursary for the whole session.
(b) Pupils who become 16 before the end of February in that School year are eligible to
apply but qualify for a bursary only for Terms 2 and 3.
(c) Higher school bursary application forms are available from Mrs A Robertson.
There are two leaving dates:-
31 May - for pupils who are 16 on or before the 30 September following
Christmas Holidays - for pupils who are 16 on or before the 28th February following
Before leaving school pupils must obtain and complete a clearance form.
2. Further Education Bursaries:
Scottish Further Education Bursaries are awarded by Colleges in Scotland to their own
Scottish students (except students belonging to Orkney & Shetland Isles) attending vocational
non-advanced courses - eg National Certificate. Individuals wishing to apply for a bursary
will require to request a Further Education Bursary application form directly from the
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3. S.A.A.S. Student Support:
Student support may be available in the form of Student Loans. Application Forms and
further information from Mrs A Robertson.
A wide range of activities are held throughout the year. House Staff and House Captains
cooperate to stage activities such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Blind Date, Trivial
Pursuit, Conga and Money Mile, the latter generating funds for local charities. A number of
sporting competitions are also incorporated into the House System. Cross Country Running
and Inter-House football, Hockey and volleyball are some examples.
Although the school is geographically remote, an impressive range of activity is offered to
pupils. They include: Basketball; Canoeing; Cross Country Running; Badminton;
Hockey; Shinty; Football.
The school enters a number of competitions for some of these activities at Highland and at
National level with a reasonable degree of success.
All activities are staffed in accordance with the Highland Council's policy documents on
School Excursions and Safety In The Outdoors. The school's Sports Co-ordinator is Mr W
In addition to these sporting activities, there is an extended range of after school activities
offered on Tuesday and Thursday nights between 3.40pm and 5.30pm. These activities
include Homework, Drama, Young Engineers, Rocketry, Horseriding as well as a number of
sporting activities. Due to a successful bed to the New Opportunities Fund, late transport has
been provided on these nights to enable all pupils the opportunity to attend, regardless of
where they live on Skye.
ISLE OF SKYE YOUTH THEATRE
The Isle of Skye Youth Theatre is here to provide the pupils of Portree High with the chance
to get involved, on and off the stage, in theatre productions to the community. The Youth
Theatre has staged three productions so far, 'Cuba' by Liz Lochhead, 'The Pilgrimage' by Paul
Gotzee and Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Youth Theatre have received
a major national award in recognition of the standard of their work.
We hope that once again there will be a drama worker who will provide the school with
drama based support within the curriculum and special needs.
The school has had various exchanges with Bismarck-Gymnasium, Karlsruhe. A Pen Pal
link has been established with this school. We hope visits to France and Germany will take
place in the near future.
A pupils' social committee of staff and pupils organises a number of social functions
throughout the session - eg the welcome disco, Christmas dances, Valentine's disco etc.
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Considerable demands are made upon school resources particularly by extra-curricular
activities. While the Education Authority does give a travel grant, it is insufficient to provide
for the level of activities which we would wish to see continue. To maintain as full a range of
excursions, visits, sporting links and attendance at theatre and drama workshops etc we
require to continue the practice of asking pupil groups to subsidise the minibus at 10p per
mile. Also we ask each pupil to make a contribution towards the School Fund which enables
a full range of activities to go ahead both in school and between schools. This is collected by
their Form Teacher at the start of session. It is hoped that parents will continue to support the
school in this way.
Careers education in its broadest sense is the concern of everyone who helps pupils towards
(2) understanding the career implication of curricular choice
(3) obtaining information on jobs
(4) reaching decisions about their careers
(5) successfully making the transition from school to working life.
The school's part in this process is carried out in a coordinated programme of careers
education. This programme involves all pupils from S1 to S6 and is the responsibility of Mrs
Robertson, Assistant Head Teacher, and Mrs MSF Macdonald, Careers Coordinator, together
with The Careers Adviser based at the Elgin Hostel, Dunvegan Road, Portree, Isle of Skye
A careers library is readily available to pupils for browsing as well as for specific references.
Computer technology is available to help appropriate decisions to be made.
Parents wishing advice or information on careers should feel free to contact the school
(612030) at any time or the careers adviser (612328) preferably between 9 - 11 am.
A careers convention is part of the careers education programme within the school and is held
every 2 years in October. The next Convention is scheduled for October 2002.
The school careers library has been extensively refurbished and has been inspected by the
careers HMI who described it as "a model of best practice". We are grateful to the EBP and
the Careers Service for their help in this.
EDUCATION BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP
The purpose of EBP is to create and foster an improved awareness between Education &
Industry. Local businesses assist in various EBP projects ranging from S2 problem solving
Day, S3 Work Experience placements, S5 Interview Skills, S5/S6 Induction Programmes,
Young Enterprise and the biennial Careers Convention. Throughout these events and
experiences, life skills are developed to help pupils adapt to life away from home and to
support the National Framework of Education Industry Links in Scotland.
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EMPLOYMENT OF PUPILS - Pupils employed outside school hours
It is illegal to employ a child who has not obtained a Certificate of Employment for a part-
time job to be undertaken when the school is in session, including Saturdays and Sundays
during term time. Any child aged 13 or over who seeks a part-time job must obtain an
application form from the school. The prospective employer is required to give details of the
job being offered on Part 1 of the form. It should be noted that the child must arrange for
Part 2 of the form to be completed by his/her parent or guardian. Thereafter, the application
is dealt with by the school and the Area Education Officer as appropriate. A pupil
contemplating working outside school hours is advised to discuss the matter with his/her
Guidance Teacher before taking up any employment of this nature. Parents will be informed
when the school feels that the pupil's school work is being adversely affected.
From their third year to sixth year pupils are given a limited amount of work experience with
a local employer chosen by the pupil from a list of employers compiled by the school. These
employers work in close harmony with the school to give the pupils concerned some
experience of work conditions, the discipline of the job situation, etc. before the pupils
actually enter the world of work. It is envisaged that the majority of pupils will gain an
Intermediate 2 level qualification in Work Experience.
The 2001-2002 Portree High School Young Enterprise Company, „Luv Bug‟, is on target to
becoming one of our most successful companies yet. From day one our group of eleven
achievers have demonstrated that they mean business in every sense of the word!
In spite of a lack of business advisors to the company, the group have shown themselves to be
extremely enthusiastic, confident and determined to set up and run a successful business
The „Luv Bug‟ is a fun questionnaire which aims to match up boys and girls across the year
groups according to their interests and personality. The lucky applicants will be introduced
to their ideal partner at the various school Christmas dances.
Sales have been extremely healthy to date and interest in the product is increasing as
Christmas approaches. All of the achievers have to be commended for their personal
qualities and skills which have contributed hugely to the success of their company.
As stated in the school's aims, contact and co-operation with the community is constantly
being developed. For example members of staff make arrangements for senior pupils to:
(a) Go out on Work Experience and/or have mock interview with a local employer
(b) Visit and entertain the residents of Highfield, Budhmor House and Kirk Care
(c) Assist in the primary school, Resource Centre, Nursery School
(d) Collect in their own communities for national charities - eg RNLI, ARMS
(e) Visit employers with regard to their course work.
In addition, all pupils have the opportunity to contribute to the school's charity programme
for Third World Countries, Cancer Research, Children in Need etc. The School also benefits
from local people (eg police, health professionals, local business men and women, ministers)
coming in to the school to speak to pupil groups, advise Young Enterprise Companies and so
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The school has a Head Boy and Head Girl plus prefects. They wear a maroon blazer with
gold braid and a badge and their job is to help staff and pupils in the smooth running of the
school. The Prefects' work is coordinated by Mrs Robertson, Assistant Head Teacher.
There are two Pupil Councils - one for pupils in S1 - S3, the other for pupils in S4 - S6. They
meet approximately once every month. The pupils elect a Chairperson and Secretary.
Agendas contain issues like:
- flexi-time for S6 pupils - litter
- canteen prices - bus captains
- lockers - bullying
- wet weather facilities - common room
Pupils from all year groups are invited to submit suggestions to the Council. The Chairman
and Secretary address all year group assemblies to give feedback on Council proceedings.
Two representatives from the Senior Pupil Council attend Highland „Youth Voice‟ meetings
where issues such as the need for better rural transport and better leisure facilities for young
people are discussed and information passed to Highland Council.
Form Captains and Vice Captains are elected by their form class during the first week of
term. First year form classes elect their Form Captains during the third week of term. Form
Captain duties include:
Helping Form Teacher with attendance check
Taking daily attendance sheet to reception
Attending Form Captains' meetings
Being responsible for new pupils to Form Class
Reporting business of Form Captains' meetings to Form Class
Carrying out messages for Form Teachers
Representing Form Class on Pupil Council
Certain facilities are available for use by the community eg The Games Hall. Computers can
also be used at certain times. The school's meeting room can also be used by outside groups.
Requests for lets should be sent to the Clerk to the School Board. For some groups charges
Portree High School, in keeping with all schools in Scotland, has a development plan. It
charts where the school is and where it is going. Issues covered by the plan all relate to the
school aims. Copies of the plan and the full documentation are available in school. Copies
can be requested by phoning the school office.
"Fàilte" is a short information booklet given to all P7 pupils coming to PHS. Its question and
answer format deals with many of the queries a pupil may have about the school.
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Buddies are sixth year volunteers who have successfully completed a one day course run by
Childline. A group of buddies are linked to each first year form class and through regular
contact with the pupils. They help them settle into secondary school.
Some pupils who live too far from the school to travel daily (eg Elgol, Sleat, etc.) spend the
week in the school hostel and go home at weekends. Further information can be obtained
from the hostel staff :
Warden - Mrs M Beaton
Matrons - Mrs Grounds & Miss MacKenzie
Telephone 01478 612320 (girls) - Telephone 01478 612277 (boys)
An Information Booklet can also be obtained from the school office.
The school library is situated in the Technical Block. As well as books it has modern
computerised data search facilities and an Internet link. It is open at lunch times and
Items of lost property should be handed in to reception.
The school motto is "Earbam" which means "Let me trust".
Open Learning offers S6 students and adults the opportunity to study a course of their choice
in a flexible manner. Following enrolment on a course students are linked to a tutor who is
normally a specialist in the student's area of interest. Students agree with their tutor and
mentor the pace and level at which they wish to progress. Much of this work is now done via
video/audio conferencing or using e-mail and internet.
The school is now recognised as one of six Adult Learning Centres in Skye & Lochalsh and
will be equipped as such in the coming year. The Adult Learning Centre Managers are Mr
David McClymont and Miss A Sikorsky. It is envisaged that this facility will expand in the
We believe Portree High School is a very good school but that does not mean we cannot
improve. Staff, parents and pupils all have an important part to play in monitoring what goes
on. The management team will organise formal evaluations from time to time but informal
comment is always welcome. Please let us know what your concerns are. Equally please let
us know what you are happy with.
At present the school is trialling a series of electronic questionnaires for the Quality in
Education Unit at Strathclyde University. These are made available on Parents‟ Evenings
and are valuable in allowing the Management Team to effect improvements in our system.
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Pupils receive appropriate periods of religious education each week. A copy of the syllabus
is available on request for parents to peruse and discuss. Private study arrangements are
made for the one or two pupils whose parents have agreed with the Head Teacher that they
should not take religious education.
The School Psychologist pays regular visits to the school. Mr Robert Leadbetter, the
Psychologist for Skye & Lochalsh is based in the Elgin Hostel and comes to the school every
fortnight. Referrals are usually arranged by Support for Learning staff and/or Guidance staff.
The local team works closely with the Guidance staff.
From time to time incidents can occur within the school setting which cause concern and
could indicate that a pupil is suffering some form of abuse.
In terms of Highland Child Protection Committee Inter-agency Protection Guidelines,
Education Service staff must report such incidents to Social Work Services which can lead to
a joint Social Work/Police investigation. All agencies involved in Child Protection are
obliged to make the welfare of children their paramount consideration and this will be the
priority for Education Service staff.
More information about Child Protection Procedures within Highland can be obtained from
the Child Protection Development Officer, Mrs Susan MacLaren, Highland Child Protection
Committee, Kinmylies Building, Leachkin Road, Inverness, IV3 8NN - Telephone 01463
703483- Fax 01463 713237.
SUPPORT FOR LEARNING
Many pupils will need help with their learning at some time. The help needed by different
pupils will vary widely. Some may simply need a little more understanding and tolerance
because of an event outside school or may need extra help for a short period to enable them to
grasp something new. Other pupils have long-term and very major needs. Support for
Learning is the term used to describe all the different ways that schools and their staff seek to
ensure that pupils progress as well as possible with their education. The understanding of
special education needs and of successful teaching methods is still developing today. It is
becoming possible for an increasingly wide range of children with special education needs to
receive the help they need in their local, mainstream school.
It is now considered proper practice to identify the special education needs of children who
require educational support rather than simply to describe their difficulties or handicaps.
Sometimes pupils may have special education needs which arise from a combination of
factors. Learning support and special education staff working in each secondary school are
also being brought together within integrated pupil support departments. Support for learning
staff work closely with all subject staff. Although some pupils with the most long-lasting and
severe special educational needs will attend special schools, classes or units, the majority of
pupils who receive educational support will be educated in their local mainstream school. In
the secondary stage of their education most of these pupils will successfully complete
Standard Grade and they may go on to gain Higher passes. They may then continue their
education at a college or university.
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At Portree High School we have 7 pupils with a Record of Needs and 39 pupils with
psychological assessments. Support for learning auxiliaries will often provide the additional
educational support which enables these pupils to attend mainstream schools and to make the
best use of the learning opportunities offered to them.
A Student Planner is issued to all pupils at the start of session. It should be carried every day
and used to note down things done and to do both in and out of school. It is particularly
important for recording homework issued by subject teachers. The planner helps teachers
communicate with parents. The information in the planner will be built up over the years and
used for a pupil‟s National Record of Achievement which needs to be compiled by all school
Each subject in the curriculum is given a time allocation in accordance with national
guidelines. This ensures that each pupil receives a broad and balanced curriculum. Of course,
we make sure that individual needs and preferences are met wherever possible.
S1 and S2
Every pupil studies these subjects for the following reasons.
English To ensure that each child is able to communicate
effectively in reading, writing and talking.
Mathematics * To acquire skills in mathematical thinking and develop
confidence in using and applying Mathematics.
French/German To develop each pupil's ability to communicate in a
foreign language and to promote understanding of other
Gaelic * To ensure that pupils can communicate effectively in the
language and benefit from its rich culture.
History * To develop a sense of time and heritage.
Geography * To develop an awareness of the world's peoples and
Modern Studies To develop an awareness of the modern world.
Science * To be aware of the natural, physical and chemical world.
Art To be able to appreciate and create.
To be able to design, make and evaluate, communicate
clearly using graphics and to solve practical problems
Technology using technology.
Home Economics * To help pupils cope with everyday life skills.
Music To invent, perform and appreciate all musical styles.
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Physical Education To be aware of and participate in a healthy, active
Religious Education * To be able to think about world truths.
Personal and Social Education * To develop skills for a healthy and responsible life.
Computing Studies (S2) To introduce and/or enhance the concept of problem
solving in a computing environment and to raise
awareness of Information Technology in society.
* Available to fluent Gàidhlig speakers, through the medium of Gàidhlig.
In S1 pupils are for the most part grouped in mixed ability sections. This does not mean that
they will always be taught as a single class but different teaching and learning strategies will
be used to ensure that every pupil is working to his/ her full potential. All pupils will be
supported in their learning. By S2, pupils in English and Maths are grouped according to
In S3/4 every pupil follows a broad and balanced course which reflects the guidelines given
by the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum. This is demonstrated in the option
sheet on page 27.
The S.5-6 Curriculum allows of further specialisation. The course choice form on page?? is
typical of the sort of options which may be available in due course to your son/daughter.
If your child does not know what he/she has to learn and cannot measure how successful the
learning has been, then progress is very difficult. Assessment, therefore, begins with teachers
carefully preparing their lessons so that each pupil is made aware what the learning outcome
How will my child be assessed?
Each teacher will make use of a wide range of assessment techniques. These will range from
an informal assessment of your child's work to formal tests. However, the most usual kind of
assessment will be the ongoing comments given to your child. Please read these comments
yourself and join with us in encouraging your child to progress.
Pupils in the senior school will be given preliminary examinations in preparation for their
SCE examination. S4 prelims will take place during class time in December or March.
National Qualifications (Higher Still) courses are now in place throughout the school. In
those courses S5/S6 will complete end of unit assessments throughout the session. They will
also sit timetabled prelims in March.
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Schools in all education authorities throughout Scotland are currently implementing the 5-14
Development Programme which is aimed at pupils in Primary 1-7 and in first and second
year in secondary school.
Part of the 5-14 programme aims to improve the way in which assessment of pupil's work is
Assessment can be carried out in a number of ways, including observation and discussion,
specific tasks, school tests and national tests. National tests are only part of the whole
assessment process showing how each pupil is progressing in reading, writing and
mathematics against nationally agreed attainment targets.
In subjects a system of 'attainment targets' have been identified for pupils to work through.
These attainment targets are grouped on six levels A to F. Some children will be able to
advance through them at a steady pace, while others may require more time.
Levels of Achievement
Level A Should be attainable in the course of the first three years at primary school by
almost all pupils;
Level B Should be attainable by some pupils in primary 3 or even earlier but certainly by
most in primary 4;
Level C Should be attainable in the course of primary 4 to primary 6 by most pupils;
Level D Should be attainable by some pupils in primary 5 or 6 or even earlier, but certainly
by most in primary 7;
Level E Should be attainable by some pupils in primary 7 – S1, but certainly by most by
their second year in secondary school.
Level F Should be attainable in part by some pupils, and be completed by a few pupils in
the course of P7 – S2.
During the phased implementation of 5-14 an increasing number of departments will be using
the new 5-14 style report sheet as illustrated below.
At Portree High School, we believe that reporting is extremely important. We continue to
refine our practice.
Reports in other year groups than S1/2 will be in a similar format.
You will receive one of these reports at the appropriate times during the year. Dates will
be given at the start of the session and the School Calendar.
While pupil reports are very important, providing scope for an informed discussion between
parents and the school, you need not wait until these are issued to get in touch with us.
Simply contact your child's guidance teacher and you will be given an update on your child's
progress. A meeting can be arranged or, if appropriate, a guidance teacher may report back by
telephone. The Head Teacher and other members of the Senior Management Team will
review the work of a sample of pupils throughout the year.
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Name Form Class Session 1999/2000
Subject Level Teacher
Achievement to date Pass Fail Comments
Estimated Grade in Final Exam
Attitude Good-------- Poor
Commitment to class work
Contribution to discussion
Ability to work with others
Ability to work independently
SCOTTISH QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY PRESENTATIONS
All pupils in S4, S5 and S6 are following certificated courses at 'S' grade, Intermediate,
Higher or advanced level will be presented in a particular subject if:
(i) They have attended school to a satisfactory standard;
(ii) They have passed internal unit assessments;
(iii) They have demonstrated an appropriate standard in their course work.
We will make every effort to ensure that each pupil meets these requirements. This session
we have introduced a computerised pupil monitoring system which will help to identify and
target underachievement at an early stage. S5/6 reports will also be produced using this
Throughout the year, we will have a series of Parents' Meetings. The main function of these
meetings will be to allow you time with your child's teachers. However, other meetings will
also be held on topics such as the curriculum, course choice, PSE, etc. A series of meetings
may also be held in associated primary schools so that it is easier for all parents to attend.
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GAELIC MEDIUM EDUCATION IN PORTREE HIGH SCHOOL
When the Rt. Hon. George Younger, then Secretary of State for Scotland, addressed a
conference entitled “Towards a National Policy for Gaelic” at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in 1985 I
believe few foresaw the strides that were to be taken by Gaelic in the field of education in
the ensuing years. In his address he said:
“ . . . Central Government efforts cannot save the Gaelic language unless Gaelic speaking
communities act out their own convictions and commitment to their mother tongue . . . That
is why it is so important that this conference should encourage voluntary initiatives involving
the community at large and young people in particular.. . We are prepared to do our part . . .
working in partnership with local authorities, voluntary organisations and individuals who
wish to build on the foundations already laid in support of Gaelic.”
At that time no children were being taught through the medium of Gaelic in primary schools.
Later that year the first two Gaelic Medium Units were set up, one in Inverness and the other
in Glasgow, with a total roll of 24 pupils. The following year the government introduced the
Specific Grants Scheme for Gaelic and this scheme has been invaluable since then in
providing extra finance to local authorities for the development of Gaelic Medium Education.
Today almost 2,000 children are being taught through the medium of Gaelic in over 50
primary schools throughout Scotland. There are over 250 pupils in the 6 Gaelic-medium
Units in Skye.
“The stronger conclusion is that the Gaelic-medium pupils generally perform better
than their English-medium counterparts . .” The Attainment of Pupils Receiving
Gaelic-medium Primary Education in Scotland: Prof. Richard Johnstone on behalf of the
Scottish Executive Education Department. 1999.
In 1985 Gaelic was taught as a subject in Portree High School but outside the Gaelic
classrooms the only evidence to be found of the language was the word “Earbam” on the
school crest. Portree High School was not alone at that time – no subject other than Gaelic
itself was being taught through the medium of Gaelic in any secondary school. This changed
in 1991. That year we had our first intake from Portree Primary Gaelic Medium Unit – 3
pupils – and Maths, Science and Home Economics were delivered through the medium of
Gaelic. This session we welcomed 41 pupils from Gaelic Medium Units into S1 and we were
pleased to be able to deliver 50% of the curriculum to them in Gaelic. Today we are pleased
to say that Portree High School is indeed alone – we deliver more subjects through the
medium of Gaelic than other secondary school in Scotland.
One of the aims stated in Highland Council‟s “Gaelic Medium Education Language
Guidelines 5 – 14” is: “To bring pupils to the stage of broadly equal competence in
Gaelic and English in all four language skills by the end of P7 and to develop these skills
to Level E in both languages by the end of S2.”
Dedicated work on the part of the primary teachers in the Gaelic Medium Units in Skye
already ensures that their pupils attain the goal set out for them at the end of P7. Portree High
School recognises and values these pupils‟ bilingualism and we appreciate the very important
role we have to play in ensuring that their competence in both Gaelic and English is
maintained and developed as outlined in the guidelines during S1 and S2.
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It would be unrealistic to expect to achieve this aim if the bilingual pupils only hear and use
Gaelic during the 3 periods per week they are in a Gaelic classroom. The relative dominance
of English within the school and in the wider community must be counterbalanced by using
Gaelic as a teaching medium in a wider spectrum of the curriculum.
Next session pupils entering S1 from the Gaelic-medium Units will be instructed and taught
through the medium of Gaelic in the following classes:
Registration class Mathematics
Gaelic Personal and Social Education
History Religious and Moral Education
These classes will include pupils from differing cultural backgrounds who live in Portree,
Staffin, Dunvegan, Broadford and Sleat and will be as cosmopolitan as other classes. The
courses followed will be identical to those followed by their English-medium peers. Care is
taken that the Gaelic used in teaching materials is pitched at an appropriate level and, as with
other classes, extra support is provided for pupils with learning, reading or writing
“There is still a substantial performance gap between Welsh-medium and
English-medium secondary schools in Wales. Last year Welsh-medium
schools recorded a 57% average score for children achieving five or more
GCSE’s at grade C or above, against a national average of 48%.”
The Western Mail. Oct 2000
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Portree High School Culture: a Statement of Entitlement
The pupils of Portree High School are entitled to a curriculum which recognises the value of
Scottish, Highland and Gaelic cultures, and which helps to promote:
A knowledge of Skye, the Highlands and Scotland generally, including a knowledge of
the history of their peoples.
A feeling of pride in Portree High School and in the Island of Skye, and a feeling of
shared experiences with others from the school and the Island.
Scotland's languages, with the historic and contemporary contribution of Gaelic in
particular to personal, social and cultural identity .
The cultural aspects of the Gaelic language - music (eg Skye's unique contribution as
regards Piobaireachd), song, dance, art and literature - and the part they play in
encouraging confidence and creativity in the pupils.
The enjoyment of shinty.
A knowledge of all the faiths and beliefs found in Scotland - including the historic
background of the church pre- and post-Columba, and the development of Christianity -
allowing them to be acknowledged and explored without bias.
An appreciation of the Skye and the Highland natural environment, and the features of
historical and architectural interest.
An understanding of the local economy, and the need for sustainability.
An awareness of the distinctiveness of Skye, in its various contexts: the Highlands,
Scotland, the UK and Europe.
An awareness of the links with the other islands of Scotland, and with other Celtic
cultures throughout the world.
Pupils are entitled to develop and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of the
cultural and natural uniqueness of their home area in all aspects of school life, without
sacrificing the quality of materials and resources and the balance and breadth of the
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Another European trip to France and Italy is planned for July 2002 with visits to museums
and galleries and outdoor sketching in the towns and countryside. Our involvement in a
sculptural project with artist Maurice Harron is being developed and senior pupils will have
an opportunity to contribute and to see the casting process.
ICT (Information and Communications Technology)
This school has now achieved the Government‟s target for 2002 for one computer per five
pupils and now aims to provide at least one computer per classroom by session 2003/2004.
Most of these machines are connected via a Local Area Network, which gives access via the
University of the Highlands and Islands to the World Wide Web. Staff and pupils who have
accepted the rules have various levels of restricted access to the Internet.
Business Education, Computing, Art and Technology are able to make use of mini-networks
while benefiting from communication with the rest of the school. Progress is being made in
training staff both in basic computing and in specific curricular areas. A reporting system
based on monitoring pupil performance has been purchased and, it is hoped, will be a boon to
all staff and pupils.
S1 Outdoor Isles Activity Week
During Activities Week in June, a party of S1 Gàidhlig speakers spent a week in the Outer
Isles, visiting various places of interest, as well as having plenty of time to relax and enjoy
the sheer beauty of the area. (It is unknown at the time of writing whether a pilgrimage was
made to the birthplace of Mr A J MacDonald!) The trip proved to be so popular that last
year‟s group are desperately trying to book places for next year‟s voyage of discovery!
S3 Conference, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
In June this year, a group of S3 fluent speakers enjoyed a three-day conference in Sleat with
other S3 pupils from Highland Council area. They took part in a range of activities including
drama and debating and it was a great experience for them to meet other fluent speakers of
their own age. It is hoped that this event will be repeated for the new S3 next year.
A party of pupils and staff travelled to the National Mod in Stornoway in October and though
the Gaelic choir did not win any major prizes this year, they acquitted themselves very well
under the baton of Mrs Karen MacRae. Some individual performers won prizes in oral and
singing competitions. The majority of choir rehearsals this year were held during After
School Activities when transport home was provided for the pupils.
An experiment is currently being set up to provide all pupils interested in Gaelic singing with
the opportunity to attend Gaelic singing for fun sessions at lunchtime during the winter
months. It is hoped that those attending these classes will form the nucleus of next year‟s
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Senior Pupils’ Trip to Cape Breton
A part of senior pupils including some very talented traditional musicians, travelled to Cape
Breton in October where they had a fantastic time at the Celtic Colours Festival and other
events. Some are now talking about going back to study there and many are still in touch
with the new friends they made. There will be an opportunity to return the hospitality when a
group from Cape Breton travel to Skye next year.
Deasbad Nàiseanta Gàidhlig
Due to the Cape Breton trip and the timing of the event, the School was unfortunately unable
to take part this year. Since two of our pupils were runners-up last year, we look forward to
taking the number one spot next year.
S5 Gaelic Conversation Day, Plockton High School
In November, S5 Higher Gaelic Learners enjoyed a day‟s workshop in conversational Gaelic
run by Comunn na Gàidhlig and Plockton High School. This was of great benefit to them
and it is hoped that it will become an annual event.
Pupils in S3 attended field trips to Strathconon in May/June 2001. We stayed at Fairburn
Activity Centre, near Muir of Ord, and managed to combine Geography with a couple of
evening activity sessions climbing trees, abseiling, canoeing and „death slide‟ – teachers
Geographical fieldwork included river work, visiting Nexfor Forest Products near Nairn,
Glenmorangie Distillery, shopping surveys at the Tesco complex, land capability studies, a
visit to Drumnadrochit and the Victorian Spa Town of Strathpeffer.
In June 2001, a very successful trip to the First World War Battlefields took place. Amongst
the many places of interest we visited, were part of the Somme Battlefield in France and
Tyne Cot cemetery – the largest British military cemetery in the world – in Belgium. Day
trips to Paris and Bruges were also included. The trip was designed to highlight pupils‟
awareness of the „First World War‟ topic in Standard Grade History. A follow-up excursion
should be organised for June 2003.
Sixty pupils from Sl/2 entered the UK Schools Junior Maths Challenge and were awarded 4
gold, 9 silver and 19 bronze certificates. David Beaton, R3, won the best in School award for
this age group and was invited to take part in the next round of the competition- only the
second pupil from Portree to do so.
Sixty pupils from S3/4 entered the UK Schools Intermediate Maths Challenge and were
awarded 3 gold, 10 silver and 17 bronze certificates. Andrew Oliver, Q5, and Caren Whear
were both invited to take part in the Intermediate Maths Olympiad -a great honour for both
Caren and Andrew and for the School.
For the first time a UK Senior Maths Challenge was held and twenty pupils from Portree took
part. In what was an extremely difficult competition, Marie Wright, Q6, won the best in
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Murdo MacLeod, G6, won a gold certificate in the Scottish Mathematical Council Challenge
and was invited to Aberdeen University to receive it. This is an outstanding achievement and
very well deserved.
In March 2001, the S4 Credit, S5 Higher and S6 CSYS classes took part in the Maths sans
Frontieres competition. This is an international competition where each class submits a
combined solution to ten problems, at least one of which is answered in a foreign language.
The S5 class was awarded a place in the top ten and received a certificate of merit -an
All six pupils in the CSYS class attended a Maths weekend at the Lagganlia Outdoor Centre,
sponsored by British Aerospace. The weekend was a variety of team-building exercises,
including a blindfold walk through a forest at the dead of night and an obstacle course in
'crystal maze' style; workshops on the use of hi-tech graphic calculators which the British
Aerospace employees use to design aeroplanes; lectures on numeracy from Professor Adam
McBride of Strathclyde University; an evening ceilidh and many other indoor and outdoor
events. The weekend was enjoyed by all, although the pupils thought it compared more to a
training course for the marines than a Maths weekend!
MODERN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT
Portree High School Modern Language teachers meet with Primary Modern Languages
Teachers at least once a year. Visits to various primary schools take place each session if
requested. This will continue to strengthen primary/secondary links, continue to foster
positive attitudes to language and ease the transition through to secondary. Primary
colleagues pass on information regarding progress their pupils have made in French or
German to High School staff at the end of P7 and this is taken into account in day to day
teaching in the High School.
Pupils have the opportunity to pick up the other Modern Foreign Language when they make
their choices at the end of S2.
Various foreign visitors have been welcomed by the staff and pupils of the Modern
Languages Department and as a result we all gain insights into their countries, cultures and
MODERN STUDIES DEPARTMENT
In October 2002 the Modern Studies Department hopes to run an educational trip to Hungary,
Poland and the Czech Republic. This will be the latest in a series of visits to Central and
Eastern Europe undertaken by the Department.
Since 1992 pupils have visited Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and
France and have had the chance to experience the way of life in Moscow, St Petersburg,
Berlin, Potsdam, Dresden, Prague, Budapest, Krakow, Bratislava and Vienna. They have had
the chance to explore the Bohemian countryside in the Czech Republic, the Danube Bend
region in Hungary and to visit the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. The
Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the Berlin Wall a salt mine in Silesia and the
concentration camps at Terezin, Auschwitz and Birkenau have also featured in the itinerary.
They have spent a night on the Moscow to St Petersburg sleeper, cruised on the Danube and
driven through parts of Europe as diverse as the foothills of the Carpathians, the Tatra
mountains in Slovakia, the Ruhr, Silesia, Moravia, Bavaria, Alsace and the Ardennes. A visit
was also made to the European Parliament where the group sat through a session and had
lunch with MEP the late Dr Allan Macartney and John Morrison of the BBC.
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PORTREE HIGH SCHOOL Choice Form
THIRD YEAR COURSES
Column 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Subject 1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4
Mandatory Language Social Science
1.English 6.French 10.Geography 15.Biology
2.Maths 7.Gaelic 11.History 16.Chemistry
3.PE core 8.Gaidhlig 12.Modern 17.Physics
4.PSE 9.German Studies 18.Science
5 6 7
Technology Creative *Options
19.Accounting 26.Art & Design 30.Accounting & Finance
& Finance 27.Craft & 31.Art & Design
20.Business Design 33.Business Administration
Administration 28.Music 34.Business Management
21.Computing 29.PE 35.Chemistry
Communication 37.Craft & Design
23.Home 38.French (B)
Studies 42.German (B
*Only 6 or 7 courses from column 7 would be expected to run.
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Senior Course Choice
Level Column A Column B Column C Column D Column E
Inter- (History I2) Info SystemsI2 (Info SystemsI1) (English I2) Geography I2
mediate Chemistry I2 (Maths I2/I1) (Maths I2/I1) PE (PPU)all Mod. Studies I2
etc. Biology I2 Acc& FinI1/I2 (RMPS I2/I1) levels Bus Man.I1/I2
(PCS(wood/metal)I2) (PhysicsI2) French I2 (Bus EconomicsI1
(GaidhligI2) (Geology I2) GaelicI2 AdminA/I1/I2) HistoryI2
(TechStI2) HospitPrac CookI2 ArtI1/I2 (C&DI2)
(German I2) (Film Module)
Higher Biology Computing French PE Geography
Chemistry Graph Com. Gaelic Art History
Physics Acc&Fin (Chemistry) Music Mod.St.
(Gaidhlig) (Maths) (Geography) (German) Business Man.
(Tech St.) (Art) (Maths) (English) (English)
(English) (Computing) (C&D)
AH (English) Art Folio (RMPS) PE (Gaelic)
(Music) (History) (Maths) (Mod Sts). (Biology)
Chemistry (Geography) French (German) Graph Com.
Option form – Final version
1. The above courses have been offered by departments.
2. They will only run if numbers are sufficient and staffing and accommodation are
3. All S5 pupils must choose 1 subject from each Column. (Each column represents
6 periods per week)
4. There is no Free Time or Study Time in S5.
5. All S6 pupils must choose 1 subject from each of 4 Columns or agree a Column
for Open Learning with Mrs Shipman and their Guidance Teacher.
6. S6 may also have 1 Study Column. Flexitime will only operate from October. 3
periods may be negotiated from the Study Column only. The other 3 periods will
remain as study.
The Guidance Teacher will notify SMT of any problems. These will be discussed
individually and every effort made to resolve them.
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SCE EXAMINATIONS AND AWARDS
The following pages give all the available statistics of the school's performance in the
national examination system. Our results are good. However, we are not complacent.
Please be assured that your child will be encouraged to achieve the very best set of grades
that s/he can.
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Adult Learning 22 Latecomers 6
Aims 4 Leaving Age 17
Assemblies 13 Library 22
Assessment 25 Lost Property 22
Attendance and Absence 6 Medical Arrangements 14
Buddy System 22 Mobile Phones/Personal Stereos 16
Bursaries/Student Allowances 17 Motor Vehicles/Cycles 16
Calendar 9 Motto 22
Canteen 17 Name Tabs 15
Careers Education/Careers Library 19 National Testing 5-14 25
Child Protection 23 Open Learning 22
Choice of Course 34 Physical Education Kit 15
Community Facilities 21 Plan of the school 8
Community Service 20 Policy on SQA Presentations 27
Cultural Entitlement 30 Prefects 21
Curriculum 24 Pupil Council 21
Daily Timetable 6 Quality Assurance 22
Departmental Information 29 Reception 7
Development Plan 21 Religious Education 23
Dictionaries, Pens and Pencils 13 Reporting 26
Education Business Partnership 19 Road Safety 16
Employment of Pupils 20 Rules of the School 13
European Links 18 School Board 2
Excursions 7 School Psychologist 23
Extra-curricular Sporting Activity 18 School Functions 18
Fàilte 21 Social Worker 23
Finance 19 SQA Presentations 27
Fire Drill 14 Staff List 10
Form Captains 21 Student Planner 24
Form Teachers 5 Support for Learning 23
Gaelic Medium in Portree High School 28 Transport 16
General Information 2 Truancy 7
Guidance 5 Uniform 15
Holiday Dates 6 Valuables 15
Homework 13 Wet Weather Rooms 15
Hostel 22 Work Experience 20
House System 18 Young Enterprise 20
Scottish Office Tables 37
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