Erin & Amie collect for ‘Midlothian Foodbank’.

Erin and Amie Gilbertson have spent the last few weeks buying and collecting donations of food and toiletries for the ‘Midlothian Foodbank’ this Christmas. The girls both wanted to help those less fortunate than themselves at this time of the year, and also do something for their local community, so the Foodbank based in Gorebridge was perfect.
Erin (3L1) and Amie (1L1) asked friends, family, neighbours and teachers if they could donate at least one item to the Foodbank this season. Everyone that helped support them were so generous and the girls ended up collecting a staggering six very large boxes, each full to the brim with donations! Yvette from the Foodbank said that the girls were “epic” and had “done amazingly well”.
Pictured with Erin and Amie is Helen, a volunteer at the Foodbank who image1thanked the girls very much for all their hard work.
Erin and Amie enjoyed the experience of helping the Foodbank so much that they have decided to volunteer their time helping out at the next community food drive.

The role of the Parent Council

Link: DHS Parent Council Latest News

Link: DHS Parent Council Meeting Dates


Parent Council

The Parent Council is the formal body which represents all parents and carers of pupils at Dalkeith High School.  The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 makes provision for all parents to be members of the Parent Forum at a school, and to have their views represented to the school, education authority and others, through a representative Parent Council for the school.

The Act aims to help all parents to be:

  • involved in their child’s education and learning
  • welcomed as active participants in the life of the school
  • encouraged to express their views on school education generally and work in partnership with the school.

Midlothian Council has developed guidance for Parent Councils, including a support pack to assist with the establishment of a Parent Council.

All meetings of the Parent Council are open to any parent and dates of the meetings will be published in the school newsletters, posted on the school website and app, and advertised on Twitter.

Parent Teacher Association

Our PTA is a less formal body which supports the school at a number of events during the school year.  Fund-raising occasions have included quizzes, fashion shows and even a Strictly Dalkeith-style.    Through the commitment and dedication of the parents who involve themselves in the wider life of the school, funds are raised annually and donated to the Pupil Voice.  These funds are then disbursed in the best interests of our young people.


Contact details for the Parent Council and PTA office bearers are:

Parent Council Chair: Caroline Pearson

Parent Council Secretary: Deborah Slater
T: 0131 663 3853

Parent Council Treasurer: Anne Murray

PTA contact: Jane Richardson


Download: The Role of the Parent Council

Download: Parent Council Welcome Pack


S1 pupils visit Butterfly World

img_1688r img_1699r img_1718r img_1754r img_5627r img_9297rS1 Art and Design pupils were given the opportunity to visit Butterfly World just before the October break. This allowed the pupils to contextualise the learning that has taken place in the classroom since August, as the theme of our project was ‘Reptiles’. They freely explored the rainforest area, handled a number of different insects and reptiles and finally they were given the opportunity to do some observational drawing of their favourite species. Based on the feedback gathered from pupils, they seemed to thoroughly enjoy this experience and it was clear that this trip helped to enrich their learning as well as enhance their understanding of reptiles as a whole. Butterfly World staff and the photographs may suggest that the teachers seemed to enjoy it just as much as the pupils…

S1 STEM Challenge

S1 pupils  had a great day building towers, parachutes and wind turbines and they really did us proud with the effort and enthusiasm they put in. Feedback from the professionals running the workshops was that “our kids were great!”

Take a look at the slideshow: stem-oct2016


S1 pupils have an opportunity to extend their learning at home as well as add vital points to their House total.

The home learning challenge can be found on our website. From the homepage, click on the homework tab or click the logo below:

S1 Home Learning Challenge

S1 Home Learning Challenge


You choose which activities to complete.

You can get any resources you might need from your class teacher or use your own if it suits you. Some are available on the S1 Challenge page of the website.

As you complete each activity, ask your class teacher to sign and date it.

Complete a row diagonally, horizontally or vertically to get 10 House Points.

Earn 50 House Points if you complete the whole grid for the Faculty – so there are hundreds of House Points up for grabs!

Hand in your current signed sheets to Mr Duncan by 31st October for the House Points to be awarded.