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 HOME LEARNING CHALLENGE – HOUSE POINTS UP FOR GRABS!

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.

 

Guidance Staff at Dalkeith High School

Dalkeith High School is made up of four Houses: Buccleuch, Dalhousie, Lothian and Melville.

Each House has a House Head (Depute Head Teacher) and a Principal Teacher of Guidance.

The table below provides details of the appropriate members of staff for each House.

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Your child’s Principal Teacher of Guidance is your first point of contact if you have any concerns you would like to discuss. They can be contacted on the telephone number below.

Telephone number
0131 654 4701

Our Vision Statement

Following an extensive period of consultation with pupils, staff and parents/carers, we have agreed our vision statement which will guide us as we move forward with further improvements to our school.

 Dalkeith High School: Enabling all young people to succeed in an inclusive, respectful and stimulating environment

#DeterminedHappySuccessful

The Pupil Voice Forum

What is the Pupil Voice Forum?

This group meets approximately once per month. The aim of the group is to ensure that young people at Dalkeith High School have their voices heard on a wide range of subjects.  The subjects discussed last year included last year included: different means of assessment, curriculum structures, subject choice, and introducing blazers for S6 pupils.

It provides opportunities for young people in the school to demonstrate that they are:

  • Responsible
  • Resourceful
  • Resilient
  • Reflective

The Pupil Voice Forum is run by members of the Senior School Council who help set the agenda, chair meetings, produce minutes and feedback to the Senior Leadership Team.

These Senior School Council members work with a different group of young people at each monthly meeting.

We don’t run elections or have a lengthy application process to decide who attends meetings. Instead, every member of Dalkeith High School is automatically a member of the Pupil Voice Forum. Ahead of each meeting, pupils are selected via the registers from across different year groups and Houses and contacted asking to participate in the meeting.  This means that everyone in the school genuinely gets a chance to have their say.

Even if you are not one of the names called when a particular topic is run, you can offer your comments via your Guidance Teacher or one of the Senior School Council representatives.

All of those who contribute to the meetings earn points for their House.

The minutes from the meeting are published on the school website and Senior School Council members report their findings to the Senior Leadership Team, who then respond to any issues or questions raised.

In session 2016-17, the staff members of the group are:

  • Mrs Stewart (Meetings are held in Mrs Stewart’s classroom F118)
  • Mr Knight
  • Ms Nicoll

Your Senior Leadership team link is:

  • Ms Preston

Your Senior School Council representatives are:

  • John Archibald (House Captain- Lothian)
  • Poppy Church Olney (House Captain- Buccleuch)
  • Erin Thomson (Depute Head Girl- Melville)

Midlothian Educational Trust Fund

Midlothian Council awards Educational Trust Fund grants to individuals for the benefit of Midlothian residents between the ages of 16 and 25 years living in specific areas of Midlothian (as designated by the trust fund).

Grants of up to £500 are awarded. Grants can be made for higher education, further education, training, activity agreements, volunteering, modern or trade apprenticeships. See downloads below for more details.

Download: METF Poster0002.compressed

Download: 07 Y X Appendix A1 – Mid Educational Trust Fund

Download: 07 Y X Appendix A2 – Mid Educational Trust Fund Application

Download: 07 Y X Appendix B – Mid Educational Trust Guidance

Vaccinations – Are you protected?

Are you protected?

There is another chance for teenagers to get their MMR and HPV vaccine in the summer term if they have previously missed out.

 

MMR

Ten per cent of secondary school pupils in Lothian have not had the second dose of the MMR vaccine meaning they are at risk from Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

 

In Lothian there has been a recent outbreak of mumps, a contagious viral infection with symptoms including fever, headache and swelling of one or both cheeks or sides of the jaw. Common complications include inflammation of the testes (1 in 4 adult males) and meningitis (1 in 7 cases) with less common complications including hearing loss and inflammation of the pancreas.

 

Children with mumps will need to stay off school for at least five days.

 

The NHS Lothian school nurse team will be sending letters to pupils due to be vaccinated. Please read this and discuss vaccination with you parents, carer or guardian.

 

HPV

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, given to girls in S1 and S2, protects against cervical cancer.

 

This vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV that cause 75% of the cases of cervical cancer, but uptake of this vaccine in Lothian has not been all that high. It is important that you get this protection early enough for it to be effective.  So, you should have all the required doses as soon as they are offered at secondary school.

 

If you receive a consent form, make sure you discuss it with your parents, carer or guardian and return the form to your school.

 

More information about these vaccinations can be found on the Immunisation Scotland website.  Or you can call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88 (8am to 10pm, every day).