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).

GIRFEC – Keeping parents informed

Getting it right for every child – update.

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on detailed guidance that supports parts of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This Act is a new law that will give children, young people and their families extra support and will encourage everyone to talk about children’s wellbeing using the same words.

The consultation on the guidance is due to run until 1 May. It is mainly aimed at the people who support your child – including parents’ organisations – but individual parents are welcome to get involved if they wish.

You can take part in the consultation via this link:

http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/02/1851