Weekly Update 10/02/17

S3 Reports

Pupils were issued with their S3 tracking report this week.  Please review this with your youngster then complete the reply slip and hand into the School Office.

S2 Parents Evening 22/02/17

Pupils were given an invitation letter to the Parents Evening being held on Wednesday 22nd February this week.  Please complete the reply slip and when handed into the School Office pupils will be issued with their appointment card.  They are then able to go round their teachers and obtain the necessary appointments.

Pupil Information Update

If you are moving home, have a new telephone or mobile number can you please make sure that you contact the School Office so that we can update your youngsters records. 

Parents of S1 Pupils

S1 are about to begin a 9 week block of work in PSE on Sexual Health and Relationships Education. We will be following the lessons plans in the SHARE resource developed for use in schools by the NHS.

The values underlying the SHARE programme are:

• our sexuality is a natural and healthy part of who we are

• each of us feels differently about our sexuality, and we may express it in different ways

• we should treat each other as we would like to be treated

• we should never have to do anything sexual we don’t want to do

• if we do choose to have sex, we should protect ourselves and sexual partners from unwanted pregnancy and from sexually transmitted infections.

National 5 and Higher Social Subjects

Pupils sitting National 5 and Higher Social Subjects (History, Geography, Modern Studies and Politics) will be sitting their Assignment during March.  The calendar is attached below. 

In National 5 pupils will get an hour to write up their assignment under exam conditions and it is worth 25% of their total exam mark.

In Higher pupils it is worth a third of their total mark and they get an hour and half to write it up, also under exam conditions.

Both involve lengthy preparation which has been started in class but pupils will need to work at home in order to collect research and prepare for their write up.  Your help would be appreciated in supporting your youngster with this.  Please contact Ms James if you have any queries / issues.

Battlefields Experience 2017

The 4th payment for the Battlefields Experience 2017 is now overdue.  Please arrange payment via ParentPay where possible or cash/cheque handed into the School Office.  Cheques should be made payable to Kelso High School.

Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers

KHS will be collecting Active Kids vouchers again this year, with the intention to use these for both cooking and sports equipment.  If you would like to donate any vouchers, please hand them in to either the HE or PE staff bases or the main Office.  Thank you for your support.

Sick Bay

Please can you remind your youngster that if they feel unwell during school time they should report to sick bay. They should not call you to arrange to go home or go home without telling someone in the school.  In sickbay your youngster will be assessed by a first aider who will call home if necessary.

Library - The Day

KHS has recently subscribed to The Day, a daily online newspaper for teenagers which focuses on the big issues that are transforming our world.  The Day team aim to explain current affairs in a balanced and unpatronising way.  Their mission is 'to help students think about what they can see and hear around them in the news day by day; to learn to make the link between this and what they are studying and to understand the relevance and importance of knowledge; to think for themselves and talk about everything, to debate, discuss and research; to grow in confidence and find their own voice.' 

Students who have already been shown the resource have all found it very thought-provoking and something that they would like to revisit.

Why not have a look at it yourself by clicking on The Day link in the Quick Links section on the homepage of the school website?

Swimming Update

This weekend was the final weekend of 3 at the Scottish East District Age Group Championships at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.  Club swimmers from all over the Borders, Fife and Lothians competed for the top 3 spots in their individual distance & stroke followed by the chance to enter Club teams for Relays.  This weekend was the Sprint events 50m & 100m's in all strokes plus 200m (I/M) Individual Medley.

Cameron Thompson S2 (14 yrs) - Competing in 4 Events, gaining all 4 Personal best times, narrowly missing out in 100m Breaststroke final but he then qualified for the 50m Freestyle Final gaining his FIRST East District BRONZE medal! All were qualification times to Scottish National age group Championships at Easter.

Erika Coupek S3 (15 yrs) - Erika had an outstanding meet, Competing in 8 events, qualifying for all 8 finals and winning SILVER in 200M I/M,  SILVER in 50m Freestyle, SILVER in 100m Freestyle, SILVER in 50m Backstroke and SILVER in 100m Backstroke, Erika also gained Personal best times in every event! (Erika's other finals were 50m & 100m Butterfly and 100m Breaststroke)

Amy Richardson S4 (16yrs) - Competing in 6 events, recording 4 Personal Bests (100m Back, 50m Butterfly, 50m &  100m Freestyle), qualified for 100m Freestyle Final (6th) and was part of Duns ASC Freestyle and Medley Relay teams, both teams of four, coming a credible 6th place.

Well done to all - fantastic achievements!!

KHS Canteen 16/02/17 – Belated Valentine’s Day

On Thursday 16th February the following will be available:

Cupids cup of Soup (Tomato and Red pepper)

A warm food embrace (Sweet Chilli Chicken in a warm wrap)

Kiss Lorraine (Ham and Cheese Quiche)

Parisian Comfort (Spicy Beef Stew)

A Scottish Love (Haggis in a puff pastry heart)

Cheek to Chic (Sweet Chilli Chicken)

There will also be pizzas and readymade sandwiches available.

Job / Apprenticeship Opportunities



Melville Housing - Modern Apprenticeship

Melville Housing Association are the largest Registered Social Landlord in Midlothian.  We provide affordable quality housing to those most in need.  We are keen to introduce youngsters into the field of Housing and as such we are offering a one year Modern Apprenticeship opportunity in Housing Level 2.  Successful completion of the apprenticeship will result in the individual gaining industry recognised qualifications.  Please see attached advert below for further details.

Opportunity for S3 Girls - Tuesday 7th March

Any girl that has an interest in Construction….there is a one day event open to you.  You can find out about job opportunities in this field as well as getting some hands on experience. Examples of jobs include apprentice joiner, charted surveyor or maintenance manager. If you wish to know more details please see Miss Roden in the Pastoral Department (Rm 66) as soon as possible.

James Stewart & Sons - Job Advert

Please see attached information below regarding an exciting job opportunity.


RBS - Work Experience

Please see information below.


James Stewart - Job Advert

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