Welcome to the Third Year Information Handbook
This handbook is for you and your parents. It includes a range of topics which will help you in some of the important decisions you will require to make for your future in Peebles High School and beyond.
Your handbook is not just about making subject choices but helping you to consider the consequences of whatever decisions you make. When you have to make decisions, do not just do what you would like to do, but also consider what is likely to have the best or, at least, good consequences for you.
You should set yourself challenging targets in the senior school and can only expect to achieve them by working hard. You are and will be in competition with many talented students across Scotland. We believe that you can be up there with the best of them.
I hope you have a successful year.
What is the most important factor which will determine if you will have a successful year at school? I hope you have come up with the correct answer; the most important factor is you!
Being intelligent is only a small part of being successful. Have you got a good “graft factor”? How high is your self-esteem? Are you motivated? Are you willing to work with others?
Often someone who does not do well at school will nonetheless have success later in life. Even so, in almost all cases, they wish they had worked harder at school. If you do not keep up or are too easy on yourself, others will move ahead of you.
Using the handbook
The contents have been thought out carefully to support you.
You should refer to the handbook from time to time for advice.
Please consult with your Guidance teacher if you require clarification on any point.
Some students have helped with the contents. Now it is over to you; use it.
Pearls of wisdom
What we think of ourselves and what others think of us are not always the same. To know yourself well is a lot harder than you may think
Your parents, pastoral staff and your subject teachers can help give you a fair picture of yourself, even if their picture is not always the one you have of yourself.
WHICH COURSES ARE FOR YOU?
Finding out more about courses: Before selecting a course you must carry out research to ensure that you understand fully what you are going to study, how hard it will be and how you will be assessed. You also need to know why you are taking the course. Is it because it is an essential entry requirement for further study or employment, because you enjoy the area of study and/or because you feel you have talents in this field? It might even be all three!
There are two important ways to gain information about courses:
Subject teachers are experts about the courses available in their departments and they will speak to you about what is on offer. You should speak with the teachers that know best within each department, about which courses would be best for you. When entering the Senior Phase it is normally the case that you would take courses which lead to more advanced study later on, for instance take National 4/5 Chemistry if you want to study Higher Chemistry in fifth year. We would advise you to take courses that you had studied as an elective as you will have more knowledge and skills in these subjects. However, you can take a subject in S4 that you have not studied as an elective.
For each National Qualifications course available in school, your teachers have produced a course outline which contains information on the following:
What you need to do it.
What you will learn.
What you will do.
How you will be assessed.
How much homework you will get.
What advanced courses the subject leads to.
Costs involved in the course
- 16th January S3 Options and Choices Evening (7.00-7.45 pm). This evening will give you an overview of the curriculum on offer.
- 16th January Option choice booklet available on this website and options sheet issued.
- 21st January S3 pastoral interviews begin.
- 8th January S3 reports are issued.
- 31st January S3 parents’ evening.
- 8th February final day of pastoral interviews and options completion deadline.
Please take the time to read our recoursing policy below:
NOW WHAT DO I DO?
Everyone will study Maths and English but you also have to make four choices and rank them in your order of preference. Remember to also make a reserve choice and mark that with an R.
Work your way through the department folders taking time to read and discuss the information you find there.
Remember, you are not alone in this. There are lots of people who are there to help you.
Now, get cracking! (simply download and read the relevant pdfs you will need)
Course Choice Sheet