Parent Council Meeting Dates 2016/2017

The Parent Council Meetings for the 2016/2017 school year will take place on the following dates….

Meeting dates:
Thurs 13 October 2016
Thurs 1 December 2016
Thurs 26 January 2017
Thurs 16 March 2017
Thurs 11 May 2017
Thurs 22 June 2017

The meetings will take place from 5:00pm – 6:30 pm in the school and childcare will be provided


Parent Council News

March Update

Last week an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of the Elphinstone Primary School Parent Council was held. This was an unusual situation which came about because the last Annual General Meeting (AGM) had too few parents and carers there to formally elect a new Parent Council. Thanks to all the parents who attended last week, Here’s an update of what happens next:

What is a Parent Council?
The Parent Council is a group of parents selected by the “parent forum” to represent all the parents of children at the school, plus the head teacher and sometimes other school staff or local councillors attend too. The parent forum is every parent, carer or guardian of children who attend the school – i.e. YOU!

Nearly all schools in Scotland have a Parent Council and you can find out more via this link– type all the letters into your browser to use the tinyurl shortcut.

When does it meet?
At Elphinstone, the Parent Council meets once per term in the early evening. Childcare is provided to help parents and carers to attend. The meetings are short and a great chance to hear more as well as support and give your views.

Any parent or carer can attend the Parent Council meetings. To take forward the business of the Parent Council, at Elphinstone there are at least six members elected, usually two representatives per class. The Parent Council is there to support and help the school, it welcomes the views of all parents. It does not discuss individual children.

Elphinstone has had no Parent Council at all for a few months. We were the only school in East Lothian without one so it is good to get it back up and running. Members elected at the EGM on Wednesday 24 February will hold these positions until September 2016 when the usual AGM will be held and new people can be elected. Although these are the named representatives, more people are always welcomed to get involved.

P1/2 – Helen Spencer (Leah, Matthew and Jessica) & Nicola Gregory (Evie)
P3/4 – Rob Moore (Jamie) & space available
P5/6/7 Judith Dunn (Alistair) & Katharina (Kat) Skwara (Huw and Leon)

Kat has also agreed to continue as Treasurer for the year. Judith Dunn and Helen Spencer will be joint chairpersons.

What will the Parent Council do this year?

Well, that is up to the parents who come along to the next meeting and decide this. There is a funding application in for grant funding to pay for Play Pod equipment for the school playground but please parents come along and give your ideas and volunteer to help to do what you think needs done.

In past years, in addition to supporting the school and sharing parents’ views with Mrs Williams and Mrs Thomson at our meetings, we have organised fun events such as discos and Burns suppers. There has also been a huge effort on fundraising via grant applications for big developments like the Trim Trail in the playground in recent years, as decided by the parents.

When there have been enough parents getting involved a fundraising sub-group has also in the past organised sponsored events like the Mini-Mudder, supermarket bag packing, raffles, selling tea towels and bags, and running stalls at the Elphinstone summer fair. Those funds then belong to the Parent Council and Elphinstone parents, at the Parent Council decide how the funds are spent.

In the past some examples of this have been subsidising or paying the transport for school trips, paying for the school to parent text messaging service, buying gardening equipment, and contributing towards p7 leavers hoodies as some examples. Currently the parent council has very little funds so it will be up to parents to attend the next meeting and form a fundraising group if parents want this to happen.

Next meeting: Wednesday 23 March 5.00-6.30pm in the school. Please pop along, have a cuppa and say what you want to see happening at our great wee school. You will be made very welcome and don’t worry you don’t need to speak there and you will not be asked to DO anything unless you want to.

Judith Dunn, co-chair

Parent Council AGM

The next meeting of the Parent Council will be the AGM on the 18th September 2014 at 7pm in the school hall.

We are looking for new members to join the group as we do not have our full number on the Parent Council and some existing parents are moving on this year.

Please come along – refreshments will be served!

The Draft minutes of the previous AGM are here

EPPC AGM – Minutes 19 September 2013


Thanks Mini Mudders and Bag Packers!

Thanks to everyone who helped out at the Mini Mudder event and Bag Packing at the Co-op!

We raised £749 from the Mini Mudder and £301.57 from the Bag Packing!

A total over £1050 from these two events means that we have raised enough to go ahead and order the Trim Trail for the playground. Thanks to everyone who had a look at the playground plans at the Harvest Festival and gave your comments. I will be getting final quotes from the 5 companies who have been to the school next week so we will be on schedule to get the Trim Trail installed before Christmas.


Our tiny Mini Mudders!

A few photos from this morning of the tiny mini mudders!


Mini Mudders were amazing!

Wow – The Mini Mudders were all amazing today!

The younger ones this morning all did the playground obstacle course at least twice and then the older ones all seemed to enjoy the 3 mile course this afternoon. I am sure some of them might be a bit tired tonight though!

Thanks to Jo, whose idea it was originally to do the Tough Mudder and Mini Mudder and to Megan who helped her plan the course and organise the equipment. Thanks to all the parents, grandparents and friends who helped set out the course and help the kids round and finally thanks to teachers and staff for going along with our mad idea. Please remember we still need your sponsorship to help reach out playground funding target! Who knows maybe we could do this again next year……


Bank of Scotland – Community Fund

We need your Vote!

Our school has made it to the final four in the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. We now need your votes – The top two groups in our area with the most votes will get £3000.

For further information and to vote online please go to

To vote by text,  please text VOTE KZRD  to 82332.

Please encourage all your friends, relatives, and colleagues to vote too. We are up against much larger groups so need to spread the word……