Parental Involvement Survey

Parents and Carers are invited to complete this Parental Involvement Survey. The survey has been compiled by parent representatives and once the results have been collated, the following information will be made available to all Schools and Parent Councils;

• Individual School results
• Cluster results
• Authority wide results

The information received from this survey will assist the authority in updating the Parental Involvement Strategy.

Please click on the link below to take part in the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/getinvolvedinschool
The deadline for completing the survey is Monday 15th June.

Lennox Author Award

Lennox Award ceremony

We were delighted to host the 2015 Lennox Author Award  last week. On the 13th of May children from Cockenzie, West Barns, Saltoun, Dunbar, Law and Sanderson’s Wynd primary schools came together to share their ideas about books they had read by this year’s authors. We enjoyed drama, book reviews, a Powerpoint, animations and a Scratch animated quiz all put together by some very talented young people. There was a Question and Answer session with the authors organised by pupils from Law Primary.

Authors Paul Dowswell and Marcia Williams attended the event and were impressed by the children’s presentations. Voting to decide the winner of the Lennox Award was very close this year and every vote counted. We were pleased to find out that Marcia Williams won the well-deserved award for 2015, but to us all of the authors are winners as we have enjoyed fantastic books from them all!

The book review competition was also very close and we were pleased to find out that Euan Thornton had won! As his prize he will choose an author to visit the school! Congratulaltions to Euan and well done to everyone who submitted a book review this year. You can see them all here. (Scroll up the page to read them all.)

Connected Learning Event for parents at Preston Lodge High School

Welcome to Connected Learning at Preston Lodge High School

Thursday 21st May 2015, 7.00pm until 8.30pm. All parents invited.

If you’ve wondered what difference leading edge technologies are making to schools, now’s your chance to find out.

Next week, Preston Lodge has been selected to host the only Scottish stop on Google’s “Apps for Education” Roadshow. You’ll see a large pop-up dome classroom appear in the school grounds, and leaders from schools around Scotland will be visiting during the day.

On the evening of Thursday, 21st May, we’re welcoming parents to Google’s pop-up classroom. You’ll be able to see examples of what’s already possible, and learn about the new Connected Learning Network that’s about to arrive. And you’ll find out how both will help improve e-safety.

The Connected Learning Network will remove some current barriers to learning by enabling networking of a much wider range of devices, from school ereaders, scientific equipment and loan devices to personal mobile phones, notebooks and tablets. It will also provide guest access for parents, careers advisors and other partners, in a similar way as is done in East Lothian’s libraries and other public buildings.

Don’t get the idea, though, that this is all about school. It’s also a chance simply to learn about what’s now possible, and how. These tools aren’t just used in school: they’re increasingly how people in today’s organisations are able to work effectively from anywhere.

There are only 50 places available at this exciting event. If you’d like to join us, please let us know by emailing admin@prestonlodge.elcschool.org.uk or call the Preston Lodge office 01875 811170.

Nursery news…

We have had a very EGGS-citing few days in nursery with the arrival of our ten baby chicks! The children have loved learning about how the chicks grow, breathe and eat inside the egg, how they crack the egg from inside to hatch and they have been learning what the chicks need now that they are out and about! Some of our children discussed what they knew already about chicks and what they’d like to find out:

 

 

Pictures and the answers to our questions to follow!

 

The Nursery Team

Meeting the business ed team!

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P7A we went to Ross High School today to meet the Business Educuation team! We worked with Mrs Donnelly and Mr Potter on Excel.

We completed lots of different activities on Excel to get used to using a spreadsheet.

 

Sarah T: I enjoyed seeing another part of RHS.

 

Nadia O: I enjoyed the fruit activity and meeting some new teachers.

Homework and Football Club

Pupils from Primary 4 to 7 have been enjoying a Homework and Football club which is run jointly by two of our school staff and Hibernian Football Club Community Foundation. Last Thursday the club had a surprise visit from two of the Hibs players – Lewis Stevenson and Scott Robertson. Here are some photos from the session.Hibs School Comm (1 of 29)

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P7 Risk Factory

Just a reminder that the P7’s have a trip to the Risk Factory straight after the Monday holiday (5th May). The bus will be leaving school at 8.45 so please make sure you are here on time. Thank you to the parent helpers who are coming along with us.

Have a great long weekend!

For the Attention of all Primary 7 Parents/Carers

A message from Mr Reynolds (Head Teacher, Ross High School)

Dear Parent/Carer

You will be aware that this session we trialled the introduction of blazers with the senior pupils. During the year a number of junior pupils have approached me to ask if they too can wear blazers. To respond to this I decided to consult the pupils, in S1/2 and Primary 7, on whether or not they would like to see these introduced. The pupils voted 51% Yes to 49% No. Clearly this does suggest a split in the year but I feel this is sufficient to move to the next stage. This is where you come in. As a parent of a child entering S1-3 next session would you welcome the introducton of school blazers to the school?

Please complete the survey below by simply choosing Yes or No. Please complete the survey, by clicking on the link below, by the end of day on Friday 1st May. I will inform you of the result soon after that.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DXR697W

Personally I feel the pupils look extremely smart in their blazers and I feel this would add further pride to the school and the wider community. However, please be assured that given the close vote with pupils, blazers will only be introduced if the majority of parents wish for this to be the case.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Paul Reynolds

A Path to the Future