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Your views sought

East Lothian Council’s Education Service are currently developing a new Anti Bullying Policy and are carrying out a consultation on this subject with our pupils/staff/parents.
Your views will help shape our new policy, click here to go to survey

This consultation will close on 14 OCTOBER 2016.



Master Builders

A big thank you to all who came along to enter the Master Builder Lego Competition yesterday, it was a huge success! Congratulations to our winners, Rohan Kilkenny (P1-P3 category) and Isla Kay (P4-P7 category). Fabulous building everyone!

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First Parent Council meeting of the new school year

First Parent Council meeting of the new school year. Monday 29th August at  7pm at school. Observers welcome. Contact your class rep in advance of the meeting with anything for the agenda.

Parent Council Class Reps
Nursery am – Mike Campbell
Nursery pm – TBC
P1 – TBC
P2 – Lottie Brown
P3 – Martha Middlemiss
P4 – Jane Calder
P5 – Erin Melbourne
P6 – Jamie Kelman
P7 – Helle Kilkenny

Yester Summer Fair 2016


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As always, the parents of each class are being asked to PLEASE HELP with an area of the fair.
Your class rep is there to co-ordinate, not organise everything. We are always short of helpers, so please please come forward!!!

As usual we are looking for donations of toys, books, games, school uniforms, children’s clothes, and tombola prizes (adults & children). Donations can be dropped at school from 1st June.

Baking and plants are also requested, please drop at school on 17th & 18th June.

The bikes & Scooters stall will sell on your behalf with a percentage going to the school – just bring bike/scooter in on the morning of the fair and please put a price tag on.

Please contact your class rep or with offers of help. THANK YOU.

Nursery – Children’s Tombola
P1 – Tattoos and Face Painting
P1/2 – Games – Coconut Shy, Beat the Goalie etc
P2/3 – Stalls – Clothes, books, toys
P3/4 – Plants
P4/5 – Bouncy Castle
P6 – Café
P7 – Bike and scooter stall / The stocks


A new school year means new Parent Council ………………………………….and next year, it could be you!


  • Use your skills to help your school
  • Find out more about how the school is run
  • Find out more about education in East Lothian
  • Help boost school funds
  • Have your say on how parent funds are spent
POSTS (descriptions below):

□   Chair

□   Vice Chair

□   Treasurer

□   Community Liaison

□   Fundraising (shared)

□   Knox Liaison

□   Communications



□   Nursery am

□   Nursery pm

□   P1

□   P2

□   P3

□   P4

□   P5

□   P6

□   P7



Application Deadline: Monday 1st June to Mrs Hilsley.
In event of multiple applications, elections will be held for post holders and class reps are selected by a classroom draw.

What does Yester Parent Council do?
The Council exists to:

  • Support the school in its work with pupils
  • Represent the views of parents and increase their involvement in school activity
  • Increase communication between pupils, school, parents and community
  • Support the school through fundraising and then works with the school to allocate it to suitable projects.
  • Represent Yester in the wider East Lothian Association of Parent Councils with other schools in the area.

Examples of what we do

We provide input, from a parent point of view, on plans and developments within the school. For example; the school transport plan, improvements to the playground or homework policy.

We organise fundraising events such as a Halloween Parties, Christmas & Summer Fairs, Ceilidhs and Quiz Nights. The money raised goes to buy materials and equipment for the school. The Parent Council work with the school to decide the best ways to spend the money.

Who are the Parent Council?
There are the following key roles, all held by parents of pupils at the school or interested community members . Please contact Mrs Hilsley or current post holders to ask about the roles.

Role Description Current post holder
Vice Chair
Guide the Parent Council to achieve aims; Chair meetings, represent Yester at East Lothian Association of Parent Councils. Gordon Crawford

Ed MacFarlane

Clerk Administrates the Council and meetings; Agendas and Minutes Arabella Harvey
Treasurer Handles the finances and reports Susie Burns
Fundraising Co-ordinates fundraising activities Helle Kilkenny
Community Liaison Linking the school to opportunities within the wider community. vacant
Comms Writes this newsletter and the Parent Council section of the school website Anna Derricourt
Link with Knox   Anne Hunter

Class Reps – Each class has a representative on the Parent Council

Class Current post holder
Nursery (am) Marion Hamilton
Nursery (pm) Heather Manson
P1 Jane Calder
P1/2 Lottie Brown
P2/3 Avril Aitchison
P3/4 Kathleen Harrison
P5 Jamie Kelman
P6 Eileen McBain
P7 Serena Thursz

Please contact Mrs Hilsley or Gordon Crawford with any queries ( gordon (at)


  • Yester Summer Fair (18th June) needs YOU! If you’re planting seeds for your garden, please consider planting a few extra (flowers or veggies) to donate to the plant stall. You can bring them along on the day (labeled).
    The plant stall at the summer fair is very popular and could potentially raise lots of money for the parent council fund which, in turn, funds LOTS of exciting experiences all the Yester PS kids benefit from. Thank you.

Prize Draw Winners 2016

On behalf of the Parent council we wish to thank all who kindly donated prizes and supported the raffle in aid of school funds and we are delighted to announce that through your generosity we have raised £1335.00 (profit) which will in various ways help the school management in the education of the pupils.

Results of the prize draw are here: Prize Draw Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the lucky winners.