All posts by Jill Wareham

ELC Parental Engagement Strategy

The Parental Engagement Strategy 2017 aims to ensure that all parents and carers are encouraged and supported to engage as partners in their children’s learning, and to become involved in the life of the school/early learning and childcare centre. The Strategy also ensures that we can continue to build on existing good practice and create further opportunities for our parents/carers and schools/early learning and childcare centres to work together. The publication of the Parental Engagement Strategy follows consultation with and collaboration between parents, head teachers, early learning and childcare colleagues, and key education officers. The Strategy received the Council’s approval at the June meeting of its Education Committee, and will be reviewed annually in line with legislation.

You can access the full strategy here is also a summary document if you are looking for a shorter read!

Children Inc East Lothian

This is a new project working with families who have a child/children with additional support needs. Their aim is to enable families to participate more in the community by ensuring that activities, opportunities and resources are tailored to the wants and needs of their children. To find out more about what they do or become involved, you can get in contact direct and contact details can be found here:
Flyer Jan 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017

Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.
Celebrated globally and coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the campaign sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.
As a result of this collective action Safer Internet Day 2016 reached 2.8 million UK children and 2.5 million UK parents.
Join the campaign to make Safer Internet Day 2017 the biggest one yet!
Schools, companies, police services, charities and other organisations across the UK are invited to get involved in the campaign to inspire the safe and positive use of technology.
Plans for 7th February
On the day, the campaign will create a huge buzz right across the UK and globally!
There will be national youth events, activities in schools across the UK, media coverage, a day of trending on social media, companies will spread the word to customers and employees, as we all aim to reach as many children and families across the UK as possible.
As a result of hearing about Safer Internet Day 2016, an evaluation found that the majority of children spoke to their families about staying safe online while 87% felt more confident about what to do about any worries online.
Together we can make #SID2017 the biggest campaign yet and make a real difference to the digital lives of children right across the UK.
Find out more and get involved! #SID2017

Revisiting our vision, values and aims

School is in the process of reviewing our vision, values and aims and would like the input from parents and carers to this shared vision for our school community. Letters have been handed out by our ambassadors at parent/teacher consultations this week, but you can find a copy of it here. Please return the back page to the office by Tuesday 25th October. Thank you.parent-consultation-letter-oct-2016

100 Fiction Books Challenge

We have launched a new reading challenge which encourages all our children to read 100 fiction books before they leave primary school. In practice we hope that they will read many more, but the Times Educational Supplement has compiled a list of 100 ‘must reads’ and we are using this list as a basis for our challenge. You can download a copy of the list below and we have warned the library in North Berwick that there might be increased demand for some of these titles—especially over the half term period.
The challenge is suitable for all ages and Nursery plan to adapt it for use in their setting with many of the books being read to the children before they can actually read them for themselves.
The challenge is split into levels and children can apply for recognition once they have read 10 books on the list. There are 10 levels and a certificate is awarded in assembly for each level achieved. We hope that this will encourage reading for enjoyment and that you will continue to support reading at home. Each time a book is finished the child needs a signature from either a teacher or parent/carer on their application form100 books list

Thursday update

Evening all. 4.45pm and afternoon activities are finished. We are having a BBQ in the sunshine tonight for our evening meal and then getting ready for the disco (this could take a while!). We get the see the film made by the centre of all our activities later on this evening.
Mrs Baillie and I both walked with groups this morning and we saw deer in the woods. The wind picked up nicely this afternoon and made for some brisk sailing – some groups in Optimists and Bugs and some in yachts. Luckily no capsizes because the water is still very cold. Some brave souls have had a swim at the end of their kayak or canoe sessions but have soon come out shivering and made a rapid exit for the showers.
Time for food now.
We will be in touch with school on our journey home and an ETA will be posted on the blog by the office.
See you in North Berwick tomorrow afternoon with 92 very tired children and lots of dirty washing.