East Lothian Council has recently finalised a new Parental Engagement Strategy. It 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.
The core aims of the Strategy are to ensure that parents and carers:
- Are made to feel welcome and included
- Are engaged with their children’s learning
- Are communicated with in a variety of ways
- Are able to contribute to Family Learning opportunities
- Are able to access support
- Are encouraged to participate in Parent Forum Meetings
You can find the full document on the East Lothian Council website at http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/downloads/file/12779/parental_engagement_strategy_2017-full_report
The February Newsletter is now out, you’ll find it on the Newsletter page.
The National Parent Forum of Scotland have put together a guide for parents/carers which gives important information about the new approach to Career Education. A copy of this has been sent home with your child and is also available by following the link below.
On the 16th of August, 2015, 15 parents from Law Primary swam from the Bass Rock back to North Berwick, to raise money for Project Play. They started training in the January of that year and were helped by the RNLI, and local people who gave their time in training, as medics on the day, as support from boats and kayaks and many more supported and encouraged along the way. The team raised over £8000 for Project Play, with £800 given to the RNLI.
The children have been consulted and based on their feedback, we have begun making some improvements, for example, 4 new picnic tables, 2 new A-frames and some new planters for the gardening team to use. Negotiations are on-going!
Ann Reilly, one of the swimmers, made this amazing wee film to share our experience with others. We hope you have fun watching it!https://vimeo.com/channels/bassrockswim
Our Charity Committee consists of pupils from P5-7 and they have been hard at work seeking out 5 charities for which our school community will raise funds this session. More details on that to follow.
Bobble Hat Heroes
One of the charities chosen by the pupils was the NSPCC. On Friday 4th December, we will be donning our bobble hats in support of their funds for Childline.
There will be a competition in each class with prizes for the silliest one and the best homemade one so let’s get creating!
We’d love the grownups to get involved too.
- You could ask someone to knit you your own unique design
- Convince whoever takes you to school to wear their own bobble or winter hat too
- Take a ‘groupie’ of you all wearing your hats before you leave the house in the morning or even in the playground (please ensure no child or children other than your own are in the photographs without explicit permission from their parent or guardian)
- Send your ‘groupies’ to the NSPCC Facebook page with the hashtag #bobblehatheroes
- Send them to our Twitter page @lawps with the #bobblehatheroes hashtag
- Get your photograph taken with a local hero and tell us why you chose them.
- Get the community involved by speaking to friends and family about it.
And most importantly of all…
- Donate £1 to the cause by bringing it to school on the morning of Friday 4th December and HAVE FUN!
It’s as easy as that! We can’t wait to see North Berwick getting involved.
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
At Law Primary School we greatly value the help we receive from parents/carers both on school visits and helping class teachers in school with a variety of tasks. As well as parents, perhaps there are also aunties, grannies or grand dads who could help on a regular basis, even if for only an hour a week.
The following is an idea of some of the varied tasks undertaken by helpers in school: Mounting pictures, organising/labelling resources, helping with crafts, cataloguing books, assisting children on the computer, overseeing practical maths, photocopying, putting up displays.
In addition, helping children with their reading, either in a small group or individually is very rewarding for both the child and adult.
Below is a timetable of where we are looking for help. If you are able to help with any of these sessions, please contact Miss MacAulay at the school.
We look forward to hearing from you.
North Berwick High School are holding a Open Afternoon for all P7 pupils and their parents/carers. Please follow the link below for further information.
P7 Parent Invite NBHS Open Afternoon
Please follow the link below to access the presentation given by Rachel Hill at our Meet the Teacher evening last week.
Mindset Presentation for Law parents 2015
Consent forms and information packs have been issued today for the flu vaccination, which is scheduled to take place on Monday 16th November.
Please return your form by September 4th. There are still some forms to be issued and we have taken the names of anyone who did not get one today, so if your child has not brought one home, one will follow in the next couple of weeks.
Any enquiries should be directed to the NHS school Health team on 0131 446 4082. Further information and guidance can be found by following the links below.
Law PS Flu Vaccination Clinic information
Parent / carer FAQs:
Consent Form Guidance: