PPS Sports Day

Date for your diary !

Our Sports Day will be held on Tuesday 19 June with a reserve date of the following Tuesday 26 June. Fingers crossed we have lovely sunny weather !

We hope to start around 1:30pm and if it’s hot and sunny remember your suncream and hat !

Tuesday 5 June

We can now confirm that approval has been received from the Government allowing us to close on Tuesday 5 June 2012 for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. This is an additional holiday so the school will be closed on Monday 4 June and Tuesday 5 June.

Health week 14 May 2012

I hope you have all had your newsletter and timetable for next

week’s events.

Our chosen charity this year is LEPRA.

All pupils would have brought home a sponsor form and envelope.

Pupils from P1 -7  will take part in  workouts on Monday to kick  off our Health week.

Please return sponsor forms and envelopes to school on Monday.

No matter how little each pupil raises , cumulatively it will make an

amazing difference to our charity !

Summer school 2012

Anyone interested in East Lothian Pipes & drums workshops, please contact reception for further details.

Places are limited and the closing date is 15 June 2012

The Lady with the Lamp

On Thursday 29th March Primary 3 are presenting ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ and Primary 2 are opening their Fairtrade Café.  The schedule for the day is:

1.45 – 2.15pm   The Lady with the Lamp matinee performance

2.15 – 3.00pm   Fairtrade Café

6.30 – 7.00pm   The Lady with the Lamp evening performance

Tickets available from the School office.

Sports Relief

This week your child has  participated  in a 1 mile event in school to support Sport Relief 2012. The P6 have more than completed their one mile by helping the nursery, P1 & P2 to complete the one mile course around the school grounds!

You might like to make a donation to Sport Relief on their behalf.

Find out more at: www.sportrelief.com – just click “Donate now” if you would like to contribute.


Technologies Week

There was a wide variety of activities across the school all week. From using our Beebots (programmable toys) in a castle adventure to exploring how products have changed over time  such as clocks, phones and cameras.

As part of technologies week, P7 were given the task of creating a ‘company with a product’ in the style of Dragons Den. I had the privilege of taking on the role of one of the “dragons” as the P7’s presented their product, tag line and pitch. I was so impressed with each groups’ composure and confidence as they took me through each phase of their product from initial idea to costing to TV adverts. The pupils in P7 held up well to intense questioning and were totally professional. I certainly think we have a few budding entrepreneurs!

P6 and P3 formed small groups to take part in The Great Egg Race. They had to work together to design a vehicle that can carry and egg (golf ball) over a 5 m distance.

Each part of the week was marked based on the design of the vehicle, use of tools, how the vehicles performed in the race at the end of the week as well as group work and of course creativity!

The Great Egg Race was a great success! They all worked really hard on their designs and loved the race on Friday. Each group had 3 attempts to power their vehicle over a 5 metre course. It came down to a tense finish where not only some vehicles managed the 5 m course but we had to time it to see who was the fastest. It was within tenths of seconds between groups!

Our week ended with visits from our grandparents who toured the school to see all the skills our pupils are gaining throughout the school. We were lucky enough that some of our grandparents brought along items from their childhood and our P7 pupils filmed them talking about them. We will be keeping these for future reference!


Tuesday 6 March 2012 6:30pm – 8pm

The plan for this evening is to give parents/carers more information and an update on assessment and reporting within Curriculum for Excellence.  The format of the evening will be:

  • Presentation by Claire Lavelle (Quality
    Improvement Officer for CfE) on national and authority developments.
  • Presentation by Mary McCall on what’s happening at Pencaitland and where we are heading.
  • Displays and information by staff on Reading (including Accelerated Reading), Writing Tracking; Maths Tracking;  Reporting to Parents and Skills for Learning
    (Drop in sessions).