Christmas Term

It’s Christmas Time…..

It’s nice to share some feedback, so at a time of so many departures from the norm and the regular school day – we’ve been hearing lots of comments from parents and carers – and the kids themselves to show how much everyone has appreciated the work and the opportunities and festivities throughout December.

Here are some of the comments we have heard.
“The Nativity and Christmas Show was wonderful – going back to more of the ‘old model’ for those who remember that far back – when all the pupils are involved”. “It was lovely – big compliments for the lovely singing too”. “The Christmas Service, led by the P7s was one of the best in years. Well done to pupils and Mr Kingsbury.” “The Carol Singing was so lovely”. “What a great idea – hopefully the kids will do that every year – so nice to hear their voices around the village”. “We’ve been really busy but it’s been a brilliant time”. “Everyone has been having fun and doing all the different practising and rehearsing together”.  Xmas lunch was YUMMY and we had loads of fun”. “The Christmas Concert was so good – lovely to hear so many pupils playing music – and the Nursery children had such a lovely time”. “It’s great hearing the kids playing together and they were so much better than I expected!” “Well done to Ms Wilson and the staff – this has been a really special lead up to Christmas for all the children, everyone has had a part to play”. “Parties were REALLY FUN – we should celebrate (Christmas) lots of ways.”

There was also very good feedback from the enthusiastic Lunch Club organisers and user group, following the lovely shared lunch with visiting P6 pupils and teacher,  Kayla Smith.

“It was just perfect”. “The children and their teacher just settled right in and made it such a special time. They even all sang Jingle Bells for our Father Christmas visit which happened the same day”. “We would love them to come back – they are welcome any time and they were a credit to the school and their families”. “Haste ye back”. 

So, from Parent Council to Staff and Pupils of PPS, a huge WELL DONE!

Merry Christmas to everyone, we hope you have a fabulous festive season – and here’s to lots more wonderful times in 2018!


Building our Library

Developing our library – an invitation to help resource the school library.

As you will know, last session we started developing our new library space in school. Thanks to a group of parents who came into school and moved and reorganised the books.

We still have many more things to do, but I am pleased to say that all classes, including nursery, are making use of the space every week and now enjoy a quiet environment for children to develop a love of reading.

Our next development requires your support. I have gone through the books we have currently and identified the gaps we have in specific interests and age levels. I have compiled a list of books that would begin to fill these gaps and I am asking if you would be so generous as to donate a book to school from this list.

The list is available here on the school website and allows you to click on the book you wish to purchase and it will come off the list. Feel free to share the following link to the list & web form:

We cannot accept money donations to buy the books ourselves, but ask that you purchase it in a shop or website and then send this into school with your child.

We will then complete a label that will be stuck inside the front cover with the name of your child, to let others know who has donated this particular book to school. If a book has been donated by a member of your family or friend then please let us know their name and we can put this on the label instead.

Can I ask that these books start coming into school after the Christmas holidays.

Thank you

Nicola Wilson

Read for Life

December News

PPS Newsletter Dec 17

A very busy time through to end of term, when both staff from school and parent council wish all a happy and healthy festive spell.

One other reminder, if you are able to come along to the Nativity and Christmas Show on Thurs 14/Fri 15 Dec, please enter the school through the P5-7 entrance and

Christmas bauble

complete a bauble for our Tree of Values in the library area as we start our consultation around the school’s Vision, Values and Aims. We all look forward to seeing what everyone has to share.


*School closes on 22nd December and re-start on 8th January*.


Empowering Schools. A consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill

Your views on the Education Bill 2018, which has been developed post Governance Consultations across Scotland, are invited.

The Scottish Government is seeking views on its proposal to “create a school and teacher-led education system and therefore to empower our schools and school leaders”.

The consultation seeks stakeholder’s views on 5 key aspects:

Headteachers’ Charter
Parental and Community Engagement
Pupil Participation
Regional Improvement Collaboratives
Education Workforce Council for Scotland
Find the consultation and supporting information here through ELC website.

Open 4/12/17-21/01/18

Have your say – on ELC budget.

How to do more with less. 

It’s not good news. ELC, like other local authorities, are having to work out “How to do more, with less.” In reality, hefty cuts in non-statutory provision are expected.

As the residents of East Lothian, your views are requested. Find the Budget consultation here. Find Shaping our Services here as ELC look ahead to the need to ‘do more with less’.

What does that mean?

The Education System is full of two things – pupils and jargon. It’s true!

Don’t despair though, whilst the pupils are cared for in school we, the parent council, are taking care of the Jargon.

Confused and Perplexed 

Head on over to Jargon Busting and let us know if something else has come up that has you baffled.

Parental Engagement Strategy – East Lothian 2017

Aha, the very thing we hear you say – just what I was waiting for!


Joking aside, you might really enjoy looking through this. PPS works hard to ensure that parents and carers are fully viewed as partners in all the education of the children. It’s a shared journey and responsibility between the pupils, parents/carers and the professionals entrusted with education through schooling. Education is actually much broader than the delivery of curriculum in school though and we all play a major part in outcomes.

So, following consultation throughout E. Lothian and feedback on draft policy, this version was formally adopted just before the summer for launch and roll-out over this school year.

The full version of the strategy is here: – ELC_PES_2017_ReportWEB_3

A shorter summary which you may have seen in leaflet form, is here:- PARENTAL_ENGAGEMENT_ELC_FINAL_WEB_.

How to Stop A Bully

Being Bullied hurts – a lot.

It can result in longterm difficulties and problems for many children, right into adulthood.

Brooke Gibbs is a social skills educator and teaches Conflict Resolution and Emotional Resilience through sharing understanding about “Dominance theory” to students.

How To Stop A Bully

This video just might fix your kid's bullying problem!More resources at

Posted by Brooks Gibbs on Monday, October 16, 2017


If interested – more resources can be found through website

Active Schools Volunteering

Active Schools – Volunteering Opportunity at PPS


Our Active School’s Co-ordinator, Laurie Daborn, is inviting parents, carers, local folk, aunties, uncles and others to take up volunteering in Pencaitland Primary to create more opportunities for kids to take part in fun, enjoyable and active past-times here in the village.




If you, or someone you know over the age of 16, is interested in finding out more, please get in touch with Laurie or pass your details into school.

Training is given and it’s a lot of fun for all.