Just a lovely little post to share, as we look for ways to continue to build our school community to be a strong partnership, supporting each other as we support our children (and they support each other and all of us).
Huge thanks to the staff at the school, particularly for the huge effort, collaboration and dedication as the school closed and we all went into lockdown – and to all who have been part of the parent council in the past. Especial thanks to our retiring members – and particularly to our former Chair, Erica Burberry, who has been a joy to work alongside.
Welcome to newest PC member too, Sarah.
This link will take you to an external site – but we hope you enjoy.
Our Junior Road Safety Officershave information to share.
Too many people are turning right, towards the school, instead of left for pick up and drop off times etc.
Everyone coming into The Glebe, that doesn’t work in the school or live on The Glebe, should follow the one-way system, but we think that not everyone knows about it. It’s in the handbook for the school we know….but we wanted to share it more clearly.
Please see letter from school – and the map. There is NO RIGHT TURN towards the school after coming into The Glebe.
There also should be no parking anywhere near, on or opposite a junction – like it says in the Highway Code – and most near misses or damage have happened because of this parking, so please don’t park close to, on or near the junctions and corners.
The Parent Council have been working with local residents, families with children at the school, the pupils and staff and East Lothian Council for some time on these matters. Residents on the main road have also noted an increased difficulty to get in and out of driveways, due to parking on road near junction, and the traffic crossing staff have reported worrying trends too.
A TRO application was accepted and the consultation process is well underway – which is planned to result in yellow lines around the main area of concern. As always, we would ask that parents and family members / adults collecting or dropping off children, park / wait considerately when on The Glebe.
We absolutely don’t want to have children lacking in experience of being around traffic, but we do want to avoid elevated and unnecessary risk to pedestrians, and to drivers / cars as well, so everyone’s co-operation is key. Please do share with extended family who may not be familiar with our one-way and road safety agreement.
Various options were discussed by elected members and the decision made reflects on all school children and staff. The Education Dept have asked for parents and carers to respond to their consultation, prior to requesting an extra day of closure for EL schools on 8th May.
**Please find some of the key points about the VE Day – 75th Anniversary Celebrations – Friday 8 May 2020**
UK Government has approved a change to the date of the May bank holiday from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
East Lothian Council does not have a universal fixed holiday in May so there is no opportunity to move any existing May holiday for all council staff.
Schools are in a different position – the Education Service has already published term times for East Lothian Schools for 2019/20 showing a range of holidays including Monday 4th May 2020.
A range of options to mark this were considered Full Council, 29th October 2019.
A decision was taken to recognise Friday 8 May 2020 as an additional one-off leave day. Permission will have to be sought from Scottish Government for exceptional closure of schools on this day.
In agreeing this option it was requested that Parents/Carers be consulted on their views regarding an additional day’s school closure on Friday 8th May 2020.The link to the questionnaire about this is here. It is open until 6th Dec.
Of course, it starts with our warm welcome to our new Head Teacher, Sarah Morgan who began her post with the #PencaitlandTeam on Monday (21st).
We look forward to getting to know Sarah and vice versa.
Well done to PTA too for all their work on the fantastic quiz night!
There’s still a short time to complete a survey for Connect around out of school hours care simply by joining Parent’s Voice.
Also, earlier this week, Fiona Robertson, current head of education, children’s services and E. L Works, announced she is leaving her post and will be moving to Midlothian Council. More info here on East Lothian Courier post
“All change” it seems, at East Lothian Council with Chief Executive, Angela Leitch also having recently left her post.
Great news – several months ago PPS applied to join the Walkers Crisps Recycle scheme – and to nominate Pencaitland Primary School PTA as the charity to support from our collection point. Any crisp packets can be recycled, but there are a few ‘no’ items too.
All has been approved now – a real collaboration for parents and carers, pupils, staff team – and the wider community too!
For more info check our facebook page or the website for Walkers Crisps/recycle.
Note: All links will take you to external pages.
The Learning Council have also been working across the primary classes on their eco-friendly project. You’ll hear more about that at the Spring Fayre!
What? Signing up to SchoolPay system. Why? Parents / Carers, Schools and ELC are working in partnership to cut down unnecessary expense and to streamline payments easily for parents – improve efficient use of staff time and maximise resources at school and council level. How? Follow link on PPS Edubuzz home page – and follow the information in this clip above. (viewers will be taken to external You Tube link for ELC channel).
Please sign-up if you haven’t already done so and help us to use the school budget and staff time far better – not to mention the ease of paying for most families.