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.
– Report by the Children’s Parliament. Find the full document here.
Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s Centre for Excellence for Children’s Participation and Engagement. Our work draws on children’s participation in Children’s Parliament programmes, projects and consultations from 2008 to 2016. Some work is named in the body of the report, all of the referenced work is identified in the appendix. The illustrations come from several Children’s Parliament programmes and consultations and from a workshop with children in December 2016 where they reviewed our findings and authenticated the key messages presented here. The views and experiences shared in this report give us much food for thought, especially in the context of Scotland’s aspiration of becoming the best place to go to school. What children have said has also been the basis of a formal submission to the Scottish Government’s Education Governance Review (2016).
Six Themes were identified by the children and projects used.
Part 1: A school that is excellent and equal
Part 2: Having a say about learning and life at school
Part 3: Support at school
Part 4: Getting parents and carers involved with school
Part 5: Teachers
Part 6: Other topics • Play, sport and physical activity • Poverty • Technology • Homework • Wellbeing
The new Play Policy for East Lothian is already being acclaimed as an example of excellent practice – the consultation carried out through to the finished document – and this is now to be embedded throughout East Lothian.
Official launch today – 23rd August – so please do download your copy now – for personal use, for groups and schools, all settings for children and young people.
PPS is looking for iPods/MP3 players and Digital Cameras
Any old Tech? Any old tech? Any, any, any old te…ch?
Well, we don’t need your old iron 🙂
Can you donate a camera to the school, working and suitable for using with SD Cards? From P1-P7, classes would like more for pupils to use. (Nursery may love too if sturdy build and good for developing fine motor control).
If you have any unused, suitable cameras, please do take to school after checking there is still a need (Just in case we start a deluge with this post as PPS parents and families are always so generous!)
ALSO – as part of being a Dementia Friendly school, we hope to develop the PLAYLIST for LIFE project in and through our school. To do this well, we are also looking for unused and working Ipods / MP3 players which can be donated for use. Launched in 2014 by Sally Magnusson, with her very personal account of the pathways created by dementia.
With the help of volunteers, we plan to develop a playlist for life with pupils and others in the village. A special connection between our lives, and music, is recognised to be very strong. More is shared in this wonderful film (trailer) and through this book. You may also be interested in this video clip with Dr. Maggie Ellis.
So – if you have suitable devices, which you would be happy to donate, please take these along to school, preferably in a small padded envelope.
Making a difference in small ways and many ways…..