School Payments – The Easy Way.

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.

School Should Be A Joyful Place – Children’s Parliament.

School should be a Joyful Place

– Report by the Children’s Parliament. Find the full document here.

School should be a joyful place.

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


East Lothian Play Policy Launched

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.

Annual General Meeting

Pencaitland Parent Council invite You to join them …

…..for a review of the past year, an update on ‘where we are now’ and a look ahead into plans for 2017/2018.

Come and join us on Monday 26th June, in PPS hall. All parents and carers with children in PPS school and nursery are very welcome to join us and we would welcome you there.

7-9 pm – no popcorn provided, it’s true, but we are a fairly entertaining bunch.

If you are interested in hearing more about the PC or getting involved, please do contact your class rep – or email parent council.

A list of the current parent members can be found under the parent council section on blog.


Sitting getting dusty?

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.

A moving interview can be found here Playlist for Life Charity and Sally Magnusson.

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…..



Thank You

The class reps are pleased to announce they raised £75 from their Kilts for Kids day.  This money has been donated to to Children First to support children in Scotland who are less fortunate than ourselves.

Last week a collection for Water Aid was taken at the afternoon and evening performances of Born In a Barn. The nativity show was performed by P1, P1/2 and P2/3. The eco reps and everyone at school would like to say a huge big thank you for your generosity to our Water Aid Appeal. We have been working on saving water in school and this made us think about all the people who do not even have access to safe drinking water and we decided to help. With your help we have raised £260.66 A twin tap for a village costs £18 so we will be able to buy 14 taps so far.  (We hope to add to this total with the offering from the Christmas Service.)

We all enjoyed the show and we know that other boys and girls will enjoy a better life as a result.

By Pupil Council