A new term / school year is upon us and so perfect timing for a little news from PTA Chair, Vicky Swann, pre AGM and from PC Chair, Erica Burberry – with a warm welcome to any parents / carers to come along to our first meeting of the term, on 26th Aug – 7pm in PPS.
Hello to all the PPS families for 2019/20,
A very warm welcome to all of you at the start of another school year. This year we will improve how we keep you up to date with PTA activities. We will send out regular newsletters containing information on upcoming events, you can follow our PTA facebook page (search for PPS PTA), and we will ensure all information is published here on our PTA blog. Please also get in touch via our email address email@example.com or catch one of us in the playground.
Looking forward to a great year!
PTA Chair and P2 Parent
2018/19 Round up …
As always, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved last year. We managed to raise around £6,000, a fantastic achievement for all involved. Whether you were a PTA member or one of our event volunteers; whether you donated to the raffle or teddy tombola; or simply came along and spent your money, you helped to raise vital funds that support our school and help to create a wonderful environment for our children to enjoy, develop and learn.
Last year the school focused on ‘Mission Pencaitland Play’. The project transformed the school’s outdoor space, providing a varied and rich outdoor environment for our children to enjoy. The PTA supported the project by: funding a play expert to deliver specialist training to staff and children; funding an additional member of staff to enable all classes to participate in outdoor activities; and contributing to the purchase of two new pieces of outdoor play equipment that we hope will be a huge hit with the children this year.
Aside from Mission Pencaitland Play, the PTA also purchased 6 guitars for music classes and continued to fund transport for class trips; the Read, Write Inc subscription and the P7 leavers gifts among other things.
Today was very special having our learners return to Pencaitland Primary and of course we extend a very special welcome to anyone for whom today was their first! Children have been engaged and enthusiastic about the year ahead and the energy in the school was tremendous.
Our Primary One children have made a fantastic start to the session and settled beautifully and of course the Primary Seven children should be very proud of how responsible they are and how already have demonstrated that they will be excellent role models.
It has been delightful meeting everyone today! I have been made to feel very welcome and I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and working with the whole school community.
The draft East Lothian Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan for Children and Young People is now out for consultation – only a few days left – closes 23/06/19: https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/draft-mental-health-action-plan
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!
Thanks to everyone who made time today to join staff team in school.
An interesting session, and great opportunity for parents and children to give their views too. If you missed out today, fear not, as our HT will set out similar consultation for parents and carers to access during the three parent consultation dates in the coming week.
If for any reason you can’t access those either, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a ‘home version’ of the areas being reviewed.
Support from the Start is the network in East Lothian, of parents and carers, practitioners and professionals working in partnership to create the best start in life for our children. SftS happily shares information and awareness around events, opportunities and our own work that helps to support this. Each cluster area has an active group and love meeting new folks interested in developing ideas in their local area.