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Parent Council AGM Invitation

Pencaitland Primary School Parent Council  Annual General Meeting.

You are cordially invited to the PPS AGM 2018.

 

To be held in PPS on 25th June 7-9pm.

We would also like to invite any nominees / volunteers to note interest in joining the parent council, as we have three parent members standing down this year.

 

 

All parents and carers of a child in the school are automatically part of the Parent Forum and are eligible to be nominated / volunteer. 

We note grateful thanks to Neill Russell for his time and commitment and support over the past couple of years, especially with IT and the formation of sub group looking at unconscious bias and creating the online “donation of books” sign up.

Ralph Averbuch will also be stepping down after many years as he will no longer have a child in the school. Keeping on the tradition however, Ralph is already a member of Ross High Parent Council and recommends getting involved and hopes to remain involved as our community member.

Especial thanks to Carol Snow are also required, as Carol will be stepping down from parent council after lengthy service, including 5 years as Chair (over two separate periods). Carol was also, formerly, the East Lothian representative to the National Association of Parent Councils, so we all bow down before her! A mighty service indeed. Carol is creating some time, not for rest and recuperation from community work, instead she is helping to lead our new Community Intergenerational Choir, along with Charlotte McMillan and our recently formed committee. (Link will take you to Facebook).

If you would like to find out more about the PC and considering joining the crew, please email parentcouncil@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk – or talk to one of the current members – Carol, Ralph, Jim, Flor, Neill, Loreen, Erica, Dave or Viv. Check out the parent council page for more info info around what we do. 

 

Time for Reflection / Religious Observation Policy.

PPS needs your ideas and feedback.

One of the policies used by all schools and recently updated in E. Lothian is the Reflection / Religious Observation policy. You’ll find the policy here. 

Through this, the children add to their developing knowledge and understanding of the world around us, different cultures and beliefs by having the opportunity to develop more insight and understanding through experiences. PPS staff would like this reflected in

a) what the Policy is to be known as for our school community, as well as

b) practical suggestions for what focus the staff team could take over the next academic year and beyond.

A really lovely development for the pupils and school community, to develop spiritual awareness, key life skill of reflection and share understanding of different cultural belief systems as well as those traditionally held in local culture.

Please have a look through and think what would be meaningful, interesting and possible for staff to deliver, perhaps with help from parents / wider family members and our community or beyond.
Feedback / thoughts welcome – please send to parentcouncil@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk or directly to school via admin@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk.

 

 

Parent Forum and Parent Council.

Pencaitland Primary School Parent Council & Forum

We are all a part of the parent forum if we have a child in Pencaitland Primary and/or Nursery. The collective voice of the Parent Forum, is represented by the Parent Council – currently composed of 9 parents, teacher rep and community rep (who is also a parent rep currently). Head teacher Nicola Wilson also attends each meeting as an advisor and to ensure the Parent Council has relevant information regarding PPS. The meetings are open to all the wider parent forum. To express interest or intent to attend a meeting, please contact Clerk through PC email, noted below.

 

**”Parent” is used to describe both parents and carers including guardians.** Together we work with the school staff, to help support our children, improve outcomes and be the best advocates we can for the children collectively.

The Parent Council is the group of parents/carers who endeavour to communicate between the wider parent forum and the school staff, support fellow parents / carers, the children in general and the staff to deliver the best school days and learning environment possible. We work closely with the PTA in this regard too.

To find out more about the current parent council, you can find information and minutes from meetings, dates of meetings and who’s who by looking through the Parent Council tab.

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If you would like to bring up any issues to the parent council, we are all happy to hear ideas / suggestions / concerns either via your class rep, chair or by emailing your concern to parent council and asking for the matter to be raised at the next meeting if possible.

[We cannot discuss individual children or individual staff members, so your class rep will advise if the matter you wish to discuss is outwith our remit and something for your class teacher or head teacher to deal with in the first instance].

Next Meeting: 30th April 2018. 7pm PPS.

A quick reminder of the current parent council reps.

Nursery – Vivien Dykes. P1 – Dave Osborne. P2 – Erica Burberry. P3 – Loreen Pardoe. P4 – Neill Russell. P5 – Jim Fraser / Flor Jackman. P6 – Carol Snow. P7 – Ralph Averbuch.

The AGM will be in June and if anyone is interested in putting their name forward for Parent Council, please do contact the PC Clerk through parentcouncil@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk by w/c 4th June 2018.

Listen, Think, Draw

It was lovely to have Clare Mills of Listen, Think, Draw in school,

to work with so many of the pupils, some of the parents and the staff to create a visual storyboard of the vision and values / ethos of the school on Tuesday.

Lots shared, particularly by the pupils involved, to further expand on the ideas already collated – and this should make a lovely representative display for the foyer, which may be added to in time.

Thanks Clare!

Friends of Pencaitland Parks

Interested in improvements to the local park(s)? With Woodhall Park just finished – and inspiration from Ormiston Park (work in progress) and others like Cuthill Park…can Pencaitland rise to the challenge?

All our children need to play…and so you are invited to get together to help develop options.

Friday 9th March, Winton Arms, just before pick up (11-12am) is when it all starts, with a chat.

SPTC has a new name.

Connect. 

The Scottish Parent Teaching Council – which Pencaitland PS is a member of – has re-branded.

The new name reflects the growth and the direction of partnerships between parents and carers, pupils, school staff and local authorities / education in Scottish Government.

At Connect we strive to make parental involvement in Scottish education as good as it can be. We do this by working with parents and educators. We provide information, advice and training, all focussed on parental engagement in children’s learning. Sign up for our eNewsletters here and Parents’ Voice survey group here. Connect is a trading name of Scottish Parent Teacher Council, a Scottish charity funded mostly by membership.

 

Parent Council invitation…for you.

Especially for you – and you, and you.

Parent Council video…takes less than 2 mins to watch. 

“Every parent and carer involved with the school and their child’s education is making a difference.”

PPS Parent Council

Parent Council invites you…. Animated Video created using Animaker – https://www.animaker.com

Posted by Loreen Pardoe on Friday, February 2, 2018