Our Learning Community

Values Tree

It has been fantastic seeing the tree of values grow this year. Truly a kenspeckly display. Be sure to check it out if in at parent consultations this week – and the consultation area in the hall too.

Our Community of Learning – Tree of Values
Kenspeckle display.

Walkers Crisps recycle project.

Recycling at PPS

Recycle your crisp packets here.

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!

 

 

 

School Evaluation

School Improvement Plan

Thanks to everyone who made time today to join staff team in school.

Focus and engagement.

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 admin@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk to request a ‘home version’ of the areas being reviewed.

School Photos feedback

The Parent Council are inviting each family (PPS) to share their thoughts re school photos – to help us plan for next session. Please respond with your children’s views too.

The link below will take you to Surveymonkey. (Please check their site for more info re privacy / data).

Photo Questionnaire.

Connect – for parents and carers

Connect, formerly the SPTC, has a huge amount of useful information for parents and carers with their children in Scottish schools. If you are interested in getting their newsletter regularly and/or becoming an individual member – follow the (external) link.

They also have a facebook page.

Two surveys are currently open also. One for all members of connect and the other for parents of 2-5 year olds currently in EY provision through 600 or 1140 hours.

Connect nursery hours survey icon
Calling parents of 2 to 5 year olds – please help us find out about early learning and childcare/nursery across Scotland – are you receiving 1140 or 600 free hours? 
We’re asking parents to tell us about their experiences of nursery/early learning and childcare now and for the coming year.  How many free hours has your child received (or will they receive for 2019/2020)? Is your local authority piloting 1140 hours (the entitlement for 3-5 year olds from 2020)? Please complete our survey here now!

Active Schools

A message from Laurie Daborn, Active Schools Co-ordinator.

Hello All,
 
Hope you had a great break!
 
Activity Timetables are now at your schools. Thanks for everyone’s help in getting these to the children as normal.
 
 
 
Thanks,
 
Laurie
 
Laurie Daborn|Active Schools Coordinator
 
East Lothian Council | Knox Academy | Pencaitland Road | Haddington | EH41 4DT |  T: 01620 823 387 | 
M: 07976 376 615
 
 
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Building with lingo – competition

Would you and your children like to take part in this? A fun competition through Scotland’s National Centre for Languages.

Competition closes 3rd May, so time to think up and share your entry.

Pourquoi non?

 

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.

Fond Farewell for Ronnie Golightly

Happy Retirement Ronnie!

 

Today, 5th April is the start of the Easter holidays, but also the day PPS says a fond farewell to Ronnie Golightly, school janitor and friend to all the pupils.

Ronnie’s Retiral

 

He’ll be sorely missed by the PPS family of children, staff and parents / carers, but we all wish Ronnie a wonderful retirement, doing things he loves and with family and friends.

Song for Ronnie

Pupils, parents and staff shared their love and appreciation with cards and gifts and song.

Zero Waste and BIG PICK shops

MIIXER cic – The Big Pick shop (formerly Store 21) on Musselburgh High Street re-opened on 16th March, permanently. 

ELC and community are working together to help our community, so schools and other parents / carers can help support families by sharing this information.

In addition to the wonderful bargains to be had daily, with pre-loved clothing, footwear and much more available in store, there is a keen desire to help families who are in particular need.

School uniforms and wellies are free every day and anyone requiring a suit for interview will also be assisted in the same way.

To help these families, on a particular day of the month, kids’ clothes/shoes will be free. This will be trialled over the first 3 months to ascertain demand – and ability to meet demand. A referral system (or similar may be created depending on result of the trial). Ask school staff for more information if you, or someone you know, may really benefit from this – and, of course, we are all encouraged to think about donating and buying in general, to help support this endeavour.

“So many of us can hit difficult times – and footwear /clothing for children is always expensive and ongoing, so it’s great to have so many recognising the problem and working together to do all that we can to manage. MIIXER, the East Lothian School Uniform Bank and Carefree Kids, along with Support from the Start’s Kindness Funds, Kindcycle East Lothian and the work of East Lothian Welcome’s Refugees volunteers, are based on the ‘old school’ way of  people helping people in a neighbourly way.  Many clubs and groups are keen to support members too, and ensure children and young people are never turned away through lack of funds or support. With Haddington Tennis Club a great example of the Haddington Sports Hub, supporting children, if necessary, with footwear and not just loan of racquets and providing balls and coaching. ”

Tom Reid, Head of Infrastructure ELC says; This is a third sector initiative that works in partnership with ELC Waste Services. From my perspective this is a fantastic opportunity to tackle deprivation and would welcome you sharing this opportunity to the families for whom it is most appropriate, to ensure it’s a targeted success.