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

Ross High School Parental Engagement Conference

**SAVE THE DATE** for parents and carers of P6 and P7 pupils.

Ross High School Parental Engagement Conference for parents of children in Primary 6 to S6.

Wed 28th March 6-7:30 pm – Refreshments available from 5:45 pm.

In response to consultation with parents and carers, staff have arranged an information evening with the option to join 3 workshops filled with useful and practical information, plus visit stalls and speak to staff after the workshops have been concluded.
The aim of the night is to help parents and carers feel more confident and gain more knowledge around different school issues. This can help your children with their learning.
Workshops include: mental health awareness, revision techniques to help with your children during their final exams, literacy, numeracy, online safety, the junior and senior phase (timetabling, subject information), among others.

To note your attendance and choose your workshops in advance please use this link.

 

IMPORTANT P7 Parents Update: Open Morning

The Open Morning scheduled for Tuesday 23rd January has been cancelled for P7 only due to Mr Kingsbury being absent. This does not affect any other years and the Open Morning will go ahead as scheduled for all other classes.

Christmas Term

It’s Christmas Time…..

It’s nice to share some feedback, so at a time of so many departures from the norm and the regular school day – we’ve been hearing lots of comments from parents and carers – and the kids themselves to show how much everyone has appreciated the work and the opportunities and festivities throughout December.

Here are some of the comments we have heard.
“The Nativity and Christmas Show was wonderful – going back to more of the ‘old model’ for those who remember that far back – when all the pupils are involved”. “It was lovely – big compliments for the lovely singing too”. “The Christmas Service, led by the P7s was one of the best in years. Well done to pupils and Mr Kingsbury.” “The Carol Singing was so lovely”. “What a great idea – hopefully the kids will do that every year – so nice to hear their voices around the village”. “We’ve been really busy but it’s been a brilliant time”. “Everyone has been having fun and doing all the different practising and rehearsing together”.  Xmas lunch was YUMMY and we had loads of fun”. “The Christmas Concert was so good – lovely to hear so many pupils playing music – and the Nursery children had such a lovely time”. “It’s great hearing the kids playing together and they were so much better than I expected!” “Well done to Ms Wilson and the staff – this has been a really special lead up to Christmas for all the children, everyone has had a part to play”. “Parties were REALLY FUN – we should celebrate (Christmas) lots of ways.”

There was also very good feedback from the enthusiastic Lunch Club organisers and user group, following the lovely shared lunch with visiting P6 pupils and teacher,  Kayla Smith.

“It was just perfect”. “The children and their teacher just settled right in and made it such a special time. They even all sang Jingle Bells for our Father Christmas visit which happened the same day”. “We would love them to come back – they are welcome any time and they were a credit to the school and their families”. “Haste ye back”. 

So, from Parent Council to Staff and Pupils of PPS, a huge WELL DONE!

Merry Christmas to everyone, we hope you have a fabulous festive season – and here’s to lots more wonderful times in 2018!

 

Have your say – on ELC budget.

How to do more with less. 

It’s not good news. ELC, like other local authorities, are having to work out “How to do more, with less.” In reality, hefty cuts in non-statutory provision are expected.

As the residents of East Lothian, your views are requested. Find the Budget consultation here. Find Shaping our Services here as ELC look ahead to the need to ‘do more with less’.