Various options were discussed by elected members and the decision made reflects on all school children and staff. The Education Dept have asked for parents and carers to respond to their consultation, prior to requesting an extra day of closure for EL schools on 8th May.
**Please find some of the key points about the VE Day – 75th Anniversary Celebrations – Friday 8 May 2020**
UK Government has approved a change to the date of the May bank holiday from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
East Lothian Council does not have a universal fixed holiday in May so there is no opportunity to move any existing May holiday for all council staff.
Schools are in a different position – the Education Service has already published term times for East Lothian Schools for 2019/20 showing a range of holidays including Monday 4th May 2020.
A range of options to mark this were considered Full Council, 29th October 2019.
A decision was taken to recognise Friday 8 May 2020 as an additional one-off leave day. Permission will have to be sought from Scottish Government for exceptional closure of schools on this day.
In agreeing this option it was requested that Parents/Carers be consulted on their views regarding an additional day’s school closure on Friday 8th May 2020.The link to the questionnaire about this is here. It is open until 6th Dec.
Of course, it starts with our warm welcome to our new Head Teacher, Sarah Morgan who began her post with the #PencaitlandTeam on Monday (21st).
We look forward to getting to know Sarah and vice versa.
Well done to PTA too for all their work on the fantastic quiz night!
There’s still a short time to complete a survey for Connect around out of school hours care simply by joining Parent’s Voice.
Also, earlier this week, Fiona Robertson, current head of education, children’s services and E. L Works, announced she is leaving her post and will be moving to Midlothian Council. More info here on East Lothian Courier post
“All change” it seems, at East Lothian Council with Chief Executive, Angela Leitch also having recently left her post.
We are really pleased to announce that we raised £900 (profit) at last week’s Quiz Night. We would like to say a huge thanks to the wonderful quizmaster Jon Heggie who made the night very enjoyable and entertaining. Thanks also goes out to Winton Brewery who gave us a great deal on the very tasty local beer. A special thanks to all our generous raffle donors who helped us raise over £350 on the raffle alone (I’ve included a full list below). And finally, thanks to all those who came along, bought raffle tickets, spent money at the bar and made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Erica Burberry, Parent Council Chair, surprised Pauline McKay today – presenting her with flowers on behalf of the parent council and wider parent / carer body.
We want to thank you for being such a special part of Pencaitland and bringing such a lot of smiles to the faces of all in it’s community, families, staff – and most importantly, our children.
We are very grateful for all you’ve done in such a short time.
Pauline stepped in as Acting Head Teacher for this term, as ELC recruited a new Head Teacher, and created a wonderful atmosphere for all – a seasoned Head of Campie Primary in Musselburgh, she steadied the school through the first term of the 2019/20 session with grace, good humour, great leadership and capturing hearts on the way.
The Parent Council decided we would like to start off Pauline’s last week at PPS in a lovely positive way –
and presented Pauline with a bouquet in the playground, where her warm smiles and greetings to children and families have been much appreciated. We are delighted that there will be a working relationship between Campie and Pencaitland going forward and we know PPS will have a warm spot in Pauline’s heart when she returns to Musselburgh after the October break. We certainly hope “ye’ll aye come back and see us!”
It’s that time of year again – all welcome at our PTA AGM.
PTA Annual General Meeting.
Monday 2nd September, 7pm
Pencaitland Primary School (Staff Room).
If you are interested in getting involved as a PTA member or even if you would simply like to find out more about our plans for this year, we would encourage you to come along.
We also extend a very warm welcome parents new to the school, in fact a few of us (myself included) joined the PTA last year as new P1 parents. It’s a great way to meet people, get to know the school and have an impact on fundraising that will benefit your children for the whole of their time in Pencaitland Primary School.
If you can’t make the meeting, but are interested in getting involved or finding out more, please send us an email – email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.