A message from Laurie Daborn, Active Schools Co-ordinator.
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.
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.
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.
Pupils, parents and staff shared their love and appreciation with cards and gifts and song.
Befriending Support in Fa’side. We all need a hand sometimes.
A new befriending support project running in Fa’side – Tranent Cluster started this year. This project focuses on helping children and families prepare and be ready for transition to nursery or primary school.
The project is run through Home-Start East Lothian, and the co-ordinator, Evelyn Swinton, was guest speaker at the Parent Council AGM on 25th June. (Big Hopes Big Future is being rolled out nationally, having started in England and now funded locally and in Aberdeen for families with young children, not yet in school).
Evelyn shared this short media film, made here in the Tranent cluster, which gives an indication of what the project aims to do and how it works. The joy of giving caring support at the right times, is how much it can benefit the children, not just the parents.
By providing friendly but high quality of support to families, whether new to the area or facing some particular difficulties, parents can work with their peers to help get life back on track.
The Parent Council and staff present enjoyed the presentation and appreciated Evelyn’s time in answering questions too. All hope that any local families with a young child, who could benefit from a friendly face there to help and support, will be able to be matched to the Big Hopes Big Future volunteers and also benefit from the programme.
To find out more about Home-Start or BHBF project, please contact Home-Start East Lothian.
- Volunteers receive training and support from the East Lothian team.
- Families supported through BHBF or other Home-Start volunteers, or the Support from the Start Family Support Worker Heather, can be assured of being matched to a very caring and understanding person who will work with them to ensure the help needed is provided.
- Families and volunteers tend to report a sense of developing a real friend and having a lot of fun too.
What’s Your Say on Early Learning and Childcare?
Your views are being sought – consultation open until 27th May through East Lothian Consultation Hub.
or through Scot. Gov. consultation hub, open until 29th June.
Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020: Consultation Paper
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.”
A new post under Consultations – Having Your Say, is looking for the views of parents and carers to be shared to Scottish Government re National Improvement Framework.
Find it here under heading of NPFS.
The new Play Policy for East Lothian is already being acclaimed as an example of excellent practice – the consultation carried out through to the finished document – and this is now to be embedded throughout East Lothian.
Official launch today – 23rd August – so please do download your copy now – for personal use, for groups and schools, all settings for children and young people.
….to Mrs Ross this morning as the children from Morning Nursery had their graduation ceremony. Always a few damp eyes around, but today there were also parents and childminders saying heart felt farewells, not just for the summer, but ‘for good’, to Margaret Ross.
Pencaitland Parent Council invite You to join them …
…..for a review of the past year, an update on ‘where we are now’ and a look ahead into plans for 2017/2018.
Come and join us on Monday 26th June, in PPS hall. All parents and carers with children in PPS school and nursery are very welcome to join us and we would welcome you there.
7-9 pm – no popcorn provided, it’s true, but we are a fairly entertaining bunch.
If you are interested in hearing more about the PC or getting involved, please do contact your class rep – or email parent council.
A list of the current parent members can be found under the parent council section on blog.