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.

Growth Mindset. (Health and Well-being).

With Growth Mindset being a key issue for PPS, particularly looking at Resilience and better life skills to help both in and out of school… are some more resources. Big Deal Little Deal has already been shared after being introduced in school…have a look and see the little video and post explaining it for the kids and ourselves.




Growth Mindset pocket book for Staff and others. (This can also be purchased from Amazon if you fancy using it more yourself as some parents are now doing).


And another wonderful video which explains a lot of Growth Mindset, ‘in action’.



P7 Camp Update

Mrs Kerr and Mrs Barley have been back in touch. Everybody is fine and enjoying the range of outdoor activities they have had a chance to try so far. They have had a campfire and their favourite activity of the day has been the high-wire seesaw. Sounds amazing! They are already looking forward to tomorrow!

Primary 7 Need Your Help


Primary 7 are putting on Bugsy Malone on the 4th June.  We need your help with props and costumes.  If you can help us with any of the following we will be very grateful:

  • Old style telephones (1930s)
  • Old style megaphone (not electronic)
  • A violin
  • Boxing gloves + head guard
  • A small reel-to-reel tape recorder and microphone for a reporter
  • Jackets/suits/hats for gangsters
  • Long coats for ‘Down and Outs’

Thank you.

Primary 7

Illustration Slam

The whole of primary 7 and half of primary 5 were fortunate enough to be invited through to the BBC in Glasgow to become the 40 strong audience for the latest Author’s Live event – Illustration Slam. The audience had to number 40, hence the unusual 1.5 classes! Three famous illustrators were on hand to discuss their work and what it takes to become an illustrator of children’s books. And they had to do this while talking to us in the audience and answering tricky questions. A testament to their skill. Even a famous commonwealth athlete joined in the fun. The children were commended on their behaviour and enthusiasm by the BBC staff. They proved to be fantastic ambassadors for the school.

All 3

For more pictures please visit the post on the P7 Blog.

The Pupil Placement Timeline

At last night’s regular Parent Council dad and PC member Colin Henderson shared a document he recently put together which greatly simplifies and explains the inner workings of how East Lothian Council’s education team go about placing kids into schools across the county.

In an effort to help parents better understand this process we are reproducing the guidance Colin put together along with his helpful diagram.

Pupil Placement and Classroom Organisation

East Lothian Pupil Placement Process
East Lothian Pupil Placement Process – click above to view

The following information has been put together by the Pencaitland Parent Council as a brief overview for parents. It seeks to outline the ELC pupil placement process as a simplified guide and does not replace or supersede any of the councils existing processes.

The process of allocating pupil placements and setting class organisation is started early in the school year in preparation for the following year. Several factors are taken into consideration and each school has a responsibility to provide an accurate update to the Education Department, who then have to consider other potential demands on places in the school, such as new housing, families moving into the area, school capacities. All this information informs how many places will be available in primary and secondary schools for that year. A brief overview is shown in the diagram.

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