Every little helps….so we are keen to encourage as many parents as possible to sign up to the blog.
Instructions can be found below.
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Missing news from school is never good – and searching through lots of old emails or facebook posts can take up precious time too. Need a solution?
Head over to PPS Edubuzz blog https://www.edubuzz.org/pencaitland/ and look for the Subscribe by Email box.
If on a computer / laptop it should appear towards the the top of the home page on RHS.
If you search on a smartphone, you will probably have to scroll to the bottom of the home page to find it.
Fill in your preferred email address – and then click subscribe. You will have to confirm that you are a genuine human afterwards, as is the norm, but just verify and you will have new info pop into your email, as easy as pie!
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.
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.
Embroidered Badge with pupils’ logo for sale / ordering.
A chance for all to buy an Uniform and Logo update for adding to uniform items. Initially – one per child can be purchased on 28th & 29th June (providing there are no delays with the order) and then option to request more.
We would also like to invite any nominees / volunteers to note interest in joining the parent council, as we have three parent members standing down this year.
All parents and carers of a child in the school are automatically part of the Parent Forum and are eligible to be nominated / volunteer.
We note grateful thanks to Neill Russell for his time and commitment and support over the past couple of years, especially with IT and the formation of sub group looking at unconscious bias and creating the online “donation of books” sign up.
Ralph Averbuch will also be stepping down after many years as he will no longer have a child in the school. Keeping on the tradition however, Ralph is already a member of Ross High Parent Council and recommends getting involved and hopes to remain involved as our community member.
Especial thanks to Carol Snow are also required, as Carol will be stepping down from parent council after lengthy service, including 5 years as Chair (over two separate periods). Carol was also, formerly, the East Lothian representative to the National Association of Parent Councils, so we all bow down before her! A mighty service indeed. Carol is creating some time, not for rest and recuperation from community work, instead she is helping to lead our new Community Intergenerational Choir, along with Charlotte McMillan and our recently formed committee. (Link will take you to Facebook).
If you would like to find out more about the PC and considering joining the crew, please email email@example.com – or talk to one of the current members – Carol, Ralph, Jim, Flor, Neill, Loreen, Erica, Dave or Viv. Check out the parent council page for more info info around what we do.
One of the policies used by all schools and recently updated in E. Lothian is the Reflection / Religious Observation policy. You’ll find the policy here.
Through this, the children add to their developing knowledge and understanding of the world around us, different cultures and beliefs by having the opportunity to develop more insight and understanding through experiences. PPS staff would like this reflected in
a) what the Policy is to be known as for our school community, as well as
b) practical suggestions for what focus the staff team could take over the next academic year and beyond.
A really lovely development for the pupils and school community, to develop spiritual awareness, key life skill of reflection and share understanding of different cultural belief systems as well as those traditionally held in local culture.
Please have a look through and think what would be meaningful, interesting and possible for staff to deliver, perhaps with help from parents / wider family members and our community or beyond.
Feedback / thoughts welcome – please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to school via email@example.com.
Children’s play is crucial to Scotland’s well being; socially, economically and environmentally. Our people are our greatest resource and the early years of life set the pattern for children’s future development.
‘The experiences children have in early life – and the environments in which they have them – shape their developing brain architecture and strongly affect whether they grow up to be healthy, productive members of society’ (Harvard University, 2007).
Play is an essential part of a happy, healthy childhood and ‘when children play their brains do two things: they grow and the become organised and usable’ (Hughes, 2013). By investing in all our children and young people now we can strengthen their ability to achieve their full potential.