PTA – AGM

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 – ppspta1@gmail.com.

Looking forward to a great year!

Best wishes,

Vicky Swann
PTA Chair and P2 Parent

 

PTA & Parent Council Chat

PTA & PARENT COUNCIL

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 ppspta1@gmail.com or catch one of us in the playground.

Looking forward to a great year!

Best wishes,

Vicky Swann

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. 

Have your Say – Health and Wellbeing

The draft East Lothian Mental Health and Wellbeing Action Plan for Children and Young People is now out for consultation – only a few days left – closes 23/06/19: https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/draft-mental-health-action-plan

 

 

Congratulations to Wendy Strang – oor new janny!

Congratulations to Wendy as successful applicant for our school janitor’s post, following Ronnie’s retirement.

Wendy has long been part of the school, with youngest about to start P7 and also a longstanding member of janitorial team – dedicatedly cleaning alongside colleague Christine, but now she will be an even more familiar face in and around the school day. Well done from parents and carers of PPS!

 

You Are INVITED

The PPS Parent Council invites all parents and carers to…..

 

You Are Invited!

This year, the parent council would like to invite all parents and carers, with children in PPS / Nursery to come along and take part in our Conversation Cafe. Pupils from the Rights Respecting Schools group will share with us – and PC and PTA are keen to share what we’ve been up to and to hear your views also, so we can set priorities for next session.

PPS AGM 2019 invitation Conv Cafe 2

We are delighted that we will also have David Gilmour (ELC) coming to share insights into keeping our children safe online – and Lena Hutton (Community Learning Development officer) sharing insights into the wellbeing of our children and building resilience. We will also hold our AGM, but it will be a very condensed part of the evening which everyone is welcome to stay for also.

 

Monday 17th June 2019

Pencaitland PS

7-8 pm.

Our Learning Community

Values Tree

It has been fantastic seeing the tree of values grow this year. Truly a kenspeckly display. Be sure to check it out if in at parent consultations this week – and the consultation area in the hall too.

Our Community of Learning – Tree of Values
Kenspeckle display.

Walkers Crisps recycle project.

Recycling at PPS

Recycle your crisp packets here.

Great news – several months ago PPS applied to join the Walkers Crisps Recycle scheme – and to nominate Pencaitland Primary School PTA as the charity to support from our collection point. Any crisp packets can be recycled, but there are a few ‘no’ items too.

All has been approved now – a real collaboration for parents and carers, pupils, staff team – and the wider community too! 

For more info check our facebook page or the website for Walkers Crisps/recycle.

Note: All links will take you to external pages.

The Learning Council have also been working across the primary classes on their eco-friendly project. You’ll hear more about that at the Spring Fayre!

 

 

 

School Evaluation

School Improvement Plan

Thanks to everyone who made time today to join staff team in school.

Focus and engagement.

An interesting session, and great opportunity for parents and children to give their views too.  If you missed out today, fear not, as our HT will set out similar consultation for parents and carers to access during the three parent consultation dates in the coming week.

If for any reason you can’t access those either, you can email admin@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk to request a ‘home version’ of the areas being reviewed.

School Photos feedback

The Parent Council are inviting each family (PPS) to share their thoughts re school photos – to help us plan for next session. Please respond with your children’s views too.

The link below will take you to Surveymonkey. (Please check their site for more info re privacy / data).

Photo Questionnaire.