A fond farewell.

Sadness and smiles

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 – 

Flowers and Fond Farewells

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!”

New Photographer

Wilson Photography.

With the first session resulting in many delighted parents, and orders currently being placed – there have also been some questions.
To find out more about why Wilson Photography were selected this year, to take over from our previous (very) longterm school photographers you are invited to take a look. Wilson Photography

Following the online link on each envelope sent home with the children, will show the alternative photograph(s) to the small proof on order envelope. Option to order online includes several days with a discount, but still results in same contribution to school.

The different poses – one with props, one without – is to offer a choice to the families, whilst maintaining quality of the photograph itself.

Continue reading “New Photographer”

PTA QUIZ NIGHT

Come join the PTA’s latest FUNdraiser. 

Open to all – so bring family / friends and enjoy a great night out all for the best cause – raising funds for the school and our children to benefit from.

PTA Quiz Night
Battle of the Brains, or just a fun night out with friends.

In it to win it – or likely, just a load of laughter,

you choose!

Friday 11th October in the Bowling Club.

Pre-book your table (6 per table) or seats at a table ready to ‘risk it for a biscuit’ with others… just get in touch with Jaci Urquhart.

More details in the poster.

 

 

 

 

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.