Big Hopes Big Future

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.

Guest Speaker: Evelyn Swinton of Big Hopes Big Future project.

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.

Home-Start East Lothian
Early Years Centre,
Sandersons Wynd,
Tranent,
East Lothian EH33 1DA
Tel: 01875 616066
  • 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.

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Parent Council AGM Invitation

Pencaitland Primary School Parent Council  Annual General Meeting.

You are cordially invited to the PPS AGM 2018.

 

To be held in PPS on 25th June 7-9pm.

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 parentcouncil@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk – 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. 

 

Time for Reflection / Religious Observation Policy.

PPS needs your ideas and feedback.

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 parentcouncil@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk or directly to school via admin@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk.

 

 

Scotland’s Play Strategy

Scotland’s First National Play Strategy. (2013)

Scotland’s Play Strategy

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.

Parent Forum and Parent Council.

Pencaitland Primary School Parent Council & Forum

We are all a part of the parent forum if we have a child in Pencaitland Primary and/or Nursery. The collective voice of the Parent Forum, is represented by the Parent Council – currently composed of 9 parents, teacher rep and community rep (who is also a parent rep currently). Head teacher Nicola Wilson also attends each meeting as an advisor and to ensure the Parent Council has relevant information regarding PPS. The meetings are open to all the wider parent forum. To express interest or intent to attend a meeting, please contact Clerk through PC email, noted below.

 

**”Parent” is used to describe both parents and carers including guardians.** Together we work with the school staff, to help support our children, improve outcomes and be the best advocates we can for the children collectively.

The Parent Council is the group of parents/carers who endeavour to communicate between the wider parent forum and the school staff, support fellow parents / carers, the children in general and the staff to deliver the best school days and learning environment possible. We work closely with the PTA in this regard too.

To find out more about the current parent council, you can find information and minutes from meetings, dates of meetings and who’s who by looking through the Parent Council tab.

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If you would like to bring up any issues to the parent council, we are all happy to hear ideas / suggestions / concerns either via your class rep, chair or by emailing your concern to parent council and asking for the matter to be raised at the next meeting if possible.

[We cannot discuss individual children or individual staff members, so your class rep will advise if the matter you wish to discuss is outwith our remit and something for your class teacher or head teacher to deal with in the first instance].

Next Meeting: 30th April 2018. 7pm PPS.

A quick reminder of the current parent council reps.

Nursery – Vivien Dykes. P1 – Dave Osborne. P2 – Erica Burberry. P3 – Loreen Pardoe. P4 – Neill Russell. P5 – Jim Fraser / Flor Jackman. P6 – Carol Snow. P7 – Ralph Averbuch.

The AGM will be in June and if anyone is interested in putting their name forward for Parent Council, please do contact the PC Clerk through parentcouncil@pencaitland.elcschool.org.uk by w/c 4th June 2018.

Connect Newsletter (formerly the SPTC)

 

The Spring newsletter is now available – which includes a summary of the inspirational talk from Sir John Jones and more. Formerly the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, the organisation has re-branded and carries out excellent work in Scotland supporting the role of families in children’s education in partnership with the work of staff in education, to help children develop throughout each year.

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