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 firstname.lastname@example.org or catch one of us in the playground.
Looking forward to a great year!
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.
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
The PPS Parent Council invites all parents and carers to…..
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.
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.
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!
Connect, formerly the SPTC, has a huge amount of useful information for parents and carers with their children in Scottish schools. If you are interested in getting their newsletter regularly and/or becoming an individual member – follow the (external) link.
They also have a facebook page.
Two surveys are currently open also. One for all members of connect and the other for parents of 2-5 year olds currently in EY provision through 600 or 1140 hours.
Calling parents of 2 to 5 year olds – please help us find out about early learning and childcare/nursery across Scotland – are you receiving 1140 or 600 free hours?
We’re asking parents to tell us about their experiences of nursery/early learning and childcare now and for the coming year. How many free hours has your child received (or will they receive for 2019/2020)? Is your local authority piloting 1140 hours (the entitlement for 3-5 year olds from 2020)? Please complete our survey here now!
What? Signing up to SchoolPay system. Why? Parents / Carers, Schools and ELC are working in partnership to cut down unnecessary expense and to streamline payments easily for parents – improve efficient use of staff time and maximise resources at school and council level. How? Follow link on PPS Edubuzz home page – and follow the information in this clip above. (viewers will be taken to external You Tube link for ELC channel).
Please sign-up if you haven’t already done so and help us to use the school budget and staff time far better – not to mention the ease of paying for most families.