The Parent Council needs your help. We are always on the lookout for parents/carers who can help with a variety of parent council initiatives. If you are able to come along to meetings, help on a one off basis or even offer your services in other ways then all help is welcome.
If you are interested please contact the Parent Council through class reps or email below.
At our AGM in Sept, we were delighted to have a good number of returning members – and a new volunteer.
Both Erica Burberry and Paula Baillie resigned from their roles as Chair and Vice Chair respectively but have remained members. Loreen Pardoe is continuing to support as Clerk and parent member, but meetings will run on a rotating-Chair basis meantime.
Gratitude and appreciation were shown for the participation and support of Erica, Paula and resigning members Flor and Ian (co-opted) over past year, with particular thanks to Jim Fraser, who continued as a co-opted member supporting the development of Pupil Voice with Emily Govan over past year, but now is finally saying farewell to the parent council as his daughter moved up to High School.
Other returning members – Catherine Ramsay, Kim Wells, Emma Pearce, Jessica MacDonald, Lydia Macdonald, Papiya Russell and Annie Rankine (as co-opted member). Thanks also to Sarah Campbell, for volunteering to join the PC and Ralph Averbuch, who will continue as Community Representative.
Sarah Morgan thanked all for their commitment to the school community and support to herself and to the staff team. She noted that her time at the school is one which was made all the more enjoyable by the work with the parent council and PTA, strengthening the bonds between families and the school’s pupils and staff. Particular thanks noted to Erica for her excellent chairing of the meetings and support to headteachers Pauline McKay, who covered school from Aug – Oct and herself, who joined after the October break.
Your new reps/contacts for 2020/21 are therefore as follows:
Sarah Campbell – Nursery. Jessica Macdonald, P1. Catherine Ramsay, P1/2. Emma Pearce, P3. Kimberley, P4. Erica Burberry / Loreen Pardoe, P5. Paula Baillie, / Lydia Macdonald, P6. Papiya Russell / Annie Rankine, P7
A leaflet has been produced to highlight the role of your Parent Council and explain how you can get involved. You can view the leaflet here. (Please note, the leaflet is intended to be printed and folded into 3).
Other (non-voting) members of the Parent Council include:
- Katharine Ranyard (Teacher Representative)
- Sarah Morgan (Head Teacher – advisor to PC)
- Councillor John McMillan (Provost)
- Councillor Shamin Ahktar
- Councillor Tom Trotter
- Councillor Craig Hoy
- Pencaitland CC Chair Ralph Averbuch
The Parent Council meets approximately six weeks during term time. We are the ‘sprinkles on the doughnut’ – all parents and carers of children in PPS being ‘the delicious doughnut’. Together with staff and pupils, inside the broad spectrum of Scottish Education, we sprinkle on our varying insights and talents great or small, strengthening partnership between school, community and home so that we can maximise the experiences of children during their Primary and Nursery years. The doughnut would be wonderful without us, but we do our best to add a little more. We also regularly attend the East Lothian Association of Parent Councils and are supported by ELC Senior Business Manager Bev Skirrow & colleague, Claire.
If you have a concern, question or interest of benefit to share, please contact your class rep or any other parent member. Where there is a group concern or wider issue requiring clarification or understanding, your parent council will work towards informing and addressing the issue for the school body. We liaise with the “Pupil Body” too, to ensure good communication and understanding of where we can support our pupils. There is also an excellent working relationship with the PTA, giving PPS a strong, secure support system.
To find out more about the Parent Council, why it exists and what we need from the wider PPS Parent Forum, of which all parents and carers are automatically a part, to work well – have a little look here.
*Current updates for 20/21 members coming soon.*
2017/2018 members of the Parent Council
Carol Snow first joined the PPS Parent Council in 2008 and stepped down after three years as chair. Carol served as East Lothian rep on the National Parent Forum of Scotland from 2010-2015. In 2015 she became chair of the Parent Council for the second time. Carol has lived with her husband, Russell McWilliam, in Pencaitland since 1999. They have three children. Robert and Duncan are at PPS. Andrew is at Knox Academy. Carol works full-time as a solicitor and has been actively involved with other local organisations over the years, currently on the Pencaitland Community Council and on the Committee for Pencaitland Scouts Group. When she is not doing those things, she finds time to play the keyboard and sing with local groups.
Jim, hubby to Lynn and Dad to Cissy, is an occasionally employed person in the advertising industry. If you want to speak to him in person, he is often to be found in the playground at drop-off/pick-up, or on a Thursday morning in the Winton Arms for fine coffee, cake, and conversation about school matters (you’re buying, though). His main interest on the parent council is mysteries: Where is the invisible line in the playground that children dare not cross? Why do the Council think coleslaw or tuna is an acceptable choice of filling on a school lunch baked potato? Is the Named Person idea one of the most evil things ever to happen to Scottish society (Daily Mail) or quite a good idea (NSPCC)?
Ralph Averbuch, Community Council Rep
Originally from Edinburgh, Ralph Averbuch moved to Pencaitland in May 2003 with his wife Sheila, after having lived in London and Dublin for nine years, working in digital media and Internet start-ups. Ralph has two kids currently at Ross High School after attending PPS. With Sheila, he runs a home-based digital marketing communications company. Actively involved in local issues, Ralph joined Pencaitland Primary School’s Parent Council in 2009. He joined Pencaitland Community Council in March 2011, becoming Chair in June 2011.
Loreen Pardoe (Rep/Clerk)
Loreen Pardoe joined this Parent Council in November 2015, but she originally joined PPS PC when it first formed in 2006. Glutton for punishment, she also was a member of Ross High PC at the same time and history repeats itself now. Loreen moved to Pencaitland in 1992 so, with 5th of five kids now in PPS, it was inevitable she’d be involved in supporting school again. In Aug 2017 Loreen also stepped up to being Clerk. Married to Stu, chief doggy walker to Jake and as mum to many, life is very busy, but Loreen is always happy to chat about anything good for the kids. Particular interests in play, child development, intergenerational practice, health and well-being with background in nursing, education, early years, additional support needs and in business, so occasionally speaks sense.
Having it all isn’t all it is cracked up to be. Erica, mum to Robyn and Alistair, prefers when at all possible, to conceal her polished professional manner beneath a thin veneer of scruffy mum-ness. A trained child counsellor, now working for NHS, needs a good life-work-family balance, so when not at work Erica can be most commonly found hiding out in her garden in the Boggs or running through the countryside. Originally from Perthshire, she relocated from Edinburgh to Pencaitland several years ago, following a long house renovation saga. She hopes to bring to the Parent Council a listening ear and a particular interest in anything that is not on the agenda.
David Osborne is new to the Parent Council, and also fairly new to the school in general. Married to Karen, they have 2 daughters, Esme and Isla. Originally from Inverness, David arrived in Pencaitland about 7 years ago via Edinburgh and can often now be spotted holding up village traffic with his bicycle. Currently a software engineer, David has previously been a salmon smoker in small-town US, a spanish student in Guatemala and underemployed photographer. His main pastimes these days are moving small children around and arguing with the internet about politics.
Florencia Devoto Jackman
Florencia Devoto Jackman, born in Argentina and British by choice. I’m the mum of Dante, Brisa, and Delfina – the little one with the big smile who goes around asking for food! I have a background in different areas of work. At the moment I’m a childminder but more than anything I’m an artist and was involved in some artistic projects for the 40th anniversary. I come from a country where we talk a lot about everything and I believe that I can bring something of that to the school because I feel it’s important to express ourselves and teach our kids to do the same. My main concern is, and always will be, the emotional side of our kids in school and how this is going to affect them for the rest of their lives and I feel that being part of the parent council lets me understand better how this is managed within the school. I’m always there at dropping off and picking up time and if you need to talk with me – just follow the little one with the huge smile and you’ll find me!