Grandparents Day – Friday 16 March

All grandparents/substitute grandparents welcome.  Please bring along any artefacts from your school days. 

The format of the morning – All grandparents will gather in the school hall around 9am. P7 guides will lead them around the school, visiting each class for ten minutes where they will see aspects of technology being used in each classroom. 

Some P7s will record any grandparents who’d be happy to talk about their artefact or
experience at school – really a Grandparents Show and Tell.  We’ll then be able to use this as a resource within the school. 

After the guided tour the grandparents will re-group in the dining area/hall for a well-deserved cuppa and chat. The morning will finish at 11.15am when pupils begin their Golden Time.

Grandparents of pupils in the nursery that morning may visit the nursery between 11.15 and 11.45am.

Pencaitland Primary Summer Fayre


The annual PTA Summer Fayre will take place on

Saturday 28th May 2011, from 1-4pm.


The PTA would be grateful of donations of the following:

  • Used (not broken) toys
  • Books (all ages)
  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • Children’s bikes, adult bikes, trikes and scooters (there will be a bike stall)
  • Home baking (bring on the day)
  • Bottles, biscuits, chocolates, general gifts for tombola

Please drop off any donations at the school office.

If you can’t manage to bring donations to the school, please contact Graham Wilson 01875 341 021 or email and they will arrange pick-up.

 HELPERS – Please fill in a helper form at the school reception or contact one of the PTA if you can help at the Fayre. You can help for half of the event or the full event.

 Thank you in advance for your support, 

 Pencaitland Primary School PTA

RSPB Birdwatch 2011

Today we are taking part in the RSPB Birdwatch 2011.  Each class is taking it in turns to watch and record the birds that they see.  We will gather our results and send them in to be counted.

The nursery helped us out by making bird cakes which we have hung in the trees and we have put out some feeders to tempt the birds to come out of hiding on this chilly day.

2011 PTA School calendar now available

Pencaitland Primary School Calendar 2011The 2011 Pencaitland Primary Calendar is now ready for your orders.

At just £2.50 a copy, it’s not only a practical calendar put together by the PTA and volunteers, but also contains useful and important dates throughout the year for parents. It makes an excellent gift this Christmas. Remember, money raised from each sale will go to the many good school projects which the Parent Teachers Association supports.

Check your child’s school-bag for the supplied order form or hand in your name, number of copies required and the relevant amount to school reception.

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P5/6 Snow Activities

P5/6 were busy at home during our Snow Week.  They brought in some examples of the activities Miss Carmody had said they could try out, there are some great collages and a couple of poems so far.

If anyone else has done some work that they would like to share with us, we would love to see it…

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Consultation on inspections in schools

HM Inspectorate of Education, which has a consultation on inspections in schools running at the moment, has been an integral part of the Scottish education system for over 160 years.

The document, called ’Public consultation on proposals for the HMIE school inspection framework starting in Autumn 2011’, can be found at You may also find this news release helpful in understanding more about the consultation.

If parents have any comments to make please let the Parent Council Chair, Carol Snow, know by December 10th via email to

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School Opening Monday 6th December

Following advice from East Lothian Council, we are planning to open for all pupils on Monday 6th December.  Efforts have been made to clear safe routes to school but we would recommend walking where possible, taking care due to icy pavements.  If you have young children, or have concerns about their safety, make sure you accompany them on their walk to school as we cannot guarantee that school crossing supervisors will be on duty in all areas.

Although The Glebe and school car park have been cleared, the playground is still under a lot of snow so we would recommend that pupils don’t arrive before 8.45am.

Please ensure that pupils are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions and please provide them with a plastic bag (preferrably labelled) to put wellies, gloves, scarf etc. in.

If there are any changes we will update you over the weekend.  For more information see the East Lothian Council website.