The Parent Council comprises parent representatives of children at Pencaitland Primary from Nursery up to P7. In addition to parents the Head Teacher and a Teacher representative attend meetings, as well as a Community rep and locally elected councillors. Judi Paterson is the current Clerk to the Parent Council.
2011/2012 members of the Parent Council are:
Sarah Kurt-Elli (Chair)
Sarah Kurt-Elli is a General Practitioner currently taking a career break to give more time to her family. Sarah’s husband Aydin runs his own Internet Service Provider company which he set up whilst a medical student. They both trained in medicine at Edinburgh which is where they met, and have lived near Pencaitland for the last 11 years. Their oldest child, Eve, has now left Pencaitland Primary, whilst Naomi is in P2 and Jasper is in the morning nursery. Sarah enjoys playing and composing music in her spare(!) time.
Originally from Edinburgh, Ralph Averbuch moved to Pencaitland in May 2003 with his wife Sheila, after having lived in London and then Dublin for nine years, working in digital media and Internet start-ups. Married with two kids currently attending the local primary school, Ben (P3) and Sally (P1), they run a home-based digital marketing communications company with two further offices in Ireland. 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.
Colin Henderson has lived in Pencaitland since 1996. Colin and his wife Janey, who has lived in the village since 1986, have two children and both attend Pencaitland Primary School. Tess is currently is P1 and Charlie in P4. Colin works for BT’s Global Service division and is based at home. He joined the Parent Council in 2011.
Rhona Budgen is a new member of the Parent Council. She has lived outside Pencaitland for about 20 years. Rhona is married to Paul and they have two children. Molly is in the Morning Nursery and Archie is one years old. Rhona and Paul are members of St Andrew’s Ambulance Association and the British Red Cross, respectively. Both are experienced first aid trainer/assessors who, along with the teaching of first aid, have spent many hours volunteering at events for the different organisations. Rhona’s day job is as a secondary school teacher.
Murdo MacPherson joined the Parent Council in 2011. He and wife Shona moved to Pencaitland from Edinburgh in 2004, just after their son Ewan had turned two. Ewan is now in P5 and has been joined at the school by his sister Erin who has just started in P1. For their sins, Murdo and Shona are both Civil Servants, with Murdo spending the day in the Scottish Government’s Centre for Housing Market Analysis.
Jane has lived in and around Pencaitland since 1997 with her husband Graeme. They moved from London and enjoyed a quieter life until the arrival of their two children: Jack and Mollie. Jack was at Pencaitland Primary and is now in his second year at high school and Mollie is in P6. Jane works as a freelance researcher in the field of children’s social policy and joined the Parent Council in 2009.
Fraser and his wife Rosie have lived in Pencaitland for three years. They met in Aberdeen. They have two kids at the school; Murray is in P3 and Chrissie P1. A pharmacist by profession, he owns a shop in sunny Leith in Edinburgh. Rosie is also a pharmacist, though she always said she wouldn’t date a pharmacist. In his spare moments hobbies are all basically sports oriented, golf and football being the main two.
Mauree joined the Parent Council at the start of 2012. She lives near Pencaitland and is married to Gordon. They have three children who attend Pencaitland School. Rachel is in P7, Rebekah in P6 and Hannah in P3. She works in Pencaitland/East Saltoun School as a member of the dinning staff, as well as being one of the Brownie leaders in the village.
Non-parent members of the Parent Council include:
- Scott Hamilton (Community Representative)
- Emma Kerr (Teacher Representative)
- Mary McCall (Head Teacher)
- Councillor Jim Gillies
- Councillor Ruth Currie
- Councillor Donald Grant