Dear Parents and Carers
Another busy term!
I can’t believe how busy we all are just now, never a dull moment. The end of term trips have been organised and letters will be coming out this week about payment. I am sure you will be wondering about classes and staffing for next year but unfortunately this has not yet been finalised with the authority. I know that all primary schools in Prestonpans are in the same position and we will inform you as soon as possible. We have two possible scenarios and we will continue to work on both to progress the organisation for next session.
Have your say.
We hope you were given the school’s self evaluation questionnaire last week. We would be very grateful if this could be returned to school as soon as possible. This will allow us to categorise your comments and use the information to feed into our self evaluation process. All comments will be on display in school once collated and available for any parent / carer on request.
What’s happened to Golden Time?
This term Golden Time has been replaced by skills academies. Children were able to choose a skill that they would like to learn or improve. They had 15 choices and most children got their first choice. The cooking was heavily over subscribed. We will look at our curriculum planning for next year to include cookery skills in all year groups.
Children were also asked to choose a responsibility they would like to undertake for the well being of the school community. Some children are looking at the yearly self evaluation, some transition and others Rights Respecting school. A large number of children wanted to tidy the PE cupboard and I assume that this reflects the tidying that goes on in their own homes!
Responsibility activities takes place on a Tuesday at 1.20 and next year we plan to have these every three weeks.
Primary 4 News
Primary 4RD Trip to Stirling Castle has now been arranged for Thursday 9th May and they will now be going to Edinburgh Castle.
Our end of term trip will be to Blair Drummond Safari park on Tuesday 18th June.
Primary 5 News
Our End of term trip will be to East Links Farm Park in Dunbar on Tuesday 18th June.
Primary 6 News
On Monday P6W and P6G visited Loretto School to look at the Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry. Transport to and from the event was organised by Loretto school and we wish to say a huge thank you to them for allowing us the opportunity to come and see the tapestry.
Our end of term trip will be to John Muir Country Park and Dunbar Splash pool on Tuesday 25th June.
Primary 7 News
P7 are busy organising their end of term celebrations. We have a committee looking at the all important “prom “ , one organising the year book and others sorting out their trip to Vogrie Country Park on Monday the 17th June. We are sure the last 10 weeks of term will fly by.
Visits to the High school will take place on Wednesday 19th June , Thursday 20th and Friday 21st.
Will be held on Saturday 25th May. We look forward to seeing you all there and raising money for new school computers. Please see attached flyer.
What a fantastic week last week was with lots of children undertaking additional reading. We will let you know as soon as possible the overall figure raised and the winner of the Kindle Fire. Mrs Parkin will be announcing the winners of the pizza party tomorrow at assembly. Currently we have raised an amazing £1481.90.
Dress Down Day
On Friday 19th April we held a Dress Down Day to raise funds for the Gala and managed to raise £120.25. Thank you everyone who donated. The collective total from the three schools who took part was £337.
On Thursday 25th April four P7 pupils competed in the next round of the Rotary Quiz at the Maitlandfield. After having to go to tie break we triumphed. It was a fantastic evening and a delight to see our pupils excel. Many congratulations to Jamie, Michael, Brandon and Anna. We wish them every success in the next round.
The new 2-week summer menu is well underway and children are enjoying the additional option of salads. You should have received your menu and it can be accessed at all times through our website.
Tuesday 7th May Boiler Shutdown –no hot lunches
We shall be sending off a large order for sweatshirts before the end of the summer term. Please find an order form attached. Items will be ready to collect on either of the In-Service days in August.
Walk to School Week – Monday 13th to Friday 17th May 2013
Please encourage your child to walk to school this week. Prizes are being offered to the six most improving schools in East Lothian during Walk to School week. Please help us be one of these schools!
Run & Become
We are starting an early morning running club on Tuesday 7th May from 8.15 am. Please arrive at school and meet on the playing field in your running kit ready to start at 8.15 am. (Bring your school uniform with you to change after we have run). The club will run for 6 weeks initially.
The aim of our climb is to run a mile before school, improve our fitness and energise us for a day of learning. Pupils, parents/carers are all welcome to the club.
Events in May and June
Wednesday 1st May John Home Robertson Football at Meadowmill
Thursday 2nd May Cricket Tasters for P6
Monday 6th May Holiday
Tuesday 7th May Boiler Shutdown –no hot lunches
Wednesday 8th May P7 Rugby Festival at Preston Lodge
Thursday 9th May P4RD to Edinburgh Castle
Monday 20th May Holiday
Tuesday 21st May Holiday (In-Service Day)
Wednesday 22nd May Little & Large Cooking Competition at PL (P6) pm
Thursday 23rd May P7 Transition Outdoor Challenge Day
Saturday 25th May Summer Fair
Wednesday 29th May Meadowbank Athletics
Thursday 30th May PL Marketplace Event
Tuesday 4th June P7 Dental Inspections in school
Thursday 6th June 10.00 Sports Day
Tuesday 11th June 8 x P7 children to Sea to Summit in North Berwick
Wednesday 12th June P4/5 Primary Games at Meadowmill
Monday 17th June P7 Trip to Vogrie
Tuesday 18th June 8 x P7 children to Sea to Summit in North Berwick
P4 Trip to Blair Drummond
P5 Trip to East Links Farm
Wednesday 19th June P7 Transition day at PL
Thursday 20th June P7 Transition day at PL
Information Evening for P7 parents at Preston Lodge
Friday 21st June P7 Transition day at PL
Tuesday 25th June 8 x P7 children to Sea to Summit in North Berwick
P6 Trip to John Muir Country Park & Dunbar Pool
Friday 28th June End of Term
Place2Be – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge becomes Royal Patron of Place2Be
I am extremely proud to share very exciting news with you – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has become Royal Patron of Place2Be.
I am sure that like me, you will feel hugely honoured that The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Royal Patron. This is a tremendous endorsement of the tireless work and commitment of our partner schools, with whom our staff and volunteer counsellors work to help troubled children to overcome emotionally difficult times in their lives.
The Duchess’s support will help Place2Be hugely in our efforts to shine the spotlight on child mental health, and on the need to tackle these issues at the earliest possible stage, so that children have the brightest possible futures, as they deserve.
By helping to raise awareness of our early intervention work in schools, The Duchess will also help us to reach even more of the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families who so desperately need support.
The Duchess’s decision to support Place2Be is a reflection of her personal interest in and commitment to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK. Place2Be is one of three new charities that The Duchess has announced she will support.
You have my deepest gratitude for your trust in Place2Be and your support of our work. The Royal Patronage of The Duchess of Cambridge is wonderful recognition of what you have enabled us to achieve.
Homework Clubs for children 8-12 years
East Lothian Library Services are running new homework clubs in the following libraries:
Haddington Library, Wednesdays, 3.45-4.45pm
Musselburgh Library, Thursdays, 4.00-5.00 pm
Tranent Library, Tuesdays 3.45-4.45 pm
Ormiston Library, Wednesday 3.45-4.45 pm
Wallyford Library, Thursdays, 4.00-5.00 pm
The Library Service is looking for adult volunteers to run a homework club in Prestonpans. If you are interested, or know someone who would be interested please telephone the school and we will pass on your details. Volunteers will need to have a PVG check but this will be paid for by the library service.
Music tuition for both drum and guitar lessons started on Wednesday 24th April at Port Seton Community Centre. Both drum and guitar lessons are in a block of 10 lessons at £1.50 per lesson.
Drum kit lessons are delivered in small groups of 4 people, sticks will be provided. No prior experience necessary. The classes take place on Wednesday afternoons between 4.30 and 5.30 and 5.30 and 6.30 pm. Acoustic Guitar lessons are taught in small groups of 6 children. The classes take place on Wednesday afternoons between 4.15 and 5.15 and 5.15 and 6.15 pm.
If you are interested please phone 01875 818181.
Lothian Colts Football
Lothian Colts are looking for Players Born 2003 & 2001 For All Positions. Teams Train Tuesdays & Thursdays at Meadow Mill Sports Centre 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
Why Not Visit our Club Website for Additional Information At http://www.clubwebsite.co.uk/lothiancolts/ or Pop along to Training and speak to one of the SFA /FA Qualified Coaches