Seabird Centre Visitors in P1-3

Thank you very much to Grace and Andrew from the Scottish Seabird Centre for their interesting visit last Thursday. We were very excited to learn about some of the amazing creatures that live in the seas around Scotland. We also heard about the planned new Marine Centre, where we will maybe be learning more about these fascinating creatures in the future! We enjoyed being hands-on as we learned about food chains with masks, games and objects to touch. Thank you to J for persuading his Aunty Grace to come along!



Saltire Festival

Each year the Economic Development Team organise the Saltire Festival (, which takes place at the end of November to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day. This is a series of family-friendly events, which celebrate all of the facets of Scottish culture – music, comedy, food and drink, history and the beautiful outdoors.

This year our family programme includes:
• The Saltire Ceilidh, Archerfield Walled Garden – 25 November
A fun family ceilidh accompanied by delicious local food. Continue reading Saltire Festival

Help needed to improve playground fun

Dear Parents,

The playground improvement team are wondering if you have some things to make playtime more fun. We are looking for: car tyres, costumes, wigs, hats, masks, capes, life jackets,  suitcases, wooden planks, guttering,  tarpaulins, pegs and bungee ropes.

If you have any spare time, please could you also help us take some things to the tip to tidy up our playground? We are looking to get rid of 2 old tables, 3 bookcases and a pallet. If you can help with this please see Mrs Little.

From the Playground Team

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P1-3 at Chesters Hill Fort

P1-3 had a great morning out at Chesters Hill Fort last Friday to round off their topic on the Stone Age to the Iron Age. A huge thank you to our parent helpers and to Ang Morris from the Outdoor Learning Service. We explored the fort site, thought about why the site was chosen and learned about how hard life would have been for our Iron Age ancestors! We tried to grind our own flour, make fire with flint and cooked our own twisted dough sticks.

I enjoyed running down the ditches. (Murray)

I liked the making the bread sticks. (Ruby)

I liked trying to make fire with the flint. (James) Continue reading P1-3 at Chesters Hill Fort

Athelstaneford Open Gardens – Sunday 4th September

Behind the scenes (1) Di Simcock in action telling Beechgrove presenter, George Anderson, about her garden

Plea for baking or and help serving teas to raise money for the school

As some of you know already, gardens in Athelstaneford are being opened on Sunday 4th September from 2-6pm as part of the National Garden Scheme. All proceeds from the day will be divided between the school, village hall, church and National Gardens Scheme charity.

Would you be able to help us by providing a plate of baking an/or taking a whirl serving teas? Also if, anyone is planning a trip to CostCo could you possibly pick up a few things for us?

Our beautiful Athelstaneford gardens are going to feature on Beechgrove Gardens this Thursday 25th August, on BB2 at 7.30pm so we need to be prepared for a few extra visitors this time around.

We would be super-grateful for any help you can offer. Thank you

Please contact Nicola Semple on 01620 880200 or Susan Begg on 01620 880249 or email

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