New Lanark Trip Postponed

Due to weather warnings and the route required to get to New Lanark, we have had to postpone our school trip today. We hope to reschedule this in the better weather, and will keep parents posted on when this might be. Please arrange to collect your child at the usual time today. Thank you.

Milk Money

It’s that time of year again, and milk money for the new term is now due. You can choose to pay up ‘til the end of March 2017, or pay right up ‘til the end of the school year. It would be hugely appreciated if you could pay online. Just go to the ELC website and click on the ‘Pay for It’ yellow rectangle, then ‘Primary School Milk Payments’, or click here. This really helps us cut down on admin time, and means you don’t have to find the right change! If you can’t, then any monies must be handed in in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and class on, and we can only accept the correct money. Any cheques should be made out to ‘East Lothian Council’, with your child’s name, class and school written on the back. Either way, please fill in the form we sent home with your child and let us know how and what you are paying. All milk money must be paid by Friday 20th January 2017. Thanks. If you’ve already paid for this term or the whole year, you don’t need to do anything!

Remember that for your child to receive free school milk, you must have completed the application for Free School Meals – even if your child is in P1-3.

Happy New Year 2017

A very warm welcome back to all the children, parents, families and staff at Loretto. Please accept our thanks for all your kindness and support at Christmas. It was lovely to see so many people at our nursery nativity as well as our P1-3 nativity and P4-7 Christmas Carols and Mass. The children loved their school parties and the pantomime. Many thanks to LPP and all parents for this. The children have told us about  their Christmas holidays and I am delighted to say that ‘time with my family’ featured greatly as a highlight for the children. And the staff too!

We are ,of course, talking about New Year resolutions and sticking to our Growth Mindset. We are talking about practice and patience and resilience. There is no such word as ‘can’t’ in Loretto…maybe just I can’t YET. Just ask the kids about my hula hoop challenge….not yet but I am trying!

 

A very Happy New year to everyone

Mrs McBean

Parent information on East Lothian Anti Bullying

If you are interested in learning more and contributing to East Lothian policy on Anti-Bullying this is an opportunity for parents. Please see below an invite form our colleague in the local authority.

Dear Parent

I am please to inform you that respectme, the Scottish National Anti-bullying Service has offered to deliver Parent Workshops in East Lothian.

The content will cover

  • Distinguishing between what bullying behaviour is and what it is not
  • Exploring the latest research in Scotland on online bullying and face to face bullying
  • Identifying what parents can do to deal with bullying behaviour
  • Understanding what to do if your child is bullying someone else
  • Exploring how to help to create environments where bullying cannot flouris

We will run two workshops on Wednesday 15th March 2017. One at 12.30-2.30pm at the Corn Exchange in Haddington and another at 6.30-8.30pm at Knox Academy in Haddington.

We can offer 40 places on each workshop so they will be available on a first come, first serve basis. If we are over subscribed we may be able to offer additional workshops.

If interested please e-mail anti-bullying@eastlothian.gov.uk stating what time you would like to attend.

Also, following on from an Initial Consultation in October 2016 we are now seeking parents views on the draft East Lothian Anti-bullying Policy “Respect for all”. You can view and comment on this at

https://eastlothianconsultations.co.uk/education/anti-bullying-policy-consultation/Kind Regards

Marie Prior

Anti-bullying Policy Working Group

Charity funds raised thank you.

To everyone who donated to the children’s choices of charities for Christmas your donations  are greatly appreciated.

We raised £152 for save the Children from our Christmas Nativity donations. Many thanks.

We also raised £113 from wearing Christmas jumpers for our Christmas lunch. This will go to Radio Forth’s Mission Appeal for local children.

Many thanks to our Pupil Council for leading the school in choosing charities to support and being thoughtful and caring about children who need our support.

Early Learning and Childcare-have your say

Edinburgh Engagement Event: Consultation on Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare

 Thursday 15th December 2016.   Time: 18.00 –  19.30

Edinburgh Training & Conference Venue

16 St. Mary’s Street

EH1 1SU

 

An event for parents and carers to have their say on new plans for early learning and childcare.

A Blueprint for 2020: The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland consultation was launched on 15 October 2016 and runs until 9 January 2017.

As part of the consultation process the Scottish Government wants to hear the views of parents and carers and is running a series of consultation engagement events.

Further information on the consultation can be found at:https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/creating-positive-futures/expansion-of-early-learning-and-childcare

Torness Power Station

Yesterday P5-P7 children went to visit Torness Power Station. It was a fascinating visit and all of the children were confident in speaking about their learning experiences.
There were many different activities planned for the children. These included a tour of the power station, a quiz, interactive activities run by the police and firemen.
During the tour, the children visited many parts of the station including a viewing area of the reactors. They also got to watch the controllers doing their jobs.
The trip was inspirational in terms of thinking about our learning and how we can apply it to our everyday lives. Also the staff members at Torness really focussed on how we use our skills in our working lives. Many of the children are now thinking of their career preferences!
Thank you to Torness Power Station and to our many parent helpers for their support.