Children and Young People (Scotland) Act – East Lothian Council update for families
From 31 August 2016, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act will commence. This Act states that every young person in Scotland is entitled to the support of a Named Person from birth until the until the age of 18. All pupils will shortly be given a leaflet produced by Scottish Government, explaining the role of a Named Person. You can also find this leaflet on the East Lothian Council website, school websites and the Scottish Government GIRFEC website, along with lots of other information about the Named Person role. For children in Primary Schools, their Named Person will be the Head Teacher, a Depute Head Teacher, or a Principal Teacher. In a Secondary School, it will be a Guidance Teacher or a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support. During school holidays, the Named Person role will be undertaken by qualified staff at East Lothian Council. Details of who these people will be and how to contact them will be made available in August, on school and council websites. Your individual school will inform you as to the name of your child’s Named Person in August, so that you have the most up to date information. On 30 May, the Scottish Government will be launching a media campaign to raise awareness of the Named Person role and how this fits with the Children and Young People’s Act. East Lothian Council will publicise national materials through social media, on our websites and through pupil post. For more detailed information, you can look online at the Scottish Government GIRFEC website. This contains a number of very useful and user-friendly documents.
The Corn Potato String Band
This amazing band from America are performing, for one night only, in Macmerry as part of a world tour. Robin Hill, our chaplain, has arranged for some of our pupils to perform with the band on stage. Children from P4-P7 are practising at the moment in their music lessons on ukuleles to be ready for the night.
It is hoped that we will have the chance to rehearse with the band on the afternoon of the performance. It is taking place in the school hall on Monday 20th June from 7pm. Tickets are on sale from the school office from today and cost £5 for adults, £2.50 for children. Children from P4-7 who are performing do not pay.
Yesterday Primary 2 visited Tesco to learn about food sustainability. We learned where bananas and cocoa beans come from and how fish are farmed. The children really liked learning how to peel a banana like a monkey! I’m sure they would love to show other people too!
Please note that the Summer Activities online booking will go live at 6pm on Wednesday 25th May on the link below:
As part of the transition process, our morning nursery class came up to visit their P1 classroom today. They investigated some of the play areas and then listened to a story from Mrs Gentil. Everyone seemed very excited about starting big school!
Some parents may have heard an article on a local radio station making reference to several schools in East Lothian having received a threat via the telephone. Macmerry Primary has not received any such phone call, only one school in East Lothian was involved. Full details regarding the incident are on the East Lothian Council website.
Two of our P6 pupils recently took part in a county cooking competition at Ross High. They used the food preparation skills they had been learning in class and showed an excellent knowledge of safety and hygiene in the kitchen. They made vegetable stir fry with noodles and a fruit flan. It looked delicious and very professional! A huge well done to them for representing our school.
P5-P7 have started level 1 Bikeability training in our playground on Monday mornings. The children understand that this is a key life skill. We have been learning how to check that our helmets are on properly and how to carry out the “M check” on our bikes to ensure they are safe to use on the roads. We start with the front wheel, move up to the handlebars, down to the pedals and chainset, up the saddle and seatpost and then down to the rear wheel. We have also been learning about mounting and starting off on our bikes, braking, emergency stops and cornering. We know the importance of a final look over our right shoulders before starting off (the “life saver check”) and were tested on this by having to say the colour of the marker that was flashed behind us!
For the last two weeks P2 and P3 have been taking part in outdoor maths. Here are some photos of the activities we have enjoyed!
Lots of fun in the game duck, duck, decade! This helps us to practice counting in 2s and 5s.
We have been using big chalk to write repeated addition and multiplication sums.
We sorted numbers from smallest to biggest across decades.
We read instructions to make different groups of items and count the total.
Well done P2 and P3 – lots of great learning!