Benmore Day 1

Wow what a fun day…long, but fun!  We made excellent time on the journey up, the sunshine seemed to follow us all the way.  When we arrived we were given a tour of the house in our activity groups and issued the latest line in waterproof fashion.  The afternoon was spent exploring the amazing botanical gardens…followed by some ginger cake at cake-o-clock!  Dinner was fish and chips.  We are not long back from an “epic” night walk/jungle bash through the woods.  Everyone settle and tucked up in bed…the zzzz’s have certainly been earned today!

Mr Baptie and P7

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RespectMe Anti-Bullying Service

Yesterday RespectMe launched a short video  that explores some of the options children and young people can consider if they, or someone they know is being bullied.  When dealing with bullying behaviour, there is never one, single answer or piece of advice that will work for every individual, or in every situation.  What works for one person won’t always work for others and, while some options will make bullying stop, others might just help people to feel better about things.
The video, which was developed following extensive consultation with children and young people from six local authority areas across Scotland, looks at some of the choices they might consider.  We want to encourage young people to think about the options they’re most comfortable with, until they find something that works for them, and helps them to feel in control again.
The video is available on our YouTube channel and on our  website, where you can also access supporting guidance to use the video as a resource/discussion tool with young people in a number of settings.
respectme website here:
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Named Person Scheme

We thought you would be wondering how the recent Supreme Court judgement about the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act would affect children and young people’s welfare in our nurseries, schools and colleges. This newsletter sets out the key points for you.

Please find more information below regarding the East Lothian named person scheme.

East Lothian Named Person Scheme

Named Person – Business as usual


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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act – East Lothian Council update for families

Named Person

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.

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Summer Activities at Edinburgh Zoo


Dear parents,

Launching in July 2016 for children entering P4-7 after the summer, Summer CAT will be based out of our brand new Wildlife Garden yurt. Through this programme, children will get their hands dirty whilst discovering and helping out the exciting native wildlife on site, from butterflies to badgers!

Activities will include: making homes for wildlife, bush craft, campfires, encounters, zoo trails, games and much, much more!

Choose from one of the following 5 weeks:

  • Week 1: 4th – 8th July
  • Week 2: 11th – 15th July
  • Week 3: 18th – 22nd July
  • Week 4: 25th – 29th July
  • Week 5: 1st – 5th August

Please note that we are more than happy to have children attend both a week of Summer School AND a week of Summer CAT in 2016.

Click here to find out more and to book your place(s) on Summer CAT 2016!

If you have any questions about the programme, please don’t hesiatte to get in touch.

Kind regards,



Education Officer 0131 314 0329

THE ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh  EH12 6TS 0131 314 0300    @RZSS    /RZSSofficial


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Summer Activities Programme

The Summer Activities Programme goes live tonight at 6pm.  The link below can be used to view the programme and contains information on how to book.


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JRSO Walking Bus

A few pictures to share of the Walking Bus that took place on Tuesday.

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RSPB Scotland’s Big Nature Festival

Please see below for further information and a leaflet about this upcoming event.


When:              21st and 22nd May

Where:            Leven Hall Links, Musselburgh

How much:     £12 per adult, £2 per child, under 5s go free.

BUT there is a special offer online for a £15 family ticket (for 2 adults and 2 children):

Parents simply print the voucher off and bring it along to the ticket desk and can buy a family ticket for £15 rather than £28.

CU Credit:       You can get Children’s University Learning Credit!!!  Just login to your e-passport and search for “Scotland’s Big Nature Festival” in “My Area”

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Coffee Morning

Please note that the date for the coffee morning is incorrect in the school newsletter and should be Friday 20th May at 9am.

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Summer School Dinner Menu

Please find new school dinner menu for this term below.

Primary School Spring Summer Menu 2016


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Here are some photos from the P5 trip to Broomlee in April.

Everyone had an amazing time and I think we all surprised ourselves by managing to complete some really challenging activities!  Well done P5!



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21/22 May Scotland Big Nature Festival – Pop Up Library

The “Reading is Braw” project is looking for volunteers to support the above event.  If you think you can help support please contact Lindsey Barley, Depute Head Teacher at Musselburgh Burgh Primary School.  Your support is needed to help man the “Pop Up” library that will be held during the festival.

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School Library Service Review – Primary School Parent Survey

Having surveyed students to make sure we include their views in the School Library Service Review we would like to do the same for parents, so we are again asking for your support to achieve as broad a response as possible. By completing this survey parents and carers will help us develop school library services for all children and young people in East Lothian.

Please share this link with your parents and encourage them to complete the survey. The Parent Survey is online and will be open from 22nd April to 9th May.

This is the link

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Proposed New Secondary Provision for Musselburgh

Please note that the agenda and public papers for the meeting of East Lothian Council on 26 April can now be accessed via the following link:

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Scotland’s Big Nature Festival

Scotland’s Big Nature Festival

Please find attached details about this years Nature Festival.


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