Education Accessibility Strategy

Every local authority Education Department has a statutory duty to develop an Accessibility Strategy and action plan.  East Lothian are currently working on a new strategy and as part of that process have prepared questionnaires for parents, partners and school staff.
The link to the questionnaires on the East Lothian Consultation Hub is:
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Flu Vaccination Reminder

Please can I remind all parents/guardians to return fully completed consent forms to the school as soon as possible.

Information about flu vaccination is available on the Immunisation Scotland website:

· The School and Parent  FAQs sent to schools are also available on the NHS Lothian website:
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ELOSCN Holiday Club October 2016

Please see the leaflet below for details about the October holiday club.


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Roald Dahl’s Birthday

September 13th will see the biggest global celebration of Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. All the classes have been working very hard on activities related to the work of Roald Dahl and on Tuesday 13th September we would like to invite all the children to come into school dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character. We look forward to seeing all the different colourful costumes of some of the worlds most famous characters.
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Parenting and Family Support Classes

Please find attached information on Parenting and Family Support Classes being held within East Lothian.
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Benmore Day 4

Our last full day has been great fun.  The class has shown an amazing attitude at Benmore and come through all the challenges this week…I am a very proud teacher.  They have supported each other so well and will definitely leave with lifelong memories, some midge bites, the odd bruise and stiff elbows from all the dabbing!  We all look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Mr B, Mrs L, Miss V and P7

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Benmore Day 3

Day 3 and we are all still having fun!  Tiredness is beginning to drift in so it has been an early night tonight in preparation for the Disco tomorrow night.  We also got 10’s for dorm inspections!!!!!  The children are now all fully trained bedroom tidyers, bed makers, floor sweepers and Henry Hoover pros…or at least semi pros!  The weather today has been that fine Scottish summer blend of blazing sunshine and rain at the same time.  I think each activity tops the previous in the children’s eyes, which is awesome to hear.  There was even a suggestion of turning cake-o-clock into abseil-o-clock; not as tasty but definitely just as fun!   Tonight’s activity involved teaming up with children from Duddingston Primary School (the other school here at Benmore this week) for a house treasure hunt.  This has allowed the two groups to mix and get more experience of living and sharing a space with others.  Black bin bags are beginning to fill with wet and muddy clothes…so make sure you’ve got plenty of detergent in the house for Friday!

See you all soon,

Mr B, Mrs L and Miss V…also the P7’s!

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Benmore Day 2

Day 2 at Benmore has been action packed!  Our first full day has seen all activity groups  out in the morning and afternoon getting wet, muddy and having a great time.  The children are settling down and getting into the swing of having to organise themselves (with a little help from their friends) to be at group meetings on time, have the right kit, perform house tidying tasks and pass the morning dorm inspections…8.9 is pretty good for the first inspection!  I don’t want to spoil too much for you guys about the different activities going on here or the children’s achievements as I feel it is an important part of the Benmore experience for the children to come home and tell you all about how they got on.  I will say though that they have all been challenged in different ways and have come through those challenges with a smile on their faces…as well as a bit of mud…or curry!  Spirits are high and they all send their love home, thanks for all the great messages : )

Mr Baptie and P7

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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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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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