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  • David Gilmour 7:30 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    The Futures Fair: Thursday 6th November 

    ffThe Futures Fair:  Thursday 6th November, drop in between 2pm and 5pm, The Brunton Hall, Musselburgh

     You are invited to The Futures Fair 2014.

    The Futures Fair is an information fair to help you to plan for adult life.  It’s for young people with additional support needs and their families.

    We’ll have approximately 50 organisations who can tell you about what they offer and how they can help with:

    • Education
    • Work and training
    • Money advice
    • Social work and health
    • Social life and leisure    ….and much more!

    The fair can help you to think about what you want to do with your future. You can meet people who can advise and support you, and your family.

    Hundreds of people have come to the fair in the last few years.

    We will also have young people there who can talk to you about what they did when they left school, and you can watch a film about their experiences.

    The fair is free – there will be refreshments and a space to relax and chill-out.

    Come along and find out what’s out there for you in East Lothian and beyond – looking forward to seeing you there!


    The Futures Fair Team


  • Jennifer Sked 9:51 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Veginvasion—coming to a classroom near you!

    Health and Wellbeing is one area of Curriculum for Excellence that no-one can ignore, especially as Scotland has one of the worst records of obesity in the developed world. Helping children gain the knowledge they need to make good food choices is important and by working together we can promote healthier lifestyles now as well as better health in the future.

    Veginvasion is a resource pack, aimed at Upper Nursery and P1 pupils, full of activities that complement the vegetable theme is a fun, practical way. It is designed to help pupils, teachers, parents and others who influence food choices by encouraging youngsters to experiment with different tastes as well as learn about vegetables, where they come from and why they are important in our diet.

    It can also help children to overcome their perceived dislike and mistrust of unfamiliar foods and learn to enjoy new textures and flavours in a relaxed social setting.

    What you said about Veginvasion ……..

    “The children thoroughly enjoyed the veg. We made a display and had a touching table, the interest was enormous.”

    “We made soup, had raw vegetable for snack and talked about where the food came from. There were endless opportunities for development of knowledge.”

    “The whole learning experience was great for the children and is very easily adapted for cross curricular work.”

     Veginvasion—an extra pair of helping hands!

    We appreciate that not all school staff are comfortable working in this area, especially if they aren’t familiar with current healthy eating advice. For this reason we have been talking to nutrition experts at Queen Margaret University about utilizing 4th year students to come into the classroom and support school staff deliver Veginvasion.

    Not only will you benefit from the student’s up to date knowledge and enthusiasm as well as an extra pair of hands to help chop, peel and slice, the student gains valuable practical experience in a school setting, a win/win situation! For more info on Veginvasion, email or phone 01620 827236



  • David Gilmour 12:53 pm on October 10, 2014 Permalink
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    Free CPD Opportunity – Wiki*edia Projects in Schools 

    Wikimedia-logo.svgThere’s much more to Wikimedia than just using Wikipedia for research. Find out how you can engage with the world of Wikimedia to create a whole new range of real-world learning opportunities.

    This “free walk-in” workshop for teachers only is part of the all-day EduWiki Conference, details below.

    EduWiki Conference 2014 Friday 31 October 2014 at Edinburgh First’s St Leonard Hall (University of Edinburgh)

    The EduWiki Conference 2014 is the third annual conference organised by Wikimedia UK focusing on Education projects

    The organisers are providing a ‘free walk in’ for Scottish teacher to the afternoon session:

    Workshop C: Wiki*edia Projects in Schools (for students under 18)

    There is also a proposed TeachMeet in the evening, where wikimedians and teachers can exchange ideas. 7pm location tbc

  • Jennifer Sked 10:12 am on October 3, 2014 Permalink
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    Fertile Ground Conference 

    environmental arts towards change

    25 & 26 October 2014, Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar, East Lothian



    North Light Arts will deliver the ‘Fertile Ground Conference’ on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in Dunbar, East Lothian, with the aim of creating a space to nurture a conversation exploring creative ways to engage communities in the potential for change through public art with an environmental agenda.

    Speakers include: Chris Fremantle of Eco Arts Scotland; Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel + Scullion; Judy Spark of Grays School of Art; Natalie Walton, Head of Education, Hepworth Wakefield and Matt Baker of The Environmental Art Festival Scotland. There will also be artists presentations from Robbie Coleman, Jo Hodges, Emma Herman-Smith, Hannah Imlach, Karen Gabbitas, Akshaya Narsimhan and Diandra Saginatari.

    Creative Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage have provided funding to enable North Light Arts to deliver this conference which aims to cultivate a fertile ground in which to discover the unique potential of our locality through engaging artists, environmental visionaries, science specialists and local organisations, developing an active process of dialogue, debate and cross pollination.

    To book follow this link
    Free creche and children’s workshop for delegates to the Saturday morning talks: please book early. Discount for EH42 postcode

    For further information email:
    Please book early.




  • Jennifer Sked 10:03 am on October 3, 2014 Permalink  

    The Jack & Jill Market

    Where Smart Mums Sell & Save


    The market is going to be on Sunday 5th October 2014 at  Dalkeith Schools Campus, 2 cousland Road, Dalkeith EH22 2PS.  The market runs from 10.30 am – 1pm.

    More info can be found by visiting

    The Jack & Jill Market

  • David Gilmour 2:27 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink

    Ormiston Grows Hallowe’en Event, Sunday 26th October 

    ormiston-halloweenOrmiston Grows are having a spooktacular Halloween celebration at station garden…………..
    Sunday 26th October 3.30 – 6pM

    Full details on the poster: halloween poster final (PDF, 120KB)

  • David Gilmour 5:58 pm on September 10, 2014 Permalink  

    Animation15 Competition Launches on Monday 15 September 2014! 

    logoCalling all school & college students aged 7-19 ! Make a 1-minute animated film on your computer, enter our competition, and you could win great prizes! (read the rules & FAQ).

    The competition launch date is Monday 15 September 2014.

    The deadline for submitting entries will be midnight on Friday 10 March 2015.

    Animation14 web site is here.

  • Jennifer Sked 8:51 am on September 8, 2014 Permalink
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    Smoke Free Homes 


    NHS Lothian, in collaboration with youthwork charity Fast Forward, would like to offer all primary schools in Edinburgh, East Lothian or Midlothian a completely free workshop for their pupils on second hand smoke, tobacco and health.

     NHS Lothian and Fast Forward have developed a highly successful ‘Smoke Free Homes’ project which gives primary schools the opportunity to address second hand smoke in line with many of the Curriculum for Excellence’s E’s and O’s. The project also supports accreditation towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Over 60 primary schools have so far completed the project. Participation and workshops are free and the project can be tailored to the needs of individual primary schools. In addition, many schools have received positive media interest as a result of the project.

     We also offer:

    •             information about how the project links to CfE E’s and Os

    •             trained staff delivering a workshop on second hand smoke to pupils

    •             links to further information about second hand smoke for teachers to use

    •             publicity materials for parents

    •             a framed certificate for your school

    •             opportunities to attend training and networking events on tobacco issues


    NHS Lothian and Fast Forward would be delighted to work with your school during the 2014/15 session. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact Chris Read at Fast Forward 0131 554 4300



  • Jennifer Sked 12:23 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink  

    Creative Conversation

    The first of the 2013/14 Creative Conversations will be on Monday 8th September at 4 for 4.30 till 5.30 with wine and canapes afterwards (venue to follow with confirmation of attendance). Our first Creative Catalyst this session is Hywel Roberts.

    This Creative Conversation is titled Fly Me to the Moon and through conversation with Hywel, it will be a chance to realise that the sky is not the limit and that anything is possible. He was recently described as ‘a world leader in enthusiasm’.

    Hywel Roberts, is also described as the king of ‘Imagineering’ and  is one of the most entertaining and practical speakers you are ever likely to hear, His bookOops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally’really captures that. It is amusing, dynamic and full of helpful ideas, strategies and tools. He has worked with a number of schools and local authorities to improve performance and is widely respected for his achievements. All of his success is based on creative and imaginative approaches and a real belief that while learners should be successful, they should also love learning.

    You can get a full biography at, but the main thing you need to know

    There will certainly be laughter. There may be singing. It is absolutely guaranteed that there will be animated conversation and lots of learning.

    To find out more clikc here…………..Creative Conversation Invitation – Hywel Roberts

  • David Gilmour 12:12 pm on August 25, 2014 Permalink
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    East Lothian Numeracy Academy 


    A new Numeracy Academy website has been developed to support staff using SEAL (Stages of Early Arithmetical Learning) to teach numeracy.

    The website contains videos and materials, including flipcharts, to support the approach.

    The link for the site is:

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