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  • Jennifer Sked 11:53 am on November 18, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: chess, ,   

    20th UK Chess Challenge 


    The UK Chess Challenge the largest chess tournament in the world!

    The UK Chess Challenge is now in its 20th year and has brought chess to hundreds of thousands of children throughout the UK.  It ranks as one of the cheapest activities available to schools.  For a little over £1 a pupil, plus the allocation of less than one hour a week of a teacher’s time, chess can be introduced into each school and the most successful children can then go on to match their skills with the best players in their boroughs and nationally.  The aim of the UK Chess Challenge has always been to promote maximum involvement, with complete beginners starting in their schools, and maximum quality, with international stars emerging from the later stages of the competition.

    See the attached flyer for more information on how to book your place….20th UK Chess Challenge



  • Jennifer Sked 9:39 am on October 31, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , children, , fitness   

    Meadowbank Gymnastics Club 


    The aims and objectives of the club will be:

    • To offer quality coaching and competitive opportunities in participation level and high performance gymnastics.
    • To promote the club within the local and gymnastics communities.
    • To ensure a duty of care is adhered to all members of the club.
    • To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone and offers opportunities for all.
    • To ensure that all present and future members receive fair and equal treatment regardless of age, gender, race or ability.


    Membership of the Gymnastic Club is open to all new members regardless of age, gender, race or ability.

    All club members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and on joining the club they will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of conduct that the club has adopted.

    Please see the attached flyers for more information about the club and what’s on offer..Gymnastic classes flyer    Meadowbank CG Constitution

  • David Gilmour 12:55 pm on October 29, 2014 Permalink  

    Early Learning & Getting Ready for School – early years’ practitioners’ event 

    Boy and girl playing with puzzles at a nursery table

    Photo by MKJ Photography

    Early Learning & Getting Ready for School – early years’ practitioners’ event – last chance to book your place!

    • Friday 7 November 2014
    • 1pm – 3.30pm
    • Fisherrow Community Centre

    This event is part of a festival of learning and sharing about how we achieve the best possible start for all children. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) results show that 40% of pre-school children in the Musselburgh cluster are vulnerable in terms to being ready to learn when they start school. We look at what’s been put in place to address this and where we go next. Join Darrin Nightingale, Eileen Scott, Kate Woodman, Rosemary Geddes and other early years’ specialists for inputs and discussions.

    Book your place now! Email or phone 01620 829 947.

    Booking closes on 3 November 2014

  • Jennifer Sked 10:05 am on October 28, 2014 Permalink  

    The Royal Highland Education Trust Newsletter 


    Please find attached the latest newsletter from the Lothian branch of the Royal Highland Education Trust. The Trust provide  both primary and secondary schools with free farm visits, classroom speakers and educational resources on food and farming.

    The newsletter gives teachers a flavour of what we have to offer as well as keeping them up-to-date with resources and training we can offer.

    RHET Lothian Autumn 2014 teacher Round up (final version)

    The flyer is for our Farmhouse Breakfast competition which is open to primary schools.

    RHET Lothian Farmhouse Breakfast Competition 2015

    Keep up-to-date with RHET Lothian on Facebook



  • David Gilmour 7:30 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink  

    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
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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
    Tags: Wikipedia   

    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)

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