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  • David Gilmour 3:58 pm on July 7, 2014 Permalink
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    SCRAN: Photo 14 National School Student Competition 


    What’s this aboot?

    Scran is heading to its 20th year. Periodically, it has run a national photography competition. They thought that, as this is a momentous year for Scotland, it would be a stoatin’ idea to run another National School Student Photography Competition.

    Full details are here.

    Good luck!

  • David Gilmour 4:39 pm on June 25, 2014 Permalink
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    National Trust for Scotland Learning Survey 

    nts-logoThe National Trust for Scotland is looking to build its formal learning programme and has commissioned a research project that explores the motivations of teachers and administrators planning a visit to a historic site.

    They would like to understand how the NTS can proactively connect with schools, encourage them to use their resources and what support (if any) is needed to help schools access their sites).

    You can use the link below to participate in this research.

  • David Gilmour 4:41 pm on June 24, 2014 Permalink  

    Ormiston Grows: Summer Activities at Station Garden 

    We have received the attached flyer from Ormiston Grows:

    Summer Activities at Station Garden Limited

    The Ormiston Grows Green team are running a
    programme of fun activities and events at Station
    Garden every Thursday throughout the summer
    holidays 10.30am to 1.30pm suitable for ages 5+.

    Sessions will cost £5 for the first child
    and £2.50 for each additional child,
    including lunch, get a free space for
    your child by staying on as an adult

    Email admin@ormistongrows.co.uk
    or phone 01875 898189.

    Details:  Summer Activities


  • David Gilmour 5:27 pm on June 6, 2014 Permalink
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    National Museums Scotland Primary Schools Programme & CPD 

    nat-mus-progOur new Nursery and Primary Schools Programme 2014-15 is out now!

    National Museums Primary Programme 2014-15

    Highlights include:
    • A new Dinosaurs session for nurseries-P1 on our Magic Carpet
    • An action-packed Space Explorers workshop for Nursery-P2
    • Our Inventors: The Power of Steam workshop full of hands-on experiments for P3-4
    • Our events on the First World War: Stories from around the Commonwealth to help you start the topic with your P6-7 classes
    Plus, lots more, including handling boxes to use free of charge during your visit, and we have a range of Glow events throughout the year!

    Paper copies of the programme will be arriving in schools in late June. If you’d like a paper copy mailed directly to your home address, please let me know.

    We also have 2 CPD days taking place over the summer to help your plan your visit to us next year. The days will gave you a taster of our different workshops, walk you through the practicalities & give you some new art ideas for social studies subjects too! To find out more, see our CPD pages online: http://www.nms.ac.uk/learning/scho ols/cpd_for_teachers.aspx

    If you have any questions, do get in touch. Please share with others.


    Sarah Cowie
    Learning Officer (Schools)
    Telephone: 0131 247 4046

    National Museums Scotland
    Chambers Street
    Edinburgh EH1 1JF

    Discover our CPD programme for primary and secondary teachers running from June-August:

    Discover the treasures of China?s Ming dynasty at the National Museum of Scotland.
    Ming: The Golden Empire, 27 June-19 October 2014,


  • David Gilmour 12:23 pm on June 5, 2014 Permalink
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    Win an MP4 Player With New Bolinda e-Audiobook Service 

    lhs_bolinda-logoEast Lothian Libraries are pleased to announce that members now have access to another fantastic e-audiobook service, courtesy of Bolinda.

    Working in the same way as the service from OneClick Digital, borrowers can download 4 books to enjoy at home or on the go. To find out more, including how to download the App and to view the collection, please visit the e-audiobook homepage.

    To celebrate the launch of Bolinda, we have a competition for you!

    To have a chance to win an amazing personal MP4 player all you have to do is sign up to Bolinda and borrow any book of your choosing before the closing date of Friday 27 June.

    Then just send us an email to library.news@eastlothian.gov.uk to tell us you want to enter!

  • David Gilmour 3:34 pm on May 21, 2014 Permalink  

    ‘Music Schools for All’: A FREE week-long Music School! 

    Lamphouse-logoNews from Lamp House Music, Haddington:

    Funded by Creative Scotland, we are delighted to offer three FREE Music Schools during the summer holidays.

    Weeks available: 7-11 July / 21-25 July / 4-8 August 2014
    Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 3.00pm each day.

    Be in a Band!: Write, rehearse and record your own track.
    Master Classes in guitar, drums and song-writing.
    Professional and friendly rehearsal and recording studios.
    Finished song on CD to take away plus hear it played on East Coast FM.

    Open to anyone age 10-14 years, living in East Lothian.
    No music experience required.
    Travel Expenses also available.

    Complete the online application form or call 01620 825630.

    Deadline for applications – 9pm, Sunday 15th June 2014.
    Notification of places – week beg 16th June 2014.

    We encourage applications completed by the young person themselves,
    or with assistance from an adult.
    Please ensure that your child is available to attend every day
    of the Music School(s) applied for.

    Details: http://www.lamphousemusic.co.uk/freemusicschools/


  • David Gilmour 2:52 pm on May 21, 2014 Permalink  

    Recycling to win 

    weee_305x250Local groups across East Lothian could win new electrical goods as part of a national recycling initiative.

    Local schools, community groups and good causes – such as not-for-profit organisations and registered charities – across East Lothian are being given the chance to win £1,000 worth of new electrical products as part of a new responsible recycling initiative. The community prize pot has been put forward by not-for-profit Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling scheme, REPIC, in partnership with East Lothian Council.

    Full details: http://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/news/article/1634/community_groups_could_win_new_electrical_equipment


  • David Gilmour 1:12 pm on May 5, 2014 Permalink  

    SCRAN “Photo 14″ National School Student Competition 




    What’s this aboot?
    Scran is heading to its 20th year. Periodically, it has run a national photography competition. We thought that, as this is a momentous year for Scotland, it would be a stoatin’ idea to run another National School Student Photography Competition.


    Competitions mean prizes. And there are braw prizes. There are three sections: Primary, Secondary and ASN and each section winner will win one of Apple’s latest iPads. In addition, there will be an overall winner who will win a set of 10 iPads for his or her school. The runner up will win 5.

    There will be a range of further runner up prizes which will include photo books.

    Competitions need themes and this year’s theme will be “What Scotland means to me.” So think widely and creatively. In past years the overall winner had a pawky eye, a gallus vision and a canny control of the shutter.

    Remember we are Scran – we like odds and ends and bits and pieces and stuff.

    Find oot mair and enter the competition here: http://www.scran.ac.uk/photo14/

    Images (L to R) by Mark Williamson; Sophie Roberts; Abertillery Comprehensive School, Gwent and Joseph O’Neill on SCRAN.

  • David Gilmour 4:12 pm on April 2, 2014 Permalink
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    logoSTEM and industry awareness are a key aspect for secondary school students.

    The Engineering Development Trust are the biggest deliverer of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) activities for schools in Scotland. 8 innovative STEM programmes are available for S1 to S6 and are delivered via 11 regional HUBs. EDT are already working in partnership with several Authorities.

    Attached is the full programme of activities which run from a class industry visit ( Open Industry), a ten week (Go4SET) and six months ( EES), teams stem challenges, to a fully paid, one years, pre university work placement (The Year in Industry)

    • All stem programmes are accredited through CREST (creativity in science and technology) Bronze, Silver, Gold. or the CMI.
    • All programmes are industry linked with local company participation, for early industry / school contact.
    • Every team’s teacher gains CPD, as well as visiting local industry with teams, and gaining industry awareness.
    • There is no fee to any school, team or individual student, who participates in an EDT stem activity.
    • EDT Stem activities have been created with the Curriculum for Excellence in mind.
  • David Gilmour 1:11 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink

    Competition: Scotland’s Environment Website Youth Discussion 


    Scotland’s Environment Website Youth Discussion Competition
    Open to young people aged 5 -18 yrs.
    Open to individuals and groups e.g. youth groups & school classes.

    Prizes: £1000 to the overall best school or group entry and £100 to the overall best individual entry. Other prizes include a backstage tour of The Hydro in Glasgow; 6 pairs of tickets to the Irn Bru Carnival 2014 and electric car driving at Knockhill. A full list of prizes can be found on our website.

    We want young people to tell us what needs to change in their local community that will make a difference to the environment and what role they can play in making it happen?

    Teachers & schools – this will make a useful addition towards the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence and is adaptable to fit into many curricular subjects. It may also contribute towards Eco-Schools accreditation.

    Young people – this will attract points for Young Scot Rewards and can contribute to achieving Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
    For further information visit:

    See earlier post here.

    Download flyer: 1000 prize youth comp  (PDF)



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