All posts by Mr Devereux

Cycle training

Would you like to help train our P5, P6 or P7 pupils in cycling skills? We are dependent on willing parents to deliver our Bikeability courses. Bikeability Scotland is a cycle training scheme designed to give children the skills and confidence they need to cycle safely on the roads, and encourage them to carry on cycling into adulthood.

There is free training being run across East Lothian for those wanting to get involved and support schools’ Bikeability Scotland programmes.  Please get in touch with Mr Devereux if you would like to become involved. Dates for training include full and half day options on March 10, 17 and 24, April 21 and 28, May 12, 19 and 26, and June 2.   The course can also be delivered at Yester if there are enough participants, or broken in to more suitable sessions.
More information on Bikeability Scotland, the Cycle Training Assistant course and booking can be found: (scqf-accredited-level-5)-

The course timing are:

full day: 0900-1600
am sessions: 0900-1230
pm sessions: 1230-1600

Benmore Day 5

There was so much enthusiasm for dancing at the disco last night that it was extended for a full half hour. The girls were so impressed with the hair dressing skills of Mrs Mercer and Ms Kavanagh, they suggested that they should start up a business. Tired after a full day, everyone went straight to sleep. This morning the children will pack their damp, dirty clothes ready for their parents’ attention! They have all had a brilliant time, but are looking forward to seeing their families again.

Benmore Day 4

It was quite warm today (though the gorge walkers didn’t think so) and it bstopped raining by lunchtime. Louisa wore five pairs of socks for the gorge walk so hopefully her toes were warm. Afterwards when Oliver took off his boot and tipped out about a litre of water, a live frog fell out and hopped through the door into the garden. It must have lived in his boot for about half an hour. Jessica proved that she is a human monkey by doing the overhang on the climbing wall. Rorie and Callum both overcame a fear of heights and abseiled from a cliff. Tonight is the disco so Mrs Mercer and Ms Kavanagh are running a hair salon. Mr Devereux is planning to play pool with the boys while the girls are doing their hair. Lots of excitement to come…

Benmore Day 3

After an exciting treasure hunt last night, we woke to sausages and toast this morning. Groups went orienteering, caving, climbing & abseiling, and on the ropes course. Amy was lowered down a crack into an underground cavern singing Spiderman music. At the end of the day everyone had a favourite moment – Ellen’s was having Arctic roll for tea. We are all being driven mad by owl hooting as Reese has been teaching everyone (including Mrs Mercer) how to do this. The corridors of Benmore resound with hooting. Lots of laughter, lots of fun, lot of new experiences. Too many to mention are all the personal achievements, as the class consistently challenge themselves. Sorry there are no photos yet, but we only have access to a tablet.

I found climbing and abseiling one of the beat activities, says Jemma.

I found caving spooky but fun, says George.

All dorms got nines or tens or ten and a half for dorm inspection but Ms Kavanagh sadly had a very messy room which let us down! says Louisa.

It’s been a really busy few days. I had to fit through a tiny gap in a cave which I didn’t like but I overcame one of my fears- heights, says Alistair.

Benmore Day 2

Food is definitely proving popular with large helpings being eaten at each meal – afternoon tiffin with cake also much anticipated. Groups today went caving (well done to Mrs Mercer for squeezing through the tunnel too), in the forest (where Ms Kavanagh took part in a race through a concrete water pipe), doing a gorge walk and dashing through mud on mountain bikes. Our class has been mingling well with the other schools, sometimes choosing to sit at other schools’ tables. It did rain a lot today, but we would all have got very muddy and wet anyway. Many thanks to folk leaving comments which we will pass on. We will try to get some photos on soon. It was a bit dark and wet for photos today and Mr Devereux thinks his camera has died in the rain. Oh dear.

I had lots of fun doing caving and crawling through small gaps, says Jemma.

I had lot of fun gorge walking, says Amy.

I had fun mountain biking because I splashed through lots of puddles, says George.

I have enjoyed all of the time activities. I have also enjoyed spending time with my friends. PS Hi Mum, says Alastair.

Benmore – P7

Hey! We’ve all arrived safely after a smooth journey with lovely views of the Arrocher Alps covered in snow. Everyone has enjoyed exploring as well as fish and chips for tea. We are about to head out on the night walk. More tomorrow when there’s more time. All very happy and excited.

Events and key dates

Today we have updated the school website, making sure that all sections are accurate. We have added all the important dates of events we have already planned for January to June to the What’s On? tab on the website. Please use these to help plan ahead. We will add to these pages as new events are arranged.

School buses

Please note this announcement from the Council’s Transport Services Department:

The current Mainstream Home to School contract for all closed contracted transport (non-public service) will end in July 2017. The new contract will start in August 2017and run for four years, after the tender process, which will start in January 2017.

Any feedback on current routes is welcome, however, and is required by 31 December 2016 to

The Young Scot cards used on public service routes will be re-programmed in June 2017 for the next school year. A more detailed plan will be agreed with high schools in the new year.

Great primary school maths event!

There’s a great event on in Edinburgh this weekend which will give children an opportunity to develop their maths understanding and have lots of fun at the same time. One of our P7 pupils has been before and thought that it was excellent.

The Edinburgh Maths Circle is a free drop-in session where children aged 5 to 16 and their families can join in with exciting mathematical activities, games and puzzles. Students and members of staff from the School of Mathematics will be on hand to help out, and tea, coffee and juice will be provided.

The event takes place on Saturday 3rd December 2016 from 13:00 to 16:00.

Find out more at the Maths Circle website.

Update on vomiting virus

We continue to have a number of children absent with a sickness bug. The symptoms of the latest cases are now consistent with norovirus. We are in regular contact with NHS who are giving us excellent advice about controlling the outbreak. Click on the link below for a letter about the outbreak from Dr Willocks from Public Health Medicine.


Halloween Party

Please remember to order your Halloween party tickets by this Friday, 14th October. Send an envelope into the school YPC Red Postbox, clearly labelled with your child/children’s name(s), class and correct money. The Halloween event is on Friday 28th October, with Nursery to P2 Party from 5.45-6.45pm and P3 to P7 Disco from 7-8.30pm.

Improve family relationships and manage children’s difficult behaviour


·      Parenting is the most important job adults do

·      Challenging behaviour causes stress in families

·      Improves family functioning

·      Learn new skills to manage challenging behaviour

·      Confident parents make a difference in families

·      Learning parenting skills in a supportive group is effective


Play/involvement                   Interpersonal skills:

Praise/rewards                        Problem solving

Limit setting                              Anger management

Discipline                                   Communication

Giving and getting support

The groups consist of weekly 2 hour sessions over 6/ 12 weeks during the school term. Depending on which group is appropriate to your needs.


You can refer yourself by calling the number below or any professional who is involved with you (school, G.P., social work, health visitor etc) can refer you to the group.

We will meet with you before the group starts to find out a bit about you and your child and to give you further information. This is also a chance  to meet us and ask any questions. We will ring you to arrange this.


The Parenting Team is made up of professionals from a variety of agencies in East Lothian who work with children and families.

For a referral form contact: or for more information phone 01875824309 (contact centre) and ask for Tricia Ronaldson

Your views on lunchtime drinks for pupils

East Lothian Council’s Facilities Management Service would like to consult with children, parents and teaching Staff regarding the drinks that are offered at school lunch time in our Primary Schools.  Please click on the link to gain access to the survey which is on East Lothian Council’s Consultation Hub.  Alternatively, hard copies can be obtained from or 01620 827811