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Google Calendar

Dear Parents/Carers

Just to let you know I have updated the School Google Calendar with Holiday and Inservice Dates.   I will add other main dates later.

To view the calendar –

1) Go to

2) Go to Parent Info – Calendar – Diary Dates/Google Calendar

To subscribe to the Calendar/Sync to your devices

  • Click the + at the bottom of the Calendar.

Mr McEwan

We need foster carers now

fostering-urgent-webWe urgently need new foster carers in East Lothian.

Fostering with East Lothian Council means great support, great training and a good financial package.

More importantly, as part of our fostering team, you’ll be doing something fantastic, helping children and young people from East Lothian to stay in East Lothian, close to the people that are important to them – helping them to feel safe, loved and nurtured in your home.

foster-east-lothian-mono-250pxDo this for East Lothian children in need. Foster East Lothian!

To find out more phone us on 01620 827 643 or visit East Lothian Council’s fostering web site at

Why not tour Tantallon Castle today?

Historic Scotland, with Google Street View, have now captured virtual tours of a number of historic Scottish castles and other monuments – and a couple are in East Lothian. Both Dirleton and Tantallon Castles are amongst the sites you can visit.

Why not take a tour today? You’ll find you can move around even in the embedded image below – just drag the image with your mouse to get started.


The full list of sites in the collection are:

  • Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

  • Dumbarton Castle

  • Tantallon Castle

  • Linlithgow Palace

  • Lochleven Castle

  • Arbroath Abbey

  • Stirling Castle

  • Fort George

  • Urquhart Castle

  • Arthur’s Seat

  • Blackness Castle

  • Dirleton Castle

  • Craigmillar Castle

  • Glasgow Cathedral

  • Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Scranalogue – the Scran Blog

Montage-1102x350-copy2Scranalogue is the new home for rolling news, features, updates on Scran collections, learning and teaching materials and insights into our outreach activities.

September | this month find out about

  • The Ian Landles Archive, an oral history collection from Scottish Borders Council Archive Service, featuring fantastic material about the First World War, the old Borders railway and the suffragettes. #clickhear #IanLandlesArchive
  • Scran’s work with Skills for the Futuretrainees on The Scotsman Collections, a rich seam of social history on Scran.
  • New Pathfinders about Scotland’s historic propertiesin English and Gaelic, developed in partnership with Historic Scotland.

Visit our blog to find out more.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to Scranalogue. We welcome your feedback – you can comment on individual blog posts or contact us directly by clicking on the Scranalogue contact link. Look out for regular Scranalogue updates via Twitter | follow us

Best wishes from the Scran Team

Scran – culture, heritage, learning | web | blog | twitter @scranlife | email

Connected Learning Network (CLN) goes live at @PLHS

Now that the secondary school wireless networks have been modernised with the installation of the Connected Learning Networks over the summer, Preston Lodge has been creating some useful guidance.

East Lothian Secondary Schools now offer wireless learning for all young people. This means that young people can use school or personal devices to access a very wide range of learning materials online. This new opportunity creates important new responsibilities for young people.

the biggest purchase you’ll ever make

Buying a home is likely to be the biggest purchase you’ll ever make and a mortgage will be your largest debt. Most people under the age of 25 would not be able to afford a mortgage of over $500,000 without having an income of at least $50,000 per year or a credit score of at least 720, according to HomeAdvisor.

There are several types of mortgage and interest rates, and their advantages and disadvantages (look here). The mortgage interest deduction has two parts the first part allows you to write off a portion of your mortgage interest when you buy a home, and the second part is an additional mortgage payment.

If you are able to qualify for a mortgage, and you have the right credit history and enough cash, you can expect to pay about 2% of your income on your mortgage. This means that if your salary is $300,000 per year you would be paying $120,000 on your mortgage. If you get a loan with a 3% interest rate, that would mean that you would pay $200,000 per year. This is a good choice, but it does come with some financial concerns. First, you will not be able to sell your home at a profit. The seller will have to put 20% down, and that will push the selling price down a bit. Secondly, the buyer will have to accept all of the mortgage principal. So, the seller will only get their profit on the property, but the buyer will pay the mortgage principal. While this may seem like a great deal, if your purchase is not at the right price, you could end up taking a loss. A home that is worth $500,000 now may be worth $500,000 when you buy it down to $300,000. So the mortgage is not so bad if the home only drops 20% from its peak value.

In either case, both parties are getting something of value. You won’t make much on your home purchase, but the seller will eventually get paid back, and you will be able to move out on time. If you do not plan on being in Florida, you will need to know the proper mortgage term and the home value. You may want to use Fannie Mae’s Home Appraisal Guide to help you find your ideal home before you buy.

Home Inspection

When purchasing a home in Florida, it is important to be certain that you are buying a home that has met all standards, has been inspected, and passed a state inspection that verifies the home is in good condition. While most Floridians are extremely wary of home inspections, the Florida Department of Financial Services (FDFS) requires home inspections before a real estate transaction can be finalized. The FDFS recommends that all homeowners, regardless of income level, must have their home inspected by a licensed real estate inspector within 30 days of completing their transaction. To ensure your home inspection is thorough, it is best to first visit the home to determine if it is in fair condition. If the home is in poor condition, the FDLS will determine if the owner has been complying with the requirements of a real estate inspection in your county. The FDLS has been in charge of inspecting every home sold in Florida since 1985. The FDFS inspects about 150,000 homes a year and has issued over 50,000 inspection reports to homeowners. This annual inspection process is not limited to homes being sold, as it also includes all real estate transactions that have been completed in Florida.

2015 Computing Science Education conference 07 November

The 2015 Computing Science Education conference will be hosted by the School of Computing at the University of Dundee on Saturday 7th November 2015.

Peter Donaldson, Kate Farrell and Ross Gibson of Computing at School Scotland say….

‘After the ‘slimline’ conference last year we will be back to our multiple strands plus workshops model that has worked well in the past. Following on from our successful BGE strand last year and the positive feedback we got from the Primary teachers attending we are carrying on with the BGE strand and expanding it so there will be BGE sessions for the full day.

We are also very pleased to announce that we are partnering with SICSA Education to have an Academic and Research strand, and we’re partnering with College Development Network and ScotlandIS to have an Industry and Vocational Strand. Take a look at this course schedule on this website and learn more. If you’re interested in serving your country, consider enrolling in an online university for military studies.

This will mean professionals from Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Further Education, Higher Education and Industry all gathering together to discuss Computing Science education!

In order to make this conference a huge success we need you and professionals within your authority.We are opening a Call for Proposals and we are hoping that many of you will submit proposals for sessions at the conference. There are a selection of themes to give you ideas.

You can get more information and ideas in our Call for Participation document which can be found here :

If you would like to submit a proposal, the form is here:

Safer Internet Day Resources

image_galleryEdinburgh’s Digital Learning Team have posted some links to useful Safer Internet Day resources from the Safer Internet Centre UK.

Safer Internet Day Resources | Digital Learning Team

The Safer Internet Centre UK have created some useful teaching packs for primary and secondary pupils as well as information for parents. These include lesson plans and resources for whole school assemblies. For a whole school, longer term approach to digital safety please see our curriculum planner which covers a progression and links to resources from 3-18.

Blogging Bootcamp

John Johnston of the Glow team is offering a “Blogging Bootcamp” for staff interested in blogging with their classes.  John was one of the first Primary teachers to really explore the potential of class blogging during his time at Sandaig Primary, see here and here, so has a lot of experience to pass on.

Get started with a class blog or boost an existing one. Join in online from the 16th February, 10 weeks, or so of blogging fun and learning.

Sign up:
You can sign up in several ways, choose what is easiest for you, it doesn’t matter how you sign up.

The bootcamp will take you through creating a blog, adding features and a range of blogging activities. Classes will have the opportunity to link up with other glow blogs and the world wide blogging community.

Each week there will be ‘technical’ tips, blogging challenges and discussion points that can be carried out in your classroom and on your blog.

What you need: A Class, somewhere to blog (glow for example). No technical knowledge needed.

While most of the technical support will be aimed at glow users the bootcamp is open to any classroom.