School Closed 28.2.18

School closures

URGENT – please note: all East Lothian Council primary and secondary schools, and local authority nurseries and specialist provision, will be CLOSED today (Wednesday), due to weather conditions.


Growth Mindset Approach

Sarah Williams our Educational Psychologist led a family learning session on Growth Mindset. The session explored the research that underpins this approach and went on to share some ideas of how the language we use can support the development of a growth mindset.

Follow the link to download a copy of Sarah’s presentation.

Growth Mindset Campie 2018



Update on Norovirus

 A number of schools across Lothian have reported an increase in pupils with vomiting and/or diarrhoea.  The symptoms are suggestive of viral gastroenteritis (also known as norovirus or winter vomiting disease) which is known to be currently circulating in the community.  It is usually a short lived self-limiting illness from which children and adults recover quickly.



Further information about norovirus and its prevention can be found at


To minimise the likelihood of developing norovirus we recommend:


  • If your child develops vomiting and/or diarrhoea please ensure they remain off school until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.  This advice applies at all times.  So for instance if your child becomes unwell over the weekend they should not attend school on Monday even if by then they feel well.


  • Ensure that all members of your family wash their hands frequently using warm water and liquid soap, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.

Scottish National Standardised Assessments

This session schools across Scotland will be using Scottish National Standardised Assessments.

Extract from  Scottish National Standardised Assessment  (SNSA) /Scottish Government website:

The Scottish Government has introduced a single, nationally developed set of standardised assessments, designed to reflect the way we deliver education in Scotland, through Curriculum for Excellence. These assessments are expected to replace the variety of existing standardised assessments that local authorities and schools use at the moment.

Ongoing and informal assessment is, and will continue to be, a central part of everyday assessment. Teachers will continue to draw on all of the assessment information available to them, when considering children’s progress and planning the next steps in their learning.


To find out more follow the link to the Parents’ and Carers’ section of the SNSA website:

Link to find out more.

What did you learn in school today?

At our recent assemblies we launched our focus on Metacognition.
Over the coming weeks we will be finding out more about how we can become better learners by understanding how we learn and what strategies we can use to plan, monitor and evaluate our learning.

Our first step is to ensure we use the language of learning.

We want to become skilled at describing our learning – not just the task we did.
To help us, we have a chart of some common learning vocabulary. Please encourage us to use the words on the sheets when we share with you what we have been doing in school.
The aim is that this becomes second nature and that we have the words to help us plan, monitor and evaluate or learning effectively.

Our Learning Vocabulary:


Primary 1

Primary 2- Primary 4

Primary 5-Primary7

You don’t have to just use the one for your class – why not explore the others!

‘Spotlight’ Edition One: Communication

As well as our regular newsletter, we will  publish a ‘Spotlight’. This will focus on one aspect only. The first is ‘Communication’. To ensure you get the kind of information you would find helpful please add you suggestions to the form below.



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National survey on the expansion of free early learning and childcare in Scotland

As you’ll be aware the Scottish Government is planning to nearly double the hours of free early learning and childcare by 2020. Because the views of parents and carers are crucial for the success of this expansion, the Government has commissioned independent researchers to undertake a survey of parents. It is now asking for your help in sharing the survey link ( with as many parents of 0-5 year old children in your community as possible.


All parents taking part will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw and have the chance to win one of 10 x GBP100 cash prizes.


The survey is carried out for the Scottish Government by Craigforth, an independent research company. If you have any questions about this survey please send a message to:


Up Coming Auditions

Beauty and the Beast Auditions

Pantomime 2017

Friday 1 September 2pm – 4pm (until 4.30pm for successful applicants)

Young performers resident in East Lothian who can sing, dance and act are invited to audition to join our professional cast of Beauty and the Beast. Applicants must be in P4 – S4.

Audition places must be booked on 0131 665 9900 / by Thu 31 August, 4pm. Please tell us your child’s name, date of birth, address, telephone number and school attending.

Successful performers must commit to all rehearsals from mid September (Every Tuesday afternoon, occasional Monday’s and October holidays) and show dates 28 Nov – 6 Jan.


East Lothian Youth Dance Company Auditions

Monday 11th September 6-8pm

East Lothian Youth Dance Company is looking for enthusiastic new dancers that are based in East Lothian and can commit to weekly rehearsals on Monday nights from 6pm – 8pm.


ELYDC performs at local Festivals and events at The Brunton in Musselburgh, and works and performs with dance companies that visit The Brunton.

For more information about ELYDC, email Stephanie MacAulay, Dance Artist at


To book your space at the audition: Contact Arts Service Admin at or call 0131 665 9900.

They will require your name, telephone number and year group.