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Community musical – Catriona and the Dragon

Dear Parent/Carer,

In brief, East Lothian Council Instrumental Music Service and Lammermuir Festival are looking for singers and actors to join their new community musical, Catriona and the Dragon (which includes the Anthem they performed last year), to perform alongside three of Scotland’s top professional singers, a huge orchestra of professional players and musicians from East Lothian Instrumental Music Service , under conductor Sian Edwards, director Laura Attridge and chorus director Moira Morrison.

Chorus Flyer

Catriona Chorus Information

The storyline
Queen Catriona is the reluctant ruler of the Kingdom of Beagland, terrorised by a fearsome dragon who lives beyond the Bridge to Nowhere. Will Catriona find the courage to go over the Bridge to confront her worse fears and to fight the dragon? Can she persuade her people to change their ways?

How to get involved?
To join our Children’s Chorus and help Catriona conquer the Dragon living beyond the Bridge to Nowhere and who is terrorising the land, register HERE

And why not persuade your grown-ups to join in too in our Adults’ Chorus by signing up HERE

Project Schedule
Note: all rehearsals will be in Dunbar unless otherwise indicated.

Pre-Production Weekend

  • Saturday March 18th (2pm – 4pm)

Weekend 2

  • Friday March 24th (1pm – 3pm)
  • Saturday 25th March (10am – 1pm)
  • Sunday 26th March (2pm – 5pm)
  • Tuesday 28th March (4pm – 7pm)

Production Week

  • Saturday April 1st (2pm – 5pm)
  • Sunday April 2nd (2pm- 5pm) in Haddington
  • Monday April 3rd (10am – 5pm)
  • Tuesday April 4th (10am – 5pm)
  • Wednesday April 5th, 2pm rehearsal, with performances at 4pm and 7.15pm

For further details and links to our registration and all application forms please visit:

We hope you will consider joining us for this exciting project!

Jonathan Gawn
Team Manager – Instrumental Music Service
East Lothian Council


Scottish Seabird Centre Easter holiday activities

Details of the Scottish Seabird Centre Easter holiday activities are listed below, and see event poster here. Tickets for all these events are FREE for kids (small charge for accompanying adults), but booking is required as numbers are limited. Tickets can be booked via the website here. If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to contact Carrie, see details below.

Egghead has some great new gadgets and toys but no batteries! He needs some clean power from renewables and perhaps using turbines and tides or turning the sun into fun might just help? Join us to find out more.

  • Dates: 1,6,7,8,13,14 & 15 April
  • Time: 2pm
  • Location: Discovery Experience Theatre, Scottish Seabird Centre
  • Free for kids £5:50 for accompanying adults
  • Book here.

LIVE SCIENCE SHOW: Animal Avengers
Taking inspiration form a whole host of superheroes, Professor Egghead will show audiences how animals can defend themselves from attack in weird and wonderful ways. From exploding ants, squirting octopi to spitting birds, you can decide who is the best animal avenger.

  • Dates: 2,5 & 12 April
  • Time: 2pm
  • Location: Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick
  • Recommended ages 6+
  • Free for kids, £5.00 for accompanying adults
  • Book here.

Puppet Show: What’s for Snack
An interactive puppet show with Craig the Crab. With sing-a-long fun, our young visitors will be asked to help Craig, as he has eaten some marine litter by mistake.

  • Dates: 15 April
  • Time: 11.00am
  • Location: Scottish Seabird Centre, Discovery Experience Theatre
  • Recommended age: under 5s
  • Entry FREE for children, £5 for accompanying adults.
  • Book here.

Seaside Storytelling
Bring your kids along for an hour of escapism, with a series of wonderful marine-themed stories.

  • Dates: 1 April
  • Time: 11.00am
  • Location: Scottish Seabird Centre, Discovery Experience Theatre
  • Recommended age: under 5s
  • Entry FREE for children, £5 for accompanying adults
  • Book here.

Carrie Bevan
Scottish Seabird Centre
01620 890202

Photo competition

Are you aged 8 to 22 and live or work in East Lothian? Passionate about photography? Up for a challenge? Send us your best image(s) of an East Lothian landmark, or activity you or your peers are involved in. It could be youth club games, cooking, creating, talking with friends, or out and about skateboarding, surfing, riding. Recognisable locations: our beaches, countryside, towns and villages, will help form a direct connection between the strategy and the community. Whether you use an SLR or smartphone, think about light and composition to really make sure they stand out !

Email to

Photo Competition Poster here

Consent form here to complete if taking part

Message from PTA

We have our Spring disco at the Legion Tuesday 18th April.

P1 – P3   6.00 – 7.15pm
P4 – P7   7.30 – 8.45pm

Tickets are £5 and are available now.   Funds raised going towards our school library. J

Please email for tickets.

We are seeking new members for the PTA as we currently only have 6 members. We are looking for committee members and parents who can pledge their time to at least one event per year. If one parent per family pledged their time, there would be more than enough help to cover every event which means more money for the school.

If you are interested, please contact us via email, messenger or in person in the playground.

Kind Regards
Cockenzie Primary PTA

NYCoS Singing Groups

East Lothian Council Arts Service is offering FREE after school singing sessions to all pupils attending an ELC school in years P3 through to P7. These sessions are funded by the Youth Music Initiative (YMI) and are delivered by the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS). Session are due to start from Mon 27 Feb and will run in six venues across East Lothian on either Mon, Tue or Wed after school. There will be 10 weeks of sessions, one week of dress rehearsal and a concert (optional) available to every singer. Please see below flier for more info and click on the links or scan the QR code for details. Please also look out for leaflets in school bags. Click here to register.

NYCoS is also looking for adult helpers for each of the six groups. No qualifications are necessary and the post is paid. School staff and parents all welcome to apply. Contact

Leaflet link is found here.

Active Schools Timetable 2022-23

Click here for Prestonpans Active Schools Timetable 2022-23

Paid classes for Term 2 will be available to book from 6pm this Wednesday 1st February. Classes include Cheerleading, Street & Commercial Dance, and Football, including a brand new Girls Football class at Longniddry Primary School.

We’re excited to bring back Cheerleading and Dance this term, both of which offer the chance to develop a variety of movement skills through music, with the Dance classes providing a mix of styles including street and commercial.

The Football sessions offer an ideal opportunity for beginners to give Football a go and start to learn the fundamentals and develop their skills, all while getting active and having fun with friends. These classes are open to all from beginners to more experienced players who might be looking for a little bit of extra practice. This term, we’ve added an additional P4-7 session at Port Seton Community Centre and a brand new P4-7 Girls Football session taking place indoors at Longniddry Primary School.

Our first wave of this year’s Total Adventure classes, starting after the February break, will also be available to book this Wednesday with three blocks of Paddleboarding at the Whiteadder Water Sports Centre. We’re expecting to introduce more Total Adventure classes later in the term.

Most of our free Active Schools activities have now started, although our Beginner Judo sessions with Destination Judo start this Saturday with spaces still available. The Judo classes can still be booked online.

We also still have spaces available for Badminton and Indoor Bowls, however as these activities have now started, please contact Stewart Sands, Active Schools Coordinator, directly if you would like to book a space at

Online booking for paid activities will open from 6:00pm on Wednesday 1st February

  • All activities can be booked online using our Active Schools Booking Page.
  • Please note that spaces for each activity are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Concessions for Access to Leisure members apply and are available at the point of booking on paid activities – please select ‘Concession’ when booking online.
  • All paid activities are free to children who are care experienced, young carers, and/or registered for free school meals with East Lothian Council. More information below.

Please see the updated Term 2 Activity Programme attached and click here for full details and online booking:

Free Access to Paid Activities

All Active Schools activities are free to all. Active East Lothian activities have a fee, however, are free to children who are care experienced, young carers, and/or registered for free school meals with East Lothian Council. All support is delivered confidentially.

To confirm you qualify and to receive your promo code for free access to paid activities, please email Your promo code should be used when booking paid Active East Lothian activities online at checkout. If you have previously received a promo code, this is still valid and can be used for new bookings.

Free School Meals application forms are available to download at or contact East Lothian Council by email at or by phone at 01620 827 827.

Please note, promo codes should not be shared – incorrect use of your code may result in the offer of a place being withdrawn.

If you have any questions, please contact Stewart Sands, Active Schools Coordinator, at

Stewart Sands
Active Schools Coordinator | Prestonpans Primary School Cluster, Gullane Primary & Aberlady Primary