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Pipe Band Walk for New Uniforms

Like so many other things the school pipe band has gone online this past year. Lessons and band practices online have kept everyone going and enthusiastic.  As a result we have a large number of new band members all requiring uniform.  So a group of us are walking the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats, that’s 874 miles each!  Whilst the chance to walk the length of the country is very tempting at the moment we’ll be restricted to doing it all in East Lothian.  We’d really like to walk/run the distance in 6 months so we can have all the new kit by the end of the summer when we really hope we can have a local celebration parade involving the whole band.

In the first 11 days we’ve already walked a combined total of 825 miles so we’re almost a tenth of the way there already.

Can you help? If you would like to sponsor us then we have a just giving page:

We’ll give weekly updates on our progress on our Facebook page

Thank you, and make sure you say hello if you see us out pounding the streets!

Red Nose Day – 19th March 2021

We have all had a challenging start to our year, but we can always rely on the power of laughter to bring us joy. That’s why on Friday the 19th of March we are joining in on Red Nose Day! As a means of celebrating Red Nose Day this year, your child is invited to come to school and nursery on the 19th of March wearing something red. They may also bring a small donation to support this important cause.

Children will also be given the opportunity to share a joke with their class in school, so please ensure your child comes prepared if they wish to share! Additionally, in class and nursery, children will be taking part in activities to celebrate this special day.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in something red however do not worry if your child would prefer to wear their uniform as usual

World Book Day – Thursday 4th March 2021

World Book Day is next Thursday 4th  March and the theme for this year is “share a story”.  We at Cockenzie Primary School, always enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the enjoyment of reading as part of World Book Day.

An email was sent to parents/carers yesterday providing details of our planned activities, including our whole school/ nursery challenge.

Attached to the email is a £1 virtual book token which can be exchanged for one of a range of new £1 books (see the full line-up at or it can be used to get £1 off any book or audiobook costing £2.99 or more in participating bookshops and supermarkets. The book token is valid from Thursday 18 February – Sunday 28 March 2021.

In the meantime, you can check out as we count down to World Book Day.  We hope you all enjoy taking part in the celebration of World Book Day.

The Leadership Team

Unicorn Quest Game 2

We are pleased to announce our second game of the Unicorn Quest. The theme of this one is Along the Shore and starts on Monday.

This game is focussed on an orienteering kind of activity. Where families can walk along and write down the numbers and letters along the route. The letters make up a word and the numbers make a total number.

This game is not only fun but safe, free and a great way to see the natural heritage of the PSG area.

You can find more information about the Unicorn Quest on the following link:

Click here for a copy of the map and recording Sheet

Jonathan Sharples
The Pennypit Community Development Trust
Fundamental Foods

Children’s Parliament’s ‘Big Vote’ – 15th to19th January 2021

On Friday 15th January 2020, Children’s Parliament launched The Big Vote, a national vote for 8 – 14 year olds that will ask how we can make Scotland a more fair, inclusive, sustainable and prosperous place now and in the future.

How can children take part in the vote?
The vote will take the form of an anonymous survey and can be completed on the Children’s Parliament website at the following link from January 15th:

What will children be voting on?
Throughout 2020 Children’s Parliament has been listening to the views and experiences of children across Scotland. Children identified four ‘Big Problems’ – climate change, discrimination, poverty and digital inequality – that they think need to be fixed now. We asked children across Scotland to share their ‘Big Ideas’ for how to fix the Big Problems and this vote is all about finding out which Big Ideas children think would make the biggest difference.

How long will the vote run?
The vote will be open from January 15th at 9:00am to January 19th at 6:00pm.

How can I help?
We want adults across Scotland to help make sure as many children as possible take part in this vote. You can help by sharing this with anyone who could support children to take part in the vote.

Why is The Big Vote happening?
Children’s Parliament is working in partnership with the Scottish Youth Parliament as part of The Action Project, hosted by the David Hume Institute, which aims to get children and adults all across Scotland thinking about what we need to do to move faster towards a country that is more ‘prosperous, sustainable, inclusive and fair’. Very importantly, this Project will develop ambitious yet concrete Big Ideas to do this that can be turned into real action. This vote will help us to know which Big Ideas are most popular amongst Scotland’s children.

What will happen as a result of the vote?
Children will vote on the Big Ideas using a range of criteria and the top two Big Ideas will be made into animations. These will be presented to the Action Project for consideration alongside other ideas from children, young people and adults across Scotland.

Instrumental Music Service

Instrumental Music Service are delighted to share their performance of Thriller that was released on New Year’s Day. This has already been watched 21,000 times and was a superb way to further showcase the talents of our young people.

Facebook link to Thriller – Click Here

Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 11th December

This Friday 11th December is Christmas Jumper Day 2020.

Pupils can wear their favourite Christmas jumper to school for the day. If you do not have a Christmas jumper, you are welcome to decorate a t-shirt or jumper with any spare festive decorations you might have. 

An optional donation can be made online at

We look forward to seeing everyone’s jumpers on Friday!