Category Archives: Notices

End of session newsletter 2019/20

Please find below the final newsletter of 2019/2020.

We are posting (2nd Class) today end of year reports along with information about August. As always, if you need to contact the school please email and your email will be directed to the relevant member of staff.  Please note that the school and nursery are now closed for the summer holidays and any emails will be dealt with on our return in August.

Thank you for your understanding, support and patience.

On behalf of the Cockenzie Team I wish you a lovely summer.

Newsletter – 26th June 2020

Ms Lynda Banks
Head Teacher

Transition into new class

Good Afternoon

You should have received an email this afternoon containing a PowerPoint made by your child’s new class teacher.  You are also able to view these below:

Going back to school – Social Story with symbols

All the teachers are excited to meet you!




Education Survey – Parent Survey

Our Headteachers and school staff are currently progressing their plans to welcome children and young people back into school in August. To help us get this as right as we can for children and young people we would appreciate your views. We would be most grateful if you could complete this short survey regarding your child’s return to school in August by 4pm on Monday 15 June 2020. Paper copies are available from your school by request.

Kind regards,

Lesley R. Brown  | Chief Operating Officer (Education) – Education & Children’s Services|

Letter from Chief Operating Officer (Education) – Education & Children’s Services

Dear Parent / Carer,

Following the announcement by the First Minister on Thursday about the phased reopening of schools, we know that you will have lots of questions about when and how our children and young people will return to schools across East Lothian.

In her statement, the First Minister reported that teachers and other staff will return to schools during June to prepare classrooms for the new term and a different model of learning. It was announced that schools will reopen from 11 August, however, to allow appropriate physical distancing, children would return to a blended model of part-time in-school and part-time at-home learning. I would highlight that 11 August is earlier than our planned date of 19 August for pupils to return to school after the summer holidays.

In East Lothian, our Education Service is considering the implications of this announcement and has already started to plan for the reopening of schools and early learning and childcare settings in August as outlined by the First Minister.  We are reflecting on Thursday’s announcement and are awaiting guidance from the National Education Recovery Group next week which will help us determine and confirm more specific details of the arrangements which will be shared with you as soon as we can.

It was also announced that, where possible, there would be transition support for children going into primary 1 or moving from primary 7 to secondary school. In East Lothian, our schools already provide a range of transition opportunities and these have continued during the lockdown period with many schools providing distance creative and innovative transition activities. In the coming weeks, we will also consider those children who may benefit from further transition support.

During June and over the summer, we will continue to provide emergency childcare provision for the children of key workers and we will be in contact with parents and carers about the arrangements for this in due course.

I would like to thank all parents, carers, children and young people for their patience and understanding as we work through a very complex situation. I know this has been a difficult and uncertain time and we are committed to sharing further information with you as soon as we can.

Kind regards,


Lesley R. Brown  | Chief Operating Officer (Education) – Education & Children’s Services|

VE Day commemoration

Friday 8 May marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Following public consultation it was designated as an additional day’s holiday in East Lothian recognising families’ desire to commemorate this historic occasion. While the current Covid restrictions mean that gatherings or services are not possible, there are still ways to mark the occasion in a safe and socially distanced way.

The Royal British Legion has published a timetable of activities for the day itself where the nation can commemorate VE Day within the current guidelines including a 2 minute silence at 11am and a doorstep ‘Toast to the Nation’ at 3pm.

PoppyScotland’s website has some great ideas and resources if families wish to talk to their children about VE Day or undertake any learning as part of it.

For more information visit: