All posts by Gill Gardner

Fostering – can you help?

Are you who they’re looking for?
We urgently need more people to take the plunge and find out about fostering with East Lothian Council.
East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar says:
‘We have children and young people who need foster carers urgently. The demand is always growing and we need more people to come forward very soon and give their love and support to some vulnerable children and young people who really, really need them.
‘As you know, we set great store in East Lothian in keeping our looked-after children in or very close to East Lothian, so that very vulnerable children don’t have to change schools or lose touch with their friends and wider families. Not every fostering agency thinks this is important but we do – we really see the value in not sending children far away from everyone and everything they know. So, I’d just like to say how grateful I am to all our current foster carers for choosing to Foster East Lothian and for the fantastic job they do – they make a difference every day. I hope that there will be a number of people reading this article now who will also be able to make that difference and be the ones that our children so desperately need.’
To find out more about joining our East Lothian fostering team (including, training, home visits and remuneration), please go to or  phone us on 01620 827 643
Jane Ogden-Smith MCIPR
Communications and Engagement
East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership
Room 211, John Muir House
Brewery Park
Haddington EH41 3HA
Direct Line 01620 827 755
Mobile 07703 191 218
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P1 World Book Day!

Well I don’t know what happened to my P1 today, none of them turned up?!

But instead I had the fabulous treat of lots of our favourite book characters coming to East Linton P1 instead!

The register was fantastic this morning, we had Tinkerbell and Princess Anna, the Big AND Small Skeletons from Funny Bones, The Tiger who came to tea and Aerial the Mermaid! The Room on the Broom kind Witch and Daisy Artichoke! We even had the odd superhero flying in, Supergirl next to Anne of Green Gables, Cottontail and Horrid Henry, Dogs and Pirates along with Rapunzel and her looooooong multi-coloured hair, a Ship’s Captain to Harry Potter, Jasmine even brought in her sheepdog Skye, Charlie managed to sneak away from his Chocolate Factory and James came without his Giant Peach, thank goodness or there wouldn’t be any more room for the Enormous Crocodile!

We had a great day and week, celebrating all the books we love reading, discussing and writing about our favourite characters, sharing our favourites and recommendations with the class, today’s mini book swap was fun and to hear the different discussions and descriptions too.

So thank you for the wonderful effort of costumes and bringing in special books, it was a fantastic World Book Day!

Miss Grierson and P1 🙂

Knights in P2…

Although P2’s trip to Dirleton Castle was unfortunately cancelled due to the snow we were lucky enough to have Knights Andrew and Cameron visit us at school!

They talked us through the history of Dirleton Castle and they told us all about the armour that they were wearing – we even got to try some helmets on!

We asked super questions and found out a lot about how knights lived. We hope to be able to reschedule our trip and visit Andrew and Cameron at Dirleton another time!

School Meals – Important Information

Is your child eligible for free school meals, and if so, have you registered?
Schools receive additional funding of £1,200 from the Scottish Government for every pupil in P1 to S3 who is registered for free school meals. This is called Pupil Equity Funding, and schools use this additional money to help fund a wide range of initiatives to support achievement and provide the best possible opportunities for children’s learning.
How do I know if my child is eligible for free school meals?
Please visit our website  to check your eligibility and download an application form.
Even if your child does not wish to take up the option of having a free school meal every day, we would encourage you to register so that your child’s school will receive the Pupil Equity Funding allowance to support their learning.

Field to Fork in Primary 2!

We have had a wonderful afternoon in P2 with Sally from Field to Fork (Hirsel Estate). She told us all about food that is grown and produced in Scotland – perfect for our Scotland topic! We learned all about oats, how they are grown, harvested and what food can be made out of them – we even got to make our own oatcakes. Yum!