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Great excitement in school today for Red Nose Day – thank you for your support ! We all learned at assembly about where our donations go, as well as having a bit of fun! If you would like to recycle your red noses you can bring them back to school or take them to the customer service desk at any branch of Sainsburys.
At assembly we again celebrated those who have gone “over and above” and those who have shown the Learning Power of Respect. Leaflets about our Learning Heroes have gone home in school bags this week.
It has been another busy week. P1, P4 and nursery are all very focused on being Eco warriors just now, with some amazing learning and collaboration happening.So far we have saved over 100 plastic bottles from use from Friday packed lunches – well done P1-3 families! We are about to install a compost bin in the playground for all those apple cores and left over bits of snack at playtimes.
P1s and P5s have been out and about in our village exploring sustainability issues.
P7 complete their level 1 Bikeability training today , with P6 starting on Monday – we are very grateful to our parent volunteers and to Philppa Barber from ELC Outdoor Education team for helping to make this happen. Our friends from Belhaven Bikes are coming in again on Monday to safety check P6s bikes.
On Tuesday I had the great pleasure of watching our P4s at their swimming lesson – so wonderful to see skills and confidence growing with each and every one of them.
Mrs Gibson has been to a conference looking at the use of technology to help our learners and we are experimenting with a trial of a new writing support app over the next week or so. Miss McKay and I attended a briefing on the ELC policy for assessing and supporting children with additional needs.
Our nursery staff received another very positive visit from our ELC support officer. We are looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Purves on Tuesday morning.
Next week Miss Stewart will be taking full responsibility every day in P2 – we thank Mrs Gibson for teaching P2 on a Wednesday.
As a staff we carried out a moderation of progress in number session, looking at evidence gathered of children’s progress and how this enables us to make sound professional judgements

Weekly update!


We have some special days coming up – details for your calendar

Thursday 7th March – World Book day – bring something to read to carry all day. We haven’t asked the children to dress up this year but if your child is desperate to do so then that’s not a problem!


  Friday 8th March – our friends from Dunbar Rotary are visiting for their annual Purple Pinkie appeal assembly, collection and pinkie print taking. This is a fantastic charity trying to finally eradicate polio from the world – find out more at Please can you send a donation with your child. Thank you for your support.


 Friday 15th March is Red Nose Day – red noses go on sale next Wednesday 6th March priced £1.25 ( please send exact money, one nose per pupil to begin with). Noses can be bought from the office and our Charity Reps Heidi, Oliver, Abbi, Ella and Fearne will be selling them at morning break for pupils and at the start of each nursery session.

We encourage everyone to wear as much red as possible on the day and to bring a donation.


This week in school all of our classes have been learning about the importance of Fairtrade – we will be renewing our school Fairtrade status soon.

P5 enjoyed a John Muir themed dance session on Monday. P4 have been down to Dunbar to visit the recycling centre and next week they will be sharing this learning with P1a and P1b.

This week I attended a briefing on Managing Distressed and Challenging behaviour – this training is going to be rolled out to all school staff next session.

Miss McKay and I also started work assessing the numeracy skills of samples of pupils – this is going to feed into our whole staff session on Numeracy Moderation in 2 weeks. Our teachers are working in trios to develop maths and numeracy teaching and are carrying out classroom observations of each other focusing on teaching strategies and pupil progress.

At assembly on a Friday we recognise those who have gone “over and above” and I would like to share with you all the fantastic person that is Skye in P3 who had lots of hair cut off this week to donate to charity and also raised £348 – we are all so proud of her!

Today at assembly we launched our Learning Heroes – linking our recognition of “over and above ” in the classroom and school to the values in our School Charter which all of our pupils,staff and yourselves have fed into – more information coming home in school bags!

Good luck to our instrumentalists who are playing at a concert tomorrow in the Town House Haddington!


Mrs Gardner


Plastic Bottle Support!

 41 plastic bottles of water saved for another occasion on Friday thanks to our P1-3 families. We are encouraging families to leave their packed lunch plastic bottle if they don’t need it.

Well done everyone what a great start!

Planning for Assessment

At our staff session on Tuesday we looked at Planning for Assessment – sharing our good practice and supporting each other

Weekly Update

Dear Parents and Carers

Another busy week of learning in school.

P7 were visited by PC Amanda Johnston on Monday as part of their study of drugs awareness.

Miss Warrender and I met with Philippa Barber to plan P6 and P7 Cycle training. P7 will be completing Levels 1 and 2 and P6 Level 1. Today and on 1st Feb we are running a course to train parent volunteers to deliver the programme.

Our PE students from Edinburgh University have re-joined us and will be supporting all classes alongside Miss Gordon.

Today in assembly we are going to be looking at ways to celebrate the school values within our charter that families, staff and pupils have said are most important to them – more information to follow.


On Monday I represented the school at a meeting of The Melting Pot – a group of committed members of the East Linton community looking to make real difference to everyday life in terms of sustainability – please do get in touch with me if you are interested in being part of this.

Good luck if you are taking part in the Parent Council Quiz this evening!!

We had two Pupil Focus groups this week – one being Digital Detectives, auditing use of technology in school and another group assessing Health and Wellbeing in our school and community – our pupils are very confident taking part in discussion of this type – they always have amazing ideas!

This week our teaching and support staff took part in Restorative Practice training with Marie Prior our Family Support Worker and Laura Clark our Educational Psychologist. This was a really interesting session looking at restoring relationships between pupils after conflict and we were all struck by the many links with the Paul Dix approach to behaviour we are implementing this year of being Ready, Respectful and Safe.


Next weekend Dunbar Grammar are holding an Open Doors Day. I was lucky enough to have a tour of the new extension this week – it is amazing – a wonderful , bright, modern space for learning, so I would encourage you to drop in and have a look around.


Please follow us on our blog and on Twitter @EastLintonPS  did you know we get notifications every time you leave a comment on the blog? Even if its a smiley face it gives teachers and pupils a boost to know that you have seen it!!

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Have a good weekend.

Gill Gardner

Staff training





This week our teaching and support staff took part in Restorative Practice training with Marie Prior our Family Support Worker and Laura Clark our Educational Psychologist. This was a really interesting session looking at restoring relationships between pupils after conflict and we were all struck by the many links with the Paul Dix approach to behaviour we are implementing this year of being Ready, Respectful and Safe.


Busy first week back!

Happy New Year to you all , I hope that 2019 is a happy and healthy one for you.

We have had a very busy first week back. The staff were all delighted with how quickly the children have settled back into their learning.

This block , up until the February break, there is a focus on health and wellbeing in every class so our pupils have already been exploring different aspects.

As a staff we have worked on tracking pupil progress using the James Nottingham Quadrants and the Leuven’s Scale of Engagement – these tools help us to think deeply about progress, attainment and engagement in learning, for our pupils as individuals and to plan necessary future steps. If interested, you can find out more at

Miss McKay also ran a session for us looking at Making Thinking Visible techniques – approaches to learning which encourage richer thinking and deeper understanding for our learners and ourselves as teachers. If you are interested in finding out more >


We have a busy term ahead and a calendar and newsletters will be coming your way next week.

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