To provide variety and choice in school meals throughout the school year East Lothian Council provide a seasonal summer and winter menu.
Each menu cycle consists of a choice of 2 hot main meal options (includes a vegetarian choice), a filled baked potato option, a plated salad option and a choice of dessert. Complimentary bread, salad and a cold drink are available with the meal. These meals are available Monday–Thursday with a packed lunch option available on Friday. All menu items meet the Scottish Government’s nutritional standards.
East Lothian Council is committed to providing a high quality school meals service. There are huge benefits in children eating a nutritious 2-course meal at lunchtime. Research also shows that if children eat a nutritious midday meal at school, their concentration and behaviour improves, they gain important social skills and they are more likely to eat their recommended ‘5 a-day’ fruit and vegetables.
As a result of supplier increases in the price of food products there is a need to increase the price of a primary school meal from £1.90 to £2.00, please note there has not been an increase in school meal catering since 2011. This increase will commence in August 2018. The school meal continues to offer good value for money as well as contributing to the well-being of children whilst at school.
Both Education Services and Facilities Management Services see communication with pupils, head teachers and parent councils as essential to the success of any changes we make. We communicate through school newsletters, school websites and East Lothian Council’s website. As the Service Manager I am passionate about continually improving the standards of the school meals service and welcome feedback on the services we provide to help us to do this. You can contact me by phone or by email
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 www.eastlothian.gov.uk/fostering 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
Haddington EH41 3HA
Direct Line 01620 827 755
Mobile 07703 191 218
East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership/@elhscp
Last Friday P5 opened their classroom to parents and carers to share their learning on Victorian Life.
The P5s set up the classroom with stations for the visitors to visit. We had a Shop area, slates for writing on, printing, timelines, power points on various Victorian subjects compiled by the children, artefacts to look at and to guess what they were used for! all organised and set up by the children. We had a display of “Victorian East Linton” in photographs, that was of great interest to everyone, creating a lot of chat! A big thank you to Heather at the library for help with this and to Gary Menzies for emailing some of his collection.
Well done to Lara, Sarah’s mum and Glen’s mum for guessing what Hedgie the holey hedgehog was… ! He was a Victorian planter for crocus bulbs. In the Spring, the crocus flowers would grow and give Hedgie colourful “spines!”. Other items included a washboard, an old stone “pig” for warming the bed, an old darning “mushroom” to make a surface for helping darning socks! to name but a few.
It was great to have such a brilliant turn out! Thank you everyone who came and an extra BIG thank you to the class 🙂