The whole of Macmerry Primary School recently spent a day doing literacy……..  on the beach !

Working in house groups, the children chose various literacy based challenges which could earn them points culminating in a grand sandcastle build on the beach !

mac merry beach

Orienteering to spell words, beach volleyball to gain sentence parts, relaying seawater to float up words from the bottom of a pipe, creating treasure islands, and story boards on the beach, were a few of the challenges that each group could chose in their quest to be the best .


After all the challenges had been completed , there was a frenzy of hard work on the beach with each group endeavouring to build the biggest and best sandcastle (an appropriate finish to a grand day on the beach!).



mac merry beach final

Finally, the first ever Golden Spade award  was given to the house team with the most points.


If you would like a beach day linked to a curriculum area , contact Ang at Outdoor Learning .

Local o-Heroes

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Some breaking news …. Longniddry Primary School’s Maja Robertson competed in the W10A in The Scottish Championships at Balmoral Castle at the weekend. She finished second to a girl from Bristol, who had recently won the W10 British Championships. However, as she did not fulfill the eligibility criteria, Maja took the Scottish Champion title.

Her brother Calum did not badly too. He came third in M10B and got a bronze medal but was more taken with the packet of soor plooms he chose as an extra prize.

(Thanks David for the abridged text)

East and MidLothian Orienteering Festival – The results!


Thanks to all the East Lothian and Midlothian schools who made this such a great day.

First, some top stats …

  • We had over 500 entries-  made up of pairs, teams and solos.
  • A total of over 900 pupils – up on last year.
  • A total of 24 primary schools. 12 from ML, 12 from EL – well up on last year.
  • Several schools brought OVER ONE HUNDRED pupils – amazing.
  • The pupils really went for it, they were challenged and they were buzzing.
  • It didn’t rain!

Now the Results . Having crunched the East Lothian numbers (and the judges decision is final) we are very pleased to announce the following  …

P5 Course
Fastest finisher – Joel, Pencaitland Primary School
Fastest school – Pencaitland Primary School

P6 Course
Fastest finisher – Angus – Law Primary School
Fastest school – King’s Meadow Primary School

P7 Course
Fastest finisher – Josh,  Direlton Primary School
Fastest school – Dirleton Primary School

We have trophies for each of the fastest schools, and we will be getting these engraved and sent out to Pencaitland, King’s Meadow and Dirleton shortly.   If you want to examine the details,  then the full results are here … results_2016

Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped from East Lothian Orienteers,  Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club,  East Lothian Rangers Service Volunteers, MidLothian Active Schools, Venturing Out CIC – and again an especially big thanks to Robin and Sheila Strain for all their input , and especially keeping the IT running!

One last thing – this really is a great event , amazing to see this many pupil;  active, engaged and learning – really competing against others (or just with themselves).  If you want to get your pupils more involved in orienteering don’t forget that next Wednesday is World Orienteering Day 2016.

Let’s make it over 1000 pupils next year …