The second (hopefully now annual!) Mini Mudder was held yesterday. The younger children had a fun time in the morning on the obstacle course built in the school playground and in the afternoon the older kids were challenged with the 2 mile Mini Mudder Course down Bellyford Lane footpath. Thanks to Megan Houchin who did all the planning for the Mudder this year and came up with a few new challenges and obstacles. Thanks to all the other parents and grandparents who helped set up and tidy up the course and serve refreshments. Also a big thanks to all the teachers and school staff who were great sports in doing the course with the kids as well!
I just wanted give everyone an update on the Trim Trail!
Nearly everything is in place for installation to begin. We successfully raised the matching funding needed before Christmas and Legacy 2014 were happy with all our plans, tender process and paperwork. However, after discussion with East Lothian Council (planning and finance departments) it became clear that is would be better if East Lothian Council themselves purchased the Trim Trail, rather than the Parent Council. This is for two reasons – the first means that the council can claim back the VAT (which means we have £13.5K to spend instead of £11K) and the second is that if ELC buy it, they do not have to apply for planning permission (if the Parent Council buy it we would have to apply for full planning consent).
So Legacy 2014 and the Parent Council agreed that East Lothian Council would take over the funding and a new agreement had to be drawn up between ELC and Legacy 2014 (rather than the agreement already signed with our Parent Council). This new agreement should be signed this week – but there has been a bit of ‘to and froing’ and paperwork to be filled and signed by specific people, which has meant we have not been able to order and install the Trim Trail as quickly as we had hoped.
However – all should be in place by the end of February and once Legacy release the money to ELC we can place the official order! This does not change what we are ordering as ELC have agreed to go with the supplier and layout chosen with the help of all the pupils, parents and teachers before Christmas and what was on display in the parents room.
I will let everyone know when we have a date for installation – hopefully by Easter so it will be ready to play when the children return for the summer term.
A final few photos of a fun day….
Here are a few photographs from todays Mini Mudder.
There are also lots more photos from the Nursery and P1/2 Mini Mudder over on the Parent Council page.
On Sunday the Muddy Mamas made it round 12 miles of grueling, muddy and scary obstacles. Here are some pictures from the day….