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May/ June Newsletter

Find out all that has been happening at Elphinstone Primary plus new dates for your diary for May and June.

May -June2016


P5/6/7 Bake Sale

Yesterday, P5/6/7 pupils held a successful bake sale and made  a total of £71.70.Thank you to everyone baked and donated cakes, biscuits and breads, and to everyone who spent their money on our yummy baking.

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Assemblies Health & Wellbeing parents/ carers

Fire Safety Visit

Fire Safety Officers visited Elphinstone Primary yesterday and talked to Nursery, P1-7 in our assembly about Fire Safety. Using the website, the pupils were taken through an interactive ‘house’ to spot fire hazards in every room.

IMG_9465   IMG_9466 IMG_9467  The children learned about the various dangers and the ways in which fires can start. We discussed the importance of smoke detectors and that they save many lives each year.  The Firemen talked us through different fire scenarios in the house and the children had to work out the best escape route for each incident. It was a very informative assembly and the pupils were clearly interested and asked the firemen lots of their questions.

IMG_9468 Every child was given an information card from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service offering  Free Home Fire Safety visits and Free Smoke alarms.

To book a free home safety visit for you, or someone you know….

CALL 0800 0731999    

TEXT ‘FIRE’ to 80800


Literacy and English parents/ carers

Library Service Survey

Dear all

Having surveyed students to make sure we include their views in the School Library Service Review we would like to do the same for parents, so we are again asking for your support to achieve as broad a response as possible. By completing this survey parents and carers will help us develop school library services for all children and young people in East Lothian.The Parent Survey is online and will be open from 22nd April to 9th May.

Please contact me if you have any questions or difficulties accessing the survey. Thank you. Anne Johnstone, School Librarian / Field Officer  Tel. 01368 863 339

This is the survey link
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Online School-Wear Orders

Please see link below for information on ordering School-wear online.

East Lothian School leisurewear Online Ordering dates (2)

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Spring and Summer Menu

Click on link below to open the school lunches Spring and Summer Menu.

Primary School Spring & Summer Menu 2016

Buddying Citizenship Events Expressive Arts

Friendship Bench

Our newly decorated ‘Friendship Bench’ was launched last week! The bench offers a place in the playground where pupils can sit if they are lonely, upset or just want someone to play with. It acts as a signal to other children to step in and help.

Pupils gather around the new buddy bench.
Pupils gather around the new buddy bench.

The bench was built by Macmerry Men’s Shed and two of their volunteers, Jimmy Cunningham and David Dickson visited the school with parent, Stuart McKenzie.

P3-7 pupils enjoyed painting it in the colours of the rainbow and decorating it with detailed flowers and insects. The painting project was overseen by our art teacher, Mrs McLoed.

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Summer term dates for your diary

Summer Term dates

These are some important dates for your diary for this term. Please note that dates are subject to change. We apologise for the inconvenience of this but changes are often unavoidable. 

 P1/2 and P3/4 assembly dates have yet to be confirmed.


Easter Visit To Tranent Parish Church


On the last week of term, before the Easter holidays all the pupils of Elphintone Primary visited Tranent Parish Church. Erica Wishart, the minister and Debbie Middlemass, from Messy Church welcomed us in a special Easter morning service. Some parents were able to join us for this occasion.


Through a PowerPoint, Erica showed us what happens in a church and of some of the important occasions and celebrations held here. Erica explained some of the ‘church furniture’, the stained glass and the artefacts around the church and told us what generally happens there on Sundays each week. The children enjoyed joining in with singing, and P6/7 helped with readings and with an entertaining puppet show on the Story of Easter. 

The pupils (and staff/parents) were given refreshments and given a chance to explore more of the church.  We were all given a wee token /Easter Egg as we were leaving.  Thank you to Erica and Debbie for a very enjoyable morning!

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Parent Council Meeting

There was a fantastic turnout at our parent council meeting last night. Thank you to everyone who came along. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 1st June 5:00-6:30pm (childcare provided). All are welcome.