Outdoor Education Orienteering Festival

Around 600 P5-P7 pupils from Midlothian and East Lothian schools participated in an orienteering festival organised by Outdoor Education at Vogrie Country Park. Having spent a 6 week block last term learning orienteering, it was an excellent chance use the skills we learned in a large competition. 

P6 pupils were allowed to work in pairs and P7’s had to work individually on this timed challenge. I was extremely proud at how well the class did. Their results showed very quick times on completing the orienteering course. 

 Outdoor Education Orienteering Festival at Vogrie Park on PhotoPeach

The winner from another school completed the course in 11.54 mins, only 6 seconds ahead of our class winners. Well done Leon & Aaron  who came in overall 6th place with a fantastic time of 12:00 mins! Hayley & Jessica were close on their heels with a time of 12:01mins placing them 7th overall! The rest of the class timings were:

19th shared place Lara & Josh– 14.54 mins, 21st place Emma & Lauren-15.10mins, 48th place Daisy– 20.07 mins, 50th place Charlotte– 20.37mins, 107th place Latisha– 37.06 mins, 108th place Amalea– 37.58 mins, 109th place Sophie– 38.28 mins.
Considering that that were nearly 600 pupils taking part, I think these are excellent results! Despite the terrible weather, the children all had a great afternoon at Vogrie. 

‘Quake, Rattle and Roll’… a visit to Dynamic Earth



This week P6/7 enjoyed a great trip to Dynamic Earth. This attraction is closed on Mondays so we had the whole place to ourselves! We started with the Showdome which is a 360 degree film experience on ‘Super Volcanoes’. Amazing! 

Everybody enjoyed the workshop, ‘Quake, Rattle and Roll’ where they learned the science behind hurricanes, volcanoes and tsunamis via interactive investigations. Making a tornado in a bottle was very popular! 


Dynamic Earth- Quake Rattle and Roll on PhotoPeach

JRSO Induction Day

Aimee, Latisha and Lara visited Port Seton on Friday and represented the school at the JRSO Induction Day. They were given lots of interesting information about road safety and some advice on how to spread the important message of road safety in school. The girls picked up good tips on how to display their school JRSO notice board. 

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Back in school Latisha, Lara and Aimee told the class about their morning and showed us some of the freebies they received. The girls had obviously enjoyed their visit.

Author, Dan Smith visits Tranent

The class had the opportunity to meet Dan Smith, a popular children’s author. He talked about some of his recent books and answered questions on being an author. We have bought a couple of Dan’s books for the class library which pupils have already started and are enjoying reading.

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Ross Rocks Launch

On Tuesday 9th September the launch of Ross Rocks Reading was filmed at Ross High and shown live across many schools in Scotland. Each school in the cluster did a short presentation on their favourite book. P6/7 chose ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in celebration of its 50th year in publication.  P1/2 and P3/4/5 watched the launch in school and Mrs Williams commented on the live blog together with many other teachers and pupils. 

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We are very proud of Emma who designed the fantastic logo for Ross Rocks Reading. As the winner of the design competition, Emma will receive a book voucher. 


Mrs Berry was a great help in sourcing Oompa-Loompa costumes for us. We certainly made a visual impact on the audience! The class did very well in their presentation on Roald Dahl’s  ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. 


Did you know…….?

Charlie and the chocolate Factory has sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is currently available in 55 languages.

It has been made into a film twice, an opera, and last year in 2013, as a hit West End Musical.

Heston Blumenthal, the celebrity chef, was inspired to recreate Willy Wonka’s ‘lickable wallpaper’!