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As you are aware, we have had a number of children who have been unwell as a result of respiratory illness. The main symptoms being reported include:

– fever

– cough

– sore throat

– muscle aches

– sore tummy

– cold/flu like symptoms

– headache

We would advise parents to take note of the following advice from NHS.

In the home the risk of catching or spreading flu/cold like illness can be reduced by:

Regular hand washing with liquid soap and running water

• Covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

• Using a disposable paper tissue, disposed of immediately after use.

• You can teach your child to sneeze into the ‘crook’ of their arm rather than their hands, if they don’t have a tissue.

Good general cleaning of surface that everyone touches often e.g. TV remote, light switches, door handles, toilet flushes and tap heads.





As part of work on our School Improvement Plan, this morning saw the whole school launch of our Building Resilience programme. The Building Resilience resource, which is based upon research of effective practice, has been designed to complement and support the development of a whole-school mental health and emotional wellbeing programme. Deliveryof the programme provides a focus for learning and teaching for pupils from nursery to P7. A key element of the programme is the development of partnerships with families and the wider school community.

In order to help pupils grasp the tricky concept of resilience, life is referred to as being like a river. As we travel down the river of life, sometimes we find ourselves in calm waters where the journey is relaxed and enjoyable. However, sometimes we can find ourselves in turbulent waters, full of obstacles and difficulties, and the journey becomes about survival and keeping our heads above water.

Throughout the resource, pupils will become familiar with our character called Skipper. Skipper is the captain of his boat and, like everyone on the river, goes through various ups and downs on his journey. On his way, he will introduce the children to ten different tools and resources that help us to navigate the river of life and support the development of resilience.

The Building Resilience programme is made up of twelve units. The units focus on Skipper’s ten different tools and resources. Each unit has three key messages which are delivered through assemblies, using short stories and film clips to illustrate learning.

This session, we  will be looking at four units, and their associated key messages:

  • Be Resilient
  • Keep Connected
  • Respect Yourself
  • Challenge Your Mindset

At the start of each unit, we will email parent/carers a copy of the information sheet for that topic and the associated home activities sheet.

If you wish to find out more about the programme please take a look at the following video clip:


2018-2019 Session Dates & Meet The Teacher

I have uploaded the holidays to the School’s Google Calendar and will add other dates and events when they are decided.

‘Meet The Teacher’ this Wednesday has already been added to show the 2 drop ins available between 6 & 6.30 pm & 6.30 & 7 pm.

You can find the Calendar under the ‘Dairy Dates – Google Calendar’ drop down under ‘Calendar’ or by clicking here.

Remember that you can sync the Calendar so that the dates appear on your devices.

Mr McEwan



Sporting Successes

We sent two teams consisting of P6 and P7 pupils to the recent ELPSSA hockey tournament at Meadowmill, where a great day was had by all. One of our teams made it to the final, where a defeat to Kings Meadow Primary resulted in second place, but a qualification to the Regional Finals at Peffermill in the summer term.

Our other team came in third place on the day, and qualifies for the SHU National Hockey Day to be held in Glasgow in June. What a superb achievement for both our teams.

The team members were: Freya L, Imogen C, Morven C, Amy C, Iona S, Megan F, Ellis M, Anna D, Isla M, Emily C, Freya E, Lily W, and Olivia T.

A team of our P7 girls recently took part in the annual football tournament, an event that we have not had much success in in previous years, being up against very strong opposition from other schools. This year the opposition was of an equally high standard but our girls rose to the challenge, beating every team they played and bringing the trophy back to Gullane. Fantastic job, ladies!

The team members were: Lucy T, Anna D, Ellis M, Megan F, Iona S, Morven C, Ella D and Freya L.

In October, a team of P7 girls and a team of P7 boys took part in the East Lothian Rugby Tournament, with the girls in a pool of 18 teams and the boys in one of 20 teams. The standard of rugby was superb and the opposition was strong, but both our teams reached the semi-finals. The girls lost to Kings Meadow at this stage, but the boys had a good win against Kings Meadow to reach the finals. Up against Yester Primary for the last match of the tournament, the boys performed fantastically well, with a good win to secure the trophy for Gullane, an achievement that we have not seen for the last fifteen years. Huge congratulations to both teams for such impressive results.

The team members were: Lucy T, Anna D, Ellis M, Megan F, Iona S, Amy C, Imogen C, Morven C, Calum M, Scott M-N, Tom M, Alex S, Alfie A, Duncan L, Ben S and Seamus T.

Rainbow Bake Sale

Thanks to all the parents, staff and children who supported our Bake Sale in aid of the Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.

The House Captains and some of the Pupil Council did a FANTASTIC job organising and running this and some of them braved the cold to sell cakes outside at the entrance to the school.

We will let you know what it raised in due course.

Mr McEwan