Weekly Update 10/1/2020

  • Welcome back


We are delighted to see the children back after the Festive period, we hope that everyone had a lovely holiday.


  • School packed lunches

A reminder that if you would like your child to receive a school packed lunch on Fridays this should be ordered via Schoolpay by Wednesday.


  • Parent council meeting


The Parent Council meeting scheduled for next week has been cancelled and will take place after the February holiday, the exact date will be confirmed at a later daate.


  • Photo permission forms


A revised photo permission form has been sent home with P1-7 children – we would be grateful if you could complete and return this as soon as possible, a copy is attached for your information.


  • Diary Dates


Wednesday 22nd January Rotary Quiz
Friday 24th January Swimming Gala
Thursday 30th January NSPCC presentation

ELC Photo Video Permissions Form 11yrs and younger – Nov 19.v2.0docx

Free School Meals & Clothing Grant

Information on how to apply for free school meals and clothing grants is published on the Council website under the ‘Schools and Learning’ section: https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210557/schools_nurseries_and_learning/11899/free_school_meals_and_clothing_grants/4

There is also a link to the ‘apply for free school meals or a clothing grant’ area under Council Tax and Benefits section on the website, under “are you eligible for help?” https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210559/council_tax_and_benefits



In the spotlight

Following the very positive feedback from our recent Education Scotland Inspection (https://education.gov.scot/inspection-reports/east-lothian/5553725), we are very proud to have welcomed Minister for Early Learning & Childcare (Ms Marie Todd) who visited our setting to meet the Early Years Team who recently were recognised as a setting of ‘Innovation and Impact’. We have tweeted  a number of photographs and information about this recent success. The latest good news story for our small, but very ambitious learning community, is the further recognition of our school as model of ‘highly effective practice’, and a special ‘sketchnote’ published on the Education Scotland website: https://education.gov.scot/improvement/practice-exemplars/sketchnote-innerwick

We are very proud of the hard work and commitment from the staff team, which leads to excellent experiences for our young people enjoy. It is always nice to be recognised for one’s efforts, and the whole team would like to thank our community for being such an engaged and positive partner over the past few months. We take the view that it is always possible to improve and develop, and look forward to enjoying even more progress and success in the years to come.

Sharing our block journey at the Edinburgh Froebel Conference 2019

Mrs Laing was very proud and honoured to provide a workshop on Innerwick Early Years Setting’s Block Play Project at the Edinburgh Froebel Conference on Saturday 21st September. Please read the presentation below, we hope you enjoy learning about the changes that took place and marvel at the children’s creativity. Children are now empowered to play everyday with blocks.
Froebel conference presentation 21.9.19

Innerwick Early Years Setting – a setting of Innovation and Impact

The whole early years team have been working really hard over the last few years to develop practice. Hard work has paid off and we were recently awarded the ELC Innovation Award from the Scottish Government. We enjoyed meeting the Scottish Minister for Children and Young People, Ms Maree Todd, who visited to find out about the innovation, meet the children and staff and hand over the award. The team have launched a research project which will further develop the identified innovation, the Map-do-review method. Below is the storyboard designed by Mrs Laing, which shows the theory of change for the project. Mrs Laing will be sharing the project work at various conferences as it progresses over 2019-2020.
ELC – Quality – Innovation – Innerwick – storyboard – Final – Aug 2019

School Curriculum Evening

We are very thankful to the parents who joined us for the Curriculum Evening in week 2 of the term. It was lovely to be able to meet and talk with you, and also to share some of our priorities and ambitions for the year.

The staff team hope that you enjoyed the experience, and judging from the feedback provided, you found it all worthwhile. We really want the community to be active partners in the learning and development which takes place at Innerwick PS, and look forward to working closely with you over the rest of the year. On the matter of school priorities, please remember that our current School Improvement Plan can be found on the school website,


Additional comments:

“Very happy with Innerwick PS”

“A great evening – thank you.”

“Very worthwhile and informative evening – found it very useful.”

“Always good to get feedback from class teachers regularly.”





Asthma: Week 35 25 – 31 August – A Guide for Patients/Carers

Rise in Asthma Attacks

Did you know there is a rise in Asthma Attacks in August when pupils go back to school after their summer holidays?

Each year we see an increase in asthma attacks in children when they return to school which often result in admission to hospital. 

Check out our top tips to try and avoid this happening.

Remember, asthma attacks are serious and you need to get help day or night if your child is not responding to their blue inhaler.

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