Are you who they’re looking for?

We urgently need more people to take the plunge and find out about fostering with East Lothian Council.

East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar says:

‘We have children and young people who need foster carers urgently. The demand is always growing and we need more people to come forward very soon and give their love and support to some vulnerable children and young people who really, really need them. 

‘As you know, we set great store in East Lothian in keeping our looked-after children in or very close to East Lothian, so that very vulnerable children don’t have to change schools or lose touch with their friends and wider families. Not every fostering agency thinks this is important but we do – we really see the value in not sending children far away from everyone and everything they know. So, I’d just like to say how grateful I am to all our current foster carers for choosing to Foster East Lothian and for the fantastic job they do – they make a difference every day. I hope that there will be a number of people reading this article now who will also be able to make that difference and be the ones that our children so desperately need.’

To find out more about joining our East Lothian fostering team (including, training, home visits and remuneration), please go to or  phone us on 01620 827 643

Jane Ogden-Smith MCIPR

Communications and Engagement

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership

Room 211, John Muir House

Brewery Park

Haddington EH41 3HA

Direct Line 01620 827 755

Mobile 07703 191 218

Car Park Improvement Works Newbigging

It is the Council’s intention to undertake car park improvement works as detailed on drawings (residents plan – phase 1 / residents plan – phase 2) commencing on 12th March 2018 for approximately four weeks, weather permitting. 

To comply with current Health and Safety legislation, it will be necessary to install a traffic management system during the construction process. The works will be undertaken in two phases as detailed below. The following conditions apply:  

Phase 1                Newbigging (Car parking area)

                             Monday 12th March to Friday 23rd March 2018

                             Removal of walls, kerbing and drainage works

 ·         Parking will be restricted (within the affected car park area)

·         Parking restrictions will be signed and coned

·         No restriction will be in place on Sat 17th & Sun 18th March 2018


Phase 2               Newbigging (Cul-De-Sac + Car parking area)

                             Monday 26th March to Friday 6th April 2018

                             Carriageway Resurfacing

 ·         Vehicular access will be restricted

·         Parking restrictions will be signed and coned

·         No restriction will be in place on Sat 31st  March & Sun 1st April 2018

Drawings of the above works will be put up in the school noticeboard.


Proposed Changes to the LPP Constitution

The LPP have proposed a few changes to their constitution. These mainly affect the amount of notice to be given in the event of a special meeting being required, and also the number of LPP members required for a meeting to be quorate.

Please take the time to read this proposed constitution – it forms a legal document. You can download it here. If you have any comments, please email the parent council before Wednesday 28th March, 2018 – after which it will be passed to ELC’s legal department.


Milk Money Due!

If your child takes school milk and you are not currently in receipt of free school meals (even if your child is in P1-3), you may be due to pay the next instalment of milk money. Some people have chosen to pay for the whole academic year, and some pay by term. If you only paid for last year’s term, milk money is now due. It will cost £8.84 to for your child’s milk from after the Easter holidays until the end of June.


Please pay for this online at  and choose ‘Primary School Milk Payments’.

Please ensure we have your payment by Wednesday 28th March, otherwise we cannot place the order in time. and your child will not receive milk after the holidays. The charge for mid-morning milk is reduced by the European Milk Subsidy.

World Book Day Rescheduled!

World Book Day –rearranged date! TUESDAY 20th March

Pupils and teachers are encouraged to dress up as a book character. This is a fun way to keep that fantastic reading culture we have going! During the month of March each class will be paired with another class. They will visit each other twice and read to each other in class. Each child will also write a book review to recommend a favourite book to other children. We are asking the children to tell us the Accelerated Reader colour so that other people can choose it too. We will also set up a free book swap for children’s books from home that you are finished with. Bring a book swap a book! What a great way to reuse, recycle and read, read, read!

Do you have a children’s book to swap? Please bring it in and take it to the library.


Bedtime Story Tuesday 27th March 6pm-7pm. Parents and children of nursery to P4 children are invited to school to enjoy a bedtime story together. Children should come dressed in pyjamas with a teddy. We would love parents to read the stories and we love stories in different languages. The children will get a drink of milk and a cookie and then quietly home to bed.. This was a great success previously and parents have requested this again so please do come along.

If you would like to read a book to a small group at our Bedtime story please email us. We would especially love stories in different languages.



Miss Pandit’s Leaving Assembly TUESDAY 20th March at 11am.

Morning nursery and children from P1 to P3 will gather for an assembly to wish Miss Pandit well on her retirement from Loretto. As you know Miss Pandit was seriously injured in a car accident and whilst she has made a remarkable recovery it is now time for her to enjoy her retirement. Parents are invited to join us, as I know many of you would like to see Miss Pandit and wish her well.


Schools Back Tomorrow!

East Lothian Council have announced that all schools, nurseries and specialist schools will re-open tomorrow. Please read their update here, and note that they advise all children to

enter the building directly instead of forming class lines.

Please send your child in through the main front door – but not before 8.45am (8.30am for nursery children). Children should come to school dressed warmly.

Looking forward to seeing you all back tomorrow!

Loretto Swim Team 2018 News!

Loretto RC swimmers got off to a flying at the small schools competition on Friday 26th January in Prestonpans!  First heat and a first place in the heat for Scott, then kicking off from the wall and cruising past a few competitors on the way was Owen, both sprinting a 25m freestyle.

Loretto girls turned it up a notch with Kara  showing splendid form and technique during her breaststroke heat and Grace  coming a fabulous first against some great swimmers from other schools in freestyle and backstroke. Ashleigh showed some great stamina and drive, making the other girls in her heat work hard when she completed her breaststroke. The other fabulous Kara, streamlined her way to place in her backstroke, taking a beautiful start and finish for the school.

Another backstroker who certainly wasn’t at the back of the pool was Luc who placed second in his heat! Logan kept the ball rolling with an exciting sprint in his breastroke.  The event got really exciting with some of the mums even bringing out the big gladiator thumb poolside to cheer on our relay team who led the way in each split and came first for Loretto.

Importantly the group showed a great team spirit and support to each Other, as well as friends from other teams. They have represented our school and wider community very well.

A special congratulations to our own Grace  who represented our school at the Scottish schools final in East Kilbride!

Congratulations Loretto swim team 2018!

By Karyn Porteous

Free tickets!

Free tickets are available for the fabulous percussion team ‘O Duo’, who will be performing at the Brunton hall this Thursday evening. Tickets can be booked by phoning 0131 665 2240


Crash, Bang, Wallop!: O Duo

1st Feb 2018    Venue 1 Brunton Hall    18:30

Percussionists O Duo whizz around the stage! Featuring a huge array of percussion including a marimba,
vibraphone, glockenspiel, drum kit as well as African and Brazilian drums, the pair perform music from
around the world – jazz, classical and dynamic drumming! Featuring a huge Samba band made up of East
Lothian Primary School children who will have been working with the duo in the run-up to the performance – don’t miss it!

Award-winning percussion duo comprising Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell.

‘Startling… cheeky, but enchanting’ (The Scotsman)

‘Brimming with style and panache’ (The Daily Telegraph).