National Youth Choir of Scotland Free Singing Groups

Dear Parents/Carers,

East Lothian Council’s Arts Service in partnership with the National Youth Choir of Scotland is once again able to offer all children in P3-P7 the chance to join a free singing group. In a slight change from previous years, the ten week block will now run from January to March 2018. Please see the attached leaflet for venues, dates and times. Registration is open now via this link The closing date for booking is Tuesday 19th December. For any queries please email


World Book Day

P7 dressed as their favourite book characters even for Music!

P7 dressed as their favourite book characters even for Music!

P2M did a great job today! Well done!

P2M did a great job today! Well done!

P4/5 had a rather unusual teacher today? Can you see Mrs Clarke?

P4/5 had a rather unusual teacher today? Can you see Mrs Clarke?

P1 all posed for a photo!

P1 all posed for a photo!

P3 did some pop up reading!

P3 did some pop up reading!

P2K worked hard to do their reading today

P2K worked hard to do their reading today

Where's Wally?!

Where’s Wally?!



Did you know that World Book Day is the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world? This is the 18th year there’s been a World Book Day!
At Loretto, we certainly celebrated World Book Day! This a day that encourages anyone and everyone to read and really get lost in a good book. We have devoted a large part of our day to books! Children participated in a variety of different activities that encouraged them to think about books, talk about books and have extra time to read books!
The day started off with the staff going to meet the children in their lines. It was wonderful to see so many children dressed up as their favourite book characters. Superheroes, princes and princesses, Harry Potters, Cats in Hats, Boys in Girls’ Dresses and even a Demon Dentist made an appearance. We all just knew that today was going to be a magical day when we really made the characters come to life.
Children all worked hard to make a “Bookworm” for the school dinner hall. Every child completed a book review based on their favourite book. When all of the reviews were put together, a bookworm was created. How wonderful it is to see the vast array of books and the children’s opinions!
Mrs Ross (aka Elphaba) was so busy today. She rang a bell every so often and when we heard it, we all stopped whatever we were doing and read our book. This pop up reading was so much fun. It taught us all that we need to make time for reading.
Well done to everyone who helped to make today a truly magical experience. We are already thinking about our costumes for next year!

Every child was given a book token. Please see below for information on how to use this token.

Book Tokens:
Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, we can send millions of book vouchers to children and young people (more than 14 million, in fact: that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country).
They can take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of TEN (exclusive, new and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club (terms and conditions apply).

Increased Entitlement to Early Learning and Childcare Across Scotland from August 2014

Currently in East Lothian, nursery aged children are entitled to 12.5 hours of nursery provision every week of the school year (total 475 hours per year). The Scottish Government are proposing to extend this to 600 hours of early learning and childcare. For more information on these proposals please click here. East Lothian Council is keen to gather the views of parents/carers in East Lothian on how best these additional hours could be used. This survey is confidential and should only take around 5 minutes to complete. Please provide answers to all the questions, this information will help them to work out possible options within your area.  Click here to start the survey.

Christmas Fair 2012

The Christmas Fair is fast approaching (Saturday 1st Dec from 10am until Noon).

We are looking for donations for any of the following :-

  • Raffle Prizes,
  • Bottles for the tombola (UNOPENED bottles of ANYTHING accepted)
  • Christmas Groceries for the Hampers
  • Good quality preloved toys, books and dvds.
  • Unwanted gifts looking for a new home.
  • Home Baking
Anybody wishing to donate can leave their donation at the school office, or get in touch with any Parent Council member if you need it collected.
Home Baking can be brought along to the Fair on the day (or the day before at the earliest)

We are also looking for volunteers to help set up stalls on the Friday and first thing on the Saturday morning, volunteers to run stalls (even if it’s only for half an hour or so, to give someone else a break), and also to help clear up at the end of the fair.

A note will be coming home with your child this week, which will also have a form attached for Calendar orders and Raffle Ticket orders for those of you unable to attend.

Please contact any Parent Council member if you wish to volunteer as it is your continued support that makes these events the success they are.

All East Lothian schools to close at noon on Thursday due to severe weather warning

Due to the severe weather warnings for high winds on Thursday afternoon, all East Lothian schools are to close at noon today, Thursday 8 December.

On the advice of the Scottish Government, all schools in East Lothian will close at noon on Thursday 8 December to allow pupils to travel home safely before severe winds hit the area on Thursday afternoon.

School to home transport arrangements will be put in place for those pupils who normally use this service.

Diary Dates

Diary Dates

Monday 10th October: Parents meeting for children in P3 preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Monday 10th – Thursday 13th October: Class Open Days

Wednesday 12th October: Parent Council Meeting 6.30pm in the dining hall

Friday 14th October: Coffee Morning for Parents with Acting HT and PT; staff and pupils break for the October Holiday

Monday 24th October: In Service Day for staff – Pupils do not attend

Tuesday 25th October: Pupils resume

Thursday 3rd November: Nursery Obstacle Course Fundraiser.

Tuesday 8th November: Parents Consultations 5.30 – 8.50

Thursday 10th November: Parents Consultations 5.30 – 8.50

Thursday 24th November: P1 enrolment for session 2012/13 (AM in the dining hall)

Monday 12th – Thursday 22nd December: Christmas Parties and Christmas Shows (see newsletter)

Thursday 15th December: Panto at Brunton Theatre 10am

Thursday 22nd December: Staff and pupils break for the Christmas Holidays

Monday 9th January: In Service Day for staff – Pupils do not attend

Tuesday 10th January: Pupils resume