National Youth Choir – free singing group

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

NYCoS Information Leaflet


Charlotte McMillan

 YMI Community Arts Worker (Part time : Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

East Lothian Council Arts Service

When the Vet and Vet Nurse Visited P1 with Lovely Libby….

Thank you to the lovely vet and vet nurse from Animals First in Macmerry who visited our P1 class with Libby the black Labrador.  We loved learning about the job of a vet.  We had a chance to listen to Libby’s heartbeat and look in her ears. She was so calm and happy to meet us.  A lot of us want to be vets now!  Thank you again to the wonderful staff at Animals First.



Consultation on Future Early Learning and Childcare Provision in East Lothian

East Lothian Council  is consulting parents and carers on the future provision of early learning and childcare in Musselburgh, Haddington, North Berwick, Tranent and Dunbar and their surrounding areas.

The consultation has already taken place in the Prestonpans area.  

The consultations are all on the East Lothian Consultation Hub and run until 23rd October. They cover children’s age ranges up to 12 years old.  




Preston Lodge Learning Festival

A Preston Lodge Learning Festival Update

We are really pleased to announce that Jonathan Lear will be the keynote speaker at Preston Lodge High School’s 2017 Learning Festival on 28 October.  From the Independent Thinking website: “Jonathan is absolutely phenomenal. Simply the best speaker I have heard in my life.  Mind Blowing” Jonathan is absolutely phenomenal, simply the best speaker I have ever heard in my career. absolutely phenomenal, simply the best speaker I have ever heard.

As well as Jonathan, we are, once again, offering a fantastic range of collaborative, dialogue-based professional learning conversations for teachers to explore, share and develop their pedagogy. We will have a full range of primary and secondary inputs and, for the first time, we’re opening up our Learning Festival to parents and carers interested in finding out how they could further support young people in their learning.

It’s free, too!

To find out more and to sign up, click here


Preparing for camp


As part of our preparation for camp, P7 looked at the activities we will be taking part in and what skills we will need when we are there. Some key skills we identified were communication, resilience, working together, concentration and listening.

We then tried to develop these skills in a newspaper bridge activity. Working in groups, we made bridges out of newspapers, straws, string, paperclips and tape. The bridges needed to try to carry a table tennis ball and then a tennis ball.

Poetry MAD day at Macmerry!

Tomorrow is national poetry day.  We celebrated this in various ways today.  We wrote “Macmerry” acrostic poems, critiqued performance poetry, dramatized poems, wrote descriptive and sensory poetry (outside in the rain!) and played with words and rhymes when making oulipo (google it!).  We had great fun with our learning in mixed P1-P7 house groups.