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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


Summer Reading Challenge

What is the Summer Reading Challenge?

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

Library membership form below can be printed off and handed into library or form can be obtained at library.

Library application

Fa’side Support from the Start

Macmerry Primary will be hosting a meeting of the Fa’side Support from the Start network on Tuesday,  27th June at 4.30pm.   All welcome to take part in a discussion with local professionals and services about what’s needed for children age 0-8 and their parents / carers in the community of Macmerry.


East Lothian ASD Family Information Session 27/6/17

East Lothian ASD will be piloting their first East Lothian Family Information Session for families/carers of children and young people with ASD on 27 June – for details see attached document for details.

The session is open to all families/carers in East Lothian with a child/young person (up to 18 years) who has a diagnosis and they do not have to be open to services.   As stated on the flyer, this session is part of the ongoing East Lothian post ASD diagnosis support pathway and as such attendees will be asked to complete a short evaluation questionnaire.   Families/carers are asked to text their interest along with their name and contact daytime telephone number to 07580788090.


Document information




Summer Art Activities

East Lothian Council Arts Service have put together a fantastic programme of summer holiday activities for young people, across the County.

These include: multi art camps, streetdance, musical theatre, stagecraft, computer animation, outdoor theatre and more!

To find out more click on this link or go to and click on Summer Holiday Arts Activities on the homepage.

Activities can be booked online at .


Blue Whale Challenge

Dear parent/carer, 

We have received information from our colleagues within NHS Scotland concerning a social media ‘game’ called the Blue Whale Challenge. This activity encourages young people to self-harm followed by sending a picture as proof. There are no reported cases in Scotland however, we would like to make you aware of this and if you have any concerns your child may be at risk please get advice by contacting your child’s school.

Our schools provide children and young people with information on keeping themselves safe within the Health & Wellbeing curriculum delivered within schools. East Lothian Council also promotes the safe use of the internet and if you wish to access further information on the safe use of technology online see