September 2016 Newsletter







Harvest Assembly and Open Morning

Friday 30th September

You are very welcome to join us in the Fletcher Hall on Friday 30th September at 9.30am for our Harvest Assembly. Thereafter you are invited into school for a cup of tea/coffee and between 10.15am and 10.45am there is a chance to come into the classrooms and see the learning and teaching that is going on and talk to your child about this. You can take your child home at 11.30am if you like but please inform the class teacher if you are going to do this.


In the Nursery, parents are invited to join their children in nursery activities.


We are also asking that you bring some items for the East Lothian Foodbank as part of our Harvest Celebrations. Our older children will take any donations to the Foodbank in Tranent with me and see how it all works at a later date.


At the moment the following urgently needed food items are being asked for by the Foodbank:


  • long-life milk
  • long-life fruit juice
  • sugar (500 gms)
  • coffee
  • tinned tomatoes and vegetables
  • sponge puddings



Gangsta Granny, King’s Theatre, Edinburgh on Thursday 6th October

Primary 6/7 will be joining Humbie Primary School on this outing. Your child will require a snack, drink and packed lunch. If you have already pre-paid for your child’s school lunches for this term and would like to order a school packed lunch, please inform the school office of your choice (ham/cheese/tuna) by Tuesday 27th September.




Parents’ Consultations


Mrs McCombes has already been in touch with all parents regarding consultations.


These will be held on Thursday 6th October starting at 4.00pm. This meeting is for parents and teachers only to meet and appointment times will be 10 minutes. Please ensure you arrive on time for your appointment. A bell will ring at 10 minute intervals to indicate the start of each interview. Appointment times will be issued on Monday 26th September.


The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need 2016

Saltoun Primary School will be taking part in The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need. Parents, grandparents, neighbours, all are welcome to join us for the morning walk. Children younger than P1 are welcome to come for all or part of the ramble under parent supervision. The route will involve fields and woods, walking for about an hour with a break and some cake, then walking back for an hour. This will take place all morning on the 7th of October. Please ensure your child is suitably dressed for the weather on the day (warm and waterproof). Walking boots or wellingtons are essential.




We are Ishbel and Maggie. We are your Junior Road Safety Officers this year.

We are going to make Saltoun Primary School a safer place for staff and pupils.

So we have a challenge for all pupils.

They have to design the ideal winter boots for slippery roads. There will be a winner for each class so a P3 would not be against a P5. You can draw a picture, decorate an old boot or make a 3D model.

We have a notice board in the front hall of the school for you to read.

Have fun making, drawing or decorating your ideal boot.

Please make them bright and colourful!

We will give you more information next term.


Macmillan Fundraiser

Bakes and Shakes, 2pm tuesday 27th September

Home baking and healthy drinks

Adults £2, Siblings £1

Why not come along and be served by the lovely P1 and P2 children?

Primary 1 and 2 have been inspired by Ivan’s fundraising heroics to hold a Macmillan event. Everyone is welcome to come into class and be served by the children.





Parent Council Reps

We are looking to appoint 4 parent volunteers (1 per class) to act as Class Representatives so that we can establish a firmer link between the school and the parent body. If anyone is interested in taking on this role, please contact the school office.


House Keeping

Conjunctivitis – There are currently several pupils in school who appear to have red and itchy eyes which could be an indication of conjunctivitis. Can you please all be vigilant and check your children for symptoms of conjunctivitis? Symptoms include the following:

  • a burning sensation in your eyes
  • a feeling of grit in your eyes
  • a sticky coating on the eyelashes – usually when you first wake up in the morning
  • an enlarged lymph node (gland) in front of the ear

If your child displays any symptoms please can you seek advice from your GP as conjunctivitis can be contagious. For more information please use the following link:


Thank you for your co-operation with this matter.


Flu Vaccination Programme

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) for parents/carers for this year’s Primary School Vaccination Programme are available on the NHS Lothian website.


Lunch Money – Please send lunch money to school either on the day your child is having lunch or ahead of this day. Please use labelled purses or envelopes that are sealed properly.


Open Door Policy

The staff are always happy to help and discuss any concerns you may have but please can we ask that if you wish to speak to a teacher that you catch them at the end of the day rather than at the start? This allows the teachers to get their classes settled in a timely fashion first thing in the morning. You are of course welcome to make an appointment via the school office if you would prefer.


School Office

Please remember that the route to the school office is via the back stairwell. The staffroom is often used for teaching and meetings as well as being a staffroom.






Diary Dates


Fri 30th                  Harvest Festival Celebration



Thurs 6th               Parent Consultations

Fri 14th                   Last day of term

Mon 24th              Staff In-Service Day 3

Tues 25th              Pupils resume

Drinks Consultation

Dear Parents/Carers
East Lothian Council’s Facilities Management Service would like to consult with children, parents and teaching Staff regarding the drinks that are offered at school lunch time in our Primary Schools.  Please click on the link to gain access to the survey which is on East Lothian Council’s Consultation Hub.  Alternatively, hard copies can be obtained from or 01620 827811
Kind regards
Facilities Management
John Muir House
01620 827827

School Newsletter









Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to a new term and session in Saltoun Primary. I trust you all had a lovely summer, and welcome to the first newsletter of the new academic year.

As you know I am covering Saltoun and Humbie Primary schools as Acting Head teacher this year in addition to being the Head Teacher at Yester Primary and I am looking forward to getting to know you all over the year.

My normal pattern for where I will be during each week is listed below. However, if you need to make an appointment to see me please contact the school office.

Weekly Diary

Monday                                              Yester am Humbie pm

Tuesday                                               Saltoun am Yester pm

Wednesday                                        Yester all day (This will most probably be my day for arranged meetings)

Thursday                                             Saltoun all day

Friday                                                    Humbie



We welcome David McManus to the staff at Saltoun as Playground Supervisor and hope he will enjoy being with us.




Read Write Count

All P1-3 pupils will be given a leaflet to bring home with details of a Scottish Government-lead campaign targeted at parents and families of P1-P3 children. The leaflets are for parents and carers and provide further information and links to the Read, Write, Count website, Facebook and Twitter. They also introduce the gift bags which all P1, P2 and P3 children in Scotland will receive in the Autumn term. P1 children will receive an enhanced Bookbug P1 bag with new ‘Count’ materials. P2 and P3 children will receive all new Read, Write, Count bags with books, writing materials and counting games.


Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club runs daily from 8am-8.50am (there can be a 7.45 start on request). Children are provided with a selection of food items. The cost is £3.50 per child per slot. Please contact Buffy Neilson or Maureen Pender if you are interested.


Diary Dates


Mon 29th              The Courier Photographer is visiting to photograph the new P1 Pupils.

Weds 31st            Parents of new P1 pupils invited to attend school lunch with their children.



Weds 14th            P1 Parents Handwriting and Reading Workshop (details to follow).

Thurs 15th            Parent Council Meeting

Fri 16th                            Autumn Holiday, School Closed

Mon 19th                     Autumn Holiday, School Closed

Fri 30th                  Harvest Festival Celebration (Further details to follow).



Thurs 6th               Parent Consultations  (details to follow).

Fri 14th                   Last day of term

Mon 24th              Staff In-service day

Tues 25th              Pupils resume


I have really enjoyed meeting the pupils and parents of Saltoun so far this year.


Yours sincerely


Dorothy Hilsley

Head Teacher