Welcome Back

Welcome back to everyone after the Autumn Holiday. I hope you all had a good and restful break and that the pupils are suitably refreshed.


Staff at Saltoun


This term we are welcoming two new members of staff to Saltoun Primary. Mr Nigel Bird is joining us on a Thursday morning as Support for Learning teacher and Hayden Mourits will be with us on Thursday afternoons as our PE teacher. We hope they will both enjoy their time with us.




The playground surface was finally resurfaced during the October break which will hopefully mean less injuries. The pupils will now look at what markings they would like to have painted on.


Nursery numbers


After a few unsettled weeks we have heard from East Lothian Council that our nursery numbers have now been capped at 14 pupils; this number is based on the floor space and the number of toilets we have available.



We have organised another competition based on how to make ourselves seen in the dark weather. You have to design an outfit for a snowman which can be seen when you are out and about when crossing the roads at this time of the year. Entries should be handed in to the JRSOs by 14th November.


The Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need 2016, 7th October.

The Countryfile Ramble was a huge success with a total of £150.70 being raised for BBC Children in Need. Everybody had a very enjoyable ramble. Thanks very much to all who helped to organised this event, in particular Mrs Lee Young.






Thank you to everyone who gave donations for the Foodbank at our Harvest Assembly last term we were able to provide for 200 meals for families in need.


‘On Tuesday 11th October we visited the Foodbank in Tranent and dropped off our boxes and a cheque for £35.00. We learned how everything worked in the Foodbank and were shown the process used. First the food is weighed. This is done to ensure everybody gets more or less what they should have. Then the foods are organised into categories and then into use by dates. The nearest dates are used first. Lots of volunteers helped at the Foodbank. It was all very interesting to see and to know we were making a difference’.


Hope and Matthew, p7.


Macmillan Fundraiser

Bakes and Shakes, 27th September

Thanks to all who attended this event helping us to raise £120.00

Ivan also raised an impressive £404 – well done to Ivan!


P1/2 Witches Shop

Mrs Daly set up a ‘Witches Shop’ in her classroom to ‘sell’ snacks to the children and teach them the value of different coins. The snacks ‘sold’ included broomsticks (twiglets and cheese strings), brains (jelly and mushy peas) as well as other Halloween themed snacks. Thanks very much to those parents who sent in coins to help with the learning.


House Keeping

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


Thurs 10th           Flu Immunisations

Thurs 17th            Parent Council Meeting


Mon 21st              Tempest Photography taking Individual and Family Group Photos




Thurs 8th               Nursery Show for Saltoun & Humbie pupils at Humbie – details to follow.

Tues 13th              P1-7 Christmas Lunch

Tues 20th              Pantomime at the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh – details to follow.

Thurs 22nd            Christmas parties for nursery and P1-7 pupils; last day of term; finishing time as usual.


January 2017

Mon 9th                                All pupils resume.