Heriot-Watt University is opening its doors on 18th and 19th May for an Exploration Weekend with a series of family-friendly hands-on lab visits, cultural events, exhibitions and lectures

What does it feel like to stand on a wind turbine in the middle of the North Sea, operate the controls of an underwater robot or journey to the sea bed using 3D visualisation?

This May, all this and more is on offer to the public as Heriot-Watt University opens its doors for an exciting weekend of sea themed events at the Edinburgh Campus.

The Exploration Weekend, which begins on the evening of 18th May with the Annual Stakeholder Meeting, and 10am-4pm on 19th May will welcome families, fellow Heriot-Watt colleagues, alumni and members of the public for a wide range of free events, demonstrations and lectures offering a unique opportunity to learn about the institution’s world class, global research.

As part of Heriot-Watt’s ‘The Year of the Sea’ celebrations, visitors will explore how the sea can provide energy, what changes in sea temperature, acidity and composition does to sea creatures, both at depth and on the shore, and how we can all play a greater part in reducing the number of microplastics in the environment.

Families can get hands on and win prizes during the science ‘Exploration Trail’ with interactive robotics demonstrations and microscopes mysteries to solve.

Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, will be hosting an Open Day on Saturday 19th May from 10am-4pm with a variety of fun filled activities for young families. Youngsters can get involved in a range of sports, from inflatables in one of the Centre’s impressive sports halls through to team football activities on the facility’s synthetic pitch, used for training by Scotland’s national football and rugby teams. There will also be the Year of the Sea themed face-painting in an outdoor marquee, so families can enjoy the spring weather.

For those interested in delving deeper into the work of the University, a ‘Spotlight On Science’ series will allow visitors to hear short presentations from leading scientists, followed by Q&A sessions in small groups.

Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE will hold a special lecture on the University’s relationship with the Gibson-Craig family and Scotland’s role in the abolition of slavery, with Heriot-Watt’s Museum and Archive opening its doors to display a new ‘Edinburgh and Emancipation’ exhibition.

Visitors can also learn more about postgraduate business education at the world leading Edinburgh Business School (EBS), and the exciting plans for Panmure House, the last home of the Father of Economics, Adam Smith, which EBS will be opening later this year in the Canongate.

Commenting on the Exploration Weekend, Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, said, “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus to enjoy what is set to be an exciting and informative two days, as well as an opportunity to showcase our academics’ innovative research.

“Throughout 2018, we are celebrating the Year of the Sea across our five campuses. Our biologists, ecologists, engineers, chemists, roboticists and mathematicians are collaborating on a series of research projects as we explore the many facets of our seas and the life, energy and opportunities they present. As we open the doors to our Edinburgh campus, we look forward to sharing some of our findings as well as inspiring the next generation of budding scientists to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).”

For further information about the Exploration Weekend please visitwww.hw.ac.uk/exploration-weekend



Fostering – East Lothian

Are you who they’re looking for?


We urgently need more people to take the plunge and find out about fostering with East Lothian Council.

East Lothian Council’s Education and Children’s Services spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar says:

‘We have children and young people who need foster carers urgently. The demand is always growing and we need more people to come forward very soon and give their love and support to some vulnerable children and young people who really, really need them.

‘As you know, we set great store in East Lothian in keeping our looked-after children in or very close to East Lothian, so that very vulnerable children don’t have to change schools or lose touch with their friends and wider families. Not every fostering agency thinks this is important but we do – we really see the value in not sending children far away from everyone and everything they know. So, I’d just like to say how grateful I am to all our current foster carers for choosing to Foster East Lothian and for the fantastic job they do – they make a difference every day. I hope that there will be a number of people reading this article now who will also be able to make that difference and be the ones that our children so desperately need.’

St. Martin’s open Monday 5th March

School and nursery to re-open tomorrow Monday 5th March. Please ensure that all children  enter the main door of the school building on arrival. All children can gather in the main gym hall before being dismissed to class. Please read the following information which contains advice from east Lothian council.

Schools and Nurseries

All East Lothian Council schools, nurseries and specialist education provision will re-open tomorrow (Monday).

We are working closely with providers who transport pupils from more isolated rural areas (outwith towns and villages) to and from our schools. Transport providers will contact parents directly if there are any difficulties collecting pupils from these locations due to road conditions.

There has been a huge amount of effort by our teams to clear snow from pathways – thanks to parents and residents for their assistance with this. Please be aware of surface conditions given the low temperature. Ensure children walking to school have appropriate footwear and are dressed to the conditions. In the interests of the safety, children and young people should go straight into the school building on arrival.

Kind regards

Stephanie McDonald

Mindfulness Group: Snow Day ⛄️ Activities

Amidst all of your snow ⛄️ games, your sledging with friends and family, your igloo building and then snuggling up with some hot chocolate ☕️ and a good book 📖, why don’t you take a moment of calm and try one of these mindfulness tasks. The Mindfulness Group started practising these on Monday in school. Why don’t you give them a go at home.
Mrs Hayes

Don’t Worry, Be Happy- Talk and Tell Sessions

Hello everyone.
I hope you are all staying safe and enjoying the snow ⛄️
I wanted to let everyone know that if you had a Talk and Tell session booked for Wednesday or Thursday of this week and have missed it due to the snow storm, that I will be in touch with you next week to rearrange your appointment. You will not miss out on your Talk and Tell time, it will just be at a different time.
Stay safe and warm and I shall see you next week.
Mrs Hayes

Primary 1-2 Snow Day Activities

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all having great fun in the snow and most importantly staying warm and safe!!

Myself, Mrs Carlyle and Mrs Fettes have been working together to come up with some fun activities for Primary 1 and 1/2 to try while school is closed.

  • Make a den with some blankets in your house and read books together to celebrate World Book Day Today.
  • There are lost of fun interactive games/resources and story telling videos on World Book Day website http://www.worldbookday.com
  • Do some research on our topic Primary 1’s are learning about weather, seasons and Outer Space. Primary 2’s are learning about the Human body and keeping healthy.
  • Primary 1 and 1/2 very much enjoy being active. There is a fantastic online resource call ‘Topmarks’. Particularly for Literacy and Numeracy. It is highly interactive and talks the children through their task.Numeracy-The categories available to choose from covers the majority of what we are covering in class and will allow the children to consolidate class learning at home. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting Literacy-The categories available to choose from cover Reading, Writing, Spelling, Common words, Letters & Sounds, Speaking & Listening. Which will help support children with blending words, word making, sentence building and learning tricky words. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/3-5-years/letters-and-sounds
  • Other online Literacy and Numeracy resources are:



All the above resources are familiar to the children and they will be able to use them independently.

  • Stay active by making an indoor obstacle course or a treasure hunt.
  • Make a snowman or Make balloon marbles- fill a balloon with water (not too much) and food colouring, put it outside to freeze. Once frozen remove balloon and you will have colourful frozen ball in the garden.
  • Use your ‘Making Thinking Visible’ skills to draw and write about what you ‘See’, ‘Think’ and ‘Wonder’ about the world outside your window.

Happy Learning and remember to STAY SAFE!!

Miss Alongi, Mrs Carlyle and Mrs Fettes

Snow Day Activities

Hope you are all enjoying the snow – here are some activities which  you could be completing during your time off school:

Show Practise

P4-7: If you are inside keeping warm please keep on practising the songs for We Will Rock You (as we have missed a few rehearsals due to the snow! – The Show Must Go On! #Freddie Mercury)

World Book Day

As it is World Book Day, you could choose a book and complete on (or more) of these activities:

  • Design a new front cover for it
  • Write a review for the book (you could do this as a blog and put it on our website or Twitter)
  • Write an alternative ending for the story
  • Write a summary or create an illustration for your favourite part
  • Think of a super power that would help the main character in the story, then design a poster which illustrates the power and how they use it
  • Write a set of questions you could use if you were going to interview a character from the story (good one for P6!)


Write a story about a Beast from the East invading or attacking Tranent! Remember to include interesting descriptions of characters, setting and events.


If you  feel like being creative and investigative in the snow you could carry out this insulation Science experiment:

  • Get 2 or 3 (or more) clear plastic cups and fill them with snow.
  • Wrap each cup in a different material (make sure you leave one with no wrapping – this is your control)
  • Observe how long it takes the snow to melt in the cups
  • The one which takes longest to melt has the best insulation


Try to get a bronze, silver or gold Mathletics certificate?!

Enjoy! 🙂  Mr Campbell