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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. Continue reading EXPLORE HERIOT-WATT THIS MAY AS DOORS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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

Friday closure

St. Martin’s is to remain closed to all nursery and school pupils.

I hope that all children are making the most of the snow by sledging and making snowmen. As long as you stay safe.

Kind regards

Stephanie McDonald

Rendering works to the school

 Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: External Render Repairs & Associated Works to St. Martin’s RCPS

With the support of the Parent Council and our local councillors we are working closely with East Lothian Council to ensure the maintenance of the school building. A meeting went ahead on Monday 4th December with the contractors for the work and now plans are put in place for the rendering of the building.

Phase 1 of the works will commence Monday 11th December 2017 and be completed by Friday 9th March 2018. Phase 1 of the works will include all works to remaining Elevations and this is to be undertaken in such a way that only a part Elevation is enclosed at any one time in order to undertake render and associated works. This is to ensure segregation between the works and the staff/children and members of the public.

To ensure the health and safety of all children, parents and staff the back school gate (St. Martin’s Lane) will be closed throughout this period as this area will be for works access and any resources that they will need to use to complete the works necessary. I ask that everyone gains access to the school via the front school gate.

Phase 2 of the works will commence from Monday 12th February 2018 to Monday 19th February 2018. Phase 2 of the works will involve the site set-up (including site compound, welfare facilities, erection of herras fencing etc), the erection of scaffold to the Main Entrance Area and the undertaking of render works to this area including the lead work and other high level work to the parapet. This will also include the works within the Nursery Playground Area. This Phase will also include the dismantling of scaffold and making good the Entrance Area. This phase of work will be carried out during the February break to minimise disruption to the school.

All measures have been taken to ensure the safety of all children in the school during this time of works being carried out in the school. Any changes to the playground areas during breaks and lunches are carefully planned. Any information or updates that I have will be given to you to ensure effective communication between home and school.

Kind regards

Stephanie McDonald

Head Teacher