All posts by S McDonald

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act – East Lothian Council update for families

From 31 August 2016, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act will commence. This Act states that every young person in Scotland is entitled to the support of a Named Person from birth until the until the age of 18.

All pupils will shortly be given a leaflet produced by Scottish Government, explaining the role of a Named Person. You can also find this leaflet on the East Lothian Council website, school websites and the Scottish Government GIRFEC website, along with lots of other information about the Named Person role.

For children in Primary Schools, their Named Person will be the Head Teacher, a Depute Head Teacher, or a Principal Teacher. In a Secondary School, it will be a Guidance Teacher or a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support.

During school holidays, the Named Person role will be undertaken by qualified staff at East Lothian Council. Details of who these people will be and how to contact them will be made available in August, on school and council websites.

Your individual school will inform you as to the name of your child’s Named Person in August, so that you have the most up to date information.

On 30 May, the Scottish Government will be launching a media campaign to raise awareness of the Named Person role and how this fits with the Children and Young People’s Act. East Lothian Council will publicise national materials through social media, on our websites and through pupil post.

For more detailed information, you can look online at the Scottish Government GIRFEC website. This contains a number of very useful and user-friendly documents.


P5 Fabby Dabby Week!

We had art on Thursday with Mrs McLeod and we made Halloween masks. It was great because we got to chose our design. They were really scary.

We had our john muir power point that told us about his life. We also had our drama with Shonagh. We were acting out John’s mum and dad and a farmer and some of john’s brothers and sisters. We worked together in groups and we acted out different scenes. It was good fun because we got to work together.

We reflected about are October holidays.This was fun as we found out all the different things everyone got up to!!


Nursery News

In the Nursery cloakroom area you will find the children’s big learning book. Please feel free to have a look to see what the children are asking questions about and leave a little comment so that we can share this with the children.

We also welcome your suggestions for improvement and comments about what you like about our nursery. Please give us this feedback so that we are able to effect the change that you want to see happen.

Next to our big learning book we also have slips for you to fill in to either compliment or complain about an aspect of the service that we provide. You are our service users and we appreciate all the feedback that you are able to provide us with. There is an available box for you to post your responses. You can write your name on the comment/suggestion slip etc if you wish but if you would rather leave it anonymously then please do.

See you tonight at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ open evening.

Kind Regards

Mrs McDonald and Ms Stewart


Town Centre Charrette

As you will no doubt be aware by now the Town Centre Charrette for Tranent is taking place this week – an opportunity for the community as a whole to help develop a masterplan for the centre of the town that will meet their needs and help revitalise the town centre for the benefit of the whole community.

There are a number of different sessions arranged over the coming week where people can find out more and get involved in the designs – but there is 1 in particular that I am hoping you will be able to help further promote to young people and parents picking their kids up from school on Friday.

The Open Design Studio – Friday 27th from 12-2:30pm in the main hall at Ross High School – has been timed specifically around the end of the school day to give people and families a chance to drop in on the process while they are already out and about, see what has been discussed so far and give their input and ideas. 

More details about the rest of the sessions and how else people can get involved can be found at or on Facebook



Parental Feedback on P1 Family Packs

It’s that time again! We need your help in gathering feedback about this year’s P1 Family Packs. We have compiled two surveys, one for Teachers and another for Parents – it would be great if you could click on the link below and complete the survey. There are prizes on offer: an author visit for one lucky teacher and a bundle of books for one parent.

We will also be offering a prize of a bundle of books to the Co-ordinator and/or P1 Contact who generates the most responses in proportion to their Local Authority size.

The links for the surveys are as follows:

For Teachers –

For Parents –

The deadline for both surveys is Friday 27th February.


New Books for Our Library!

All classes have been asked by our fantastic librarians if they would make a wish list of new books that they would like for our school library.

Please have a look over the weekend and let us know what you think by commenting on this website or telling your teacher on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Mrs McDonald

P6 Class Blog!

This week we have enjoyed learning about Leonid Alfremov for Mrs McDonald’s art competition. Mrs McDonald and Mrs Hayes will be picking the winners this afternoon!

We have enjoyed having Mrs McDonald as our teacher for the week, she is very strict but can be quite funny!

We look forward to seeing Mrs Hayes and having our P7s back with us! Football hasn’t been the same without you 🙂


Mrs McDonald’s Update

Great to see all of the new class blogs appearing on the school website. Every week I will post the HT news from assemblies! This will include information about our homework percentages throughout the school, our Accelerated Reading whole school word count, our Healthy snack winners and out Head Teacher medal winners. I look forwrad to updating you every week with the help of the house and vice captains:-)
We are way to Mass with our archbishop Leo Cushley this afternoon at St. Matthew’s PS in Rosewell.
Have a lovely weekend everyone and be take care of each other.
See you Monday when we wave goodbye to P7 and Mrs Bagnall and Mrs Hayes as we sent them away to camp.
Mrs McDonald

Tartan Day!

Please help us support our local community events by bringing £1 to school tomorrow to wear something tartan! Let’s raise money and celebrate our Scottish culture at the same time!

Friday 24th January 2014 – TARTAN DAY