Rights Respecting School

We are delighted to announce the following exciting news:


The Rights Respecting Schools Award supports schools to embed the UNCRC into their everyday practice and ethos.

We relaunched our work on this at the beginning of last session and have been learning about the rights, through the rights and for the rights across all areas of our curriculum.

This ensures our pupils are aware of their rights and how duty bearers (adults) help them to access these rights.

Our hard work has now been recognised by UNICEF following a virtual school visit earlier this week and we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded our SILVER Rights Respecting School Award!

You can read our Silver Accreditation Report from the Rights Respecting Schools Association here:


While this has been a collective effort involving all of our pupils, their families and our staff, extra special thanks must go to Mrs Macdonald for all of her hard work in leading the Burgh through this process and making this vision a wonderful reality.

We look forward to continuing and building on our work in school and with our wider school community.




We are becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School!Musselburgh Burgh Primary School aims to be a school where children’s rights are at the heart of our ethos and culture, to improve well-being and to develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential.  As part of this plan we are working towards recognition as a ‘Rights Respecting School’, an award given to schools on behalf of Unicef UK.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These rights are based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.

Pupils will learn about their rights by putting them into practice every day. A Rights Respecting School models rights and respect in all its relationships. We have been completing lots of work in class and have started the New Year by introducing a right of the month in assembly.

We really hope that you will be able to support our school on our journey towards becoming a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School. You can find a bit more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting unicef.org.uk/crc.

For further information about Rights Respecting Schools please visit:  www.unicef.org.uk/rrsa


Many thanks

Emily Macdonald

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Connecting Classrooms Update

We have been busy working alongside our friends from Golden Dove Primary School.

Here are some of the things we have been doing:

  • Two of our 2020/21 Pupil Council members made this <<video>> of our school. We then shared it with our Ugandan link school – Golden Dove Junior School. They then shared some <<photos>> of their school garden and the children tending to it. We had to Google what some of the vegetables were!

  • We have been learning how to build our resilience using the ‘Building Resilience’ whole school program. Our 2020/21 Pupil Council interviewed our Ugandan link school’s Head Teacher, Aisha Matovu, about what lockdown was like for her and how she demonstrated resilience throughout it. The Ugandan schools have largely been closed for 2021 and are still closed as of December 2021. You can view part of this interview <<HERE>>

  • Golden Dove Junior School in Ugandan sent us some letters describing their experience of lockdown. They’re so interesting as their lack of access to the internet has made their educational experience extremely different to ours. Please do have a read of them HERE. Our wonderful P5/6 class then replied trying to show empathy and awareness and sharing some of their personal experiences.
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Musselburgh Burgh – Values, Vision & Aims Survey

As part of our school’s review of our vision values and aims, we want to draw on the views and opinions of our whole school community so that our shared aspirations for our children are at the heart of everything we do.

It is important that our values and our vision recognise the things that matter to our whole Burgh family, and that our aims reflect the high expectations we all have for each of our learners.

In this way we can ensure that every action and each step we take is in the same direction and towards the same shared ambitious goal.

Please take just a few minutes to tell us what really matters to you so that we can use your views to shape our common purpose.

The link to the survey can be found <<HERE>>

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School Transition Nursery -> P1

All information needed for transitioning your child from Nursery to Primary 1 can be found <<HERE>>

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East Lothian’s Learning Estate Survey

Share your views on our East Lothian’s Learning Estate

An online questionnaire to gather the views of local communities on the council’s existing learning estate went live on Monday (22 February 2021).

Phase 1 of the Learning Estate Review pre-consultation has been designed to offer schools and communities the opportunity to share their opinions on the condition of the existing learning estate. The pre-consultation will also gather views on how well the school estate supports learning. 

The questionnaire will run from 22 February – 15 March on the council’s Consultation Hub, to provide an easy and accessible way for people to participate.

Phase 2 of the process will involve a series of online community engagement workshops, which will run from 10 – 28 May. 

The survey is available to view here and will be live for responses from Monday 22 February 2021.

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Update from Lesley Brown on remote learning


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January Newsletter

The January Newsletter is available to view now.

Click to read

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Coronavirus Update

Dear Parent/Carer

Advice to parents/carers – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

I am sure you will be aware of the current outbreak of coronavirus that has now resulted in positive cases having been identified in Scotland. I am writing to let you know that the Council is acting on national advice and keeping our schools updated.

The Scottish Government has issued advice to schools
https://www.gov.scot/news/coronavirus-guidance-issued-for-education-providers/ and East Lothian Council has shared latest information when available to all our schools and will continue to provide updates when available.

Health advice is available with regular updates from NHS Scotland:

What is coronavirus?

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.

Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.

Preventing spread of infection

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.

There are general principles anyone can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands often – with soap and water, or use alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport
  • covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
  • people who feel unwell should stay at home and should not attend work or any education or childcare setting
  • pupils, staff and visitors should wash their hands:
    • before leaving home
    • on arrival at school
    • after using the toilet
    • after breaks and sporting activities
    • before food preparation
    • before eating any food, including snacks
    • before leaving school
  • use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • if you are worried about your symptoms or those of a child or colleague, please call NHS 111 Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment

I trust this is helpful and any further updates or information will be issued as appropriate.

Yours sincerely
Lesley R Brown
Chief Operating Officer (Education)

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Nursery enrolment For 2020/21

Nursery enrolment: Enrol your child by 6 March 2020

Families with a child born between 1 March 2017 and 28 February 2018 are being encouraged to enrol their child in a nursery before 6 March 2020 for 2020/21.

Older children, or those who have not yet registered for an early learning and childcare place, should also register by this date.

To register for a place:

  • Visit www.eastlothian.gov.uk/nurseryenrolment and find out about the different options available in council nursery settings from August 2020.
  • Download a nursery registration form from the website.
  • Complete the form and take it to your preferred (first) choice nursery. You should also take your child’s birth certificate.
  • If you are choosing a blend of more than one provider, apply to your council nursery first and then speak to your funded provider – private nursery, childminder or community group – about what hours you would like from them.
  • Make sure your application is in before 6 March 2020. Applications will still be accepted after this date, but they will not be considered in the first allocation process. Please get in touch with the Early Years and Childcare team if you have any questions or you can’t register by 6 March 2020.

Early Years and Childcare Team
Email: NAMS@eastlothian.gov.uk
Phone: 01620 827872 / 01620 828786 / 01620 820186

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Parental Engagement Strategy

The Parental Engagement Strategy was launched in 2017 and aims to ensure that all Parents/Carers are encouraged and supported to engage as partners in their children’s learning, and to become involved in the life of the school.  

The strategy also ensures that it can continue to build on good practice and create further opportunities for our parents and schools to work together.  There are 6 strands to the strategy and East Lothian Council are seeking responses to evaluate the impact of each of them. 

The Full strategy document is available at http://Parental Engagement Strategy | Parental Involvement | East Lothian Council.

Questions for Parents and Carers:

This survey (Consultation Hub) is for completion by our Parents and Carers. You should only complete one survey if you have multiple children at this school, but will need to complete more than one survey for children at different schools. 

Survey results will be collated on a school basis and will be shared with the HT and Chair of the Parent Council to support any actions arising shortly after the closure of the surveys. 


There is also a QR code you can follow to complete the survey.

The surveys will remain open from Friday 10th March until Friday 31st March 2023.  Thereafter, responses will be analysed and summarised into themes before being fed back to schools and Parent Councils to form an action plan.

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Cost of Living Crisis

The following document has advice for families around helping with the cost of living crisis and accessing support that you may be entitled to:


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January 2022 – Article 29

In assembly we looked at Article 29

Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

It must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.


The start of a new year is often a time for looking at our lives and making promises to ourselves. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a list of promises from world leaders to all the children and young people of the world.


Education matters because it helps children and young people to:

  • Learn how to be safe and healthy
  • Be part of a community
  • Meet people, play and make friends
  • Develop new ways of learning
  • Learn ways to support each other through hard times
  • Feel included and have a voice
  • Access healthy food in schools
  • Find out more about different cultures and traditions
  • Learn how to work as part of a team
  • Develop their personality
  • Learn how to develop their talents and abilities
  • Become independent
  • Learn about the world we live in
  • Learn about their rights
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