All posts by Marion Conner-MacRury

Curriculum for Excellence – latest information

Curriculum for Excellence – latest information

Lorraine Sanda, the National Parental Involvement Coordinator at Scottish Government, has circulated the following links to the latest information about the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE).  – New short films on the CfE which illustrate in learners’ , parents’, and teachers’ own words the impact that CfE is having across the country.

The films contribute to the  Cabinet Secretary’s CfE Action Plan 2011/12  developed in co-operation with  the National Parent Forum of Scotland

Home to School Problems-Contacts for Parents

Home to school transport problems – contact information

Any problem with home to school transport must be reported on the day of the occurrence to allow investigation and circumstances to be clear.

Please use the following means of registering any problem; do not phone the company direct.  The main contact is Andrew Mclellan Transport Officer 01620 827700 or email

Some other contacts are:   01620 827303  –  Alan Kelley;  01620 827660  –  David Kerr;   01620 827367 –  Adele King;      01620 827737  –  Diana Budziosz.

Health and Wellbeing Event for Parents

Health and Wellbeing Event for Parents – Saturday 25 February 2012

The Health and Wellbeing team at Education Scotland is hosting an event for parents
on 25 February at Stirling
Management Centre
. The event will start at 10 am and finish at
1 pm and is free to attend. The aim of this event is to outline the health and wellbeing entitlements for
Curriculum for Excellence

There will be lots of opportunities for discussion about the different aspects of the
health and wellbeing curriculum and how parents can support their children with
this. Partner agencies will also be attending to facilitate some group
discussions. This event will be of interest to any parent with children in the
early years, primary and secondary settings.

If you are interested in attending this event please register with Anne-Marie Lamont.


Getting around East Lothian

Getting around East Lothian

Community and supported transport – is there a better way?

 Transport and the ability to get around impacts on everyone in East Lothian.  Addressing this issue can
be challenging as the majority of public transport in the area is commercial,
and outwith the control of East Lothian Community Planning Partnership.
However, the Council does subsidise some bus services, and the NHS and the
voluntary sector also provide many vital transport services in our

Our Plan for the Future of EastLothian sets out what the Community Planning Partnership wants to
achieve for our county in the future.  This includes having well connected
communities with sustainable forms of transport.

The Community Planning Partnership is holding a conference to raise awareness of the range of
community and supported transport currently available in East Lothian.  It
is open to everyone, including providers and users of community and supported
transport, as well as business and services providers whose clients use these

The conference will be held on Saturday 3 March 2012 in the Town House, Haddington (9.30am for a 10am
start, finishing 12.30pm).  Refreshment and crèche available.
Booking is essential.The programme is available at:
To book a place, register at or
phone 0131 653 4060.

Local Development Plan

Dear all,

 East Lothian Council is preparing a new Local Development Plan ELLDPone.  This will be a new land-use plan that will eventually replace the existing East Lothian Local Plan 2008.  A series of events has been arranged to gather your views on the planning issues that the plan should deal with.  These will be run independently by Planning Aid for Scotland (PAS).

 The attached letter and advert provides details of the events.  A discussion paper is also attached, which provides further background information and sets out the type of planning issues that the Local Development Plan might seek to address.  Further information can also be found on our website:

 We look forward to your participation in these events. 

MIR workshops advert

ELLDPone_preMIR_discussion paper_FINAL

Parent Council Film Night

West Barns Parent Council have organised a film night on Friday 3rd February in the School Hall.


4.30pm: 101 Dalmations (Cert U), (79 Mins). Suitable for Nursery to P3. Doors open at 4.00pm.

6.30pm: Rango (PG),  (107 Mins). Suitable for P4-7. Doors open at 6.00pm

The films are free but a suggested £2 donation to Parent Council funds would be appreciated.

Snacks and Drinks available for sale.

All Proceeds to WBPS Playground Fund

Nursery to P3 Children should be accompanied at all times by an adult.

Watch Trailer for 101 Dalmations here

Watch Trailer for Rango here



Happy New Year

West Barns Parent Council would like to wish you all a great start to 2012.  It certainly was a busy final term with the hugely successful Halloween Party and the annual Christmas Fayre.  Both were great events for West Barns Primary School.  The Parent Council look forward to running further events, in the coming year, to raise funds for the benefit of the pupils.

The next meeting of the Parent Council is on Thursday 26th January at 7.15pm.  All welcome to attend.