20th UK Chess Challenge


The UK Chess Challenge the largest chess tournament in the world!

The UK Chess Challenge is now in its 20th year and has brought chess to hundreds of thousands of children throughout the UK.  It ranks as one of the cheapest activities available to schools.  For a little over £1 a pupil, plus the allocation of less than one hour a week of a teacher’s time, chess can be introduced into each school and the most successful children can then go on to match their skills with the best players in their boroughs and nationally.  The aim of the UK Chess Challenge has always been to promote maximum involvement, with complete beginners starting in their schools, and maximum quality, with international stars emerging from the later stages of the competition.

See the attached flyer for more information on how to book your place….20th UK Chess Challenge



Meadowbank Gymnastics Club


The aims and objectives of the club will be:

  • To offer quality coaching and competitive opportunities in participation level and high performance gymnastics.
  • To promote the club within the local and gymnastics communities.
  • To ensure a duty of care is adhered to all members of the club.
  • To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone and offers opportunities for all.
  • To ensure that all present and future members receive fair and equal treatment regardless of age, gender, race or ability.


Membership of the Gymnastic Club is open to all new members regardless of age, gender, race or ability.

All club members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and on joining the club they will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of conduct that the club has adopted.

Please see the attached flyers for more information about the club and what’s on offer..Gymnastic classes flyer    Meadowbank CG Constitution

The Royal Highland Education Trust Newsletter


Please find attached the latest newsletter from the Lothian branch of the Royal Highland Education Trust. The Trust provide  both primary and secondary schools with free farm visits, classroom speakers and educational resources on food and farming.

The newsletter gives teachers a flavour of what we have to offer as well as keeping them up-to-date with resources and training we can offer.

RHET Lothian Autumn 2014 teacher Round up (final version)

The flyer is for our Farmhouse Breakfast competition which is open to primary schools.

RHET Lothian Farmhouse Breakfast Competition 2015

Keep up-to-date with RHET Lothian on Facebook






Veginvasion—coming to a classroom near you!

Health and Wellbeing is one area of Curriculum for Excellence that no-one can ignore, especially as Scotland has one of the worst records of obesity in the developed world. Helping children gain the knowledge they need to make good food choices is important and by working together we can promote healthier lifestyles now as well as better health in the future.

Veginvasion is a resource pack, aimed at Upper Nursery and P1 pupils, full of activities that complement the vegetable theme is a fun, practical way. It is designed to help pupils, teachers, parents and others who influence food choices by encouraging youngsters to experiment with different tastes as well as learn about vegetables, where they come from and why they are important in our diet.

It can also help children to overcome their perceived dislike and mistrust of unfamiliar foods and learn to enjoy new textures and flavours in a relaxed social setting.

What you said about Veginvasion ……..

“The children thoroughly enjoyed the veg. We made a display and had a touching table, the interest was enormous.”

“We made soup, had raw vegetable for snack and talked about where the food came from. There were endless opportunities for development of knowledge.”

“The whole learning experience was great for the children and is very easily adapted for cross curricular work.”

 Veginvasion—an extra pair of helping hands!

We appreciate that not all school staff are comfortable working in this area, especially if they aren’t familiar with current healthy eating advice. For this reason we have been talking to nutrition experts at Queen Margaret University about utilizing 4th year students to come into the classroom and support school staff deliver Veginvasion.

Not only will you benefit from the student’s up to date knowledge and enthusiasm as well as an extra pair of hands to help chop, peel and slice, the student gains valuable practical experience in a school setting, a win/win situation! For more info on Veginvasion, email mshepherd@eastlothian.gov.uk or phone 01620 827236



Fertile Ground Conference

environmental arts towards change

25 & 26 October 2014, Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar, East Lothian



North Light Arts will deliver the ‘Fertile Ground Conference’ on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in Dunbar, East Lothian, with the aim of creating a space to nurture a conversation exploring creative ways to engage communities in the potential for change through public art with an environmental agenda.

Speakers include: Chris Fremantle of Eco Arts Scotland; Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel + Scullion; Judy Spark of Grays School of Art; Natalie Walton, Head of Education, Hepworth Wakefield and Matt Baker of The Environmental Art Festival Scotland. There will also be artists presentations from Robbie Coleman, Jo Hodges, Emma Herman-Smith, Hannah Imlach, Karen Gabbitas, Akshaya Narsimhan and Diandra Saginatari.

Creative Scotland, East Lothian Council and Scottish Natural Heritage have provided funding to enable North Light Arts to deliver this conference which aims to cultivate a fertile ground in which to discover the unique potential of our locality through engaging artists, environmental visionaries, science specialists and local organisations, developing an active process of dialogue, debate and cross pollination.

To book follow this link http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/north-light-arts-7266976227
Free creche and children’s workshop for delegates to the Saturday morning talks: please book early. Discount for EH42 postcode

For further information email: infonorthlightarts@gmail.com
Please book early.




Smoke Free Homes


NHS Lothian, in collaboration with youthwork charity Fast Forward, would like to offer all primary schools in Edinburgh, East Lothian or Midlothian a completely free workshop for their pupils on second hand smoke, tobacco and health.

 NHS Lothian and Fast Forward have developed a highly successful ‘Smoke Free Homes’ project which gives primary schools the opportunity to address second hand smoke in line with many of the Curriculum for Excellence’s E’s and O’s. The project also supports accreditation towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award. Over 60 primary schools have so far completed the project. Participation and workshops are free and the project can be tailored to the needs of individual primary schools. In addition, many schools have received positive media interest as a result of the project.

 We also offer:

•             information about how the project links to CfE E’s and Os

•             trained staff delivering a workshop on second hand smoke to pupils

•             links to further information about second hand smoke for teachers to use

•             publicity materials for parents

•             a framed certificate for your school

•             opportunities to attend training and networking events on tobacco issues


NHS Lothian and Fast Forward would be delighted to work with your school during the 2014/15 session. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact Chris Read at Fast Forward 0131 554 4300 chris@fastforward.org.uk.

web  www.fastforward.org.uk


Creative Conversation

Creative Conversation

The first of the 2013/14 Creative Conversations will be on Monday 8th September at 4 for 4.30 till 5.30 with wine and canapes afterwards (venue to follow with confirmation of attendance). Our first Creative Catalyst this session is Hywel Roberts.

This Creative Conversation is titled Fly Me to the Moon and through conversation with Hywel, it will be a chance to realise that the sky is not the limit and that anything is possible. He was recently described as ‘a world leader in enthusiasm’.

Hywel Roberts, is also described as the king of ‘Imagineering’ and  is one of the most entertaining and practical speakers you are ever likely to hear, His bookOops! Getting Children to Learn Accidentally’really captures that. It is amusing, dynamic and full of helpful ideas, strategies and tools. He has worked with a number of schools and local authorities to improve performance and is widely respected for his achievements. All of his success is based on creative and imaginative approaches and a real belief that while learners should be successful, they should also love learning.

You can get a full biography at http://www.createlearninspire.co.uk/biography, but the main thing you need to know

There will certainly be laughter. There may be singing. It is absolutely guaranteed that there will be animated conversation and lots of learning.

To find out more clikc here…………..Creative Conversation Invitation – Hywel Roberts

Newhailes NTS Detectives Nature Club



Newhailes Ranger Service would like to invite children aged from 7 to 12 to join the Detectives Nature Club.  If you would like to be budding detective then click on this link and find out more about all the exciting things you could be getting up to….NTS_Detectives_2014

glassuntitledFor more information on any aspect of the Newhailes NTS Detectives, contact:

Lothian Area Ranger, National Trust for Scotland, Newhailes, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RY. Tel: 0844 493 2124, 07748 766 794. Email: lothianranger@nts.org.uk



Greenpower Education Trust Event

greenpower-picThe Greenpower Education Trust’s objective is to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people.

Their mission is…….

  • To change current views about engineering, presenting it as a fascinating, relevant and dynamic career choice for any young person.
  • To demonstrate the importance of engineering, and associated STEM subjects, to solve the problems faced by societies today particularly in the areas of sustainability.
  • To link education, industry and community through inspirational engineering projects.
  • To promote social inclusion through engaging with vulnerable and economically disadvantaged young people.

Hence Greenpower Education Trust created a number of practical, educational engineering challenges which fulfil our mission and encompass all of our values.

Inspiration Motivation Passion Dedication Fun

Greenpower are hosing an event at East Fortune on 31 August – to find out more about this and even more about Greenpower please click on the web link  http://www.greenpower.co.uk/events/events/east-fortune-2014

Image by Greenpower.