Free Solar Panels for Schools

British Gas has announced that up to 200 free solar panel systems are available to schools.  The Solar Panels will not only generate electricity for the winning schools, but will also help cut their carbon footprint.  The Schools can use the solar panels to generate their own free electricity,  the Solar Panels will help schools meet their carbon reduction targets, reducing emissions by up to 1,400 tonnes per year (equivalent to taking almost 400 cars off the road); and cutting down on energy costs bring sustainability to life and is a valuable lesson for pupils, teachers and parents on how greener energy can help the environment.

To enter, schoolsneed to register by sending an email to, detailing the school?s Name, Address, Telephone Number and the name of the main school contact; or they can call on 0800 980 9038. British Gas will then get back in touch to let the school know how to apply.

Deadline: 4th March 2013

The World Education Games 2013


The World Education Games are taking place on the 5-7th March 2013 and we anticipate over 5.5 million pupils participating from around the globe and this year .  Pupils will even be attempting to become triple World Record Breakers too!  Enter World Education Games 2013!

 It is open to both primary & secondary schools and, as you may know, East Lothian pupils have competed extremely well in the past. 

 The Games incorporate, World Literacy Day, World Maths Day and World Science Day so there is something for everyone.

Scottish Engineering Challenge







A Schools Competition

sponsored by

The Weir Group PLC


Prizes worth £8,500

 Open to S2 pupils from ALL Scottish Secondary Schools  

Submission to be based on the title:

“The Importance of Engineering to Scotland”


One entry per school, the number of participating pupils to be decided by each school. 

2012-13 Comp – flyer Scottish Engineering Challange


Please send your written report to:    

Mr Bryan Buchan

Chief Executive

Scottish Engineering

105 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1QL


Closing date:    Friday 22nd March 2013






Climate Week


Climate Week

Britain’s Biggest Climate Change Campaign

4 to 10 March 2013


Do you have an event or activity planned for Climate Week 2013? Register now at By registering your event, you can help build a social movement for change, encourage others in your area to run their own event, and profile the fantastic work that you are doing. All registered events appear on our online map, so this is your chance to shine 

Backed by the Prime Minister, Paul McCartney, the NAHT and the Met office to name a few, Climate Week is a supercharged national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change. It culminates in thousands of events and activities, planned by organisations from every sector of society. During the last Climate Week, over 3,000 events were attended by half a million people across the UK for the second successive year. 

 No event planned yet? You can register now for the Climate Week Challenge, Britain’s biggest environmental competition. The Challenge is open to all ages, can be done on any day during Climate Week and it is completely free to take part. Over 130,000 people participated in 2012 in a challenge to come up with an idea to green a local space and make it more environmentally friendly. The entries were judged by a celebrity panel and the winners went on to take part in workshops organized by industry and business leaders.


Whatever you do, don’t forget to tell us about it! You can help to build a movement for change by sharing your Climate Week activities at 

To find out more about Climate Week go to, email or telephone on 020 3397 2601.

Developing Global Citizens newsletter (January 2013)




 Developing Global Citizens Newsletter


Welcome to the January newsletter

The DGC team wishes you a Happy New Year.  If you have any queries about the content of our bulletins or general global citizenship inquiries feel free to contact us:


Win a visit from Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 Mascot, to your school or establishment.   Closing date: 1 February 2013.


Find out about the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 and how your school can get involved.

Learning for Sustainability – the report of the One Planet Schools Working Group, was published in December.

The report includes strategic recommendations to support the development of coherent whole school approaches to ensure that learning for sustainability, global citizenship and outdoor learning are experienced in a transformative way by every learner in every school across Scotland.


The charity, Speakers for Schools, has teamed up with Glow TV to webcast a range of talks happening at schools in Scotland. Find out about upcoming talks.



Scottish schools invited to support conservation project to save the Eastern Imperial Eagle.

Holocaust Memorial Day is on 27 January. Glasgow City Council will lead national commemorations in Scotland and your school can be involved via Glow. Find out more.


Videos of the month

My year with Clyde

For a positive, non commercial clip to make you believe in humanity and young people and creativity take 3 mins to watch the Landfill Harmonic video clip


Lamp House Music introduces Ukulele and Vocals



Lamp House Music, Haddington 


Lamp House Music introduces Ukulele and Vocals to music lesson timetable

Lamp House Music, Haddington, have just announced their New Year Term of Music Lessons.  Vocal Lessons as well as the fun and fashionable ukulele have been added to their already popular classes in guitar, drums, keyboard and piano.

The tutor for the Ukulele classes – for which there is both a children’s and adult’s class – is Fraser Fulton.  Fraser, who comes from North Berwick, is a young but renowned musician having set up the immensely popular North Berwick High School Ukulele Orchestra with Carl Roderick (Head of Computing) in 2010.  The group, made up of both boys and girls and boasting 30+ members, has been going strong ever since.

Fraser hopes to bring the same success to Lamp House Music.  Each week pupils will learn and develop different tunes – the ukulele promises quick results and is instantly gratifying, it can be a great first instrument and is a fantastic confidence booster.  The class will encourage teamwork, and for more confident members solo performance and singing.  The group will select the music they want to learn – choosing their own material with Fraser’s help and guidance.  There will also be the opportunity to try out various percussion instruments to enhance the overall sound of the group.


Ukulele and Vocal Classes commence Tuesday 15th January 2013






To book a place call Lamp House Music on 01620 825630 or email

Further information at






Undergraduate study in the USA

Global Citizenship – S5 pupil opportunity 

The Sutton Trust is now inviting applications for places on its US programme, a week-long summer school which gives state school participants a taste of what undergraduate study in the USA can offer.

sutton trust usa programme booklet


Nick Morgan

Education Scotland








Library Services Homework Club

Volunteers needed for Homework Clubs

Homework clubs are a new service from East Lothian Libraries, which will be launched in January 2013. They consist of a 1.5 to 2-hour drop-in session, run by a Volunteer Homework Club Leader with the assistance of a Volunteer Homework Club Helper. Primary School Children can come and do their homework at their local library where they would benefit from space to study, access to a wide selection of books, online resources, word processing and supervised internet access. 

The volunteers would supervise children, support them in completing their homework, assist them with using the range of research tools available in the library, and encourage them to search the library shelves for books that might be relevant to their needs. They will also be asked to complete a small amount of administration and paperwork involved in the running of the club.

Homework Club Leaders need to be members of the Disclosure Scotland PVG scheme.

The majority of club members will be aged 8-12 (P4-7), but, depending on the Homework Club Leader, some clubs may accept children from P1. The aim of the homework clubs is to provide a safe friendly environment for children within the library where they can come together and work on their homework. Volunteers offer support but do not teach the children.

 Homework Club – Application Form1

Job Outline – Homework Club Volunteer

Homework Club task description

If you are interested in volunteering with a Homework club, either as a Homework Club Leader or Helper please or contact Agnès Guyon or your local library for further information:

Agnès Guyon – Senior Librarian – Young People’s Services
Library and Museum Headquarters – Dunbar Road – Haddington – EH41 3PJ

Tel: 01620 820 612  –





Mentored Music Sessions for East Lothian Young People



This could be your best present this Christmas!


This Christmas and New Year Eljam, East Lothian Youth music Forum, is offering free rehearsal sessions at Lamp House Music for East Lothian bands and musicians aged 10-25.

 10 bands/artists will be selected to receive 6 x 3 hour rehearsal sessions in one of Lamp House Music’s fully equipped rehearsal studios. That’s 18 hours of free rehearsal time for you and your band! During the first hour of each rehearsal, a tailored mentoring session will be delivered – these sessions are intended to offer participating acts professional advice and guidance in instrumentation and music related activities such as PR & Marketing, Sound Production and Performance.

Tell me more…

The one-hour mentoring sessions are not aimed at telling you what to play or do, but to offer ideas about and insights into your music from professionals working in the music industry.

You select what sessions you want. Would you and your band benefit from a session with a vocal coach to work on singing technique or would an hour or two with a professional session musician session sort out those songs that well, just need something else? Do you play in a covers band and want to find out more about Music Agencies and PR and Marketing or an Indie/Rock/Metal/Whatever band looking to find out more about how to get gigging around Scotland and need some help in preparing a press pack?

The mentoring sessions will be tailored to you and your bands requirements and delivered by experienced professionals working in their respective areas of the music industry – and importantly, they are all cool folks who are more than happy to pass on their experience. Bands will select six mentoring sessions from the following areas:

  • Band Management
  • Music PR & Marketing 1
  • Music PR & Marketing 2
  • Recording & Production
  • Booking Agents & Gig Getting
  • Live Performance
  • Song-Writing & Arrangements
  • Instrumentation

After each mentoring session, bands have a further two hours to rehearse and create.  Attached, you will find a brief summary of each mentoring session and some of the mentors available – we have access to a large number of musicians and industry professionals and remember each mentoring programme will be tailored to your band, so have a good read and think about which sessions you and your band would benefit most from.

 How do I apply?

To apply for one of the ten places available all you have to do is complete the attached application form – please note that you must be based in East Lothian and aged 10-25. Try to answer all questions as fully as you can and give us as much info about the band. We also need to know your preferred sessions dates and times, as well as which mentoring sessions you want delivered – so make sure you complete both parts of the application and return completed forms by 5pm on Monday 10 December 2012 (that’s less than a week away – so act quick!) to Lamp House Music via or you can post/hand in completed forms to Lamp House Music, Station Yard, Hospital Road, Haddington, EH41 4DU.

Successful acts will be contacted by email on Friday 14 December 2012 and must agree to attend a one-hour Information Session at Lamp House Music on Tuesday 18 December – times to be confirmed – when bands will plan their mentoring sessions and find out the final session dates and times they have been allocated.



The ‘Life around the Turbines’


The Scottish Seabird Centre are inviting teachers and pupils to  a FREE activity day at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick (EH39 4SS).  Workshops will run on the 18th and 19th of  September 2012. 

The ‘Life around the Turbines’ workshops – which are based around the subject of offshore windfarms – are cross curricular and have been designed by the Marine Biological Association and the National Marine Aquarium with funding from COWRIE (Collaborative Offshore Wind Research Into the Environment).

Students will take part in 3 curriculum linked sessions during the day, beginning at 10.30 am, with a break for lunch and finishing by 2.30pm. 

  • Habitats, adaptations and food webs  –    Find out what lives around the wind turbines.
  •  Technology –  Find out why we need renewable energy and how a wind turbine works.
  •  The Environment –   ‘Decision Making’ in the real world – balancing energy needs with environmental management.

 The sessions are most appropriate for primary 5 and 6. The maximum number of students that can be accommodated on each day is 60, so book now to avoid disappointment!

If you would like to book or need some more information, please get in touch with Jenny at the Scottish Seabird Centre

Don’t forget all workshops and resources are completely FREE!!  The Seabird Centre are also able to subsidize the cost of travel to and from the event.