The Lost Things – production for P5-7, at The Brunton this February

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Tortoise in a Nutshell – The Lost Things

Tortoise in a Nutshell, the award winning Edinburgh based visual theatre company, presents The Lost Things, an exciting production for children in P5 to P7 this February. Tackling themes of loss, friendship and loneliness, this is an immersive experience that transports them to another world. An accompanying education pack is available.

It’s a world of lost things: car keys, wedding rings, dads, and a mysterious girl who is building an amazing machine.

Performed in a unique dome structure, The Lost Things is about losing things and finding things you didn’t even know you were looking for. This is a dark fairytale set in a fantastical world, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Created by this award winning company with writer Oliver Emanuel, this was originally commissioned by Imaginate and supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Expo Fund.

The Lost Things is on Wednesday 24 February at 11am and 1.30pm. Schools tickets are £5.25 for East Lothian Council Schools, with one free ticket for teachers per 10 pupils booked.

To book, call the Box Office on 0131 665 2240 or email boxoffice@eastlothian.gov.uk

Scotland’s BIG Nature Festival 2015

Scotland’s BIG nature festival is back 23-24 May, Levenhall Links, Musselburgh! There’s loads to keep wildlife lovers and families entertained all weekend. This  award-winning festival has gone from strength to strength – boasting a packed programme covering everything from specialist wildlife talks, walks and demos,  loads of children’s activities like storytelling, puppet shows, bug bioblitz, pond dipping, willow weaving and loads more ways to give your intrepid wildlife explorers a really wild day out!   

This year RSPB has teamed up with East Lothian Council and have a fantastic new venue, renown for its open spaces and wildlife, overlooking the Firth of Forth and part of the John Muir Way. Over 100 exhibitors offer something for everybody, from the latest wildlife technology, fantastic science, art, books, and much more.   

Visitors can enjoy great locally sourced artisan food and drink, and a farmers market in association with Scotland Year of Food and Drink, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets please visit www.bignaturefestival.org.uk  (adults £12 Children £2 under 5’s free).

For more information about the festival click here…….RSPB Families leaflet_HR

TeachMeet #DigiLearnScot: Preston Lodge, 4th March

 UPDATED : THIS TEACHMEET HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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This TeachMeet is in Preston Lodge High School, Park View, Prestonpans, EH32 9QJ and is part of the National Digital Learning Community’s Digital Learning Week. The programme looks like this:

6pm Arrival & Networking
6.20pm Welcome & Introduction
6.30pm Micro & Nano Presentations I
7.05pm Learning Conversations
7.25pm Micro & Nano Presentations II
7.55pm Closing Remarks
8pm Close

You can sign up for clicking on the link below and entering your details in the document. You have four options when signing up…although one of these options is to attend and join in, we really need some folk to sign up to be presenters or to lead learning conversations – otherwise it won’t be much of a TeachMeet! As this is part of the Digital Learning Week, we’re really wanting presentations and conversations which focus on digital learning…with a real emphasis on the *learning*. In other words, not just what digital tools are you using, but why are you using them and what impact are they having on learning in your context. PowerPoint is strongly discouraged in all types of presentations. Presenters will be chosen at random on the night.

So, your options are…

  • You can sign up to attend and be prepared to deliver a 7-minute micro presentation.
  • You can sign up to attend and be prepared to deliver a 2-minute nano presentation.
  • You can sign up to attend and lead a learning conversation…you’ll be asked to suggest a discussion question when signing up, please make this related to digital learning. You can ask a question that you’re grappling with yourself, if you are other people will be too. And yes, you can sign up to lead a learning conversation as well as signing up to present you keen bean you.
  • You can sign up to attend…but you’ll still be expected to join right in and share your thoughts and ideas.

If this sounds like this is right up your street then click the link below and get yourself signed up…

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OOjA19_QVPnemFkvV2GAGIMBlDaduW13KW9Vn5BGwx4/edit

 

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

This is a link to the downloadable, cross-curricular teaching resources produced by the Holocaust Educational Trust: http://www.het.org.uk/index.php/education-general

Here is a link to the Scottish Ambassadors’ facebook page (you have to ‘like’ it to follow!): https://www.facebook.com/hetrascotland, A virtual learning community where we will be posting events to attend in Scotland, teaching activities and videos, information about the Trust’s 70 voices app with Holocaust Survivor testimonies, information about relevant films and TV programmes on this week as well as our #DontHateCreate facebook campaign:

‘#DontHateCreate is a campaign in Scotland inspired by the cultural legacy of the artists, poets and musicians imprisoned at the Terezin camp in the Holocaust. They showed how hope and human creativity can overcome adversity. Create something related to the Holocaust (eg. Art/song/poem/short-story/photography/graphic-strip/candle/etc.) OR share something already out there which you like. Post it with #DontHateCreate, copy+paste this description and tag 5 friends to raise awareness for Holocaust Memorial Day. Forfeit is to tag 10 friends. Get creative!’

Lastly, this is a 12m video I created back in 2009 with another Ambassador for the Trust, after visiting Auschwitz. It is already shown in some East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire schools, you are welcome to show in your school if you like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pIgYBdKUvo

Celtic Connections Free School Concerts

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Free concerts for schools and home educators

Since 1998, The Celtic Connections Education Programme has brought the best Scottish and international traditional musicians to the School Concerts Series at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and this year is no exception.

During January we will be presenting 5 school concerts, featuring artists from Canada, Spain, New Zealand and Scotland.

As well as the headline bands, some of the concerts will feature a mix of special guests and young local performers.

All concerts start at 1100 and end by 1220, with the exception of the concerts for nursery – P3, which will end by 1210.

An application is included with this information. The preferred method of applying would be to fill in the form as a word document, then e-mail it as an attachment to schoolconcerts@glasgowlife.org.uk

Please do not send enquiries to this address, as there will be a delay in getting back to you.

If you have any enquiries regarding the concert programme, please e-mail schoolinfo@glasgowlife.org.uk

Information for the Celtic Connections Festival can be found on www.celticconnections.com

Please click on this link to see more information about each concert:- 2015 School Concert Information

BOOKING FORM: – 2015 Education Programme school concert booking form

 

Local Orienteering Events

East Lothian Orienteers are putting on a local orienteering event at North Berwick Lodge Grounds.

This small, friendly event will be an ideal introduction for all interested in orienteering; young people that have previously engaged in orienteering through school and Outdoor Learning training events; all staff that have recently undertaken (or are about to) Teaching Orienteering 1 through Outdoor Learning; in fact anyone of any age with an interest in a fantastic competitive sport.

It will be a great event for those with no previous experience of the wonderful sport of Orienteering. Further local events are on the poster below.

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Look forward to seeing you there.

John Muir Festival – sketch competition

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John Muir was not only an inventor, conservationist and author he was also a very accomplished artist who sketched the great outdoors.

To celebrate the John Muir Festival and opening of the John Muir Way we are giving schools the opportunity to win a John Muir—themed class visit at the Scottish Seabird Centre on 22 April 2014 (transport costs included).

To enter the competition: draw a picture using just one pencil on the theme of nature and write one sentence to accompany it. The picture that most captures how it feels to experience and enjoy nature will win the prize.

Terms and Conditions apply, see attached pdf for further details and template.

Closing date: 28 Feb 2014

John Muir Festival Competition

BLACK HISTORY

Black Awareness and Cultural Events (BAACE) proudly presents its first Black History Month Events…

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

BAACE brings a diverse set of people together to celebrate the contribution of Black people past and present.  It provides a platform for promotting community cohesion through building trust and confidence amoung our diverse communities.

The events will take place over two days, packed with African inspired entertainment.

Events at:

The Brunton Hall, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh – Saturday 12 October 2013 – Time 12 noon – Midnight

Edinburgh Academy,42 Henderson Row, Edinburgh,  Saturday 26 October 2013 – Time 12 noon – Midnight

Tickets;

Afterparty (7pm  – Midnight)             Workshops

Adults – £5                                                 £2 per workshop per child

11 yrs to 16yrs – £3                                 £4 per workshop per adult

6 yrs to 10yrs – £1.50                            £4 (Adults), 32 (child ticket)

Under 6yrs – free entry                         for the Films/Movies

*All chilrden attending the workshops must have a parent/guardian present.

Buy Tickets at;

The Brunton or All about You Salon, 73 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5PW

Contact

07807596350 – Isla

07962324336 – Arthur

07738350854 – Zak

07956897095 – Jacqui

For more information please contact INFO@BAACE.ORG

OR

WWW.BAACE.ORG

 

 

 

 

Dunbar SciFest 2013

 

 Dunbar Science Festival 2013

Monday 11 – Sunday 17 March 2013

  

We are offering a full Education Programme as part of Dunbar SciFest 2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Monday 11 –

Thursday 14 March

Generation Science, the education outreach programme of Edinburgh International Science Festival, will be providing 25 workshops (4 age-specific themes) within the two campuses of Dunbar PS for 1,700 pupils from 5 cluster schools.
Friday 15 March

Morning

5 Science stage shows for schools at Dunbar PS’s 2 campuses

  • Lochend campus for 1,000 P4 – P7 pupils: 2 x Dr Bunhead “Dr Bunhead’s Exploding Energy Show
  • John Muir Campus for 1,000 Nursery & P1-3 pupils: 2 x Science Shows for Schools  “The Best Bubble Show
  • John Muir Campus for 180 deaf and hard of hearing pupils from throughout Edinburgh & Lothians: 1 x  Science Museum, London, SIGNtific show “Fantastic Forces  presented in British Sign Language.

  

Thursday 14March Dunbar Conversations evening event in Dunbar Community Centre: Guest panel & audience will be discussing ‘Supporting a Scottish Science Revival – stimulating our wee bairns to become inventors, innovators and super scientists’.

 

Friday 15March Lennoxlove Book Festival, Dunbar SciFest & Dunbar Library evening event: Forensic Fiction – An evening with Scottish crime writer Lin Anderson and forensic psychologist Kathy Charles.

 

Saturday 16March Café Scientifique event in Dunbar Community Centre: ‘Enjoy a series of 4 short, snappy presentations on a selection of Scottish scientific research: Higgs Boson, Large Hadron Collider, Brain Scanning, and Marine Mammals”

  

In the meantime, you can download the full Dunbar SciFest 2013 Programme from our website: www.dunbarscifest.org.uk– click on the link below the App Store.

 Please see below for the full programme information and the festival booking form

Booking Form

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