East Lothian Council’s Arts Service has programmed a fun packed summer of creative activities for 5 – 18 year olds to fill the holidays. The programme includes: themed multi arts camps, youth theatre, musical theatre, streetdance, computer animation, outdoor theatre and more.


We are really keen that young people and their adults here about these activities, so we have sent you, via ELC print unit, our Summer Arts Activities leaflets to distribute to your pupils. Please do look out for them.

All activities are booked online at and a pdf of the leaflet can also be downloaded from East Lothian Council’s website here.




Gifford Community Council road safety consultation

Speeding cars and road safety are regularly raised with the Gifford Community Council. Following extensive research, speed surveys and consultation with the police and East Lothian Council, the group is currently consulting on proposals to introduce speed cushions on each of the three main roads in the village: Duns, Edinburgh and Haddington roads.

Information is being delivered door-to-door in the village and the outskirts, and information boards and an interactive survey are available in Lanterne Rouge cafe. Details have also also been posted to – including a link to the online survey. We would urge people to read the online presentation with the reasons why speed cushions are being recommended over other options and also to view the speed data from the three routes.

Two drop-in sessions are being held in The Lanterne Rouge on Saturday 19 May from 3pm-5pm and Thursday 31 May from 7pm-9pm. Members of the Community Council will be present to talk through the proposals and gain feedback.

Although the consultation primarily focuses on people living in the village and surround, feedback from parents with children at Yester but who live outwith Gifford’s boundaries is welcome.

The consultation will run until 3rd June. The Community Council will meet on 11th June to consider the feedback and decide on the next steps. Your views are vital; it will only go ahead if there is enough support.



We here at the foodbank in Tranent wish to thank you and everyone at Yester Primary School for your generous donation of 54 kilograms of food during the financial year 2017-2018, this equated to 32 meals.

During this time, we gave out 31,604kg of food feeding 4116 people, 1486 of whom were children.

It goes without saying that we would not be able to do this without the amazing generosity of you and our other donors together you donated an awesome 50,292kg of food last year.

So once again from all the trustees, staff and volunteers at East Lothian Foodbank thank you we couldn’t do what we do without all your support. You’ve helped to keep the Foodbank a viable project so we can carry on providing help for people in food crisis in East Lothian.


The East Lothian Foodbank Team.



Dear Parent/Carer

Coming soon, iPayimpact will let you pre order school meals and track your payments, please click on link for more info:

Stephen Fraser, Project Manager, Digital Transformation, Corporate Policy and Improvement, John Muir House, East Lothian Council, Haddington, Tel:  01620827992.





Dear Parents and Carers

East Lothian Council are working closely with providers who transport pupils from more isolated rural areas to and from our schools.  There are a small number of services in rural areas which will either not run or be disrupted due to road conditions.

There will be NO bus services to Yester Primary School (Route 118, 119 & 120).  The 121 – which serves both Yester Primary School and Knox Academy will NOT be running.

Road conditions are improving.  Please call or check with transport provider websites for further updates.

Fiona Robertson

Head of Education


An update from Prentice Coaches, Haddington

Sunday, 4 March @ 3.30pm update from Prentice school bus service is that the Garvald and Morham buses will NOT run for Yester Primary or Knox  Academy.

“The schools’ normal advice applies.  If buses aren’t running then it is the parents’ choice whether to drive them there but also their responsibility to pick them up at the end of the school day.  The roads are accessible with care, but certainly not suitable for buses.  There are long sections with snow banked up either side and no passing places if you meet oncoming traffic.  Schools are open but please use common sense when making your decision about whether or not you take your children to school”  Prentice Coaches.



As we missed the opportunity to celebrate World Book Day because of the school’s closure, we are planning to do it on Thursday, 8 March.  Children are welcome to dress as their favourite book character on the day.

A window on the world of Yester School