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Musical Theatre on your Doorstep

Why travel to Edinburgh? Why wait for the Gifford Panto? You can enjoy a musical production down the road. The school’s production of Shake, Ripple and Roll is performed by the Primary Seven Theatre Company. The show runs on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June at 7.00 pm. Tickets are available from the school, £5 for adults and £4 for children.

School Gardens Open

As part of Gifford’s Open Gardens scheme, our school grounds will be open to the public on Sunday 17th June, 1 – 5.30 pm. Come to see all our new additions: an orchard, a vegetable patch and specially constructed marshland area; you can also view our improved nursery garden.

Keeping up to speed

There is a lot happening in school in June and a number of opportunities for parents to visit the school or support school events. Check out the What’s On section of the website for June/July or, alternatively, click here.

Sports Day Postponed

Sadly it wasn’t just the Queen who got wet over the last few days – the grass on our field is saturated and it would not be safe or pleasant to have Sports Day tomorrow. We now plan to run Sports Day next week on Thursday 14th June. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

1st Place…again!

The team celebrate with the winners' trophy at Meadowbank.

After earlier victories this year in swimming, orienteering and cross-country, there remained only the annual East Lothian athletics event at Meadowbank earlier today. Yester participated in the small schools event this afternoon, along with a total of 15 other small schools. And, with a superb all-round performance from the team, with some brilliant individual victories, we emerged victorious once again!

School Fair

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the School Fair on Saturday. Despite the weather a good time was had by all AND £1468.81 was made for school funds. A big thanks also to all the organisers.


We are expecting our P7 pupils to return from Lagganlia just after 12.30pm. If there are any changes to this a new post will be added.

Little and Large Cookery competition

Well done to to two of our P6 pupils for winning the first round of the Little and Large competition at Knox.They were matched up with an S3 pupil and had to make a pasta dish and a chocolate cake. They will now be participating  in the finals next Thursday. Good luck to both. 

Tuesday 5th June

Please note that East Lothian Council agreed yesterday that “schools, in addition to the earlier agreed holiday of Monday 4th June, will now also be closed on Tuesday 5th June”

P5/6’s Schoolovision entry!

Join P5/6 for a good sing-song, as we share our entry to this year’s Schoolovision contest!
We recorded the song in March, at Castlesound studios in Pencaitland, and then filmed the video around the village on 18th April. Many thanks to Stuart and Amanda Hamilton at Castlesound for their help, along with Gavin Tully-Jackson, for his filming work. Thanks too, to Miss Traill for ensuring that the class knew the words to the song and sang so well, as well as to the ladies from the Co-op, and to Minister, Malcolm Lyon, for allowing us to invade for the filming! And, of course, many thanks to The Proclaimers, for allowing us to use their wonderful, catchy song.
We hope you enjoy the video, and perhaps follow the blog, to see how we do against a total of 39 participating countries, stretching from Iceland in the north-west, right down to Azerbaijan in the far south-east. Whoever wins the trophy this year, we’ve had some great fun singing and recording our song! We’ll find out the winners next Friday, 25th May, when Yester once again hosts the live webcam conference vote, when the countries come together to give their points to their favourite songs.

School Fair- Saturday 19th May 2012

Only a few days to go until our School Fair , so now is the time to get those cupboards cleared and send in any unwanted goods for us to sell. We are looking for toys, books, clothes, home baking, items for the tombola and plants. You can also come along and sell any unwanted bicycles, scooters etc- you pay £5.00 and give the school 10% of any sales.

Look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, hopefully on a  lovely warm sunny day!


Our P7 pupils have arrived safely at Lagganlia and after a good night’s sleep are ready for hillwalking, gorge walking and rock climbing today! Please click on the link on the right bar to find out more and leave any comments.


Who would have thought our school hall could have been transformed into the Muckle Mickle Museum, but that is what happened last night? The audience were drawn into the story of the crown of destiny and it’s history and met many of the local inhabitants of Mickle, Iona, the museum curator and wee Donald, the local fisherman to name but two. With many of the museum’s exhibits made by our P4/5 pupils, the audience were treated to a fantastic performance. Sponsored by the Bank of Scotland we were able to make £182.00 for school funds.

“Really enjoyed the show. Historical facts were funny and interesting and I would see the performance again” Scott

“It was a really good show and at the end very interactive. The props and the way the museum was set up was realistic ” Martha

Wee Night Out Performance Night – Thursday 10th May

We are really pleased to announce another Wee Night Out performance for you all, Scota-land. Created, written and performed by Andy Cannon, Scota-land is an interactive theatrical storytelling performance for children(9 and over) and their families.

The Primary 4/5’s have been hard at work with a team from the show creating props to help transform the school hall and the plot goes something like this:

For more than one hundred years the beautiful “Crown of Destiny” has held pride of place in the fictional Isle of Mikle’s ‘Scota-land’ museum. Shrouded in controversy from the day the museum opened – is it really the actual crown worn by ancient Egyptian princess Scota, on the day of her wedding to Prince Gathelus of Greece, the legendary patriarch of the Scottish nation? Or is it just a fake, a medieval fancy cherished by the romantic Victorians?

With very plausible evidence to support both sides of the “Destiny” debate, the controversy surrounding the crown’s authenticity has remained no more than an academic exercise for as long as anyone can remember. A stalemate not helped by the fact that no-one has been allowed to remove the crown from its plinth and examine it, since June 1746, more than 250 years ago to be precise!

Until now that is…

This fantastic show starts at 7pm on Thursday 10th May, tickets are available from the school office and cost £3.00.

So why not come along and be transported to Scot-land, you can even help us raise money for the school at the same time as enjoying the show, just buy a ticket and come along!