Severe weather update (1st Dec 2010, 3.30pm)

Schools

Due to the continuing severe weather conditions, it has been confirmed that ALL East Lothian schools will remain closed to pupils on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December.

The forecast for Wednesday night is for worsening weather conditions with snowfalls of between 5 and 10cm and falls of 20-30cm in some parts of the county.

Major efforts to open up safe access routes to schools will continue during the rest of the week. East Lothian Council appreciates that these closures are causing major inconvenience to parents and carers. However, every effort is being made to re-open schools in the face of unprecedented severe weather conditions and transport difficulties.

Further updates for this week will be added here in due course with information also being available on Radio Forth and school websites.

School staff should continue to follow the Policy on Employee Absence due to Adverse Weather conditions.

Access to learning resources at home

During the adverse weather, and at any other time, parents, carers and children are able to access a wide range of learning materials though our innovative eduBuzz.org web site. You can find a wide range of learning resources, suggested research activities and homework tasks – either on your own school’s Edubuzz pages or on any of the other school sites.

Our teaching staff are adding to and updating this information on a regular basis and many of them are available to contact by email. Edubuzz also gives you access to over 1000 other sites and the opportunity to network with more than 2000 contributors across East Lothian.

For a full list of Edubuzz school sites, including your own school, go to http://shortlinks.www.edubuzz.org/schoolsites

Severe weather update (updated 15:00, Tues 30th November)

The following information was published on the East Lothian Council web site on Tuesday 30th November 2010 at 3pm.

All East Lothian schools will remain closed to pupils on Wednesday 1 December. Also information on refuse collections roads, sports centres, libraries and more…

Schools

Due to the continuing severe weather conditions, it has been confirmed that ALL East Lothian schools will remain closed to pupils on Wednesday 1 December. Major efforts to open up safe access routes to schools will continue during the course of tomorrow (Wednesday). East Lothian Council appreciates that these closures are causing major inconvenience to parents and carers. However, every effort is being made to re-open schools in the face of severe weather conditions and transport difficulties.

Further updates for this week will be added here in due course with information also being available on Radio Forth and school websites.

School staff should continue to follow the Policy on Employee Absence due to Adverse Weather conditions.

Snow update Tues. 30th 10.45 am

The trip to the Lyceum has been re-arranged for Monday 13th December.  Pupils need to be at school promptly as the buses leave the playground at 8.45 am.

The P5/6 trip to the Museum on the Mound has been postponed until January.  We will inform parents as soon as we know the revised date.

Don Prentice says that he is very unlikely to take the buses out tomorrow.

The school car park is presently under about two feet of snow!  More details as soon as we have them.

Snowy weather update

Monday 29th November:

Well, it’s 3.15 pm and there’s no decision about school closures yet.   However please not the following important news:

Don Prentice is planning NOT to run the school buses tomorrow.

The Snow Queen trip has been postponed.  The Lyceum is checking dates to find an alternative performance for us to attend.

More snow is forecast for East Lothian.  At least the sledging is good!  We’ll post an update as soon as we have any more news.

Emergency closure

The school is closed today, Monday 29th November, because of the snow.  The roads in Gifford haven’t been gritted at the time of writing and I expect it will be pretty bad for those of you who live in the hills.  Keep watching the website and we’ll keep you up to date.

Speeding drivers

Residents in Gifford have noticed that the good work done by the temporary speed restrictions on the B6355 and Duns Road has now been undone and vehicle speeds through Gifford are on the increase.  The worst problems are caused by ttraffic coming down the road from the golf course, over the bridge and up the hill into the Main Street and Village Square. This presents safety issues for the children travelling on bike and foot from roads such as Station Road and Tweeddale Avenue.

Residents have said that the fastest drivers appear to be parents dropping off children near the school.  We encourage children to be prompt at the start of the day, but we expect that parents who are running don’t try to compensate for this by driving too fast.  We all need to remember that the speed limit is a maximum, not the recommended speed for the conditions on the road at any one time.

Mr Devereux

Bus issues

If any you have complains or concerns about the service operated by the bus company, please contact Don Prentice.  However, the Parent Council is interested to know what these issues are and would be grateful if you could get in touch.  Please try to be as detailed and specific as you can, if possible giving details of date, time and location.

You can contact the Parent Council through yesterparentcouncil@hotmail.co.uk

Update on school ties

We have found a company which can produce the school tie, the cost of which would be £3.75 per tie. The minimum order is 36. So far I have received requests for 14 ties from parents/children, but this would not be enough to justify an order for 36 as it would leave us with around £80 of unsold ties. If you want a school tie for your child, but haven’t got in touch, please let me know quickly and I’ll see if any increase in demand is enough to justify an order. If the order remains at 14, I’m afraid that we won’t be able to proceed.

There are quite a number of children who bought a tie who haven’t worn it yet, but perhaps we are in for some surprises when the photographer comes on Friday!

Mr Devereux

Badminton by Finlay and Corrie

On the 5th of November the primary 4’s went on a badminton taster session. And they were learning how to do the first step of badminton. Their good bus driver, Archie, was happy to drive them there. They were delighted to find out they were going to a competition. And that they’re going to watch Scottish champions play a match. They went round stations and did lots of different fun games. Here is a list of the activities.

 Learning how to hit the shuttlecock up in the air and also through your leg.

 Hitting the shuttlecock into a hoop and get higher scores the further away hoop you hit it.

 Obstacle course

 Throwing a shuttlecock into a basket.

 Someone will hit it to you, you will try and hit it back to the coach with the racket.

Thank you for reading this.

By Finlay and Corrie (P4/5)

A Right Blether

A Right Blether is an exciting national consultation to make sure children and young people’s opinions about what is needed to improve and safeguard the quality of their lives are heard and acted upon by the people who make important decisions.

It’s being led by Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. It is his job to ensure all children and young people in Scotland have their rights respected.

Throughout 2010, he’ll hear from, meet and have a ‘blether’ with thousands of Scotland’s children and young people – to help influence his work over the next four years.

Several of our pupils attended a conference in Campie Primary and on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th November these pupils are organising a voting centre for our P4-7 pupils asking their views on home, school, community and Scotland. This is a great opportunity for our pupils to express their views and participate in a national consultation.

Quiz Night

The Parent Council invites you to a quiz night this Friday, 12th November.  It’s an event just for parents so BYOB.  You need teams of four, and it’s £10 to enter a team.  There will also be a raffle.  Well known quiz maestro, The Gary McGregor, will be presiding so it’s not an event to miss.

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