Dyslexia awareness meeting

Just to remind you there is a ‘Dyslexia awareness’ meeting for parents and carers planned on Thursday 4th November from 7-8.15pm in the Support for Learning Base.  We’re lucky enough to have Hilery Williams from the Dyslexia Support Service in East Lothian joining us for the evening.

If you haven’t already done so please drop us a note/e-mail at school to let us know you are coming .

Thank you

Mrs. Cusack

JRSO assembly

Well done to our JRSOs for organising a fantastic assembly!  Iola showed a great PowerPoint presentation she had produced and Irwin had made a terrific wee yellow car.  They told us about Walk to School Week, launched a new competition and organised some drama with some friends to help everyone understand more about road safety.  There was music, singing and even a quiz about safety when travelling in cars.   Everyone who answered a question correctly was given a JRSO pen.  This week they will be visiting the nursery to share ideas on being safe on the road with our youngest children.

This amazing car really rolled along on hidden wheels.
The drama team showed us what might happen if you cross the road while talking on a mobile.

P7 parents open evening

Knox Academy is hosting an open evening for parents of pupils presently in P7.  Pupils are welcome to attend too.  The evening starts at 6pm and will involve a presentation and demonstration of activities around the school.  Refreshments will be available at 7.15 in the main hall.  Pupils in P7 will be given a letter with further details to take home today.

Hockey Tournament Report

This was an enjoyable and successful morning. We arrived at 9.45 and for the first half hour the teams were taken for a coaching session. by Telford students.  Two were assigned to each team and worked with them throughout the tournament – an excellent idea!

Our starting team was:

Ewan B (Lewis), Mirran (Lewis), Dean (Scott), Kathryn (Katrina), Megan (Scott) and Ewan J (Conal)

Dean was our manager/captain due to his previous experience.

As the games progress, the children were keen to try other positions.  All played excellently: calm, intelligent and steady play from all with the girl,s in particular, growing in confidence as time progressed.  The boys were pretty confident to start with!  All were very positive, supportive and considerate of each other.  All were involved in team organisation and all played in all games – definitely a team effort.


Yester: 2 v Kings Meadow B: 0

Kings Meadow A: 4 v Yester: 0

Yester: 2 v Cockenzie A: 0

Yester: 5: v Cockenzie B: 0

We came in second place overall with Kings Meadow taking first place.  This means we progress to the next two events.  Well done to all the team.

Mandy Logan

Hot action on the hockey pitch

The two winning teams

School Inspection

In case you haven’t heard, our school will be inspected shortly after half-term.  A team of five inspectors, as part of HMIE* inspection process, will be spending a week at Yester to work with us, assessing the quality of our provision.  The team will start their inspection on Monday 1st November.  Some of you have been sent questionnaires to complete.  We would be grateful if you could take the time complete these and send them off.  With more information, the inspectors will be able to build up an accurate picture of our school.  Thanks for the help!

*Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.  To find out more, checkout www.hmie.gov.uk/

Teddy Bear’s Picnic


On Wednesday 13th October we will be having our first Theme Day in the kitchen, a Teddy bear’s Picnic!

All children and staff are encouraged to bring in their favourite Teddy and take them for lunch.

The lunch will be slightly different as well.


  Water melon


Selection of sandwiches         Vegetarian sausage rolls

Chicken Dippers                        Savoury eggs

Pizza Fingers                              Cherry tomatoes



Ice cream and strawberry sauce

Help with charity bulb planting

Every year we take part in an inter-school quiz organised by Haddington Rotary Club.  Next Saturday we can do something to help the club.  

The Club has arranged to plant 5000 crocus bulbs outside the Maitlandfield hotel in the flowerbed on the street side of their wall. This is part of a nationwide world record attempt to plant the most number of crocuses in a single day. The flowers will all come up purple just in time for Rotary day – Thanks for Life which is 23rd Feb next year.

Rotary Day – Thanks for Life is a project involving the clubs and members of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland to highlight the humanitarian work of Rotarians with the number one aim of helping to eradicate polio throughout the world. It costs just 50p to immunise a child against polio and despite that there are pockets in the world in places like Afghanistan and India where polio is a continuing problem. Bill Gates Foundation is working with Rotary on the project and for every £1 we raise they provide £1.50, so 5 children are vaccinated for £1. Rotarians helped Indian volunteers to vaccinate 67 million children in just 2 days earlier this year.

In order to tell if a child has been immunised they have their pinkie dipped in purple ink to avoid being done twice. This is why there is a focus on the purple colour of the flowers and there will be various fund raising events to support the cause next February.

The Rotary Club would very much like primary school children to take part in the planting event in Haddington on the Saturday morning.  Crocus planting will be from 10am on Saturday 2nd October.  East Lothian Council is digging the holes in the plot just outside the Maitlandfield Hotel and the children will plant the bulbs. All are in buckets the Council will replace the turf.

Yester take part in Children’s Parliament

One of our bletherers with a finished cube.

Five of our P6 and P7 children took part in an event called A Right Blether on Monday. This was organised by an organisation called the Children’s Parliament. Beforehand had to talk to three friends about things which people can do to help keep Scottish children safe and happy. They wrote these ideas on tiles which clipped together to make a cube. Then they went to Campie Primary where they joined with 20 other children from different schools and took part in drama, discussion and art. The pictures they made will be going on display in a national touring exhibition. Each child’s photo will be beside their artwork so visitors can see the face of the artist.  Only four out of Scotland thirty-two authorities were selected and only five schools in East Lothian were invited to take part. Well done our five talking, sharing, thinking artists!

Preparing the artwork.
Here's the whole team, hard at work.
This doesn't just look like fun - it is fun!

Walden Terrace is safer!

Thank you to all the parents who responded to my recent letter and changed driving/parking habits.  This morning only two ‘school run’ cars came up Walden Terrace to drop off children and this is a huge improvement.  Walden Terrace was much quieter and safer.  I was delighted to see the many other means of transport being used today: 9 children on bikes, one on a scooter, about 70 on the buses and lots of walking and park-and-stride.  Well done everyone!  Let’s keep this going.

Mr Devereux

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