March 14

ParentPay – Our New Online School Payment Service

ParentPay is an online payment system for schools.  It allows parents to pay quickly and securely for school meals, milk, trips and much more.

I’m delighted to inform you that our school will go-live with ParentPay on 19th March 2018.

The system is easy-to-use and offers parents and carers the freedom to make online payments by credit or debit card, whenever and wherever they like, 24/7.

What parents and carers can do now:

  • If you haven’t already, please create an account with our Midlothian Council website where you can also find out more about ParentPay

Parents and carers will be sent individual letters detailing the account activation procedure nearer the time and user guides will be available online – these have now been issued.

We will of course continue to accept cash and cheque payments as necessary but we do hope that parents will use the new online facility. Less time spent in school on cash handling means more time is available to support the smooth running of the school.

Many thanks.

Lynsey Stevenson

March 9

Eco Schools Green Flag Award

I am delighted to announce that we have successfully renewed our Eco-Schools Green Flag Award status for the 6th time!! This is an outstanding achievement and we are so pleased and proud of our hard work and effort.  Congratulations to everyone!

Please see the report from Eco Schools Scotland below:

I very much enjoyed reading your application and wish to congratulate you on successfully renewing your Green Flag status. I thought your photographs showcased well all the wonderful environmental work going on in school and was impressed by the efforts of your Pupil Voice Groups to control litter, minimise waste and water consumption and increase the biodiversity of the local area. Well done! Eco is well-integrated into the curriculum and calendar via classwork in the STEM subjects, Art and Design and your participation in the John Muir Award, as well as through events such as your Green Santa enterprise, your participation in our One Planet Picnic and your Science, Walk and Bike to School Weeks. Learning is also taken outwith the campus, as illustrated by the good use you have made of your neighbouring woodland and wildflower meadow as natural resources to enrich pupils’ experiences. Throughout, you have monitored progress well through surveys and photographic evidence, and have shared your successes with the wider school community via assemblies, newsletters, the Eco-Schools’ Noticeboard, the school website and your Twitter feed. In addition, you have forged strong partnerships with groups and organisations such as the Country Park Rangers’ Service, Midlothian Waste Aware Team, IBike Midlothian and Penicuik Estate, who have shared their expertise and resources with you. You are also to be commended for your awareness-raising of Fairtrade in school. Next time round, you will be able to renew your Green Flag status via our new, online system. We would also invite you to choose one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals on which to focus, alongside your ongoing environmental work. This will allow you to explore the global dimension of the Eco-Schools’ programme. Fantastic effort, everyone!

March 1

School Closures

The school will continue to be closed tomorrow, Friday 2nd March, to all staff and pupils following the announcement below from Midlothian Council:

Due to the ongoing severe weather and the Met Office amber warning that will be in place tomorrow morning, all schools in Midlothian will remain closed on Friday, 2 March. We hope to open as normal on Monday. Please continue to check the website for further updates.

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March 1

School Closures

Please note that the school will be closed today – Thursday 1st March 2018 following this announcement from Midlothian Council yesterday.

All schools and nurseries will remain CLOSED tomorrow Thursday 1st March due to weather conditions.

Further updates will follow in due course.

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February 28

School Closures

Please note that the school will be closed today – Wednesday 28th February 2018 following this announcement from Midlothian Council.

All schools and nurseries will be CLOSED today, Wednesday, due to weather conditions.

Further updates will follow in due course.

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February 13

P3 Have Been Busy Too!

Smiling basketball set

In P3, our topic is the human body.  At the start, Mrs Turnbull gave us a piece of paper and we wrote what we thought about the body and what we knew about it already.  We have been learning about our senses,  we drew around the smallest person in the class, cut it out and put together all of the skeleton parts.  In maths and numeracy, we are learning our tables focusing on 5, 10, 2 and 3 times tables.  We have been adding and subtracting numbers to 50.  In our literacy work, we have been reading books called Blue Bananas, working on our spelling sounds in our spelling books and we always enjoy quick starts in the morning like 5 a day.  In PE, we have been playing bench dodge ball and learning basketball skills.

By Aidan P3

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