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Head Teacher: M.R.Tremmel Gullane Primary School Muirfield Terrace Gullane EH31 2HL Tel/Fax: 01620 843455 gullane.ps@gullane.elcschool.org.uk http://edubuzz.org/blogs/gullane Dear Parents/Carers Let us start with some nice news! During the February break Miss Smith was married to Mr Richard Valente in a beautiful ceremony in Gullane Parish Church. Our heartiest congratulations to Miss Smith who will now be known as Mrs Valente!

Charades Theatre Company P5, 6 & 7 classes are working with ‘Charades Theatre Company’ this term. This work is funded by the Youth Music Initiative and ‘Charades’ are a professional theatre company who work in a wide variety of schools across Scotland. The production is called ‘Burke and Hare’ and tells the tale of this gruesome pair through voice and drama. The company come into school three times to support the staff and pupils. The voice work is delivered and taught by Mrs Roberts, Music Specialist, within their timetable. The children have been asked to learn words and such like during the weeks that have passed. Once taught and developed the company invite parents in to watch the final piece. P5, 6 and 7 parents are cordially invited to come to Gullane Primary on Tuesday 11th March for a 2pm start. The performance will not be more than an hour. The children in the P1-4 classes will see a performance in the morning during their dress rehearsal. This is a super opportunity for the children and they have done so well. I am listening to them as I write as the team are in on a scheduled ‘music support’ day! We look forward to welcoming you on the 11th March for 2pm.

Parent/Teacher Consultations These are set for the week beginning 24th March. Staff will be sending out appointment times soon. They do endeavour to match up families and the various requests. Watch out for the slips coming home soon. Traffic around School Despite repeated requests we still have a number of parents who choose to drive too fast around the school area and who choose to park without thought for others. This problem has been


highlighted by concerned parents, Parent Council and the pupils. Please, please cut your speed to a slow crawl around the school and park carefully to ensure children do not have to cross between cars or where cars obscure their view. A few extra seconds is all it takes. On the subject of travel to school, Gullane Primary have been awarded a banner and £50 because we have increased the number of pupils who walk/scoot/park and stride to school. Well done those who worked to help this target. Nursery Hours and Changes for Session 2014-2015 Scottish Government Directive You may have read about or heard on your grapevines that the nursery children, both pre-school and ante pre-school, are to have their hours increased as of August 2014. This will mean longer sessions for both morning and afternoon children. Each session will be 3.5 hours from Monday through to Thursday with alternate Friday morning sessions. The details of this are still being worked through and clear information will be available when I am in possession of full facts. The way it looks at present it appears that children will start the morning session at 8.30 and finish at 12 and the afternoon group will start at 12.45 and finish at 4.15. This is not set as yet and these timings are only what have been discussed so far. (not long for staff to clear away and have lunch) There will have to be additional staffing in the nursery as contracts will have to be adhered to and such like. I am sorry that the information is not ‘firmer’ at present but I know folks are talking about it and I thought it may be helpful to put something out there in the interim. Swimming Competition Well done to all our swimmers who recently took part in East Lothian Primary Schools Swimming and for winning at the Compass competition: P5 Girls: Ella McCallum, Millie Capaldi, Shona Cowan, P6 Girls: Freya Walker, Lucy Lucas, Lucy Mitchell, Emma Chapman, Madeleine Armstrong P6 Boys: Calumn Sievwright, Benjamin Boswell, Stanley McLelland, Daniel Key, Archie Kellagher P7 Girls: Emily Mackay, Beth Aitken, Molly Brady, Charlotte Wilson, Karis Lonie P7 Boys: Max Walker, Andrew Simon, Charlie Malcolm, Fraser Short, Jacob Hay A great sporting achievement for them all and a thank you to the coach, Eilidh Weatherly. Very proud of them all.

Message from Facilities Management Team International School Meals day will be celebrated across all Scottish Local Authorities on Thursday 6 March 2014. The theme for this year’s event is the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. East Lothian Council’s Schools Catering was asked to design a school lunch menu that represents Rwanda, one of the secondary countries taking part in the games. We have agreed to take part in this special event. The attached menu will replace the school lunch menu for that day with a baked potato for the vegetarian choice. The event is organised by ASSIST- a Scottish Local Authorities organisation and several suppliers. They have provided support with posters and other promotional materials for the schools taking part. More information on International School Meals day 2014 is available on the Council’s website eastlothiancouncil.gov.uk This is an exciting opportunity for children and young people to taste different foods and a good way of educating them about different cuisine around the globe. The menu is displayed around school and is on our website. Kind regards M. R. Tremmel


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amazing swimmers! The children were so excited to win the trophy. They all did such an amazing job! Huge congratulations to Ella McCallum, Stanley McLelland, Millie Capaldi, Shona Cowan, Benjamin Boswell, Emma Chapman, Freya Walker and Lucy Mitchell And a major thank you to their fabulous coach, Ms Eilidh Weatherly! Community News and Information Instead of many flyers going home and adding to a paper mountain we put all such events in this section. If you are organising an event please write what you would like as information and we will endeavour to include in this section for you. We do not take any responsibility nor do we screen the quality of any of the community projects and events advertised here.

 

CURRY  NIGHT  with  Auction  and  Raffle  Gullane  Playgroup   22  MARCH  –  8.00PM   GULLANE  VILLAGE  HALL       Come  along  and  enjoy  curries  made  by  Mel  Auld  with  her  Spice  Pots  for  only  £15  per  person.    It  is  BYOB,  but  a   cash  bar  of  beer  and  wine  will  be  available.   Tickets  can  be  bought  from  Emma  Shepherd,  Helen  Lindsey  and  Katy  Hill  or  call  07795  341  653  Tickets  are  limited   so  book  early!     Millennium  Woods  Spring  Clean     Friday  14th  March,  2pm  onwards  

Join  the  Countryside  Ranger  and  the  Community  Wardens  after  school  to  help  give  the   Millennium  Woods  a  spring  clean.  We  will  be  picking  up  litter,  tackling  dog  fouling  and   painting  signs  to  give  our  community  woodland  a  little  TLC.  Bring  work  gloves  and  we  will   supply  the  rest!  Jen  Edwards-­‐‑  Countryside  Ranger  Tel.        01620  827847    Email.    jedwards@eastlothian.gov.uk     Give  Blood  Campaign.  The  Sports  Centre  Grange  Road  North  Berwick.  Thursday  6th  March   2014.  2-­‐‑4pm  and  5.15-­‐‑7.30pm       Project Wild Thing - the movie - is a humorous look at the issues for modern parents and children in getting kids out doors to play. Support from the Start and the East Lothian Forest Education initiative are hosting a screening of the movie on the 6th March in the Brunton theatre. It is free but you can book a seat through the Brunton Box office 0131 665 2240. Come along at 5.30pm for refreshments and the film starts at 6.15pm. Children are also welcome. Steven Wray Public Health Practitioner 07872420488 http://edubuzz.org/supportfromthestart https://www.facebook.com/SupportfromtheStart


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P6 Rugby Taster in school

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Rotary Quiz with Cluster Pupils in GPS. P7 only PM P7 Basketball Tournament at Meadowmill am Albert Roux in to P6 for first session P1 & P7 Dental Checks in school. P3 Football taster in school P5/6/7 Performance of Burke and Hare in school pm – parents welcome P7 outing to Museum of Flight – more information to follow P5 Animation Workshop in school P3 Football Taster in school P6 Rugby Festival at NBHS P3 Football Taster in school

Week beginning Monday 24th March 2014 – Parent/Teacher Consultations will be arranged by staff. 24/03/14 27/03/14 28/03/14 28/03/14 31/03/14 31/03/14 31/03/14

Rag Bag Pick Up from School P3 Football Taster in school P7 & P1 class Photographs Orienteering – P5/6/7 – to be confirmed. P7 Cluster Camp at Ford Castle - whole week Cross Country for P6 – to be confirmed P3 & P3/4 Expressive Arts Session in Hall.

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PTA Disco in school – more information to follow P7 Return from Ford Castle School breaks for Easter Holiday on Friday 4th April at the usual times. School resumes for pupils on Tuesday 22nd April


Newsletter February 2014