General News

Published: 27 November 2020

At a meeting this week I was hearing all about the work of Venturing Out.  Venturing Out is a Not for Profit Community Interest Company that offers a huge range of activities and experiences for families in East Lothian whose children have additional support needs.

What I particularly like about Venturing Out, is that the team work with the whole family.  In fact, they can also work sometimes with just the parents in order to give some much needed “away time", and to allow parents to gain the skills and experience in certain activities to then be able to support their child confidently when they all take part together.

There’s a whole range of activities available like paddle sports, coasteering, bushcraft and mountain biking.

The Venturing Out website gives all of the details and links to get in touch with them.  Why not have a look?

Another typically busy week here at Meadowpark.

Esk have been learning about plant lifecycles, and went out on Tuesday to learn how to work out the age of a tree as part of their John Muir Award.

I’ve seen more examples of the creativity in Tyne class with some brilliant painted pebble designs (photos next week I promise). 

Clyde have been involved in some very grown up discussions around LGBT issues, and raising some really insightful points.

Leven have been working very hard in literacy and numeracy.  I was especially impressed by their writing on the dangers of plastics for wildlife.

So much great work and learning going on.

Have a super weekend.

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark Team

Published: 26 November 2020

Senior Students are reminded that Prelims start on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Timetable of Prelim Exams

Personalised timetable letters were issued to registration classes on Friday 27 November 2020. Note: if any student notices an error or conflict we would ask them to speak with their class teacher as soon as possible.

We are encouraging a flexible approach to study for the duration of the prelims Wednesday 2 December 2020 – Thursday 10 December 2020 inclusive. Pupils should be in classes on Monday & Tuesday next week (w/c 30 November 2020), and back in on Friday 11 December 2020. Between these times they are welcome in the building to follow their normal timetabled classes, but we are assuming the majority will work from home and treat this as study leave.

Published: 23 November 2020

Due to the current Covid19 restrictions, we are unable to invite you into the school, and therefore we are running our parents’ evenings via GoogleMeet.  GoogleMeets are secure on-line video meetings through Google accounts (within East Lothian Council, Google accounts are our edubuzz system). 

Full details available in letter issued 18 November 2020 from our Depute Head, Alice Clubb.

Published: 20 November 2020

Amazing work from Tyne who are optimistically looking towards spring.  The have completed their bird boxes and got them in place ready for any new tenants, who will be envy of the Haddington bird population in their Grand Designs.

  

Esk class have worked hard on the Goat Trail project and a big thank you to Mrs Davis and the whole Esk team who have coordinated this across the school.  You may have seen our contribution on Twitter already.  Look out for it around Haddington soon!

 

In other news, Clyde class have been discovering inner peace with some meditation and learning all about the story of Buddha.  I wondered why they’ve been uncharacteristically quiet…..

Leven have been finding out about Japan.  They have named the main islands, the capital city and the highest mountain on blank maps (as a geographer I am very proud of them).  They had a quiz to find out about different aspects of life in Japan including food, sport, traditional costume, language and population.  They have been developing their Origami skills too!

In Forth, five students have been attending a range of classes in Knox Academy, including 2 new classes where they have achieved our first National 4 Unit Assessment passes for which we are very proud. They have made delicious chocolate cakes in HE and we have even been treated to a display in drone flying.  Exciting stuff.

 

We were looking forward to welcoming the Glasgow based 12guitars project safely into school this week, but given the updated guidance that affects the Glasgow area, we decided to postpone this visit.  Hopefully we will be able to re-arrange the launch of this very soon.  Who knows, we may even be able to have a summer outdoor gig.  Meadowpark in the Park Festival anyone?

Have a great weekend.

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark team.

Published: 19 November 2020

e-Sgoil is delighted to offer you an extensive range of live, free, early evening webinar lessons to compliment school-based learning.

Weekly, 45 minute webinars for various subjects which will build on flipped learning materials shared in advance. The webinars will be scheduled out with the school day - beginning early September 2020 and continuing into the New Year. 

Please note that AH Biology, Chemistry, English, Maths and Modern Studies are delivered in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University and last for 90 minutes.

Click on image above to enlarge timetable.

Published: 18 November 2020

As you will be aware, the First Minister has announced that East Lothian will move in to COVID-19 protection level 2 from Tuesday 24th November 2020. Parents and carers will recall that protection level 3 had additional enhanced protective measures. These included the need for all staff and pupils to wear a face covering during lessons in the senior phase. In addition, there was also the need for parents and carers to discuss with their clinician whether children with the highest clinical risk should still attend school. Full details available in letter issued 18 November from Lesley Brown, Chief Operating Officer (Education).

Published: 18 November 2020

As you will be aware, based on the Depute First Minister’s statement in October, there will be no National 5 exams in session 20/21.  Full details available in letter issued 18 November from our Head Teacher.

Published: 18 November 2020

As you will be aware, based on the Depute First Minister’s statement in October, there will be no exams for National 5 candidates in session 20/21.  Full details available in letter issued 18 November from our Head Teacher.

Published: 18 November 2020

East Lothian Council has published a further set of revised session dates for 2020-2021 as a result of COVID-19 which amend the Christmas Holiday dates.  

"Following on from an Education Committee meeting, East Lothian Council has revised its festive session dates to align with our neighbouring authorities.  The revision of dates also helps address any potential issues that may arise in relation to possible positive Covid19 cases and the requirement to carry out contact tracing amongst pupils and staff once schools have closed.  Therefore the last day of this term will be brought forward by one day to Tuesday 22 December 2020 and the start of the new term will be brought forward by one day to Wednesday 6 January 2021."

Published: 13 November 2020

A thoughtful and reflective week for us all at Meadowpark.

Armistice Day was marked by a two minute silence and class discussions around the meaning and “why we remember”.  Classes produced some fantastic pieces of work, but I’d like to make a special mention of Tyne Class who made some amazing poppy creations and then laid them in remembrance at the memorial.

  

Esk have been finding out what school life was like in Victorian times, as part of our Heritage Hero award. A few were shocked to discover that school wasn't a requirement, and that children as young as 8 could have a (more than) full-time job!

They have also sent letters to the schools neighbouring houses, asking if they had any memories/photos/newspaper cuttings of the school, and got a lovely reply which included an old colourised photo of children working in the school vegetable garden.

All classes today are enjoying a dress down day for Children in Need and are proud to be able to do a small thing to raise some money for those who need a little extra help. 

I’ve been struck this week by the Meadowpark young people’s sense of social responsibility and civic pride.

Best wishes,

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark team.

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