P2 December News

The Circus Comes to Town.

 P2 have answered a plea from Midlothian Councillors about a problem with the local site for the Circus.  Due to football matches, the travelling Circus can’t visit Bonnyrigg this year and lots of local people are very sad about this.  So P2 had an idea!

‘Why don’t we have it in here!’ said the enthusiastic children.  Mr Rae and Mrs Thomson thought that this was a fantastic idea.  The pupils began writing to the councillor to tell him not to worry.  They then set about organising their Circus performance – At joined learning, parents/carers and grandparents have been supporting the performers develop their skills in juggling and plate spinning.  Mrs Campbell has been teaching the performers balancing tricks in PE.  Once the performers have perfected the show, they will perform for one night only as  Look out for your invitation to the performance.

Our party on the 20th December will have a circus theme and the children will be invited to dress up if they would like to!

 P2 pupils are very busy this term as December also brings with it, the Opening Ceremony of ‘Tradey Treats.’ The Fairtrade Shop run by P2 and P6.  The shop will begin selling a selection of Fairtrade fruit and chocolate products on Monday 13th December http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/   As part of Community Month, P2 will also visit the local Cooperative store to learn more about the business and the products it sells, the children are excited about the visit and have lots of questions for the Manager.

Learning Council Update

On Friday the 19th of November the Learning Councils from Hopefield, Bonnyrigg and Hawthornden Primary came to visit Lasswade. We gave them a tour of the school including the playground, the library and music room and told them why we were proud of Lasswade Primary. You may have spotted us going round the classes during the tour and especially in the small hall where we did most of the activities including making name plates and posters in mixed groups.  Everyone had a very enjoyable morning and got the chance to have a Right Blether.

ECO Committee Update

The Eco Committee have had a very busy couple of months. Read on to find out what we have been up to!

Eco Pots:- The Eco Committee, Learning Council and Pupil Forum worked together during November to design pots for our Christmas Fair. We re-used our old newspapers to make pots.  We then painted the pots and sold them at the Fair.  Thanks to everyone who bought a pot.  We made the fantastic amount of £66.

Borrow A Brolly:- Our school has been asked to pilot a new initiative for Midlothian Council between 29th November 2010 and 25th January 2011. “Borrow A Brolly” hopes to encourage P4-P7 pupils, who walk from/to school to “Borrow A Brolly” from us on wet days instead of having their parents/carers coming to collect/drop them off in their car. This will hopefully reduce the amount of congestion around the school gate. We will let you know the results of the pilot.

Christmas Cards:- Our Christmas post begins on Monday 6th December. We would really like to encourage everyone to send just one card to their class this year. This is a great way to look after the environment over the festive season.

Rag Bag Collection:- In our school car park, near our Wildlife Garden we now have a Rag Bag Bin. This means you can recycle your old clothes, shoes, sheets etc throughout the year. The money we receive from your items helps to fund our school Eco Projects.

On Tuesday 14th December the Eco Committee has organised a special Rag Bag Collection. This is a great excuse to have a good clear out before Christmas. All items should be handed in to your child’s teacher or at the School Office by 9am on Tuesday 14th December.

Cycle Lockers:- A big thank you to Gillian Bathgate, Midlothian’s Schools Travel Plan Co-ordinator, who has secured funding for our school to have outdoor lockers. P6 and P7 pupils will now be able to store their cycle helmets in them.  We hope to receive our new lockers in the New Year.

And finally, the Eco Committee would like to wish everyone a “Green Christmas.” Remember to reduce, re-use and recycle over the festive season.

LPS Christmas Choir Live in 2010

The Lasswade Primary School Choir have been practising hard for weeks  and you can catch them performing ‘Live’ on the following dates. Please come along to support them. If your child is in the choir please see the attached form for information regarding lights switch on

  • Saturday 11 December 2.30pm – Bonnyrigg Christmas Lights Switch On (note date change)
  • Monday 13 December 10.30am – Tesco Hardengreen to raise money for Barnardo’s
  • Tuesday 14 December 11.00am – Co-op in Bonnyrigg
  • Wednesday 15 December 2pm – Pittendriech House
  • Wednesday 22 December 10am – Christmas Assembly Bonnyrigg Church
  • Midlothian Community Hospital date yet to be confirmed.

Christmas Choir parents letter2010

Christmas Hamper

Staff will make up two hamper boxes for Christmas. These will be raffled for UNICEF at the end of term. Tickets will be on sale from 6 Dec at 20p each or £1 per strip.

Get Going Programme

Get Going is a new family healthy weight programme funded by NHS Lothian. It offers support to help your child get active, eat well and achieve a healthier weight.

The emphasis is on fun and feeling good. It’s about getting active as a family and working together to make small lifestyle changes. Please see the attached leaflet for more information and some useful weblinks.

Get Going Flyer

P3 News

This month Primary 3 have been really busy learning about Roald Dahl’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ for our novel study. We’ve had lots of fun doing all kinds of activities including writing, debating, artwork, roleplay, hatching fox-catching plans, reading, thinking about how fantastic we are, making posters and much more! We’ve really enjoyed studying this book but soon it will be time to start thinking about our normal reading books again as we finish our class novel.
In December we are having a Community Citizenship focus and we will be linking with Bonnyrigg Parish Church to explore what the church is in a wider sense and what role it plays in the community. We have already been lucky enough to be able to help support a project the church are involved with, through the charity Blythswood. By filling and packing shoeboxes to send to Eastern Europe, we helped to make sure that people not as fortunate as ourselves will get something nice for their Christmas. A big thank you to all the families who generously contributed to this project! The church’s Bowling Club even said ‘Thank you!’ to us by inviting us to the Pitcairn Centre to teach us how to bowl, which we all really enjoyed too.
The other big project for December will be our Christmas show – C H R I S T M A S Spells Christmas. We will be performing this during the final week of term so there’s lots of practising to be done! We’ll be sending home the words for everyone to practise at home so we’d really appreciate your support in this. More details to follow about this soon.

School Christmas Fair

The School Christmas Fair organised by the Parent Council will be held on Wednesday 24th November from 6.30 – 8.30pm at Lasswade High School. There will be lots of Christmas ideas and gifts for sale including Kids Jewellery, Homemade Flowers, Home baking, Silver Jewellery, Phoenix Cards, Pampered Chef, Tombola, a Christmas Stall and of course all the goods Santa’s Little Helpers have been busy making in class. Santa himself will also be paying a visit. To make this a success and raise lots of money for the school we need donations for tombola prizes for both adults and children and also home baking. Please hand into school no later than the morning of the 24th.

 Ticket price includes mulled wine and shortbread for adults and soft drinks for children. You need to buy your tickets in advance so print off the attached form and return it to school with your order. Xmas Fair