Parent Council Self Evaluation

In January, Liz Fitzpatrick from Playback introduced a new Self-Evaluation tool for Parent Councils.

In a bid to constantly improve what we are doing, Lasswade Primary Parent Council is about to undertake the first part of this evaluation.

A sub-group is being formed to look at how we take forward the evaluation process and get parents involved. If you would be interested in joining this group – to shape the future of the parent council and to progress the self-evaluation – please contact us at: or speak to one of the Parent Council members.

The first meeting of the sub-group is being held on Wednesday 18th April 2012 at 7pm – venue TBD (once numbers attending known). Please get in touch to register interest.

If you cannot join the sub-group there will still be opportunities as part of the evaluation process to give your opinion and we will be very interested in hearing thoughts from any parents/carers on the current responsibilities and parent council involvement with the school. Please look out for further details on how you can be involved. This will be a big learning curve for us all and we welcome your support

Visit from Don Ledingham

Don Ledingham is our new Director of Education and Children’s Services. He has been appointed to take on this role until December 2012.  He will also continue in his role as Executive Director at East Lothian Council.

Mr Ledingham visited school on Tuesday and was very impressed with our excellent pupils and staff.

See below for his personal objectives for this post.

These  can be captured in three simple statements:

  • To enable Midlothian and East Lothian to become the most improved Local Authorities in Scotland in terms of outcomes for children and young people;


  • To build our services around the idea of creating resilient individuals – children, families, communities, employees, leaders, teams, schools and organisations – who can successfully sustain themselves in times of adversity and uncertainty; and


  • To build our success upon the quality of our people, our creativity, and our relationships with others.

Don also does an online blog and here is the link to it:


P5 Are Buzzing

Primary 5 have been busy bees this month with science, Water Aid and the first stage of planting our wildflower meadow.

The children have really enjoyed learning about solids, liquids and gases through practical experiments and an exciting workshop entitled ‘Fizz, Boom, Bang by Generation Science.

P5 would like to thank everyone for their support in making their fund raising such a success! We hope that you enjoyed our Assembly and learnt some interesting facts.

The last few weeks have seen P5 focussing on Financial Education where we have been successfully budgeting our money to arrange a fantastic fictional party!

Rights Respecting Schools Presentation

Pupil Forum members who are part of the Rights Respecting Schools Award steering group recently presented some of their work and achievements to the Parent Council.  It was very interesting and informative and showed just how hard everyone at school is working towards this award and here are the slides from the presentation. Please take time to have a look at these and see the fantastic work being done

They are currently ‘recruiting’ adult members from both within our school and the local community.  If anyone would like to join the Steering Group the next meeting is on Friday 20th April at 10am and thereafter on the first Friday of the month  they would be delighted to see you.

For more information, see:

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P2 News

The mini pots of care raised a total of £190.61 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Thanks to all who contributed to this very worthwhile cause. Two pot wrappers have been selected and entered into the competion. P2 enjoyed looking after their daffodils and have learned about the charity and how it helps people with cancer.

ABC Music visited P2 recently and worked with both classes. Each class had a lesson in the morning and performed their work to an audience of P3 and P4s the same afternoon. The children all had a part to play in the concert, some using their voice others playing percussion. The audience and the performers all enjoyed the experience.

We have just completed our latest Shared Start sessions in P2 and once again have been delighted by the attendance of so many parents and family. The children love to share their activities with family members and show them a little bit of their school life.

Primary Pupils go the full mile for Sport Relief

Primary 6 and 7 pupils from schools across Midlothian are getting set for a mile long run in aid of Sport Relief.

The event at Vogrie Country Park on Tuesday 20 March is organised by Midlothian Council’s Active Schools Team.

Around 300 pupils are expected to take part in the event which aims to encourage youngsters to enjoy running.  Each will be wearing red to raise awareness of Sport Relief.  The runners will be cheered on by ‘Jog Scottie’, the Jog Scotland mascot.