Queens Diamond Jubilee

There are some events in school this week to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee. On Thursday 31st May there is a special Garden Party Lunch at school. Children are invited to dress up for the event and there will be a prize for the best dressed boy and girl. The cost of lunch is the usual £1.70.

On Friday 1st June we will be having a Playground Street Party. A special homework letter has been sent home to everyone but to summarise:

Jubilympics Fashion Show – Children are to dress in red, white and blue.

Make a Cool Crown or Tiara for the crazy crown race

Make a 1952 style sandwich and bring in the brown paper bag provided

Optional Extras:

Nursery & P1-4 – practise running races and old fashioned ones such as sack race or egg and spoon.

P5-7 – practise with a friend doing the wheelbarrow, skipping with a rope or the 3 legged race (bring a scarf to tie legs together)

Here’s the sheet that was sent home: Special Jubilee Homework the nursery are doing their tasks in class

Hope everyone has a fantastic time and looking forward to seeing some creative outfits.


Parent Council Meeting Monday 28th May 2012

The next Parent Council Meeting is on Monday 28th May at 7pm, Colin Beattie MSP will be attending the meeting so if you would like to come along please do so. If you cannot make the meeting but have something you would like raised please speak to a Parent Council member or email to lasswadeprimaryparentscouncil@yahoo.co.uk

This meeting will also be used to organise the school summer fair. Your help with this will make the event a great success so if you can spare the time or are interested in being involved with the Parent Council please come along to the meeting. It is the contribution and efforts of parents and carers that make the Parent Council a success in raising additional funds to enhance the childrens learning experience so whatever you can do to help no matter how big or small is welcome.


P5 News

Primary five have had an exciting term learning about living things. They have learnt all about parts of plants and have even planted their own flowers to be added to our wildflower meadow.

We have also been learning about types of animals and food chains which we were able to use on our trip to the Five Sisters Zoo. What an enjoyable day we had seeing all the animals. Some of us were even brave enough to hold a snake or tortoise!

In amongst visiting the bears, dancing cockatoo and the meerkats, we found time to play in the soft play area! There was even a giant pirate ship!

Primary 1 Marathon Relay

Primary 1 Marathon Relay- Well Done Ladies

Our wonderful P1 teachers completed their marathon relay yesterday in very hot conditions so a huge well done to them we are all very proud of you. So far they have raised a magnificent £2473.00 for Edinburgh Sick Kids Friends Foundation in memory of Jude Hunter.

There is still time to donate at  www.justgiving.com/P1-Lasswade-Primary or send an envelope to the school office.

Here’s some pictures of our ladies looking as fresh as a daisy at the end! Maybe it’ll inspire some of us for next year or a future Olympics?


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P2 News

P2 recently visited Edinburgh zoo. It was a really exciting trip. We had a lesson from the zookeeper who showed us some animals which live in Asia.

Then we saw the pandas. Their names are Sunshine and Sweetie. Sunshine was having a sleep but Sweetie was eating some bamboo.

We learned lots of facts about pandas. Did you know that panda boys do handstands when they want to impress a panda girl. Also pandas do the toilet between 50 and 100 times a day!!!

We also had fun taking part in Jubilee Masterclasses. We worked in groups with children from other classes. Some of the activities included painting the Queen and the Union Jack, making crowns and invitations, decorating cakes, making bunting, designing an outfit for the Queen, dancing and singing from the 1950s.

Marathon Day

To support our P1 staff who are running the marathon on Sunday 27 May we are going to have a dress down day on Friday 25 May. The children can wear anything sporty! Children can bring a donation of 50p or £1 to support our fundraising for the Sick Children’s Hospital.

P6 Enterprise Tanzania

Many thanks to all the parents who baked, supported and came along to P6’s Coffee Morning.  £188.95 was raised and along with £85.40 from their anagram competition before Easter, they will be giving Maggie a cheque for £274.35 on her return from Tanzania.  This money will help build a holding tank for the village well, but surprisingly the same amount of money could teach 13 children for one year, or one child for 13 year.

SQA Update on New Qualifications

Here is an update from the SQA regarding the New National Qualifications for parents and carers.

New Qualifications – April Update

Update for Parents and Carers

New Guide

A guide about the new qualifications is now available for parents and carers. It is available to download from the dedicated section of our website – www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforparents. There is also a guide for young people at www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforyoungpeople and updated guides for teachers and employers.

On our website, you can find other useful resources such as our Mythbuster – http://www.sqa.org.uk/mythbuster – and Jargon buster- http://www.sqa.org.uk/jargonbuster

Final Documents

We have now reached a major milestone in the development process and final documents for the new National 2 to Higher Courses are available. The final documents will be used by teachers and lecturers to prepare to teach each new Course. The documents are still of interest to parents and carers as they give information about the skills and knowledge young people will gain.

Use the subject drop-down menu on our website: www.sqa.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence to find the documents for each subject.

Education Scotland has also published a suite of practical advice and guidance to support practitioners in preparing for implementing key aspects of the new qualifications. See www.educationscotland.gov.uk/nq

The development process

To develop these 197 qualifications we have had targeted engagement with over 5,000 practitioners and other stakeholders.

We have had nearly 600,000 visits of the subject pages on the website and more than 3,400 comments on the draft documents we published at each stage of the process for review and feedback.

We have attended over 700 meetings and 15 events and our development groups, which include parent and carer representatives, have met over 440 times.


SQA has also developed new awards for young people. These cover work from different subject areas and are shorter than traditional Courses. They recognise success across different levels of difficulty, meaning they’re suitable for young people of all abilities. They will be marked and assessed internally and do not have any external assessments or exams. The final documents for these are also now available – see www.sqa.org.uk/newawards

New Courses

Two new Courses – Music Technology and Fashion and Textile Technology have been developed in response to feedback throughout the development process. The new Courses in Music Technology are from National 3 to Higher. A new Higher Course has been developed for Fashion and Textile Technology.

Next Steps

Advanced Higher

We have now begun developing the new Advanced Higher qualifications which will be introduced in 2015/16 and the first draft documents have been published.

Use the subject drop-down menu at www.sqa.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence to find the documents for each subject.

Find out more about Advanced Higher – www.sqa.org.uk/advancedhigher

We continue to seek your feedback on these documents as the qualifications are developed. You can give your feedback via Have Your Say – www.sqa.org.uk/haveyoursay

CfE Events

To continue to support practitioners with the implementation of the new qualifications, SQA is hosting 10 Curriculum Area events in May 2012 and 10 in September 2012 to update teachers on the latest developments. Between October 2012 and March 2013 we will host a series of subject-specific events, which every principal subject teacher will be invited to attend. Our CfE Liaison team are continuing to support local events including those with parents: www.sqa.org.uk/cfeteam