Ladies Night

As we are fundraising for a cycle path St Andrew’s have decided to hold a ladies night!

This will take place on Wednesday the 18th of May at 7-9pm.

At the event there will be the following: a hairstylist, manicures, pedicures, massage, Avon, waxing, tarot card reading, Jamberry nails, henna and much more.

Also there will be complementary drink and raffle ticket for £5. All people taking part must be 16 and over.

Come join a night of relaxing!


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Rookie Rockstars

Rookie Rockstars helps improve pupils confidence and lets them be themselves. Rookie Rockstars stars will be visiting St Andrew’s 25th- 29th April 2016. On Tuesday 3rd of May at 6:30pm and Wednesday the 4th of May at 6:30pm there will be a performance for parents and carers. Tickets are £5 and children under 5 go free. Please note: we have had to limit the number of tickets to two per family.  If you buy a CD of the children singing and dancing  £1 pound from each CD will go towards school funds.




St Andrew’s Primary school are holding a Zumba session with Lynne Drummond on the 11th of May from 7-8 PM. The tickets will cost £5 each, all participants must be 16+. All proceeds will go towards our cycle track funds!! We hope you all take up this exciting opportunity!


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P6 Greatrex

P6 have been offered the chance of a lifetime, to perform at the new (opening soon) Corn Exchange museum in Dalkieth, that will feature John Greatrex and how he foraged money! (And almost got away with it).

When P6 were told (in the middle of assembly) they were shocked, surprised and of course exited to know that you were going to be watched by over 60 people at a time. They also knew that they would be perfect for the job since they are such show off’s!

The offer also came with a professional drama teacher called: Matt Dunn, who is amazing at his job. He is also a professional script writer. The of the performances will take place on the 11th and 12th of May. A dress rehearsal is also included on the 10th of May.

All the dates that are given are in the time line of 2016. P6 are to rehearse as much as possible. Greatrex is massive deal so we’d appreciate it if all parents/carers that have a P6 St. Andrew’s child within their household to show lots of support. The teacher of P6, Mrs Rice says it a fascinating story. On behalf of P6 we would like to say how excited we all are!


By Katie Allan & Talitha Nicholas

Statement Regarding Our School Buildings (Midlothian Council)

We anticipate that parents, carers and local residents will be aware that some Edinburgh schools are currently closed while structural investigations are carried out.

We confirm that none of our school buildings were built by the same contractor responsible for the Edinburgh PPI schools in question and we would like to take the opportunity to stress our continued commitment to ensuring the safety of everyone using school buildings in Midlothian.

Maintenance building inspections of all our schools are carried out on an ongoing basis.  A full survey of our school estate was completed after the tragic incident at Liberton High School in Edinburgh.  No structural issues were identified.  We have had two independent condition surveys carried out at our PPP1 schools (Dalkeith Schools Community Campus) in the last three years and annual independent condition surveys are carried out at our PPP2 schools (8 primary schools).  In addition to this, Midlothian Council and PPP Facilities Management staff have an ongoing monitoring regime in place to ensure that any defects are identified and addressed. This includes inspections and monthly meetings with senior school staff and our PPP contractors.

Further inspections of our own estate also started in March 2016, in response to the situation in Edinburgh, and are due to finish on Tuesday 12 April.  A formal process is in place which allows immediate repairs to a school building, including isolating the area if there are health and safety concerns.

The safety of our pupils, staff and building users are our highest priority and if anyone has any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact:

P7 Essay Competition

Evan Fleming (P7) won the 500 word essay competition. The title off the essay was: The Tiger in the Tale. The story is about two police officers called: Bradley Bull and Fred Fox. The case that comes up happens to be the same kind of case that Fred had dealt with 10 years ago.

Evan chose this theme because his favourite book, The Cat in the Hat is about an animal .Evan’s favourite books are The Cat in the Hat and the Grinch. Evan really enjoys reading!

Well Done Evan!


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Euro Quiz

This year P6 took part in a competition named the Euro quiz, on the 5th of March 2016. The Euroquiz is a competition for schools all around Scotland! We took part in the Midlothian heats. We came 3rd out of 15 schools.

The team were told to be at school for 8:30am. They did a great job arriving on time despite this early assignment. The competition took place at Stobhill Primary School from 9am-12pm. Just so that you know, the Euro quiz members were: Fraser, Ella, Erick, Kristy, Emma S and Katie. They worked extremely hard learning and memorizing their European facts, which meant lots of indoor breaks (for them) and loads of paper lying around the classroom! Once again a big Well Done to our Euro Quiz team.



Choir Performance

On Friday the 11th of March St Andrew’s school choir performed at the Dean Tavern in Newtongrange. Miss Bryce who runs the Choir group attended the event with Mrs Matthews and Mrs McCallum. Mrs Matthews was very proud as our choir got a standing ovation! They sang True Colours , Punk Rocker  and 500 miles.

The following children are members of the choir: Emma Sroka P6, Aimee Swan P5, Caitlyn Murdoch P5, Caitlyn Macdonald P6, Josh Sessions P5, Demi Macdonald P7, Ella Annor P6 and Phoebe Macdonald (P7).

I spoke to Aimee Swan and she said: ‘ We got a massive applause it was so loud!’ A big thank you to Miss Bryce, the talented leader of the choir. She said: ‘The audience loved it so many people were standing up showing their appreciation for our singing’! We would also like to thank Jake Herriot for organising the event.


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By Katie Allan (P6)