Can you help volunteer at your local coding club

Midlothian Council are trying to encourage parents and others to volunteer at their local coding clubs which take place in  libraries.

The next info session is Tuesday next week 6pm Penicuik Library.  Other dates are on the attached flyer for Dalkeith Library.


Please click on attached link for more information

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Button Box Event 28/10/2017

The Button Box is a children’s clothing project based in Midlothian. We collect children’s clothing donations age 0-16 yrs throughout the year and then hold free community events where all Midlothian families regardless of their circumstances and background are welcome to come along for a ‘cuppa and a chat’ and to collect free clothing for their growing families.

We have now had 3 very successful events where we have welcomed over 200 families and over 400 children over the last few months and managed to re-home over 8tons of children’s clothing!!!
We have our 4th event coming to Mayfield on the 28th of October and I have attached the full information for the event and we would appreciate if you could share this with your staff, pupils and families.
These events would not have been possible without the fantastic support of all our volunteers.  It is the hard work of all our volunteers who help us sort and organise the vast amount of donations that keep on coming.  As well as individual volunteers we have had various groups of volunteers help us throughout the past few months including local Schools and nurseries. We have had children as young as 3yrs old and up to 15yrs helping us sort our donated clothing into age and gender order.
We were delighted when one of the first schools ‘Mauricewood Primary School’ in Penicuik invited us in to share our project at their pupil assembly to develop the idea of ‘Responsible citizens’.  We have also spent time with individual classes and pupil committee groups throughout Midlothian.
When invited into schools we share information on the work we do and how this links with:

* Health and Wellbeing
* Inclusion
* Child Poverty
* The importance of recycling

What was even more fantastic is the schools we have visited can clearly see how the work we are trying to do strongly links with the purposes stated in the Curriculum for excellence which as you know are:

‘Helping children and young people to become:

* Successful learners
* Confident individuals
* Responsible citizens
* Effective contributors

This has meant that the pupils have been able to get involved with the ‘sorting of the clothing donations’ thus making a real difference to our project and supporting their local families and community during their school day, and of course raising awareness of the quality of clothing that all children and families are welcome too.

We would love to have more schools involved with our project and this is where you come in!…

Do you think you could help us make a difference?
Would you like to support a local project?

We would love to come along and share our work with your pupils and staff team.  We would love to have your school supporting us with this important work that is really making a difference to children and families across Midlothian.

For more informaton on the the event please see our website

Pennies for Pudsey 18th November 2016


Woodburn Primary School looks forward to collecting pennies for Pudsey on Friday 18th November 2016. Pupils are invited to bring in copper coins (1p and 2p pieces) to fill up our Pudsey outline. All money raised will be donated to the BBC Children In Need Appeal. 

Pupils can dress down on this day, however we ask that no football tops are worn to school. 


***Good News Story*** Donations received for our gardening projects.

As some of you will be aware we have been seeking donations to allow us to start a gardening club within the school. One of our mum’s Laura Diamond has been busy contacting local and national companies in order to seek donations of tools, seeds and other gardening equipment.

We are delighted to share the news with you that Laura’s hard work has paid off. We have received the following:

-Tesco Hardengreen – tools, seeds and compost.

-B&Q fort Kinnaird –£70 of plants and tools.

-Marshalls, Grow wild, RHS, Suttons, Heinz & Seed parade All donated Packets of Seeds.

-Toni Abram ( donated 500 sunflower seeds.

Dobbies garden world – an amazing £500 to spend on our sensory garden for the nursery.

This is an amazing achievement and we wish to thank Laura for her efforts. Please look out for opportunities to get involved, we will also be at the school fair with some ideas to get you started.


A HUGE Thank You to Dobbies.


Midlothian Council: Statement regarding our school buildings

Published on 11 April 2016

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: