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Steven Johnson (Depute) writes a weekly update on events at Meadowpark. These can be viewed in the news stories displayed below.

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Meadowpark News

Published: Fri 8 Jan 2021

Firstly, a very Happy New Year to you all, and I hope you had a good Christmas as far as was possible.

It is the start to 2021 that we really didn't want, but I wanted to say thank you to you all for being so understanding and supportive.  We are in good shape for Monday and many of you will have already heard directly from our teachers to explain how the access to online learning etc. will work.

There are bound to be glitches, but nothing we can't solve, and if you haven't been contacted by your child's class teacher yet, please don't worry.  On Monday, we will be continuing to contact everyone to ensure that the technology is working as it should, and that you have all of the information you need.

Best wishes,

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark team.

 

Published: Fri 18 Dec 2020

Firstly an apology for not getting a newsletter out last week, we were just working too hard!  

I think “Festive Fun” sums everything up at the moment.  Christmas for me has always been the best time to work in schools, and this year is no different. 

We had Christmas jumper day last week and managed to raise a fabulous £44 for Save the Children by doing that.  Thank you to all the families and carers who supported it.

          

There has been some brilliant Christmas crafting going on this week (as well as Literacy, Numeracy etc…..promise).  It’s such a shame that we couldn’t host a Christmas Fair to show off the skills, but I can clearly see an enterprise project leading to a summer fair and festival.  We have really enjoyed supporting our good friends at Our Community Kitchen, by making Christmas cards.  These are to be sent by the community kitchen to members of the local community who for a variety of reasons may be quite isolated.  I’m sure they’ll appreciate them and enjoy our Christmas messages.

                  

 

I’ve been really proud to hand out Diligence Awards to a number of our pupils today.  Those young people who gained awards will take the certificates home and I’m sure our parents and carers will all be very proud of them too.  Not everyone gets an award and it is a big achievement so a real “well done” to them.

                    

Monday and Tuesday coming will no doubt be full of more Christmas fun.  We will be having an end of term assembly on Monday just before lunch, followed by a screening of an online pantomime in the afternoon (oh yes we will……).  For those young people who aren’t in school at the moment, I’ll send links to the assembly and the panto so everyone can be fully involved.

 

Wishing you a very happy and safe Christmas,

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark Team

Published: Fri 4 Dec 2020

I’m really excited to report that our project with the Our Community Kitchen is about to make a leap forward as the funding is now in place to begin the "big build".  Pretty soon after Christmas we will be having the decking and planters constructed, ready for us and the wider community to get planting and grow some tasty veg.

On the theme of food, Tyne this week have been developing their independent living skills cooking pizzas from scratch. 

     

Leven have also been refining their culinary skills this week with some tasty fruit salads. 

Esk have been continuing their history project about this school building over the years.  They have produced some very artistic photography as part of that project. 

    

Forth have also been showing off their artwork skills, and I particularly like their modern Christmas tree art designs. 

Well done to all!

Have a super weekend.

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark Team.

 

Published: Fri 27 Nov 2020

At a meeting this week I was hearing all about the work of Venturing Out.  Venturing Out is a Not for Profit Community Interest Company that offers a huge range of activities and experiences for families in East Lothian whose children have additional support needs.

What I particularly like about Venturing Out, is that the team work with the whole family.  In fact, they can also work sometimes with just the parents in order to give some much needed “away time", and to allow parents to gain the skills and experience in certain activities to then be able to support their child confidently when they all take part together.

There’s a whole range of activities available like paddle sports, coasteering, bushcraft and mountain biking.

The Venturing Out website gives all of the details and links to get in touch with them.  Why not have a look?

Another typically busy week here at Meadowpark.

Esk have been learning about plant lifecycles, and went out on Tuesday to learn how to work out the age of a tree as part of their John Muir Award.

I’ve seen more examples of the creativity in Tyne class with some brilliant painted pebble designs (photos next week I promise). 

Clyde have been involved in some very grown up discussions around LGBT issues, and raising some really insightful points.

Leven have been working very hard in literacy and numeracy.  I was especially impressed by their writing on the dangers of plastics for wildlife.

So much great work and learning going on.

Have a super weekend.

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark Team

Published: Fri 20 Nov 2020

Amazing work from Tyne who are optimistically looking towards spring.  The have completed their bird boxes and got them in place ready for any new tenants, who will be envy of the Haddington bird population in their Grand Designs.

  

Esk class have worked hard on the Goat Trail project and a big thank you to Mrs Davis and the whole Esk team who have coordinated this across the school.  You may have seen our contribution on Twitter already.  Look out for it around Haddington soon!

 

In other news, Clyde class have been discovering inner peace with some meditation and learning all about the story of Buddha.  I wondered why they’ve been uncharacteristically quiet…..

Leven have been finding out about Japan.  They have named the main islands, the capital city and the highest mountain on blank maps (as a geographer I am very proud of them).  They had a quiz to find out about different aspects of life in Japan including food, sport, traditional costume, language and population.  They have been developing their Origami skills too!

In Forth, five students have been attending a range of classes in Knox Academy, including 2 new classes where they have achieved our first National 4 Unit Assessment passes for which we are very proud. They have made delicious chocolate cakes in HE and we have even been treated to a display in drone flying.  Exciting stuff.

 

We were looking forward to welcoming the Glasgow based 12guitars project safely into school this week, but given the updated guidance that affects the Glasgow area, we decided to postpone this visit.  Hopefully we will be able to re-arrange the launch of this very soon.  Who knows, we may even be able to have a summer outdoor gig.  Meadowpark in the Park Festival anyone?

Have a great weekend.

Mr Johnson and the Meadowpark team.