Meadowpark News

We aspire to provide all our learners with access to the highest quality of learning and teaching alongside a mix of evidence based Autism specific approaches in order to maximise their success and encourage achievement in its broadest sense.

Our aim is to help all our pupils be the best they can be as:

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

Meadowpark News

Published: Fri 5 Apr 2019

Although this term has been quite long and many of us were ready for our holidays last week, staff and pupils have dug deep into their reserves of resilience and have continued to show us #whatwecando and #wecandoit.

Pupil D achieved their Bikeability level 2 this week under the excellent supervision of Phil Gilholm in Knox Academy.

Another pupil D had a second successful morning at Edinburgh College and a third pupil D overcame their social anxiety and managed Maths class in Knox this week. read more here ...Newsletter 05.04.19

Published: Fri 29 Mar 2019

MEADOWPARK – NEWSLETTER – WEEK 33 – 29.03.19

This time last year we were finishing for the Easter break and in spite of many attempts to explain why Easter changes it still baffles me that there can be a month’s difference in dates which has a significant impact on those teaching a programme of study and those studying for exams, completing assignments and assessments. Staff and pupils are justifiably tired but the longer lighter days make it bearable.

Forth Class went to the Food Bank in Tranent on Thursday and feedback from staff and pupils has been very positive. Read more here...Newsletter 29.03.19

Published: Sun 24 Mar 2019

It has been a delight to watch the gradual development of the Meadowpark Mosaic which Mrs Davis began as part of the Masterclasses opportunity for pupil. Every Tuesday, and on rotation to all for everyone to participate over the year, pupils gather to cut, file, smooth and position pieces of ceramic tiles. These are then carefully placed together to define Meadowpark.

Mrs Davis has worked tirelessly to source tiles, cutters, appropriate paste and gloves. Furthermore she has liaised with the Technology department in Knox Academy who have provided us with a suitable board to transfer and stick the tiles onto. I will be very excited to see the end result as it nears completion and then permanently fixed to the side of the building. Read more here ...Newsletter 22.03.19

Published: Fri 15 Mar 2019

We are hugely grateful to Miss Laudi from Knox Academy Eco-Committee for providing us with a wealth of information, motivation and opportunities to consider our own responsibility in Meadowpark to our community and wider society in relation to reducing our reliance on plastic.

Tyne class concluded the week with a thought provoking assembly which highlighted just how much plastic we have around us in school. From chairs, DVDs, trays, pens, glue sticks, telephones and computers we have become possibly over-reliant on this product which we discovered enters the eco-system, including our bodies as BPA (bisphenol A) which is an industrial chemical that has been used as an element of polycarbonate plastics used to make food containers and plastic bottles since the 1960s. Although safe in very low levels there has been increased awareness of BPA possibly leeching into the food chain and can have possible health effects on brain development and possibly behaviour. Read more here ...Newsletter 15.03.19

Published: Fri 8 Mar 2019

As the days are getting longer and lighter and thoughts turn to Spring I was contacted by the education representative from David Wilson Homes this week asking if we were still keen to put bird boxes up around the school grounds.  Naturally, I chirpily replied, indeed we are. I am hopeful that this will take place before Easter, so that both pupils and birds can benefit and we can monitor the activity of our feathered friends.

Pupils are naturally drawn to being outdoors and have learned to use whatever they find to regulate or stimulate sensory need. This week some of the planks that have been set aside for the Playpod had been creatively manoeuvred onto the tyres. The planks are sturdy enough to withstand the young people bouncing on them so I did not have the heart to remove them in case they were broken and so play happily continued. Read more here...Newsletter 08.03.19