March Newsletter

March 2023

Play, Grow and Learn Together       Kindness, Respect and Curiosity        Burnbrae Primary (@BurnbraePS) / Twitter

Burnbrae Primary School         
144 Burnbrae Road
EH19 3GB

Burnbrae Early and Complex Needs – Hopefield Joint Campus
Rosewell Road
EH19 3HL

Dear Parent/Carer 

Thank you to everyone who attended Pupil Progress Meetings this week. I am delighted that 97% of our parents signed up for this. The others will be meeting staff at meetings. We are reviewing our communication procedures for Parents/Carers and welcome your feedback to help us make appropriate changes. You can provide feedback when you are in school this week or from home using the QR code below.

Further Inspection of Burnbrae Primary School and Nursery Class

Midlothian Council

We welcomed visitors from Education Scotland to our school from 31 January to 3 February this year. They have written a letter to parents and carers of children at Burnbrae which will be published and available to read next week on Tuesday 28 March 2023. The letter will be published on the Education Scotland website at

Free Bus Travel

Don’t miss out on free bus travel

61% of secondary school pupils and 46% of primary school pupils in Midlothian already have their National Entitlement Card giving them free bus travel across Scotland. All young people aged between 5 and under 22 in Scotland are entitled to travel by bus for free. If you or the young person in your family doesn’t yet have the pass, the easiest way to apply is online but you can find lots of different ways on the council website. Don’t miss the chance to save money, explore Scotland and help the environment.       Apply now

 School Lunch Menu

The new school lunch menu can be downloaded from the Latest News section on our school website –

A gentle reminder to encourage learners to bring only water to school in their water bottles. It has come to our attention that some pupils have been bringing in PRIME which is inappropriate for school. Please also be reminded that Burnbrae Primary aims to be a nut free school. Please give your child nut free products for lunch and break.  Please do not send your child to school with nutella sandwiches or nutella products.

Gym Kit and indoor shoes 

Children should have a change of shoes for use inside the school and in particular for use of the PE hall. Clean gym shoes or trainers keep the hall mud free and safe for children participating in sports. We would be happy to accept donations of used gym shoes or trainers in good condition which could be used to ensure that all children can join PE safely. 

Organic Planet 

A group of children in the school have set up a social enterprise called ‘Organic Planet’. Organic Planet has three key aims;

  1. Vegetable gardening and health food production.
  2. Community Cafe – using the food we have grown in our garden. 
  3. Food Waste/Food recycling campaigning.

Organic Planet is registered with the Social Enterprise Academy – they run a ‘Dragon’s Den’ event – that we will be pitching at, Organic Planet will also be featured in a special edition of The Big Issue magazine. To make that really successful and to evidence our Business Plan – please can you complete the questionnaire using the QR code above.


  • The last skiing lesson for P6 was 16 March and children received certificates in recognition of their achievements. Well done to all!
  • P2 and P3 have enjoyed successful educational visits to the History of Education Centre learning about school life in the past. 
  • The Drumming for Excellence programme is currently happening for P4 and P5 following an excellent interactive performance for the whole school ‘Release the Rhythm’ promoting teamwork.

Coming up:

  • Speak out Stay Safe NSPC Programme will be taking place during week beginning 24 April
  • Bike Repair 28 April pop up workshop will take place from 12-2pm at Burnbrae Primary. This is a great opportunity to get your bike ready for the road free of charge.
  • P4 classes are planning a visit to the Water of Leith visitor centre in May 

Learning with and Through Technology

Parent Council 

Thursday 30 March 3:15 PE Hall School Community warmly invited.

Staffing Update

  • Two new permanent teachers appointed to Burnbrae Primary. Miss Mairi Lawrie, an experienced teacher from Edinburgh and Ms Laura Dodds currently teaching in West Lothian, will join our staff after the Easter Break as soon as recruitment checks have been completed. They will replace Mrs Jo Briggs and Miss Kai Lothian. 
  • Kai Lothian Starting a new job at St Mary’s RC Primary on 2 May 
  • Lisa Reid Learning Assistant started in SCN
  • Maitri Mehta MA has moved on to a new post in Woodburn ELC
  • Sharyn McKenzie will remain at Burnbrae on a Monday, is supporting training and other settings across the week 
  • Avril Carmichael EYP at Burnbrae Early is choosing to take early retirement after 38 years working for Midlothian Council in order to embark on an exciting new adventure. We appreciate all she has contributed and send our best wishes. Her last day at Burnbrae will be Wednesday 29rd March
  • Natalie Barker Learning Assistant who has been working in P1 is moving on with our best wishes

ELC and P1

Phone calls or in person appointments took place during the week beginning 20th March for all children planning to start Primary One in August. Children who will remain in ELC from August will be offered an appointment after the Easter break. 

We will soon be sharing information with you to support children moving on to Primary One. Our ELC – P1 transition webpage is currently being updated you can however view the plans for last year which includes useful information and stories from the current Primary One teaching team –


The CN Team were delighted to see so many families join us for our March Shared Learning Event. 

Parent Consultations for our learners are taking place over the next few weeks. All parents have been invited to sign up for a time for an in person meeting or a phone call.

We continue to share regular learning updates and general school information on Seesaw. If you are having any difficulty accessing Seesaw, please contact us via the school office.

Thank you for your continued support of the school.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Clarkson

Head Teacher

Important Dates – more dates to follow


Date Event Who is involved
24 March Class Assembly at 9:15am P3B
29 March Class Assembly at 9:15am P4C
31 March Spring Term Ends Whole School
17 April Summer Term Starts Whole School
20 April Parent Council at 7pm – details to follow Warm invitation to parents/ carers
28 April Shared Learning Assembly P6A
1 May May Day Holiday Whole School
5 May Class Assembly P2B
8 May Kings Coronation – School Closed Whole School
12 May Class Assembly P3A
15 May Bikeability Level 2  P6 & P7
22 May

Victoria Day school closed to pupils

In Service Day for staff

All Pupils
24 May  Whole school shared learning 2:45-3:15 All pupils
2 June Class Assembly 9:15am P4B
9 June Class Assembly 9:15am P3/2
14 June Transition day at Lasswade HS P7
15 June Transition day at Lasswade HS P7
16 June Transition day at Lasswade HS P7
16 June Class Assembly 9:15am  P5C
23 June Class Assembly P7
28 June Summer Term Ends Whole School



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