Musselburgh Burgh Primary School

Thank you to pupils, staff, parents and

Thank you to pupils, staff, parents and carers who donated their £1 to dress down. We have raised a very impressive £340 which will buy lots of school supplies for a school in The Gambia. I will take lots of photos of me delivering the supplies to the school children and these will go on the website next session.

Thank you again,

Mrs Chiole

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act – East Lothian Council update for families

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act – East Lothian Council update for families

From 31 August 2016, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act will commence. This Act states that every young person in Scotland is entitled to the support of a Named Person from birth until the until the age of 18.

All pupils will shortly be given a leaflet produced by Scottish Government, explaining the role of a Named Person. You can also find this leaflet on the East Lothian Council website, school websites and the Scottish Government GIRFEC website, along with lots of other information about the Named Person role.

For children in Primary Schools, their Named Person will be the Head Teacher, a Depute Head Teacher, or a Principal Teacher. In a Secondary School, it will be a Guidance Teacher or a Principal Teacher of Pupil Support.

During school holidays, the Named Person role will be undertaken by qualified staff at East Lothian Council. Details of who these people will be and how to contact them will be made available in August, on school and council websites.

Your individual school will inform you as to the name of your child’s Named Person in August, so that you have the most up to date information.

On 30 May, the Scottish Government will be launching a media campaign to raise awareness of the Named Person role and how this fits with the Children and Young People’s Act. East Lothian Council will publicise national materials through social media, on our websites and through pupil post.

For more detailed information, you can look online at the Scottish Government GIRFEC website. This contains a number of very useful and user-friendly documents.

School Library Service Review – Primary School Parent Survey

The School Library Service (SLS) have recently surveyed students to make sure they include pupil’s views in their review of the service and would now like to do the same for parents and carers. By completing this survey parents and carers will help us develop school library services for all children and young people in East Lothian.

The Parent Survey is online and will be open from 22nd April to 9th May.
Please click the link below.

Proposed New Secondary Provision for the Musselburgh Cluster

Please find link below which will provide you with further information/guidance in relation to the formal consultation which East Lothian Council will be under-taking in connection with the above.

“Reading is Braw!” Launches at Burgh

We did it! Reading is Braw has officially launched and you can see some of the highlights of the day in this video.

The launch is reported on the Reading is Braw site at

  • You will see children reading here, there and everywhere.
  • You will hear Lindsey Barley reveal the single most important life-skill we can teach our children. (Clue: it starts with the letter r…)
  • You will hear children light up the screen with their love of stories.



Burgh Swimming Team

Last Friday some of the Burgh’s Swimming return to Prestonpans to compete in the finals of the East Lothian Schools swimming competition.  We were delighted to announce that Sarah came overall third in her race.  Well done to all who took part.

Sporting Events


The Burgh school football team took part in the Douglas Allan Shield tournament at Meadowmill on Monday 18th January.
The tournament was indoor 5-aside and the team played 4 matches against Pinkie, Campie, Windygoul and Longniddry. The boys had some very tough matches but showed great sportsmanship throughout! They came 3rd place in their group.  Well done.









On the 20th January after school, 9 budding badminton players attended the mid/east lothain Badminton
Quaich at Meadowmill Sports centre. There was a lot of tough opposition, including Rosa playing, and taking
4 points from the Scotland under 13 champion. There was also some incredible performances from Jacob,
Keigan, Abbie, Freya, Catriona, James and our boys doubles team, who beat Law primary, Cameron
and Michael.

Thank you to Mrs Hoole for supporting the children and Mr Johnston for some coaching expertise.


On Friday 22nd January a Swimming team represented The Burgh at The East Lothain Swimming Gala.
They done a fantastic job and swan really well. Some highlights were Sarah coming runner up in the P7
girls freestyle, James runner up in the P6 and under boys backstroke as well as Daniel coming 2nd in
P7 boys breast stroke. We also managed 2 3rd places as well.

Congratulations you have done the school proud!
Mr Lyall and the swimming team would like to thank Mrs Gilbert for driving them there and to Loretto
Private for supplying the mini bus.

School Council Constitution

An amendment has been proposed to the Burgh School Council Constitution which needs the agreement of the wider parent body;
7. Office bearers will be able to serve for a minimum of one year, with a maximum period of three years after which the members may put themselves forward for re-selection if they wish.

This proposed change will allow parents to stand for re-selection should they wish to continue as office bearers at the end of their three year term.

To see the original Constitution please click here.

Burgh’s Got Talent

Yesterday we held the final of Burgh’s Got Talent. Fourteen acts tried their hardest to be the overall winner. The acts included singing, modern and India dancing, E Flat Horn, guitar, comedy and a drama scene. The pupils and parents of the finalist found it very hard to choose a winner as all the acts were very good. After careful counting on the votes the result were announced. In third place were the P7 Whats and Whys, who are a group of talented musicians and singers, in second place were P6 Elite a dance group and in first place James and Michael performed a comedy act with a violin. Please keep watching here to see their performance.
Burgh’s Got Talent on PhotoPeach

Tesco Donation

Today during assembly Jane from Tesco presented the school with lots of new books and a cheque for just over £115.  She had heard how much the children at the Burgh like to read and had then organised a collection in the store during World Book Week.  Freya and Amelia  gratefully accepted the cheque on behalf of the librarians and the whole school.  We are all looking forward to seeing the books in our library after the holidays and being able to take them home to read.

50th Birthday Update

Burgh 50th Birthday Update


Information regarding our 50th Birthday celebrations.


  • On Friday 16th January from 9.00a.m. to 12.30p.m., there will be a Birthday Party in school for all of our pupils. This will take the form of a fun activity morning and will include: bouncy castle, face-painting, craft activities, dancing and party food. The children will not have to wear school uniform on the 16th. There will be no charge to the children for the party.
  • On Friday 16th January from 2.00p.m. to 6.00p.m., there will be a Birthday Celebration for ex-pupils and their families, ex-staff and current staff of the Burgh. Our P6 pupils will be taking visitors on guided tours of the school, there will be an exhibition featuring photos and memorabilia from the past fifty years of the Burgh. There will also be a finger buffet and birthday cake!
  • Throughout the following week (Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd), the exhibition will remain open to visitors between 9.30a.m. and 2.30p.m. with the option to have a guided tour of the school. Additionally, on the evening of Thursday 22nd January the exhibition will be open from 7.00p.m. to 9.00p.m.
  • On Friday 23rd January from 9.30a.m. to 11.30a.m., we would like to invite the families of our current        Burgh pupils into school for a coffee morning and look at the exhibition.If you are able to help with the birthday party for the children on 16th January, please return the tear-off slip to let us know when you will be available. We will need helpers throughout the school for face painting, party food, crafts etc. for the whole morning.
  • Please pass on this invitation to any friends or family who may be interested in coming along.
  • Could you also please let us know if you will be attending the Coffee Morning on 23rd January (for parents of current Burgh pupils).
  • Please let us know  if you plan to attend the Birthday Celebration on the afternoon of 16th January (for ex-pupils of the Burgh).
  • If you are an ex-pupil of the Burgh and you have any old photos or memorabilia, we would be very grateful if you would be prepared to lend them to us for the exhibition.


Grandison cup champions

Grandison cup champions on PhotoPeach

On Friday 24th October the newly formed P7 football team from Musselburgh Burgh Primary School took part in the Grandison Trophy at Pinkie Playing Fields. The Burgh played some outstanding football and were victorious, winning the competition for the first time in its 34 year history. Congratulations to the whole squad!

On Friday 24th October, Musselburgh Burgh’s Primary 7 football team celebrated a fantastic victory in the George S. Grandison Memorial tournament at Pinkie Playing Fields.
On the day of the 7-a-side competition, the Burgh team competed against other schools in the Musselburgh cluster including Pinkie, Wallyford, Loretto RC and Stoneyhill. Campie’s team were forced to withdraw from the tournament due to lack of players.
The Burgh’s victory was the first time that the school had ever won the trophy since it started in 1980.
Musselburgh Burgh’s winning team was made up of players from both primary 7 and primary 6/7. Adam was fantastic as Goalkeeper, conceding only three goals in five games. Stewart and Ceri were rock-solid in defence, captain Finn led the team from centre-midfield while Murray (left-midfield) and striker Craig were the top scorers for the team.
Aaron had an excellent tournament at right-midfield and starred in all five games for the Burgh. Jay found some great passes when used as a substitute, and came close to scoring many times. James, Cameron and Luke also played very well and contributed to the team’s ultimate success.
Musselburgh Burgh’s tournament victory was all the more impressive due to the fact that they had only trained together once prior to the competition!
The Burgh opened the tournament with a 2-1 victory over Wallyford, despite having to come from a goal down. That result set the team spirit for the next game in which the Burgh beat Stoneyhill 1-0 with a penalty from Craig being decisive. They followed that with a 2-1 win against Pinkie.
Coach, Mr Lyall made changes for the final group game against Loretto and the Burgh were unlucky to lose 1-0. However, they still progressed to the final of the tournament and put in an excellent performance to beat Wallyford again, this time by a comprehensive 3-0 score line!
Mr Lyall said, “the whole squad were outstanding throughout the tournament and were deserved winners of the trophy.”
The team were delighted with their success and are now hoping the school will be able to get a trophy cabinet large enough for both their Grandison trophy and the Meadowbank Athletics cup they took home in May.
By Adam