Edinburgh & The Lothians: Latest News

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St John Vianney pupils win competition to transform school classroom

28th November 2019

Primary school pupils’ idea for a new inspiring space in their school will become a reality after they won an innovative new competition run by the City of Edinburgh Council. St John Vianney RC Primary School pupils came up with the idea of transforming their outdated Audio Visual room into...

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Children's winning Winter Windows entries unveiled!

28th November 2019

Edinburgh’s young winning artists have received awards for their work on this year’s Winter Windows. The project, part of Edinburgh’s Christmas, allows school children from the city to showcase their talents to residents and visitors outside of the classroom and in our streets and...

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"We left feeling full of festive spirit"

23rd November 2019

My 11 year old daughter and I were lucky enough to experience the opening night of Christmas at the Botanics, and what a wonderful time we had! To be honest, as we went in on a chilly, slightly damp November evening I hadn’t thought too much about Christmas yet, but by the time we came out we were...

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Schools win sports awards

21st November 2019

A record number of Scottish schools have received a prestigious award from sportscotland including 39 from Edinburgh, 20 from Midlothian, 63 fromWest Lothian and eight from East Lothian. The sportscotland School Sport Award is presented for innovation and achievement in delivering school sport and...

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Thousands of books given to primary school children for Scottish Book Week!

18th November 2019

Every pupil in Primary 1 to 3 in Scotland will receive books as part of the annual Book Week Scotland celebrations this week. Now in its eighth year, Book Week is run by Scottish Book Trust, the national charity transforming lives through reading and writing. Primary 1 pupils from Simpson Primary...

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Wishing Tree to raise funds for CHAS at Dalkeith's Spectacle of Light

14th November 2019

As part of Dalkeith Country Park’s winter light experience, Spectacle of Light, visitors will get the chance to make a wish on a coloured ribbon and tie it to one of the park’s trees. Each ribbon will cost £1 and the money will go to children’s hospice charity CHAS.  Spectacle...

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Author inspires pupils with new book

11th November 2019

Author and performer Christopher Lloyd has visited Belhaven Hill School, the boarding and day school in East Lothian, to talk to the children and pupils from three visiting schools about his books, Absolutely Everything and Humanimal: Incredible Ways Animals Are Just Like Us!  “Schools...

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New primary school for Edinburgh gets go-ahead

8th November 2019

A new school for 420 pupils and 80 nursery children is to be built at Canaan Lane in Edinburgh. Edinburgh City Council gave the go-ahead for the school this week; work is expected to start in the next few weeks with the school scheduled to open August 2021. The school has been designed to complement...

Gorgie City Farm closes its doors

4th November 2019

Former staff at Gorgie City Farm have started a fundraising campaign to save Gorgie City Farm after the charity announced it was closing its doors permanently due to “falling revenue”. The farm, which has been open for 40 years, was a firm favourite with families. Entry was free and there...

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Lisamaria is UK Primary School Headteacher of the year!

25th October 2019

A West Lothian teacher has been awarded UK Headteacher of the year in a primary school at the prestigious, Pearson Teaching Awards. Lisamaria Purdie picked up the Gold award for her time as headteacher at St Ninian’s Primary School, Livingston. As the only Scottish recipient of the UK wide...

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Edinburgh's Christmas line-up announced!

16th October 2019

Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations have announced the line-up for this year with old favourites back and new events planned! The celebrations kick off with Light Night on Sunday November 17 when Santa will make a “flying” visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas and the Royal Mile. Before...

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Dick and Dom to host Bairns Afore!

8th October 2019

The Edinburgh Hogmanay 2019 line-up has been announced! Never mind all the adult stuff about Marc Almond on the Waverley stage - what's really important is that Dick and Dom are going to be hosting the Bairns Afore bash! As the main events get under way on the 31st December, families have the...

News in Edinburgh and the Lothians

1st October 2019

Vote for your favourite picture book! So will it be a unicorn expert, a ninja frog (and pals) or a station mouse who wins? The Scottish Book Trust’s 2020 Bookbug Picture Book Prize Shortlist has been announced and fans are invited to vote for their favourite by 5pm on Friday December 6. The...

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Vote for your favourite picture book!

26th September 2019

So will it be a unicorn expert, a ninja frog (and pals) or a station mouse who wins? The Scottish Book Trust’s 2020 Bookbug Picture Book Prize Shortlist has been announced and fans are invited to vote for their favourite by 5pm on Friday December 6. The shortlisted books are: Sophie Johnson:Unicorn...

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Youngsters invited to give up their bed for a night to help homeless

26th September 2019

Young people are being encouraged to give up their beds this December as part of the movement against homelessness. The Wee Sleep Out has been launched by social enterprise Social Bite, which has run Sleep In The Park events for adults in Scotland over the last few years raising more than £10...

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Junior brass band looking for new players!

26th September 2019

Newland Junior Brass Band is looking for new players.  The band is looking for anyone aged 8 and above to join their team. The band rehearses in Bathgate Partnership Centre on Monday evenings during term time. For more information, please PM the Newland Concert Brass Facebook page.

Alphabetical listings of the Children Fringe shows 2019

8th July 2019

Here you can find the full list of Children’s Fringe shows, with links to our reviews for the Primary Times Children's Choice Awards, sorted alphabetically below. Reviews will be added to the shows as they come in, so keep an eye on this page! Shows beginning with A Shows...

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Signs of Sepsis

19th April 2018

LOOK OUT for Signs of Sepsis… Sepsis, also known as Septicemia or blood poisoning, is potentially a life-threatening condition that is triggered by an infection. In sepsis, the body’s immune system goes into overdrive, setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation,...

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Healthy Family - Edinburgh

19th April 2018

These 'Healthy Family' features highlight preventative health conditions amongst families. This feature looks at ways to keep colds and flu at bay... Also in the Healthy Family Series:   The State of the Nation's Health Building a Child's Confidence Help...

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Holiday Hotspots in and around Edinburgh

19th April 2018

We know it's not easy organising a family holiday as you need ideas for things to do on a family day out that will inspire, excite, challenge, reward and entertain lots of different people all at once. And then, everyone wants a whole lot of new things to do tomorrow….. Well, it's...

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Performing Arts in Edinburgh

19th April 2018

When deciding on a suitable performing arts school for your child, there will be questions that need answering first. For example, what are the time commitments – ‘How often are the classes held?’ and ‘How long do the classes last?’ You will also need to consider...

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Summer camps and play schemes in Edinburgh

1st May 2017

Occupying the active minds of young children over the long school summer holiday can sometimes pose a bit of a challenge to parents, who are juggling work commitments, finances and a multitude of other activities. So, the summer camps, workshops and play schemes in the area, that offer quality childcare...

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