Christmas Fair Friday 29th November HELP NEEDED

Christmas Fair Friday 29th November 12.30pm – 2pm

This is our main school fundraiser and your support is greatly appreciated.

Donations Appeal – We are looking for toys in good condition, unwanted gifts, bottles for the bottle tombola and chocolate for the chocolate tombola. On the day and days leading up to this we will also be collecting your delicious home baking!

School catchment review

Dear parents and carers,

Two S1 pupils from Beeslack and Penicuik High, Hannah and Emily, visited Newbattle Community High School recently to speak to S6 pupils, Craig and Erin, about the world-class learning environment and its Digital Centre of Excellence. It has been captured  on film to give you more information about plans for education in the Penicuik and surrounding areas. Proposals include a replacement for Beeslack built along the A701 corridor with a Centre of Excellence in STEM subjects and a potential refurbishment of Penicuik High.

•         Watch the video<>

Please remember to come to one of two drop-in sessions about the plans. These are on:

•         Tuesday 12 November:  1pm – 7pm at Penicuik Library in the Penicuik Centre.

•         Thursday 14 November: 1pm – 7pm Loanhead Library in the Loanhead Centre

For more information email:


This week’s homework (due Friday 15th November)

Hello everyone!

This week’s homework will be the same as usual, however from now on I will be posting the spelling lists here just in case they don’t make it home in one piece:


  1. thin
  2. thick
  3. touch
  4. young
  5. double
  6. trouble
  7. country
  8. nourish
  9. July
  10. August

Reading homework should be in your child’s reading record, and this is just half their book for Wednesday and full book for Friday.

We have started fractions work in class, and if you wish to practice the concept of fractions with your child feel free to point out real life examples of fractions to them as this will help them make connections in class.

Best wishes,

Mr McGaff

This Week’s Homework (Due Friday 8th November)

Hello everyone,

This week’s homework is business as usual – first half of reading book for Wednesday and second half for Friday, and spelling homework due in on Friday too.

From now until further notice, PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays so please ensure that your child has their kit in school for those days.

Thanks a lot,

Mr McGaff

This Week’s Homework (Due Friday 1st November)

Hello everyone,

This week’s homework is back to normal with the full week of school. If your child could read half of their reading book by Wednesday and the second half by Friday, that would enable us to have a much enhanced discussion in class! Spelling/Read-Write-Inc. homework is due Friday. Feel free to approach this task in any way that you think would benefit your child (some great examples I have seen include rainbow writing, funny sentences and monster writing).

Best wishes,

Mr McGaff (

People Who Help Us Topic – p1 need your help

Primary One have started their second topic of the year. We are going to be learning about all of the people in our community who help keep us healthy and safe. We would absolutely love if any parents or family members who work in any of these roles could come in and talk to us about your job and the role you play in our lives.

We already have a visit from the local community police officers booked in for the 31st of October. If you or any of your family work as part of the emergency services, part of a dental practice or veterinary practice or any other role relevant to our topic we would love you to join us at a time suitable for you.

If you are interested could you send me an email at and we can arrange a time to pop in.

Thanks in advance,

Miss Ramsay

This week’s homework (due 25th October)

Hello everyone, I hope you have all managed to have a restful and enjoyable October break!

Since we only have 2 and a half days in school this week, I have decided that spelling/Read-Write-Inc. is all I will be sending home to be completed by Friday. Reading will resume next week.

This week is your last chance to return winter holiday cards, so if you wish to make an order can you please bring that in as soon as possible. Exact change is preferable as it saves having to keep track of change owed ect.

I look forward to welcoming back Primary 3 tomorrow!

Best wishes,

Mr McGaff

*Halloween Disco and Dress down day*

DRESS DOWN DAY ON FRIDAY 25TH OF OCTOBER – Pupils should dress down for school on this day and bring in a tombola prize for the Halloween disco (e.g. Halloween sweets or small Halloween toy, cup, craft activity etc).

HALLOWEEN DISCO – Thursday 31st October.  6.30pm – 7.30 pm

Judging will be at 6.30pm prompt in the small hall. On the night there will be Pumpkin lantern displays and prizes, tattoos, tombola and lots of fun and dancing.