7 Midlothian Primary Schools participated in the 2020 Black Diamond 107.8FM ‘Scottish Sessions’. They were Bonnyrigg, Cuiken, Lasswade, Newtongrange, St David’s, Stobhill and Woodburn. Black Diamond wouls like to thank staff and pupils at these schools for taking part. You can hear the recordngs again by clicking on this link…
Black Diamond 107.8FM Scottish Sessions 2020
Glencorse Primary School recently held a very successful evening showcasing their pupils’ learning in Literacy, Technologies and Expressive Arts, developed around the interdisciplinary them of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Guests of each pupil entered into the spirit of the event which involved the adults being guided around several technology-based tasks to receive clues. These clues were used to unlock their precious (3D-printed) philosopher’s stone! The video showcases the outstanding contributions of school staff in preparing for the event and the digital learning aspects, taught in conjunction with the Digital Learning Team.
A group of pupils from Newtongrange Primary have made a series of visits to St Anne’s Sheltered housing in the village. During the final visit they were recorded by Black Diamond Community Radio. The visits have involved the children speaking to residents about artefacts, looking at old photographs and playing games. Both children and the residents have found the visits an enjoyable experience. A recording of the Black Diamond broadcast can be accessed by clicking here.
A big congratulations to Shaun Shirkie from Saltersgate School for being awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the RSA Schools Art Award 2019. Shaun and his family, his art teacher Amy Collop, and Head Teacher Stephen Buggy all attended a Private opening at the Royal Scottish Academy on Thursday 8th March and had a great evening! Shaun’s created an expressive painting of an igloo for the competition as he loves the snow and would like to build an igloo.
Organised by the RSA Friends, the schools Art Award is a competition open to all secondary schools in Scotland which aims to encourage creativity and showcase talent. It has been running since 1986 and is considered by teachers to be one of the most prestigious awards made to pupils. The Award has no theme. The emphasis is on skills of technique, observation and interpretation. In particular, the judges will award prizes for work which displays creativity and originality.
Boardmaker is launching in Midlothian libraries with free* access for families and practitioners. Boardmaker is symbol based software that can be used with anyone who needs additional support with communication.
It can be used to create:
•social stories and more!
Launching on Wednesday 23rd January at Loanhead library the service will be rolled out to five libraries throughout Midlothian; Dalkeith, Loanhead, Lasswade, Newbattle and Penicuik.
Pop along to the Launch on Wednesday 23rd January at 11am to see Boardmaker in action or contact your local library for more information.
*Printing charges apply.