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Parent/Carers Distance Learning Portal

The Midlothian Digital Learning Team have put together a distance learning portal to support parents/carers from home. Click to read more and access the page. Distance Learning Parent/Carers Portal Student portal coming soon

Celebrating Mass as a Family

As we are unable to gather to celebrate Mass here are some ideas for prayer and reflection at home as a family.   Sunday Liturgy (Sunday 29 March) Prayers for home (wc 23 March) 15 Prayers during School Closure


Message from Parent Pay: Dear Parents, Please be assured that unspent school meal balances can be returned to your ParentPay Parent Account as part of our school closure process. We are currently working on our plans to support children of…


Wow – what an amazing few days it has been!  Thank you for all the messages of thanks and support over the past couple of weeks.

We didn’t get the ending we had planned in our old building but a huge thank you to our fantastic parent helpers – Karen Twistleton, Eddie Cairnie and Lauren Fenty – who helped get us packed up as much as possible over the last couple of weeks.  Thank you also to everyone who was able to join us for what turned out to be our final Assembly on Friday – I really appreciated seeing you there to support our Learning Community and feel incredibly proud to be the HT at St Mary’s.

All teachers have posted Home Learning Grids for the weeks leading up to the Easter break – you can find these in your child’s class in the CLASSES category on the website.  After the Easter break you can expect to find more activities etc posted via Google classroom accessed via GLOW.  Check Mrs Stewart’s post for help and advice with this.

St Mary’s is part of the Paradykes Hub for providing childcare for our Key Workers.  If you are a frontline worker in the NHS, Emergency Services, transport, etc and have no other childcare to enable you to go to work, you must ask your line manager about the key worker form to be completed for accessing a space within the School Hubs.  The important message however is, if your partner is not a key worker then this care should be provided at home.  Ideally we want the fewest children possible in the Hubs to prevent the spread of infection.

Woodburn Primary, Gore Glen Primary, Paradykes Primary, Mauricewood Primary, Dalkeith Campus, Newbattle High School, Lasswade High School and Penicuik High School are the schools in the localities providing this cover.  This will continue during the Easter holidays and we are working continuously to ensure these are staffed and managed effectively following NHS guidance for infection control.  We are also arranging for the distribution of meals for those in receipt of FME from these Hubs.  From next week this will change to a more coordinated delivery service so Mrs MacKerron and I won’t be delivering lunches next week.  Mrs Bowman will be though!

I will keep you posted as things develop, but in the meantime, stay at home and stay safe.

Mrs Laird

Drama Activities

Ms Aird has come up with some drama activities for you to work on this week. Click to download your drama learning grid. distance learning for covid virus

Login Support

All children will have received their login information from either their teacher or in the post. These were sent out at the end of last week. If you still require login information then please email Mrs Stewart at .


SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE 19 MARCH 2020: UNSPENT BALANCE REFUNDS AND SCHOOL CLOSURES  Dear Customer, To ensure that parents receive refunds of outstanding balances quickly and to reduce the unnecessary burden on schools, ParentPay is taking the actions detailed in the…


FROM Monday 23 March until further notice: All Schools will be closed to Primary Pupils and S1-3 Pupils with the following exceptions: · Saltersgate School will remain open to support our children with severe and complex needs. The Head Teacher…