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Playing Out

On Friday under the council’s Play Out scheme, Jameson Place was closed and transformed into a community play area. Inspired by Biomorphis and Leith Creative, visitors were challenged to construct and design a street hut. Children and adults alike joined in to have fun and create visually stunning street huts. Aided by tea, coffee and other goodies – a good time was had by all.

Our Secret Garden

At last work is underway to plant up our secret garden space. The planters and seating are completed. The astroturf is cut and placed. We have been in touch with Dobbie’s Garden Centre to ask for their advice on what plants will provide us with all year round greenery and survive in that shaded spot. Our helpers today were removing some of the excess sand and readying the place for planting. Within, the next week we will be looking for volunteers to help us plant up.

We have a winner

We were delighted to receive the news that Omolola in Primary 5 won first prize in the Leith Lives photography competition. She was the outright winner in the under 16 years of age category (pretty good going for a 9 year old we think!) Her picture was inspired from “This place is special because I live here and  that didn’t used to be loads of flats it was actually a rubber Mill.  You can see in title were rubber is made like tyres . Seeing this reminds me that I am at home.” We think it’s just brilliant. Well done!


Fright Night at Lorne

If you had happened to pass by the school on Wednesday evening you would have been in for the shock of your life. Ghosts and ghouls were in abundance as the school got together for its annual Halloween extravaganza. Great fun was had by all and we raised cash for school projects too. Take a peek at our scary video – if you are feeling brave enough…..


Cold Day? How about a hot mug of delicious soup?

The John Lewis chefs were busy again on Thursday. To ward off the cold winter days the team had the pupils making their own homemade tomato soup. Add to this a simple idea for cheesy croutons and a yummy post-soup fruity snack and you have lunch sorted for your hungry children. Thanks to the team for supporting our pupils and teaching them the health and hygiene rules of the kitchen and for the practise in putting together simple but healthy recipes. Our pupils loved it!

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Want the recipe?

Tomato Soup



1 white onion

1 large carrot

1 vegetable stock cube

2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes


Pinch of sugar

100g crème fraiche

Salt and Pepper to taste



Dice onion.

Chop/grate carrot.

Sauté chopped onion in a large pan with a little cooking oil until translucent. Stir regularly.

Add chopped/grated carrot and soften.

Add chopped tomatoes and stir for two minutes.

Stir in pinch of sugar to sweeten.

Dissolve vegetable stock cube in 450mls of boiling water.

Pour stock on to vegetables and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Carefully blend soup. Add more hot water if you desire a thinner consistency.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Ladle in to bowls.

Garnish each bowl with a swirl of crème fraiche if desired.


Cheesy Stars



Thick cut white loaf

Grated cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper



Using a star shaped cake cutter (or any shape you like) carefully cut bread.

Arrange stars on a large baking tray and sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of each one.

Season with salt and pepper.

Place in grill and grill for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted.



Fruit Kebab Grinch’s



Green Grapes


A banana

White mini marshmallows

Cocktail sticks



Peel banana and cut in to 2mm thick disks.

Assemble onto cocktail sticks in the following order:

Grape (for Grinch’s head)

Slice of Banana (white fur at bottom of Santa hat)

Raspberry (thinned end upwards. Santa’s hat)

Mini marshmallow (pompom on hat)