Measles infection in Lothian

Measles cases have been confirmed in Lothian over the past month in teenagers and young adults.

Please do not send your child to school if they have any symptoms suggestive of measles infection.

Symptoms

The symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, conjunctivitis, cough and a red, blotchy rash which starts at the head spreading over the chest and limbs. The rash generally fades within ten days.

If your child has developed symptoms suggestive of measles, you should keep your child at home and contact your General Practitioner for further advice by phone (or NHS24 if out of hours on tel. 111).

This is very important in order to avoid the spread of measles to other people.

People with measles are infectious from around five days before the rash appears until four days after the rash appears and should self isolate at home during this time.

MMR

The best protection against measles is two doses of MMR.

http://www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/vaccines-and-diseases/mmr.aspx

 

NHS Lothian Health Protection Team October 2016

 

And there it was, gone.

Not much time this morning as it’s all hands on deck to pack and tidy before departure!

Yesterday the children enjoyed their final activities, some up high on ropes, some below ground in caves but all dancing and singing late into the evening at the disco.

Top behaviour and participation from everyone (even staff!) and in bed by 10. Asleep by…well, it was the last night.

 

“Last full day!”…

…is the cry being heard, with a mixture of  joy and sadness as “can’t believe it’s been so quick” meets “actually, nearly ready to go home.”

Yesterday was a lovely day filled with forest walks, orienteering, caving, biking and even kayaking for a hardy few. A scavenger hunt and nature art competition finished off the evening before bed.

Incidental lessons of the day centered on the tuckshop, where children dealt with the concepts that sometimes shops run out of things (what?!) and that, no, if you drop your sweets outside you can’t demand a refund (nice try though).

Wednesday already?

Yesterday was our first full day of activities and our groups took part in a selection from ropes course, orienteering, forest adventure, caving or gorge walking. Hence the carnage left in our drying room by tea time!

Drying room mess
I personally spent the morning down a cave, scraping and squeezing my way through quartz and slime, then my afternoon at the ropes convincing 40kg children that if the rope could hold a tonne, it could hold them…

Climbers
Dinner was sweet and sour chicken, pronounced either too sweet or too sour depending on the mood round each table, but when seconds were announced the queue suggested it was actually “just right”!
A scavenger hunt, with torches in the dark, was organised in the evening before being packed off for night two and now, at the mid-point of the week, we’ll do it all again.

Today also means a reluctant goodbye and thank you to Mrs Mclean but a cheerful hello and welcome to Mrs Thomson! 

First night done!

After our safe arrival at Benmore the children sorted their rooms and unpacked their luggage. It may have looked like they were fighting with linen and exploding their suitcases, but in the end everything was where it was meant to be!

We enjoyed cake and sang Happy Birthday to Kieran who blew out his candles and managed the right blend of mortified / delighted, before a 6.15 dinner of fish and chips followed by fruit and yoghurt.

The evening activity was night walk, following a rope through the darkest, deepest twists of the forest, mud pits and deadly sheer cliff faces. In our imaginations at least.

All were in bed by 10, and quiet very soon after. Let’s see what today brings…

Life in P6T

Grace and Jessica worked really hard on recording their notes for this blog post, and couldn’t wait to type the final draft. Well done girls!

26.09.16 – On Monday Mrs MacGregor came in and we did our spelling test and challenged ourselves to answer PIN number questions. We did a 2 minute to win it challenge about the Industrial Revolution. We met our new teacher called Mr Shields. We also started one of the sections in our JAZZ folder.

27.09.16 – On Tuesday we did our report writing about transport during the Industrial Revolution. Then we did CLIC in Ms Leithead’s and Mrs Thomas’s classroom.

28.09.16 – On Wednesday we read more of The Desperate Journey. In French, we learnt how to say the weather and wrote phrases in French. We had P.E with Miss Brown and did rugby. It was really fun.

On Friday we went to our last ever skiing lesson, it was really really fun!

3.10.16 – On Monday we went to the money museum. We all went on a train which was jam-packed! When we arrived at Waverley station, it was a 10 minute walk to the museum. When we got to the museum we went into groups and then went to an activity spot and learnt about money in the past. Then we all met up and had our snack. We really enjoyed making our own coins! At the last station we looked at the security features on £20 notes and created our own notes. After lunch we did an activity sheet using the information around the museum. Then we got a train back to the school.

4.10.16 – On Wednesday we learned about credit cards and debit cards as part of our money topic. Then we finished our talk on famous Scottish inventors but we are only allowed to use pictures on a PowerPoint and 20 words max on the cue cards.

5.10.16 – On Thursday we answered more money problems in maths. We also read more of The Desperate Journey and we got asked juicy big questions about the story. In the afternoon we had P.E with Miss Brown. It was really fun because some people got to referee.

6.10.16 – It is house morning today! We had an eco assembly and out of junk we are making our own eco mascots!