Below is an example of what can be achieved when a group of people with their own individual skills work together to produce something magical. Raigan Young is a Primary 7 pupil who is skilled in art of any kind, but particularly in digital images. Mr Shanks had an idea for a project to teach Health and wellbeing to younger children, and Miss Smith  wanted to create a programme of study about the wellbeing indicators called ‘The SHANARRI Buddies’. Matching the skills of these three individuals resulted in  a project that ticks all of the boxes for content and outstanding presentation.

Raigan came up with digital images of ‘The SHANARRI Buddies’ that we could use in the print materials for teaching and learning that Miss Smith created. Here is a sample of what he came up with (and what he can do):

If your child will be in Primary 1-3 at Carmondean PS next session, they will get to know the ‘Buddies’ really well. A huge ‘thank you’ to Raigan and to Miss Smith for their creative genius and an outstanding partnership. We are certainly going to miss both of their skills when Raigan goes off to High School and Miss Smith heads off for maternity leave at the end of the session – but WHAT a legacy to leave behind!

Thank You

Can I please take the opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the generous retirement gift I received from Carmondean Parents and Carers on Friday. I was both surprised and overwhelmed to be given such a gift. As I leave to pursue other avenues, I know that Carmondean remains in good hands and that the entire school team will continue to give their best efforts to caring for and educating your children. Thank you once again.

Mr Shanks

Summer of Play Programme

Livingston United Parish Church has been given some funding from West Lothian Council to run some activity days for children during the summer holidays as part of the Scottish Government’s Summer of Play programme.  There are five themed days aimed at enabling children to connect and play with one another, and a free lunch will be offered to all children who attend and their families.  They are open to all, but are targeted in particular (i) children from low income households, and (ii) children who were shielding.

Click the link below for more details.


‘Get into Summer’ – ‘Active Fun Active Feet’ Holiday Programme

Dear Parent and/or guardian

The 2021 Deans ‘Get into Summer’ Active Fun Active Feet’ Holiday Programme is taking place at Deans CHS on Thursday 5th & Friday 6th August from 09:00 to 15:00 for all pupils currently in P1 to P7.

Pupils will take part in a wide range of activities including Athletics, Basketball, Football, Multi sport activities, Parachute Games, Playground Games and much more.

Active Fun Active Feet is supported by West Lothian Council Accredited Sports clubs working in partnership with the Active Schools and Community Sport Team.

To book please complete the Eventbrite registration:

Cycle Rack Project

After many problems and long delays, our cycle and scooter rack project is now complete. From Monday the 7th of June, only children from P4 to 7 will be able to bring bikes and scooters to school. Those children who do, must park them in the new cycle and scooter racks and secure them with a proper cycle lock. Children will be instructed how to do this. From Monday, 07 June, unless children have a cycle lock then they cannot bring their bikes or scooters to schoolChildren in Primaries 1-3 should not bring bikes or scooters to school. 

NHS Study Looking for Volunteers Under 7 Years of Age

Recently, we published evidence that cells use the chloride from salt to fight viral infections. Also, nasal irrigation with salt water helped reduce the cold in adults. Hence, we are now testing if salt water nose drops helps children fight the cold.

If you have a child under 7 years of age, you may be able to join the fight.

The Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh are doing a study of salt water nose drops to see if it helps get rid of the cold faster.

Your child does not need to have a cold right now to take part!

You can join right now by calling/texting 07973657457 for an appointment to sign up and to be taught what to do the next time your child has a cold.

Your child does not need to attend.

Families completing the study will receive travel expenses and a £30 voucher to compensate for any inconvenience.

Further information is in the attached flyer or at ; Twitter: @elviskids;  Facebook: Elvis Kids.

Primary 3 Environmental Investigators

Primary 3 learners have been investigating the impact of plastics on our oceans. Have a look through the flipbook.

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Return of School and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Campaign

Parent Club has developed a Return of School and Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) Campaign to help parents to feel supported to abide by all current restrictions (both themselves and their children) throughout the phased return to schools and ELC settings. By following the rules, parents and children can help keep schools and nurseries open, and will help to open the school gates for more pupils.

  • Adults wear face coverings at drop off/pick up
  • Stick to one adult at pick up/drop off
  • Adults keep 2 metres apart
  • Avoid car sharing
  • Self-isolate if anyone in your household has symptoms

Free Online Training for Parents

In the current climate we understand how difficult it is for parents to navigate the demands of home schooling. We want to do everything we can to help schools to support parents and children at this challenging time. The importance of subject knowledge is key in ensuring that grammar learning at home is successful. With this in mind, we are running fully funded online sessions specifically for parents focusing on basic grammatical terminology.  Just click the link to register:

In this session for parents we will explore:

  • Grammatical terminology. Consolidate your understanding of word classes including nouns, verbs, adjectives, determiners, conjunctions, pronouns and adverbs.
  • Ways to support your child at home with their understanding of grammar.

This 45 minute session is free to all parents who have children at primary school.

Parent /Teacher Interviews Stakeholder Consultation

We have just completed two evenings of Parent/Teacher Interviews conducted online using Skype for Business. Both evenings were highly successful and we now need to give some consideration to how Parent/Teacher Interviews should be conducted in future.

To help us decide and plan for the future, we would be indebted if you could complete the following questionnaire (5 questions) and submit your response. Thank you in advance for your help.


Calling all Parents/Carers of P1 Children

Your child received a Book Bug Bag from the Scottish Book Trust at the end of last term. To continue to improve this initiative, the Scottish Book Trust would appreciate your feedback on the resources supplied. Please click the link below to complete a short survey. Thanks for your cooperation.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Despite school closure due to the pandemic, Parents who have been consulted would like our Parent/Teacher Interviews to go ahead as scheduled for this month. The interviews will be online through Skype for Business, same as last time. You shoud have received an email and/or text inviting you to sign up for an intreview on Wednesday, 10th or Thursday, 11 February sometime between the hours of 16.00 – 18.30. Please watch out for another email/text containing a link to your meeeting. If you are unable to connect through Skype for Business, you will receive a phone-call interview sometime after these dates.

To allow us to discuss remote learning, your child is also invited to the interview where you and s/he can share your experiences of learning online.

All the teachers are looking forward to meeting with you online next week.