House Captains and Vice Captains Elected

Our school has voted on who they would like our new House Captains and Vice Captains to be. Here are the results:


Deer Park: Captain = Helena Barbour; Vice-Captain = Molly Wilson

Raeburn: Captain = Niamh Henderson; Vice Captain = Melody McCulloch

Sutherland: Captain = Chanel McCulloch; Vice-Captain = Robyn McKissock

Waverley: Captain = Sarah Brown; Vice-Captain = Megan Paterson


Carmondean expects a lot from its House Captains and Vice-Captains and this year, as always, we have an able and committed team. Good luck everyone.

Welcome Back



Well, after seven long weeks off, it’s back to school this coming week. We look forward to welcoming our new Nursery and Primary 1 children, as well as those older children who are returning to us after, what we hope has been, a great holiday. You will notice lots of changes around the school as the new hall continues to be built around us. The front entrance of the school, as we know it, no longer exists, so we have had to use the ‘art room’ to build a temporary office and parent/carer entrance. By the time you read this, the route to the temporary office and entrance should be sign-posted.

At the moment, we are without telephones at school. We don’t know what the problem is, but we are hoping it will be fixed soon. In the meantime, if you need to contact the school and can’t drop in in person, please email or leave a comment to this post on the Blog. We’ll get back to you ASAP.

Please remember that you can order and pay for your child’s school lunch online at iPay Impact. More and more of you are using this system and it is making the process much easier.

We are all looking forward to the new term, so staff, we’ll see you on Monday, and children, we’ll see you on Tuesday for the start of what will definitely be an interesting and exciting school year.

Guinness World Record Djembe Performance

You may recall just before the end of term, a large group of our Primary 7 children took part in the Guinness World Record Attempt to have the largest Djembe Ensemble.  We are very proud to report that the attempt was successful and many school children in West Lothian, including Carmondean PS, are now officially world record holders for this event. You can watch the You Tube video of the attempt by clicking the link below.

Guinness World Record Attempt

Goodbye to Primary 7

It was quite an emotional time in school today as our Primary 7s engaged in some traditional Carmondean leaving rituals. First, there was the polo-shirt signing – so much ink! Then there was the Summer Assembly at Church, which was very much targeted at the P7s and the journey they will be making when they go on to high school. Of course, there was the traditional Conga Line around the school, which is always a lot of fun. And, yes, there were tears, as it dawned on our young people that they have now finished another chaper of their lives and are ready to move on. We have enjoyed having you, we will miss you, but we wish you every success in the future. The very best of luck to you all.


Open Morning Mobbed

The Carmondean PS Open Morning, which showcased some of the work we have been (and will be doing) to improve the school through children leading their learning, work on the Technologies and the progress of our Erasmus+ project, was attended by well over 100 visitors today. Responses were overwhelmingly positive and suggested that almost all people who completed the questionnaire felt that the work being done in school in these areas spanned the spectrum from Good to Excellent. A big ‘Thank You’ to all visitors and to all children, their teachers and our marvellous support staff for all the efforts they put in to make today’s Open Day such an outstanding success.

West Lothian Young Writer, 2016



It was another very proud moment for Carmondean Primary School and for one of its pupils tonight at the 41st West Lothian Young Writer Awards. Although many young stars shone brightly throughout the evening, it was our own Joy Koay (Primary 7) who outshone them all to become West Lothian Young Writer, 2016. Here she is receiving her prize from the current West Lothian Reader in Residence, Mr Harry Giles, who gave a dramatic rendition of Joy’s work to the assembled audience. Ms Millar was also called up onto the stage to accept the Young Writer Shield on behalf of Carmondean P.S.  This was certainly the proudest of proud moments for Joy and her family and for our school. In the audience was world renowned writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt (Illustrator of many Jacqueline Wilson books, amongst others), and he clapped as loudly as the rest of the audience when Joy was presented – praise indeed! Well done, Joy, on behalf of everyone at Carmondean P.S.  And remember … Keep Writing!

Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies

On Wednesday, 01 June, our Primary 4 and 5 children blew us all away with a stupendous performance of ‘Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies’. The show was an outstanding triumph with so many excellent performances, we can’t possible name them all. A big ‘thank you’ to all staff who helped produce the show and to the children and their parents for making it all possible.


Lowport Diary Star Date 29/04/16:02

From the canal basin, we made our way to Linlithgow Palace to be given  a very informative guided tour by the Linlithgow Primary School guides. These skilled children were so knowledgable and interesting, that several tourists joined our tour, thinking it was the official one! Then it was back to Lowport Centre for  a very satisfying packed lunch, complete diary entries and, hopefully, get the bus back to Carmondean for 2.00 p.m. as planned. We hope you have joined us on our adventure and enjoyed reading about our exploits. If you think this is a worthwhile way of keeping you informed of our activities, please leave us a comment.


Lowport Diary Star Date 28/04/16:04

A very busy evening on the Lowport Adventure. After returning from Beecraigs Country Park (alias ‘The Jungle’), we had a very nice dinner of  vegetable soup, meat or vegetable pasta and arctic roll to finish. We spent around half an hour writing our diaries, then it was time for the Disco come Talent Show – and what a lot of talent we had; singers, dancers, gymnasts and even sports stars. Then, Supper in pyjamas. Now everyone is in bed and (supposed to be) sleeping. Time will tell. More news tomorrow.

Lowport Diary, Star Date 28/04/16:01

The Primary 3 residential experience to Lowport Centre has taken off on schedule with 29 very excited children firmly fastened into their flight seats (one child to join us later after the Gymnastics Competition). We will keep you updated throughout the mission with some photos of our activities, depending on wifi and mobile signals. Don’t miss us all too much.