It is that time of year again when our S3 PDA class will be very busy collecting items to deliver to our local community at Christmas. Students are looking for our whole school community to get together and –
- Donate a coat, hat or scarf appeal – box at SSA desk (oval desk on ground floor)
- Senior citizen Christmas hamper – food donations to be taken to PSE rooms from Monday 19 November – Friday 14 December
- Homeless Christmas boxes – soap, toothpaste, tooth brush, wet wipes, combs, facecloth, sweets/biscuits etc – bring donations to FO37 in Pupil Support
We really appreciate all the support you give our PDA students throughout the year. If you can donate something to our appeal, no matter how small, that would be wonderful. Students can bring items in to school. The S3 PDA class will be delivering the parcels on Monday 17 December.
Yvonne McGregor, Pupil Support Officer and PDA Coordinator
NHS Lothian have written to all schools asking us to help raise awareness of recent measles cases in Europe. Measles cases continue to increase in EU/EEA countries with more countries experiencing outbreaks of the disease.
To read the advice from NHS Lothian please click here.
The Director for European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Andrea Ammon, says,”Measles outbreaks are still occurring in a number of EU countries. This fact makes it more important than ever for people to get vaccinated with two doses of a measles-containing vaccine to protect themselves and their families before the holiday season.”
Two doses of MMR are 95% effective in preventing measles. NHS Lothian is writing to parents (at their home address) of all secondary school pupils who, according to their data, have not had MMR. They are inviting those pupils to community clinics during the early summer. It also gives parents the opportunity to update their data. MMR can also be obtained from GPs. NHS Lothian advise parents to make appointments in good time before travelling to Europe on holiday.