The School Day



School starts: 8.50am

Break time: 10:30-10.45am

Lunch time 12.30-1.15pm

Finish time 3.15pm



School starts: 8:50am

Morning Break: 10.30-10.45am

Finish time 12.25pm



In the event of a parent/ named adult not collecting their child at the end of the day the school’s procedure is as follows

  • the child is asked to wait at the main reception in the foyer
  • the school will contact the parent or the emergency contacts listed in the pupil’s school record (these contacts are the only adults to which the school is able to hand over the uncollected child)
  • if these attempts to have the child collected fail then Children’s Services will be called and will assume responsibility for the child until the parent can be located
  • if you are collecting your child from the main reception by the school office, you will be asked to sign them out


In addition

  • if your list of emergency contacts changes please inform the school
  • it is acceptable to write a list of other parents with whom you have an agreement to collect your child after school should you be late – please give this to the class teacher
  • if your child attends after school club or their arrangements for the end of the day change, please give a letter to the teacher

Sometimes other parents offer to take the child.  Although this is always offered in the spirit of goodwill and seems a sensible solution, the school cannot allow this unless the parent has given their permission.  School staff will always ask the office to check the emergency contact list and will not allow you to help in this way unless they have the parent’s permission.  Please do not ask school staff to allow you to take another parent’s child.


Bikes and Scooters

If your child comes to school by bike or scooter, these should be parked in the bike and scooter bays in the playground. All users of bikes and scooters (including skate boards etc) MUST walk their wheels in the school playground. This is to minimise the risk of smaller children being hurt. 



If you know in advance that your child will not be attending school, a letter should be sent to the class teacher to communicate the reason for the child’s absence.

In cases of emergency or short notice, please phone the school office in the morning on 0131 271 4675 to report your child’s absence.

If your child is leaving early, please inform the class teacher which adult will be collecting them and at what time.

If the arrangements for your child going home change, please inform the class teacher or the school office.

Pupils going home early should be collected from the school office. You will be asked to sign your child out at the office. If your child is late, please bring them into school through the main entrance. 

You will receive a phone call from the school office asking for an explanation if you have not called the school. This is Midlothian Council’s policy that has been implemented for the safety of children. 









First Holy Communion

1stcommuniongroups2015 1 1stcommuniongroups2015 2 1stcommuniongroups2015 3 1a 1b 1c 1d 1e 1f 1g 1hCongratulations to all of the children who received the sacrament of first Holy Communion for the first time. They have now taken the next step in their spiritual journey and are now full members of the church family. May we keep them in our prayers as they continue to grow and spread the word of the Lord.

Walking to School

P6 have been learning about their personal health and well-being, specifically they have learned about the benefits of physical activity particularly during walk to school week. Of course, they also celebrated ‘Walk to School Week’ by taking part in the Midlothian Inter-School Walk! They used their creative writing skills to create dramatisations, raps, songs and so much more. They have even built their own time machine to compare people’s attitudes to exercise in different eras! Now they are hosting competitions to encourage others to take part!!

St. David’s PS and the community it serves

Saint David’s Primary School and the Community it Serves

St. David’s is situated on the south side of Dalkeith in Kippielaw Playing Fields.  It is a one-stream co-educational Roman Catholic Primary School for children of primary school age with a catchment area that includes not only Dalkeith but also Eskbank, King’s Lines, Danderhall, Pathhead and surrounding areas.

Pupils are accommodated in a purpose-built, semi open-plan school.  The building contains seven class bases, wet areas, a general-purpose room, school hall and Library and outdoor learning areas with extensive school grounds utilised for both curricular and extra-curricular activities.

There is, at present, nine teachers, including: Head Teacher, Mr Currie; Principal Teacher, Miss Chidgey, Support for Learning teacher, Mrs Lumbard and visiting teachers of physical education, music and French as well as instructors of brass and violin and an English as an Additional Language (EAL) Assistant.

The school also employs the support of an administrative assistant, four Learning Assistants, breakfast club and dining room supervisors, playground supervisors and site supervisor. Cleaning and catering are contracted to the region’s in-house’ service organisations. A crossing patrolperson operates at the entrance to the school on Lauder Road and there are various other crossing patrol points which serve the school along Lauder Road.

St. David’s has an extensive programme of support and extra-curricular activity before school, during lunchtime break and after school through, for example, morning Breakfast Club and activities such as football, rugby, basketball, gardening club, Masterchef and ‘Street’ and Hip-Hop Dance to name a few.

We have an excellent working partnership with St. David’s High School, St. David’s Parish, Dalkeith, and the Archdiocese of St. Andrew’s and Edinburgh and often work alongside other local religious organisations and other major world faiths in the Midlothian and Edinburgh areas.  Respect and tolerance and the celebration of diversity are integral to our schools’ visions, values and aims.



GIRFEC – Children and Young People (Scotland ) Act 2014

As part of our national strategy to Get It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), please see attached a leaflet updating all parents/carers on what to expect with the introduction of legislation Children and Young People Act 2014.

The Scottish Government are keen to keep parents abreast of what is happening and have produced a short leaflet, telling parents/carers about the consultation, inviting them to get involved if they wish and letting them know a bit more about GIRFEC and the Act.

Please click on the link to access the leaflet:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

Primary 5, 6 and 7 are excited to announce that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat is their Interdisciplinary Learning Theme this term. They will be learning and applying skills across the curriculum from Expressive Arts through to Literacy and Numeracy! Watch this space for future updates of our Learning!

Performances take place on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March 2015


Go, go, go Joe!