Children in Midlothian are set to get some lessons in health and safety thanks to an initiative by Miller Homes.

As the winter nights begin to draw in, the housebuilder is working with primary school children in Rosewell this month (November) to help educate young people about general health and safety, as well as the importance of staying safe near construction sites.

As part of the initiative, the children will meet Andy Polhill, one of the company’s safety, health and environment representatives, who will explain some basics about health and safety during a fun and interactive session at Miller Homes’ Roselea development.

The children and their schoolmates will also receive a branded reflective wrist band to help them be safe and seen, whilst playing outside or on their way to and from school during the dark winter months.

Andy Polhill said:

“As a business it’s very important to us that we work closely with the communities in which we operate.  As the winter months approach, health and safety is often at the forefront of everyone’s mind and we wanted to take the opportunity to provide some guidance to children living close to our sites about the importance of being aware of potential hazards.  By heightening their awareness they can continue to have fun without putting themselves or others at unnecessary risk.


“We look forward to meeting the children and hope they will enjoy learning about health and safety.  Although there is a serious message behind this initiative, the sessions will ensure the children develop an understanding of the importance of health and safety in everyday life in a fun and interactive way.”


Miller Homes is currently building homes throughout Midlothian at Roselea, Dalmore Mill, Glenesk, and Eskbank Grange.  For more information visit the Miller Homes website

Notes to editors:

  • Over the last 80 years Miller Homes has established a tradition for building family homes in the most desirable locations along with a reputation for delivering sector-leading quality, sustainable developments and providing outstanding levels of customer service.
  • In 2015 Miller Homes was awarded five star rating in the National Home Builders Federation New Home Customer Satisfaction Survey for the fourth consecutive and the results of independent research highlighted that 95% of its own customers would recommend Miller Homes to their best friend.
  • Miller Homes operates in six regions across the UK – Scotland, North West, Yorkshire, North East, Midlands and Southern.
  • As well as having its own in-house awards rewarding best practice in health and safety, Miller Homes has also received recognition in the NHBC Health & Safety Awards, including Best Occupational Health Initiative (2012), Best Health & Safety Worker Engagement Programme (2013) and a Regional Award in the large builder category for site manager Kris Aitchison (2015).
  • Further information is available by visiting

Miss Chidgey’s Performance

We are all very proud to have heard that our vey own headteacher (with a very big, well hidden talent!) has been given the leading role in the King’s Theatre production of “The Wizard of Oz”! I recently conducted an interview to find out more and here are the key facts.


What character have you been given?



Have you ever been in a production before?

Yes, I have been in Oliver and Oklahoma.


Are you nervous about having the leading role?

A little bit.


Do you think you will get stage fright?

Probably not but I have had butterflies before.


How long have you been an actress?

Since I was 7.


What do you feel are your strenghts?

I feel that singing is certainly one.


What is your favourite part of being in theatre?

The Performance.


Who has supported you the most so far?

My Mum


If you could, would you be a full time actress?

Most likely but I would definitely miss teaching!


We all wish Miss Chidgey the best of luck while she’s performing. We are all very proud of you!


On Wednesday 21st of October, the Primary 4-7’s launched their Skiing programme at Hillend Ski Sports Centre. Some of the children were excited (and nervous) to be going or the first time as beginners. The few who had already been skiing were coming down from the elbow, learning about parallel turns. They are eagerly looking forward to going back again!!


The Primary 1-7’s all enjoyed their brain workshop, learning through the Science Ceilidh with Edinburgh University student, Lewis. Lewis was teaching the children about sound, how the brain works. He even showed the children his MRI scan and a 3D model of his brain. The children were fascinated by the way that a “slinky”, a toy they thought was only used for jumping down stairs, can actually be made to sound like lasers using just a polystyrene or plastic cup!


The pupil groups for this year have been launched! The Eco Committee, Pupil Council and JRSO’s are all eager to fill up their wall located in the cloakrooms at the front of the school. Here is who is in what group-

Pupil Council- To Be Confirmed

JRSO- Sarah (P6), Richard (P6), Callum (P7)

Eco Committee- Robbie (P4), Martha (P5)


The Primary 4-7’s and Mrs Cuerden have been planning a Christmas Sale at the end of the year. They have been doing some market research, such as filling out surveys and questionnaires. There is still a lot of work to be done, but it is coming along well as we near the festive season. We hope everyone will be willing to splash some cash to help fund the school!


The school hosted a Halloween Party on Thursday the 29th of October. We invited the nursery children, and we also had Zoo Ed who brought in a Bearded Dragon, a Corn snake, a Bunny and a Tarantula. pumpkin