Exports to Japan

21st June 1996 at 01:00
"Sayonara Haddington", one of the more improbable (but not impossible) pieces of information to have come our way recently. It is, no doubt, one of the benefits of local government reorganisation that places like East Lothian can now boast of some local heroes (or heroines in this case).

The exotic headline informed us that Lorna MacLeod, the head of Haddington Infant School, "will soon be swopping East Lothian for the Far East". She is travelling to Japan along with Sandra Mitchell, the head of Netherlee primary in Glasgow. They are the only two Scots picked by the Scottish Office and the Japanese Chamber of Commerce to take part in the International Educators to Japan Programme.

Both schools have enrolled Japanese children over the years and the Haddington school has also played host to an employee of Japan Airlines who was keen to find out more about Scotland. The links have paid off handsomely - not only are the two heads spending a free fortnight in Japan but they are setting out next Monday which means an earlier end to the term. We are sure, however, that they will be worked relentlessly if the Japanese education system is anything to go by.

We were pleased to see, incidentally, that our friends in the Herald did not treat this story at all parochially. Lorna MacLeod got all the kudos while the head on the paper's west of Scotland doorstep rated ne'er a mention.

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