Newbattle pupils spread love ahead of Valentine's Day

A Midlothian high school art teacher has asked the Advertiser to share the heart-warming Valentines cards that pupils have made for local care home residents.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 6:00 am
One of the Valentine's cards designed by Newbattle High pupils.

Rebecca Hardie, an art and design teacher at Newbattle High School, contacted the Advertiser in the hope of us publishing some of the pupils’ artwork, as part of their latest project while working from home, in this week’s newspaper ahead of Valentine’s Day this coming Sunday (February 14).

She said: “I am looking for some help. Our S1 and S2 pupils have been really busy with their online learning.

"Their most recent project ‘Spread the Love’ is to design a contemporary Valentines Day card incorporating a thoughtful message, that is being sent via email to some of the local care homes in Midlothian.

Two of the cards designed by Newbattle pupils to give to local care homes.

"The only problem is that some care homes don't have the facilities to show the residents the slide show/PDF file, as many are unable to access communal areas due to Covid restrictions."

As well as the art above, you can see more of the Newbattle pupils’ artworks on the Advertiser website. Go to

Rebecca is hopeful that during the dark times of the latest coronavirus lockdown, her pupils’ Valentines cards will spread some much-needed joy to some of our most vulnerable members of the local community, with most care homes residents having little or no communication with the outside world due to the pandemic.

She said: “As you know this pandemic has taken its toll on the public both mentally and physically.

"People are feeling extremely isolated and lonely, unable to see their loved ones.

"We hoped that by doing this, we could spread some love and hopefully spread some smiles amongst our most lonely and vulnerable members of society.

“I know this may be a big ask but we would love it if you could share some of our pupils card designs in your local paper or press.

"Not only will these designs reach far more people, they will be enjoyed in safety.

“Please ‘Spread the Love!”

The PDF package sent to care homes includes a lovely poem: “Dear Residents, Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. We hope you enjoyed the cards, designed by our pupils just for you.”