Saturday 28th March – Earth Hour


WWF’s Earth Hour is a global annual event where hundreds of millions of people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about our planet. It’s about people from across the globe coming together to create a symbolic and spectacular lights out display and asking for change.

It happens every year between 8.30 and 9.30pm, with switch offs starting in Samoa and finishing in Tahiti. It’s been growing every year, with more and more countries and people signing up – last year we hit an all-time record with 162 countries taking part!

Buckingham Palace switches off for Earth Hour


How you spend the hour is up to you. You could have a dinner party with friends or loved ones by candlelight, practice your yoga skills or play board games with the family – if you’re lucky, you might even get to try a spot of stargazing!


Taken from the WWF website.

Competition – DAFTAs 2015

DAFTA (Dunbar Amazing Film Talent Award) – Dunbar Short Film Competition 2015

Free competition! All you need to enter is a camera and an idea. Your film can be about anything you like. You can make it using a camera, an iPod, a tablet or even a phone. The only rule is that it has to be between 2 and 5 minutes long.

The best films will be shown on the big screen at the award ceremony at Hallhill on Saturday 20 June and the maker of the winning film will receive a fabulous DAFTA Trophy as well as other prizes.

Deadline for entries 13 June.

Find out more at or just google dunbar film.

Dunbar Civic Week Dunbar Film Shorts

Getting it right for every child

Dear Parent/Carer

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on detailed guidance that supports parts of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This Act is a new law that will give children, young people and their families extra support and will encourage everyone to talk about children’s wellbeing using the same words. The consultation on the guidance is due to run until 1 May, 2015. It is mainly aimed at the people who support your child – including parents’ organisations – but individual parents are welcome to get involved if they wish. You can take part in the consultation via this link:

A short leaflet has been produced about the consultation, inviting parents to get involved if they wish and letting them know a bit more about GIRFEC and the Act.
The leaflet is available as a pdf on The Scottish Government’s website

Link to leaflet pdf:

The Scottish Government are planning further information and communications with parents over the next year running up to implementation of the GIRFEC provisions of the Act and we will let you know about these in due course.

Darrin J Nightingale
Head of Education

Raising Children With Confidence

RaisingThis 7 week course aims to give Nursery – Primary 7 parents and carers the chance to explore emotional well-being and how we can best promote it in ourselves and our children. Drawing on the latest findings and research it helps to explain why what you do makes a difference.

This course comprises of seven weekly sessions starting on
Tuesday 5th May 2015 – Tuesday 16th June
1.00pm – 2.45pm at The Bleachingfield Centre covering the following topics:

1. What is emotional health & wellbeing?
2. Why Do Kids Do That? (Looking inside children’s brains)
3. What’s Love Got To Do With It? (How relationships shape child development)
4. Cotton Wool Kids? (Helping children cope with the ups and downs of life)
5. Staying Connected! (Listening differently to understand better)
6. What Makes Us, Us? (How thoughts and feelings influence behaviour)
7. 21st century childhood (What do children need in order to flourish)

Over 450 parents and carers have taken part to date:
• 98% found the course valuable
• 82% had increased confidence about promoting their children’s emotional health and well-being
• 92% thought it had a positive impact on their relationship with their children
• 98% enjoyed the course and would recommend it to a friend

The course will be run by Jo McNamara and Elaine Albano. If you are interested in attending the course starting on May 5th then please contact Dunbar Primary School (Main Office) and leave your name and contact details. Places will be allocated on a first come basis and you will be contacted prior to the course start date to confirm.

Dunbar Primary John Muir Campus (01368 863773)
Dunbar Primary Lochend Campus (01368 860997)

We look forward to hearing from you.
Elaine Albano (Principal Teacher Inclusion)
Jo McNamara (Community Development Officer)

Scottish Book Trust Awards Ceremony

Six pupils attended the Scottish Book Trust Awards Ceremony in Edinburgh on Wednesday 4th March.  The pupils have been part of a small Book Club at Lochend Campus and were asked to read the following shortlisted books, write book reviews for the library and vote for their favourite:


We were given the theme of pirates for the day so you will see some pirate hats and stripy tops in the photos! We took part in a quiz and had a Q&A session with the shortlisted authors. The winner was announced near the end of the ceremony…Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens!

Kintore-based debut author Alex McCall, one of the youngest published authors in Scotland, won the Younger Readers (8-11 yrs) category for his first novel Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens. The book, published by Kelpies, is a hilarious story packed with adventure and chicken jokes. 21 year-old Alex, who grew up in Kittybrewster, wrote the novel in just 6 months after being inspired to put pen to paper when author Caroline Clough visited his school in 2013.


Take a look at some of our book reviews below:

Book Reviews March 2015

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