Mary King’s Close Competition Winner!

A new face joined the cast of characters at The Real Mary King’s Close for a special one-off performance as part of the School Competition: History in your Hands.

The Candlemaker was created by Dunbar Primary School pupil, Adam Barnes (P7) aged 11. Adam and his classmates joined the Candlemaker on an exclusive tour of the Close which was inspired by the original poem written by Adam himself as part of the School Competition: History in your Hands.

The competition was judged by children’s author Philip Caveney whose children’s fiction novels, Crow Boy, 17 Coffins and the recently released One For Sorrow, were inspired by The Real Mary King’s Close and the city of Edinburgh.

“This was a great competition to judge.” said Philip, “The range of entries received highlighted the pupils’ creativity and time and effort dedicated to the research and development of characters that were both historically appropriate and entertaining.”

The competition was set up to engage with school children whilst encouraging them to get involved with Edinburgh’s history in a creative and inventive way. From the entries received, it was clear to see that the pupils had gone the extra mile to understand the history of the site and the people who lived, worked and died on the Close.

P7 Musical & Dance

P7 had such a fantastic day performing ‘Alice The Musical’ at John Muir Campus and attending the dance at Lochend Campus.

We are so proud of the year group for their hard work and enthusiasm over the last three weeks during auditions & rehearsals.

Thank you to all the parents, carers & family members that came along to watch the musical and join in with some of the dances last night!  It was lovely to see you all.

If you have any photos from the performance and/or the dance, please feel free to tweet them to @DunbarPrimary – all P7 pupils have permission for their photograph to go on the website and twitter.

Reminder for tomorrow:

•11.00 am – P1, P2 and P3 clap out P7 at John Muir Campus after our whole school assembly.
•11.45 am sharp – P1 and P2 clap out the P3s at John Muir (continuing our new tradition)
•12.10 pm (approx) P4–P6 clap out P7 from Lochend (continuing our old tradition) – this will allow parents and younger pupils to attend and join in too!

Parents/Carers are welcome to attend all the ‘Clapping Out’ ceremonies.

Lochend Campus Extension

Please click here for plan:  Lochend Campus Extension 2015

Dear Parents and Carers

Dunbar Primary School, Lochend Campus, requires to be extended to accommodate the increasing pupil roll projected to arise from new housing developments in the school catchment, principally at Hallhill.

I received notification from East Lothian Council last week that the building warrant for the extension at Lochend Campus has been finalised and the work on a five classroom, meeting room and staff work base extension will begin on Monday 27th July 2015.

The appointed Principal Contractor is Clark Contracts and a pre-start meeting was held on 24th June 2015.

During the holidays I will meet regularly with the site manager and will ensure that they have put in place the required health and safety measures to enable our pupils to return to school on Wednesday 19th August and still have access to their playground and areas for lining up. The contractors will also be implementing their traffic management plan to ensure safe access to the site during the holidays.

I will post photographs on the progress of the project on our school website and twitter during the holidays.

We have a completion date of 25th April 2016 and we look forward to being able to show you around once the rooms have been completed.

I have posted a copy of the extension plan on the school website and the location sites are marked.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Yours sincerely

Helen Gillanders

P6 Robokid Project

Photos of Primary 6 enjoying their Robokid project this week!

The Robokid project aims to provide a technology project for the P6/P7 stage of the Scottish primary curriculum.

Pupils work on a series of different activities using a specially design robot vehicle based on cutting edge electronic technology.

The design was developed in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.