Weekly Update Friday 24th February

Please find below news, events and links to surveys issued by email this week.

Angus J MacRury  DHT.


We need your help to make our school garden great again!
Our aim this year is to create a wildlife haven for butterflies, bees and birds.
To do this we will have to prepare the soil in our garden.
The first ‘Dig it up for Thursdays’ will take place on Thursday the 6th of March 2017 at Dunbar Primary School (Lochend Campus). The Eco-Committee are lucky to have volunteers from ‘Dunbar in Bloom’ to help and give advice on these days.
If you have a spare half an hour to an hour to help all you need to do is turn up on the specified date with a warm, waterproof coat, wellies or boots and a spade!
We will start at 12:45pm.
We hope to see you then!
The Eco-Committee

Dear Parents and Carers
Reading, Spelling and Dyslexia for Nursery – Primary 7 Parents and Carers Event.
I would like to invite you to a Literacy Event at Dunbar Primary School – John Muir Campus on Wednesday 1st March 2017 6.45pm – 7.30pm in the main hall.
This session is specifically focused on Reading, Spelling and Dyslexia and is aimed at laying out the key principles from the new East Lothian Local Authority Guidance paper (Reading and Spelling), concerning good practice in the teaching of reading and spelling together with the new guidance regarding the identification of dyslexia.
The session will be delivered by representatives from the Educational Psychology Service – Lynne Binnie, Principal Educational Psychologist and Sarah Williams, Educational Psychologist supporting Dunbar Primary School.
This session has already been delivered to all of the teaching and support staff team at Dunbar Primary and we would like to ensure that parents are aware of this new guidance and how it will impact in our school.
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 1st March.
Yours sincerely
Helen Gillanders
Head Teacher

Dear Parent’s/Carers

At the moment we are reflecting on the Fundraising and Charity work we do in school and residential visits organised by the school.
We are asking parents, pupils and staff for their views. Please could you spend a few minutes completing the following survey.
It should not take more than ten minutes of your time.
Thank you for your support.

Charity Fundraising at Dunbar Primary School: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NZ3BW2K

Residential Visits at Dunbar Primary School: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NZHNZQL


Feb 24 Baby event


Kidical Mass Goes to The Store on Sunday 26th February
10am-1pm: meet at the Bleachingfield Centre
Join members of Dunbar Cycling Group for a family bike ride to the Store at Belhaven Fruit Farm – there won’t be much fruit but the cakes are great! We can stop for some refreshments and a run around at the playground.

This gentle paced ride will use the cycle paths and quiet roads, with a different route home if we want to avoid the hill! We’ll cover around 6 miles and make sure we don’t leave anyone behind.

Please let Suzanne know if you can make it by leaving a message here or emailing suzannecycles@gmail.com


Feb 24 2017 classes East Lothian Youth Theatre – Information Leaflet



Accelerated Reader Update – February 2017

Total Books Read (Aug 2016 – Feb 2017): 7, 552

Total Words Read (Aug 2016 – Feb 2017): 145,088,070

Top Five Favourite Books (voted by the pupils):

  1. The Midnight Gang, David Walliams
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down, Jeff Kinney
  3. I’m Telling You, They’re Aliens! Jeremy Strong
  4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, Jeff Kinney
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K.Rowling

Accelerated Reader – Home Connect

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Is your child taking part in Accelerated Reader? Did you know you can log on a website called Home Connect to see their reading results and progress? It’s very simple to do…


Click on the link above and simply enter your child’s username and password (all children should know this) and you will be able to:

  • review results on AR quizzes taken in school
  • view the number of books read, words read and quizzes passed
  • see a virtual bookshelf showing the books your child has read

You will also see a link to ‘E-Mail Setup’ at the top of the page that gives you the chance to sign up to receive an e-mail every time your child takes a quiz to share the results with you instantly! Over 80 parents have signed up to this for free 🙂


Do you have a book at home and would like to know if it’s on AR?

Do you have a book from home or the local library that you would like to read?  Go to the link below to see if it is on AR:


Type in the title of your book, e.g. ‘Matilda’ and search.  If it is there you will see the front cover of the book and information beside it. Look for the BL number – this is the Book Level.

Matilda is 5.0, so for someone who has a range of 4.1 – 6.0 this book would be at their level.

Please remember a book doesn’t always have to be within your level!  You can challenge yourself and try it independently, read it with someone or have someone read it to you.



Weekly Information 20 Feb 2017

Monday 20th February

In service Day School Closed to Pupils

P5A & P5E & ½ P5F going to York

Tuesday 21st February 2017

9-12.30 – Basketball tournament @ Meadowmill

P1 Health Checks Start today

Wednesday 22nd February

P5C & P5B & ½ P5F going to York

P5A & P5E & ½ P5F coming back from York

Horseriding Group

Sportshall finals @ Meadowmill

Seasons for growth

10 am – 12 noon P3 Football Festival at Hallhill

P1 Health Checks Continue

Thursday 23rd February

Nothing Yet

Friday 24th February

P5C P5E & ½ P5F back from York





Talent Show for Macy 25th February




Some important information:

There are a limited number of entry spaces and these will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Baking and Science entries are to be set-up between 1 and 2pm.

Stage entries will be allocated a time slot via email. If you prefer to be contacted by phone, please inform us.

The Stage Finals and Winners of the talent show will be announced at the Family Disco starting at 7pm.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday, 21st February 2017. 

 If you have any queries, please contact booowlsevents@gmail.com

Please return this form and entry fee(s) to the Family Disco to:

Talent Show for Macy’s Spine Surgery, 11 Steadings Crescent, Dunbar, EH42 1GR by Tuesday, 21st February 2017. If you wish the tickets to be posted to you, please provide a self addressed & stamped envelope with


Tickets for the finals and family disco are available at Knox Newsagents and The Store.

Talent Show for Macy Entry Form




respectme workshops in April

Dear Parents and Carers,

Due to the huge demand for the workshops in March a further date in April has now been made available.

respectme, the Scottish National Anti-bullying Service has offered to deliver 2 additional Parent Workshops in East Lothian.
The content will cover:
*   Distinguishing between what bullying behaviour is and what it is not
*   Exploring the latest research in Scotland on online bullying and face to face bullying
*   Identifying what parents can do to deal with bullying behaviour
*   Understanding what to do if your child is bullying someone else
*   Exploring how to help to create environments where bullying cannot flourish

These will take place on Wednesday 26th April 2017, 12.30-2.30pm at the Nungate&Haddington Community Centre and 6.30-8.30pm at Knox Academy in Haddington.
We can offer 40 places on each workshop so they will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
If interested please e-mail anti-bullying@eastlothian.gov.uk

Aidan and Corey (P6C), Running for Macy



Aidan and Corey (P6C), decided that they’d like to raise money for Macy, by running 7k this Friday. A significant distant for a pair of 10 year olds!

Macy’s operation has gone well but they still need more funds. Macy’s mum, Nicky Robertson said that was very kind of the boys, and the best way to donate is through her ‘Go Fund Me’ page.




**In the comments box, please add in ‘Running for Macy** 

Thank you

Aidan Page and Corey Campbell



Wannabe Wednesday!

There’s been a lot of excitement in school today!  We asked P1 – P7 pupils to dress up and show us what they would like to be when they’re older.  It’s been a fantastic day and we are so pleased with the number of children taking part!

Classes took part in lessons relating to the world of work and discussed skills they need now and in the future.

Thank you so much to parents, carers and grandparents that offered to come in and speak to their child’s class about their career.