Children in Need

Thank you so much for your kind donations today!  We are counting the money and will let you know the total amount raised as soon as possible.

Take a look at some of the fantastic HERO costumes today!

School Improvement Plan 2014/15

The following areas were identified in our review process as priorities for session 2014/2015:

·Staff development programme for all teachers at DPS in ’Co-operative Learning’ linked to our aim of providing a learning environment that focus on all pupils being active participants in their learning; thinking and talking together to discuss ideas, question, analyse and solve problems supported by each other.

·Development of pupil voice in our school and pupils engagement in their learning; this work will link into the Co-operative Learning programme we will begin in August.

·Develop internal and cluster Moderation programme aimed at developing professional dialogue and increasing staff confidence in identifying levels; making links to our tracking and assessment programmes and including our pupils in the process.

·Develop coherent, progressive, relevant and exciting programmes of learning in Social Studies from Nursery – Primary 7

·Development of Dunbar Primary School as a ‘Rights Respecting School’ where pupils understand the UNICEF convention of the Rights of the Child and this is central to the ethos of our school.

The following areas were identified in our review process as areas for maintenance for session 2014/15:

·Continue to improve the quality of teaching & learning and assessment in reading to ensure continued improvement in attainment; this will be developed with our programme ‘Dunbar Reads Aloud’

·Continue development of Outdoor Learning

·Link the work begun last session on applying maths skills into a context

A copy of the plan is available below:

SIP 201-15 plan

Home Connect Website

Is your child taking part in Accelerated Reader?  Did you know you can go to 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 recieve an e-mail every time your child takes a quiz to share the results with you instantly!


DPS Rugby Team – Volunteers Needed

Message from Gareth Hill, Active Schools Coordinator, Dunbar Cluster:

Dear Parent/Carer,

As you are well aware Dunbar Primary School have a P4-P5 Rugby Team for the first time. The sessions have been growing each week and nearly 50 children are attending. This is a great start to a new club.

However this has created problems with regards to children to adult ratio. The school team needs more people to step forward and help out with the sessions. IF WE DO NOT GET PEOPLE COMING FORWARD WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE IT EITHER JUST P4 OR P5 RUGBY TEAM BUT NOT BOTH.

It doesn’t matter if you have no experience of coaching or volunteering as training will be given at session and you will not only be supported by myself but also Dunbar Rugby Development Officer Callum Lowe.

We have a head coach but we need:-

Assistant coaches -Assist with delivery and organisation. Support coach and from time to time lead part of sessions.

Supervisors – Take register and be an extra pair of hands/eyes at the weekly sessions and occasional festivals

Continual support will be provided by East Lothian Council’s Fergus Pringle Development Officer, also their will be opportunities for further training and development.

For the P4/5 Rugby Team we’re desperately looking for Assistant coach, and as many supervisors as possible. IF WE DO NOT GET PEOPLE COMING FORWARD WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE IT A 1 YEAR ONLY TEAM. THIS MEANS THAT SOME CHILDREN WILL MISS OUT.

All volunteers will be contacted by Gareth Hill Active Schools Coordinator. Gareth will arrange a meeting with you to discuss helping out and answer any questions you might have.

Please click on the link to see more information & how to get in touch.  Thank you!

Dunbar Rugby

Dunbar Grammar Curriculum for Excellence Evening

Dunbar Grammar School would like to invite P6 & P7 parents & carers to a Curriculum for Excellence evening on Thursday 20 November 2014 from 6 – 7pm.

The purpose of the evening is to update parents & carers on the many changes which have taken place and their plans for the future regarding the Broad General Education Phase (S1 – S3) and the Senior Phase (S4 – S6 Qualification Phase).

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.