Dunbar Primary teachers introduced children in P4 and P5 to 2 brand new classes this term. The classes available for the children were Funky Factor and Hip Hop Dancing.
Miss Brown and Miss Cleland gave up their free time after school and provide excellent sessions to the children participating. Classes took place on a Monday and Thursday throughout term 2.
The aim of The Funky Factor is to use alternative activities to encourage children to develop a positive attitude to health and fitness as well as increasing knowledge and wellbeing in a relaxed and fun setting. Miss Cleland enabled the children to achieve all the above aims.
In the Hip Hop Dancing Class children were given the opportunity through Miss Brown’s instruction to learn the latest Hip Hop dance moves. Each week children were given new songs to test out the skills they had learned throughout the sessions.
Active Schools would like to extend a big thank you to Miss Brown and Miss Cleland because without their dedication the classes wouldn’t have happened for the P4-P5.
If you would like to know more about Active Schools in the Dunbar Cluster please click on the link for Active Schools Coordinator Gareth Hill or keep up to date with the latest news www.facebook.com/ActiveSchoolsDunbar
We are taking part in various Easter activities this week.
P1 pupils visited Lochend for a P7 buddy visit to create Easter puppets and cards, P7 visited the Parish Church for an ‘Easter Decoding’ event and P4C have created Easter chicks using their knowledge of whole shapes and fractions.
P1 – P7 will also attend an Easter service at Belhaven Church this week.
Please click on the link below for the latest Dunbar Primary School Newsletter:
March 2015 Newsletter
Congratulations to our wonderful Cross Country team! They competed in the annual Cross Country Championships at Hallhill yesterday and came first out of twenty schools!
They had the chance to show off the shield around Lochend Campus yesterday and it will now go in our trophy cabinet for all to see.
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 http://dunbarfilm.org.uk/#gsc.tab=0 or just google dunbar film.
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: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/02/1851
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: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0046/00469648.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
This 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)
Wow! We raised a wonderful £1198.32 for Comic Relief! Thank you so much for your kind donations!
Our challenge this year is to read 20,000 books…
In January the total was 6,742 and now our total is 11,114!
Keep it up and let’s see if we can reach our goal!