Steps Family Pathway Project

The  Scottish Government and Steps to Inclusion Funded Programme

If you are a family who supports a child with Autism, Steps

Family Pathway Project can help to support you. With funding

from the Scottish Government, we are able to offer a variety of

workshops and drop in sessions to families in East Lothian,

Midlothian and South/East Edinburgh throughout March in

Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Haddington

Road, Musselburgh EH21 8JJ

Parent Workshops

5 informal workshops covering aspects of Autism such as using visuals,

communication, social interactions and sensory sensitivity.

Workshop 1 Wednesday 4th March 6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 2 Monday 9th March 9.30am-11.30am

Workshop 3 Monday 16th March 9.30am-11.30am

Workshop 4 Monday 23rd March 6.30pm-8.30pm

Workshop 5 Monday 30th March 9.30pm-11.30pm

Parent Drop in sessions

4 drop in sessions giving you a chance to make visual prompts for your child

including visual timetables and social stories.

Drop In 1 Friday 6th March 9.30am-11.30am

Drop In 2 Wednesday 11th March 6.30pm-8.30pm

Drop In 3 Thursday 19th March 9.30am-11.30am

Drop In 4 Wednesday 25th March 6.30pm-8.30pm

Sibling Workshops

An opportunity for siblings to get together to share experiences, take part in

crafts and other activities and understand a little more about Autism.

Workshop 1 Thursday 5th March 6.30pm-8pm

Workshop 2 Thursday 12th March 6.30pm-8pm

Workshop 3 Thursday 19th March 6.30pm-8pm

Workshop 4 Tuesday 31st March 6.30pm-8pm

To reserve a place, e mail us on

Or telephone Caroline 07727 190520 or Kirsten 07706 615745

Funding for this project has been provided by the Scottish Government


The Magic Lantern Tickets and Background



Please book your tickets online this weekend for The Magic Lantern next weekend (Sat 7 & Sun 8 March, 6.30-8pm) and please forward this post to all your family, friend and  work colleagues and encourage them to book too!

The Magic Lantern tickets must be bought in advance, as the number of places is limited and demand is growing. (A limited number of tickets will also be available on Sat 7 & Sun 8 at 6.30pm at the Dunbar Garden Centre car park.) We will control access to the road to Barns Ness and only our buses will be able to drive down to the lighthouse. Given how cold it has been, we have reduced the show duration so that it will end at 8pm. Eve Coaches will come onsite from 7.30pm, so if your children do get too cold, they can warm up on the bus!


If you sign up to be a Magic Lantern evening volunteer by midnight Monday 2 March, you can get a free Adult ticket for the Media Preview evening on Thursday 5 March.



Dunbar SciFest Team of volunteer parents have worked really, really hard to secure funding and organise this very special and unique evening event. ONLY if this year’s light projection and installation event is a success, will we be able to progress our plans to double the scale of this evening event annually, projecting onto Torness power station in 2016 (as part of Scottish Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design) and to the Dunbar Harbours in 2017 (as part of Scottish Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology).

If this becomes an annual event, it has the potential to have a hugely positive economic impact on Dunbar and we have been inspired by the following:

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi-award winning sound and light show, attracted just over 46,500 visitors to the Highland Perthshire area over a 24 night run in 2014. This event that has awarded Scotland’s Best Cultural Event three times in the last four years. Visitor numbers in 2014 increased by 16% from 2013. It is predicted that the event’s impact on the local tourism economy is now in the region of £2 million per annum, with almost 50% of all visitors to the event choosing to stay overnight in the area on their visit and 90% citing the event as their main reason for visiting the area this autumn.The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s ‘Night in the Garden’ secured £56K in funding (£25,000 from Homecoming Scotland as a 2014 event plus an additional £31K of other sponsorship). It attracted 23,076 visitors over 23 nights between 30  October and 23 November 2014 and generated £200K net revenue. It was the busiest November in the RBGE since records began in 1901. This installation was designed by Dunbar resident Malcolm Innes, Light Artist, who is also designing The Magic Lantern for Dunbar SciFest and installed by Black Light, who’s Founder and Managing Director, Gavin Stewart is also a Dunbar resident.



World Book Day – Thursday 5th March

Please look out for the World Book Day flyer that will arrive by e-mail or in your child’s bag tomorrow.

Pupils are encouraged to dress up next week as a book character just for fun!  Lochend Campus will also be holding a Book Swap and pupils from P4 – P7 are invited to bring up to three books on the day to swap.

We have put together some ideas below for homemade book character costumes.  You can also look at for more ideas!

Mary Poppins
Wear a black skirt with a white blouse tucked in. You could also have a little white maid-type apron and an umbrella for extra effect!

Harry Potter
Wear a smart school uniform and circular glasses, and draw a lightening scar on forehead using face paint or make-up. You could have additional props if you like such as a black robe or cape, a wand, a Gryffindor coloured scarf or a toy owl.

Hermione Granger / Ron Weasley
Wear a smart school uniform with tie and carry a wand/character props, e.g. Hermione would carry a book.

Where’s Wally
Wear jeans and a white long sleeve top. You can paint red stripes on the top using fabric pens or fabric paint. Then, wear a white bobble hat, again using fabric pens or paint for the stripes. Finish the look with a pair of glasses.

Horrid Henry
Wear normal boy clothes, but messy. Don’t forget to wear a mischievous expression!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Wear green leggings and a green t-shirt. Stuff pairs of green tights, and attach them down the back of a t-shirt and leggings, to represent caterpillar legs. Attach antennae onto a headband.

Winnie the Witch
Wear a long dress and stripy tights.

Oliver (or other Victorian pauper)
Wear short brown trousers, a brown shirt & brown cap.

Alex Rider
Wear ‘cool’ boy’s clothes with a gadget or two! Pupils could make their own gadgets using boxes, kitchen foil etc.

The Mad Hatter
Wear a big funny hat and put on some crazy make up/face paints!

Wear normal girl’s clothes with a red ribbon tied in hair.

Pirate / Captain Hook
Wear a stripy t-shirt/jumper, a homemade pirate hat and hold a tin foil hook.

Gangsta Granny
Draw on wrinkles, wear a long skirt and blouse and hold a handbag.

Dress all in black and wear cat ears (could be attached to a hairband).

Tweet Tweet from York…

We had such a great response on twitter during P7 Camp that we will be tweeting next week from York!  We will tweet daily updates and photos of the P5 visit.

Twitter is a great way for us to instantly share information and our fantastic achievements with parents and the public.  We currently have over 200 followers.

You don’t even need a twitter account, although it will allow you to ‘follow’ us if you do!

To view our twitter feed simply click on or search for @dunbarprimary





Accelerated Reader Update February 2015


Words Read: 101,584,700!

Millionaire Readers: Sofia M (P7), Harry N (P7), Sophie G (P7), Ben F (P6), Owen H (P5/6), Thomas C (P6), Jack M (P6), Rory D (P6), Alex L-R (P7), Jack R (P6), Joe G (P6), Olivia C (P6), Emilia S (P5), Ethan M (P5), Sam C (P6) and Molly V (P7).

Top Five Favourite Books

P1 – P3: The Day the Crayons Quit, Funnybones, The Fish Who Could Wish, Shopping with Dad and Buffy: An Adventure Story.

P4 – P7: How to Train Your Dragon, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Awful Auntie and Gangsta Granny.

Accelerated Reader – Home Connect

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 pupils 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!

You can find more Accelerated Reader information in our ‘RESOURCES’ section of the school website.

Friday 6th February is UNICEF Day for Change – WEAR A HAT!

UNICEF is part of our fundraising initiative this year not only as we are working towards our Level 1 award, but also because the Rights of the Child are central to our work in school.

On Friday 6th February we are supporting UNICEF’s initiative to help those children from Syria who have lost parents, who are living in refugee camps, who are going without an education, who are missing out on lots of the rights that enable children to be happy, healthy and safe. We would be very grateful if pupils could bring in £1 donation, especially if it came from their own pocket money, to raise funds to buy hats and gloves for children to keep them warm as the winter sets in.

We would also ask that every child (plus all staff) wears a hat on that day (this can be a bobble hat, wedding hat, tiara, flat cap etc – your choice). See the link below for more information. Thank you.

Mrs Gillanders