About Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

Principal Teacher at Dunbar Primary School

Dunbar Primary @DunbarPrimary

We are looking for a Principal Teacher to join our team! We warmly welcome enquiries and visits from interested candidates.

Principal Teacher Inclusion & Equality – Dunbar Primary School Favourite Ref no: EAL02116 Closes: Sunday, 9th July 2017 Published: Monday, 26th June 2017 Location: Dunbar Primary School, Lammermuir Crescent, Dunbar Salary: £40,602 per year Hours: 35.00 hours per week Contract Type: Permanent Position Type: Full Time.


Weekly Update 23rd June 2017

Monday 26th June

P7 Show for whole school @ JMC

  • 10.45am start: P4 – P6 performance (early break at 10am & walk over from lines at 10.15am)
  • 1.20pm start: P1 – P3 performance

All P7s to bring a packed lunch

PM: P5’s to Lauderdale Park

Tuesday 27th June

12pm: P7s using Dance Studio (Gordon Stevenson in)

1pm: Lochend Library – Volunteers Coffee & Cake

1.45pm – 3pm: P7s using Dance Studio for leavers event

6.15pm Dunbar Voice’s Concert

Wednesday 28th June

All P7s to bring a packed lunch

12.40 – CU Ambassadors Meeting ICT Suite

1.15-3.30pm – P7 show & leavers ceremony to parents/carers (P7s dismissed from John Muir Campus

6.30-8.30 – P7 Leavers Dance at Lochend Campus

Thursday 29th June

1.30-2.45pm – P4s to Ashfield Park

2.30 – 3pm – P7s around Lochend for signing books

Nursery Graduation events 9am (Harbour/ Seashore), 11am (Woodlands/Haven) in the assembly hall

Nursery Graduation events 9am (Harbour/ Seashore), 11am (Woodlands/Haven) in the Assembly Hall

Friday 30th June

9.30am – Whole School Assembly @ JMC

P1 and 2 and Parents to  Clap out  P3 at 11:45 am from John Muir Campus

All Classes P4-P7 and Parents to clap out and to be organised from 12pm, to clap out P7s at 12.10pm. Mrs Gillanders to Lead out.

Mrs Lewis

Mr Stannetts Last


Children return Wednesday 16th August 2017. This includes all new P1 children who will be all day from the start of term.


Other News and Events


East Lothian Council Arts Service

East Lothian Council Arts Service have put together a fantastic programme of summer holiday activities for young people, across the County.

These include: multi art camps, streetdance, musical theatre, stagecraft, computer animation, outdoor theatre and more!

To find out more click on this link http://www.thebrunton.co.uk/thebrunton/downloads/download/48/summer_holiday_arts_activities_2017 or go to http://www.thebrunton.co.uk and click on Summer Holiday Arts Activities on the homepage.

Activities can be booked online at www.eastlothian.bookinglive.com/summer-activities.

Dunbar Science Club: Animates

“Animates is a fun, interactive, and hands-on learning programme which aims to highlight the ever increasing environmental issues and dangers our planet and it’s animals continue to face. We introduce endangered species that are likely to become extinct in even our lifetime unless something is done.

To do this animates offers educational workshops for schools, clubs and public events. Animates workshops involve taking a variety of live animals that can be fascinating to observe or involved in handling sessions. We are working in conjunction with HM Revenue and Customs and the illegal trade of animal merchandise.

Based in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Animates workshops have reached towns and villages all over Scotland and Ireland bringing a unique, fun and educational experience to adults and children of all ages. “

When-Saturday 24th June 2017

Where-Bleachingfield, Countess Crescent, Dunbar, East Lothian EH42 1DX

Workshop times

Time Age Guide for parents/guardians Max. attendees

09:30 to 10:30am 5 yrs (P1) – 8 yrs 15

10:30 to 11:30am 5 yrs (P1) – 8 yrs 15

11:30 to 12:30am 9 yrs – 12 yrs 15

How to book-Bookings are currently being taken via our website http://dunbarscienceclub.org.uk and our mobile iOS/Android Apps.

Cost-£3 per attendee. Free if the person attending qualifies for a free place.

Getting in touch Any questions, feedback, or problems regarding Science Club, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email at bookings@dunbarscienceclub.org.uk or contact us through Facebook.

 DUNBAR SCHOOL OF DANCING (Please see attached Poster)

Jun 23 Dancing Poster 2014

FAIRY TREE PARTY (Please see attached Poster)

Jun 23 Fairy Tree-Party poster publisher




Civic Week and Weekly Update 19th June

CIVIC WEEK STARTS  http://www.dunbarcivicweek.org.uk/

Saturday 17th June 2017

Dunbar Civic Week Community Parade

Everyone is invited to come along and join us as we parade from the Bleachingfield to Lauderdale Park led by the Dunbar British Legion Pipe Band. Let us make it the biggest and brightest, noisiest one ever!

Prizes for best Youth Group display and most eye-catching costume awarded after the crowning ceremony.

Connie Paxton will be crowned this year’s Civic Week Queen by Katie McLeman. Her Royal Court is: Queens Consort Jack Tolputt.

Queens Attendants, Abigail Kerr and Millie Green.

Pageboys- Sean Tucker, Archie Dickson, Lewis Whyte.

Flower girls- Wiktoria Rak, Sorcha Calder, Katie Fisher. 

This is followed by a FREE family FUN day at Lauderdale Park, 1pm-4pm

Fun Day @ Lauderdale Park 1 – 4pm FREE but donations welcome

The Civic Week Queen will open the afternoon of fun including dancing displays, circus entertainers, Army Cadet inflatable obstacle course & climbing tower, Enjoy-a-ball, beat the goalie, target bowls, community stalls and East Coast FM. We’re absolutely delighted to welcome the wonderful BarrowBand, the first folk-bootanico-encyclopedic band on the planet and their kinetic market Barrow covered with various fruit, vegetables and beasts.

New to town? Looking for information about the wide range of activities, services, events in the town? A warm welcome and lots of information about What’s on in Dunbar from the Dunbar Community Council stall. Please come and see us!

(Many thanks to Community Windpower for their support of our Fun Day)

Victorian Portrait Studio @ McArthur’s Stores, Victoria Street 2 – 5pm

An informal, engaging and free Victorian photographic portrait session with Alastair Cook – drop in on today, 18th and 24th June and have your portrait made.

Disco Soup with The BarrowBand @ Methodist Church Hall 4 – 6 pm FREE

Every year 90,000 tonnes of produce gets sent to landfill from the UK due to being squashy,  nobbly,  scabby, dumpy, ugly, curly, dirty or lumpy. Help save them by coming to make and eat some delicious soup while enjoying the BarrowBand singing, dancing and juggling their way through a large selection of original songs using styles drawn from pop, folk, country, Indian, klezmer, thrash jazz and more

Sunday 18th June

Belhaven Open Trophy @ Winterfield Golf Club 7.30 – 4pm

Winterfield Golf Club’s annual open competition. Everyone welcome. Contact 01368 863562

Shark Life Trail Run @ Foxlake from 10am

A junior trail run through the woods with a twist! Open to ages 4-15 years. Ages 4-7 will run at 10am and 10:15am waves.  Ages 8-15 will run at 10:30am, 10:45am and 11am. Finishers medal for all participants. Families are able to run together in the ages 4-7 category. Prizes for top 3 winners in both female and male categories in ages 4-7, 8-10, and 11-15years. The entry fee will be £5 per child with a capped fee of £10 per family. Adults can run with children at no cost. Facebook page Shark Life OCR.

Biking the Bounds 10.30am FREE

Family friendly circuit around Dunbar and through West Barns leave Bleachingfield Centre 10.30am. Approx 6.5miles in an hour. Info Mark 07914 602123

Family Fun with Dunbar Sea Cadets @ Castle Park Barracks, North Road 1pm-4pm FREE

Whatever the weather, everyone is welcome to test their nautical skills (on dry land!) with the Sea Cadets. Games, competitions, boats, ropes, BBQ & lots of fun.

Victorian Portrait Studio @ McArthur’s Stores, Victoria Street 2 – 5pm

An informal, engaging and free Victorian photographic portrait session with Alastair Cook – drop in today and have your portrait made.

DAFTAs @ Hallhill 4- 6pm FREE

The red carpet is back for the 4th DAFTAs ceremony! The short film competition finalists will have their films screened and winners announced. Doors open for the Dunbar Amazing Film Talent Awards at 3.30pm & screenings start at 4.00pm. Come and vote for your favourite film!  *Special Prize for the most glamorous person on the red carpet* FREE family event. The DAFTAs are free to enter.  All  you need is a camera and an idea. Your film can be about anything you like. You can make it using a camera, a tablet or even a phone. The only rule is that it must be between 2 and 5 minutes long.  Find out more at http://dunbarfilm.org.uk or just google dunbar film.

Gospel Music @ Day Centre 6-7pm FREE

The Baptist Church invite the community to come and join them for a wonderfully uplifting evening of gospel music


Monday 19th June

P7 Transition Day at Dunbar Grammar, Register and Dismiss  from DGS.

All Day – Meet the Teacher All Classes P1 to P6.

Nursery funday – AM Zoolab / Phonics room. Rugby development session / playing field.

Nursery reports PS and APS out to parents.


Rockpooling with the Countryside Rangers 3.30 – 5pm FREE

Come along and join the Rangers to see what amazing creatures live in the rockpools! Meet at the slipway off Shore Street at the Old (Cromwell) Harbour  Wear: Wellies or old shoes

DASC Pool Party @ Dunbar Leisure Pool from 6.15pm

Come along to Dunbar Leisure Pool for a fun-filled swim with your friends!  Dunbar Amateur Swimming Club (DASC) invites all members and non-members to join in the fun at our pool party. There are two sessions available for different age groups:

ages 10 and under can join us from 6.15pm-7.15pm
ages 11 and over can join us from 7.30pm-8.30pm.

DASC members swim free and non-members swim for £2.  Please note: any non-members under 8 must have an adult with them in the pool

Dunbar Community Council’s Community Awards 7.30-9pm

The Community Council’s annual awards honour people who live or work in Dunbar and who in the past 12 months have in some way made a significant contribution to the community.

Library Service ‘Walk & Talk’ Leaving from Dunbar Library 6.30pm FREE

Local author and historian Roy Pugh will accompany us on a fascinating foot tour of Dunbar High Street. Local publications will be available for sale. This gentle walk is for adults only


Tuesday 20th June

All Day: P7 Transition Day @ DGS, Register and Dismiss  from DGS.

All Day: P3/P4 Expressive Arts Transition Day. P3 Children to report to Lochend Campus and dismissed from Lochend Campus.

1 – 2.30pm P1 walk and Lauderdale Park.

P3 Collaborative expressive arts workshop for P3 +P4. (P3 arrive and dismissed from Lochend Campus.)

1.30pm – P2 sports day.


Show Stoppers @ Methodist Church Hall from 3.30pm FREE

Learn how to bake and decorate your very own show-stopper! Small group teaching sessions available Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with finishing touches and judging on Friday.

Ages 8-11        3.30-5pm
Ages 11+         5 – 6.30pm

To book your place call Fits Cooking on 07754 370243 or via Fits Cooking Facebook page.

Pet Show 6.30 for 7pm start

This is the day every pet (and owner) must have in their diary!  Organised by Countess Youth Club at Bleachingfield Centre. Doors open 6-30pm for judging at 7pm –  £1 per pet

Annual Civic Week Quiz @ The Legion 7.30-11pm £5/head

Fire up your neurons and come and enjoy a great quiz night!  Great crowd, great questions, great winner’s cup! Tickets £5 are available on the door


Wednesday 21st June 2017

All Day: Coast Word/Dunbar Unplugs and Reads Event (Lochend Campus)

Choir to Belhaven Civic Week Tree Planting event with Mrs Dick (leaving around 10am)

1.15 – 3pm: P7s @ JMC (first lunch at Lochend)

PM – P7’s rehearsal in JMC.

10.30am –  Civic week tree planting ceremony at Belhaven hospital –

P2 Royal Court  leaving JMC at 10.00am.

1.30pm – P3 sports day.


Book Bugs @ Bleachingfield Library FREE

9am & 10 am sessions: for the younger ones in the community, come and enjoy some stories, songs & rhymes (with your families)

Royal Court Tree Planting @ Belhaven Hospital Gardens 10.30am

Belhaven Hospital Garden

Show Stoppers @ Methodist Church Hall from 3.30pm FREE

Learn how to bake and decorate your very own show-stopper! (See Tuesday event entry for details)

5-a-side Football @ Hallhill Register at 6pm

All primary aged children are welcome to join in this fun tournament organised by the Colts coaches. Entry £1/child

Dunbar Cycling Group’s Midsummer Bike Ride 6.30pm FREE

Meet at Bleachingfield Community Centre. Approx 25-30 miles. An energetic ride of approx 2 hours. Info Mark 07914 602123 https://dunbarcycling.org.uk/

Christmas Lights Open Doors @ Corn Exchange Close 7-8.30pm FREE

Come along and find out what goes on behind the scenes to ensure our town’s Christmas Lights are the best in East Lothian.  No unaccompanied children <16yrs


Thursday 22nd June 

 P6 First Aid workshops @ Dance Studio.

9.15am – 1pm: P7 @ JMC for final rehearsal, (all to bring packed lunches)

11.30-2.30: P5F & P2 Buddy outing to Lauderdale Park.

Coast Word storytelling Day- John Muir Campus.

P3 to Gym hall at 11am for Puppet show.

P1-3 to Hall at 1.30 for Emily Dodd event.


Coastword will be going into school to help Dunbar Primary celebrate the end of their year-long “Dunbar Unplugs and Reads” initiative. Children at John Muir Campus will enjoy a Storytelling Day while those at Lochend Campus will participate in the first Coastword Children’s Book Festival. (More details from DPS nearer the time)

Show Stoppers @ Methodist Church Hall from 3.30pm FREE

Learn how to bake and decorate your very own show-stopper! (See Tuesday event entry for details)

Civic Week Bowls Event @ Dunbar Bowling Club, Station Road   6.45 – 8.45pm FREE

Fun youth competition with small prizes to be won.  Age groups  8-12 & 12-17yrs, mixed boys and girls.  Come and give it a go!

Youth Club Disco ‘Shorts n Shades’  @ Bleachingfield Community Centre 6.30 – 8pm

Summer’s here! All P3 – P7 children welcome to come along to the Youth Club disco. £2 entry on the door

Kids’ Bowling Competition 6.45pm for 7.15pm start


Friday 23rd June

9.30 – 10.30am P7 performance to Nursery and The Cove.

 11.30 am       Eco Group Uniform Exchange

In a bid to ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ the Eco Group are holding a clothes exchange for school uniform, shoes and jackets.

Have you any school uniform, shoes or jackets your child has grown out of that could be used again for another child?

Could you please bring all laundered and good condition clothes into John Muir Campus week beginning 12th June. 

Items will be available Friday 23rd June 2017. From 11.30am in Playground

P3 Eco Group


CoastWord Writing Mums’ FilmPoems and Writing Workshop

In the Backlands Community Garden in association with North Light Arts. Friday morning will see the CoastWord’s Writing Mums making a special film poem in the Backlands Community Garden. The film will available to watch online at www.coastword.co.uk soon after the filming.

Fun & Crafty Weekend Drop-in @ John Muir’s Birthplace

Friday lunchtime to Sunday afternoon (1pm-4pm). Join us for fun drop-in crafts and activities!  Suggested donation £1.

CoastWord and North Light Arts Children’s Storymaking Workshop in the Backlands Community Garden

P3 & P4: 1pm- 1:30pm P5 & P6: 2pm- 2:30pm. Free, but places are limited, please book your place at www.coastword.co.uk. Bring your imaginations for a special story making session in the Backlands Community Garden with CoastWord’s Hannah Lavery. This free session will see the children explore stories and nature using crafts and games.

Showstoppers – The Judging @ Methodist Church Hall from 3.30pm

Time for the finishing touches on your showstopper before the judges choose the winner! Judging at 4pm. Enjoy a cuppa of tea and find out if the showstoppers taste as good as they look!

Fun Day at Winterfield Golf Course 3pm to 5pm

Join the fun at Winterfield Golf Course for kids putting, target golf, pitch and putt, as well as a bring and buy sale, and a barbecue.

Saturday 24th June 2017

Festival of Football @ Hallhill 9 – 4pm FREE

Annual end of season tournament for the Dunbar United Colts FC teams, come along and cheer them all on!

Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club’s Annual Regatta 11am – 5pm

Twelve rowing skiffs from ten different clubs will be participating in races outside and inside the harbour.  All easily viewable from the harbour area.

Victorian Portrait Studio @ McArthur’s Stores, Victoria Street 2 – 5pm

An informal, engaging and free Victorian photographic portrait session with Alastair Cook – drop in and have your portrait made.

Belhaven Church Fete @ Belhaven Church Hall & Gardens 2-4pm

The Civic Week Queen will open this fabulous fete with its delicious cream teas and wonderful stalls.

Cycle to Goblin Ha’ Leaving from Bleachingfield Community Centre 5pm

A social ride with a meal at the Goblin Ha’. Lights required for the return journey. Booking Morag 07966 491961

Lifeboat Open Day @ Dunbar Harbour 1 – 4pm FREE

Everyone welcome to come and see how the lifeboat station runs and go aboard the Trent Class All Weather Lifeboat, John Neville Taylor.

Battery Recharged @ Dunbar Harbour Battery 5pm onwards

Dunbar Harbour Trust invite everyone to come and enjoy an evening of entertainment in the newly redeveloped Dunbar Battery.

Aikengall Community Wind Farm – Family Open Day 10 – 3pm

Come and enjoy a fun-filled family day out at your local wind farm.
Free children’s entertainment
Free guided tours of the wind farm
Free tractor rides
East Coast FM
Stalls featuring local crafts, businesses, charities and community groups
Marquee featuring an exhibition on the wind farm and the work of BeGreen Dunbar.
Free BBQ* and free tea, coffee and juice
Free entry and free car parking (follow the AA road signs)

*Restrictions apply – BBQ vouchers issued on arrival, 1 per person


Sunday 25th June 2017

Fun Dog Show @ Winterfield Park 2.30 – 4pm

Who’s got the waggiest tail? Who’s got the best trick? And who’s the best looking dog in town?  Fun, informal dog show for pooches of all shapes and sizes. £2 entry per class. Registration from 2pm.

Thanksgiving Service @ Dunbar Harbour Battery 6.30 – 7.30pm

Ever popular multi-denominational service with accompaniment from Salvation Army brings Civic Week to a close.

Weeklong Events

Museums are embracing the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology

In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, we celebrate the richness of East Lothian’s intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting exhibitions and events.

Sierra Club 125 years

Friday 21st April to Friday 30th June 2017. John Muir’s Birthplace, 126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ. www.jmbt.org.uk

John Muir helped found the Sierra Club in 1892. Today it is America’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. Muir’s legacy is still very much alive today with a rapidly growing following. “The battle for conservation will go on endlessly. It is part of the universal battle between right and wrong.”

John Muir Artists in Residence exhibition
Dunbar Town House Museums & Gallery
Saturday 10th to Saturday 24th June 2017

North Light Arts will be working with Alec Finlay and Hannah Imlach on artifacts, public walks, performance and film. A ‘New Thing’ discussion will see the artists in a relaxed conversation during the exhibition, please join us.

Dunbar Window Competition FREE

Entry forms and more information available from Dunbar T-shirt Shop. Competition is open to all under 16yrs.

Dunbar Battery

Check out the Dunbar Battery website for a list of evening events & performances from 6pm during Civic Week. https://ourlocality.org/dunbarbattery



Weekly Information 5th June

Monday 5th June 2017

P7 mentoring @ Foxlake

2.30pm – 3.15 pm Drop-in session for parents to look at PEF ideas – John Muir

P6 Rugby Festival

5.30 – 6.30 – P3 Transition Parent/Pupil info evening at LE

9am – Relax kids for Harbour / Phonics room

5.30 – 6.30pm /Drop in session PEF for parents Lochend

Tuesday 6th June 2017

P6A – Hopetoun House

11 – 12.40 – P7 using Dance Studio

P1’s visit to Garden Centre :-

9am – P1E + P1F

10.30 – P1C+P1D

1.00 – P1A+P1B

Wednesday 7th June

P6c & P6E – Hopetoun House

7 aside football @ Meadowmill – Mr MacKenzie

P3/P4 Lunch And Play at Lochend

PM – P7s @ JMC hall to set up (bringing packed lunches)

1.15 – P1 Sports Day

6 – 8pm – P7 Parents Info evening @ DGS

9.20 – 11.20am – The Cove RDA

Children’s University Graduation 6.30pm – John Muir Campus

1.15pm – P1 sports day

Thursday 8th June 2017

9-9.45 – P4A relaxing kids session @ Dance Studio

9 – 10.30 – Callum McGuire – Queen Margaret University Business & Brands Talk – P6

9.15 – 2.45 – P7s @ JMC (Packed lunches)

1.15 – P2 Sports Day

6-7pm – P3 & P4 Disco Lochend Campus. Wear your best Disco Gear!

Friday 9th June 2017

P6 Cricket

9.15 – P3 Sports Day

 P7s @ JMC





Weekly Update 29 05 17

Monday 29th May 2017

P6 Cricket

6.30 – 8pm –  School summer Concert @ JMC

Tuesday 30th May

9-3pm – Rag Bag Collection

10-12pm – P6 Rugby Festival

9 – 11am – P3D trip to Parish Church with Mrs Hall

11.40am – Harbour transition lunch

1pm – 3pm P3A+P3C to Dunbar Parish Church with Mrs Hall

Wednesday 31st May

ALL DAY: P6 Enterprise @ DGS

11.40 – Woodlands transition lunch

Thursday 1st June

ALL DAY – P4s to Edinburgh Zoo (8.15am departure & return approx. 3.30pm)

11.40am – Haven transition lunch

Friday 2nd June

Dress Down Day for Countess Summer programme – wear what you want day! Bring a donation too.

9 – 10.30: P7 groups using Gym Hall and Dance Studio

P6 Cricket

10.45 – Big Qs Debate @ Dance Studio with Richard & visitors


Other Dates for Diary

P7 Information Evening

The P7 Information Evening takes place on Wednesday 7th June at 6pm. Any information or presentations will be available on our website after the evening. The school will be open from 5pm for parents/carers to pre-order and pay for lockers and try on and/or order uniform. Cheques made payable to ‘East Lothian Council’ please.  More information here: P7 Information Evening

Other News

Little & Large Cooking Competition

On Thursday 25th May, S2 pupil Milly Boyle and Dunbar Primary 6A pupils Paige Elston Woods and Oliver Moises went forward as the Dunbar Cluster representatives  to the final of this competition at Musselburgh Grammar.

They did extremely well and Musselburgh Grammar and Campie Primary were the eventual winners.

All pupils left the competition with their own apron, a snack pack, their food and a certificate.  Well done to all pupils!

The Ridge Holiday Club 2017





Ghanaian and Namibian Drummers

This morning we were treated in Assembly to the amazing sound of Ghanaian and Namibian Drummers. The group were fantastic with great sounds and really exciting dancing and melodic singing. Thank you Mrs Legge for organising such a heart lifting visit for the children at Dunbar Primary School.

The group is with us all day today and tomorrow’s work with our P2 and P3 classes. What a superb opportunity for us.



P3 Transition at Lochend Campus

P3 had a great transition morning in Lochend Campus. They all arrived on time and were keen to get working with a P6 pupils to make leaflets about life and work in the Lochend Campus. The P6 pupils were a credit to the school and their parents in the way they mentored and co-operatively worked with the P3 pupils. The P3 pupils put 100% into the activity and the leaflets produced showed great collaborative learning. Well done all.