About Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

Weekly Update

Dear Parents Carers

We have added activities and events to next weeks Calendar. You can find this on the tabs above or clicking here.

REMINDER

Friday 29th Is a Dress Down day for pupils and staff. Pupil donations will go to childhood Cancer Charities and staff donations to MacMillan.

Donations of home-baking, cakes, biscuits or any other goodies would be appreciated and can be handed into school on Thursday or Friday.  Please label tubs so we can get them back to you.

We are a nut  free school so please be mindful of what you are making and handing in.

Help on the day from parents would be greatly appreciated. You can even have a cake!

Nursery Curricular and Social Evening

On Wednesday 20th September we are having  curricular and social evening for all our Nursery Parents.

Parents are welcome to go to their child’s room for 6.30pm for a look around

A presentation will follow on Learning through Play and Numeracy in the main hall.

STAY AND PLAY

There will also be a Stay and Play session in the Woodlands and Harbour rooms on Friday 22nd September from 8.30 till 9.30 . All parents with children in these rooms are welcome to attend.

Haven and Seashore parents will have a Stay and Play session on Friday 6th of October from 8.30 till 9.30.

These events are ion the school Calendar.

Bug Busting Weekend

This Weekend!

 

September 15th – 18th

 

This long weekend please take the time to nit comb all of your children and look for head-lice.  A range of products to treat head-lice are available from local chemists.  Information on what to do and how to treat can be found below.

Managing Head Lice Infection in Children

The Scottish Executive has issued new advice about head lice infection. This is based on a report, the 1998 Stafford Report, “Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Head Lice”.  For your information, I have set out the main aspects of this new advice. The advice is still lengthy so it may be useful to highlight the key changes that it will make:-

  • The responsibility for checking for, and dealing with, head lice infection will lie with parents or carers.
  • Neither the school nurse, nor any other member of the school staff will check for, or deal with head lice infection.
  • The school will not issue letters alerting you to head lice infections in your child’s class. Head lice infections are now so common that such letters could be issued on a daily basis.
  • If any member of the school staff notices that a child has a head lice infection, they will inform the parents or carers of that child.
  • Because infections are now so common, you should check your child’s hair on a weekly basis.
  • If you find any sign of head lice infection you should treat it using one of the methods set out below.

Head lice

Head lice are small, six legged wingless insects which are pin-head size when they hatch. Less than match-head size when fully grown and are grey/brown in colour.  They lie on or very close to the scalp at the base of the hair.  Eggs are laid in sacs which are very small and well camouflaged.  They are securely glued to hairs where they hatch after a period of 7-10 days.  Nits are the empty egg sacs, which are white and shiny – they are often easier to see than head lice themselves. **A head lice infection cannot be diagnosed unless a living louse has been found on the head.**

Responsibility

The primary responsibility for the identification, treatment and prevention of the head lice in a family lies with the parents. Regular checking of the children’s heads is important, but it is a parental responsibility.

Detection

Weekly checking, by “wet combing” is an effective means of detection.

“Wet combing” involves washing the hair and applying conditioner, then combing through with a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles. Taking a section at a time, a fine tooth detection comb is then pulled downwards through the hair, keeping the comb close to the scalp (where head lice are often located).  The comb is checked for lice after each section.  The comb must be fine enough to catch the lice and a pharmacist should be able to recommend a comb for this purpose, if parents are in any doubt.  This process should be completed weekly.  If head lice are found, all other family members should be checked and, if necessary, treated.  Checks should be continued following treatment to ensure that it has been effective and to detect any re-infection.

Treatment

Once infection is detected, there are two treatment approaches. One is the use of insecticide lotions and an alternative is removal by wet combing, sometimes called ‘bug busting’.  Both methods require continued combing to remove any unhatched eggs.

Re-infection can occur if a child has direct head to head contact with someone else who has head lice. It is likely that a child will become re-infected unless the whole family, and all those who have been in close contact with the child, have been checked and, if lice are found, treated.

  • Insecticides   Insecticide treatment should never be used as a preventative measure as the use of  An alternative option for dealing with head lice is wet combing, sometimes called ‘bug busting’. This is a non-chemical approach that involves mechanical removal of all lice from the hair after the hair has been washed and conditioned. With the conditioner still in, the hair is combed gradually using a fine tooth comb, section by section, in order to remove the lice.‘Bug busting’ is time consuming and to be effective, must be carried out every 3 days for up to 3 weeks to remove newly hatched lice. Insecticide treatments offer a more immediate solution to a head lice infection, but some parents may have concerns about using these sorts of treatments. The ‘Bug Buster Kit’ is now available for prescribing by health professionals. Only one kit is required for a family and it is reusable. The kit, which includes an illustrated guide and combs, is available from some pharmacies and by mail order from: Community Hygiene Concern (Charity Reg No: 801371)LONDON Help Line: 020 7686 4321
  • Internet: www.chc.org

 

  1. incesticidal products on a regular basis may result in insecticidal resistance. Insecticide lotions should only be used when a living louse has been found on the head.
  2. If live head lice are discovered after the second application, the advice of a health professional should be sought before any further lotion treatment is applied.
  3. One treatment using insecticide lotions involves two applications of the same insecticide, seven days apart. This is because insecticide lotions do not kill any eggs that may be present at the time of the first application. If eggs hatch and are not treated, the infection will continue. This treatment should be applied by parents at home.
  4. There are a number of different insecticide lotions available and pharmacists and GP’s can provide advice to parents about these on request. The advice of a health professional should also be sought where whoever is being treated is under 1 year of age, suffers from asthma or allergies, or is pregnant or breastfeeding.

Persistent or recurrent head lice infection

A distinction between re-infection and a continuing infection should be made. If a child still has head lice following full treatment, their parents should take them to a health professional to establish whether it is a re-infection, or if previous treatment has not been effective.

If insecticide lotions are not applied properly or the second application is not given, the treatment will not be effective. Similarly, the ‘bug busting’ approach will not be effective unless parents continue the process every 3 days for up to 3 weeks and have successfully removed all the head lice and eggs.

A major cause of concern for parents is re-infection of children who have been treated following contact with children who have not.

Families experiencing continuing or recurring head lice infection will be assisted and supported, as they would be if their child contracted any other infection. This should include co-ordinated and sustained support and help in the community (including the school) and from health professionals.  Repeated head lice infection may be symptomatic of other family stresses or neglect.

If parents have any enquiries relating to any other the above please contact the school directly or The Scottish Executive Health Department, Women and Children’s Unit, St. Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG.

National survey on the expansion of free early learning and childcare in Scotland

National survey on the expansion of free early learning and childcare in Scotland

As you’ll be aware the Scottish Government is planning to nearly double the hours of free early learning and childcare by 2020. Because the views of parents and carers are crucial for the success of this expansion, the Government has commissioned independent researchers to undertake a survey of parents. The survey link is here. We encourage as many parents to contribute to this Survey Dunbar Primary School has one of the biggest Nursery Provisions in Scotland and it is vital that your views are gathered  for the Dunbar Community the implementation in 2020.

 (www.bit.ly/elc-survey)

 All parents taking part will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw and have the chance to win one of 10 x GBP100 cash prizes.

 The survey is carried out for the Scottish Government by Craigforth, an independent research company. If you have any questions about this survey please send a message to: survey@craigforth.co.uk

You can download the Scottish Government Blueprint for 2020 here .Blueprint for 2020

 

P1 Lines in Morning-Reminder

Dear Parents/Carers of Children in P2 and P3,

Over the last couple of weeks we have noticed that parents coming from P2 and P3 areas are cutting through the P1 lines in the morning on their way into school. Some of the children as a result lose their line and become upset.

It would be helpful if parents could exit by walking down on the side of the bike shelter and going out behind the P1 lines. We will ask the Janitor to cone this route over the next few weeks.

Today was particularly difficult  for our P1 classes and this has prompted this reminder.

The safety of all children in the school is our priority and your continued support would be greatly appreciated.

Angus MacRury, DHT

 

 

Read , Write Inc. Workshops

Dear Parents and Carers

Our New Phonics, Reading and Writing Programme

‘Read Write Inc.’

This term we have introduce a new programme called ‘Read, Write Inc.’ in Primary 1, 2 and 3. This will be phased in during the autumn term.

The Read, Write Inc. programme will enable us to integrate our phonics teaching much more closely with writing, spelling, handwriting and comprehension. By connecting all of these essential literacy skills, children will learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension, to form each letter, to spell correctly and to compose their ideas for writing. Through this programme we will ensure that all our pupils are supported and challenged to become confident and ambitious readers and writers.

WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS

We will also be holding workshops for parents and carers . The aim of these will be to share more about how this teaching approach works in practice and to answer your questions. We hope that you will be able to join us at one of these sessions.

These will take place on Tuesday 5th September. Following parental feedback we will be offering a workshop at 9am and another at 6.30pm. They will last approximately 40 minutes.

As a staff, we are very excited to begin our Read, Write Inc. journey and very much look forward to sharing it with the children and yourselves.

Regards

Senior Leadership Team

 

Playground Safety at John Muir Campus

 Dear Parents/Carers

 

This is a gentle reminder of the Playground Safety at John Muir Campus.

 

Lining Up

Primary One line up at the coloured shapes on the front playground. At the beginning of term we put cones to define the lining up area. Parents should stand well back from the lines to allow the children space, develop independence and to allow the teachers to interact with the children first thing in the morning. If your child is upset keep them with you and then pass to the teacher when they come out.

At the end of the day the children will be taken back to the shapes for dismissal. It may help your child if you try to be in the same spot each time.

Primary Two line up at the rear entrance through the P3 Play area. Parents again are encouraged to drop their children in the line and move to the back of the play area. At the end of the day the Primary Two teachers will bring children out to the area they line up in the morning. Children will see their parents better if parents stay back from the exit.

Primary Three line up at the side door in the Primary Three play area. It would help the pupils if you want to wait in the Play area near the back near the Climbing Frame. Parents are encouraged allow the children to gain resilience and independence by dropping off at the school gate in the morning, when they feel their children are ready. At home time the children will be dismissed by their teacher in the front playground. Letters go out to P3 pupils early in term one to establish the normal end of school routine, as many parents opt to allow their children to make their own way to a pre-arranged meeting point.

Climbing Frames

At Dunbar Primary School, John Muir Campus we have 2 main play areas. Both Play areas have climbing frames and balance beams for pupils. Children are not allowed to use this equipment prior and after to school as the school cannot provide supervision. Should you allow your child use this prior to or at the end of the school day parents should be supervising and it is at your own risk.

Bikes and Scooters

STOP, HOP and DROP

At Dunbar Primary School we pride ourselves with the number of children who cycle or scoot to school everyday. We do however insist that children cycling to school wear helmets and are wearing bright clothing so that they are visible to drivers. Children are encouraged to use footpaths and cycle ways near the school. Children on Scooters and Skateboards should be aware of the risks around roads and the use of protective equipment is encouraged. All bikes and Scooters should be stored in the areas provided in the school grounds.

Remember

Bikes, Scooters and skateboards should not be used in the play areas at any time. You must get off at the school gate on your way into school. On the way home you must walk bikes, skateboards and scooters to the gate. This applies to children and adults. Remember, Stop, Hop and Drop.

Wet Weather Days

If the weather is really wet, the front doors of the school will be opened at 8.30am. Children will be guided into the main hall where they will be fully supervised. Parents are encouraged to drop them near the front door rather than coming into the entrance, to free up space.

Sign at Front Gate

For everyone’s safety please do not ride your Scooter, bike or ribstick in playground. Please wait until you are out of either gate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read, Write Inc.


Our New Phonics, Reading and Writing Programme

‘Read Write Inc.’

This term we are introducing a new programme called ‘Read, Write Inc.’ in Primary 1, 2 and 3. This will be phased in during the autumn term.

The Read, Write Inc. programme will enable us to integrate our phonics teaching much more closely with writing, spelling, handwriting and comprehension. By connecting all of these essential literacy skills, children will learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension, to form each letter, to spell correctly and to compose their ideas for writing. Through this programme we will ensure that all our pupils are supported and challenged to become confident and ambitious readers and writers.

We will be delighted to give you more details about the programme and resources at our Meet the Teacher event on Tuesday 29th August at 6pm.

We will also be holding workshops for parents and carers. The aim of these will be to share more about how this teaching approach works in practice and to answer your questions. We hope that you will be able to join us at one of these sessions.

These will take place on Tuesday 5th September. Following parental feedback we will be offering a workshop at 9am and another at 6.30pm. They will last approximately 40 minutes.

As a staff, we are very excited to begin our Read, Write Inc. journey and very much look forward to sharing it with the children and yourselves.

We have also created a Read, Write Inc. page on our website which went live today, with links and videos to support learning at home.