About Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

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.


Weekly Update

Monday 22nd May

In-service Day School Closed to Pupils

Tuesday 23rd May

 Orchestra Rehearsal at John Muir Campus

P4 SCPA visit

P5 John Muir drama workshop

Lunch: P7s using Dance Studio

Wednesday 24th May

P6 Rugby

P3/P6 Transition Leaflet Activity

1.30-3pm: P5C John Muir at Lochend Woods

 P3/P6 Co-op learning task – am transition / line up (walk from home) Register at LE, Early break 10.30 with P6 (Playground supervisors in), walk back to JMC at 10.45

Thursday 25th May

PM – P7 Transition Cheerleading Workshops x 3 classes in Gym Hall

Ghanaian and Namibian Drumming workshops for P2 / P3 :Assembly Hall, Phonics Rooms and Drama Room being used for Drumming Workshops

Friday 26th May

9.30-12pm: P7 Cluster Science Event @ DGS – Pupils dismissed from DGS

Ghanaian and Namibian Drumming workshops for P2 / P3 , Assembly Hall, Phonics Rooms and Drama Room being used for Drumming Workshops

Saturday 27th May

Saturday: School Fair @ JMC 1pm – 3pm




DRESS DOWN DAY – FRIDAY 2 JUNE (Poster Attached )May 19 Dress Down

 SUMMER COUNTDOWN (Attached – your child will also bring home a hard copy May 19 Summer Countdown 2017

 THE GREAT DUNBAR BAKE OFF (Poster Attached) May 19 The Great Dunbar BAKE OFF

 JOHN MUIR & GEOLOGY FAMILY EVENT (Poster and Information Attached) May 19 FMuseums5 17


















Two exciting events for families in Dunbar are happening weekend.

 Dynamic Earth outreach team will be in Dunbar this weekend doing free demonstrations and crafts at Dunbar Town House museum and Gallery. Edinburgh geologist Angus Miller will be leading a family friendly and adult guided walks to explore the beach and cliffs where John Muir played as a boy.

Dynamic Earth hands on demonstrations and crafts – Deep Time and Scotland’s Time Lords

Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

High Street, Dunbar EH42 1JJ.  01620 820699

10am to 4pm. No booking required. Donations welcome.

Angus Miller, Geo Walks – Families beach exploration: pebbles and cliffs.

11am-12/12.30pm from John Muir’s Birthplace.

126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ.  01368 865899

Booking essential.  £5 per family

Angus Miller, Geo Walks – Geology walk, harbour to Belhaven

1.30pm-3.30/4pm from John Muir’s Birthplace.

126 High Street, Dunbar, EH42 1JJ.  01368 865899

Booking essential.  £5 per person (suitable for 12+ years).



Pupil Equity Funding

Dear Parent/Carer

As you may be aware, the Scottish Government recently announced Pupil Equity Funding for schools across Scotland. From April this year £120 million will be provided directly to school leaders to enable them to deliver additional activities, interventions or resources that will lead to improvements in literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing. The Pupil Equity Funding is allocated to schools based on the number of pupils from Primary 1 to Secondary 3 who are eligible and registered for free school meals. For Dunbar Primary School, this equates to £97,200

Funding must provide targeted support for children and young people to achieve their full potential. Parents/carers, young people and other stakeholders will have a key role in planning how the funding can be used. With this in mind we would welcome the views of parents as to how this money should be spent.

If you wish to express a view this can be done by any or all of the following options:

    • Completing the form on the post below. Weekly Update 12 May 2017
  • Attending a drop-in session on Monday 5th June 2.30pm – 3.15pm at John Muir Campus or at Lochend Campus 5.30pm – 6.30pm on the same day.


At the drop-in sessions there will be ideas already suggested by pupils and staff and you will be able to add comments to these, or suggest other ideas that will then be discussed by the Parent Council.

  • Attending the Parent Council meeting on Monday 12th June at 7pm when this will be part of the agenda.


More information on Pupil Equity Funding is available using the following link or click on the image above:


Yours sincerely

Mrs H Gillanders, Head Teacher

Dunbar Weekly Update 12th May

  1. PUPIL EQUITY FUNDING (Please see attached)
  2. Recruitment of Adoption and Fostering Panel Members (Please see Attached)
  3. Cricket Information

Monday 15th May

6pm – Parent Council meeting @ JMC (School Fair)

P4 and P2 INCAS to start. All classes all week.

6.30pm – 9pm Recruitment & Selection training for Parent Councils

Tuesday 16th May

10.45 – 12.15 P5E Drama @ Dance Studio

10-12.30pm – P5F Rockpool Visit

Zoolab to visit P2

Wednesday 17th May

9-2.15 – P6 Rugby

11am – 1pm: Big Cook Little Cook Competition at DGS

9 – 10.30: P5B John Muir Drama @ Dance studio

10am – P5E John Muir Museum Visit

6.30pm: P7 Rotary Quiz 2nd Round @ Prestonpans Primary School

Thursday 18th May

1-3.15 – DAP Sports @ Musselburgh

9 – 2pm: Hockey Team Competition in Selkirk

Friday 19th May

10.45 – P3 to join assembly and golden time, dismissed form Lochend Campus at 12.20pm.

Please ensure your child knows where to meet you or knows a safe route home.

  1. PUPIL EQUITY FUNDING (Please see attached)
  2. Recruitment of Adoption and Fostering Panel Members (Please see Attached)
  3. Cricket Information

All Stars Cricket (5 to 8 year olds): Fridays 4pm to 5pm commencing Friday 19th May (£40, including your own personalised kit sent directly to you)

All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative aimed at providing children aged 5 to 8 with a great first experience in cricket. It is a fun and active way to develop your child’s skills and through our eight week programme they will learn lots and make new friends in a safe and inclusive environment.

All boys and girls are welcome and each registered child will receive a pack of personalised cricket goodies including a bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, t-shirt and cap. There is an easy online registration process here – https://www.ecb.co.uk/play/all-stars – or contact Jonathan Newell – jonathan_newell@hotmail.com – to find out more.

Little Legends (9 to 11 year olds): Tuesdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm commencing Tuesday 16th May (£10 membership)

Tuesday evenings at Winterfield Oval, this Kwik Cricket programme will use a soft ball and will be a fun and energetic hour designed to enhance batting, bowling and fielding skills through a variety of fun games and cricket related activities. Suitable for beginners and intermediates looking to develop cricket skills, all are welcome in this fun and exciting programme. Contact Jonathan Newell – jonathan_newell@hotmail.com – to sign up

Dunbar Colts (12 to 15 year olds): Tuesdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm commencing Tuesday 16th May (£10 membership)

Tuesday evenings at Winterfield Oval, this hard ball practice is designed to enhance skills and confidence through a variety of batting, bowling and fielding exercises. The programme is suitable for beginners and intermediates who are looking to develop skills enabling them to progress into hard ball competitive cricket. Contact Jonathan Newell – jonathan_newell@hotmail.com – to sign up

May 10 Letter to parents ideas for PEF

May 10 Pupil Equity fund survey

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Preview attachment May 12 Panel flyer.pdf

May 12 Panel flyer.pdf

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Weekly Update 08.05 .17

Monday 8th May

Walk to school week

P5 Expressive Arts – Dance Studio & upstairs spare room in use all Day

12.00 –P7 Year Group Photo

Tuesday 9th May

ALL DAY P6 ‘Anti-social behaviour talks in classrooms

9-12pm – P5b visit to John Muir Museum

Wednesday 10th May

P4 Rugby Festival

ALL DAY – P7 ‘Anti-social behaviour talks in classrooms

P6 Artist in residence (upstairs spare room)

1.30-3pm – P5E orienteering

Thursday 11th May

9-2.15 P6 Rugby

1-3.15 – DAP sports @ Musselburgh

1.30-2.30 – P5E John Muir dance in Dance Studio

Friday 12 May

DPS INFORMATION: 1. Summer School 2. ELC Information 3. Bleachingfield Party 4. Bike Marketplace 5. Parent Council Minutes

  1. P4-P7 SUMMER SCHOOL INFORMATION (Please see attached)



Please find information below received from East Lothian Council:

Dear parent/carer,

We have received information from our colleagues within NHS Scotland concerning a social media ‘game’ called the Blue Whale Challenge. This activity encourages young people to self-harm followed by sending a picture as proof. There are no reported cases in Scotland however, we would like to make you aware of this and if you have any concerns your child may be at risk please get advice by contacting your child’s school.

Our schools provide children and young people with information on keeping themselves safe within the Health & Wellbeing curriculum delivered within schools. East Lothian Council also promotes the safe use of the internet and if you wish to access further information on the safe use of technology online see www.getsafeonline.org 


  1. BLEACHINGFIELD 5TH BIRTHDAY PARTY (Please see attached)



BIKE MARKETPLACE at Dunbar Primary School Fair Sat 27 May 1-3pm   If you have a bike to sell or are looking for a new one, bring it along to the school fair, set your price and we’ll look for a buyer for you. If your bike sells, we ask for a small donation for Dunbar Primary School Parent Council – you get to keep the rest.   www.facebook.com/DunbarCycling www.dunbarcycling.org.uk

  1. PARENT COUNCIL MINUTES (Please see attached)

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Preview attachment Apr 26 Summer School.pdf

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Preview attachment May 5 Bleachingfield Party.pdf

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Weekly Information 2nd May 2017

Monday 1st May 

May Day Holiday School Closed.

Tuesday 2nd May

ALL DAY – P5 Table Tennis @ Dance Studio.

P3E, P3B to Alnwick Castle. 8.30am departure. back at 4.30pm Parents to collect.

Wednesday 3rd May

P4 – Rugby All day. Classes Timetabled.

1.30-3pm – P5B – going to woods with Ranger.

P3A, P3C & P3D to Alnwick Castle. .8.30am departure. back at 4.30pm Parents to collect.

Thursday 4th May

9am – 3pm – P7 Curricular Science Transition Event with DGS staff (P7 Classrooms and Science Room being used)

Friday 5th May

9.00 – 9.30am Count Me In – Parents & Pupils



 Foxlake Outdoor Festival – 20/21 May 2017

Dunbar Childcare AfterSchool Club

Opera Gala

Foxlake Outdoor Festival 2017

20 – 21 May 2017




After the huge success of last year, the Foxlake Outdoor Festival returns bigger and better for 2017. Head along for an exhilarating weekend, offering a world of adventures for all the family set within the beautiful surroundings of Foxlake Adventures.

Following the massive success of 2016 when the first ever Foxlake Outdoor Festival sold out weeks in advance, we have decided to extend the festival to a full weekend across the 20 and 21 May 2017, offering families the opportunity to get outdoors and begin their own adventure in East Lothian. There will be tickets available for each day, weekend tickets and once again children’s tickets will be absolutely free. Tickets will start at £17 for an adult day entry and £30 for a weekend ticket. Again children under 16 will all be free!

Many of the hugely popular elements of last year’s event will return, including the Industry Wake Parks who will once again run an Industry Pro Wakeboard Tour Event. Bringing some of the most talented wake boarders from across the world to compete, this is a further growth of Scotland’s biggest wakeboard event. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the thrills of professional wakeboarding.

Also returning is the Decades Music Stage, featuring everyone’s favourite tribute bands, celebrating the last 60 years of music, there will be something for everyone. There will be a talented line-up of East Lothian’s finest local musicians, and joining them this year will be the Comedy Stage, with a selection of Britain’s finest comedians guaranteeing laughs throughout the weekend. To keep the children entertained we will be bringing back our popular Kid’s Zone with the inflatable village filled with every bouncy castle imaginable and face painting.

The weekend is all about getting the family active outdoors, so you will have the chance to try out some of East Lothian’s outdoor adventures for yourself. Try out the Foxfall Course, the UK’s only rope course constructed over water, or get on your wet suit and give wakeboarding a try, or if you prefer to stay dry hope on and master a Segway!

This year sees the addition of two brilliant new areas within the festival: the Adrenaline Arena and the Winton Castle Highland Games. The Adrenaline Arena which includes a free fall huge stunt bag with a total drop height of just under 8m, a 7m high climbing wall, amazing Parkour displays and workshops by Access Parkour and The Clan Scotland Cycle Stunt Team whose amazing tricks and stunts which have you on the edge of your seat. The Winton Castle Highland Games gives you a full flavour of Scotland’s country sports. Whether you toss the caber, channel your inner Robin Hood with archery or discover birds of prey with falconry, this is a fun and competitive activity for all the family.

Foxlake Adventures is Scotland’s first cable wakeboarding park along with the UK’s only ropes course constructed over water. Foxlake is located in the heart of East Lothian 25 miles east of Edinburgh, nestled in beautiful woodland on the edge of the John Muir Way.

We are not only committed to enjoying and celebrating our fabulous landscape but we also want to protect it. So, there will be a shuttle bus service from Dunbar Train Station throughout the weekend, giving the opportunity for all of our visitors to use the excellent rail links from Edinburgh and the North of England and leave the car at home.

We guarantee an exhilarating day for all the family. There is so much more that ensures thrills for adults and children alike!

Adult Day Ticket – £17

Adult Weekend Ticket – £30

Children Under 16 – FREE


 Dunbar Childcare After-School Club

Dunbar Childcare After-School Club – John Muir Campus. We are situated in the school dining-hall. Spaces available from August 2017. Primary 1 – Primary 7.

Open daily until 6pmMondayThursday. Care Inspectorate Registered Childcare Vouchers Accepted www.dunbar-childcare.co.uk

Contact – Lindsay  – 07528 208168

Dunbar Choral Event

Apr 28 Opera Gala.pdf


Weekly Information 24th April 2017

Monday 24th April 2017

There will be 2 PGDE students joining Mrs Lewis and Mrs Lieberman’s classes for the next few weeks.

9.45 – 11am – First steps to success for pre-nursery parent – In John Muir Campus Hall

7pm – Parent Council meeting – School Fair

Tuesday 25th April

9am – NEW P1 Transition meeting for parents with Mrs Dingwall and Mrs Legge in John Muir Campus Hall

 P7 transition day @ LEC. Dance Studio, P7 classrooms, ICT Suite being used all morning.

12.30 – 1.15: All cluster P7s having packed lunch

1.15 – Cluster P7s meeting in Gym Hall

1.30 – 3.30 P7 Sports at Hallhill (dismissed from Hallhill)

1.30pm – P3 transition activity with P4 – tour guides. P3s to go straight to P4 classrooms.

9.15 – 9.45am – Ranger visit to P1E, P1F

9.45 – 10.15am – Ranger visit to P1A, P1B

10.15 – 11.15am – Ranger visit to P1C, P1D

5.45pm –  NEW P1 Transition meeting for parents with Mrs Dingwall and Mrs Legge in John Muir Campus Gym Hall

Wednesday 26th April

P7 Risk Factory. 7B & 7C (am) and 7A & 7E (pm) AM group leaving at 8.30am.  PM group return at 4.15pm. 

P4 Rugby

Thursday 27th April

P7 Risk Factory. AM group only – P7D.

9.30-11.30: P5C John Muir Rockpooling @ East Beach

1.30-3pm – P4D visiting buddies

Friday 28th April

Nothing as yet.

Please Note that the school is closed on Monday the first of May



DPS INFORMATION: 1. March Newsletter 2. Family Information Leaflet 3. Seabird Leaflet

Word Version:  March 2017 Newsletter

Twitter: @DunbarPrimary

Website: www.edubuzz.org/dunbarprimary

Dear Parents and Carers

Dunbar Unplugs and Reads

March 2nd saw the launch of our Community Reading event. Thanks to Cat McCallum from Soprasteria we managed to get 30 copies each of our community books and they are now in various locations in and around Dunbar. If you find one send us a picture or tweet us a comment about the book  @DunbarPrimary

Dunbar Unplugs and Reads Competition

As you know, one of our Dunbar Unplugs & Reads community books is ‘Spy Dog’ by Andrew Cope.  We contacted Andrew to let him know and he kindly signed a copy of ‘Spy Dog – Gunpowder Plot’ and ‘Spy Cat – Blackout’ for us to give away!  Your challenge…

Find a copy of ‘Spy Dog’ in the community with the Dunbar Unplugs & Reads sticker on it and tweet a photo to @DunbarPrimary or e-mail the school (admin@dunbarprimary.elcschool.org.uk) with the subject ‘Spy Dog Competition’.  Miss Eeles will take a note of all the entries and organise a draw on Friday 26th May. 

All pupils from Nursery – Primary 7 can take part.  Good luck on your search!

School Review – 2nd May – 4th May

As a school we are always evaluating our learning and teaching and in May we are delighted to welcome a review team in to provide additional feedback on the positives and development needs of our school. They will include the Head of Education, staff from ELC Education Department and Headteachers from other schools within the council. They will be looking closely at the school in relation to the standards – How Good Is Our School 4.  I will report the findings later in the term.

P7 Rotary Quiz

Seven teams from across the cluster competed in the annual Rotary Club Primary School Quiz on Thursday 26th January.  We entered two teams and finished in 1st and 2nd place! They were followed in 3rd place by pupils from Belhaven Hill.  Well done to all the children involved!

Winning team:  Woody Morrison, Lucy Kilfara, Jared Stevenson & Milly Green

Runners up:  Orla Pearson, James Romanis, Ellen Stewart & Zoe Easingwood.  Our winning team now move forward to the next round & will compete against teams across East Lothian & Midlothian.


Red Nose Day

Thank you to all who donated we raised a fantastic £833.25 for Comic Relief.

Cross Country Win!

Dunbar pupils from P5, 6 & 7 were outstanding at the recent county competition. They worked together as a team to ensure they retained the trophy for yet another year. This was the first competition for some of our runners but they approached the event with the confidence of more accomplished athletes. We had top 10 places for all of our boys and the girls were in the top 15. Well done to all involved.



Morgan Laird

Calum Richards

Rhys Cunningham

Corey Campbell

Aidan Page

Archie Fletcher



Niamh Richards

Lucy Thomson

Olivia Robbins

Lana Mulroy

Jessica Bullen

Kate Thompson


Squad Members (not running on day)

Evie Welsh

Amy Paul

Thierry Stables

Gregor Goldie

Adam Collin




Electronic Device Reminder

Please remind your child that their mobile phone must be switched off when they enter the school grounds.  They must give any electronic devices to their class teacher who will lock it away in the classroom safe.


Sunny Dunbar’ School Fair – Saturday 27th May

Advance notice for your diaries. More information to follow but this year there will be more fun games and ‘try it’ activities together with demonstrations from lots of our community groups.

Easter Monday Fun event at Lauderdale Park

On Easter Monday (April 17) there will be some fun activities for children including a bunny hunt at Lauderdale Park in Dunbar. Please pop along between 1pm and 4pm. As well as the bunny hunt (50p) there will be a free colouring competition, a children’s raffle (30p) and the Rolling Haggis Zorbing Company offering shots at zorbing for £5. All funds raised will go to Dunbar Primary School. The cafe will be open.


I hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday and keep your fingers crossed for warm and sunny weather, our last day of school is Friday 31st March.  We look forward to seeing the pupils again on Tuesday 18th April.

Helen Gillanders


Preview attachment Mar 30 Family Information Leaflet April 2017.pdf

Mar 30 Family Information Leaflet April 2017.pdf

Preview attachment Mar 30 Seabird Leaflet.pdf

Mar 30 Seabird Leaflet.pdf


Bunny Hunt at Lauderdale Park 17th April

On Easter Monday (April 17) there will be some fun activities for children including a bunny hunt at Lauderdale Park in Dunbar. Please pop along between 1pm and 4pm. As well as the bunny hunt (50p) there will be a free colouring competition, a children’s raffle (30p) and the Rolling Haggis zorbing company offering shots at zorbing for £5. All funds raised will go to Dunbar Primary School. The cafe will be open.