About Angus MacRury

Depute Headteacher, Dunbar Primary School.

Weekly Information 27th March2017

Monday 27th March


P7 All Classes – Parish Church – Easter Decoding

9am – Tempest pre-school group photos x 3 classes

7pm – Parent Council @ JMC

Tuesday 28th March


9am – 3pm: Rag Bag Collection Both Campuses

Easter Church Service at Parish Church – P1,P3, P4, P5E, P6A, P7E

Wednesday 29th March


Easter Church Service at Parish Church – P2, P5A, B, C, F;  P6B, C, E, F; P7A, B, C,D

Pete the Beat at the Cove / parents visiting

Thursday 30th March


Nothing Yet

Friday 31st March

The Big Pedal Ends



The Big Pedal 2017


20th -31st MARCH 2017


The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school.

Powered by Sustrans and funded by the Bike Hub, the 2017 challenge will run from 20 to 31 March and is open to individual classes as well as whole schools.

On each day of the challenge schools compete to see who can record the greatest number of pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school. A school’s best five days will determine their final position, but they can log journeys on all ten days if they wish.

For schools unable to take part in the main challenge we also have a one-day version, which can include cycling and scooting activities in the school day as well as on the journey to school.

All schools will be entered into daily prize draws for rewards including bike and scooter stunt shows, equipment and storage if over 15% of your school cycle or scoot on each day of the challenge. Prize details will be announced on The Big Pedal website

Standards and Quality Report 2015-2016

Dear Parents,

Please find below the opening statement from our Standards and Quality report 2015-16. The whole report is available to download below.

Context of the School

Dunbar Primary School is a very large school split over two campuses; the role continues to rise as additional housing is planned for Dunbar. We currently have 1211 pupil, 33 classes in the main school and 8 classes in our nursery. John Muir Campus houses our nursery with a roll of 240, P1-P3 classes of 399 pupils and our Wraparound care facility.  We also have an Authority Communication Base for primary pupils; all pupils allocated a mainstream class and where possible, depending on the severity and need, we aim to integrate them into class as much as possible. Lochend Campus opens this session with 572 pupils.  A new extension is now complete that includes an additional 4 classrooms, music room, meeting room and support room.

The Headteacher has no class commitment; there are 5 deputies all with 0.2FTE FTE, two based at each campus and one who has responsibility for the Cove. The school is also supported by a full-time PT Inclusion and Support, and a PT 0.6 who has responsibility for the nursery and one other PT with full-time class commitment. Pupils are supported by 3 full and 2 part time additional support needs auxiliaries and the equivalent of eight full-time classroom assistants.

We see ourselves are a community school and work hard to engage with and support the community of Dunbar. We have very supportive and proactive parents, a large and enthusiastic volunteer network and pupils who are engaged and motivated to learn…………..

To download the whole report click below.

Final Completed Standards and Quality Report 2015-2016


A big hello to all the schools in our cluster from the pupils here at West Barns
Primary School.
Last year our Parent Council organised a running event to celebrate the golden mile initiative called Spike Island.  And we’d love all the schools in East Lothian to come along & help us celebrate this year. 
  Spike Island is taking place on the morning of Sunday 7th May 2017 at Hedderwick Hill Farm Stables, near West Barns/Dunbar.

The 1.6K & 3K Runs navigate their way through the surrounding farmland past our friends at Foxlake and terrain varies from sandy paths to forest tracks.  The runs are clearly marked and marshalled for everyone to enjoy.  Just make sure you have your Jolly Roger flags, cutlass & watch out for the Salty Sea Dog on the way round, he may spray you with his water gun!

The Spike Island Family of events are about getting your pirates into running; as such there is no timing element to the run. There will be a prize given for the best pirate costume.  There are 10K & 5K runs happening earlier on in the day for any parents setting fitness goals just now; these races are timed & prizes will be given to the top 3 as well as medals for all! 

Back at the stables you can enjoy home baking, hot & cold drinks.  And for anyone wanting to make a day of it, can we suggest Foxlake Adventures.  Foxlake Adventures has an awesome wakeboarding park, Foxfall Ropes Course, Cafe and children’s wooden outdoor play area.
A record 250 runners took part last year and we are hoping for a bigger better turn out this year.  We hope to inspire more people to get involved in running, at whatever level. We’ll see you there! Press Enter Today or Click on the image to enter.
Enter Today

Weekly Information 6th March

Monday 6th March

P2 Victorian school trip for half of P2A,2B and 2D

P3 Incas

Tuesday 7th March

P3 Incas

Wednesday 8th March

P7 Rugby

Horse riding group

P4 trip to West Barns

P3 Incas


Thursday 9th March

ALL DAY – Author visits to P4

1-3.15 – DAP Sports @ Meadowmill

6.15 – 8.15 – P7 Cluster spring fling @ LEC

P2 Victorian school trip for Half of P2A, 2D and 2E

P3 Incas

Friday 10th March

P4 sustain Dunbar unwanted toys collection

P3 Incas


Future Me Scot

Read, Write, Count‘s new campaign ‘Future Me Scot‘ has been launched across the country.

This is an opportunity for families with children in P1 – P3 to see that their role in learning together is useful and purposeful, supporting their child in their hopes and dreams.

Check out the Future Me Scot video which can be shared with families:

Future Me Scot aims to get families talking with their children about their dreams and sharing these dreams with others across the country on their website. Check out some of the dreams that children have started to share across Scotland.bridge-builder


A Digital Toolkit has been created for schools. This includes information for practitioners on Future Me Scot, activities which can be shared with families and social media posts which can be shared with families on school social media accounts.


CLICK HERE – Digital Toolkit

In addition to this leaflets for all P1 – P3 children will be sent  home with children in P1 – P3.

The four week campaign nurtures the hopes, dreams and ambitions of all children in Scotland by encouraging families to ask: ‘What are your dreams for the future?’

Weekly Update Friday 24th February

Please find below news, events and links to surveys issued by email this week.

Angus J MacRury  DHT.


We need your help to make our school garden great again!
Our aim this year is to create a wildlife haven for butterflies, bees and birds.
To do this we will have to prepare the soil in our garden.
The first ‘Dig it up for Thursdays’ will take place on Thursday the 6th of March 2017 at Dunbar Primary School (Lochend Campus). The Eco-Committee are lucky to have volunteers from ‘Dunbar in Bloom’ to help and give advice on these days.
If you have a spare half an hour to an hour to help all you need to do is turn up on the specified date with a warm, waterproof coat, wellies or boots and a spade!
We will start at 12:45pm.
We hope to see you then!
The Eco-Committee

Dear Parents and Carers
Reading, Spelling and Dyslexia for Nursery – Primary 7 Parents and Carers Event.
I would like to invite you to a Literacy Event at Dunbar Primary School – John Muir Campus on Wednesday 1st March 2017 6.45pm – 7.30pm in the main hall.
This session is specifically focused on Reading, Spelling and Dyslexia and is aimed at laying out the key principles from the new East Lothian Local Authority Guidance paper (Reading and Spelling), concerning good practice in the teaching of reading and spelling together with the new guidance regarding the identification of dyslexia.
The session will be delivered by representatives from the Educational Psychology Service – Lynne Binnie, Principal Educational Psychologist and Sarah Williams, Educational Psychologist supporting Dunbar Primary School.
This session has already been delivered to all of the teaching and support staff team at Dunbar Primary and we would like to ensure that parents are aware of this new guidance and how it will impact in our school.
I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 1st March.
Yours sincerely
Helen Gillanders
Head Teacher

Dear Parent’s/Carers

At the moment we are reflecting on the Fundraising and Charity work we do in school and residential visits organised by the school.
We are asking parents, pupils and staff for their views. Please could you spend a few minutes completing the following survey.
It should not take more than ten minutes of your time.
Thank you for your support.

Charity Fundraising at Dunbar Primary School: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NZ3BW2K

Residential Visits at Dunbar Primary School: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NZHNZQL


Feb 24 Baby event


Kidical Mass Goes to The Store on Sunday 26th February
10am-1pm: meet at the Bleachingfield Centre
Join members of Dunbar Cycling Group for a family bike ride to the Store at Belhaven Fruit Farm – there won’t be much fruit but the cakes are great! We can stop for some refreshments and a run around at the playground.

This gentle paced ride will use the cycle paths and quiet roads, with a different route home if we want to avoid the hill! We’ll cover around 6 miles and make sure we don’t leave anyone behind.

Please let Suzanne know if you can make it by leaving a message here or emailing suzannecycles@gmail.com


Feb 24 2017 classes East Lothian Youth Theatre – Information Leaflet