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



Wannabe Wednesday!

There’s been a lot of excitement in school today!  We asked P1 – P7 pupils to dress up and show us what they would like to be when they’re older.  It’s been a fantastic day and we are so pleased with the number of children taking part!

Classes took part in lessons relating to the world of work and discussed skills they need now and in the future.

Thank you so much to parents, carers and grandparents that offered to come in and speak to their child’s class about their career.

P7 Rotary Quiz 2017

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!

Our winning team now move forward to the next round & will compete against teams across East Lothian & Midlothian.

Wannabe Wednesday!

Wednesday 8th February 2017

We would like pupils to come to school on this day dressed as the job they would like in the future.

Classes will be taking part in a range of activities to develop children’s awareness of skills for learning, life and work.

A group of pupils have come up with a list of DIY outfits to wear on Wannabe Wednesday! They hope it is helpful for any child unsure of what to wear…

Wear a white shirt, black trousers and an apron. Search ‘DIY chef hat’ online and you will find templates and ideas.

Wear a t-shirt with a large white shirt over the top (leave this open to look like a lab coat). Optional if you have them: rubber gloves, goggles, clipboard.

Sportsman / Sportswoman / Coach
Wear your team’s kit (Dunbar Colts, Dunbar Hockey etc) or wear clothes you would wear for physical activity, e.g. shorts, t-shirt, joggers.

Police Officer
White or blue shirt with black school trousers. Create your own badge from cardboard and use a safety pin to attach it (you can find lots of police badge templates online).

Entrepreneur / Teacher / Lawyer
Make a badge to show who you work for and attach it with a safety pin. Wear a shirt and tie / school trousers / blouse / suit jacket. Optional if you have it: briefcase.

Old t-shirt / shirt splashed with paint. Carry a paintbrush around!

Fashion Designer
Ask your family for different items of clothing and layer them all to make a unique look!

We look forward to seeing a variety of outfits on the day!

Tuesday 17th January

Numeracy Workshop Event P1- P7 parents and pupils
Tuesday 17th January 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Lochend Campus

Following the questionnaire we issued at the Meet the Teacher evenings in August it was clear to us that parents were very keen to find out more about how we teach numeracy and mathematics and to be able to support their son/daughter with homework.

As a school staff we have planned a series of workshops that we hope will offer you an opportunity to get some hands-on experience of the methodologies, strategies, games and activities we use to teach your children. These are detailed on the back of this sheet.

We have set up a wide variety of activities and you are very welcome to attend any of these – you may want to attend some that are further up the school to get an idea of what will be coming next, or you might want to attend those specific to your own child’s stage – the choice is yours.

All workshops will last 15 mins and we will then give everyone 5 minutes to get to their next workshop – everyone will have the opportunity to attend 3 on the night. Our very helpful Primary 7 Meeters and Greeters will be on hand to get you all to the right classrooms.

You are very welcome to bring your son/daughter on the night and we are keen for them to come along to join in the activities.

In order to help us with planning and organisation on the night we would be very grateful if you would complete the attached form (sent out to all parents, see photo below) to help us with organisation and numbers attending, however you can turn up on the night and we will be delighted to see you all.

Mrs Gillanders


Dress Down Day for Macy

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Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to hold a dress down day on Friday 20th January 2017.
As many of you may be aware, Macy, one of our P6 pupils and her family,
are currently raising money to help fund a life changing operation
taking place in the USA in February this year.  This will be a non uniform day and we would like everyone to wear a woolly hat as well.

We would like to support this cause with your help.  This is entirely voluntary and all donations will be gratefully received by the family.  We suggest a £1 donation.

Anyone wishing further information can read more on the following website.

We thank you for your support

Helen Gillanders
Head Teacher

Anti-bullying Workshops

respectme_logoDear Parent

I am please to inform you that respectme, the Scottish National Anti-bullying Service has offered to deliver Parent Workshops in East Lothian.

The content will cover:

  • Distinguishing between what bullying behaviour is and what it is not
  • Exploring the latest research in Scotland on online bullying and face to face bullying
  • Identifying what parents can do to deal with bullying behaviour
  • Understanding what to do if your child is bullying someone else
  • Exploring how to help to create environments where bullying cannot flourish

We will run two workshops on Wednesday 15th March 2017. One at 12.30-2.30pm at the Corn Exchange in Haddington and another at 6.30-8.30pm at Knox Academy in Haddington.

We can offer 40 places on each workshop so they will be available on a first come, first serve basis. If we are over subscribed we may be able to offer additional workshops.

If interested please e-mail anti-bullying@eastlothian.gov.uk stating what time you would like to attend.


Also, following on from an Initial Consultation in October 2016 we are now seeking parents views on the draft East Lothian Anti-bullying Policy “Respect for all”. You can view and comment on this at



Kind Regards

Marie Prior

Anti-bullying Policy Working Group

Christmas Jumper Day

We are having a Christmas Jumper Day on Thursday 22nd December – just for fun!  If you have a Christmas jumper or t-shirt then please wear it to school on this day.

Please don’t go out and buy anything if you’re not sure what to wear.  Perhaps pop some tinsel round your waist or stick a bow on your school jumper!